Grace Fast of Kimball died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Ecumen of Litchfield. She was 94.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8, at Ostmark Lutheran Church in rural Watkins. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield. Interment will be in the Vogt Cemetery near Delft, Minn., at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Grace Mariann Fast was born Jan. 2, 1919, in St. James, Minn., to Axel and Anna (Berggren) Thulien. She grew up in rural Watonwan County. She was united in marriage to John L. Fast in St. James Nov. 14, 1942. They lived on his parents' farm near Bingham Lake before moving to Litchfield in 1953. After three years, they moved to a farm between Cokato and Howard Lake. In 1958, they moved to the farm near Kimball where she lived for the rest of her life. She was an active member of the Ostmark Lutheran Church, and she enjoyed quilting with the ladies of the church. She also was a member of a neighborhood birthday club and, in her early years, the Kimball Golf Club. She enjoyed the life of a farm wife and the cooking, gardening and baking that went with it. She also enjoyed golfing, reading, and doing ceramics. She will be remembered as an optimistic and determined person who didn't even let the loss of her eyesight get her down.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, son Gordon Douglas Fast; brothers Richard, LeRoy, Alden, Charles and Verne, and sisters Viola and Annette.
She is survived by her children James (and Diane) Fast of Hutchinson, Colleen (and Dan) Carrigan of Hutchinson, Rebecca (and David) Gassman of Hutchinson, and J. Rodney Fast of Kimball; grandchildren Melissa (and Shad) Ketcher, Shawn (and Melinda) Fast, Amanda Fast, Christopher Carrigan, Casey Carrigan, Kayla Carrigan, Rachel (and David) Thompson, Justin Gassman (and fiancée Alexis Martinson), and Travis (and Savannah) Horrocks; great-grandchildren Mckenzie, Grant, Ellie, Jackson and Nolan; brother Robert (and Dorothy) Thulien of Sleepy Eye, and sisters Doris Wiens of Windom, and Darlene (and Duane) Harris of Cortland; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.