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Melvin A. Birk, 91

Melvin A. Birk, age 91, of Hastings, died Sunday, July 27, at his home surrounded by family.

Melvin was born July 20, 1923, in Vermillion Township to Joseph and Marie (Reiter) Birk. He attended local schools and was a farmer in the Hastings area for many years. He also worked as a carpenter in the area. He married Martha (Werner) Oct. 20, 1945 in Vermillion. He loved to fish and spend time with his family.

Melvin was preceded by his parents; daughter, Mary Birk; brother, William, in childhood; and sister, Pat Geronime.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; six children, Barb (Ken) Hoffman of Richmond, Minn., Bonnie Griess of Arvada, Colo., Bill (Lori) Birk of Welch, Dave (Gina) Birk, Joe (Nancy) Birk and Sue Thompson, all of Hastings; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lorraine Sathra of St. Paul Park.

Funeral Mass, with Fr. Cole Kracke presiding and Fr. Lenny Andrie concelebrating, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 Fifteenth St. West, Hastings. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 Seventh St. E., Hastings, MN and also 1 hour prior to the funeral at church on Wednesday. Interment will follow in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Cemetery in Hastings.

Pallbearers are Chris Birk, Alec Birk, Randy Birk, Steve Birk, Todd Griess and Josh Griess.

Arrangements made with Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419.