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    Gary W. Cater,
    Age 78, a lifelong resident of Hastings, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, after a courageous 2 plus year battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

    Gary was the true Cater family patriarch, loved by many, and will be dearly missed.
    Gary was born in Hastings, Minnesota on October 16, 1940, the son of Lorraine D. (Pechacek) and Robert E. Cater. After High School, Gary served his country in the National Guard and US Army for eight years. At 21, he married the love of his life, Mary Ann Bauer, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier.

    Gary worked most of his career at C.F. Industries retiring as Assistant Superintendent in 1998. Gary also served with the Hastings Fire Department for over 22 years. When he was not working, he enjoyed fishing, mowing, gardening, and traveling to his vacation property in Florida but his true passion was his family. Gary was a dedicated member of Resurrection United Methodist Church where he served on the board of trustees, several committees, and fundraised for the youth group through the annual booya event. Gary was always looking for a project to do or help with. He was very patient with those projects and could take many trips to Menard's in order to get everything just right. Gary loved the fellowship of social outings with friends and family. He was known as the chili master within his family. As an avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching the Twins and was a loyal, long-suffering Vikings season ticket holder. His family meant the world to him and he especially loved spending time with his wife, kids and his eight grandchildren. Gary's encouraging words, helping hand, wit, and sense of humor will be always remembered. He was deeply loved and appreciated by family and friends and will be dearly missed.

    Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Lorraine D. and Robert E. Cater; and sister, Ruth Ann Dorschner.

    He will be missed by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann Cater of Hastings; his sons, Dan (Karen) Cater of Hastings and Jaymie (Gwen) Cater of Hastings; his daughter, Tonya (Mike) Brake of Hastings; his grandchildren, Samantha Cater, Zach Cater, Matt Cater, Sydney Cater, Peyton Cater, Jake Brake, Tori Brake, and Mallory Brake; his brother, Lyle (Sarah) Cater of Navarre Beach, Florida; his siblings-in-law, Peter (Jean) Bauer, Florence Bauer, Betty Murphy, Lil (Dan) Hoffman, Adeline (Ken) McDonald, Sylvia (Jim) Kelly, Dorothy (Don) Waltz, Diane Bathrick, Jerry (Barb) Bauer; and many other family and friends.

    A memorial service to celebrate Gary's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Resurrection United Methodist Church, 615 15th Street West, in Hastings. The family invites friends to a visitation on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion Street, in Hastings and also from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. The interment for Gary will take place at Lakeside Cemetery at a future time.

    Memorials will be directed to Resurrection United Methodist Church of Hastings Youth Group or the charity of donor's choice.

    Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings
       


    Joshua Neil Spies,
    Age 35, of Hastings, passed away May 20, 2019. A memorial gathering will be held at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion St. in Hastings on Thursday, May 23rd from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. A memorial service will follow at 6:30 PM.


    Bernice L. Otto,
    Age 89 of Cannon Falls and formerly of New Trier, died peacefully surrounded by her loving children on Monday morning, May 13, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Cannon Falls.

    Bernice, the eldest daughter of Peter and Gertrude (Dummer) Leifeld, was born on September 2, 1929, in Beloit, Wisconsin, and moved to Hastings where she attended Guardian Angels Catholic School. Following her graduation from Hastings High School with the class of 1947, Bernice was united in marriage to Nick "Tubby" Otto on November 12, 1949, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Hastings. They were blessed with eight children and sixty-nine years of marriage prior to Nick's recent passing on December 30, 2018. Bernice was a dedicated homemaker and a wonderful baker and was eager to try new recipes. Bernice also enjoyed canning the countless items that came from Nick's large gardens. She and Nick enjoyed camping, bowling, playing Euchre every Tuesday and Thursday nights at local establishments, going on bus trips with friends, and watching baseball games, especially the Miesville Mudhens, Hampton Cardinals, and the Minnesota Twins. Bernice was also an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. After moving to Twin Rivers in Cannon Falls in 2014, Bernice enjoyed playing bingo, reading, and solving crossword puzzles.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; love of her life, Nick; son-in-law, Harvey Duffing; grandson, Jonathon Otto; sibling, Marcy Gabbert, Leonard Leifeld, Genevieve Wahlstrom, Loretta VanGundy, Lucille Nogle, and Theresa Leifeld; and by the Leifeld and Otto family members that have gone before her.

    Bernice is survived by her children, Jeanne Duffing, Mike (Karen) Otto, Ron (Joann) Otto, Jerry (Michelle) Otto, Julie (Kerry) Otte, Theresa Otto, Ken (Suzy) Otto, and Marv (Deanne) Otto; nineteen grandchildren and thirty-six great grandchildren; sister, Patrica Serres; brothers-in-law, Bob Gabbert, Al VanGundy, Jim Otto and Joe (Karen) Otto; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier, with Father Terry Beeson officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, and for one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday morning, all at church.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Catholic Church in memory of Bernice.

