Those we lost: Notable passings in 2012

Robert “Bob” Safe

Bob Safe was a State Farm insurance agent in Stillwater for 30 years but was best remembered as the Stillwater Ponies football team defense statistician, gourmet cook and creator of the “Taste of Stillwater.” Safe passed away Jan. 11, 2012, of brain cancer.

Bruce MacGregor

Bruce MacGregor enjoyed business success as owner of the popular Brookside Bar and Grill in Marine on St. Croix. MacGregor died Jan. 30, 2012, when he was struck by a tree he cut down on hunting land he owned 20 miles north of Hinckley.

Jack Ariola Erenberg

Nine-year-old Jack Erenberg died from a brain infection caused by a water-borne parasite the boy contracted while swimming at the Lily Lake beach. Erenberg was the second child to die from the infection after swimming in Lily Lake; tests showed a 7-year-old girl died from the same parasite in 2010. Ariola Erenberg’s family filed a lawsuit against the city, Washington County and state Department of Health in Dakota County late last week.

Carol V. Kelm

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Carol Kelm passed away Sept. 14 at age 96. Kelm made the Army her career, rising to the highest rank a woman could attain at the time while serving as a nurse. Kelm moved to Lake Elmo after retiring from the service, where she enjoyed fishing, bowling, volunteering as a physical therapist at local nursing homes and speaking at schools. She was given a funeral with military honors in October.

Adam McCloud

Adam McCloud, 29, died from injuries he suffered when he was assaulted by another man at a Stillwater bar and restaurant after his family removed McCloud from life support. McCloud’s alleged attacker, Eric Richard faces second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony and first-degree manslaughter while committing a gross misdemeanor charges. McCloud’s death led the Stillwater City Council to propose an ordinance requiring bar and restaurant owners to better control unruly customers. McCloud’s family started a foundation that raised funds and donations for the Toys for Tots program.

Ross Livermore and Jacob Clarkson

Stillwater natives Ross Livermore, 21, and Jacob Clarkson, 22, died in an Oct. 10 fire at the Eau Claire, Wis., residence they shared with two other Stillwater men, Garret Isakson, 21, and Casey Malan, 21. Isakson and Malan were injured in the fire. The four were Stillwater Area High School graduates and were studying at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Gene “Taco” Bealka

Gene “Taco” Bealka died Dec. 19 at his Stillwater home after returning from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The 89-year-old Bealka was a World War II veteran and long-time Stillwater Area High School athletic trainer. Bealka also served on the Stillwater City Council and was one of several people who lobbied the Independent School District 834 Board to rename Pony Stadium at SAHS in honor of former football coach George Thole.