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Donald E. "Don" Koestner, age 86, of Pine River, Minn., formerly of Silver Bay, Minn., passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2009, at the home of his daughter. Don was born in St. Paul, and after serving in the U.S. Army in China during WWII, used his GI bill to attend the Minneapolis School of Art. Upon graduation, he built a cabin near Hastings, Minn., to pursue his dream of becoming a traditional landscape painter. He lived in Hastings for 30 years before moving to Silver Bay. His passion for painting in oils never abated and he painted into his eighties.
Sylvia G. (Sommers) Farrell, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Dec. 29, 2009, in Bellflower, Calif., at the age of 95. Sylvia was born in Hastings, Minn., in 1914. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, James, and daughter, Donna. She is survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren whom she loved very much. She is loved and will be greatly missed. A funeral mass celebrating Sylvia's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Bellflower.
Aaron D. O'Dell, 40, husband of Merry (Keetley) O'Dell, formerly of Hastings, passed away suddenly in Orcutt, Calif., on Dec. 28, 2009. Aaron was born on Oct. 18, 1969, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Eve Stith (previously O'Dell) and Delbert D. O'Dell. Aaron was a 1988 graduate of Sandia High School in Albuquerque. He went on to become a journeyman electrician in Santa Maria, Calif. He was the superintendent at Imperial Electric Co. in Goleta, Calif. Aaron was a member of the IBEW Local #413 and the Elks Lodge #1538. Aaron's biggest dream was to be a husband and father.
Agatha M. "Aggie" Hoffmann, age 94, of Hastings, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Trinity Care Center in Farmington. Agatha was born Feb. 4, 1915, in Vermillion to Mathias and Mary (Kummer) Marshall. She married Frank Hoffmann on Nov. 21, 1942, in Abilene, Texas, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and 12 brothers and sisters. Agatha is survived by her children, Marlene (Marlin) Reinardy of Hampton, Dennis (Ann) of Red Wing, Frank Jr.
Barbara Ann Samuelson, age 71, of Hastings, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at the United Hospital in St. Paul. Barb was born June 24, 1938, in Hastings, to Day and Gertrude (Erickson) Samuelson. She attended Hastings schools, and had provided at-home adult and child day care for various Hastings families. She was preceded in death by her parents. Barbara is survived by her brothers, John "Jack" Samuelson and Ed (Beverly) Samuelson, both of Hastings; sisters, Judy M.
Rev. Harold C. Freeman Jr. passed away Dec. 30, 2009, at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington after a year-long battle with major illness. He was born in Horton, Kan., on Sept. 27, 1926, to Harold Sr. and Margaret Freeman. The family eventually moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where Harold enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1943-1946) and graduated from Whittier High School (1944). In 1950, he married his dental hygienist Joella Wilson. After that, he received a bachelor of chemistry degree at the University of California Berkeley (1952).
Beatrice J. Schultz, age 85, of Hastings, formerly of Portage and Mauston, Wis., passed away Dec. 31, 2009, at Augustana Health Care Center. Private family services will be held. Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.wisefamilyfh.com to sign the online guestbook.
Phyllis Noreen Dorthy (Tursky) Macioch, age 89, formerly of Baldwin, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the Ellsworth Care Center, Ellsworth, Wis. Phyllis was born on Feb. 5, 1920, in Hudson, Wis., to George and Ida (Neumann) Tursky. She graduated from the Hudson High School in Hudson in 1937. She married Joseph Macioch on April 18, 1942, in Mason City, Iowa. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was an avid reader.
Richard "Dick" Murphy, age 66, died peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side at his home in Diamond Bluff on Dec. 30, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 8, 1943 in Red Wing, Minn., to C.W. (Dick) and Florence (Huppert) Murphy. He attended parochial school at St. Mary's Big River until 8th grade. Dick then attended Prescott High School, graduating in 1961. He married Sheila Frazier Sept. 22, 1962, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Wing.
Bob Frahm, age 76, of Ocala, Fla., and Milaca, Minn., (formerly of Hastings, Minn.), beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on Dec.