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    Fredrick Leo Bauer,
    a loving father and grandfather, age 63, of Hastings, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Hastings. Visitation for Fred Bauer will be held Friday, March 23, 2018, from 4:00-8:00 PM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville, 23955 Nicolai Ave., Hastings and also 1 hour prior to the funeral on Saturday. The Funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. Terry Beeson and Fr. Martin Siebenaler, will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, March 24, 2018 also at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

    Beverly E. Virblas,
    Age 75 of Coates, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday morning, March 16, 2018.Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.

    Monica (Reinardy) Snyder,
    Age 75 of Hastings, died peacefully at home following an extended illness on Friday morning, March 16, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held at church from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    Dianne V. Schiller,
    age 65 of Miesville, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday evening, March 16, 2018.Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville, with Father Terry Beeson officiating. Private family interment will be held at the parish cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at church on Friday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    Esther Jane Dahl,
    Age 52, of Maplewood, MN died early Friday, March 9, 2018 at her home following a lengthy illness. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Our Saviour's Ev. Lutheran Church, at 400 W. 9th Street in Hastings, MN.   A visitation will be 1 hour prior to that service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

    Melissa Ann "Missy" Christofferson
    Age 41, of St. Paul, passed unexpectedly on March 6th following a heart attack. Missy passed peacefully in her family's arms. She was welcomed into heaven by her big brother, Jason (Jake) Grembowski.A memorial service will be held on Saturday (3/10) Interment, Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.

    Richard "Dickie" Becker,
    Age 64 of Hastings, died peacefully following a recent illness on Monday evening, March 5, 2018, at United Hospital in St. Paul.

    Richard Francis, the son of Peter J. and Philomena A. (Meier) Becker, was born on February 7, 1954, in Hastings. Dickie attended Hastings High School and graduated with the class of 1972. While in high school, he worked at Red Owl before beginning his forty three year career at Smead Mfg. in Hastings. On May 26, 1990, Dickie was united in marriage to Denise Courneya at St. Boniface Catholic Church.

    Dickie loved being outdoors, and especially loved to hunt and fish. Throughout his life, he enjoyed participating in Demo Derby's, racing with the rest of the Becker family, and working on lawn mowers and snow blowers. No matter what needed fixing, Dickie was often the first person family and friends would call to get the job taken care of. He will always be remembered for his gift of gab, and never missed the opportunity to participate in gatherings throughout the community.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his siblings and their spouses, Jerry (Donna), Pete (Shirley), and Eugene (Pauline).

    Dickie is survived by his wife of nearly twenty-eight years, Denise; sisters, Mary (Ron) Novotny, and Martha Nygaard; his dogs, Buddy and Bella; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father David Hennen officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings, and will continue for one hour prior to Mass at church on Thursday morning.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in memory of Dickie.

    Arrangements are being completed by Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings.

    Robert "Bob" Lee Moore,
    Age 57, of Hastings, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Delaware, Ohio.Family, friends, and others whose lives Bob touched are invited to the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Resurrection United Methodist Church in Hastings, with Gordon Gathright officiating. Visitation will be held at church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

    Clayton Earl McDougall,
    Was born on March 13, 1934, at a private residence in Dodge Center, MN. On February 25, 2018, at almost 84 years of age, his heavenly father called him home. His unconditional belief in the Lord Jesus Christ brought him total peace and comfort to be welcomed home by his heavenly family. As the family Patriarch, he provided guidance and spiritual inspiration, along with his devoted wife Sharon of 58 years by his side; six children, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, which made him the richest man on earth. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who surrounded him with love during the journey of his passing and celebrate the fact that he is with his almighty creator for eternal life.

