Phyllis Lastine, 90

Published 5:28 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Phyllis Lastine, 90

Phyllis Lastine, age 90, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully with family by her side Sunday, April 14, 2024, at South Grove Lodge in Austin, Minnesota. Phyllis Arlene Nagel was born on October 19, 1933, in Mason City, Iowa to Ernest and Ella (Gerdes) Nagel. She graduated from Austin High School in 1951. Later that year on September 2, 1951, she married Gaylen Lastine at First Baptist Church in Austin; they needed signature parental approval to get married because they were so young. Their marriage was blessed with four children. Phyllis held various positions throughout the years including being an Avon representative, secretary to the Republican Party in Wausau, Wisconsin, secretary to the principal at a private school and secretary and accounting at Nevermar Company. Phyllis was a great mother, she loved to sew clothing for Cathy while she was growing up. Phyllis even handmade Cathy’s wedding dress. Later in life she learned how to quilt, she even had a quilt get grand champion at the Mower County Fair and it went to the Minnesota State Fair where it was judged and received fourth place. Gaylen and Phyllis loved to travel as a family, they went to Disney World, Disney Land and on many camping trips. The couple traveled to England, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, an Alaskan cruise, and a land and sea trip to Hawaii. She also loved hand designing ornaments, canvas painting and folk art painting her kitchen cupboards. She is a member of Grace Baptist Church and Sons of Norway. Phyllis will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years Gaylen Lastine; three children, Bryce (Dolly) Lastine of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Cathy (Gary) Johnson of Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Scott (Jean) Lastine of Edina, Minnesota; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ella Nagel; son, Tim Lastine; sister, Betty (Ray) Gillson; and brother, Robert (Orinne) Nagel.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Grace Baptist Church in Austin. Visitation will take place one hour before the service on Saturday at the church. Interment will be in Six Mile Grove Cemetery in rural Lyle. The family wanted to give a special thank you to South Grove Lodge and Moments Hospice for all their help and special care. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein-Hoff Funeral Homes. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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