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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Always bubbly and full of the dickens . A good laugh and a good tale to go with it. Lost track of her after Bills passing. God Bless all.


Posted by Bob Guenther - Alden, MN - Acquaintance   May 27, 2020

Thinking of you all. What a great lady, and honor to know her. She left you with a lot of good memories... She always glowed with she talked about her kids.. She was very proud of you all
My best memory with Ellie.
We were putting on a supper in the Alden Community Center.. We were serving hotdish & buns. We had a bigger turnout then we had expected. We ran out of hotdish...I had to run to Wally Helland Grocery Store to buy doughnuts with only 10 min to spare, before he closed
We were so embarrassed but with Ellie we just giggled about it for a along time.
Sending thoughts and prayers... Heaven became a lot brighter..

Posted by Brenda (Niebuhr)Rebelein - Wells, MN - Friend   May 21, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I saw her comment on Larry W Facebook post a couple of weeks ago I messaged her. It was great to hear from her. It has been so long.

Posted by Lisa (Schroeder) Johnson - Albert Lea, MN - Family Friend   May 21, 2020

To Ellie's family, we send out sincere sympathies.
Like her obituary said, she was a fun-loving person and a nice person as well.
It is so very sad that she was taken from you so suddenly, we hope your years of memories are a source of comfort for you all.

Posted by Emelie & Jim Paulson - ALBERT LEA, MN - Family Friend   May 19, 2020

Special condolences to Ellie's family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this loss.

Posted by Julie Rova - Winton, MN - Family Friend   May 19, 2020

Ellie was a good friend and neighbor. She always was interested in family, the neighborhood and world events. She had a great sense of humor and was a good listener. I will really miss our conversations.

Posted by Peggy Meharry - Kiester, MN - Friend   May 18, 2020

She was a good sister in law to us both! Very warm-hearted, kind, generous and funny! So many fond Umemories starting when Keith was a tween and on to last September, when we last saw her. She had a big heart and will be greatly missed...... How she loved her family!!!

Posted by Keith & Sue VanDeer - Cody, WY - Family   May 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Ellie years ago at Shopko. She was always willing to help and had a great sense of humor.

Posted by Mary Steele - Albert Lea, MN - Friend   May 18, 2020

I will miss her. Jim

Posted by Jim Wilde - Waterloo, IA - Friend   May 17, 2020

Sending our prayers to the whole Habben family!

Posted by Kim Fla - Albert Lea, MN - Friend   May 17, 2020

To Ellie's family, We are so sorry for your loss. Ellie always had a smile for us and we enjoyed visiting with her. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed.

Donnie and Sue Grunzke

Posted by Sue Grunzke - Alden, MN - Family Friend   May 15, 2020

I worked with Ellie at ShopKo for a few years and had some really fun times with her. She had a great time playing jokes on someone, my favorite was when she found a toy snake and put in a coworker(Sadie) work area then had her go get something from there, then stood back around the corner to see her jump and scream. With Ellie giggling all the while. She also helped you with something that needed to be done, with advice besides. She loved to talk about her kids and grandkids never seen without telling us about you. She will be missed by all.

Posted by Linda Hammann - Albert Lea, MN - Coworker   May 15, 2020