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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.
Margaret Monchap, age 95, of Hastings, formerly of California, passed away Jan. 18, 2010 at Ruth Homes. Private family services will be held at a later date in California. Wise Family Funeral Home, www.wisefamilyfh.com , is in charge of arrangements.
Roy "Butch" Jensen, age 50, of Hastings, passed away suddenly Jan. 17, 2010. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7600 Cahill Ave., Inver Grove Heights, with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Interment following at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family. Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.wisefamilyfh.com to view memorial video and sign the online guestbook.
John Francis "Jack" Judge, age 89, of Hastings, died Jan. 14, 2010, at United Hospital in St. Paul. John was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Marshan Township to John and Clare (Steffen) Judge and attended Guardian Angels schools. He served as sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1962 after a 20 year career. John later went on to work and retire from CF Industries.
Charles Allen "Chuck" Durdahl, 74, Cannon Falls, died Jan. 13, 2010, at his home. He was retired from Fox Oil and Searle Grain/Ag Partners. He was an active member of St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church and the VFW Nelson Scofield Post 4452. Survivors include his wife, Ardis; four children; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four siblings. Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church, Cannon Falls. The Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls, was in charge of the arrangements.
Per her request, there will be no funeral services for 66-year Bishop, Calif., resident Merveen Kay Rogers. Born on June 29, 1943, in Reno, Nev., Merveen died at the Bishop Care Center on Jan. 4, 2010. She was 66. Merveen is survived by her husband, Ray Rogers of Bishop; mother, Violet C. Vernon of Bishop; son, James E. Rogers and wife Lisa of Hastings; daughter, Laurel E. Pyeatt and husband Tryon of Oxnard, Calif.; and grandchildren, Logan J. Rogers of Hastings and Cole D. Pyeatt of Oxnard.
Diane Dick, age 48, of Hastings, passed away Jan. 11, 2010, at her home. Diane was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Dick; grandmother, Nana Morin; uncle, Dick Morin; nephew, Brad Beil. She is survived by her life partner, Melody Overmeyer; mother, Phyllis Dick; sister, Kathy Farrell; cousin, Bobby Beil; other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in Pine Glen Cemetery in Prescott. Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald (Gerry) G. Kruse, Aug. 19, 1939 - Nov. 21, 2009. Gerald (Gerry) G. Kruse, age 70, passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Courtyard Health Care Center in Davis, Calif. He was born in Hastings and graduated from Hastings High School. He lived in Dixon for more than 40 years after serving a career in the U.S. Navy submarine service. Gerry is survived by his wife, Josie; his sons, John Kruse and Philip Kruse; grandson, Richard; sisters, Eleanore Thurmes, Dorothy Fox, Mary Jane (Tom) Bennet; brothers, Jim (Margo) Kruse, Bob (Mary Lou) Kruse; lots of nieces, nephews and friends.