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Catherine Marie Schneider, age 63, formerly of St. Paul, Minn., died peacefully on March 4, 2011, at Fairview Ridges Hospital. She was born on June 16, 1947, in St. Paul. Cathy is survived by her children, Brian (Patti) Schneider of Eau Claire, Wis., Jeff Schneider of Burnsville, Minn., Julie (Todd) Murtaugh of Hastings, and Ben Schneider of Hastings. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Olivia and Ellie Schneider and Macey and Mitchell Murtaugh, who were the light of her life.
Aloysius N. "Al" Fox, age 86, of Hastings, died March 5, 2011, at Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Al was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Hastings, to Louis and Susan (Eilen) Fox. He was a graduate of Cannon Falls High School and served his country during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Al married Betty Caneff on Nov. 8, 1952, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Hastings. Prior to retirement he was employed at St.
William M. Bryan Sr., age 73, of Hastings, died March 4, 2011. William was born July 17, 1937, in Imperial, Pa., to Michael and Grace (Junker) Bryan. He served in the United States Air Force and married Lois Thun on Dec. 16, 1960, in Pittsburgh. Prior to retirement he was employed in the airline industry.
Betsy G. Slapnicher, age 63, of Hastings, passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on March 4, 2011. She was born in Hartford, Conn., on July 12, 1947, to Robert and Catherine Doud. She married Joe Slapnicher on June 12, 1971 in Collinsville, Conn. Betsy was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Doud; mother, Catherine Doud; father, Robert Doud; and her aunt, Elizabeth "Bet" Graham.
Deb Oldenburger, an avid sports fan, age 38, of Prescott, Wis., passed away March 4, 2011, at United Hospital in St. Paul. She was born Oct. 18, 1972, in Wishek, N.D., to Roger and Cathleen "Kay" Oldenburger. Deb was a basketball player for the University of California Berkley women's basketball team.
Ronald Franklin Kocher, age 77, of Hastings, Minn., surrounded by family and church, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Red Wing Health Center after a long illness. Ronald was born to Charles Wesley and Constance Alice (Thompson) Kocher on Aug. 31, 1933, in La Porte City, Iowa. Ronald graduated from high school in 1951 from La Porte City High School. Ronald's work career included banking in Radcliff, Iowa; Fayette, Iowa; Riceville, Iowa; Cresco, Iowa; Maiden Rock, Wis.; Decorah, Iowa; and Hager City, Wis.
Lauren B. Pederson, age 88, of Edina, Minn., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, after a short illness, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. He was born in Hastings, Minn., on March 20, 1922, to Eleanor and George Pederson. He loved his family and being around people. Lauren owned a wholesale candy and tobacco company for 58 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golf, again mostly to be around people.
Jean G. Sieben, age 49, of Hastings, died Feb. 25, 2011. Jean was born Nov. 7, 1961, in Hastings, to Edwin and Dorothy (Stull) Sieben. She was a 1980 graduate of Hastings High School and received her bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Minnesota.
Barry E. Heldman, age 66, of Cottage Grove, passed away at his home on Feb. 22, 2011. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, 7008 Lamar Ave. S., Cottage Grove. Visitation from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings, and 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment in the Old Cottage Grove Cemetery. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to the Union Gospel Mission. The Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard L. "Dick" Mauch, age 82, of Hastings, died Feb. 14, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis. Dick was born Aug. 19, 1928, in Wabasha, Minn., to Howard and Mary (Longhway) Mauch. A graduate of Wabasha High School, he also spent 4 years in the Air Force during the Korean War.