Ernie Van Heel, 88

Ernie Van HeelErnie, Van Heel, age 88 of Golden Valley, died peacefully surrounded by his family on January 29, 2013.

Ernie was born in Freeport, Minnesota and grew up working hard on the family farm in St Anthony, Minnesota.  He moved to Minneapolis in 1944 to begin his career as a carpenter.  In 1965, he started his own business as a remodeling contractor.  He married Maryann Donovan in 1952 and they had six children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Catherine; brothers, Walter, Lee, and Raymond; sisters, Eleanor Weber, Juletta Hentges and grandchildren Andrew and Christina Johnson.

He is loved and will be dearly missed by Maryann, his wife of 60 years; children, Jim (Barbara), Susan Plesha, Joanne (Tom) Coughlin, Thomas (Laura), John (Kency), and Catherine (Dan) Johnson; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille (Vernie) Ebensteiner, Marcella Schreifels, and Dolores Tamm.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Saturday at the Church of St. Margaret Mary, 2323 Zenith Ave. N. in Golden Valley. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Interment St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Osseo. Memorials may be directed to North Memorial Hospice.