Elva Marie Ellie Van Deer

  • Born: June 7, 1945
  • Died: May 13, 2020
  • Location: Kiester, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family


Elva Marie "Ellie" Van Deer, age 74, of Kiester, MN died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, MN. A short funeral service will be held with Ellie's immediate family at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Please follow Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home on Facebook to watch the service live at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 with Certified Celebrant Laurie Stoeger officiating. Following the service, the family welcomes visitors to the burial at Alden Cemetery in Alden. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is entrusted with services.
Elva Marie was born June 7, 1945 the daughter of Herbert and Eileen (Kaiser) Habben in Fort Dodge, IA. Ellie married Otto "Bill" Van Deer on February 14, 1964 at the United Methodist Church in Alden, MN. Ellie was a special lady, kind, fun, loving, spunky, helpful, smart, stubborn, and caring. She was a friend to all, a great cook, an awesome storyteller, a lover of animals, and knowledgeable on everything. Ellie was always full of jokes, some not so clean, and had a great sense of humor. To her family, Ellie was their rock. She kept them grounded, loved them unconditionally, always listened and "suggested" advice. She was her family's number one supporter, best friend, Mom, and angel!
Ellie is survived by her daughter Sherrie (Lance) Wakefield of Pemberton, MN; son William "Bill" Van Deer of Kiester, MN; grandchildren: Caitlyn Wakefield of Pemberton, MN, Kylie Wakefield and special friend Riley Bohnert of Mankato, MN, Carter Wakefield and special friend Katey Embacher of Mankato, MN, Alexander Van Deer of Kiester, MN, William Van Deer of Walters, MN, and Ashley and Victor Stafne of Walters, MN. Her dearest treasure was Luke, her beloved and spoiled dog! Siblings: Darvin (Marcia) Habben of Albert Lea, Harlin (Yong) Habben of Buffalo Lake, LaVonn (Douglas) Kadelbach of Buffalo Lake, Judy (Greg) Seltun of Alden, Ronda Huls (special friend Stan Prahl) of Hutchinson and Pamela (Dwight) Wiechman of Stewart; sister-in-law Carole King of Chesapeake, VA; brother-in-law Keith (Sue) Van Deer of Cody, WY; and many nieces, nephews and their families.
Ellie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Otto (Bill), her in-laws John and Ruth Van Deer, her brother Arlo, her brother-in-law David King, and nephew Joel King.