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    Gloria A. Robinson,
    Age 87 of Hastings, died suddenly but peacefully on Saturday morning, May 23, 2020, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Gloria is survived by her children, Stephen (Don Kiser) Robinson, David Robinson, Karen (John) Medina, and Kathy Robinson; grandchildren, Gary (Holly) Robinson, Angela (Josh) Moseng, Paula Robinson, Justin Robinson, Ryan Medina, and Joshua (Cassie) Medina; great grandchildren, Anika, Alivia, Megan, RaShawn, and Brooke; sister, Judy Langeslay; and by many other relatives and friends. Due to the limitations of COVID-19, a Celebration of Gloria's Life will be held at a later date.

    Larry T. Roche,
    Age 74 of Hastings, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 24, 2020, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Arrangements are being completed and will be announced later.

    Donald "Don" Denn,
    A lifelong resident of Hastings, passed away suddenly but peacefully on Friday evening, May 22, 2020, at Regina Medical Center in Hastings at the age of 81. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

    Carolyn Armitage Feilmeier
    Age 76 of Hastings passed on Friday, May 22, 2020 A celebration of Carolyns life is planned for September when we can all come together in person to honor her memory.

    Allison Hanek,
    Age 25, of Hastings, passed away May 18, 2020. A Private Family Service will be held on Friday (5/22.

    Sandra J. Horsch,
    Age 79, of Coates, passed away May 17, 2020. A service will be held at a later date.

    Ryan August Stewart
    Age 41, formerly of Hastings, MN passed away suddenly on May 15th 2020 in Decatur IL.

    Survived by his mother Susan Schlussler Stanley & Brother Chad Stewart of Hastings, Wife & Step Daughter of Decatur, IL, Nephew Tyler, and many Aunts and Uncles, & Cousins.

    Memorial service pending at a later date.

    Dorothy M. Loesch,
    Age 98, of Hastings, passed away peacefully at Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott, WI on May 15, 2020.

    She was born in Havre, MT on August 16, 1921 to Frank and Gertrude (O'Keefe) Miller. Dorothy grew up in Belchester and graduated from Goodhue High School in 1939. At age 20 she became a Beautician. She married Arnold Loesch on January 10, 1942.

    Dorothy was a Beautician for 70 years, having the longest held Beauticians license in Minnesota. Besides the shops she had on her own or with her sister, Ruth Bremer, she also styled hair for the Caturia Funeral Home. At the age of 80, she opened her shop at the new Oak Ridge Assisted Living. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, dancing, and spending time with her family.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Loesch; son, Kenneth Loesch; granddaughter, Nancy; sisters, Marion Peine, Bernice Sherry, Emaline Hamilton, and brother, Raymond Miller.

    Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Judy (Louie) Langenfeld, Mary (Larry) Yoswa, Joyce (Dan) Ostendorf, and Joann (Ron) Otto; son, Nicholas (Shirley) Loesch; 16 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; siblings, Jean McGree, Ruth Bremer, and Audrey Connolly; sister in law, Joan Miller; many other relatives and friends.

    A private family service will be held at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery.

    The Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel is serving the family. Visit hastingsmnfuneral.com to view the memorial video and sign the online tribute page.

    To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dorothy M. Loesch please visit our Tribute Store.
       

    Patricia E. "Patty" McDermott,
    Age 80 of Hastings and formerly of rural Mingo, Iowa, died peacefully from natural causes on Friday morning, May 15, 2020, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. A graveside service will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Union Chapel Cemetery in rural Mingo.

    Richard A. "Rich" Kreitling,
    Age 84 of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Clearwater, Florida, and recently of Hastings, died peacefully following an extended illness on Saturday morning, May 9, 2020, at The Gardens of Cannon Falls. Rich is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Kreitling; daughters and their families, Kathy, Karen, Kristin, Karol, and Kendall; step children, Dawn Cross, Debra SuttonBrown, and Steve (Kate) Sutton-Brown; many grandchildren and one great granddaughter; sisters, Betty (Ed) Engle and Ginny (Pat) Baker; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Due to the current restrictions of Covid-19, a Celebration of Rich's Life will be held at a later date.

    Peter E. "Pete" Mollick,
    Age 70 of Hastings, died at home on Thursday morning, May 7, 2020, following a short battle with cancer. A private family service will be held for Pete.
    In lieu of flowers, Pete's family requests memorials be made to Lakeside Cemetery in his honor.

    Arloine J. Bullington,
    Age 92 of Hastings, died following an extended illness on Tuesday evening, May 5, 2020 at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. Due to the current restrictions of COVID-19, a memorial service and celebration of Arloine's life will be held at a later date, followed by interment at Lakeside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Regina Senior Living Pauline Unit in Hastings.

