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    Lois M. Simacek,
    Age 84 of Hastings, died peacefully following an extended illness on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the University of Minnesota ~ Fairview Riverside Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Resurrection United Methodist Church in Hastings, with Reverend Dr. Christopher Kneen officiating. Private family interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, and will continue from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, ALL AT CHURCH.


    James "Jim" Mayer,
    Age 90 of Hastings, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday evening, May 22, 2018. Arrangements are being completed by and will be announced later.


    Jack Wegner,
    Age 82, of Hastings, Minnesota passed away at Woodwinds Hospital on May 22, 2018. Private Family Services will be held.

    Dorothy Seifert,
    Age 86 of Hastings, died peacefully on Wednesday May 16, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings.

    Dorothy Sophie was born on May 30, 1931, in Kinney, MN, to Ignace and Sophie (Galovich) Vukad. She grew up in Buhl, MN, attending Buhl High School. Following graduation she attended Vocational School in Milwaukee, WI. In 1961, Dorothy married Francis "Bud" Seifert at the Basilica in Minneapolis. The two moved to Hastings in 1963. She worked in bookkeeping in the St. Paul suburbs for many years. Dorothy enjoyed quilting, sewing, ceramics, and taking care of her family.

    Dorothy is preceded by her parents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Buhl/Chisholm area.

    She is survived by her husband, Francis "Bud" Seifert; children, Gene Seifert, and Diane (Doug) Peterson; grandchildren, Brooke and Bethany Seifert, Kayla and Nathan Peterson; and great-grandchild, Joey Malena; and by other relatives and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings, with Father Martin Siebenaler officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church on Saturday morning.

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

    Eugene W. "Gene" Fuchs,
    Age 85 of Hastings, died unexpectedly but peacefully at home on Thursday, May 17, 2018, following a multi-year battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).

    Eugene William, the son of Conrad and Elizabeth (Leifeld) Fuchs, was born on January 19, 1933, right behind the bakery he eventually owned in Hastings. Gene attended Hastings High School and graduated with the class of 1951, and was united in marriage to Norine "Peggy" Walker on September 20, 1952, in Hastings. He began working for 3M Chemolite, and later for NSP, Hastings Lumber Mart, Top Lumber, and Northwestern Bell prior to purchasing Midtown Bakery in 1980. He also kept busy by working for the Hastings School District as an evening janitor, selling Catholic Aid Insurance to the Hastings community, serving on Hastings City Council during the 1960's, and by serving on the Hastings Concert Association Board. Gene and Peggy continued to own the bakery prior to selling it in 1988 to their children, Steve and Norine, who still operate as Emily's Bakery today. In 1988, Gene and Peggy moved to Nevis, Minnesota, where they built a beautiful lake home that they enjoyed prior to moving back to Hastings.
    He loved tending to his gardens, and even achieved the Master Gardener title from the University of Minnesota. Gene enjoyed canning things from his garden, making wine, and was a talented wood carver. Gene also had a passion for hunting, especially pheasants, with his brother in South Dakota. He loved cheering on all Minnesota sports teams, especially the Twins. He and Peggy enjoyed driving and touring the country, and never missed a chance to visit a casino along the way.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Maxine Fuchs, and Kathy and husband Frederick Langeslay; brother, Jerry Fuchs; sister-in-law, Pat Fuchs; brothers-in-law, Pete Beissel and Bruce Holien; wife, Peggy; and by his daughter, Linda Walton.

    Gene is survived by his children, Susan (Walter) Riesen, John (Audrey) Fox, Norine Bishop (Jim Lewanski), Steve (Mary Ellen) Fox, Bob Fuchs, Mike (Barb) Fuchs, and Peggy (Jeff) Kemp; son-in-law, Andy Walton; 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Paul (Juanita) Fuchs, Dick (Dorothy) Fuchs, Mary Holien, Diane Beissel, Connie Fuchs, and Mike (Mary) Fuchs; sister-in-law, Marilyn Fuchs; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    A Celebration of Gene's Life will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory in Hastings. Private family interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery at a later date.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Pheasants Forever, Hastings Family Service, ALS Association, or to the donor's choice in memory of Gene.

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


    Dorothy Seifert,
    Age 86 of Hastings, died peacefully on Wednesday May 16, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings, with Father Martin Siebenaler officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church on Saturday morning.

    John M. Adolphson,
    Age 61 of Mankato, Minnesota, died Monday, May 14, 2018 in Mankato.

    John was born July 2, 1956 in Dawson, Minnesota to Don and Audrey (Olson) Adolphson. He graduated from Dawson High School in 1975. John attended Moorhead State University until joining the Airforce. He was a long distance truck driver for many years. John was an avid hunter and he shared many special hunting trips with his father, and he liked to golf.

