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Pastor Ed Frederick dies after battle with cancer

The church ministry for the Rev. Ed Frederick has ended.

After battling cancer since last fall, St. Philip's Lutheran Church's senior pastor died early Sunday, June 1, at his home. He was surrounded by his family.

Pastor David Wrightsman was also with the family at the time of death.

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 W. 15th St., with the Celebration of Life service at 11 am. Bishop Peter Rogness, St. Paul Area Synod, E.L.C.A. will preside and Pastor Wrightsman of St. Philip's will deliver the message.

A luncheon will follow the service and will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, where everyone is invited and, as Pastor Frederick requested, it will be catered from Las Margaritas.

Frederick's ministry to God and the church lasted more than 30 years, the last 13 here in Hastings.

Originally from Southeast Missouri, Frederick graduated from Presho High School in South Dakota. He attended Concordia College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and then enrolled at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Frederick graduated with a Master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, then completed a one-year internship at Holy Trinity Church in Littleton, Colo. He was ordained in 1978. He served parishes in Wyoming and Colorado before coming to Stillwater.

Frederick has served recently as president of the Hastings Ministerium for one year and on the Community Education Committee for six years. For several years he helped organize the Good Friday community-wide ecumenical worship service. He was active in the Hastings Area Grief Support Group.