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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.
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.