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    Robert Joseph Meiers,
    Age 82 of Lakeville, departed his earthly life Monday, July 8, 2019, peacefully surrounded by his immediate family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father David Hennen officiating. Interment, with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210, will be held in the parish cemetery. Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at church.


    Richard "Dick" Stark,
    Age 73 of Hastings, died peacefully at home following an extended illness on Monday evening, July 8, 2019.

    Richard Donald, the son of William B. Sr. and Elvira M. (Hoffman) Stark, was born on August 12, 1945, in Hastings, Minnesota. Following his graduation from Hastings High School with the class of 1963, Dick continued his education at University of Wisconsin ~ River Falls. Dick worked at Central Natural Gas Company for a brief time, Red Owl Grocery for ten years, and eventually began working for the FAA Flight Service. Throughout his career, Dick worked at Minneapolis Flight Service, Redwood Falls Flight Service, and Princeton Flight Service where he retired in 2001 as Flight Service Manager. Dick loved boating, motorcycles, cars, and target shooting at the gun club. He will always be remembered as the Superman of our family.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his brother-in-law, Thomas Pechacek.

    Dick is survived by his siblings, John W. (Karen) Stark, Robert Stark, William B. Jr. (Debbie) Stark, Thomas C. (Julie) Stark, Kenneth R. Stark, Sharon D. (Richard) McInnis, and Judy D. (Herbert Jr.) Steinke; and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

    A special thank you to Jennifer McKinney, Karen Stark, and Mindy Harger CNP, for your love and care you provided to Richard.

    A Traditional Latin Funeral Mass will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville, with Father Gerard Saguto, FSSP, officiating. Interment will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Cemetery in Hastings.

    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation for one hour prior to Mass at church on Thursday, and to a reception following the interment at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings.

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

       


    James A. "Jim" Maher,
    Age 94 of Hastings, died peacefully following an extended illness on Friday evening July 5, 2019, at Regina Senior Living.

    James Arthur, the son of Bernard and Helen (Fahey) Maher, was born on August 10, 1924, in Hastings. Following his graduation from Hastings High School, Jim enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp and served in North Africa during WWII. He later received an Honorable Discharge and many medals including: American Theater Service Metal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars, and a Good Conduct Metal. After returning to Hastings, Jim was a bartender in Hampton prior to working with Hudson Mfg. as a Personnel Manager until his retirement. He enjoyed playing golf, was a self-taught organ player, and an avid card player. Jim was also a smooth dancer, and enjoyed the countless dances he attended over the years. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage, and and was proud to have founded the "Maher Open" which is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this summer.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gloria in infancy, Bernadette, Ray, Margie, Charlie, Mae, Theresa, Betty, Charlotte, Tom, and Rita; and by his special friend, Siv Endres.

    Jim is survived by his many nieces and nephews, and by many additional family members and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Father David Hennen officiating. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation for one hour prior to Mass at church on Thursday morning.

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

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


    Gary Patrick Neubauer
    age 64 of Hastings, MN passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 3rd 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Fr. Terry Beeson, will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to mass at church on Tuesday. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery Miesville.


    Virginia Mae (Laumeyer) Nickerson,
    Age 68, of New Brighton, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2019. A memorial gathering will be held in Hastings on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 10:00 - 12 noon, with a luncheon following.


    Candace Hancock,
    Age 65 of Hastings, died suddenly but peacefully at Regina Medical Center in Hastings on Tuesday evening, June 25, 2019.

    Candace Lou, the daughter of George "Shorty" and Shirley (Mann) Hild, was born August 6, 1953, in Hastings, and graduated from Hastings High School with the class of 1971. Candy always had a big heart and was willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. She enjoyed baking pies and apple crisp, and most of all, enjoyed her trips to Treasure Island where she played Keno. Candy worked at REM for fifteen years where she enjoyed helping people with disabilities, and eventually retired as her health began to fail. Most of all, Candy loved her grandchildren and the time they spent together.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George (Pam); and nephews, Sean, Eric, and Jeff Erstad.

    Candy is survived by her children, Michael Hancock, Monica Moes (Ed Schluessler), and Randy (Kathleen) Hancock; grandchildren, Kayla, Austin, and Seth Hancock, Christopher (Laura) Nelson, Cassidy Moes, and Cody Schmidt, Andrew Hancock, and Dylan, Luke, Lindsay Wagner; great grandchildren, Skylar and Leland Nelson; siblings, Twil (Bob) Grove, and Lynn (Pat) Mann; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    A Celebration of Candy's Life will be held Monday, July 8, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the American Legion, 50 Sibley Street, Hastings.

