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Earl Charles Wood, 99, of Red Wing, died of cancer Sunday at Fairview Seminary Home in Red Wing. Earl was born Aug. 4, 1909, and educated in Austin, Minn., before moving to Red Wing. He married Esther Schrimpf in 1937. She died in 2002. He was an employee of Red Wing Shoe Co., co-owner of the Terrace Night Club in Lake City, and tended bar at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing. An avid hunter, fisherman, and boater, Earl was a member of the Red Wing Wildlife Club.
Walter Julius "Billy" Westerson Jr., 78, of Cannon Falls, died on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls. Billy was born July 6, 1930, in Red Wing, the son of Walter Sr. and Olga (Anderson) Westerson. He grew up and attended school in the White Rock area. He farmed with his father for many years on the family farm in White Rock. He served with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953. He received the Occupational Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
John Edwin McCleary, 88, of Red Wing, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park. He was born Sept. 27, 1920, in Plum City, the son of John and Bertha (Fieler) McCleary. He graduated from Plum City High School and attended the University of River Falls agriculture program. He began farming with his father in 1940 and eventually took over the farm. He married Elaine Metcalf on May 31, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. He retired from farming in 1977 and they moved to Red Wing. He worked part time for Kmart and occasionally went back to the farm.
Patricia Ann Kaplanek, 72, of Pepin, died Sunday at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immauel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pepin, with the Rev. Donald Shilts officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Pepin. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand is assisting the family.
Paul Robert Gisslen, 61, of Manila, Philippines, and formerly of Red Wing, passed away suddenly on June 14 in the Philippines. He was born Nov. 1, 1948, to Robert and Rosella Gisslen of Red Wing. @death of veteran: He graduated from Red Wing Central High School, was a U.S. Army veteran and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota. @Normal: He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and brother, Steven.
Diane Rose Costello, 71, formerly of Cannon Falls, passed away on Saturday morning, June 20, 2009, at the Red Wing Health Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls, with the Rev. Dan Forsgren, officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. www.lundbergfuneral.com Diane Rose Costello was born Oct. 26, 1937 in Lake City, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Reinhart and Helen (Betcher) Miller.
Laurenda Reich, 88, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Fairview Seminary Home. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services at the church. Reich also lived in Red Wing from 1963-68.
Jeff Hawkinson, age 48, of Goodhue, passed away June 17, 2009, at home. Sevices are pending at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City.
Nettie Langager, age 84, of Red Wing, died Wednesday at Potters Ridge, Red Wing. Services are pending with the Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth. Go to www.hillfuneralservice.com for more information.
Thora Ring, 95, passed away June 16 at the Good Samaritan Comforcare Home in Austin, Minn. Thora lived 92 years in the Wanamingo area and moved to Austin in 2007 for assisted living care and to be near her daughters. Thora was born on Dec. 7, 1913. Her mother was Anna (Bjugan) Thoreson. Her father Thorsten Thoreson passed away three weeks before she was born. Her parents, one sister, Selma, and two brothers, Adolph and Thorvin preceded her in death. She attended Holton School District 99 and Wanamingo High School, graduating in the 1932 class. She was united in marriage to Melvin D.