Wilford Otto Hasse, age 90, of Mayer, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Birchwood Hospice House in Hutchinson.
He was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Waconia Township, Carver County, the son of Albert and Louise (Sell) Hasse. Wilford was baptized Feb. 2, 1919, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. F.W. Erthal, and confirmed by the same April 9, 1933.
Wilford attended eighth grade at Zion Lutheran in Mayer, and graduated from there July 7, 1934. He later graduated from Mound High School, May 26, 1938.
Wilford was united in marriage to Sophie Ristow June 25, 1943, by the Rev. H.R. Burkett at the Evangelical Church of Lester Prairie. God blessed their marriage with three daughters: identical twins, Kathleen and Kathryn; and Cherryl Lynn.
Wilford worked as a dairy farmer all his life in Mayer until he retired.
He was a member of the Mayer baseball team that was state runner-up in 1945. He was also a member of the Winsted baseball team, and they won the state championship in 1948.
Wilford also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodworking, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Louise Hasse; brothers Ernst, Gilbert and Evert; sister Mildred Hasse; and sisters-in-law Selma Hasse and Rosella Hasse.
Wilford is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Sophie Hasse; daughters and sons-in-law Kathleen and Earl Stuedemann of Plato, Kathryn and Willard Stender of Norwood Young America, and Cherryl Lynn and Daryl Krienke of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Pamela (Steve) Warren of Wausau, WI, David (Heidi) Stuedemann of Shakopee, Marie Krienke and fiancé Jesus Torres of Austin, TX, Dale Krienke, and Paul Krienke, both of Lester Prairie; great-grandchildren Brock Warren and Grant Warren of Wausau, WI; and step-great-grandchildren, Alexis Peterson and Jordan Peterson of Shakopee.
He is further survived by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, August and Luella Ristow of Norwood Young America; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, with Lucas Woodford officiating. Interment was at the Zion Lutheran cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Casket bearers were Wilford’s children and grandchildren: Kathleen Stuedemann, Kathryn Stender, Cherryl Lynn Krienke, Pamela Warren, David Stuedemann, Marie Krienke, Dale Krienke, and Paul Krienke.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia. Online condolences to the family are available at www.johnsonfh.com.