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    Shirle D. Stevens

    July 14, 1925 to June 12, 2019 Shirle D. Stevens Shirle D. Stevens, age 93 of Wilmar and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully at Bethesda Grand of Willmar on Wednesday morning, June 12, 2019. Shirle D., the daughter of Castro and Thursa (Kolb) Brechwald, was born on July 14, 1925, in Holstein, Iowa. Following her graduation from Holstein High School, Shirle continued her education at Denver University where she obtained an Associates Degree in Education, and began her career teaching clerical skills and coaching women’s basketball in high schools throughout Nebraska. On June 20, 1948, she was united in marriage to Wayne Stevens at Holstein Methodist Church, and after later…

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    John Kummer

    August 26, 1932 to August 4, 2019 John Kummer John Kummer, age 86 of Hastings, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday evening, August 4, 2019. He was reunited with the love of his life, Kathy, who recently preceded him in death. John Dodds, the son of John and Estelle (Dodds) Kummer, was born on August 26, 1932, in Prescott, Wisconsin. Following his graduation from Hastings High School, he continued his education at St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota where he enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. John was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and flew F-86D & F-102 aircrafts. On April 16, 1955, John was united…

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    Joy A. Nygaard

    January 5, 1927 to July 31, 2019 Joy A. Nygaard Jan. 5, 1927 – July 31, 2019 HASTINGS, Minn. – Joy A. Nygaard, 92, Hastings, died Wednesday, July 31, in Augustana Care. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Red Wing, Minn. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing. Arrangements by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings..

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    Mary Theresa Majeski

    May 6, 1925 to July 25, 2019 Mary Theresa Majeski Age 94 Died on July 25, 2019 Preceded in death by her husband, Jerome. Mary is survived by her children, Joyce (Pat) Hurley and Corrine (Gerry) O’Shea; grandchildren, Todd (Kim), Mike (Jodi), Cathleen (Kevin), Daniel (Angela), Brian (Jessica), Shannon (Joe), Keri (Dan), Colette (Josh), Chris (Diana), Kyle (Molly) and Cassie (Matt); 20 great-grandchildren. Special thank you to Healtheast Hospice and the wonderful Staff at Ramsey County Care Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Ramsey County Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial 11AM on Thursday, August 15 at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1725 Kennard St., Maplewood. Visitation…

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    Adrian Robert Boie

    July 15, 2019 Adrian Robert Boie Adrian Robert Boie, age 91, passed away July 15th, 2019 at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. Adrian was born and raised in Plainview, Minnesota, second youngest of seven children. He married the love of his life Shirley Jean Heaser on December 3, 1949 and they were happily married for 60 years. His wife, his five sons, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a source of great joy to him and he was deeply loved and respected by them in return. He will be remembered for his friendly conversational manner, his smile and exuberant laugh, and for the kindness he showed to all. Adrian will be…

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    Michael K. Johnson

    May 16, 1955 to July 30, 2019 Michael K. Johnson Michael Johnson, age 64 of Hastings, died peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, July 30, 2019, following an extended illness. Michael Kent, the son of Kent G. and Jean E. (Espensen) Johnson, was born on May 16, 1955, in Heron Lake, Minnesota. Following his graduation from Hastings High School with the class of 1973, Mike enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam War for four years before receiving an honorable discharge. Upon returning, Mike began his life-long career at 3M Chemolite in Cottage Grove until his health began to fail. Outside of work, Mike thoroughly…

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    Joan A Reuter

    October 28, 1955 to July 28, 2019 Joan A Reuter Joan Ann Reuter, age 63 of South St Paul, died Sunday July 28, 2019 at United Hospital in St. Paul. Joan was born on October 28, 1955 in Hastings to James and Pauline (Seleski) Schneider. Joan graduated from Hastings High School in 1973, continued her education and become a registered nurse. She was preceded in death by her parents. Joan is survived by Gary Reuter; her children, Shelly Reuter, Andy (Audrey) Reuter; granddaughters, Skylar and Sydney Sticha, all of Hastings; brother, Tom (Gayle) Schneider of Hastings; sister, Jane (Bob) Schneider of Ft. Myers FL; and many nieces and nephews. No…

