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    Benjamin "Ben" Sontag,
    longtime business owner and resident of Hastings, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 21, 2018, at United Hospital in St. Paul, at the age of 96.

    After seeing a need for a lumber yard in Hastings, Ben opened the Hastings Lumber Mart in 1949. His talent for woodworking and developing homes throughout Hastings allowed him to successfully operate the lumber yard until selling it to United Building Center in 1982. Ben was also actively involved in partnership of the Ready-Mix Plant, True Value Hardware, and was one of the original owners of KDWA. He enjoyed the opportunity to keep busy to help better the community. Ben was a dedicated member of Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus 1600, and the Lumbermans Association. He also served on the Board of Directors at First National Bank and Northwest Bank, as well as Trustee of St. Boniface Catholic Church, all in Hastings.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father Michael Barsness and Father Martin Siebenaler concelebrating. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 will be held at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

    Marcella F. Crear,
    Age 89 of Hastings, died peacefully on Friday afternoon, January 19, 2018, at Woodlyn Heights Healthcare Center in Inver Grove Heights.

    Raymond L. Bowar,
    Age 87, of Hastings, passed away at Regina Senior Living on January 20, 2018. He was born on January 13, 1931, in Faulkton, SD to Joseph and Angeline Bowar. After graduation, he attended St. John's University in Collegeville, MN and then enlisted in the Coast Guard for 3 years. After helping his dad on the farm for a year, he went back to college to South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD earning a degree in electrical engineering. In December of 1955, he was married to Donna Hilkemeier at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Redfield, SD. After graduation, he worked for Unisys for over 30 years, retiring in 1989. After retirement, Ray and Donna were fortunate to do a lot of traveling and spent many winters in Apache Junction, AZ. Ray and Donna were married for 62 years.

    Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Angeline Bowar; son, David; 8 brothers and sisters including Generva Reuland (Bill), Earl Bowar (Gerry), Gerald Bowar (Peggy), Karl Bowar, Marie Lucille Bowar, Beth Flocchini, Marion Baillargeon (Dick), Miriam Strebel (Elwood) and brothers in law Del Hilkemeier and John Klein.

    He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Thomas (Marcia) Bowar, Mary (Charles) Bobertz, Marcia (Mike) Toombs, Janet (Ernie) Krubsack, Cindy (Jim) Mager, Jeff (Sherry) Bowar, and Bernadette Bowar; grandchildren, Joe (Sarah) Bowar, John (Colleen) Bowar, Andy (Emily) Bowar, David (Rachel) Bowar, Stephanie Bowar, Sarah (Adam) Larue, Thomas Bobertz, Matthew (Whitney) Toombs, Phillip Toombs, Max Krubsack, Jeremy Krubsack, Scott Krubsack, Nicole Bowar, Tyler Wicke, JR Mager, Taylore Mager, Austin Castillo, Ryan Castillo, and Mariah Castillo; 7 great-grandchildren, brother Joe Bowar (Corinne), sister Jacque Klein, sisters in law Virginia Hilkemeier and Marlys Esser, brother in law Ron Esser, and many nieces and nephews.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings and 1 hour prior to Mass on Saturday at church. Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery. Memorials preferred.


    The Wise Family6 Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.
       

    Gary "Buckwheat" Heesch,
    Age 77 of Stillwater and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully on Friday afternoon, January 19, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 with the Reverend James Bzoskie officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday morning.

    Raymond A. Hanken,
    Age 65 of Prescott, Wisconsin, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday afternoon, January 19, 2018, following an extended illness. Funeral arrangements pending.

    Mary Kay Hoffman,
    Age 81 of Hastings and formerly New Trier, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, at St. Mary,s Catholic Church in New Trier, with siblings Father Martin, Leonard, and John Siebenaler officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings, and will continue from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at church on Monday morning.

    A complete obituary will be published later.   

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

    Mark A. Wright,
    Age 82 of Denmark Township, died suddenly at home on Monday morning, January 15, 2018. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018, with Gordon Gathright officiating. A reception with Mark's favorite pie and coffee will follow the service, and visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service, all at the funeral home. Private family interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery at a later date.

    Gerlinde M. Adams,
    Age 81 of Hastings, died peacefully on Monday afternoon, January 15, 2018, at Regina Medical Center in Hastings. Private family services will be held in Washington.

    Joan M. Voelker,
    Age 87 of Hastings, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Regina Transitional Care in Hastings, following an extended illness. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am, Thursday January 18, 2018 with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Cemetery in Hastings.

    Jeanette "Jean" State,
    Age 77 of Hastings, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday evening, January 12, 2018. A Celebration of Jean's Life will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center at Spring Lake Park Preserve, 8395 127th Street East, in Hastings.

