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Joseph A. Herda, 91

Joseph “Joe” A. Herda, age 91, of Winsted, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

He was born in Lonsdale, March 18, 1920, to John W. and Anna K. (Trnka) Herda.

Joseph attended Lonsdale elementary and middle schools through the eighth grade, when he left school to help his parents work the farm. At the age of 65, Joe earned his GED and graduated with the graduating class of Holdingford High School.

Joseph entered the US Navy at the age of 22, one month after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. As an airplane mechanic, he reached the rank of chief petty officer and was a squadron leader. Joe served with the Navy for 36 and one-half years; four years active duty and 32 and one-half years in the reserves, and was honorably discharged at retirement.

Joe married Ann Mussche May 18, 1946. Joe and Ann lived in Lonsdale, Waverly, and Albany, MN, Robertsdale, AL, and eventually Winsted.

Joe had worked as a drayman, natural gas delivery and repair man, plumber, hardware store owner, salesman for a plumbing, heating and well supply company, and as a salesman for Earth Sheltered Technologies.

After retirement, he and Ann traveled for 16 years in their fifth-wheel camper throughout the southeast.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Stephanie (Mussche) Herda; children Deborah Ann Herda, Margaret Rose Goepfert, Steven James Herda, and Joseph John Herda; as well as his siblings, Sr. Debora Herda, OSB; Helen Burzek, John Herda, Wenseslaus “Jim” Herda, and George Herda.

He is survived by his children, David (Joyce) Herda, Mary (Steve) Mattson, Constance (Jeff) Sterner, James Herda and fiancée Kerry Schmiessing, Teresa Hutto, and Daniel (Jamie) Herda; 18 grandchildren: Joseph Herda, Angie Baugaus, Jeffrey Herda, Jarod Herda, Emily Herda, Scott Herda, Jeffrey Herda, Michael Herda, Thomas Herda, Daniel Herda, Andrew Herda, Chun Daiker, Eric Goepfert, Jamie Fors, Samantha Sterner, Sonja Watson, William Taylor and Holly Herda; and many great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by siblings Sister Jonathan Herda, OSB; Marie Kajer, Ludmilla Jacobs, Elizabeth Suel, Marcella Catalino, Teresa Gucker, and Bob Herda; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Mary in Waverly with the Rev. Kenneth O’Hotto as the celebrant for the Mass. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly, with military honors provided by the Waverly American Legion Post 305.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m.; and continued Wednesday one hour prior to services at the St. Mary’s Parish Center.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.