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Joseph W. Herda

Services: Divine Mercy Catholic Church - Faribault
  Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation: Boldt Funeral Home - Faribault on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m.
  Divine Mercy Catholic Church - Faribault on Monday for one hour prior to the services


              Joseph “Josh” W. Herda, age 85, of Faribault, died on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester surrounded by family.

           Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Faribault on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Spring interment and military rites will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

           Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m., and also at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the services.

           Joseph W., the son of Wenceslas “Jim” and Adeline (Tupy) Herda, was born on November 3, 1929 in Lonsdale. He went to school in New Prague for three years and graduated from St. Procopius College with the class of 1947. Joseph married Elaine Ann Trnka on August 20, 1953 in Lonsdale. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 28 years of employment. He also was a school bus driver and drove the V.A. Van. Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight, V.F.W., American Legion, and the Korean’s Last Man Club. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing, playing cards, and spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

           He is survived by his wife, Elaine of Faribault; five children, Linda (and Steven) White of Faribault, Laura (and Dean) Wangsness of Lonsdale, Dean (and Jan) Herda of Merrifield, Duane “Dewey” (and Jean) Herda of Faribault and Mary Jo (and Don) Voxland of Kenyon; 14 grandchildren, Tracy, Chad, Andrew, Jamie, Joshua, Jared, Erin, Crystin, Michael, Carly, Graham, Matthew, Dana, and Joseph; 15 great grandchildren; one brother, Florian (and Judy) Herda of Spokane, WA; four sisters, Adeline (and Ed) Cleasby of Winter-Park, FL, Bernice (and Val) Rukavina of Minnetonka, Rita Herda of Faribault, and Lois Kelly of Northfield; two brothers in law, Ellard (and Marion) Trnka and Joseph (and Nancy) Trnka; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

           He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ted Herda, sisters in law, Ann Herda and Joan Winter, brother in law, Charles Kelly, and three nephews.

           In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

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Name: Tim Glende
Date: Tuesday November 25, 2014


To Elaine and family, I am sorry to hear of the loss of Joe. When I started working at the Legion 8 1/2 years ago, he helped with weddings. He was always a kind gentleman. Of Ted, Ann, Joe and Elaine, all 4 of you were great to work with. We will all miss you Joe (and Ted & Ann). Rest in peace!!! Tim Glende

Name: Todd Voge
Email: toddvoge@gmail.com
Date: Monday November 24, 2014


I didn't see this in the paper. I'm so sorry to hear about Joe. He worked on our team for election judging for many years. Always loved having him with us. Loved his sense of humor and his reminiscing. God be with you all during this time of loss. He will be missed. God's peace to you all. Todd Voge

Name: Joan and dave nasby
Email: djnasby@gmail.com
Date: Sunday November 16, 2014


Always looked forward to visiting with you guys. You always had a good time when you went out. Sorry we couldn't be with you in person but we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

Name: Cynthia Flicek
Email: mcflicek@bevcomm.net
Date: Sunday November 16, 2014


Elaine and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you all during this very hard time. The wonderful family you are will keep you strong and help you all get through. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Marty & Cynthia Flicek

Name: John and Wanda Benjamin
Date: Saturday November 15, 2014


Aunt Elaine and family, We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Joe's passing. We know how difficult it is to see those we love so much leave us. We wish we could be there to extend our sympathy but we won't be back until later on Monday afternoon. Please know we are thinking of you and give yourselves and each other a hug from us. Love, Wanda and John

Name: Leah Percell
Email: l.percell@mchsi.com
Date: Thursday November 13, 2014


Many prayers being sent to you, Laura, Dean, Josh and Erin! Hope you find peace in all the wonderful memories you have of your dear father and grandfather!! Much love to you all-Leah and Troy Percell