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Anna Hackett, 97, St. Cloud
Anna M. Hackett, 97, of St. Cloud died on Saturday, June 18.

Ann was buried at a private family service. A mass of remembrance will be celebrated on Saturday, July 2, at 1 p.m., with lunch to follow, at St. Benedict Senior Community in St. Cloud.

She was born on Feb. 21, 1919, to Hans and Rose Mikkelson of Clontarf, Minn.

After completing high school, she studied to become a registered nurse at St. Mary's School of Nursing in Minneapolis.

While in nursing school, she met William (Bill) Hackett, who later joined the service during WWII. They were married in 1942 in Mississippi, in the Catholic chapel on Bill's base at 6 a.m. to the sounds of the army brass playing "Reveille." Ann wore a simple white linen suit and carried a bouquet of Tropicana roses. Their wedding reception consisted of breakfast with a few friends; then, it was back to duty for Bill.

After Bill's discharge, they settled in Paynesville, where Ann worked at the hospital and clinic. She recalled giving the first available dose of penicillin to a patient for a previously-lethal infection. Ann also volunteered her time to take care of many home- bound patients.

She was a caregiver her entire life and always celebrated the gifts God had given her. She lived life with gratitude, enjoyed gardening, and loved her family.

They moved to St. Benedict Senior Community in St. Cloud in 2001.

Ann is survived by four daughters, Mary (Daniel) Wadsworth of Wyoming, Minn., Patty )Chris Reicher) of Sauk Rapids, Minn., Peggy (Mike) Mereness of Shoreview, Minn., and Theresa (David) Theige of Moorhead, Minn.; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, nine siblings, two grandchildren, and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, please do what Ann would have done – be kind and generous to those around you.


Brad Buschette, River Falls
Brad Buschette died suddenly in River Falls on Friday, June 24.

A celebration of Brad's life was held on Monday, June 27, at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls.

The only child of Ivan and Connie Buschette, he grew up in Granite Falls, Minn.

He married Karen F Jansen in 1998 and had a daughter, Abby.

Brad was a loving and protective husband and father. He was Karen's soul mate, best friend, and life companion. To his daughter, Abby, he was a devoted and doting father, teaching her to love travel, to take risks, and to get up on that big horse and go. Selfless, no man could have loved his wife and daughter more.

He graduated from Yellow Medicine East High School and Macalester College, were he excelled. Although often shrouded in modesty, his formidable intellect was apparent to anyone who came into his sphere of influence.

He had broad sophisticated reading taste and was a witty critic. No one ever had a boring conversation with Brad Buschette. A master of the arcane, a lover of obtuse facts, and a brilliant writer, he won the Great American Think Off in 2003.

Brad is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Faith Buschette; cherished daughter, Abigail Faith Buschette; other family members; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Connie Buschette.

In lieu flowers, memorials are preferred.


Edgar Zimmerman, 87, Paynesville
Edgar B. Zimmerman, 87, of Paynesville died on Friday, June 24, at his home in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 28, at Crystal Hills Assembly of God in Paynesville. Burial was in the Zion Cemetery near Paynesville.

Edgar Benjamin Zimmerman was born on Oct. 24, 1928, to Benjamin and Edna (Wendtland) Zimmerman in Paynesville. He grew up on the family farm and attended country grade school in District #43.

On June 1, 1951, Edgar married Ardys Kallevig at the Willmar Assembly of God. To this union, three sons and two daughters were born. They shared 65 years of marriage.

They made their home on the family Century Farm near Paynesville, where he tended a dairy herd, raised chickens on contract, and grew crops. He took great pride in that farm, which was his home for 80 years, always keeping it neat and well groomed.

After he sold the dairy cattle, he began driving school bus for Paynesville Motor and Transfer and, later, for Richmond Bus Services. He loved driving the bus, and the students responded by inviting him to their graduation parties.

Edgar is survived by his wife, Ardys; children, Dennis (Cindy) Zimmerman of Paynesville, Don (Denise) Zimmerman of Atlanta, Ga., Demaris (Jim) Holle of Jordan, Diane (Dale) Kuglin of Baxter, and Dana (Erika) Zimmerman of Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren (with two more on the way); and siblings Lorraine Baldwin, Ruth Moorman and Pearl Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Mary Ann Fasbender, 78
Mary Ann (Ludwig) Fasbender, 78, of Paynesville died on Saturday, June 11.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, June 18, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Entombment was in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Paynesville.

Mary Ann was born on July 24, 1937, to Peter Herbert and Barbara (Mergen) Ludwig near Lake Henry.