    David Anthony VonArx,
    Age 76 of Hastings, away peacefully on May 6, 2020 surrounded by his family. When allowed, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Interment will follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

    Delores "Laurie" Lawrence,
    Age 94 of Welch, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, May 5, 2020, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. A private family service was held with Gordon Gathright officiating. The Lawrence Family wishes to thank all of the staff at Regina Senior Living for their compassionate care they gave to Laurie in these troubled times. The family also requests that memorials be directed to the donor's choice in memory of Laurie. In this unprecedented time, please say a prayer for all and keep your loved ones close and safe.

    Joan Marie Tonsager
    Age 92 of Hastings, passed Monday, April 13, in Mesa, Arizona. She was the loving wife of Roger Tonsager for 73 years.

    She is survived by her husband and nine children: Luella (Jerry) Kramer, John (Mary) Tonsager, Cecelia (Bruce) Bauer, Gregory (Valerie) Tonsager, Kathy Lakin, Mary (Kevin) Fogarty, Madonna (Michael) Denley, Veronica (Lance) Johnstone, and Peter (Janet) Tonsager.

    She will also be greatly missed by her 24 Grandchildren, 30 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-great- Grandchildren. Also survived by her siblings Bud Mahowald and Mary (John) Wren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremy Lakin and her siblings: Jerry Mahowald, Donald Mahowald and Richard Mahowald.

    Joan was born on September 5, 1927 in Lakeville, Minnesota to Nicholas and Marie Mahowald. As a child of the Great Depression and a teenager during WW II, her experiences in those formative years influenced her greatly. Remarkably, it gave her a positive outlook on life and the appreciation of the beauty that surrounded her, not only in nature but in mankind.

    In 1947, she married Roger Tonsager, her high school sweetheart, and they moved to Hastings, Minnesota to raise their family in a neighborhood on a "pleasant hill" surrounded by large families.

    If we are all a sum of those that came before us, then Joan has influenced her family in countless ways. From her father, a Police Chief, she learned compassion and the ability to always look beyond appearance and social standing for the good in others. From her mother, the love of cooking and the joys of reading. She encouraged all her children to read and to share what good books they had found with others. She loved art in any form and would take the family on trips to museums to show them what man could create. Gardening was a passion as it was also a form of art, to see a bare patch of ground, imagine the possibilities and transform it to a thing a beauty. Weeding with her was an education in the boundless beauty of nature and it was also the time of quiet contemplation.

    Joan valued education and encouraged her children to expand their minds and pursue their dreams, whatever that might be. She rejoiced in the variety of their dreams from hiking in the SW in pursuit of Native American petroglyphs, creating museum quality quilts, turning the perfect piece of pottery, exploring the far reaches of the earth, creating gardens of beauty and many numerous other accomplishments. When her grandchildren followed in their parents footsteps and greatly expanded their worlds, she always knew where each and every one was, what they were doing and was proud of each of them.

    "Her smile would light up the room" and any visitor to her house would be greeted by that smile and her undivided attention whether they were 72 or 2. She especially enjoyed her time with her grandchildren, listening to their stories, sitting and coloring with them or putting together puzzles, watching their faces light up in wonder as they walked to the back garden with her. When family members would visit for several hours, the evening would end in a game of cards or, her favorite game, Spinner. She almost always won as she had the ability to strategize and see possible plays well in advance. If you were able to win one game against her in your lifetime that was an accomplishment you would never forget. Yet she was not competitive and to play with her was just plain fun.

    For the last thirty-seven years, she had one-week of alone time with her beloved family as they made their annual summer trip to resorts in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and once in the UP of Michigan. The last twelve years were spent in Little Norway, Minnesota. Every family that could make the trip would rent a cabin and have dinner together every night where they would share their experiences of the day: fishing, hiking, biking or simply sitting on the porch watching the children play or swim in the lake. There would be arts and crafts projects for the grandkids and Joan would join in. Her grandchildren always felt comfortable in Gram's cabin as they knew they were loved and welcome. She loved watching the sunrise in the quiet of the morning, drinking her cup of coffee and listening to call of the loon.

    Once all her children had married and some had moved out-of-state, Joan decided it was time to have a yearly weekend girl's trip somewhere within driving distance or a short flight to spend some quality time together. Each daughter or daughter-in-law would arrange one aspect of the trip: hotel accommodations, play possibilities, tours (because you do not go anywhere without learning about that place), museums, travel arrangements and, of course, the best places to eat. That time spent with her was filled with laughter and is priceless.

