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Norbert H. Krech, 80

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Norbert H. Krech, age 80, of Hastings, died June 22, 2009, at the Inver Grove Good Samaritan Center.

Norbert was born in Prescott, Wis., Dec. 14, 1928, to Henry and Hulda (Bester) Krech. He attended Prescott schools, later serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. Norbert married Mary "Tootie" Lorentz Oct. 14, 1950. He was employed by 3M Chemolite as a warehouse operator prior to his retirement.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary, Oct. 8, 2000; sister, Myra Haberkorn; and brothers, Francis, Donald, and Alfred Krech.

Norbert is survived by his sons, Steve Krech of Hastings, Peter (Cyndy) Krech of Woodbury, and John (Lori) Krech of Prescott; two grandchildren, Jason and Taylor Krech; siblings, Leona Trog of South St. Paul, Sylvia "Sis" Ancell of Farmington, and Kenneth (Carol) Krech of Prescott.

The funeral service, with Pastor Jennifer Thul officiating, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St., Hastings, with a visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Pallbearers are Steve Krech, Pete Krech, Jason Krech, David Krech, Tom Krech and Jim Trog. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings.

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

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