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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.
Jami Lynn (Losh) Flannigan, age 32, of Hastings, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester after a brief illness. Jami was born May 23, 1977, in Hastings, to Steve and Dory (Peters) Losh. She was a 1995 graduate of Hastings High School, and was united in marriage to Jason Flannigan on Sept. 22, 2007, in Hastings.
Paul E. Lunde was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Willmar, Minn., to Theodore and Evelyn (Olson) Lunde. He had served three years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and retired in 2000, after forty plus years as a Hastings chiropractor. He married Virginia Marie Hecker on Sept. 24, 1960, in Hastings. Dr. Paul Lunde died August 5, 2009. Virginia Marie was born July 8, 1928, in Minneapolis to Henry and Rose (McLean) Hecker. She and Paul had shared a love for golf and travel. Virginia died Dec. 8, 2009. Their interments were held at Ft.
Margie Mae Reuter, age 81, of Hastings, died Dec. 20, 2009, at Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul, Minn. She was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Hastings, to Emil and Anne Radke. She was married to Thomas C. Reuter on June 25, 1949, in Hastings. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by daughter, Gloria Lawrence; sons, Richard Reuter and Bruce Reuter; sister, Edna Mae Seidl; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Thomas C. Reuter; son, Thomas G.
Richard Edwin Wright, age 66, of Township of Chicog, Wis., passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at his home. Dick was born Sept. 19, 1943, in Hastings, Minn., to the late Henry and Leona (Clark) Wright. Dick married Karen Morrissette Oct. 8, 1966. They enjoyed 43 years together. He was employed at ConAgra Foods Inc.