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Donald Louis Kusilek, age 64, died suddenly April 3, 2010, at his home in Hastings, Minn. He was born January 15, 1946, to Mabel Filkins and H. "Heavy" Van Shlyke in Hastings. Donald was a graduate of Hastings High School and served in the United States Army as a cook. He was employed at Armor's as a meat cutter and later owned a bar on Vermillion Street in Hastings for a short time. He was a member of the American Legion Club and Eagles Club. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Louis and Theresa Filkins; father, George Kusilek; mother, Mabel (Filkins) Kusilek.
Betty J. White, age 71, of Hastings died April 1, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Betty was born August 30, 1938 in Whitehall, Wis., to Alex and Lucy (Halama) Blaha and attended Whitehall schools.
William J. Horsch William J. Horsch, age 79, of Hastings, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Regina Assisted Living. William was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Hastings to George and Mathilda (Holzemer) Horsch. He was united in marriage to Alberta (Weber) on May 16, 1953 in Miesville. William was a 1948 graduate of Hastings High School. He worked at the Koch Refinery until his retirement in 1995. William also served as past commander for the American Legion Post #47.
Beth M. Zentner, age 82, of Baldwin, Wis., mother of Pat (fiancé Dave) Robelia of Hastings, died on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the Ellsworth Care Center. To honor her wishes, a private service for Beth M. Zentner will be held at her daughter Mary's home at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family of Beth M. Zentner on the funeral home website, and will be forwarded on to the family. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin assisted the family with arrangements, 715-684-3434, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com .
Gretl Kosec, 72, Red Wing, died peacefully Friday, March 26, surrounded by her family. Gretl was born August 30, 1937, in Illertissen, Germany, the daughter of Franz and Anna (Bosl) Wiesbauer. She spent her childhood traveling through the Bavarian Alps while her father, an artist, painted the picturesque scenes. Gretl was very proud of her German heritage and enjoyed sharing those traditions with her family.
Beverly Wegner, age 72, of Hastings, passed away at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood on March 31, 2010. Services are pending. The Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.wisefamilyfh.com for more information.
Sandra Sue Adell, born Nov. 8, 1957, passed away March 26, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, 602 Vermillion St. 320-304-1515.
Annette West, age 58, of Hastings, died March 24, 2010, in Cannon Falls. Annette was born Nov. 16, 1951, in Santa Monica, Calif., to Robert and Margaret (McCully) Ray. She married Marlon West on July 8, 1978, in Long Beach, Calif. Annette enjoyed traveling and working with animals at the Animal Ark in Hastings. She was preceded in death by her parents. Annette is survived by her husband, Marlon; sons, Alex (Samantha) West of Eden Prairie, and Scott (Ashley) West of Prescott, Wis. A memorial service, officiated by Gordon Gathright, will be held at 11 a.m.
Robert Arland Eddy, age 79, passed away March 25, 2010 at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minn. Robert was born March 15, 1931 in Hastings to Kenneth and Mae (Wright) Eddy. He attended St. Olaf College, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He enjoyed a successful career as an attorney for over 25 years until an illness prompted an early retirement.
Janice M. Pedersen, age 72, of Hastings, passed away March 22, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul. She was born Sept. 27, 1937, to Leonard and Rosella Bauer in Red Wing. Janice graduated in 1955 from Hastings High School. She worked for North Central Life for 35 years and loved doing her crafts, especially stitching and scrapbooking.