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Kay Christine Hines Laging


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances (Williams) Hines. Kay’s father was a professional musician and she traveled summers with her dad and mom as he played at various venues. She spent time in New York City where her dad’s band won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts program and pig-tailed Kay got Julius LaRosa’s autograph.

Kay graduated from Rochester High School where she was a member of Choral groups, International Relations, Girls Club, Annual, Rifle Team and Student Council among others. She began a lifelong interest in the Spanish language and attended a summer session at the University of Mexico in Mexico City with good friends, Marcia and Kathy.

Kay was attending Rochester J.C. while working part time at the Rochester Methodist Hospital and playing shortstop for the telephone softball team when she met Jon Laging. Kay and Jon were in a group of hospital friends and eventually started spending more and more time together. She married Jon in 1961 at the Congregational Church in Rochester. In 1962 they had twin sons, Christopher and Keller.

The family moved to Sioux Falls where Jon was personnel director at McKennan Hospital and Kay was a strong advocate for the hospital. Then to bedroom community, Dell Rapids, S.D., where Kay started attending South Dakota State University, majoring in History. She belonged to the local Art Club and directed plays at OOPS the Dell Rapids theatre group.

Kay was a portraitist and did many likenesses of friends and relatives including a special portrait of her grandmother which did a wonderful job of capturing her character. She worked for a time at Northwestern Bell while in South Dakota and was the Dell Rapids Children’s Librarian.

Kay and Jon moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Kay was able to use her Spanish language skills. Then to Salina, Kan., where Kay opened her antique shop in downtown Salina. After 12 years in Salina, Kay and Jon moved back to Minnesota to be near their aging parents. Kay again had an antique shop in their 1889 building in Preston. She contributed to the Preston community in many ways; belonging to the Preston Historical Society, active in the DFL and was on the steering committee of the group that prot .....
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch of Rockford, Ill., passed away from a sudden illness on March 8, 2014. Janice was born on March 2, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of J. A. and Lucille (Nelson) Simonson and was a 1949 graduate of Preston High Sch ..... 
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Mary Louise Waller

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mary Louise Waller, 93, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Mary was born on September 16, 1920 in Preston Township the daughter of Charles and Anna (Madson) Barber. She attended co ..... 
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Betty Halverson

Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
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Betty Halverson passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in rural Ridgeway, Minn. on Friday, February 21, 2014 from a 14-month battle with heart failure at the age of 87. May she enter heaven wearing her dancing shoes and feeling young again. ..... 
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James Jerome Grabau

Thu, Jan 30th, 2014
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James Jerome Grabau, age 60, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, January 29. 2014, at the Golden Age Living Center in St. Charles, Minn. James was born April 6, 1953, in Preston, the son of Joe and Flora (Anderson) Grabau. He was baptized an ..... 
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Irene E. Eichstadt

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
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Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, Minn.., died on Monday, January 20, 2014, of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she had been a patient for one day. Irene Ethlyn Lee was born on June 25, 1919 in Dolliver, Iowa to ..... 
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Winnie Halweg

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
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Winnie Halweg, age 96, of Preston, Minn., died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Winifred A. Halweg was born June 30, 1917, at Granger, Bristol Township, Minn., the oldest of three daughters to Jerome and Ida ..... 
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Anna Rose LaFreniere

Wed, Dec 11th, 2013
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Anna Rose LaFreniere, 90, of Preston, Minn., died Monday, December 9, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Anna Rose was born on August 30, 1923 in Preston the daughter of William and Emma McDowell. She attended school in Preston. She worke ..... 
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Paul A Lunde

Tue, Dec 10th, 2013
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Paul A. Lunde, age 96, of rural Preston, Minn., died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home. Paul was born October 20, 1917, in Austin, Minn., the son of Clarence and Stella (Anstett) Lunde. He was raised in Austin. At the time of his high school ..... 
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