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Eleanor Ellsworth, 101, mother of former Hastings resident Sondra Ellsworth Glasenapp, died Monday, June 15, 2009 at the Golden Living Center in Rochester. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 22 at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 5th Ave. SW, in Rochester, with visitation at 1 p.m.
Gotthard B. Rohling, age 84, of Hastings, died June 15, 2009, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Gotthard was born in Freeport, Minn., April 22, 1925, to Henry and Amelia (Stangler) Rohling. He married Veronica Piekarski April 21, 1956, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in South St. Paul.
On Sunday, June 14, 2009, Robert "Bob" Joseph Hackel, age 77, died suddenly in Hastings, Minn. Bob enjoyed his summers in Hastings with family, and spent his winters in Dunedin, Fla., following his retirement. His enthusiasm for life was evident in the many friendships he made along his life's path. For those who knew Bob, he was one of a kind. He was known for his corny jokes, his love of telling a good story, and for giving unsolicited golfing tips to perfect strangers. He was an original Packers fan and wore the gold and green with pride. When it came to the Vikings games, if the Pa
Clarence J. Becker, age 84, of Hastings, died June 11, 2009, at Regina Medical Center. Clarence was born in Vermillion, Minn., Aug. 21, 1924, to Nicholas and Justine (Brockman) Becker. He worked in maintenance at Armour Co. in So. St.
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Norbert Charles Stoffel, age 88 of Cannon Falls, died on Sunday morning, June 14, 2009 at the Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 19 at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10-11 a.m., at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 410 W. Colvill St., Cannon Falls, with Father Jay K. Kythe celebrating. Private family interment with military honors at the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to donor's choice. Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. 507-263-4246 On-line condolences may be directed to www.lundbergfuneral.com .
Thomas J. Downs, age 53, an avid hunter and fisherman of Hastings, passed away suddenly June 11, 2009. He was born May 29, 1956, in Minneapolis to Edward and Maxine Downs. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward. He is survived by his children, Emily, Katelyn, and Taylor Downs, and Micah Conroy; grandchildren, Kayla, Kai; and Julian; mother, Maxine Downs; sister, Nancy (Jerry) Miller; brothers, Edward (Kathy) Downs, Bob (Sue) Downs, and Steve (Sherry) Downs; many nieces and nephews. The funeral service was at 3 p.m.
Judith "Sparky" Ackerman, age 67 of Hastings, passed away on June 9, 2009. Memorial service, officiated by Fr. Jim Perkl, Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings. Wise Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To view memorial video and sign online guestbook, please visit www.wisefamilyfh.com .
Brenda Mary Betcher, 45, formerly of Red Wing, originally of Hastings, died peacefully after a long courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at her home in Waikiki, Hawaii. Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 5 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Miesville with Father Jay Kythe officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Visitation 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 and for one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel is handling arrangements. www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com
Rickey Downs, age 55, of Hastings, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at his residence. Memorial service, officiated by Rev. Doug Duin, at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29 at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. Seventh Street, Hastings with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. Interment following in Lakeside Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419. www.caturia-smidtfh.com