Obituary for William “Bill” Soderlund, Sr.

William Anthony (Bill) Soderlund, Sr. died peacefully at his home in Saint Peter, Minnesota, surrounded by his wife and children on October 22, 2018. Bill was born December 26th, 1937, to Melvin Eric and Pearl Florence (Hamel) Soderlund. He attended parochial school through the 8th grade then graduated from Patrick Henry High School. While attending high school Bill met the love of his life Joan Mary Haskin. They were married August 22nd, 1959, and celebrated 59 years of marriage. Bill attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1960. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant into the […]

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William Anthony (Bill) Soderlund, Sr. died peacefully at his home in Saint Peter, Minnesota, surrounded by his wife and children on October 22, 2018.

Bill was born December 26th, 1937, to Melvin Eric and Pearl Florence (Hamel) Soderlund. He attended parochial school through the 8th grade then graduated from Patrick Henry High School. While attending high school Bill met the love of his life Joan Mary Haskin. They were married August 22nd, 1959, and celebrated 59 years of marriage.

Bill attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1960. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant into the US Army and served from 1960 to 1962 at McDonald Hospital at Fort Eustis in Virginia. After discharge from the Army, Bill opened the first Three Target pharmacies and managed the pharmacy at Target in Fridley until 1980 when he purchased Village Drug in Northfield. In 1986 Bill purchased Soderlund Drug in Saint Peter. Bill and Joan resided in Northfield from 1980 until moving to Saint Peter in 2015.

Bill was a faithful member of the Church of the Annunciation where he was a lector. Bill and Joan worked on the Annunciation Cemetery and worked to restore the graves to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Pearl Soderlund. He is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Bill, Jr. (Beth), Daniel (Lynne), Patrick (Ann), Anne (Bill) Hyska, Margaret (Chris) Mechura; 27 grandchildren: Kinsey, Chuck, Emily, Melvin, Steven, Dominic, Mary Agnes, William (Liam) III, Magnus, Jessica, Andrew, Amanda, Bernadette, Rebecca, Peter, Joseph, Elizabeth, Michael, Anthony, Mary, Abbie, Katie, Kelly, Nicholas, Kathryn, Zachery, Ben; 21 great-grandchildren: Kayla, Emma, Jeremiah, Joey, Charlie, Dawson, Addison, Charlotte, Lee, Elijah, Emmett, Evelyn, Madelynn, Ariel, Lucy, Noah, Sophia, Greyson, Shay, Griffin, Marley; brothers, Joe (Sharon), Ray (Cheryl); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00AM, Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Hazelwood. Interment with Military Honors will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7PM, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to Mayo Hospice – Mankato or Union Gospel Mission.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

October 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Annunciation Catholic Church - Hazelwood
4996 Hazelwood Ave Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

October 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 7:00PM

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: October 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Annunciation Church Cemetery
4996 Hazelwood Ave Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. Theresa Hamel Bergida

    Dear Joan,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband Bill. Your sister-in-law Sharon called to today to tell me of his death. I thank Bill for his researching the genealogy of the Hamel family and for helping to organize the wonderful Hamel reunion we had in Hamel, Mn. Now he is having his own Hamel reunion with his mother Pearl, his Aunt Lil, his cousins Archie, Bob (my dad), and Jim and Pepere and
    Mamere.
    My love to you and all your beautiful family,
    Theresa (Hamel) Bergida

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