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Stephen J. Herda, 60

Stephen James “Steve” Herda, age 60, of Waverly died Saturday, July 4, 2009, at his residence.

He was born June 23, 1949, in Northfield, the son of Joseph A. and Anna S. Mussche Herda.

Steve graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Waverly in 1967.

He honorably served his country in the US Navy from April 15, 1968, until April 15, 1970.

Steve was employed at Omann brothers, Inc. as an estimator/salesman since 1982.

He was a lifelong, faithful member of The Church of St. Mary in Waverly.

Steve played and coached fast pitch softball from 1972 until 2008. His five sons and a nephew also played with him.

He was fond of his home in Woodland Township, Wright County, and the 13 acres it sat on. Steve was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed traveling.

Steve is survived by his five loving sons: Scott (Julie) Herda of Farmington, Jeff (Randi) Herda of Maple Grove, Mike (Monzie) Herda of Waverly, Tom Herda of Maple Lake and Dan Herda of Waverly; 11 grandchildren: Kayla and Emily; Austin and Paige; Olivia and Dillon; Lexi, Haidyn and Hudson; and Liam and Kade; loving companion Ann Barfknecht of Howard Lake; father Joseph A. Herda of Winsted; brothers and sisters, Joe (Deb) Herda of Tennessee, Dave (Joyce) Herda of Texas, Mary (Steve) Mattson of Eagan, Connie (Jeff) Sterner of Winsted, Jim Herda of Kingston, Terri Hutto of New Ulm, and Dan (Jamie) Herda of Texas; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Herda; and by two sisters, Debbie Herda and Margie Goepfert.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Father Timothy Cloutier was the celebrant.Interment with military rites followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday, July 9 at the church from 4 to 8 p.m., and continued Friday one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Casket bearers were Scott, Jeff, Mike, Tom and Dan Herda; Nick Nygaard, Andy Mattson, and Lacy Christopherson.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.