    Clayton was born to the late Neil and Alice McDougall, who were adoring parents. He grew up cherishing his Welsh and Scottish heritage with a foundation of visiting and treasuring relatives, which he carried on to his family. He was blessed with his older Sister June, whom he was very close until her passing in 2008. Clayton was proud of being a small-town boy, who grew up in Judson, MN; working on farms, playing softball (his Dad umpired, and Mom ran concessions), and playing the game of football which, he loved for the Nicollet Raider team as the homecoming king. His Grandfather, Uncles, and Father were all railroad professionals and he followed them in to the family trade. As a boy, he would dream of traveling the country and he fulfilled his dream throughout his over 40-year career in transportation. He met and married his loving wife Sharon in 1959 in Rochester, MN; with Clayton wanting two children and Sharon wanting twelve, they compromised on an even six. They moved and traveled too many places while increasing their family to the agreed upon six children along the way. Clayton and Sharon with their six children settled in Hastings, MN, in 1975. They moved their family from Waukesha, WI, when he accepted a position as "Special Agent" with the Federal Interstate Commerce Commission. His office was located in the Courts building in downtown Minneapolis. In 1984, led by the Lord he became the Assistant Champlain for the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, where he shared the good news of Jesus Christ to the staff and inmates for over twenty-five years. Clayton spoke fondly of his beloved relatives, friends, and classmates from the Nicollet class of 1952 (who knew him as "MAC"). He is well known for his competitive nature during cribbage games, his love of the MN Vikings, and eating dessert with his meal. He retired in 1996 and spent the rest of his days on earth with the love of his life "Sharon" and his entire family. Continuing in the transportation business after retirement, Clayton and Sharon would drive Grand-kids around, always with a hug and a smile.

    Clayton is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children, Christopher (Theresa) of Burnsville, Colleen Carl of Hastings, Teresa Kaye of Cannon Falls, Daniel (Susan) of Arden Hills, Anne (Brent) Lindberg of Hastings, and Melanie (Harold) Spencer of Farmington. His grandchildren, Corey Latuff, Jeremy (Ashley) Carl, Jason Carl, Justin (Tiffany) Carl, Angela McDougall, Leah McDougall, Seth McDougall, Travis Lindberg, Tessa Lindberg, Charlie Lindberg, Mason Spencer, Madison Spencer, and Mitchell Spencer. Great Grandchildren Alexis Carl, Brooks Carl, Brayden Carl and Liana Carl. He is preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Alice McDougall; and his sister, June Huemoeller.

    A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring Street, Hastings, MN. His funeral service will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Bible Church, 735 East 10th Street, Hastings, MN, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.

    The Wise Family Funeral Home is serving the family. Visit to sign the tribute page and view the memorial video.

    Kathleen "Kathie" Johnson,
    Age 66, of Cottage Grove, passed away February 24, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday (3/3) with a visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings.

    Bernard "Barney" Ostertag
    Age 80 of Hampton, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, February 20, 2018, at Kingsley Shores Senior Living in Lakeville.Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Richard M. "Dick" Root,
    Age 71, of Hastings, passed away at home February 18, 2018, after a long 2-year battle with lymphoma, surrounded by his family. Dick was born in the Spring Valley, MN area, grew up in a farming family, attended a one-room schoolhouse and participated in football, basketball, and track and field (his favorite). He got a BA degree in teaching from Winona State, taught PE and coached sports. He spent 2 3/4 years serving in the Army, stationed at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. He got a second degree in Math and started his career as an accountant, working for the firm he would later become part owner of, Rahn, Neisen and Root, CPA. Dick loved participating in many sports, especially golf, hiking and riding bikes on trails. He was a loving and caring man with all he met and knew. He will be greatly missed.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Blanche Root. Dick is survived by his wife, Jewel; children, Jennifer (Jason) Schumacher, Erik Root, and Heidi (Robert) Miller; grandchildren, Tyler, Lucas Erynn, Isabel, and, Adalyn; sister, Linda (Thomas) Montgomery; nieces, nephews, and relatives.

    A memorial service will be held on Wednesday (2/28) at 11:00 AM at Resurrection United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St., Hastings. A gathering will be held on Tuesday (2/27) from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Memorials preferred.

    The Wise Family Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family. Visit to sign the online tribute page and view the memorial video.

    Donna J. Zeien,
    Age 86 of Hastings, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday evening, February 17, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings.

