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Our beloved Mother departed this earth Nov 10, 2021. We take great comfort in knowing she was met by our Father Arvin “Ed” Whitt and other beloved family members in heaven. Loretta Jean Whitt was born September 8 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She journeyed to Sacramento, California in the spring of 1962 with her family. She would often tell us she never missed the snowy winters or the humid summers in Minnesota. She met our Dad November 22, 1963 and they married February 15, 1964. They were married for 52 years prior to his death in 2016. She was a wonderful wife and mother. She was always there to support our family in anything and everything. She always made the holidays special with her home cooked meals and special home made Birthday Cakes. She always made sure during our grade school years she participated in both of our class celebrations with home made treats and just being present. She handmade and sewed our Halloween costumes. We were lucky to have a Mom home everyday when we got off of the school bus. She is survived by her daughters Laura Louise and Lisa Jean as well as her grand dog, Cash Money and grand cat, Speckles. She is also survived by cousins, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews as well as many, many friends. She knew you all held her up in prayer and good thoughts during her illness. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Charles and Laura Heinsch as well as a sister and brother. Funeral services will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Road Dixon, California on Thursday December 16, 2021 at 2:30pm. Our Mom was so careful during the pandemic we are asking everyone to please follow COVID 19 precautions: Masks, Social Distancing at least 6 ft. distance and good hand washing. If you are feeling ill, please stay home- We fully understand. Due to COVID precautions a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. She was our Mom, our confidant, our Best friend. We will miss her as well as our Father dearly.

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Oct. 1, 1968 - Nov. 26, 2021 ST. PAUL, Minn. - Troy Petersen, 53, Hastings, Minn., died Friday, Nov. 26, in the United Hospital from COVID-19. A gathering of family and friend will be from 2-4 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, Wis. Masks are required. Arrangements by O’Connell Family Funeral Home.

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Dec. 15, 1951 - Nov. 5, 2021 ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Terrance Hildebrandt, 69, Springbrook, Wis., died Friday, Nov. 5, in St. Cloud Hospital. Interment with military honors will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. A gathering will follow at Wolf Point Bar and Grill in Springbrook. Arrangements by Spooner Funeral Home.

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Richard Gruis age 77 passed  away on September 29. He was born to Martin and Beth Gruis on August 27, 1944 in St. James MN. He was married to Galyna Bak. He graduated from Hastings high school in 1962 and from University of Minnesota in 1968.  Richard is survived by Galyna, Denys, Sasha, Daniel, Aleena, Sisters Janet and Diane. A memorial gathering will be held on November 6 at 1:30 pm at 920 Nininger rd Lakeside cemetery in Hastings.

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Steven Joseph Mike I, age 59, of St. Croix falls, WI, left this life too early, due to complications from Covid pneumonia, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Steve was born to James and Donna (Radecki) Mike in Ramsey Minnesota. Steve loved animals, hunting, fishing, golfing, but most of all his family. Steve is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia and grandchildren, baby A and baby B Luttinen. He is survived by his 3 children, Steven II, Shoshanna (Jeffrey) and Sam (Barb), step-children; Justin (Kayla) Luttinen, Kysaundra (Justin) Fullerton, brothers; James III, Tom and sisters; Deb, and Linda. His soul mate, Cindy Sparby and two fur babies, Honey and NoRA. Also many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. John 8:36 KJV If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed! Memorial service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Farmington, WI. A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm, Friday, November 5th, 2021 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, WI and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.

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Age 92, of Chisago City, MN passed away peacefully at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 24, 2021 surrounded by his children and wife Lois. Richard Danielson was born October 1, 1929 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Florence (Tiedeman) and Lester Danielson. He was the third of four children. After high school, Dick had a summer job working with the chemist at the tannery where he became interested in chemical engineering. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and his Master’s degree at the University of Illinois in Chemical Engineering. He was united in marriage on June 4, 1952 to Lois Anderson at St. John’s Lutheran church in Red Wing. After completing his education, Dick began working as a chemical engineer for 3M and built a successful career in which he traveled throughout Europe and Japan and was instrumental in developing several patents for the company. He retired from 3M in 1988 and was inducted into the 3M Carlton Society in 1989 for his “outstanding contributions to the progress of 3M’s science and technology.” Once retired, Dick and Lois enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Minong WI, traveling and wintering in Arizona where they hiked, watched wildlife, and spent time with family. He is survived by his wife of sixty nine years, Lois; son, Dave (Cathie) Danielson of Chisago City, MN; daughter, Sue (Guy) Jodarski of Neillsville, WI; son, Mike (Kim) Danielson of Scandia, MN; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren brother, Tom (Dorothy) Danielson of Grand Marais, MN; sister-in-law, Grace Danielson of Hastings, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Lester; brother, Robert “Bob”; sister, Audrey “Auj.” (Lloyd “Brun”) Brunner. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 5 from 10-11 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom, MN. A service will follow at 11 A.M. and a luncheon after. He will be laid to rest at 11 A.M. in Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, MN on Saturday, November 6.

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Jan. 26, 1960 - Oct. 21, 2021 Gregory Scott Bakken, 61, of Hastings (MN) passed away October 21, 2021, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Greg died of acute respiratory distress syndrome shortly after contacting the delta variant of the covid virus. The first child to Duane and Sylvia (Ellingson) Bakken, Greg was born on January 26, 1960, in Mason City, IA. He attended Northwood Kensett Community Schools, graduating in 1979. During his high school years Greg helped his dad in “the shop” repairing and servicing semi-trucks for Bakken Truck Lines. It was during this time that he developed an interest in precision machining and developed a strong work ethic. Greg was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Northwood. He was united in marriage to Susan Lipstock in July of 1983. A divorce followed a few years later. Greg furthered his education at Dunwoody Institute, graduating in 1981 with a degree in Machine Tool & Die. He worked for Laser Tech, Inc. as a laser technician from 1981-2011 following the company from Minnetonka to St. Croix Falls, WI. In 1987 he worked at Accumold in Ankeny, IA for one year and then returned to Laser Tech. In 2012, when Greg was forced into a job change, he attended Fox Valley Technical College and received a technical diploma in truck driving. He drove for Roehl Transport as a flatbed driver until 2013 when he was hired as a petroleum driver at Holiday/Circle K Station Stores. He worked there until his passing. Greg was a kind, gentle man who loved those close to him deeply. He was dependable, loyal, and honest. He was a hard worker; the past few years working many 5 consecutive 12-hour days without a complaint. Greg loved motorcycles-not so much the riding, but the window-shopping and owning of them. He also loved to keep up on the technology of cars, trucks, and Jeeps. Greg had a great sense of humor and loved to tell funny stories of his past. He liked to read. When he learned of the Shepard’s Chapel in the late 1990’s he studied the Bible intensely. Greg was not a texter or video chatter, but he loved a good old-fashioned phone conversation and would talk at long lengths. He treasured his family and friends and thought it was neat to stay connected via Facebook. Greg will be deeply missed by his brother Anthony (Tony) Bakken, his wife Sara and their children Mitchell and Mason, all of Farmington, MN, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends including special friends James Welsh of Northwood, IA and Don Heath of Forest Lake, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and niece Emma Bakken. His Celebration of Life will be Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10-Noon with a lunch following at Bible Baptist Church in Farmington, MN. A graveside service in Northwood, IA will be at a later date.

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Robin Lea Turitto, passed away peacefully on October 16th 2021, only a few days before she would have celebrated her 62nd birthday. Robin was born on October, 20th 1959 to Jerrell Turitto and Frances Mudgett. Robin is survived by her two children, Dannielle (Green) Smith and Dustyn Janssen; her sister, Roxann McGrath; a brother, Ronnie Turitto; and 3 grandchildren. Robin enjoyed reading, playing a variety of games and socializing with friends and family, including navigating her way around Facebook. Robin was not a bashful woman. Her boisterous, outward and fun-loving personality would surely light-up any room or make others blush, often both. Given the opportunity, Robin would not hesitate to share the latest joke or speak what was on her mind. The family will be hosting an intimate celebration of Robin’s life from 2pm – 6pm on Saturday December, 4th at the Country Inn & Suites in Cottage Grove, MN.

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Nov. 4, 1937 - Sept. 22, 2021 CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - Patricia A. Faast (nee Hoffmann), 83, Eau Claire, Wis., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Lake Hallie Memory Care. A memorial gathering will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Stokes, Prock, & Mundt Funeral Chapel in Altoona, Wis. A graveside service and interment will be at a later date at St. Mathias Cemetery in Hampton, Minn. Arrangements by Stokes, Prock, & Mundt Funeral Chapel.

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Memorial Services will be 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Ronald J. Schommer, age 77, who passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. There will also be a gathering of friends and relatives at a date that is yet to be determined. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Ronald was born August 15, 1944 in Hastings to Edward and Margaret (Fuchs) Schommer. He married his beloved, Ruth Ann Zeug July 25, 1970 in Hastings and has settled in Sartell since 2008. Ronald was an active Air Force Serviceman for 24 years where he worked as an Air Transportation Supervisor. He was a 3rd and 4th degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion Post 428 in Waite Park. He enjoyed sports, especially the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, golfing, playing cards and cribbage. Survivors include his spouse, Ruth Schommer of Sartell; son, Daniel (Kara) Schommer of St. Paul; sisters, Mildred Hovde of Mauston, WI, Rita Fasbender of Hastings, Joan Jacobson of Tulsa, OK; brothers, Bill (Marilyn) Schommer of Hastings, and Bob (Sandy) Schommer of Hastings. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Augustine, Margaret Ann Temmers and Lorraine Husting; and brothers, Bernard, Leonard, Raymond, and Mike Schommer. Memorials are preferred to the Wounded Warrior Project. Obituary, Guest Book, and Video Tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com

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Raymond V. Knutson, age 82, of Spooner, WI passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI, from complications while battling cancer. His family was at his side. Raymond Vance Knutson was born November 23, 1938, in Rochester, MN, the son of Carl “Engvald” and Vivian (Proud) Knutson. He was raised in Rochester and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1956. He graduated from Rochester Jr. College and attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he graduated with distinction, earning a degree in Civil Engineering. On January 27, 1962, Ray was joined in marriage to Sara “Saucy” Stultz in Red Wing, MN. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and they headed to San Francisco to begin their careers. After he worked two years with Standard Oil, they returned to live in Hastings, MN and he began work for Koch Oil Refining (Flint Hills Resources) in 1966. He became the Chief Environmental Engineer and was the Assistant Plant Manager for the last 20 years of his career, retiring in 1996. During his time there, he started programs to support education that have grown and still exist today. They moved to Rosemount in 1986, and then built a house in Spooner, WI. Ray’s adventurous spirit led him to purchase two Red Wing Shoe stores in Rochester, NY, and begin a second career. Growing up, he was active in Boy Scouts. Later, as a resident of Hastings, he was very involved in the community, and a member of the Jaycee’s, where he was treasurer, and from 1969-1970, president. He and Sara bought a cabin in Spooner and enjoyed much family and project time there. They also enjoyed traveling to different parts of the country, and winter trips to Florida. He loved cross country skiing, and completed several Birkebeiners and Vasaloppet’s in Mora, MN. He also enjoyed biking, gardening, playing cards, golfing, history, and later, time with grandchildren and coffee with friends. He was a member of the Spooner United Methodist Church. He always enjoyed a good Western movie, and was a loyal Minnesota Gopher and Viking fan. After 45 years of marriage, Sara passed away in 2007. On April 7, 2010, Ray married Shirley Wallace in Rochester, MN. They lived in Spooner and enjoyed time together, gardening, movies, trips to the nursery, travel, cooking, cabin projects, and grandchildren. Ray is survived by his wife, Shirley; two children, Karen (Michael) Griffith of Farmington, MN, Eric Knutson (Joy Caudill) of Minneapolis, MN; two grandchildren, Sara and Natalie Griffith; two stepdaughters, Shannon (Tom) Bayerle of Forest Lake, MN, Stephanie (Jim) Umberger of Milton, GA; grandchildren, Alexander, Ariana, Ethan and Isla Umberger, and Skylar Bayerle; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sara; two sisters, Virginia Connelly and Myrna Gies; and one brother, Eline. His time with family and friends were the most important thing to him, and his motto was “The best is yet to come.” A memorial service will be held for Ray at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Spooner United Methodist Church with Pastor Ferdinand Serra officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Spooner Cemetery, with lunch immediately following at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Spooner United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left for Ray’s family at www.bratley-nelsonchapels.com.