    Joan never traveled far from home until her 40's. Having a child move out-of-state was the first stimulus for Roger and Joan to pack up the car with the youngest kids and drive to Michigan. She loved seeing new places and learning about them. When she discovered an Elder Hostel Catalogue at the local library, she realized she could travel and take classes at the same time. By the time Roger retired, the first trip was planned and for years they would travel within the United States and Europe. When her youngest daughter' husband was transferred to Germany for several years, an Elder Hostel trip was planned and extended to stay with them.

    Joan had endless patience, not only in dealing with others, but in learning new crafts. An example of her patience, determination and artistic talent is her creation of needlework Christmas ornaments. When her first Grandchild was born, she decided to make him a Christmas ornament for his first Christmas and for each Christmas of his childhood. Of course, when you do that for one, you do it for everyone. As the number of Grandchildren grew, she would have to start the next years immediately after finishing the current year. As her arthritis progressed and her vision diminished, this became a labor of love. Now there are 24 Christmas Trees from coast to coast decorated with symbols of Grandma' love. We hope that we are a sum of those who came before us. She is greatly missed.

    The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Encompass Health Rehabilitation, Advanced Health of Mesa and Crismon Peaks for their loving care and compassion during Joan' last three months. We would like to also thank Joan' sister, Mary, for her love and dedication for making long drives daily to sit at Joan' bedside and help her through this time. Finally, there are not enough words to thank Joan's Granddaughter, Sara, for her endless love and help in finding the right places for Gram, making appointments, finding the best doctors, transporting Roger and giving him the support he needed, keeping us all informed of the multiple and interlocking pieces of information, basically for being our hero.

    A memorial in Joan' memory will be held at a later date when all the family can be together. Memorials in Joan's name can be made to the place she dearly loved, Pleasant Hills Library of Hastings, 1490 South Frontage Road, Hastings, MN 55033.
       

    Lova Irene Dotson,
    A longtime resident of Hastings, Minnesota, died April 28, 2020 at the age of 96, in Sun City West, Arizona.
    Memorial gifts preferred to Hastings Family Service, 301 Second Street East, Hastings, MN.

    Mary Sue Engstrom,
    Age 54, of Hastings, passed away peacefully at home on April 30, 2020. A Private Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Blane Wasnie, will be held on Tuesday (5/5). Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Hastings Family Service or donor's choice. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

    Vernon F. Fox,
    A past long time principal of SEAS Elementary School, Age 83, of Hastings, passed away April 26, 2020. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May, 11 at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

    Mary D. Sorenson,
    Age 95 of Hastings, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday morning, April 28, 2020, at Augustana Care of Hastings. Mary is survived by her children, Susan Kinzer, Linda (John) Gunter, Mary (Mike) Gove, Michael (Kathy) Sorenson, Stephen Sorenson, and Paul (Tina) Sorenson; thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; sister, Maynora (DeWayne) Kirk; special friends, Wanda Gunter and Lorraine Humbert; and by many other relatives and friends. Due to the current restrictions of COVID-19, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church at a later date. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.


    Robert J. (Bob) Johnson
    Age 83 is survived by his wife, Janice (Stowell), and have been married for 56 years. Together they raised three children, Thomas (Carrie) Johnson, Mark (Lisa) Johnson, and Amy (Brian) Husebye. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Andrew, Brittany, Rebekah, and Carly and also by his brothers and sister. A private family service was held on April 30, 2020. A celebration of life will be held later in the year. Donations are encouraged to the Parkinson's Foundation Minnesota or the Minnesota Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

    Paul Welshons,
    The founder and longtime owner of DCA Title, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday morning, April 26, 2020, at the age of 93.

    Paul R., the son of Adam and Martha (Sieben) Welshons, was born on November 16, 1926, in Hastings. He attended Guardian Angels Catholic School and graduated from Hastings High School with the class of 1944. Paul then enlisted in the United States Army during WWII, and later received an Honorable Discharge. Following his return to Minnesota, Paul attended the University of Minnesota and met the love of his life, Rita A. Schwartzhoff, and was later married on October 4, 1947. Paul began working as a Deputy Register of Deed's for his father, and later started DCA Title in 1957. He continued to operate the business until selling to his sons in 1989.

    Over the years, Paul was a very active volunteer throughout Hastings and in the Minnesota Land Title Association. Paul was a very generous man who enjoyed supporting various organizations within the community any way he could. Paul was also a seventy-two year member of the Knights of Columbus 1600 in Hastings, as well as a dedicated member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Paul loved playing golf and was a member of the Hastings Country Club. Most of all, Paul enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rita; and by his many siblings.