    Betty Lou Werner,
    Age 86 of Vermillion, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018, at United Hospital in St. Paul, following an extended illness.

    Betty Lou, the daughter of Marcus and Ursula (Shannon) Serres, was born January 21, 1931, in Etter, Minnesota. Following her graduation from Hastings High School with the class of 1949, Betty was united in marriage to Arnold John Werner on November 26, 1949, at Waterloo, Iowa. She was a dedicated homemaker and gardener, an excellent cookie maker, she enjoyed bird watching and spending time with her family.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Beverly Werner; grandson, Brian Peine; husband, Arnold John Werner; siblings, Kate, Rose Ann, Patricia, Bud, John, Bob and Dick.

    Betty is survived by her children, William Werner, John Werner (significant other, Sharon Boisselle), Raymond (Amy) Werner, Michael (Cathy) Werner, Carol (Charles) Raway, James (Cheryl) Werner, Richard (Lori) Werner, JoAnn (David) Peine; daughters-in-law, Denise Werner and Marge (Steve) Seberg; grandchildren, Chad Werner, Kristine (Chad) Manske, Josh Werner, Sarah Werner (significant other, Braden Queen), Eric ( Haley) Raway, Laura ( Aaron) Scherer, Missy (Caleb) Bolton, Mark (Danielle) Werner, Terry Peine, Dannielle (Jacob) Lerum; great grandchildren, Joey and Allison Werner, Conrad and Amarah Manske, Cameron Queen, Libby, Lincoln and Langston Bolten, Grayson Werner, Arnold Lerum, Connor Nadlar, Clara, Ila and Wade Raway, Ayden and Olivia Scherer; brothers, Tim (Carol) Serres, Fred Serres (significant other, Ja reen Doffing); and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Vermillion, with Father Leonard Andrie officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Monday morning, ALL AT CHURCH.

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

    Gerald G. Huffman,
    Age 82 of Hastings, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday evening, January 10, 2018, at Augustana Care of Hastings.

    He was born on February 3, 1935 in Harris, MN, two months early and weighing less than two pounds. When his parents, Leonard and Barbara (Salic) Huffman, were able to bring him home, they brought him home in a shoebox (he was always a survivor). He was also proud of the fact that during his grade school years, he was known as a great speller. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during 1957-59. After returning from the service, he married Dorothy Groth, from Zumbrota, MN. After farming near Cannon Falls, he joined Operating Engineers Local 49 where he ran backhoes and other heavy equipment for 25 years. Later he joined his wife, Dorothy, in working at the Hastings School District where he was custodian prior to his retirement. He was well known throughout the community and entertained everyone he met with his wit and one-liners.

    He was preceded in death by parents and brother, Kenneth Huffman (Cheryl).

    Gerald is survived by wife, Dorothy; son, Rick Huffman (Cassie); daughters, Pam Roline (Alan), and Sandy Carlson (Greg); five loving grandchildren, Andrew and Aaron Roline, and Lauren and Alex Carlson, and Cassie Behnke (Dustin); and sisters, Darlene Groth and Kathleen Clauson (Willis). He is also survived by many wonderful friends from the Ebenezer Care Center and McDonald's of Hastings.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 will be held at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to Mass at church on Friday morning.

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

    Allan D. Davidson
    Age 87, of Hastings, passed away January 8, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (1/13), at 3:00 PM at Park Ridge of Hastings, 901 16th St W, Hastings. A gathering will take place one hour prior to the service. Military Honors provided by VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

    Eugene "Jim" Peter Rotty,
    Age 95 of Hastings, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday afternoon, January 2, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings

    Eugene Peter, the son of John and Clara (Kummer) Rotty, was born November 11, 1922, on the Rotty Family Farm where he lived a full life with his wife Shirley (Otto) and two daughters. Jim was a hard worker who spent his days farming, growing strawberries, and working at HD Hudson Mfg. Jim also served as the Chairman of Vermillion Township for over 30 years. He enjoyed taking rides around the country, listening to music, and spending time with family.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; and by siblings, Kathryn Conzemius, Leona Kimmes, Evarist Rotty, Alois Rotty, and Clarence Rotty.

    Jim is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirley Rotty; daughters, Sue Rotty and Becky (Chuck) Mann; three granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Regina Senior Living Chapel in Hastings, with Father Thomas O'Brien officiating. Visitation will be held at the chapel for one hour prior to the service on Thursday afternoon. Interment will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Cemetery.

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

    Maxon "Max" Kephart,
    Age 79 of Hastings, died suddenly on Saturday afternoon, December 30, 2017, at Regina Hospital in Hastings.

