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Shirley J. Samuelson, age 80, of Hastings, passed away July 28, 2009, at the Woodlyn Heights Health Care Center in Inver Grove Heights. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Bertha (Fink) Erickson; husband, Vern; and brother, Clarence. She is survived by daughter Diane Samuelson, St. Paul; sisters, Donna Christiansen of Red Wing and Dorothy Van Voorhis of Granger, Ind.; and nieces and nephews. The funeral service, with the Rev. John Ehlers officiating, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2009, at Grace Lutheran Church, 149 S. Eighth Ave., South St.
Joel L. Evans, age 24, of Hastings, died July 22, 2009, at his home. Joel was born November 29, 1984, in Hillsborough County, Fla. He had worked as a kitchen employee in the hospitality industry. His hobbies included fishing and movies, especially the Harry Potter series, and he was a football fanatic.
Ethel L. Schaar, age 93, of Hastings, died July 23, 2009, at the Regina Medical Center. Ethel was born July 4, 1916, in Hastings to Herman and Helen (Rhoma) Keely. She was a 1933 graduate of Hastings High School and married Norman George Otto Schaar June 20, 1936, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hastings. She enjoyed embroidery, baking and gardening. Ethel loved her family and was a devoted grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; and brothers, Chuck and Roy Keely.
Thomas Edward Carnel, age 58, of Cannon Falls, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday afternoon, July 25, 2009, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Tom was born May 22, 1951, in Red Wing, the son of Robert J. and Irene C. (Lynch) Carnel. He grew up in the Cannon Falls area and graduated from the Cannon Falls High School in 1969. He attended Mankato State University, and went to work with the Carlson Company in the travel business. He was a freelance incentive travel director, and enjoyed traveling the world.
Walter C. Holmgren, 89, formerly of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., passed away Friday, July 10, 2009, at Augustana Care in Hastings. Walter was born July 8, 1920. Walter served in the 3rd Army Div. under Gen. Patton as a squad leader in a motor division (infantry) in the African, European, and Middle Eastern areas from 1942 to 1946 during WWII. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980. Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Sina of Norway and Sweden; brothers, Roy and Dick of Minneapolis; and wife, Anges (Peggy) of St.
Melvin John Bach, 90, of Bay City, Wis., died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the Ellsworth Care Center. He was born July 10, 1919, in Isabelle Township, Wis., to John and Julia (Bolin) Bach. He attended schools in Hartland Township and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in February of 1941, serving until he was honorably discharged in 1945. He married Irene James May 18, 1946, in Hastings, Minn. They lived in Red Wing and Mazeppa before moving to Bay City in 1948.
Anton S. Krizan, age 82, of Hastings died July 19, 2009, at the Regina Medical Center. Anton was born February 3, 1927, in Colome, S.D., to Anton J. and Anna (Cahoy) Krizan. He served as a paratrooper during WWII and in the Army Intelligence Corp during the Korean War. Anton was a former employee of South Dakota State University, working in health education, and was currently employed at the Hastings Target Store. He was a member of the American Legion. Anton was preceded in death by his parents.
Janice J. Burr, age 73, of Hastings died July 17, 2009, at her home. Janice was born Oct. 20, 1935, in Hastings to Francis and Agnes (Doffing) Dummer. She was a 1953 graduate of Hastings High School and was a former employee at 1st National Bank in St. Paul. Janice married Lawrence Burr Aug. 9, 1958, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Hastings, and she was a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Her parents preceded her in death.
Dolores A. Manders, age 67, of Hastings died July 16, 2009, at the Regina Medical Center in Hastings Dolores was born March 14, 1942, in Eau Claire, Wis., to Harold and Rosamond (Cook) Anderson. She worked in home health care, and was now thoroughly enjoying her time at Oak Ridge Manor with her many friends and all the arts and crafts. She also loved to play cards, her favorite game being bridge.
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.