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    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 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.

    Todd Guelle,
    Age 55, of Hastings, passed away October 11, 2017. Services are pending.

    Robert "Bob" Schierland,
    Age 56, died suddenly October 10, 2017 at the University of Minnesota Hospital following a heart attack. A memorial service was held on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4 pm at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring Street, Hastings, MN. A visitation will be from 2 pm until the time of the service, followed by a gathering at Dugarels in Hastings.

    Lori A. Talafous,
    Age 60 of Minneapolis and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully at her home on Friday morning, October 6, 2017, following an extended illness. Memorial services will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, with Gordon Gathright officiating. Visitation will be held at a local funeral home for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday evening.

    John P. Hiniker,
    Age 80 of Prescott, Wisconsin, died peacefully on Thursday evening, October 5, 2017, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
    Arrangements are pending

    Georgianna "Peach" Ellis,
    Age 86, of Minneapolis, formerly of Hastings, passed away peacefully at home on October 4, 2017.

    Preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ellis and before him, Donald Nesbitt; parents, Anna and George Drometer; brother, Robert Drometer. Survived by four sons, John, Michael (Kathe), Thomas (Scott), Patrick (Tim); sister, Delores (Don) Schnack, sister-in-law, Lois Drometer; 11 Grandchildren, Matthew, Leslie, Anna, Donald, Sutton; Missy, Jennifer, Brooke, Tara; Sarah and Kathryn; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

    Peach will be remembered as an avid bridge player, chef extraordinaire and fashionista. She enjoyed being around family back in Minnesota the last four years following an enjoyable 12 year stint in West Palm Beach, FL.

    In her younger years, Peach and her husband Donald owned and operated the Ellis Funeral Home in Hastings. She took great delight in being crowned Miss Hastings 1953 and modeling opportunities for various clothing stores in the Cities. Peach grew up near Etter, just south of Hastings, and her family ran the Drometer Resort and farm. Most of all, she loved being around her four boys and visits with her grandchildren.

    A memorial celebration will take place on Friday, (10/27) at 11:00 AM at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings. A gathering will take place one hour prior to the celebration. Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery in Hastings.

    Arrangements are with the Wise Funeral Home, Hastings.

    Joyce Recer,
    age 69, of Hastings, passed away on October 1, 2017 peacefully with family by her side. Services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 2pm.

    Joe Breckner
    Age 77 of Elysian formerly of Owatonna died Sept. 30, 2017 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial is set for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake, MN (605 4th St.) There will be a live stream of the funeral for those who are unable to attend at Friends may greet the family from 11 am until the time of the liturgy at the church. A private family interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

    Joe was born on September 4, 1940 in Hastings MN., to Albert and Mary Breckner (Schweich). He graduated from St. Boniface Catholic grade school and Hastings High School. He earned a BA in Political Science from Mankato State College. Upon graduation from college and completing his military obligation, he married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Breckner (Gerlach) on May 9th, 1964. After a successful sales career with IBM, he and Marlene went on to purchase the Partridge Greenhouse in Owatonna, MN. Joe got his real estate brokers license and worked with Action Realty. He worked for many years with his brothers at Data Sales Corp. Later he developed and taught a course on customer service at Riverland Technical College in Faribault. In 1996 Joe and Marlene moved to Elysian, MN and went on to build the Weekend Gardener Garden Center and Antique Loft.
    Joe was a Master Gardener and loved to talk about growing things. He always believed in three pillars that supported ones' life: 1) Family, 2) Church and 3) Country. He was a member of the American Legion and served as Post Commander, a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus of Owatonna and a member of the Izaak Walton League. He was an active and involved member of the many communities he lived in.
    Joe is a proud Eagle Scout who loved travel, wood working, wine making and collecting. He was an avid nature lover and was a volunteer during the winters in Florida. Joe will be remembered by his family and friends for his zest for life and inquisitive spirit.
    Joe is survived by his wife, of 53 years, Marlene Breckner (Gerlach); daughters, Karen Breckner Thill and Sarah Breckner; grandchildren, Jack, Charlie, Henry and Lucia Thill, Sophia and Isabel Lombardi (Breckner) and Rebecca and Isaac Richardson; brothers, Ronald (Judy) Breckner and James (Bonnie) Breckner and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by father, Albert C. Breckner of Hastings MN, and mother, Mary V. Breckner (Schweich) of Hampton MN.
    Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army and All Saints Catholic Church of Madison Lake MN

    The Brick-Meger & Medford Funeral Homes are in charge of the arrangements

    Jaiden J. Thompson,
    Age 5 1/2 of Hampton, passed away with his loving family at his side on Saturday evening, September 30, 2017, following complications from L1CAM Syndrome since birth.

