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Joseph Francis Halloran

Joseph Francis Halloran, age 72 of Lester Prairie, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at the Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson.

He was born March 20, 1933 in Belle Plaine, the son of John and Grace (Schoell) Halloran. Joseph was baptized March 26, 1933 at St. Peter & Paul Church in Belle Plaine by the Rev. Godfrey Pioutkowski; and received his first communion July 27, 1941 at St. Thomas Church, where he was later also confirmed.

Joseph attended country school in rural Belle Plaine, and graduated from New Prague High School in 1951.

After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in May of 1956. During his service, Joseph was stationed on the USS Zellers and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Occupational Service Medal.

Joseph was united in marriage with Rita Cashin in June of 1956 in Montgomery. The couple was blessed with three children.

Over the years, Joseph was employed as a farmhand, lumberyard worker, carpenter, serviceman for a gas company, and as a truck driver. He drove truck for Lester Building and Butler Manufacturing from 1979 until 1991, and then drove for Daniel’s Trucking until he retired.

He was an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe, where he served as an usher; and was later a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Joseph belonged to the Legion in Glencoe, LeCenter, and Winsted; the VFW in Glencoe and Lester Prairie; DAV in Hutchinson, and the Knights of Columbus.

Joseph was united in marriage to Rose Marie Terwedo Johnson in November 1990 in Glencoe by the Rev. Chester Hoversten.

In his free time, Joseph enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, country and blue grass music, camping, traveling, spending winters in Texas, attending fish fries, and spending time with his friends.

He is survived by his wife Rose, of Lester Prairie; children Michael Halloran (wife Bridget) of Fridley, Patrick Halloran (wife Kathleen) of Wayzata, and Kathleen Molitor (husband Al) of Sauk Centre; stepchildren Lori Johnson (fiancé Pat Long) of New Ulm, David Johnson (wife Joy) of Sleepy Eye; grandchildren Bethany Halloran, Jon Halloran, Timothy Halloran, Kaitlyn Halloran, Clare Halloran, Emmett Halloran, Tyson Molitor, Trisha Molitor, and Tiana Molitor; and five step-grandchildren.

Joseph is further survived by godchildren Timothy Halloran, Eddie Halloran, and Michelle Bisek; brothers and sisters John Halloran (wife Betty), Edward Halloran (wife Marion) Ruth Johnson, James Halloran (wife Mary Jean), Doris Solie (husband L. William), and Mary Louise Hayden (husband Donald); as well as 26 nephews and nieces, other relatives, and many friends.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with the Rev. Paul Wolf officiating. The organist was Alice Nowak and the congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Song of Farewell,” and “Battle Hymn Of The Republic.” Interment was in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Michelle Solie, Dan Flicek, John Hayden, Ryan Halloran, Eddie Halloran, and Jim Halloran.

Visitation took place Thursday, Feb. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, with a rosary at 4 p.m.; and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were by Johnson-McBride Funeral Home of Glencoe.

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