    For guestbook and further information, please visit www.hastingsmnfuneral.com

    Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings.
       


    Harriet M. Brown,
    Age 89 of Denmark Township, died peacefully Saturday morning, May 11, 2019, at Three Links Care Center Reflections in Northfield.

    Harriet Marie was born on December 1, 1929, in Wanamingo, MN, to Harry and Selma Haller. She graduated from Wanamingo High School as the valedictorian of the class of 1948. She completed her degree in Home Economics Education from Augsburg College and taught in Harmony, Detroit Lakes, and St. Paul School Districts for nearly twenty years.

    On July 21,1956, she married Wayne Brown and together they purchased a farm north of Hastings, Minnesota in Washington County. It was on this farm they raised seven children and created a successful Registered Holstein, commercial apple orchard and laying hen operation; Apple Acres Farm. Harriet's passion for agriculture and youth was apparent in all she did. She served as 4-H club leader of Riverside Routers for over twenty years and educated thousands of school children on tours of the farm.

    An original "FarmHER", Harriet courageously continued to farm after the death of her husband Wayne in 1982. Because of her love and dedication to the dairy industry, Harriet was named World Dairy Expo Woman of the Year in 1996. In 1998, she was inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame and served as a mentor to many. Harriet's dedication and involvement in the Holstein industry was evident at the national, state, and local levels.

    Friendships formed through her affiliation with the Holstein Association and her love of that industry was only surpassed by her love and pride in her family. "Grandma Brown" loved following all of her grandchildren's activities and beamed with pride when talking about her children and grandchildren. She was also an avid Minnesota sports fan, especially enjoyed following the Timberwolves, Lakers, Vikings, Twins, and especially the Gopher Men's Basketball team.

    She is survived by her children: Terri (Charles) Dallas, David Brown (Misty Evans), James (Diane) Brown, Kristi (Eric) Ruen, Staci Brown (Erik Jopp), and Heidi (Jon) Anderson; she was also blessed with 17 grandchildren: Aly, Jed and Clint Dallas, Annah Williams, Kayla (fiance, Doug Albrecht), Joshua, Jacob (fiance Jen Koudelka) and Daniel Brown, Leah, Bailey, Adam, Brielle, Carson and Lucas Ruen and Riley, Camryn and Reegan Anderson; brother, Robert Haller (Phyllis Gray); and many other relatives and friends.

    Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne; and daughter, Jennifer in 1990.

    Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hastings, with Pastor Jason Thiel and Pastor Jon Zimplemann officiating. Private family interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.

    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening, and also from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Friday morning, all at church.

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

    For guestbook and further information, please visit www.hastingsmnfuneral.com

    Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings.
        


    Arden Stanley Flaten,
    Age 82 of Hastings, MN, passed away May 4, 2019 at New Perspectives Senior Living in Woodbury. Arden was born April 25, 1937 in Morris, MN to Elmer and Marie (Myklejord) Flaten. He graduated from Fosston High School, the Class of 1955. Arden furthered his education receiving a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at Augsburg College, and followed with a Master's degree at Michigan State. In 1963, Arden was united in marriage to Alice B. Krueger. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Kurt and Brian. Arden was a science teacher for the school district of Hastings for many years, until his retirement in 1994.

    Arden and Alice enjoyed traveling, and were fortunate to visit all 50 states. Together, they were fond of camping, hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and taking in the beauty of nature. Arden appreciated the peacefulness of the outdoors, and being on the lake fishing. He had a green thumb, and relished his time tending to his vegetable and rose gardens. He was a talented woodworker, and also loved to capture moments with photography.

    Arden will remain in the hearts of his sons, Kurt (Rachael) Flaten of Kewaunee, WI, and Brian (Julie) Flaten of Hastings; grandsons, Erick, Sam, and Max Flaten; brother-in-law, Gene Marien; and many nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; twin sister, Annette Marien; and his parents.

    Funeral Services will take place 11:00 AM Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 Ninth Street West, Hastings, with Pastor Doug Duin officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM until the start of the service, at the church. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings. In remembrance of Arden, memorials are preferred to Lakeside Cemetery.

    Funeral services are entrusted to the O'Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott (715) 262-5404. www.oconnellbenedict.com
       


    Loretta C. Sieben,
    Age 81 of Hastings was surrounded by family when she died on Tuesday morning, February 12, 2019 at United Hospital in St Paul.

    Loretta was born to Peter Sieben and Catharine (Bauer) Sieben on July 7, 1937. Her entire professional career was spent at Smead Manufacturing in Hastings. She was active as a player and coach of women's volleyball and softball, enjoyed bowling, fishing, volunteering, taking trips and driving around with friends.

