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George F. Hayek, 78

George F. Hayek, age 78, of Hastings, formerly of St. Paul, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on March 5, 2010.

George was born Jan. 1, 1932, in St. Paul to Frank and Leona Stadler.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandsons, Erin and Michael.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie; children, Michele (Lincoln) Starkey, Michael Hayek, Melissa (Tim) Ozorio, Matthew (Lynn) Hayek, and Monica "Holly" Hayek. George was an amazing, fun-loving grandfather to nine wonderful grandchildren, Kristina, Tiffany, Bryan, Courtney, Dane, Ally, Dalton, Bob, and Alvin; and one great-grandson, Aaron.

He is also survived by his sisters, Irene Grundtner and Annie (Rich) Williams.

A Celebration of George's Life will be held 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in the Tahiti Room. The service will start at 1 p.m. Memorials are preferred. Private interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in the spring. Additional information available at A very special thank you to Allina Hospice.

The Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements,