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Vonda Caroline (Sass) Clare, age 94, of Hastings, formerly of Cannon Falls, passed away Sept. 15 at Regina Medical Center. She was born Dec. 23, 1917, in Wabasha County, Minn., to Louis and Caroline (Moechnig) Sass. She was raised on the family farm and attended country schools and Wabasha and Rochester high schools.
Edward James "Jim" Thomas, age 86 of Hastings, died Sunday, Aug. 19, at his home. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 7th St. E., Hastings, and 1 hour prior to service at church. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Doug Duin, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 9th St. W., Hastings. Interment, with military honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210, will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings.
Alberta L. "Bert" Suter, age 88, of Welch, died July 18 in Hastings. The funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, at St. Joseph's Church, 23955 Nicolai Ave., Miesville, with visitation after 9 a.m. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Betty I. Fox, age 86, of Miesville, Minn., died July 4 in Rochester, Minn. The funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 23955 Nicolai Ave., Miesville. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held at church from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 1 hour prior to the service.
Lawrence "Larry" J. Burr, age 81, of Hastings, died May 5 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. Seventh St., Hastings, and 1 hour prior to the service at church. The Funeral Mass will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Myra J. Swanson, age 82, of Hastings, died Nov. 28 at the Augustana Health Care Center. Myra was born to Bruce and Tiny (Baab) Patterson on June 27, 1929, in Red Wing, Minn. She attended Red Wing High School. Myra was a homemaker and had formerly owned the Young Set children's clothing store in Hastings. She will long be remembered for her smiling eyes and her always-welcoming home.
Owen F. Heschke, age 74, of Bay City, Wis., died Sunday, Nov. 27, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville, Minn. The visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, also at the church, and 1 hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Hartland United Methodist Cemetery, Ellsworth.