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Richard S. Law, age 59, of Hastings, passed away July 9, 2009, at home after a long illness. Richard was born in St. Paul Aug. 13, 1949, to James and Geraldine (Stahl) Law. He married Deborah Deiman Sept. 30, 1978, in St. Paul Park.
Walter C. Holmgren, 89, formerly of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., passed away Friday, July 10, 2009 at Augustana Care in Hastings. Funeral service and honor guard at Fort Snelling on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 651-437-9419.
Sergeant Wayne Hosford, age 35, of Hastings, formerly of Illinois, a member in the 33rd Brigade Combat Team, passed away July 6, 2009, in Konduz, Afghanistan, caused by a roadside bomb. He is preceded in death by his mother, Yvonne Elaine Hosford. He is survived by his son, Tristyn Hosford; his three siblings, Cliff Hosford, Michelle "Sis" (Ryan) Nilson, and Brad Hosford; and five nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m.
Reverend Lester Fair, age 83, of Hastings died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Augustana Health Care Center in Hastings. He was born April 4, 1926, in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Robert and Myrtle (Holmstrom) Fair. He married F. Marie Monaghan Dec. 13, 1947, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Reverend Fair was the founder of Haven Homes Health Care Center of Hastings and former pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Hastings.
Earl C. Quant, age 62, of Chisago City, passed away unexpectedly July 10, 2009. Earl was born January 17, 1947, in Hastings to Edmund and Viola (Donndelinger) Quant. He grew up in Hastings and after school, he had a lot of adventures, but his heart was always in Hastings. He loved his job driving that big truck, and put on thousands of miles over the years. He was the kind of guy that played jokes on people to see them smile or laugh. He enjoyed and excelled at woodworking and remodeling. If you ever needed help, Earl would be there.
Charles F. Jones, age 79, of Hastings, formerly of Wichita Falls, Texas, went home to be with his Savior on July 2, 2009, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Paul Jones. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Marlene, and children Bonnie (Glen) Saponari, Charles Jr., (Barbara) Jones, Mark (Sherry) Morstad, Gary (Charlene) Morstad, Peter Morstad, David Jones, and Kate (Ken) Seaton; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Jeremy R. Gydesen, age 35, of Stillwater, died July 10, 2009. Jeremy was born in Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 9, 1974, to Edward "Pete" and Anna (Bauer) Gydesen. He married Stacy Kay McMahon Oct. 10, 2008, in Washington County. Jeremy was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife, Stacy Kay; daughter, Jessica; step-children, Megan and Michael; mother, Anna Gydesen of Hastings; sister, Dana (Chad) Toll of Lakeville; and nephew and niece, Justin and Sierra Toll. The memorial service, with the Rev. Jim Bzoskie officiating, will be held at 10 a.m.
Howard W. Atchison, age 84, of Hastings, died July 8, 2009, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Howard was born in Prescott June 28, 1925, to William and Velma (Brezie) Atchison. Howard married Ruth Johnson May 18, 1946, at Riverview Apostolic Mission in West St. Paul. He worked in floor coverings as a linoleum layer. Howard served on the Lake Rebecca Restoration Project, and was a member of the American Legion.
Gordon A. Grieger, age 80, of Hastings and formerly of Randolph, died Wednesday evening, July 8, 2009, at the Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls. Gordon was born June 27, 1929, in Inver Grove Township, the son of Rudolph and Marie (Rahn) Grieger. He grew up and attended school in Rosemount. For many years he was involved in farming. Gordon worked at Hudson Manufacturing in Hastings, and later was employed with Merillat Industries in Lakeville. Gordon was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Rich Valley in Rosemount.
Antonette M. "Toni" Laska, age 65, of rural Wabasha, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 25, 2009, in rural Wabasha, Minn. She was born May 18, 1944, in Hastings, Minn., the daughter of Jacob and Rosetta (Wampach) Keller. She lived in Wabasha for a few years in her youth and then moved back to Hastings. She moved back to Wabasha in 1994. She married Robert Laska October 7, 1995, at the Kellogg United Methodist Church. She worked for Valley Craft in Lake City for a few years and for the past five years, she worked for Uni-Patch, now known as Covidien, in Wabasha.