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Donald Hanson, age 62, of Cottage Grove, died on Saturday afternoon, July 31, 2010, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Donald Wayne Hanson was born June 15, 1948, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Clyde and Kathleen (Ahlman) Hanson. He was raised in St. Paul and graduated from Johnson High School in 1966. On June 26, 1970, he was united in marriage with Linda Blakeley at Christ United Methodist Church in St. Paul. Don worked many years for the U.S. Postal Service in Hastings. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; parents, Clyde and Kathleen Hanson; mother-in-law, Marlys Blakely.
Ethel Caroline Geister, age 101, of Prescott, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at the Prescott Nursing and Rehab. Community. Funeral services for Ethel will be 1 p.m. Monday, August 2, at St. John's UCC, Prescott. Rev. Matt Schnieder Adams will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Glen Cemetery, Prescott. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Hill Funeral Home, Prescott, and again for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. To extend an online condolence to the family go to www.hillfuneralservice.com .
Carol A. (Johnson-Hunkins) Allen, age 79, of Hastings, passed away on July 28, 2010. Preceded in death by parents, Carl and Catherine Johnson; brothers, Kenneth, Lloyd, and Carl "Buddy". She will be deeply missed by her children, Amy Cooper, Paul Hunkins (Kathy); grandchildren, Kyle and Meghan; sister in-law, Kitty Johnson; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 7, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 615 Vermillion St., Hastings, 651-437-9855.
Richard William Schommer Sr., age 81, died peacefully at his home in Ellsworth on July 28, 2010, surrounded by family. Visitation for friends and family will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, July 30, at St. Mary's Big River Church in Oak Grove, Township. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. with Fr. Bill Matzek officiating. Interment will be in the church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials for St. Mary's building fund are preferred. Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.
Adriana T. Anderson, 7 weeks old, died suddenly on Sunday, July 25, 2010. Adriana is survived by her parents, Rebecca and Vincent; grandparents, Dawn and Richard Rowe, Helen and Lee Foster; great-grandparents, Rod and Dorothy Wiltermuth, Marjorie and Vincent O'Leary, and Barb Wiltermuth; also many other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. Seventh Street, Hastings, with a visitation held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, and two hours prior to the Thursday service.
Emma Doris Donndelinger, age 86, of Hastings, died July 26, 2010, at Regina Nursing Home. Emma Doris was born June 26, 1924, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Lindahl and Nellie (Voet) Jacobson.
Grace M. O'Brien, age 86, of Hastings, died July 24, 2010, at the Seminary Home in Red Wing. The memorial service, officiated by Rev. Doug Duin, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. 7th St., Hastings, with a gathering one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com .
Michael R. Schommer Sr., age 46, of Hastings, died July 20, 2010, at his home. Michael was born Nov. 29, 1963, in Hastings and was a 1982 graduate of Hastings High School. He was a former member of the National Guard, and was self-employed as a painter. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and nephew Justin Schommer. Michael is survived by children, Michael R. Schommer Jr.
James L. Felber, age 70, of Hastings, died Monday, July 19, 2010, at the Augustana Health Care Center in Hastings. James was born Feb. 1, 1940, in Easton, Minn., to George and Lola (Danks) Felber and was employed in the auto service industry as a mechanic.
Alice M. Heckel, age 87, of Prescott, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Prescott Nursing & Rehabilitation Community. She was born April 22, 1923, to John and Rilla (Mann) Carlson of Diamond Bluff. She married John Heckel on Feb. 19, 1944. Alice graduated from Prescott High School and attended Wisconsin State University-River Falls. She was the librarian for the Prescott Public Library for over 25 years, retiring in mid-1990s and an educational aide for Prescott Middle School for 39 years, retiring in 2003. She was a member of the Pierce Co.