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Ann Helene Nygaard, age 82, of Minneapolis, sister of local Olive (Vernon) Hupf of Randolph, died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St., Northfield, Minn., with Pastor Janet White officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery near Hampton, Minn. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 9-10 a.m. Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls.
Remedios Nobello, age 89, passed away peacefully Aug. 19, 2011. Funeral was held Aug. 22 at Kok Funeral Home, Cottage Grove. Burial Newport Cemetery.
Elizabeth C. (Haverland) Schnell, age 87, of Hastings, Minn., Augustana Nursing Home, died Aug. 18, 2011. Elizabeth was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Farmington, Minn. Preceded in death by husband, Norman C. Schnell; one son, Charles; one grandson; one great-grandson; two granddaughters; three sisters; three brothers. Survived by three daughters, Barbara (Bob) of Mesa, Ariz., Ruth of Mesa, Mary (Dick) of Mesa; one son, Roland of St. Paul; 12 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marybelle of Hastings.
Archie B. Gergen, 92, a retired maintenance worker with Harris Corp., died Aug. 11, 2011. He was born in Hastings, Minn., on the family farm. He moved to Palm Bay, Fla., in 1963 with his family. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, The Catholic Aid Association in St. Paul, Minn., Knights of Columbus, and was an active volunteer at the Palm Bay Senior Citizens Center. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Gorgus Gergen; sons, Steven and John; daughter, Shari Eldridge; and one grandson, Corey Eldridge.
Alvin K. Wenzel, age 90, of Hastings, died Aug. 14, 2011, at the Regina Medical Center in Hastings. Alvin was born Feb. 2, 1921, in rural Hardwick, Minn., to Karl and Freida (Ahrendt) Wenzel. He married Lois Kuechenmeister on March 1, 1945, at St. John's Lutheran parsonage in Luverne, Minn. He had worked in the agricultural field prior to his employment with Hastings Public Schools as a custodian. Alvin was a member and royalty of Polk of A (Polka Lovers of America).
Thomas G. Conzemius, age 64, of Minneapolis, formerly of Hastings, died July 30, 2011, at the Camden Care Center in Minneapolis. Thomas was born on April 23, 1947, in Hastings, to Lawrence and Lenore (Reinhardt) Conzemius. He attended elementary school at St. Boniface and graduated from St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville. Thomas graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., with a degree in music, and was an accomplished pianist.
Mary E. Tri, age 71, of Hastings, died Aug. 13, 2011, at her residence. Mary was born March 11, 1940, in St. Paul, to Louis and Eva (Deiss) Reis. She graduated from St. Benedict's High School in St. Joseph, Minn. Mary was united in marriage to Leonard Tri on Nov. 24, 1962, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in West St. Paul. She was a former cook at St. Boniface School and also a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard, on Nov.
Catherine V. "Katy" Wermlund, age 94, of Hastings, died Aug. 14, 2011, at Regina Nursing Home. Katy was born on March 10, 1917, in Hastings, to Patrick and Mary E. (Sullivan) Sherry. She was a 1935 graduate of Hastings High School and married Robert J. Wermlund on Aug. 2, 1939, in Hastings.
Joseph LaVerne "Joe" Murphy, age 80, of Cannon Falls, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, Aug. 10, 2011, at the Regina Medical Center in Hastings. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls with Father Jay K. Kythe celebrating. Interment with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls.
Rita A. Braun, age 80, of Hastings, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Aug. 10, 2011. Rita was born on March 31, 1931, in Hastings, to Herman and Anna (Rollinger) Meyers. She was united in marriage to Edward A. Braun on Oct. 3, 1951, at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Hampton.