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Loretta J. Gast

Loretta J. Gast, age 68, of Winsted, and formerly of Watertown, died Thursday March 22, 2007 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

She was born June 7, 1938 in Franklin Twp., Wright County, the daughter of Carl and Jeanette (Samuelson) Carlson. Loretta was baptized June 7, 1938 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. E. H. Baker, and confirmed May 24, 1953 at the same church by the Rev. N. William Anderson.

Loretta attended school in Watertown through grade 11, and finished her senior year at Howard Lake High School.

She lived in Watertown, Montrose, and Lester Prairie, where she was active in Lioness Club.

Loretta spent some of her winters in Texas in her early retirement. She loved her family and adored her nieces and nephews, enjoyed being outdoors in the summertime, liked to go fishing, and was a very good cook and housekeeper.

Loretta had a severe stroke in 2001 and had been a resident at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted since that time. She knew all the residents and staff by name, and often told about the nice things they did for her, including making it possible for her to attend several Minnesota Twins baseball games.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Jeanette Carlson; a sister, Janice Kusha; and a brother-in-law, Cliff Sandquist.

She is survived by her loving family: sisters and brothers-in-law Bernadette Sandquist, Lucille and Lloyd Munkelwitz, all of Watertown, and Gene Kusha of Delano; friend Ken Anderson of Montevideo; nephews and nieces Jim Sandquist, John and Julie Munkelwitz, Nancy and David Rodgers, Linda and Gary Danielson, Pat and Terry Knop, Pam Gannis, Kim and Chris Capaul, Tammi and Rick Trevena; and many great-nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral service took place Tuesday March 27 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Robert Ericson officiating. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.

Casket bearers were Jim Sandquist, John Munkelwitz, David Rodgers, Gary Danielson, Chris Capaul, Rick Trevena, and Terry Knop.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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