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DeAnna Hoechst dies after battle with lung cancer

DeAnna M. Hoechst, age 67, director of campus postal services, died Sunday, Jan. 1, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato following a hard fought battle with lung cancer. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mankato.

Published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 1/3/2012

DeAnna M. Hoechst, age 67, of Mankato died Sunday, Jan. 1, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato following a hard fought battle with lung cancer.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mankato. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

DeAnna Marie was born Nov. 16, 1944, to George and Helen (Simmet) Mattes in New Ulm. She graduated from Gibbon High School in 1962. On Sept. 9, 1967, she married Duane Hoechst in Mankato. They were blessed with two children.

In 1965, DeAnna worked at Kato Engineering, then in 1969 at Hubbard Milling. From 1980 until present, she headed the Postal Service Department at Minnesota State Mankato. DeAnna was an active member of AFSCME and the Postal Customer Council. She enjoyed traveling, watching the Minnesota Twins, playing cards, shopping, loons, time at Truby’s cabin, and especially spending time with her grandkids, family and friends.

DeAnna is survived by her husband, Duane of Mankato; daughter, Deb (Brent) Rabenhorst and their children, Garrett and Ava; son, Dave Hoechst and his children, Tristyn and Mataya; three brothers, Pat (Barb) Mattes of Hutchinson, Mike Mattes of Gibbon, and Mark (Aggie) Mattes of Winthrop; four sisters-in-law, Jeanne Mattes of North Mankato, Brenda Fromm of Sleepy Eye, Bernice Sorenson of New Ulm, and Diane (Steve) Sharits of Mankato; two brothers-in-law, Dean (Lois) Hoechst and Dale (Linda) Hoechst, all of Mankato; aunt, Dale Sondag of New Ulm; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

DeAnna was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Clark Sorenson, Bob Mattes, and Dean Mattes; and one nephew, Joshua Mattes.

For the online Free Press obituary, see Tuesday's print edition of The Free Press, or click on

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