    John is survived by his special friend, Bonnie Holbrook; mother, Audrey Adolphson; sister, Julie (Kirk) Detlefsen; niece, Kristi (Bryce) Peterson of Oregon; and nephews, Karl Detlefsen of California, Keith (Jaye) Detlefsen and Kent (Kelley) Detlefsen of Lakeville, Minnesota; four grandnephews; and three grandnieces. John was preceded in death by his father, Donald Adolphson and grandparents, Joe and Lurene Olson of Hastings and Reuben and Marie Adolphson of St. Peter.

    Memorial Service will be Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Hastings, Minnesota (400 Ninth St. West) with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Peter, Minnesota at a later date. Mankato Mortuary is assisting John's family with arrangements.
       

    Savana Jean Sanchez,
    Age 26, of Hastings, passed away on May 14, 2018. She was born on October 16, 1991 in Crookston, Minnesota. Savana is preceded in death by her grandparents, Doug & Carol Fruehling. Services will be held in San Antonio, Texas at a later date.

    Shirley Ann Meier,
    Age 91, most recently of Buford, GA, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

    Shirley was born in Alma, WI on March 9, 1927. She graduated from Hastings High School and spend most of her life in Hastings, MN. She worked as a secretary at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church for several years, was a cook at Cooper Elementary School, and worked for 38 years for School District 200. For almost all of those 38 years, Shirley served as secretary to the Superintendent of School District 200.

    Shirley married Dwayne F. Meier on September 7, 1948 and they had two sons, Steve, of Brentwood, CA and Alan of Buford, GA (suburb of Atlanta).

    She was an active member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church throughout her life and for several years was the church's choir director.

    At the age of 79, she retired from the school district. In October 2010, she moved to Buford, GA to be close to her son Alan and his family.

    Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne; parents, Arthur and Helen Herrmann; brothers, Ivan and Albert.

    She is survived by her sons, Alan (Lori) and Steve; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Rich and his family.

    A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday (5/31) from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings. A Memorial Service will be held Friday (6/1) at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 202 8th St. W., Hastings. Lunch will follow in the church social hall. Private family interment, Lakeside Cemetery. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.


    To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Shirley Ann Meier please visit our Sympathy Store.

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

    Donald E. "Don" Ries,
    Age 88 of Hastings, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings.

    Donald Edmund, the son of Joseph and Ruth (Holthe) Ries, was born on February 14, 1930, in Watertown, South Dakota. Following his graduation from Watertown High School with the class of 1948, Don was united in marriage to Shirley Reilly in Florence, South Dakota in 1950. They continued to reside in Watertown until 1964 when they moved to Hastings with their six children.

    Don was a parts manager for many years until retiring from O'Brien Chevrolet in 1992. He enjoyed time spent at the cabin, traveling, yardwork, playing cribbage, and spending time with his family.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; parents; brother, James; and by sisters, Jackie Bleeker and Dorothy Jacobson.

    Don is survived by his six children, Karen Ries of Green Bay, WI, Sheila (John) Shevlin of Plymouth, Thomas (Mary Beth) Ries of Burnsville, Teresa (Ted) Takala of St. Cloud, Kelly (Sheila) Ries of Hastings, and Joseph (Bev) Ries of Hastings; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; brother, William (Jan) Ries of Bellflower, CA; sister-in-law, Joanne Ries of Lakewood, CA; brother-in-law, Linus Reilly of Florence, SD; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father David Hennen officiating. Interment will be held at the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings, and will continue at church from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday morning.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Alzheimer's Association or to the donor's choice in memory of Don.

    A special thank you to the staff of The Commons on Marice in Eagan, the Pauline Unit at Regina Senior Living, and to both Brighton and Allina Hospice for their loving care they provided to Don.

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


    Sheri K. Peterson,
    Age 51, of Hastings, passed away at home on May 2, 2018. A memorial service will be held Saturday (5/12) at 2:00 PM at a local funeral home in Hastings. A gathering will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

    Sandra L. Berggren,
    Age 78, of Brook Park, passed away on Sunday May 6, 2018 at Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday May 10, 2018 at Pine Glen Cemetery in Prescott, WI.

    Kurt W. Engstrom,
    Age 54, of Hastings, passed away May 4, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday (5/10) at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. A visitation will take place 2 hours prior to mass at church. Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery.

    John Blumeyer,
    Age 86, of Hastings died peacefully, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. A visitation for John Blumeyer, will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 600 Vermillion Street, Hastings. The funeral service will be Saturday at 4:00 pm, also at the church.
    Burial will be on Sunday in George, Iowa.

    Elizabeth Victoria Ward Perrault,
    Age 41, of Hastings. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tues. (5/1) at 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. A gathering will be held one hour prior to mass at church.