    Maxon Edward, the son of Maxon J. and Vera (Oxford) Kephart, was born on July 7, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa. Max attended Lincoln High School in Des Moines and graduated with the class of 1957. He then enlisted in the United States Army in the security agency division before being honorably discharged. On August 2, 1958, Max was united in marriage to Shirley Trapp in Des Moines; they were recently blessed with fifty-nine years of marriage. Max was a longtime employee of Brockway Glass and later retired from Owens-Illinois. He enjoyed leather tooling, spending time on his hobby farm, and wintering in Brownsville, Texas, with Shirley.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his two sisters, Lois Teer and Elinora Gibbens.

    Max is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; daughters, Cheryl (Neil) Robinson, Julie (Jacques Sr.) Kustritz, and Linda Clark; grandchildren, Jonathan Robinson, Jacques II, Elaine, and Maxon III Kustritz, and Daniel, Bryan, and Lauren Clark; sister, Vonden Durham; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at New Life Evangelical Free Church, 11245 Pt. Douglas Drive South, in Hastings, with Pastor Glenn Olson officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday morning. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.

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

    Wayne E. Saarela,
    Age 71 of Prescott, Wisconsin, died peacefully at home on Wednesday evening, December 27, 2017, following a brief illness. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, with Gordon Gathright officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday morning. A reception will follow the service.

    ,Carolyn "Rosie" Woldengen,
    Age 73 of Hampton, died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, December 21, 2017, at United Hospital in St. Paul, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Hastings. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at church on Friday morning. Private family interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.

    William (Bill a.k.a. "Willie") Vaughan,
    Age 81, a resident of Hastings, died 12/16/2017 at home surrounded by family following an extended battle with COPD.

    He was born December 4, 1936, in Inman Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, the son of Floron & Edna (Rakstad) Vaughan. After attending the nearby rural elementary school and graduating from Henning High School in 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 2 years, including a deployment to South Korea. Following his military service, he moved to the Twin Cities and it was there that he met his future wife, Ms. Colette Griffin. They were married on September 30, 1961, in Shieldsville, MN.

    Bill and Colette moved to the Hastings area in 1969 where they raised their 4 children on a hobby farm. He worked for United Electric Corporation, an industrial equipment supplier for 42 years, the majority of it as an Outside Sales Representative. After Colette passed away in 1997, Bill met, and married Joann Woodbury and they spent the last 18 years together, traveling and socializing throughout their retirement, including annual winter trips to Texas.

    Bill was an outgoing, social man who more than anything else, enjoyed a good (and lively) conversation. He embraced the opportunities of being a salesman and the relationships that accompanied that career. He was a voracious reader of spy thrillers, loved a good Western movie, enjoyed afternoon dances, a top-shelf gin & tonic and viewed negotiating a good deal as the ultimate sport. Bill returned often to spend time with family and friends in Otter Tail County and never missed a hunting camp at the family farm. Family meant the world to him and it was family time that he cherished more than any other.

    Bill is survived by his wife Joann; children, Michael (Elizabeth) of Washington, D.C., Kathy of Lakeville, Mark (Beth) of Hastings, Susan (Al) Westerholm of Prior Lake; 9 grandchildren; sister, Marilyn of Columbia Heights; Joann's 3 daughters, their spouses and 14 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Colette, and his brothers Ralph and Robert (in infancy).

    A funeral service will be held on Thursday (12/21) at 11:00 AM at Resurrection United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St., Hastings. A visitation will be held on Wednesday (12/20) from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Wise Family Funeral & Cremation Services, 400 Spring St., Hastings, and on Thursday (12/21) from 9:30 - 11:00 AM at the church. Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Bill's memory to the United Way of Hastings.

    Wise Family Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.
       


    Dolores M Henry,
    Age 95, of Hastings, passed away at Regina Senior Living on December 13, 2017. A Mass of Christin Burial is pending at Regina Memorial Chapel.

    Gloria Jeanne Knoll,
    Age 88, of Hastings, MN, passed away at Augustana Nursing Home on December 8, 2017. She was born in Hastings, MN to Clarence and Catherine "Renee" Niederkorn on June 8, 1929.

    Gloria was preceded in death by husband, Stephen Knoll; her parents; 2 sisters, Madonna Reardon and Joan Hiniker; and many aunts and uncles.

    Gloria is survived by daughter, Debbie (Larry) Schinke; son, Michael "Chip" (Karen) Knoll; 3 grandchildren, Wendy Schlintz, Stacy Schinke, and Justin Knoll; 3 great grandchildren, Halle Schlintz, Logan Kranz, Keaton McNamara; brother-in-law, Edward Hiniker; sister-in-law, Dorothy "Dubie" Swanson; and many nieces and nephews.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 11 am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th Street, Hastings. A gathering will be held prior to the service from 9:30 am to 11 am Wednesday morning at the church. Interment will be held at will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery at a later date.

    The Wise Family Funeral & Cremations Services of Hastings is in charge of the arrangements.
       

     

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