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Judith 'Sparky' Ackerman

Judith "Sparky" Ackerman, age 67, of Hastings, passed away June 9, 2009.

She was born March 17, 1942, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Clifford and Catherine Ostrem. Judith married Wesley Ackerman on Sept. 12, 1964, in Minneapolis.

She is preceded in death by her father, Clifford; and son, Mark.

She is survived by her husband, Wes; children, Lisa (Doran) Brahee of Cologne, Minn., Steve (Jennifer) of Belle Plaine, Minn., and Eric (Alicia) of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nate, Ashleigh, Schlandor, Taylor, Tatum, Paige and Devon; mother, Catherine Ostrem, of Minneapolis; sister, Karen (Dan) Garrity, of Bloomington; brother, Michael (Eileen) Ostrem, of Minneapolis; other relatives and friends.

A memorial service, with Fr. Jim Perkl officiating, was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings.

Wise Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To view the memorial video and sign the online guestbook, visit