    Jaiden's family invites others to join them in Celebrating his Life from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Thompson's home, 4802 Aspen Street, in Hampton.

    He is survived by his mother, Taeya Thompson; his grandparents, Keith and Liz Thompson; and by many other loving family members and friends.

    David W. Stelter
    Age 56, of Hastings, passed away September 25, 2017 at his home. He was a manager for Davannis and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. David loved being in the outdoors, where he enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, and kayaking.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Frank J. Stelter. David is survived by his children, Laura (Chris) Provenzano, Ted Stelter, and Stuart Stelter; grandchildren, Giada and Bianca; mother, Evelyn Stelter, brother, Paul Stelter; sisters, Sue (Mike) Flaherty, Theresa (Todd) Hempeck, and Connie (Jaime) DeLage; nephews and friends.

    A Private Service is being held.

    Lucille V. "Lucy" Hoffman
    Age 63, of Hastings died at home Wednesday, September 27, 2017 after a courageous struggle with ALS.
    Arrangements are pending at this time.

    Donald H. Laumeyer,
    Age 92, of Hastings, passed away September 21, 2017 at his home. He was born on August 26, 1925 in Long Prairie, Minnesota to George P. and Elizabeth L. Laumeyer. He graduated from Long Prairie High School and went on to serve in the United States Army during World War II. He worked at N Ren for 28 years and at Guardian Angels School for 5 years. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, playing cards and watching his grandchildren's sports.

    Donald is preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters; 1 brother; 1 daughter in law and 2 great grandchildren.

    He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lois (Bokinskie); children, Rebecca (Al) Kline; Douglas (Barbara) Laumeyer; Bill (Karla) Laumeyer; Dan (Sandy) Laumeyer; Alan Laumeyer; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

    The Memorial Mass, officiated by Fr. Dave Hennen, will be held on Tuesday (9/26) at 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 15th St. W. in Hastings. Visitation will be held on Monday (9/25) from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Wise Family Funeral & Cremation Services, 400 Spring Street, Hastings, and 1 hour prior to mass at church on Tuesday. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

    Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Endowment Fund. The family would like to express a sincere thank you to Allina Hospice and Morning Glory Home Care for their excellent care.

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

    Donald W. "Butch" Radke,
    Age 76 of Hastings, died Sunday morning, September 17, 2017, at his home in Hastings.

    Donald Wayne, the son of Oscar and Ella (Drager) Radke was born June 23, 1941, in Hastings and graduated from Hastings High School with the class of 1959. He was united in marriage to Darlene Ferber on September 7, 1963, at Concordia Lutheran Church, South St. Paul.

    Butch enrolled in apprenticeship classes for the carpentry trade in 1964 and was a member of Local 97, Twin Cities Carpenters & Joiners, where he worked as a carpenter for both residential and commercial. Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to his lake home for many years.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jean Buck; brother-in-law, Cecil Warner; and nephew, David Klein.

    Donald is survived by his wife of 54 years, Darlene Radke; sons, Todd (Lisa) Radke and Ted Radke (special friend, Missy); granddaughters, Quinlyn and Alexandra; great grandchild, Ayra; brothers, Roger (Joan) and Tom (Lisa); sisters, Rosemary (Kenneth) Klein, Joan Warner, Linda (Richard) Moritz, Nancy Radke, Virginia (William) Bauer and Loretta (Robert) Moritz; his best friend, Charles Mamer; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 202 West Eight St., in Hastings, with Reverend Jason Theil and Reverend Jon Zimpelmann officiating. Private interment will be held at Ten Mile Lake Cemetery near Fergus Falls, Minnesota.                                                                         

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

    Robert Kavitz,
    Age 74, of Hastings, passed away at home, surrounded by his family on September 17, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial is pending at Et. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings.
    The complete obituary will be published when available.

    Robin Rae Raske,
    Age 54, of Hastings passed away on September 11, 2017 at her home. A Funeral service, officiated by Pastor Loren Bjokne, was held Saturday (9/16) Interment, Lakeside Cemetery.

    Kathryn T. Murray,
    Age 54, of Hastings, passed away surrounded by her family at Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Sept. 12, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial, was held on Friday (9/15) at 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hastings. Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery.

    Lawrence R. "Larry" Rowan,
    Age 72, of Hastings died Tuesday September 12, 2017 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Funeral service for Larry was held at 11:00 am Friday, September 15, 2017. Interment followed in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Cemetery in Hastings.


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