    Paul is survived by his children, Barbara (Mike) McBeath, Gretchen Welshons, Gwendolyn Lambert, Paula (Michael Silberbach) Welshons, Marita (Mark) Bliven, Richard (Jodie) Welshons, and David (Molly) Welshons; twenty grandchildren and many great grandchildren; and by many other relatives and friends.

    Private family graveside services will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Cemetery in Hastings.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hastings Family Service, Parkinson Research Foundation, or to the donor's choice in his memory.

    Bertrand D. "Bert" Goderstad,
    Age 85 of Hastings, died peacefully following an extended illness on Sunday morning, April 26, 2020, at Prescott Nursing and Rehab. Bert is survived by his wife, Margaret; son, Todd (Susan) Goderstad; grandchildren, Lindy (Michael) Waskosky and Erik (Kate) Goderstad; great grandchildren, Tristen, Elisha, Jeremiah, Jace, and Jada Waskosky; and by many other relatives and friends. Due to the current limitations with COVID-19, a Celebration of Bert's Life will be held at St. Philip's Lutheran Church at a later date. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to St. Phillips Church or St. Olaf College.

    James A. "Jim" Keefe,
    Age 68 of Minneapolis and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully Sunday morning, April 26, 2020, at M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.


    Audrey I. Ceran,
    Age 98, of Hastings, passed away April 20, 2020. She was born in Minneapolis on January 19, 1922 to Glen and Ella Hanson. She is survived by children, Lezlie Ceran; grandchildren, Luciana (Ryan) Sullivan, Loren (Brittany) Thoman, and Richard Farwell; great grandchildren, Ariana and Leah Flowers; step great grandchildren, Cady and Payton Sullivan, other relatives and friends. A Private Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 27th


    Clarence M. "Mike" Matzek,
    Age 77 of Hastings, died peacefully at home following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease on Thursday morning, April 16, 2020. Mike is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years, Sharon; children, Michelle Matzek, Mark (Mary Margaret) Matzek, and Julie (Dan) Mattimiro; grandchildren, Thomas (fiancee Abby Schultz), Alaina, Sophia, and Elise Mattimiro, and William and Owen Matzek; siblings, Mary (Joe) Theisson, Robert (Peggy) Matzek, Walter (Carol) Matzek, Richard (Susan) Matzek, and Judy (Tim) Rohl; brothers-in-law, Ronald (Bernadine) Borowiak and Robert (Barb) Borowiak; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. A private family service will be held with interment following at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Cemetery.


    Alfred D. "Curly" Lundberg,
    Age 91 of Hastings, died peacefully at home on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, surrounded by is loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brothers, Valgean and Vernon Lundberg; brother, Clinton Lundberg; and by his sister, Astrid Beck. Alfred is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Joan Lundberg; children, Randy (Peggy) Lundberg and Mike (Melissa) Lundberg; grandchildren, David Lundberg, Jeanna Clarke, and Eric Loesch; great grandchildren, Wyatt, Charolette, and Dylan; sister, Audrey Moffatt; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. A private family memorial service will be held with interment at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.


    Frank Oliver Frost ("Spitty"),
    Age 80, passed away on April 8, 2020 at home surrounded by loved ones. Frank leaves behind his wife, Karrol and three children, Steve (Kathy), Mike and Susan (Martin) McVicker; 10 grandchildren, Robert, Sara, Olivia, Ashley, Crysta, Skylar, Shayne, Taeler, Keagan and Zander; and 4 great grandchildren, Ava, Rylan, Everly and Oaklyn (whom all loved him dearly). He is also survived by a brother, Bob (Mary Lou) Frost, and two sisters, Margaret (Dave) Hanson, and Rose Mary (Dave) Bignell; sister-in-law, Joan Frost; many nieces and nephews and loved ones.A service of celebration will be held on a later date when it is safe to gather.


    Delores B. Horsch,
    Age 97 of Hastings, died peacefully at Regina Senior Living on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. Delores was preceded in transition by her parents; husband, Chris; daughter, Linda Siebenaler; son-in-law, Chris Corbin; and by three sisters and five brothers. Mom will be greatly missed by her children, David Horsch, Dianne (Mike) Pugh, Joanne Corbin, and Denise (Rich) Kendall; eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren; son-in-law, Ed Siebenaler; and by many other relatives and friends. Due to the current limitations of Covid-19, a private family graveside service will take place at St. Agatha's Cemetery in Coates. A future Mass will be said in her memory at Regina Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Delores' family requests memorials be given to Hastings Family Service in her memory.

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