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Garth Allen Truax, age 48, of Hastings, passed away suddenly at his home, July 30, 2009. The world is blessed with few that leave us after having given so much more than they have taken. The radiance of a life filled with love and kindness will continue to shine on all those he touched. Garth loved life and the biggest part of his life was his fiancée and best friend Danette, his daughters, Tara and Samantha, and Danettes' children, Melissa, Casey and Danielle. Together they formed a strong family, a family that oftentimes worked together and always played together.
A private family service was held. Interment will be at Eternal Valley Cemetery in California. Arrangements were made with the Wise Family Funeral Home www.wisefamilyfh.com or 651-437-3752.
Alice R. Benjamin, age 96, of Hastings, died August 1, 2009, at the Regina Nursing Home. Alice was born May 16, 1913, in Randolph, Minn. to Algot and Rosetta Edstrom. She graduated from Randolph High School and the Normal Teaching School in Cannon Falls. Alice married Clinton Benjamin in 1933 and lived the next 76 years in Hastings. She was a substitute elementary school teacher until 1959 when she and her husband bought the Parkway Grocery Store on Maple Street.
Angeline J. Doerr, age 72, of Hastings, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at her home. Angeline was born in Lake City, Minn. on Oct. 30, 1936, to Edwin and Adelaide H. "Ella" (Tomforde) Niebeling. She married Orville Doerr Sept. 5, 1959, and worked at Smead Mfg.
Mary Ann Rother, age 78, of Welch, died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 30, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Mary Ann was born May 1, 1931, in Hastings to Henry and Mary (Jelinik) Dalaska of Empire, Minn. She was a 1949 graduate of Farmington High School. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Raynard Rother Nov. 22, 1952, at St. John's Catholic Church, Vermillion. In her younger years Mary Ann enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, playing cards, and being with friends.
Jason Douglas Provost, age 35 of Cannon Falls, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, July 29, 2009, at a friend's home in Sturgeon Lake, Minn. Jason was born on June 7, 1974, in Charleston, S.C., the son of Larry and Janet (Holm) Provost. He was baptized and confirmed at St.
George R. Reul, age 56 of Hastings, passed away July 28, 2009 at his home in Denmark Township. Memorial service Monday, August 3 at 4 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton. Gathering one hour prior to service at church. Go to www.wisefamilyfh.com to sign the guestbook and view the memorial video. The Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley J. Samuelson, age 80, of Hastings, passed away July 28, 2009, at the Woodlyn Heights Health Care Center in Inver Grove Heights. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Bertha (Fink) Erickson; husband, Vern; and brother, Clarence. She is survived by daughter Diane Samuelson, St. Paul; sisters, Donna Christiansen of Red Wing and Dorothy Van Voorhis of Granger, Ind.; and nieces and nephews. The funeral service, with the Rev. John Ehlers officiating, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2009, at Grace Lutheran Church, 149 S. Eighth Ave., South St.
Joel L. Evans, age 24, of Hastings, died July 22, 2009, at his home. Joel was born November 29, 1984, in Hillsborough County, Fla. He had worked as a kitchen employee in the hospitality industry. His hobbies included fishing and movies, especially the Harry Potter series, and he was a football fanatic.
Ethel L. Schaar, age 93, of Hastings, died July 23, 2009, at the Regina Medical Center. Ethel was born July 4, 1916, in Hastings to Herman and Helen (Rhoma) Keely. She was a 1933 graduate of Hastings High School and married Norman George Otto Schaar June 20, 1936, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hastings. She enjoyed embroidery, baking and gardening. Ethel loved her family and was a devoted grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; and brothers, Chuck and Roy Keely.