Monica Ann VanHeel

Monica Ann VanHeel, 89-year-old resident of Swanville, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, at Highland Senior Living in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville. Burial took place in St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery in Swanville. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Swanville.

 Monica was born on July 31, 1929, in St. Rosa, to the late Peter and Veronica (Kerfeld) Weber. She was united in marriage to Elmer Van Heel on Feb. 4, 1948, in St. Rosa. To this union nine children were born. Monica enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, baking and traveling. In 1950, Monica and Elmer purchased their farm in Swanville, where she lived until 2016, when she moved to Highland Senior Living in Little Falls. Monica was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville, and she was also a member of the Christian Mothers in Swanville. Her greatest joy in life was her family, she loved spending time with all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Monica was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

 Monica is survived by her children, Janice Dorris of Texarkana, Texas, Linda (Paul) Ewald of Monticello, David (Karen) Van Heel of Swanville, Karen Bell of Little Falls, Diane (Dan) Slimmer of Royalton, Mark (Sue Choquette) of Swanville, Laurie (Danny) Gradin of Little Falls, Brenda (Matt) Toohey of Chaska, and Lori Wegner of Gilbert, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; brothers, Al Weber of Little Falls, and Elmer (Louise) Weber of Alliance, Ohio and sister, Irene Goodstein of Inver Grove Heights, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

 Monica was preceded in death by parents, Peter and Veronica Weber; husband, Elmer Van Heel; daughter, Eileen Vanselow; sister, Evelyn Haselkamp; brother, Lawrence Weber; and sons-in-law, Stanley Dorris and Jerry Bell.