    Loretta is survived by her siblings, Al (BettyLou Baysinger), Leander, Sister Petrann (SSND, Mankato), Tony (Carole), and her twin Lorraine (Ted) Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, other relatives, neighbors and innumerable good friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Marvin and Clarence, sisters-in-law Lucille and Dorothy and Rosie, and lifelong friend Ronnie Burr.

    Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (SEAS) in Hastings. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

    Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at SEAS.

    A colorful dress code would be appreciated as black was not her color.

    Please don't send flowers. Loretta would hope that you will do an unexpected act of kindness for some less fortunate soul, or reach out to a distant relative or neglected old friend. If you have an overpowering rush of generosity that demands fiscal action, then please give to your favorite local charity. Just tell them Loretta sent you, they,ll know who she is.


    Mary M. Beissel,
    Age 81, of New Trier, died unexpectedly April 29, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by her loving family.

    Mary Margaret was born August 2, 1937 to Henry and Gertrude (Tutewohl) Taube. She attended New Trier and Hastings Schools, graduating in 1955. She married John F. Beissel, on May 25, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier, MN. She was a loving mother to their 5 children. She was employed part time at the Hampton Post Office for over 20 years.

    She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John, her 5 children Wayne (Patti) Beissel, Bev (Joe) Moes, Dennis (Sue) Beissel, Brenda (John) McMahan, and Gary (Donna) Beissel; 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; sisters, Sr. Bernelle Taube, SSND, Agnes Knipe; her brother Brother Bernie Taube; sisters in law Margie Beissel, Eileen Beissel, Mary Ann Beyer; brother in law, Bob (Marion) Beissel; and also by numerous relatives and friends.

    Mary was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother Patrick, in laws Art, Fritz, Del, Joe, Buddy & Tom, & mother and father In law Nick and Anna.

    The Funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. Terry Beeson, will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, May 2, 2019, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier, MN. The visitation will be at the church from 8:30-10:30 am on Thursday. Interment will follow the service in the parish cemetery.

    Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings.
       


    Mrs. Earl S. (Mary) McCoy,
    Age 90 of Hastings, was called home on Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2019.

    Born Mary Theresa Schnell, on April 10, 1929, in Aitkin, Minnesota, the fifth of ten children to Anthony and Christine (Fazendin) Schnell. After graduating from Stillwater High School with the class of 1947, Mary continued her education St Catherine College School of Nursing and graduated with the class of 1950. Mary first began her RN nursing career at St Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. She was introduced to her future husband by fellow nursing student, Rita McCoy. On May 3, 1958, she became Mrs. Earl S. McCoy and moved to Hastings where they began raising a family. In order to fulfill both her mother and nursing passions, Mary returned to nursing as the overnight nurse at the Regina Nursing Home. Mary was an eager teacher and passed on her nursing skills to many people. After retiring, she continued caring for Regina residents by assisting with monthly bingo. Mary was a very devoted Catholic and lived a faithful life up to her final days. As a dedicated mother, grandmother and sister, Mary's interests included family, friends and community happenings. Mary had a passion for young children and caring for the elderly.

    Joining her family in the Lord: her parents; husband, Earl S. McCoy; sons, William McCoy and Joseph McCoy; brother; Thomas Schnell; and by her sisters, Agnes Burgess and Marguerite Gedatus.

    Mary is survived by her children, Stanley McCoy, Andrew (Martha) McCoy, Steven (Mary) McCoy, and Margaret Mary McCoy; granddaughters; Emily, Katherine and Sarah; brothers Raymond Schnell and Jerome Schnell; sisters, Dorothy Gerson, Elizabeth Herbert, Jeannine (Craig) Hoffbeck, and Josephine Becker; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father David Hennen officiating. Interment will be held at the parish cemetery.

    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the new location of the Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings, 3075 Vermillion Street, and also for one hour prior to Mass at church on Friday morning.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to KDWA's Radio Rosary program, The American Heart Association, or to the donor's choice in her memory.

    Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings.
       


    George M. Nelson,
    Age 87 of Hastings, passed away at his home on April 24, 2019. George was born in Hastings on May 21, 1931, the son of Leta and Tom Nelson. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1949 and went to work for 3M.

