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Mikell L. "Mike" Vander Heyden – Obituary

Name: Mikell L. "Mike" Vander Heyden

Age: 84

Born: 09-23-1934

Died: 05-12-2019

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Mikell L. “Mike” Vander Heyden, 84, of St. Joseph will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph. Mike passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Reverend Jerome Tupa, O.S.B. will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:00 a.m. on Friday both at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph. Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Mike was born on September 23, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota to William and Leona (Culp) Evans.  She graduated from Randolph High School in 1952.  While completing her nursing degree she met her future husband. She married Eugene J. Vander Heyden on July 6, 1957 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Roseville. They moved to St. Joseph in 1966.  Mike was a loving and devoted wife, mother and homemaker. After the children were older, she was employed by several local businesses.  Her last job being secretary with the religious education office for St. Joseph’s Parish.   She was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Choir and taught religious education. Mike also was active with St. Cloud Marriage Encounter and National Marriage Encounter; she and Gene were a past Executive Couple.

Mike enjoyed dancing, knitting and crocheting, attending her red hat club, socializing with friends, singing in the choir and playing cards.  She also enjoyed her time living at the lake and later in Florida; making many good friends.  Above all she treasured spending time with her loved ones.  She will be remembered for her kindness and love for all, “she loved everyone and everyone loved her in return.”

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gene; children, Lynette (Randy) Steinhaus of St. Cloud, Jodie (Mike) Peschl of St. Cloud, Nancee Kremers of Cold Spring, Gregory (Kristin) of Long Prairie, Paul of St. Cloud, Peter of St. Cloud, Bruce of St. Cloud, Leslie (Mike) Matanich of St. Cloud, Patrick (Melissa) of Dallas, Georgia; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kenneth, William and Melvin Evans; and sisters, Helen Smith and Shirley Haskins.

Memorials are preferred.

Guestbook for Mikell L. "Mike" Vander Heyden

D. Hetrick
May 16, 2019, 7:53 am
Dear Family of Mrs. Vander Heyden, I am so sorry for your loss. May Gods promise bring you comfort. There will be a new earth... and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore...I am making all things new. Revelation 21:1-5
Janet Goligowski
, friend
May 15, 2019, 8:41 pm
Gene~ we are so sad to hear of Mike's passing. We loved being neighbors with the two of you. She left such joy and love with every encounter--I always felt so peaceful with the two of you. Wednesdays at Whoopie Inn always made my day. Max sends his love as well. Goligowski's
Lori (Klug) Fussy
May 15, 2019, 5:05 pm
Mike, Leslie and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. The smile on your mom's face tells a story of love, laughter, faith, family and lots of memories. Keep that smile in your heart! May you find peace knowing that Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel.
Jan & Denny Eckhardt
, Friends
May 14, 2019, 4:41 am
Dear Gene, We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We will always remember playing schuffel board with you guys!! What fun we had in Whispering Pines!!!!! With Love & Prayers, Denny & Jan
It and Jim Bednarek
, Cousin-in law
May 13, 2019, 9:01 pm
Dear Gene, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayer s at this sad time in your life. I remember all the fun times we had as young couples playing cards at our parent's home. Only good memories of Mike remain with us. Love ya, Cuz!
May 13, 2019, 8:44 pm

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