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Jo-Ann Bast

November 30, 1935 — December 25, 2016

Jo-Ann Bast

Jo-Ann E. Bast, age 81, of Parkers Prairie, died Sunday, December 25, 2016, at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Funeral services are 11 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Terry Finnern and Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music is provided by organist, Maureen Diedrich. Burial is at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, West Miltona.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Thursday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Jo-Ann Elsie Bast was born on November 30, 1935, to Herb and Olga (Henning) Engfer on the farm in rural Miltona. She attended and graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1953. She was united in marriage to Glen Bast on September 26, 1955, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Miltona. Following their marriage, they lived and raised their two boys in Alexandria and eventually moved to the Miltona area. Jo-Ann worked for the Red Owl in Alexandria for over 30 years as well as the Miltona Grocery Store for several years. Jo-Ann was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the VFW Auxillary Post #936. Jo-Ann loved to cook food and bake treats for her family and was especially known for her famous chicken dumpling soup. She will be missed by her White German Shepherd Lacey. Jo-Ann especially loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glen Bast on October 13, 1998; brother, Jim Engfer; infant sister, Janet Engfer; sister-in-law, Viola Henning; and brothers-in-law, Lloyd Bast, Harvey Bast, Melvin Henning and Elroy Wussow.

Jo-Ann is survived by her sons, Gary Bast and Dennis (Jeanette) Bast both of Parkers Prairie; grandchildren, Beth Welch, Judy Nelson, Amanda (Mike) Steinbeisser, and Melissa (James) Koep; three great-grandchildren, Mercedes, Madison, and Guy; sister, Erma (Vincent) Wilke; sisters-in-law, Barbara Bast, Lucille Wussow, Ardell Engfer and Diane Bast; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Donny Henning, Randy Engfer, Rick Engfer, Keith Wilke, Greg Bast, and Brian Wussow.


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