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Memorial service set for Lastein, Flat Rock park designer

A memorial service for Ed Lastein will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Grace Lutheran Church. A reception will follow in Grace Stull Hall.
A resident of Flat Rock, Lastein was a landscape architect who designed much of the outdoors public space for the Village of Flat Rock and guided development of the Park at Flat Rock. He drew the first master plan for the park and had worked with the Village Council and Flat Rock Park Commission on revisions and updates up until his death.
Many of the improvements in the way of walking trails, reforestation, a playground, welcome center and pavilion went from concept to reality under his guidance and more plans are in the works. When the work is finished a few years from now, “the park will be a monument to Ed Lastein,” Flat Rock Mayor Bob Staton told a website that covers the landscaping industry.
The family asked that memorials be directed to the park. As of the Aug. 11 meeting of the Village Council 19 donors had given $2,700 in his honor. He died of an aneurysm on July 21 at the age of 59.