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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.
Stanley "Pudge" Kochendorfer, age 80, of Hastings, died on Dec. 14, 2010, at Regina Medical Center. Stanley was born July 1, 1930, in Durand, Wis., to Stanley and Nellie (Hill) Kochendorfer. He was united in marriage to Dolores Odden on June 4, 1949, in California. Stanley was a 1948 graduate of Hastings High School. He was an employee of 3M in Cottage Grove for over 39 years before his retirement in 1988. Stanley was an avid golfer and a sports enthusiast.
Carolyn S. Gunderson, age 68, of Hastings, died Dec. 16, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Carolyn was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Portland, Ore., to Eldon and Ruth (Lore) Evans. She married Jack Gunderson on Aug. 22, 1959, and had been employed as a school bus driver for Prescott Public Schools for 29 years. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Candy (Rick) Hanken of Prescott, Jackie Olson of Eagan, Dwayne of Hastings, and Joy (Bryon) Suski of Hastings; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. The funeral service, officiated by Rev.
James J. "Jim" Mullenbach passed Dec.
Donald R. Berg Sr., age 73, of Hastings, died Dec. 13, 2010, at home. Don was born Aug. 19, 1937, in Cannon Falls, to Lars and Marie (Njos) Berg. He was united in marriage to Patricia Krech on Aug. 26, 1961, at First English Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls.
Ruthmary B. Gust, age 84, of Hastings, died on Dec. 13, 2010, at Fairview Southdale Medical Center in Edina. Ruthmary was born March 20, 1926, in Minneapolis, to Leon and Sophia (Bonk) Newman. She was united in marriage to Joseph J. Gust on Aug.
Rev. Herman J. White, Oct. 7, 1925 - Dec. 8, 2010, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Hastings. Survived by wife of 54 years, Elizabeth "Betty" (Furney) White; children Roger (Cindy), Linda Wynn, Joseph (Lavenna), Joel A. (Debra), James, John, Julie; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Stephen; daughters Martha, Jean, and Joan; grandchild Elizabeth Broker. Funeral was held at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church and internment is at Southlawn Cemetery, both in Tucson.