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Willard R. Vetsch, 79

Willard R. “Willie” Vetsch, age 79, of Loretto, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto with the Rev. John Gallas officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery, with military honors provided by the Delano American Legion Post 377.

Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continues Monday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Willard was born July 22, 1930, to William and Antonia (Wey) Vetsch in Wright County.

He grew up in the St. Michael area.

Willie made his home in Loretto after he married Mary Lou Durant in 1954.

Willie spent 26 years as a construction superintendent at McNulty Construction, and considered the McNultys his friends, rather than his employer.

He “retired” in 1995, and spent his time volunteering at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, drinking coffee at Retro, and dining at Peg’s Countryside Café, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou, in 2000; and brothers Ralph Vetsch, Joseph Vetsch, Donald Vetsch, Lloyd Vetsch, and Kenny Vetsch.

He is survived by his sons, Jay and Cindy Vetsch, and Troy Vetsch; grandchildren Alex and Sam; siblings Orville and Marlene Vetsch, Earl and Joan Vetsch, Fred and Alice Vetsch, Nona and Lyle Lindenfelser, Diane and Duane Kemmetmueller, and Anna Mae and Gilbert Valerius; as well as countless nieces and nephews; and special friend Carmen Brummer.