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    Fay K. McComber

    February 9, 1929 to July 29, 2019 Fay K. McComber Fay K. McComber, age 90, of Hastings, passed away at Augustana Care Center in Hastings on July 29, 2019. Fay was preceded in death by her husband, Don J. McComber; parents, Elmer and Leona Faure; and sister, Joan Pope. She is survived by her children, Darla J. (Greg) Ertl, Debra J. McComber (Thomas) Poot, Don J. (Mary) McComber; grandchild, Charity Schultz; great grandchildren, Jonha, Vincent & Samuel; sister, Audrey Combs; first cousin, Kenny Utke, other relatives and friends. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 2 at 11:00 AM at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion St.,…

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    Robert J. Meiers

    September 13, 1936 to July 8, 2019 Robert J. Meiers Sept. 13, 1936 – July 8, 2019 LAKEVILLE, Minn. – Robert J. Meiers, 82, Lakeville, died Monday, July 8, in his home. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, Minn. Father David Hennen will officiate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Disabled American Veterans or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel…

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    Daniel D. Gable

    December 17, 1959 to July 20, 2019 Daniel D. Gable Daniel D. “Dan” Gable, age 59, of Hastings passed away July 20, 2019. The family finds comfort that he was doing what he loved most when his time came; fishing in his favorite spot, Lake Mille Lacs. Dan lived life to the fullest and challenged those around him to be the best version of themselves. He absolutely adored his wife Kristi! He was generous, kind, hard working and loved telling people fascinating stories of his life. He was the embodiment of living Christ-like. He was proud to be an Electrician and even more proud to be a provider to his…

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    Cecilia McShane Schade

    May 22, 1934 to July 6, 2019 Cecilia McShane Schade Cecelia (Cele) McShane Schade passed away on Saturday, July 6th in Pearland, Texas at the age of 85. She was born May 22, 1934 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Patrick and Josephine McShane. Also preceding her in death were her sister Patricia McShane Kranz and her husband, US Navy Captain Robert Schade. Cele’s burial will be beside her husband at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Survivors include her sister, Rosemary McShane Kranz of Hastings, Minnesota, her three daughters, Terrie, JoAnne and Susan, and 6 grandchildren.

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    Donald J. (Digger) Kasel

    September 3, 1940 to May 28, 2019 Donald J. (Digger) Kasel Donald J. (Digger) Kasel, age 78 of Malaga, Washington and formerly of Hastings and Woodbury, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hildegard (Stoffel) Kasel; brother, Gene Kasel; and by his sister, Joan Gergen. Donnie is survived and will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Debbie; children, Kristine (Mike) Patterson, Audra (Pete) Philblad, Nate (Christy) Kasel, Alex (Ally) Kasel, and Rich (Rana) Trine; seven grandchildren who he adored, Dannie, Bailey, Trevor, Kyle, Emma, Leah, and Naomi; siblings; Kathleen Horsch and Dave…

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    Ethel M. Flom

    May 29, 1927 to July 24, 2019 Ethel M. Flom Ethel M. Flom, age 92, of Hastings passed away at Augustana Care Center on July 24, 2019. She was born in Carpio, ND on May 29, 1927 to Ada and Roy Clark. She taught in a one room school house in rural ND. She married Kenneth Flom on August 10, 1947 in Mohall, ND. After she had children, she was a homemaker who was active in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, and loved to volunteer. She will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humor, and her great memory. Ethel is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; sisters, baby…

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    Dan Gable

    December 17, 1959 to July 20, 2019 Dan Gable Dec. 17, 1959 – July 20, 2019 ONAMIA, Minn. – Dan Gable, 59, Hastings, Minn., died Saturday, July 20, in Mille Lacs Lake. Services are pending with Starkson Family Funeral Home.

