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John F. Judge, 89

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John Francis "Jack" Judge, age 89, of Hastings, died Jan. 14, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul.

John was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Marshan Township to John and Clare (Steffen) Judge and attended Guardian Angels schools. He served as sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1962 after a 20 year career. John later went on to work and retire from CF Industries.

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He was an avid flower gardener, well known for his beautiful flower gardens and pristine landscaping at his home on Second Street, and was a very generous and honorable individual.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Eileen, John Francis, Albert, and Katherine; brothers, Kenneth and Owen; sisters, Mary Jo Reuter and Kathleen Sobaskie.

John is survived by his daughters, Mary Cofer and Deborah Jones, both of Hastings; grandchildren, Angela, Katie, Amie, Sarah, Alex, Abbie, Noah, and Sam; great-grandchildren, Sarina, Madelyn, and John; sisters, Margaret Denn of Grantsburg, Wis., Sr. Florence Judge, RSM, of Baltimore, Md., Maxine (Marvin) Raway of Hastings, Charlotte Meier of Grantsburg, and Patricia Schmitz of Hastings; also many nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. Allan Paul Eilen, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings, with visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. Seventh St., Hastings, and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, with full military honors and pallbearers provided by the U.S. Army Funeral Honors Team.

Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com.

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