    Eugene "Gene" Reuter,
    Age 76 of Hastings, died peacefully on Thursday morning, April 26, 2018, at United Hospital in St. Paul.

    Eugene Paul, the son of Greg and Ruth (Brennen) Reuter, was born at home on June 17, 1941, and surprised everyone at a weight of thirteen pounds. Gene attended Hastings High School and graduated as Class President of the class of 1959, and continued his education at various community colleges for construction management. Gene also enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country. On February 17, 1968, Gene was united in marriage to Sharon Kane at Guardian Angels Catholic Church. They were blessed with their son Brian, and later divorced.

    Gene was a longtime construction foreman. After his marriage to Sharon, they moved to Washington D.C. where he oversaw many significant projects such as: the Beltway, Metro Subway System, Jefferson Plaza, and the first land transportation of a Nuclear Reactor. He then returned back home and worked in road construction for many years. Gene later purchased Waste Master's from Kenny Denn and held the commercial waste contract for the City of Hastings. He enjoyed the many friendships he gained as he grew the business before selling it to Hillcrest Sanitation. Following his retirement, he enjoyed keeping busy by working at Menard's, Spectro Alloys, and Emerald Greens Golf Course.

    We all knew Gene never missed a game of cards, or a cup of coffee with friends. He could often times be found at the Hastings Senior Center playing euchre, cribbage, 500, dominos, or whatever was on the schedule for the day. For many years, Gene also enjoyed volunteering his time being the captain of "Let's Go Fishing" and the Board of Directors, both through the Senior Center. He enjoyed golfing, attending flee markets to collect many things, and traveling, especially to Cabo and the Gulf. Gene was a proud member of AA, and recently celebrated fourteen years of sobriety.   

    He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Tom, John, Roger, and Jeffrey; and by his brother-in-law, John Mathews.

    Gene is survived by his son, Brian Reuter; grandson, Brady Reuter; siblings, Claire Mathews, Donald (Mary T.) Reuter, and Bill Reuter; former wife, Sharon Reuter; former daughter-in-law, Shawn Biskupski; sister-in-law, Pat Reuter; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father David Hennen officiating. Interment with Military Honors provided by Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings, and will continue at church from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hastings Senior Center in memory of Gene.

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

    Dennis M. "Denny" Novak,
    Age 76, of Hastings, passed away April 20, 2018. A memorial service will be held on Saturday (4/28) at 3:00 PM at a local funeral Home. A gathering will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings. A reception will follow the graveside service. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

    Laurence E. Wolford,
    Age 69 of Hastings, died suddenly on Monday, April 16, 2018, at his home.Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018, at a local funeral home. Private family interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the funeral home.

    Richard "Dick" Murtaugh,
    Age 71 of Hastings, died peacefully following a recent illness on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Memorial services will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018, at a local funeral home, with Gordon Gathright officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be held 12:45 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2018, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

    Marvin Raway,
    Age 92 of Hastings, died peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, April 17, 2018, at Regina Medical Center in Hastings.

    Louis Marvin Joseph, the son of Benno and Martha (Gerlach) Raway, was born on September 28, 1925, in Miesville, Minnesota. Following his education, Marvin played for the Miesville Mudhens baseball team and played from 1938 to 1943. In December of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and was granted an Honorable Discharge in April of 1946. On July 22, 1950 at 11:00 a.m., Marvin was united in marriage to Maxine Cecilia Judge at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Hastings, with Reverend Patrick J. Ryan officiating. They were blessed with six wonderful children and nearly 68 years of marriage.

    Marvin was a longtime employee at 3M, and retired as a Senior Technologist. He was a dedicated member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1600, American Legion Post 47, and a lifetime member of the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210, where he actively participated in the Color Guard for many years. Marvin enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, working in the yard, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lucille Doffing; and by his brother, Kenneth Raway.

    Marvin is survived by his loving wife, Maxine Cecilia Raway; children, Marvin J. (Wendy) Raway, Kevin J. (Patty) Raway, Kenneth C. (Linde) Raway, Mary Patrice Raway, Mark E. (Sabrina) Raway, and Terrence J. (fiance, Tania Proksch) Raway; grandchildren, Dawn (Doug) Heagren, Ann (Jeff) Dohman, Kenneth V. (Emily Marie) Raway, Christopher (Emily Violet) Raway, Blake E. Raway, Maximillian L. Raway, Brandon (Jessica) Carlson, and Alexander Raway; great grandchildren, Lauren Dohman, Ella Dohman, Katherine Heagren, Oliver Heagren, Jackson Raway, Joseph Raway, Zoey Carlson, and Nolan Carlson; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father Michael Barsness officiating. Interment with Military Honors provided by Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday morning at church.                                               

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

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