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Lizabeth "Betty" (Schaps) Gallagher, age 81, of Hastings, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the Regina Nursing Home. She was preceded by her husband James on Nov. 22, 2009. She is survived by seven children, 17 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. The funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. Robert Altier, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Regina Chapel, Hastings with visitation 1 hour prior to service. A private interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, will be held.
Brandon Thomas Seeger, age 29, of St. Paul, died Dec. 23, 2009, at his home. Brandon was born March 31, 1980, to Jeff and Phyllis (Zarembinski) Seeger. He graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in 1998. In high school, Brandon was active in wrestling and served as captain of the team. Brandon had a great love for the martial art of jujutsu and UFC. He received his black belt in jujutsu. Brandon also loved music; he enjoyed listening to many bands and was the drummer for the band 4Ever in high school.
William G. Keichler Sr., age 75, of Hastings, died Dec. 24, 2009, at Regina Medical Center in Hastings. William was born June 19, 1934, in Prescott, Wis., to Lloyd and Myrtle (Cotter) Keichler. He married Marian (Kinneman) on April 28, 1956, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prescott and was employed as a plumber. William loved fishing and going up north. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Marian. William is survived by his children, Kimberlee (Vern) Gelhar of Hastings, Kelly (Craig) Nell of Isle, Kathryn (Mike) Kelley of Hastings and William Jr.
Arlene E. Schutz, age 73, of Hastings, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, following a short illness. Arlene was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Woodville, Wis., to Jacob and Edna (Rodewald) Reinhardt. She married Raymond Schutz on Feb.
Minnie Louise (Mueller) Pykoski, born July 27, 1923, died on December 21, 2009. Minnie was born and raised on Grey Cloud Island and was the oldest child of Jacob and Estella Mueller. Minnie married Lloyd Pykoski on April 14, 1942. Minnie and her husband of 67 years were longtime residents of Denmark Township of Hastings where they crop farmed and dairy farmed. Minnie worked alongside Lloyd in all the farming, milking cows, working in the fields doing all the cultivating and combining, and even doing custom combining for local farmers.
Gailon C. Roen, 69, of Hastings, Minn., died Dec. 21, 2009. Gailon was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Rice Lake, Wis., to Alvin and Myrtle Roen (Holmstrom). He served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy for 3 years and worked in the field of healthcare for 37 years. Gailon retired from Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota in 2004. Gailon is survived by his wife of 48 years, Peggy (Larson); sons, Todd (wife Christi) and Nathan (wife Rebecca); daughter Jill; grandsons, Max and Sam; and brother, Arvid (wife Norma).
Lucille L. Peterson, an avid card player, age 87, of Hastings, passed away Dec. 22, 2009, at Regina Nursing Home. Lucille was born Dec. 20, 1922, to John and Agnes Radke in Hastings. She was preceded in death by husbands, Norbert Haas and Harold Peterson; sister, Hazel Dorniden; and brother, Raymond Radke.
Garry Wayne Kitzmann, age 58, of River Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at his home. Garry was born on Jan. 18, 1951, in Hastings, Minn., the son of Walter and Anna (Hopp) Kitzmann. He was a graduate of Hastings High School. Garry worked as a crane operator and welder for Meyer Machine in Hager City from 1971-1978 and later worked for Gerdau Ameristeel as a crane operator from 1978 to present. Garry married Suzanne M. Prochnow on April 22, 2006, in River Falls. He was an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman and enjoyed writing poetry and gardening. Garry was a member of St.
Donald N. Rohr, 80, of Cannon Falls, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 21, 2009, at the Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls following a lengthy illness. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 410 W. Colvill St., Cannon Falls, with the Reverend Jay K. Kythe officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Pius V Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Lundberg Funeral Home, 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd., Cannon Falls, and one hour prior at church.
JoAnne Iris Kerstetter, age 71, of Hastings, died Dec. 21, 2009, at United Hospital in St. Paul. JoAnne was born Nov. 10, 1938, in Hastings, to Carl and Frieda (Herkenratt) Hankes, and was a 1956 graduate of Hastings High School. She married Robert Paul Kerstetter on July 20, 1957, in Hastings, and was employed by Smead Manufacturing. JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Peter Dale; and husband, Robert.