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“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.Bob ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Bob Guenther - Alden, MN

“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...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Brenda (Niebuhr)Rebelein - Wells, MN

“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...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa (Schroeder) Johnson - MN

“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...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Emelie & Jim Paulson - ALBERT LEA, MN

“Special condolences to Ellie's family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this loss. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Julie Rova - Winton, MN

“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...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Peggy Meharry - Kiester, MN

“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...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Keith & Sue VanDeer - Cody, WY

“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. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Steele - Albert Lea, MN

“I will miss her. Jim ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Wilde - Waterloo, IA - Friend

“Sending our prayers to the whole Habben family! ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Kim Fla - Albert Lea, MN - Friend

“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...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Grunzke - Alden, MN

“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...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Hammann - Albert Lea, MN


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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.