    Donna Jean, the daughter of Daniel and Myrtle (Brott) Walters, was born on May 8, 1931, in New Hampton, Iowa. Following her graduation as Salutatorian from New Hampton High School with the class of 1949, Donna was united in marriage to Harold G. Zeien on February 14, 1950, in New Hampton. In 1953, they moved to Hastings and raised their family. Donna was a longtime employee at Regina Hospital for almost forty years. She continued to be actively involved at Regina by volunteering in various capacities, as well as being a member of Regina Auxiliary. Donna enjoyed all sorts of crafts, playing poker, sewing, and collecting pottery, bells, and paperweights. She had a heart of gold and would do anything to help her family and friends. Most of all, Donna loved spending time with her family, especially over the holidays.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold, children, John and Deborah Zeien, her son-in-law, Steven Marquette; and by her siblings, Arthur, Ruth, Elouise, Betty, and Robert.

    Donna is survived by her loving children, Barbara Ann Zeien (John Togneri), Patricia (Leon) Johnson, Linda (Neil) Stokke, Jane (Randy) Scott, Kathy (Paul) Haugo, Christine Zeien (significant other, Steven Kurtz), Ron (Kathleen) Zeien, and Richard (Cindy) Zeien; her ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father Thomas O'Brien officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursday morning at church.

    Arrangements are being completed by Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings.

    Kevin Alan Scott,
    Age 61, of Hastings, MN, formerly of Lanesboro, MN, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 15th of multiple organ failures due to cardiac arrest. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 18 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at The Granary, 100 Beacon St. W, Lanesboro, MN. Memorials preferred.

    Marshall Shapiro,
    Age 88 of Hastings, died peacefully on Friday morning, February 16, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 will follow at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and a reception will follow the service, all at the funeral home on Saturday.

    Martin Leo Bauer,
    Age 67, of Hastings, MN passed away peacefully February 9th, 2018.

    He was born February 4th, 1951 in Hastings, MN where he spent his days working alongside his brother Robert Bauer on the family farm. He loved his fourwheelers, his dog Ziggy, and the county fair. He is survived by his two brothers Robert and Don Bauer, sisters Geraldine Poppler, and Monica Milner and many nieces and nephews.

    Martin was preceded in death by his parents Mike and Florence Bauer and sister Elaine Kaiser.

    A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church hall, February 21st at Noon-3pm.

    Orval "Roger" Sanford,
    Age 74 of Prescott, passed away February 14, 2018 at United Hospital in St. Paul, surrounded by his loving family. Roger was born April 24, 1943 in Maiden Rock, WI to Charles and Francis (Peterson) Sanford. He graduated from Prescott High School. Roger proudly served his country in the United States Army. Roger was united in marriage to Judy M. Wright on February 19, 1966 in Hastings, MN. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Tammy; and three sons, Chuck, Bob and Bill. Roger worked as a Production Operator for 3M for over 40 years. He served for 15 years as a firefighter for the Prescott Fire Department.

    A true outdoorsman, Roger appreciated the peacefulness of fishing, deer hunting, camping, and being with his family at their cabin. Most important to Roger was his family. He was a great example to his children, and provided a memory rich childhood to them. He was a dedicated husband, a loving father, and a cherished grandfather. Roger loved his family well, and treasured every minute he had with his grandchildren. He adored his special companion, his dog, Snickers, who was always by his side. Being a sports lover and a true Wisconsinite, Roger was a devoted Green Bay Packers, Badgers, and Brewers fan. He always looked forward to watching his grandchildren competing in their favorite sports, and especially enjoyed wrestling. Roger had a gracious heart, opening his home to others, and providing a helping hand to anyone who needed. His great sense of humor was sure to bring a smile to those around him.

    Roger will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of almost 52 years, Judy; daughter, Tammy (Joe) Rose of Baldwin; sons, Chuck (Erin) Sanford of Prescott, Bob (Sandra) Sanford of Duluth, and Bill (Stacy) Sanford of Prescott; grandchildren: Zachary Sanford, Jordon Sanford, Jacob Sanford, Brittany Sanford, Justin Rose, Ty Sanford, Delaney Sanford, Rylie Sanford, Payton Sanford, and Brayden Sanford; sister-at-heart, Linda Groom of New Richmond; along with many nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gerald Sanford.

