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    Margaret A. "Peggy" Bird,
    Age 75, of Hastings, passed away at St. John's Hospital, in Maplewood, MN on November 12, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2035 15th Street W, Hastings, on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:30 am, with a Rosary at 9:30 am and gathering from 10 am to 11:30 am. Memorials preferred.

    Gerald R. Seaton,
    Age 83 of Spring Hill, Florida, and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully Saturday evening, November 11, 2017, at Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville, Florida. Memorial services are being planned for early December, and will be announced soon.

    Lisa A. Rembleski,
    Age 57 of Hastings, died Wednesday afternoon, November 8, 2017 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2017, interment will follow at St. Luke's Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

    Virginia Rae (Ulsrud) Talafous,
    Age 89, of Hastings, MN passed away peacefully on November 7, 2017, surrounded by family.

    Virginia was born in Duluth, MN on June 13, 1928, to Harris ("Doc") & Julia Ulsrud. Virginia was the youngest of 7 children. On April 3, 1949, Virginia married Dale H. Talafous and as they say, the rest is history. After spending most of their early years of marriage in Proctor, MN, they moved to Hastings in 1962. They had 6 children, 10 grandchildren & 17 great-grandchildren. Gin & Dale loved their family with all their hearts.

    Virginia spent many years at home taking care of her 6 children and attending many hockey games. She also worked in various jobs, but found her calling assisting in the special education classroom for many years. She was also an active member of Resurrection United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Gin started every morning with her quiet time reading the Bible, doing her devotions & praying for her family & friends. Virginia was a very loving, caring & social person and that was evident in the number of friends she had. She had a great sense of humor & quick wit, and loved a room full of laughter. She will be dearly missed by many.

    Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Dale; her daughter-in-law, Lori and her 6 siblings, Jane, Lorna, Charlie, Harry, Glen, and Carol.

    Virginia is survived by her children, Linda (John) Lightbourn, Kathy, Joanne (Tom) Savage, Dean (Jaqueline), Dave, and Rob (Bonita); grandchildren, Traci Seidel, Brooks Savage, Brian Savage, Cami Savage, Amanda Kemper-Stano, Pete Talafous, Alison Ruhland, Bessy Muller, Anna Talafous, and Megan Schuster; and her 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Fr. Don Talafous sisters-in-law, Diane (Talafous) Seaman and Agnes Ulsrud.

    Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Resurrection United Methodist Church of Hastings, with Reverend Dr. Christopher Kneen officiating. Private family interment will be held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

    Visitation will be held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Hastings, and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday morning at church.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Resurrection United Methodist Church in memory of Virginia.

    Arrangements are being completed by Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Hastings.
        

    Helen L. Mamer,
    Age 91, of Hastings, passed away at United Hospital in St. Paul on November 6, 2017. She was born in Hastings on Nov. 11, 1925 to John and Madeline (Sommers) Deane. She married Albert Mamer on June 22, 1946 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church. Together they were farmers in Dakota County for many years.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; and son-in-law, James Gergen.

    Helen is survived by her children, Ronald (Jeanne), Roger (Sherral), Jean (Jerry) Emerson, Richard (Bonnie), Diane Gergen, Larry (Marlys), Donna (Jeffrey) Lorentz, Douglas, and Steven (Kristina); 17 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

    A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 4 to 8 pm at Wise Family Funeral & Cremation Services, 400 Spring St., Hastings.

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

    Marlin W. Rechtzigel,
    Age 90 of Minneapolis and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, November 7, 2017, at Providence Place Senior Living in Minneapolis.

    Virginia Talafous,
    Age 89 of Hastings, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday morning, November 7, 2017. Arrangements are being completed and will be announced later.

    Dennis G. Bauer,
    Age 60 of Hastings, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday evening, November 2, 2017, following an eleven year battle with Multiple Myeloma Cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Visitation will be held at church on Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

    Jean E.Carlson,
    Age 92, passed away at Regina Assisted Living on November 2, 2017. Private Family services and a private burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

    Agnes R. Doffing,
    Age 95, of Hastings died Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Regina Assisted Living.

    Agnes Rose was born near Hastings on November 18, 1921 to Nicholas and Margaret (Meier) Bauer. She attended St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion. Agnes married Gerald Doffing April 25, 1944 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Hastings. They enjoyed 71 years of marriage before Jerry passed away on February 14, 2016. Agnes was a 32 year employee for 3M at the Cottage Grove Chemolite Plant. She was a strong woman of faith.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald, brothers Christ, Fred, Frank, George, Greg and Martin Bauer; her sisters Elizabeth Gergen, Gertrude Becker, and Martha Schweich; also by her grandson Greg Doffing.

