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John G. Pasch, 88

John G. Pasch, 88, of Cannon Falls, passed away Thursday morning, March 11, 2010, at the Angels Care Center following a lengthy illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 15, at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 410 W. Colville St., Cannon Falls, with the Reverend Jay K. Kythe officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls and one hour prior at church on Monday. Burial with military rites will be in the St. Pius V Cemetery, Cannon Falls.

John G. Pasch was born March 17, 1921, in Douglas Township, Minn., the son of Peter and Katherine (Beissel) Pasch. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Church School in New Trier and grew up on a farm southeast of town. He served overseas in the United States Air Force during WWII. John was united in marriage to Alice R. Kersting on June 11, 1946, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan. The couple farmed on the home place until retiring in 1983 and remained on the farm until moving to Cannon Falls in 1993.

John was a longtime member at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier and a member of the St. Nicholas Society, was a current member of St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls, a member of the Agricultural Soil Conservation Service, the Lyle Russell VFW Post #1210 in Hastings, and served on the Hampton Township Board for many years, as well as the Planning Commission. He was a very hard worker, loved the land, enjoyed cards, traveling, especially to Texas, and hunting and fishing.

John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice of Cannon Falls, his children, Daniel (Rita) Pasch of Hastings, Judith (Charles) Gerlach of West Linn, Ore., JoAnn (Roger) Bauer of Hastings, Bonita (Victor) Clasemann of Long Prairie; 15 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Evelyn) Pasch, Karla (Al) Sylvander, Jodi (Jim) Olson, Scott (Carman) Gerlach, Todd (Brandi) Gerlach, Paula (Paul) Rabaey, Joy (Joe) Eggert, Stacey Bloyd, Jennifer (Dave) Noles, Greg Halfen, Mike (Deepa) Halfen, Tammy (Sean) Hagan, Chad (Heidi) Clasemann, Charity (Shawn) Pesta, Aimee (Mike) Lieser; and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence; sister, Viola; and his granddaughter's spouse, Steve Bloyd.