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Edwin A. Hastbacka, 72.

HOLDEN Edwin A. Hastbacka, 72, of 165 Highland St., died suddenly on Thursday, February 22, 2007 in Saint Vincent's Hospital, Worcester.

He leaves his wife of 48 years, Marcia S. (Dexter) Hastbacka; his son, Steven E. Hastbacka and his wife Sylvie of Hubbardston; his daughter, Kristin L. Courville and her husband James of Kingsport, TN; a brother, Albin Hastbacka of Amherst, NH; a sister, Mildred Hastbacka of Needham; four grandchildren, Samantha, Chelsea, Zachary and Maxine; several nephews and lots of friends around Holden. He was born in Pieksamaki, Finland, son of Anton M. and Anna (Karp) Hastbacka, and lived in Gardner before moving to Holden 43 years ago. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War Korean War, conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces in Korea from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel into Soviet (North Korean) and U.S. (South Korean) zones of occupation.  serving in the 28th Weather Squadron as a weather observer.

Mr. Hastbacka received his B.S.Ed. in 1961 from Fitchburg State College and his Ed.M in 1964 from Worcester State College
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. His career in the mental health industry spanned 29 years. He was Assistant Superintendent Assistant Superintendent, or Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was a rank used by police forces in the British Empire. It was usually the lowest rank that could be held by a European officer, most of whom joined the police at this rank.  at the Glavin Regional Center, Shrewsbury, retiring in 1990. Previously he was Director of the Worcester Area Occupational Training Center, Worcester, and Director, Dept. of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Mass. at Rutland Heights Mental Health Rehabilitation Center.

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 for Mr. Hastbacka will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, in the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. Burial will be private in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. Family and friends are invited to calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society, established in 1913, this national volunteer-based health organization is committed to the elimination of cancer through prevention and treatment and to diminishing cancer suffering through advocacy, scholarship, research,
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701; or the Muscular Dystrophy muscular dystrophy (dĭs`trōfē), any of several inherited diseases characterized by progressive wasting of the skeletal muscles. There are five main forms of the disease.  Assoc. of NE, 33 Lyman St., Suite 30B, Westboro, MA 01581.

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Date:Feb 25, 2007
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