She married James P. Fasbender on June 30, 1956, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

Mary Ann was a 1955 graduate of Paynesville High School and St. Cloud State College.

  She taught elementary school in White, S.D., for two years. After moving to their farm in the Paynesville area in 1963, she taught in Farming, Roscoe, Paynesville, and Rocori schools. Her teaching career spanned 34 years.

Mary Ann is survived by her children, Patricia Fasbender of Des Moines, Iowa, Linda (Scott) Liebl of Richmond, Minn., and Joe (Christina) Fasbender of Wyoming, Minn.; seven grandchildren; siblings, Loretta Wuertz of Waite Park, Mike Ludwig of Melrose, Herb Ludwig of Buffalo, Florentine Zipko of Maplewood, and Anita Giulianni of Maplewood; and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; infant daughter, Amy; an infant brother; an infant sister; brothers, Celestine Ludwig, Peter A. Ludwig, and Br. Robert Ludwig; sisters, Sr. Catherine Ludwig, Olivia Salzl, and Florence Graham; four sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and masses are preferred.


Judith Nepsund, 75, Paynesville
Judith I. Nepsund, 75, of Paynesville died on Thursday, June 2, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Her memorial service was held on Saturday, June 11, at the Open Door Christian Church in New London. Burial was in Paynesville Cemetery.

Judith Irene Nepsund was born on July 6, 1940, to Henry and Minerva (Mjunes) Wik in Montevideo, Minn.

She grew up in Montevideo, where she attended elementary school and graduated from Montevideo High School with the Class of 1958.

After high school, Judy went on to attend the Minnesota School of Business, where she received her degree as a lab technician.

On April 22, 1962, Judy was united in marriage to Donald Nepsund at Trinity Lutheran Church in Montevideo. This union was blessed with a daughter and a son. The family made their home in Paynesville, where Judy worked as a lab tech for the Paynesville Clinic for many years before working for Eye Surgeons and Physicians in St. Cloud.

On Sept. 22, 2008, Don passed away. They shared 46 years of marriage before his death.

Judy is survived by her children, Laura (Mark) Lindeman of Paynesville and Eric (Mary Kay) Nepsund of St. Cloud; and five grandchildren.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Minerva, and her husband, Donald.


Alvina Woltjer, 77, Willmar
Alvina R. Woltjer, 77, of Willmar died in her sleep on Thursday, June 9, at Rice Care Center in Willmar.

Her memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Paynesville Cemetery.

Alvina Ruth Woltjer was born on Oct. 21, 1938, to Albert and Clara (Olson) Nelson in Colfax County.

She graduated from Paynesville High School.

Alvina was married in 1957 and later divorced.

She will be missed by her family and many friends at Rice Care Center.

Alvina was blessed with five children: Anita Kriegh (Ron Erickson) of Superior, Wis., Pamela (Rose Dahm) Woltjer of New London, Chester Jr. (Rhonda) Woltjer of Grand Junction, Colo., Timothy (Sherry) Woltjer of Dell Rapids, S.D., and Kristi Robinson of Dell Rapids, S.D.; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; sister, Marylin Knouse of Tacoma, Wash.; and an aunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, a brother, two granddaughters, and a grandson.


Ron Stanger, 80, New London
Ronald D. Stanger, 80, of New London died on Wednesday, June 8, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Ronald Duane "Sonny" Stanger was born to Walter and Idella (Brossard) on June 27, 1935, in Paynesville.

He grew up in the Paynesville area, where he attended school.

At the age of 16, Ron joined the air force during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he moved back to Paynesville, where he started working as a plumber.

He and his family moved to St. Cloud, where Ron worked as a plumber/pipefitter throughout his career. During that time, he raised six children and two-step children.

Following his retirement in the 1990s, Ron moved to his home on Rice Lake in rural Paynesville. He later moved to New London.

Ron is survived by his children, Ronald A. Stanger of Anacortes, Wash., Deborah (Larry) Walters of Tacoma, Wash., Steven (Peggy) Stanger of North Bend, Ore., Lynn Marshall of Tacoma, Wash., Sheri (Edward) Griffin of Dayton, Minn., and Sandra Stanger of Boyceville, Wis.; step-children, David (Jodie) Simonson of Sartell and Steven (Julie) Simonson of St. Cloud; siblings, Ramona Flashenriem, Richard Stanger, Donald Stanger, Douglas Stanger, Judy Hookom, Dennis Stanger; three sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Lois and Bob Stanger; and two granddaughters.

Memorials are preferred.


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