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


    Charles W. Clarke,
    Age 80, of Hastings, passed away at United Hospital in St. Paul on June 20, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Crossroads Church, 225 33rd St W #2, Hastings. A reception will follow the service at church.


    Shirle D. Stevens,
    Age 83 of Willmar and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully at Bethesda Grand of Willmar on Wednesday morning, June 12, 2019. Arrangements are being completed and will be announced later.


    Judy M. Pinnt,
    Age 59 of Hastings, died peacefully at home following an extended illness on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Arrangements are being completed and will be announced later.


    Nancy J. (Mitzuk) Shandley,
    age 71, of Hastings, passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019 at United Hospital in St. Paul.Private Family Services will be held at a later date.


    Raymond "Ray" Miller,
    Age 91, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2019 at United Hospital.

    He will be missed by his wife, Joan; children Jeremy (Jill), Mindy (Jason) Craig and Lesley (Mark) Stueven; 10 grandchildren, Marissa, Leah, Shaun, Sony, Joshua, Caden, Alex, Waverly, Owen and Morgan; and 4 sisters, Dorothy Loesch, Jeanne McGree, Ruth Bremer and Audrey Connolly.

    Preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marion Peine, Bun Sherry, and Emeline Hamilton.

    Memorial mass will be Friday, June 14 at 11:00 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 2035 W. 15th St, Hastings. Visitation 1 hour prior to mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to charity of choice.
       


    Joseph (Joey) Cole Seeger
    Born July 11, 2001 and passed away on June 4, 2019.Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. 9th St., Hastings, with Reverend Lloyd Menke officiating. Interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.


    Jane C. Bolton,
    age 80 of Hastings, died peacefully on June 6, 2019, at Regina Senior Living in Hastings. Jane's family will privatley gather at her favorite place on the North Shore to celebrate her life this fall.


    Janet King,
    Passed away peacefully at sunrise surrounded by her family June 5, 2019. Preceded in death by husband, Bill.

    Survived by children, Bill (Theresa), Laura (Greg) Hahn; grandchildren, Christopher, Megan (Brandon), Patrick, Sean, Ryan, and Daniel King; Torra, Leah, Johnny, Aidan Spillane; and Jenna Hahn; great-grandchild, Kinsley; siblings, Patricia Cardozo, Anne Cline, Jack McGowan, Martha McGowan, Bob McGowan, Sheila Hayes, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; Lifetime friend, Naomi.

    Janet was a lifelong supporter of Visitation School and Convent. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM, Tuesday, June 11, at St. Peter's Catholic Church (1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota).

    Visitation 4-8 PM, Monday, June 10, at O'Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home (575 Snelling Ave S. St Paul, 651-698-0796) and 1 hour prior to start of Mass at Church Tuesday. Interment, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery, Hastings.

    O'Halloran & Murphy Cremation and Funeral Services.
       


    Charlotte C. Meier,
    Age 90 of Hastings, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Regina Senior Living in Hastings on Monday morning, June 3, 2019.

    Charlotte Clare, the daughter of John F. and Clare B. (Steffen) Judge, was born on February 2, 1929, in Hastings. Charlotte attended grade school at Guardian Angels Catholic School and graduated from Hastings High School with the class of 1948. On October 27, 1956, Charlotte was united in marriage to Joseph P. "Joe" Meier at Guardian Angels Catholic Church; he later preceded her in death on November 30, 2004. Charlotte worked as the Factory Office Manager at Smead Mfg, and retired after forty plus years of service. During her employment, Charlotte was crowned Ms. Smead in 1964. She was a longtime member of Guardian Angels and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parishes where she enjoyed participating in the Daughters of Isabella. She was also a very active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Grantsburg, WI.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary Jo Judge-Reuter, Kathleen (Dan) Sobaski, Margaret (Adolph) Denn, Sr. Florence M. Judge and Patricia (Edward) Schmitz; brothers, Owen, John F. "Jack" and Kenneth "Buck" Judge; husband, Joseph P. Meier; and by her brother-in-law, Marvin "Marv" Raway.

    Charlotte is survived by her sister, Maxine C. Raway; sisters-in-law, Harriet Judge, Emma Seeger, and Marie Fuchs; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at church on Thursday.

    Charlotte's family would like to extend a special thank you to Hastings' DaVita Dialysis and to Regina Medical Center & Regina Senior Living for their love and care they have provided to Charlotte over the last five years.

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

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


    Kenneth "Ken" Linde,
    Age 67 of Spring Branch, Texas, and formerly of Hastings, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 27, 2019, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A Celebration of Ken's Life will be held 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at a local funeral home in Hastings.
    Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, and also to a dinner reception immediately following the service, all at the funeral home. A complete obituary will be published later.


    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.
        

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