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Lorraine B. Sontag, 91, formerly of Hastings, passed away at her home on Little Hanging Horn Lake in Barnum, Minn., on Jan. 31, 2010. She was born on Dec. 7, 1918, to Jesse and Lillian Amanda Wildes. She grew up and graduated from high school in Hastings and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hastings. Lorraine worked with her husband Ed at Sontag Insurance and also was a homemaker. She enjoyed sports and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.
Vibeke A. Solac, nee Osterberg, age 88, of Hastings, passed away Jan. 31, 2010. She was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ray and Vibeke met in Denmark during WWII and continued a long distance relationship before marrying in 1948. She worked as a translator in three foreign languages for the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Preceded in death by son, Christopher Solac; brother, Erik Osterberg. Survived by husband, Raymond of Hastings; sons, Peter (Jean), Michael (Robin), Thomas, Paul; daughters, Mary, Theresa (Michael) Welch; grandchildren, Adele and Josephine Welch.
Jessica Marie Wenzel, age 35, of Hastings died Jan. 31, 2010, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Survivors include her four year old son, Jackson, and brother, Chris (Mary) Wenzel, all of Hastings; grandmother, Gertrude Herbert of Shakopee; also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends. Private family services will be held. Memorials are preferred for her son, Jackson Wenzel. Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com .
Mary Jane Ross, age 90, of Hastings, died Jan. 29, 2010, at Regina Nursing Home. Preceded in death by first husband, Bud Niederkorn, and parents. Her survivors include husband, George; daughter, Judy; grandchildren; and many loving friends and family. The funeral Mass, officiated by Rev. Robert Altier, was held on Feb. 1, 2010 at Regina Chapel, Hastings, with interment following at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery, Hastings Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com .
Clara Schiller, age 78, of Hampton, Minn., died peacefully on Jan. 21, 2010. Preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; siblings, Ray, Al, Lee, Marcella; son-in-law, Jim Carson. Survived by her children, Jane Carson, Ken (Kathy), Kathy (Ron) Gulberg, Carol (Mike) Anhalt, Ron (Tammie), Dave (Sue), Janet Sande (Doug Heart), Sharon (Randy) Grilz, Rick (Kim), and Bob Schiller; 26 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frances (Susan) Wellman, Andrew (Florene) Wellman, and Gertrude Endres; sisters-in-law, Wilma and Evelyn; also by other loving relatives and friends.
Patricia Ann Winslow, age 83, of Hastings, passed away at Augustana Healthcare Center on Jan. 25, 2010. Preceded in death by her husband, Warren. Patricia is survived by her son, Michael (Charlene) Winslow; grandchildren, Melissa and Stephanie. Private family services will be held. The Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.wisefamilyfh.com to sign the online guestbook.
Robert Lee Forsting, age 62, of Burnsville, passed away Jan. 20, 2010, at his home. Memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery in Aberdeen, S.D. The Wise Family Funeral is in charge of arrangements. www.wisefamilyfh.com .
Lucille F. O'Brien, age 87, of Hastings died Jan. 20, 2010, at Ruth Home in Hastings. Lucille was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to William and Rosetta (Schlacter) Schaum. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Wayne Dorfner; and five siblings, Elva Mae, Donald, Norman, Eugene, and Ken.
Albert Reller Albert John Reller, age 68, passed away Jan. 12, 2010. Survived by children, Christine Germain, Jo-Ann LaForge, Matthew (Mindy) Reller, Jason (Patti) Reller, Jonathon (Michelle) Reller; brother, Tom (Diane) Reller; grandchildren, Ian, Joseph, Alison, and Wyatt. Preceded in death by son, Justin M. Reller. Memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. Philips Lutheran Church, 1401 15th St. W., Hastings, MN 55033.
Florence M. Rischette, age 80, of Hastings, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at her home. Florence was born March 31, 1929, in Hastings to Clarence and Naomi (Estes) Hicks. She married William P. Rischette in Hastings on April 10, 1948. A busy homemaker, Florence also enjoyed crafts and loved to cook. She thoroughly enjoyed her family and people in general. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; daughter, Gail; and siblings, Jimmy, Chuck, Mona, and Willy.