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Florence (Hiniker) Hughes of the Regina Retirement community passed away peacefully Sept. 27, 2009. Born in Hastings on Valentine's Day, 1916, she was the youngest of five children and, by her siblings' accounts, the most spoiled. She was active physically, and something of a tomboy. Her family home on the corner of Sixth and Pine with its tennis court, gardens, gymnastic apparatus, orchard and barn provided plenty of opportunities for outside activity. The Hinikers also enjoyed a summer home they built on the shore of Lake Little Hanging Horn. After attending St.
Thomas E. Sieben, age 53, of Hastings, passed away suddenly Sept. 23, 2009, at his home. Tom was born Oct. 30, 1955, in Red Wing, Minn., to Norbert and Helen Sieben. He married Joan Illa May 25, 2006, in Danbury, Wis. Tom was the owner of Heritage Floral in Hastings. He loved camping and four wheeling. He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen; sister-in-law, Dora; and father-in-law, Francis Illa.
Charles William Bergevin Jr., Kimberling City, Mo., son of Charles and Grace (Hansen) Bergevin, was born June 21, 1941, in Red Wing, Minn., and departed this life Nov. 5, 2009, in his home, at the age of 68. Charlie was united in marriage to Renee Weiner on May 17, 2006, and he had lived in the Kimberling City area the past six years coming from Minnesota. Before retiring, he worked at St. Thomas University as a union electrician supervisor. Charlie was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was a U. S. Navy veteran.
Sister Roberta Rother, 93, born and raised in Hampton, passed away Nov. 4, 2009. Her funeral services were held at Good Counsel Mother House in Mankato, Minn., on Nov. 9, 2009. Sister served as a Notre Dame nun for 71 years. Among her dedicated years she was a teacher and librarian. Over the past 15 years, her joy was making cards. She spent hours growing flowers, pressing them, and incorporating them into birthday, anniversary, thank you, and other special occasion cards. Those who received her cards appreciated her exceptional talent.
Leonard G. Tri, age 70, of Hastings, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at his home following a lengthy illness. Leonard was born Dec. 18, 1938, in Red Wing, Minn., to George and Mildred (Jackson) Tri. He was a graduate of Monroe High School in St. Paul in 1956. Leonard entered the U.S. Navy in October of 1958. Following his discharge he returned to work at 3M Company in production. He retired in 1999. He was married to Mary Reis on Nov. 24, 1962, at St. Michael's Church in West St. Paul.
Frances "Fran" was born July 22, 1922, in Hastings, to Albert and Frances (Lindley) Gergen. She was a 1940 graduate of Hastings High School. Fran loved reading and teaching children the gift of reading, sewing, baking, and writing, especially the Hastings Gazette feature Karpens Korner for several years. Fran was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary; and brother, John. She is survived by her eight dearly loved children, Betty Karpen of Silver Bay, Minn., Barbara Karpen of Lakewood, Colo., John Karpen Jr. of St.
Philip Teats, age 61, of Hastings, passed away Aug. 20, 2009 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Funeral service, officiated by Gordon Gathright, Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings. Visitation Monday, Aug. 24 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to service on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Wise Family Funeral Home. To view the memorial video and sign the guestbook, go to www.wisefamilyfh.com .
Ralph N. Eilen, age 82 of Hampton, Minn. died Aug. 22, 2009 at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Aug. 25 at St. Mathias Church in Hampton. Arrangements were made by White Funeral Home.
Sister Rosalie Siebenaler S.S.N.D., age 96, went to meet the Lord on Aug. 23, 2009, the feast day of her patron saint, St. Rose, at the Mother House in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Aug. 26 in Mankato. Memorials are preferred to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001.
Pete Shelstad, age 66, of Hastings, passed away on August 20, 2009. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1-5 p.m. at the Hastings VFW. Memorials are preferred to Gillette Children's Hospital. The burial will be private.