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    Joel L. Jensen

    September 13, 1951 to July 23, 2019 Joel L. Jensen Sept. 13, 1951 – July 23, 2019 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Joel L. Jensen, 67, Cottage Grove, Minn., died Tuesday, July 23, in United Hospital. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., Friday, July 26, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hastings, Minn. Arrangements by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings.

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    Willam “Bill” Collins

    December 29, 1930 to July 21, 2019 Willam “Bill” Collins William K. Collins, age 88, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the Woodbury Health Care Center, Woodbury, MN. He was a resident in the Memory Care Unit since August 29, 2016. Bill graduated from Hastings High School in 1948 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in education in 1952 from River Falls College. From 1954 to 1956, he served his country in Japan and Korea. In 1956 he took an English teaching position in Spring Valley, WI until 1962. He then attended Colorado State College in Greely, CO and received his Masters of Art Degree in Educational Administration. Bill became…

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    Violet E. “Vi” Durow

    June 5, 1926 to July 17, 2019 Violet E. “Vi” Durow Violet E. Durow, age 93, of Hastings, passed away July 17, 2019 at Augustana Care Center. She was born June 5, 1926 to Edward and Myrtle (Porth) Durow in Stillwater. Vi worked for 41 years at Bahls Motor and Implement as well as on the family farm. She was a fabulous cake decorator and enjoyed traveling. Vi was preceded death by her parents and her brother, William. She is survived by her sister in law, Marilyn; niece, LeAnn (Michael) Marshall; nephews, William (Jody), Robert (Lauri), and Bryan; 10 great nieces and nephews; and 7 great great nieces and nephews.…

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    Dale H. Rosch

    February 18, 1933 to July 16, 2019 Dale H. Rosch Dale H. Rosch, age 86 of Hastings, died peacefully at home following an extended illness on Tuesday afternoon, July 16, 2019. Dale Harold, the son of Harold and Corrine (Tooker) Rosch, was born on February 18, 1933, in Hastings. Following his graduation from Hastings High School, Dale enlisted in the United States Navy and was later honorably discharged. Upon returning, he began working in law enforcement for a short time before starting at 3M where he worked for thirty-eight years prior to retiring. On June 18, 1955, Dale was united in marriage to Phyllis Zuzek and they were blessed with…

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    Heather Ann Mayer

    December 19, 1985 to July 4, 2019 Heather Ann Mayer Mayer Heather Ann Age 33 Passed away July 4, 2019 Heather was smart, witty, and was loved by all who knew her. Heather was full of life and creativity, she knew how to light up a room with her infectious laughter. Heather was kind to all who knew her. She was a beloved daughter, mother, and friend; anyone who knew Heather knew that her family and children were the light in her life. She made sure her kids and family came first. She will be dearly missed. Heather was preceded in death by her brother, Lucas; grandparents, James Mayer Sr.,…

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    Albert Nels Bjerke, Jr.

    August 7, 1965 to July 13, 2019 Albert Nels Bjerke, Jr. Albert Nels Bjerke, Jr., age 53 passed away peacefully Saturday July 13 at his home in St. Paul, surrounded by family and loved ones. Albert was born August 7, 1965 in Hastings, MN. Preceded in death by parents Albert and Jane Bjerke. Survived by partner of 34 years Dave Fletcher and siblings; brother; Tim Bjerke and sister; Sue (Wally) Schweich, many nieces, nephews and friends. He worked at Smead Mfg. as a machine operator, truck dispatcher and as a chef. He loved operating the light show for his brothers band and will be truly missed by all. Soar with…

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    Bryce Edward Starch

    July 4, 1958 to July 11, 2019 Bryce Edward Starch Bryce Edward Starch aged 61 of Hastings Minnesota tragically passed away on Thursday July 11, 2019. Bryce was born on July 4, 1958 in Northfield Minnesota and grew up in rural Nerstrand Minnesota on the Starch family farm for 31 years. For the past 30 years he lived in the Hastings Community with Daniel and Robin Starch. Bryce brought so much joy and love to every life he was a part of and will continue to shine a light on the lives of those fortunate enough to know him. He loved horses, John Deere Tractors, polka music, and was happiest…