    While at a social function at St. Boniface Catholic Church, he met the love of his life, Mary Fox. He married her shortly after on June 1, 1957 at St. Boniface Catholic Church. They made Hastings their home and raised their 4 children there. In his spare time, George could be found golfing at Bellwood Oaks Country Club or the Hastings Country Club. He loved to build model trains, read books, go on walks, and go up to the North Shore to go hiking. He was an excellent card player and was known as being a card counting Cribbage player. George and Mary enjoyed traveling around Wisconsin and Minnesota to visit friends. He retired from 3M as a Laboratory Technician after 36 years. George had a wonderful sense of humor, although sometimes a dry and dark sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    George is preceded in death by his parents, Leta and Nels "Tom" Nelson; and his two brothers, Keith and Loren Nelson. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Mary (Fox) Nelson of Hastings; his children, Steve (Nancy) Nelson of Anoka, Jim (Duangdao) Nelson of Beach Park, Illinois, Laura Kopf of Hastings, and Paul Nelson of North St. Paul; his 7 grandchildren, Nick (Lauren) Nelson, Jake Nelson, Jeremiah Nelson, Katheryne Nelson, Andrew (Jennifer) Nelson, Grant Nelson, and Samantha Kopf ; great-grandchildren, Nasir, Sincere, Ingrid, and Alaysia; siblings-in-law, Beverly Samuelson and Leonard Fox; and other family and friends.

    A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion Street, in Hastings with a visitation from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. A reception will follow the service with the interment following at Lakeside Cemetery.
       


    Frances "Fran" A. Schultz,
    Age 83 of Hastings, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019 at Augustana Care of Hastings.

    Fran was born in Baggs, Wyoming on September 17, 1934. She was the daughter of Lucy Irene (Jons) and Lloyd Levere Benning. She met Kenneth Albert Schultz while he was in the US Army and the two built their first home in Omaha, Nebraska. In the 1970's they moved to Hastings, Minnesota and raised their two children there.

    Fran was a foster mother for many years and later worked at Smead Company. After retiring, she became a crisis care provider. In her spare time, Fran enjoyed making dolls, crocheting, and taking photographs. Her passion was selling Avon products.

    Fran was a feisty and hilarious lady. She had a very sarcastic sense of humor and a lot of personality. She was also artistic and made a lot of artwork. Fran truly cherished her family.

    She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Albert Schultz; her daughter, Sandra Sue Adell; and her siblings, Mildred Lucy, June, Betty Jean, and Vera Rose.

    She will be missed by her son, Steven (Tammy) Schultz of Eau Claire, WI; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.

    A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion Street, in Hastings with Gordon Gathwright presiding. The family invites friends to join them for a gathering from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

    Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings.
       


    Kent G. Johnson,
    Age 87 of Hastings, died suddenly at home on Saturday afternoon, April 13, 2019. Arrangements are being completed and will be announced later.


    Rita M. Olson,
    Age 94, of Hastings, passed away at Augustana Care Center on April 12, 2019. Private Interment at a later date at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery.


    Dravin Justice Larson
    Of Prescott WI, died unexpectedly on April 2, 2019. He was 10 years old. Funeral Services honoring the life of Dravin Larson will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 13th at Joy Lutheran Church, 1435 Saint Croix St. in Prescott WI, with Pastor Steve Meyer officiating. Visitation will take place at the church beginning at 11:00am. Memorials may be given to the discretion of the family.


    Bobbie Miller (Barbara Jo Zeches)
    Was born in San Diego, CA, on April 22, 1944, and passed away on April 5, 2019. There will be a celebration of life for Bobbie on May 3, 2019 from 11 am - 2 pm at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, Hastings.


    John F. Wagner,
    Age 78, of Hastings, passed away at home April 8, 2019. He was Fire Fighter in Hastings for over 23 years.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Cathie Wagner; and sister, Shirley.

    John is survived by his sons, John P. Wagner (extra special friend, Kim), and James (Julia) Wagner; grandson, John J. Wagner; sisters, Marilyn Fuchs, and Carol Grahek; other relatives and many friends.

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion Street in Hastings.. A Private Interment will be held at a later date at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.
       


    Berniece Wittkopf,
    Age 98, of Hastings, passed away April 1, 2019. A memorial service is pending for April 20, 2019.


    Bernie M. Klein,
    Age 68 of Hastings, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 6, 2019. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and grandfather. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 15th Street W., Hastings, with Fr. Michael Barsness presiding. Family and friends are invited to join for a visitation at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and to a reception immediately following Mass in Mother Seton Hall. Interment will follow at the church cemetery


    Marian Heider,
    Age 98 of Ravenna Township, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday morning, March 29, 2019. A Celebration of Marian's Life will be held 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019, a local funeral home with Gordon Gathright officiating. Private family interment will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in West Albany, rural Wabasha County.


    Robert A. Nielsen,
    Age 90, of Prescott, passed away March 23, 2019 at Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Private Family Services.


    Jeffrey D. Harrington,
    age 50, of Hastings, passed away at home March 20, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 28 at 11:30 AM at Crossroads Church, 225 33rd St W #2 in Hastings. A gathering will be held from 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Crossroads. A reception will follow the service. Private Interment.

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