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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Luella Kasten

  • Luella A. Kasten, 97, of Belview passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Parkview Nursing Home in Belview. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo. Burial was in the Echo City Cemetery.
    Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association cared for the family.
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  • Luella A. Kasten, 97, of Belview passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Parkview Nursing Home in Belview.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo. Burial was in the Echo City Cemetery.
    Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association cared for the family.
    The Life of Luella Alvina Fischer Kasten – as written by her February 25, 2011.
    Luella was the oldest daughter of Andy and Ella (Zimmer) Fischer and was born October 6, 1915 on a farm south of Echo.
    She was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo on October 31, 1915. Luella moved north with her parents and began school near Deer Creek in 1921 and they later moved back to the Wood Lake area.  
    She graduated from eighth grade with more than 100 eighth grade students from Yellow Medicine County at the Clarkfield School August 2, 1929. Luella was confirmed April 13, 1930 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. They later moved to the Vesta area.
    Luella married her best friend, Hilbert Kasten May 22, 1934 at St. John’s Lutheran Parsonage by Rev. Brickman.  They began their married life together living and farming west of Belview.
    To this union five children were born. They lived in the Echo and Belview areas through their 70 years of marriage.  
    In 1962 they had a farm auction and bought a house and acreage in southwest Echo. So they began a new career off the farm.
    Luella loved to cook and bake, so she cooked at the Hurry Back Inn Cafe and the Echo Public School and managed the Prairie Wind Cafe for a couple of years. She also worked for DeKalb Seed Company in Redwood Falls and as a dietary aid for Parkview Home in Belview.
     Luella retired in November 1984 but continued to volunteer where she could. Luella and Hilbert did some traveling on tours and with their children. In 1993 they sold their home and moved to Westwood Apartments in Echo.  
    It was January 19, 2002 when they moved into Parkwood Assisted Living in Belview.
    Luella and Hilbert celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary May 22, 2004 with family and on June 28, 2004, Hilbert passed away.  Luella continued to be active making quilts, embroidery, and helping others.
    Luella is survived by her children, Duane (Donna) of Springfield, Dennis (Lorraine) of Redwood Falls, Janet Anderson (Carlyle) of Belview, Marilyn Tietz (Arnie) of Kasso, and Irene Abrahamson (Steve Griffin) of Prior Lake; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brother, Darles Fischer; extended family, Bob and Jacob Abrahamson  and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    Luella was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Hilbert, of 70 years, parents, Andy and Ella, sisters, Agnes Jensen, Bernice Kolander, Evelyn Fischer, Darlene Fischer and great-grandson, Jordan Baune.

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