    A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place 2:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the O'Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 1339 Orrin Rd., Prescott, with a Memorial Service at 4:00 PM. Military honors provided by the Prescott American Legion, will immediately follow the service. Roger's grandchildren, whom he adored, will be honorary urn bearers.

    The O'Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott is in charge of the arrangements.

    James "Jim" Edward Clement,
    Age 73 of Hastings, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018. A celebration of life service is planned for the spring.

    Loretta A. Schaffer,
    Age 94 of Miesville, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018, at Augustana Care of Hastings.

    Born in Ellsworth, Wisconsin on September 1, 1923, Loretta was the middle child of Carl and Mary Loretta "Etta" (Saxton) Yanisch. Her sister, Iva Marie, and brother Jerry, preceded her in death. They lived in Red Wing, where Loretta attended school. Upon completion of high school, she attended Red Wing Teacher College. After graduation, she taught one-room schoolhouse in Goodhue County for five years.

    She met her husband, Eugene A. Schaffer roller skating at Bellchester. They were married September 3, 1946, and celebrated 54 years of marriage until his death in June 2001.

    Loretta moved to the farm in Miesville and lived there for 70 years. She said she never had to turn the light on at night because she knew every nook and cranny in the house. She was often teased about being a "city slicker" who became a farm wife. Their marriage was about love and partnership. Every morning she was in the milk house cleaning the milkers and in the summer on the tractor baling hay.

    Community service was important to Loretta. As a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville, she was active in the Ladies Circle where she chaired the Summer Chicken Dinner and Festival. Eugene was a church trustee and Loretta helped with church financials. She and Eugene were both involved in the Catholic Aid Society and St. Joseph Bible Study.

    When Douglas 4-H Club, the second oldest 4-H club in Dakota County was on the verge of closing, Loretta and Eugene took over the leadership. 4-H became part of their family's DNA and long-lasting friendships were formed for the entire family. Loretta and Eugene were both 4-H leaders for over 30 years. Her children marveled at the fact that she could drive back and forth to Farmington during the Dakota County Fair, five times a day. Loretta volunteered and judged at both Cannon Valley Fair and the Dakota County Fair.

    She was involved in the University of Minnesota Extension programs and the Dakota County One- Room School House Heritage Village in Farmington. She was named one-room school house teacher of the year by the Dakota City Heritage Village. She taught as a volunteer in the one-room school at the Dakota County Fairgrounds for visiting classes from all over the country.

    Loretta volunteered for DARTS in Hastings, was an election judge, and participated in many community service projects. She and Eugene hosted foreign exchange students through the University of Minnesota as well as students and professors through the Minnesota International Center.

    She taught her family through example that community service was important.

    Loretta and Eugene were blessed to have a core group of friends who got together monthly for cards, snowmobile adventures, picnics in the woods, fishing and vacations. They shared a love of adventure and nature. This group extended to their children and grandchildren and they taught everyone the importance of friendship and caring.

    When the farm needed to have a name for its registered Holstein's, she created the name ELMEGCA Farm by using the first letters of all of the family members (Eugene, Loretta, Mary, Elaine, George, Carol, Allen).

    Loretta and Eugene have five children, all who survive her; Mary C. Schaffer and husband Wayne Walls; George Schaffer; Carol and Jim Stoffel, their two children Robin and Joe Neuenfeldt and Shawn and Annette Stoffel; Elaine and Jack Manovich and son Nick Manovich; and Allen and Sharon Schaffer and sons Jeffrey and Nicole Schaffer, Jason and Jessica Schaffer and Justin Schaffer. She has nine great grandchildren, Ben and James Neuenfeldt, Julianna and Brianna Stoffel, Brooke and Alexis Schaffer and future baby Schaffer in July, Triston, Owen and Mason Schaffer.

    Loretta was the last surviving aunt or uncle on both Schaffer and Yanisch sides of her family and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening, and will continue for one hour prior to Mass on Saturday morning, ALL AT CHURCH.

    In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Miesville Volunteer Fire Department (14221 240th St E, Hastings, MN 55033), or to a charity of your choice.

    Arrangements are being completed by Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings.


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