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Olga Emma Hatcher

Funeral services are today, Monday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Maple Plain for Olga Emma Fasching Hatcher, age 90 of Howard Lake, who died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006 at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center following complications of a massive stroke she suffered Feb. 6.

The Rev. Dave Garwick will officiate at the service, with music provided by Joan Murphy. Burial will follow at Lewis Cemetery in Independence.

Casket bearers are Larry Elsenpeter, Allen Elsenpeter, Daryl Elsenpeter, Lyle Elsenpeter, Dennis Entinger, and Duane Dietz. Honorary casket bearer is Rodger Entinger.

Olga was born March 13, 1915 in Mina, S.D. to Emil and Ida (Sieg) Elfman.

In 1925, Olga moved to Howard Lake.

She was married to Frank Wolfgang Fasching, son of Julia and Andrew Fasching from Winsted. Olga and Frank were blessed with two sons, Gerald Henry and Ronald Frank. The family lived in Winsted until Frank was accidentally electrocuted and died.

Later in her life, Olga married Robert James Hatcher, son of Ed and Elizabeth from Buffalo. They were not blessed with any children and lived most of their lives in Maple Plain. Robert passed away in 1999 from complications of an automobile accident.

Olga then left Maple Plain and moved to the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center, where she was given loving and excellent care by their staff.

Olga loved to camp and fish. She enjoyed gardening and the outdoors, and had a passion for putting together jigsaw puzzles. She made quilts by hand, each stitched with love. Olga also did embroidery, which was unsurpassed by its beauty, as was Olga’s love for her family and friends.

Olga’s loved ones await joining her in God’s eternal presence. Survivors include her children, Gerald (Arlene) Fasching of Austin, Texas, and Ronald (Debbie) Fasching of Monticello; grandchildren Rhonda Fasching, Jackie (Clay) Ames of Austin, Texas, Ronald (Kimberly) Fasching Jr. of Albertville, and Robert (Catherine) Fasching of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; great-grandchildren Cassie Ames, Thomas (TJ) Fasching, Travis Fasching, Carson Fasching, and Laurel Fasching; and sister, Thelma Mellin of Howard Lake, who has been her companion and loving sister.

In addition to her husbands, Olga was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, August Elfman; and sisters Lorna Blanchett, Dorothy Dietz and Erna Elsenpeter.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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