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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
Robert O. Johnson, age 81, of Hastings, died Sunday, May 24, 2009 at Augustana Health Care Center in Hastings. Memorial gathering from 10-11 a.m. with memorial service held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 28 at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 East 7th Street, Hastings, Minn. Interment following in the Cottage Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com
William "Bill" Wiech, age 72, of Cottage Grove, passed away April 26, 2009. William was born Sept. 22, 1936, in Frontenac, Minn., the son of William and Annabelle Wiech. He was raised in Hager City and Red Wing and graduated from Central High School in 1954. On July 16, 1955 he was united in marriage with Hope Munson. Bill enjoyed flying, gardening and golfing.