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Ashley A. Meuwissen, 23

Ashley Ann Meuwissen, age 23, of Cologne, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, as the result of a car accident.

She was born Aug. 13, 1987, in Waconia, the daughter of John Meuwissen and Nadine (Wolff) Ditsch. Ashley was baptized as an infant Aug. 23, 1987, by the Rev. Henry Fry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America. She was confirmed as a youth April 22, 2001, by the Rev. Eric Aune at All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood.

Ashley attended grade school at St. John’s Lutheran School in Young America and graduated from Central High School with the class of 2005. In 2006, she graduated from Scot Lewis School of Cosmetology.

Ashley was employed at Great Clips Salon in Chanhassen, where she had worked as a stylist for the past five years. A great stylist, as a child, she would do up-do’s on her dolls until she had worn all the hair down. She was always willing to do hair styles for her cousins, friends, and other family members and it was always so important to Ashley that everyone was happy with how their hair turned out.

While in high school, Ashley participated in cheerleading; her spirited personality and smile would lighten up any crowd.

She was an extremely hard worker and was proud to have saved enough money to purchase her first home at the age of 20.

Ashley enjoyed life. She always had a smile on her face and was known for her distinctive laugh that would gather the attention of anyone in the room. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family playing darts, softball, boating, board games, and watching her sister and brother at their sporting events.

Ashley was preceded in death by her grandparents, Roy and Idella Meuwissen, Joseph Ditsch, and Judy Winkler; an uncle, Ivan Otto; and a cousin, Chelsey Shambour.

She is survived by her loving family: parents Nadine and Mark Ditsch of Cologne, and John and Michelle Meuwissen of Hamburg; brothers Jeremy Meuwissen of Young America, and Matthew Ditsch of Cologne; sister Amber Meuwissen of Cologne; stepsister and stepbrother Paige and Tylor Schlechter of Hamburg; special friend Joe Pawelk of Cologne; grandparents Duane and Elaine Wolff of Young America; Lorraine Ditsch of Watertown, Lee and Joann Winkler of Cologne; and her great-grandmother, Elvira Wolff of Glencoe.

Ashley is further survived by aunts and uncles DeAnn and Tim Buss of Eden Prairie, Cheryl and Bruce Clark of Norwood Young America, Judy Otto of Belle Plaine, Sue and Eldie Meyer of Chaska, Jim and Mary Meuwissen, Bruce and Cheryl Meuwissen, Joyce and Andy Schwartz, Karen and Bernie Shambour, all of Cologne; James and Gail Ditsch of Delano, Philip Ditsch of Watertown, Eileen and Ron Andersen of Minnetonka, Troy and Sara Winkler, and Tracy Winkler, all of Cologne; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. David Winter officiating. Interment was at St Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery in Cologne.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a chapel service at 7:30 p.m. led by the Rev. Eric Aune of All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood; and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America.

Casket bearers were Bruce Clark, Tim Buss, Bruce Meuwissen, Jim Meuwissen, Eldie Meyer, Andy Schwartz, and Bernie Shambour.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.com