Dec. 7, 2018

Theresa B. Hatten, 81, of Hutchinson, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, at her home in Hutchinson. Mass of Christian Burial was 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with interment in St. Anastasia Catholic Cemetery in Hutchinson. Officiating was the Rev. Paul Wolf. Music selections were “I Believe," "Precious Lord,” Praise My Soul King of Heaven,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “My Mother Called My Name in Prayer,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Memorial Acclamation,” “Amen,” “Lamb of God,” “I am the Bread of Life,” “Amazing Grace,” “Song of Farewell” and “How Great Thou Art.” Honorary casket bearers were Greg Wendorff, Elizabeth Pikal, Sabrina Fiting, Joshua Saunders, Jacob Saunders, Brittany Daak, Danielle Sherwood, Jayce Piehl, Joshua Tanata, Adam Tanata and Anthony Tanata. Casket bearers were Taylor Maranell, Lucas Pikal, Jared Saunders, Lexus Eich, Erin Anderson, Bailey Blazinski, Alicia Blazinski and Kari Diaz.

Theresa Barbara Hatten was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Stewart. She was the daughter of Alexander and Mary Ellen (LaPlante) Krippner. Theresa was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. She received her education at Stewart High School. 

On July 19, 1955, Theresa was united in marriage to Lowell “Dynamite” Hatten at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. This marriage was blessed with six children, Nancy, Robert, Kevin, Barb, Julie and Kathy. Dynamite and Theresa resided in Stewart from 1955 to 1960, then moved to Hutchinson. Theresa and Dynamite shared 56 years of marriage until the passing of Dynamite on June 21, 2011.

Theresa was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a faithful member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. Theresa enjoyed canning, gardening, flowers, making lutefisk, baking special treats at Christmas and cherished time spent with her family and friends. Some of her other hobbies included card club, quilting, bowling and playing solitaire on the computer.

Theresa is survived by her son Robert Hatten of Hutchinson; daughters, Barb Saunders and her husband Keith, of Hutchinson, Julie Daak and her special friend Jason Hoff, of Hutchinson, and Kathy Piehl and her husband Robert, of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Kari Diaz and her husband Erik, Greg Wendorff and his wife Lindsey, Elizabeth Pikal, Lucas Pikal, Sabrina Fiting and her husband Jaushua, Joshua Saunders and his special friend Stephanie Sarberg, Jacob Saunders and his wife Sarah, Jared Saunders, Brittany Daak and her special friend Joshua Coon, Danielle Sherwood and her husband Booth, Erin Anderson and her husband Jake, Alicia Blazinski and her special friend Jessie Baune, Bailey Blazinski and her special friend Mitchell Alexander, and Jayce Piehl; step-grandchildren, Debra Lind, Lisa Dotorov, and Dave Pikal; great-grandchildren, Taylor Maranell and his wife Amanda, Lexus Eich and her special friend Kess Fennell, Kadence Wendorff, Ian Wendorff, Mariah Hatten, Austin (Tuff) Klaustermeier, Olliver Fiting, Logan Saunders, Bryndle Sherwood, Brody Anderson, and Bryce Anderson; great-great-grandchild due in April; son-in-law Leigh Pikal, of Hutchinson; sisters, Evelyn Tesch, of Spokane, Washington and Geneva Klover and her husband Ray, of Gibbon; brother, Jack Krippner of Hutchinson; sister-in-law Marlene Krippner, of Stewart; and many other relatives and friends.

Theresa was preceded in death by her husband Lowell “Dynamite” Hatten; parents Alexander and Mary Ellen Krippner; daughter Nancy Pikal; son Kevin Hatten; grandson Chad Starks; granddaughter Josie Piehl; brother Joe Krippner; sisters, Isabelle Krippner, (in infancy) Joan Osterbauer, and Marie Hursh.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at

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