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James Richard Serres, age 46, of Chandler, Ariz., passed away unexpectedly at his home on Dec. 7, 2009. James was born July 7, 1963, in Hastings to Fredrick and Ilse (Schuster) Serres. He was a 1981 graduate of Hastings High School. James moved to Arizona in his early 20s and made his home there. He was self employed, and an avid sports fan. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ilse Serres.
Mike Pavelich Michael Dewey (Mike) Pavelich, beloved father and brother, age 59, of Hastings, formerly of Mesa, Ariz., went home to heaven on Dec. 11, 2009. Mike had been under doctors' care recently, after surviving open heart surgery in July of 2009. It is unknown what caused a massive heart attack which in turn created internal bleeding that led to his death, but all had been optimistic about his recovery. Mike was born on July 7, 1950, the fourth child of Milan and Vivian Katherine Pavelich, and graduated from Mesa High School in 1968.
Virginia M. Lunde, age 81, of Hastings, died Dec. 8, 2009, at her home. Virginia Marie was born July 8, 1928, in Minneapolis, to Henry and Rose (McLean) Hecker. She was united in marriage to Dr. Paul Lunde on Sept. 24, 1960, in Hastings. Virginia enjoyed golfing and travel. She was preceded in death by both parents; sisters, Rosemarie and Arlene; and her husband, Dr. Paul Evans Lunde. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (Tom) Gallagher of Purcellville, Va.; brother, David Hecker of Wasilla, Alaska; and nieces and nephews. Interment was held at Ft.
Myrna E. Chasteen of St. Paul Park, surrounded by her loving family, was reunited with her husband, James, fifteen brothers and sisters, grandson James Allen Chasteen, Jr., and a great-grandchild. Myrna was the youngest of nineteen children. She was a strong woman of great faith, and served many at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove. Her career began as a legal secretary for a law firm in Muscatine, Iowa. She married the love of her life, James H. Chasteen, and raised five children, moving to St. Paul Park, Minn., in 1961.
Bernice Traynor, age 86, of River Falls, Wis., died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Bernice was born Oct. 7, 1923, to Christian and Cora (Schruth) Hanson in Pepin Township, Wis. On Dec. 13, 1941, Bernice married Sylvester Traynor Jr. in Spring Valley. They lived south of Spring Valley for many years. Sylvester was killed in a hunting accident Nov. 22, 1969. In 2007, Bernice moved to the Lutheran Home in River Falls. Bernice was a gentle, kind-hearted woman who loved to be with her family.
Marcus A. Deutsch, age 83, of Hastings, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009. Marcus was born April 16, 1926, in Eden, S.D. to Joseph and Mary (Trautner) Deutsch.
George J. Brockman Jr., age 68, of Hastings, died unexpectedly Dec. 4, 2009 at United Hospital in St. Paul. George was born at New Trier on Jan. 14, 1941, to George J. and Mathilda (Siebenaler) Brockman. He married Joyce (McDonald) Jan. 18, 1964, in New Trier. George was retired from CF Industries after 33 years of employment. He was a lover of camping and had a passion for bartending. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Jimmy. George is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce of Hastings; daughter, Deb (Tim) Shull of Hastings; sons, Mark Brockman of St.
Roger J. Berdahl, age 77, of Regina Residence in Hastings, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. Roger was born Feb. 2, 1932, at Sioux Falls, S.D. to Ole and Alma (Carson) Berdahl. He was a graduate of Washington High School and Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and of Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He was a retired Lutheran Pastor who had served Kenwood Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn. After retiring he was employed at Aetna Insurance Company. He married Harriet Larson. She preceded him in death in 1974.
Charles L. Kieffer, age 90, of Hastings, died Dec. 2, 2009, at Regina Medical Center. Charles was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Hastings, to Lewis and Mary (Doffing) Kieffer. He was a 1937 graduate of Hastings High School, and served with the Marines in the South Pacific during WWII. Charles married Edna M. Riley Nov. 9, 1946, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Hastings. He worked at 3M for 33 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.
Donald A. Burright, 75, of Hot Springs Village, formerly of Hastings, died Dec. 1, 2009, in a Hot Springs, Ark. hospital. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com .