    Agnes is survived by a son Richard (Jean) Doffing, grandchildren Jerry Doffing and Carrie Ann Elder, great grandchildren Adam and Chet, brothers Harold Bauer and Edward (Lorene) Bauer; and a special niece Jeanne (Loren) Schumann; as well as many other relatives and friends.

    The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM on Monday, November 6, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 15th Street West, Hastings. A visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 9:00-11:00 AM. Interment will be at the parish cemetery.

    The Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Hastings is in charge of the arrangements
       

    Edith M. Milligan,
    Age 82, of Hastings, MN, passed away at home on October 26, 2017. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Interment will be held at Belvidere Union Cemetery on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

    Kenneth A. "Ken" Reiners,
    Age 64 of Hastings, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017, following a tragic fall. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Hastings, with Reverend Gregory Geier officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, and will continue for one hour prior to the service Saturday morning, all at church.

    LaVern "Bud" Kieffer,
    Age 89 of Hastings, died suddenly but peacefully on Friday evening, October 20, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, 7008 Lamar Ave So., Cottage Grove, with Reverend Bryan Olsen officiating. Interment will be held at Cross of Christ Cemetery, Welch, following the luncheon. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church on Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hastings Senior Center, Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, or to the donor's choice in memory of Bud.

    Patricia "Pat" Auchampach,
    Age 76 of Hastings, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday afternoon, October 20, 2017, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Hastings. Visitation will be held at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Private family interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery at a later date.

    Kenneth J. Chavie,
    Age 83 of Hastings, died peacefully on Monday evening, October 16, 2017, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. Private family services will be held, with interment following at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Cemetery.

    John Justin Hankes,
    Age 96, of Hastings died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott, WI.
    John was born June 11, 1921 in Hastings to Charles and Elsie (Humm) Hankes. He attended Hastings Schools and in 1941 he enlisted in the United States Army. John was a member of the First Special Service Force, also known as The Devil's Brigade. He received many awards and citations including the Congressional Gold Medal collectively with the First Special Service Force for service both in Europe and the Pacific Theater.

    John married Delphina "Tina" Peine September 28, 1957 in Hastings. Tina passed away in 1987. John was a long time head of security for 3M at the Chemolite plant in Cottage Grove.

    John was preceded in death by his beloved wife Tina and by 10 brothers and sisters.

    John is survived by his daughter Brenda Waters, 3 grandchildren Ryan and Flynn Waters, and Chea Evans; 8 great grandchildren; special nieces and nephews, Jim Johnson, Deb (Phil) Soucheray, Cindy (Tom) Johnson, Mark Johnson, Shelly (Greg) Christianson, Jay (Jeanne) Johnson; special great nieces and great nephews, Philip Soucheray III, Jake Johnson, Katie Bauer, Mitch Johnson, Angie Weber, Emily Weber, Marty Weber, Nick Johnson, Anne Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Lucy Johnson; also by many other relatives and friends.

    A visitation for John Hankes will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Hastings, and also on Wednesday for 1 hour prior to the funeral.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, October 25,2017 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 15th Street W., Hastings. Interment with full military honors will be in the parish cemetery.

    The Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Hastings is in charge of the arrangements
       

    Margie (Marge) Voelker,
    Age 92, of Hastings, passed away peacefully at home on October 17, 2017.

    She was born June 25, 1925 in Hastings, MN to Carl and Madeline (Schanno) Reichling. She married Karl Voelker on July 24, 1948 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hastings, MN.

    Margie graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1947 with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. She received a Master's Degree from the U of M in 1987. She was an Associate Professor and Head Librarian of the Mathematics Library at the U of M.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Karl Voelker; son, Mark Voelker; and parents, Carl and Madeline Reichling. She is survived by her children, Ann Voelker, Mary (David) Phipps, and John (Marta) Voelker; grandchildren, Andy (Wendi) Phipps, Sarah (Brian) Sills, Sam Phipps, Dan Phipps, Emma Phipps, Madeline Voelker, Jane Voelker, Mate Kovacs, Martika Kovacs, Magdalena Kovacs; great grandchildren, Eli, Gabe and Alex.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to Mass at church. Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church or Hastings Family Service. Visit wisefamilyfh.com to sign the tribute page and view the memorial video.

    The Wise Family Funeral Home is serving the family.
        

    Elizabeth Swenson,
    Age 81, of Hastings, passed away October 15, 2017 at Augustana Care Center. A memorial service, will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

    Donald "Don" McGinnis,
    Age 83 of Prescott, Wisconsin, died peacefully at home on Monday morning, October 16, 2017, following an extended illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 20, 2017, at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Prescott, with Rev. George R. Szews officiating. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Post #1210. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church on Friday morning.

    Robert (Bob) Hansen,
    Age 92, of Hastings, formerly of Grand Fords, ND, and Bemidji, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2017. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 19th at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 West 9th Street, Hastings with visitation one hour prior to the service. Future private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

     

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