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    John William Rawling

    April 30, 1931 to July 11, 2019 John William Rawling John William Rawling, age 88 of Hastings, Minnesota, passed away at Regina Hospital with his family by his side on Thursday, July 11, 2019. John was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 30, 1931, the son of Marie (Schmidt) and Wellington. He graduated from high school and went on to receive his Bachelors of Business degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He enlisted in the US Air Force where he proudly served as a Master Sergeant for over 22 years. John married the love of his life, Ruth Earline Staffon, on May 21, 1955. After being honorably discharged…

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    Jennifer Leigh Blazek

    March 30, 1970 to July 7, 2019 Jennifer Leigh Blazek Jennifer Leigh Blazek, age 49, of Hastings, passed away suddenly early Sunday morning July 7, 2019. Jenne was born on March 30, 1970 to Veronica (Lawrence) Davis and Jeffrey Davis in Montebello, California. Jenne graduated high school in California in 1988 and moved to Hastings. She married Anthony “Tony” Blazek in 1990 and was blessed with a son. Jenne had a bubbly and outgoing personality. She loved her kitties and flower gardening. Jenne’s desire to help others is what made her a kind and beautiful person who was loved by all. Jenne is survived her son, Jeffrey Blazek of California;…

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    Robert J. “Bob” Meiers

    September 13, 1936 to July 8, 2019 Robert J. “Bob” Meiers Robert Joseph Meiers, age 82 of Lakeville, departed his earthly life Monday, July 8, 2019, peacefully surrounded by his immediate family. He was born September 13, 1936, in Dakota County, Minnesota, son of John and Mary (Becker) Meiers. Bob graduated from Hastings High School in 1954 and joined the United States Air Force from 1954 to June 1958, as Airman 1st Class assigned to the 509th Bombardment Wing, Strategic Air Command at Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico. Bob married his beautiful wife, Ingrid (Kitty) Kraemer on December 2, 1961, at St Agnes Catholic Church in St Paul, MN.…

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    Richard D. “Dick” Stark

    August 12, 1945 to July 8, 2019 Richard D. “Dick” Stark Richard “Dick” Stark, age 73 of Hastings, died peacefully at home following an extended illness on Monday evening, July 8, 2019. Richard Donald, the son of William B. Sr. and Elvira M. (Hoffman) Stark, was born on August 12, 1945, in Hastings, Minnesota. Following his graduation from Hastings High School with the class of 1963, Dick continued his education at University of Wisconsin ~ River Falls. Dick worked at Central Natural Gas Company for a brief time, Red Owl Grocery for ten years, and eventually began working for the FAA Flight Service. Throughout his career, Dick worked at Minneapolis…

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    Charles F. Gegen

    December 25, 1933 to July 4, 2019 Charles F. Gegen Charles F. Gegen (a.k.a. Charlie, Step Daddy, Poppi, “The Legend”), age 85. Born on Christmas, 1933. Passed away on the 4th of July, 2019 with his loving wife, Susan, by his side. Charlie was bigger than life. He went to Hastings High School, Winona State University, and St. Paul College of Law (William Mitchell). He practiced law, primarily in Hastings, until he was elected Judge. He stayed in that position for over twenty years until joining his wife, Susan, in her law practice. He spent his career making people laugh, teaching young lawyers, and advising new elected judges. His antics…

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    James A. “Jim” Maher

    August 10, 1924 to July 5, 2019 James A. “Jim” Maher James A. “Jim” Maher, age 94 of Hastings, died peacefully following an extended illness on Friday evening July 5, 2019, at Regina Senior Living. James Arthur, the son of Bernard and Helen (Fahey) Maher, was born on August 10, 1924, in Hastings. Following his graduation from Hastings High School, Jim enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp and served in North Africa during WWII. He later received an Honorable Discharge and many medals including: American Theater Service Metal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars, and a Good Conduct Metal. After returning to Hastings, Jim…