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Hank Wessels, Master Gardener Emeritus, 1931 - 2011

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A heart-felt farewell to a long-time UMN Master Gardener volunteer in Watonwan County:IMG_1236.JPG

Master Gardener Emeritus, Hank Wessels, 80, of Madelia, MN, (seen here with me at the 2008 Master Gardener state conference in Hutchinson) passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Luther Memorial Home in Madelia. Hank became a UMN Ext Master Gardener in 1989 after retiring from farming. He wrote for many area newspapers and "The Land" magazine for many years.  Survivors include his wife Donna of Madelia; son Wayne of Dawson; daughter Tami of Mankato; 2 stepchildren, Jeff Carstensen of Maple Grove and Zachary Carstensen of Pipestone; a brother Everett of Blue Earth; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Faith Lutheran Church in Madelia, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation begins 1 hour prior to the service at the church. The Pilgrim Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Read more .....

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