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Laura Louise Most, age 59, of Hastings, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at her home on Dec. 25, 2010. She graduated from the U of M and received her Master's in special education at UW-Eau Claire. Laura was a professor of special education at UW-Stout and was the Christian Education director at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was an avid gardener and holds the current high score in Wii Bowling at the Hastings Senior Center. She was a member of St.
Cindice J. Farber, age 59, of West St. Paul, died Dec. 25, 2010, at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Cindice was born to Ellsworth and Phyllis (Clary) Johnson on Oct. 30, 1951, in Sparta, Wis. She married Jay Farber on Oct. 5, 1985, in Hastings. Cindice had worked 34 years as a registered nurse at Regions Hospital. She was preceded in death by her father. Cindice is survived by her husband, Jay; children, Chad (Dayna) Johnson of Medina, Kayla Farber and Alex Farber, both of West St.
Irma H. Taube, age 87, of Hastings, died Dec. 22, 2010, at Regina Nursing Home, of cancer. Irma was born in Afton on Oct. 12, 1923, to Peter and Eliza (Vollmer) Riemenschneider. She married Sylvester Taube on July 6, 1951, and was employed at Smeads for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Irma is survived by her children, Judy Lentz of Sarasota, Fla., Susie Riley of Prescott, Sally Voss of Wayzata and Kevin of Hastings; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral Mass, officiated by Rev. James Perkl and Rev.
John B. Exley, age 88, of Hastings, died Dec. 23, 2010. John was born Sept. 4, 1922, in St. Paul, to Robert and Christine (Sitzman) Exley. He served in the Army during WWII and married Eileen Lodahl on May 15, 1948, in St. Paul. John had worked in the banking industry in the Twin Cities, including 1st National Bank of Hastings. He was an avid golfer, former Rotarian, member of the Am.
Daniel Richard Knak, age 25, of Hastings, died Dec. 18, 2010. Daniel was born Oct. 22, 1985, in Hastings, to Daniel and Lynne (Schaffer) Knak. He was a 2004 graduate of Hastings High School and a graduate of Mobile Dynamics in Tempe, Ariz. Dan enjoyed the outdoors and anything that he could drive fast. He also enjoyed spending time with friends, family, and his dogs Liza and Shylee.
Ethel Mae Helmer, age 97, of Ellsworth, died peacefully Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the Ellsworth Care Center. Funeral services for Ethel Helmer were 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at the Prescott United Church of Christ, Prescott. Burial will be in the spring in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth. Visitation was for 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Go to www.hillfuneralservice.com to extend an online condolence to the family. Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Prescott is assisting the family with arrangements.
Norman E. Peterson, age 88, of Hastings, a man with many friends and loved ones, who kept us laughing throughout his life, passed away on Dec. 19, 2010, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on May 1, 1922, to Thorvald and Verna Peterson in Rhinelander, Wis.
Jerome N. Girgen, 87, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at his home in Hastings. Jerome was born to Joseph and Mary (Welsch) Girgen on March 28, 1923, in Vermillion Township. In September of 1950, Jerome married Marcella Scharmer. They were blessed with six children: Jeanne, Roger, Dennis, Greg, Raymond and Diane. He worked many years as a machine operator for H. D.
Michael Paul Ficker, age 48, of Hastings, died Dec. 18, 2010. Michael was born May 21, 1962, in Hastings, to Paul and Vivian (Lipp) Ficker. He was a 1980 graduate of Hastings High School, and was employed by Cannon Equipment.
Lloyd B. Swanson, age 87, of Hastings, died Dec. 14, 2010, at Regina Nursing Home. Lloyd was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Welch, to Albert and Hannah (Lundberg) Swanson. He married Lorraine B. Samuelson on June 19, 1948, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Welch.