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Virgil J. Fiecke

Virgil J. Fiecke, age 74 of Watkins, formerly of Winsted, died Friday, March 3, 2006 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins, with interment in the parish cemetery. Rev. John Brunner officiated at the funeral service, and music was by Kathy Pauls.

Pallbearers were Charles Fiecke, Jerry Koch, Bill Fasching, Paul Molitor, Adam Pool, and Chad Fiecke.

Virgil was born July 7, 1931 in Winsted, the son of John and Clara (Sterner) Fiecke.

He married Alberta Fasching Oct. 4, 1952 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

The couple farmed near Silver Lake, and Virgil worked for J.R. Clark in Spring Lake Park as a machinist for about 15 years. They moved to Watkins in 1969, where Virgil farmed until his retirement in 1993.

Virgil was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and was active as an Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the Watkins Senior Citizens and the Catholic Order of Foresters; and volunteered his time at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins, where he enjoyed playing cards with the residents there.

He also enjoyed traveling and trips to the casino.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Alberta, of Watkins; children and their spouses, Jim and Doris Fiecke of Cold Spring, Terry and Dan Molitor of St. Cloud, Mary Lahr of St. Joseph, Stave and Kathy Fiecke of Winsted, and Kathy and David Holmgren of Eden Valley; daughter-in-law Gloria Ekensteen and her husband, Randy, of Ham Lake; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by sisters Sidora Koch of Winsted, Annella Hoffman and her husband, Ray, of Winsted; sisters-in-law Alvina Fiecke and Shirley Fiecke, both of Winsted; and brother-in-law Tom Fasching of Cologne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gerald Fiecke; and brothers and sisters Lawrence Fiecke, Marvin Fiecke, Rosella Hertzog, and Marietta Fasching.

Arrangements were by the Ertl Funeral Home, Watkins.

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