Heidi Vanderlinde, 57

A funeral service celebrating the life of Heidi Lynn Vanderlinde, age 57, of Watertown, who passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, will take place Monday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with the Rev. Marcia Rosa as officiant. Interment will be in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in St. Bonifacious.

There will be visitation Sunday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, continuing Monday one hour prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Serving as casket bearers are Michael Storms, Peter Storms, Chuck Storms, Mason Storms, Shaun Bauer, Ryan Lyzhoft, Chas Banker, Cade Banker, Brock Banker, Tony Schepers, Will Schepers, Nick Schepers, RT Vanderlinde, and Josh Lyzhoft.

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

Heidi’s life was shortened by the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, her family prefers you recall the Heidi of healthier years – a vibrant, quick-witted, energetic, kind, and generous mother, wife, sibling, daughter, and friend to so many.

Heidi undoubtedly loved her grandson, Max, as well. They had a special bond, as he brought her a particular joy that no one else seemed to replicate. How that busy toddler sat on her lap for an hour at a time while cruising the halls of Presbyterian Homes, or how Heidi allowed him to style her hair (when he was 2) are testaments to their love for each other. It was remarkable.

As was the love and dedication that Leon (her husband) showed to her, up until hours of his own passing. Since that time, the extremely dedicated care team at Presbyterian Homes Lake Minnetonka Shores, as well as the Park Nicollet hospice team has been instrumental in providing her (and her family), comfort and peace. In addition, her closest friends took turns sitting by her side during her final decline.

Heidi was not lovingly cared for by so many by coincidence. She gave love generously, had contagious energy, and was quite humorous. For that reason, her family celebrates her life.

Heidi was born March 16, 1962, in Watertown, to Roger and Janet (Simon) Lyzhoft. She attended grade school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, and high school at Watertown-Mayer. Heidi was an “‘80s Lady”—although several of her friendships date back over 50 years.

A small-town girl at heart , Heidi worked close to the community; in earlier years, working for Carlson and Gage, and later, caring for the homes of many (as well as her own). She took great pride in maintaining the grounds and gardens, as well as growing produce, on the family farm.

But more importantly, she took pride in those that she loved. Her relationship with Leon began close to 40 years ago; marrying him on Valentine’s Day. During their years together, Heidi was mom to three children (Lindsay, Troy, and Courtney), acted as a “second mom” to a handful more, and even made room for a few treasured pets.

What a great example. Even in recent years, while participating in the Encore program in Waconia and then in activities at the Presbyterian Homes campus, her smile and laugh captivated people. She continued to find pleasure in sunny days, good music, and chocolate. She will be missed by many.

Heidi was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Vanderlinde; father-in-law and mother-in-law Edmund and Marcella Vanderlinde; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Thomas Vanderlinde, Richard Vanderlinde, Ann Vanderlinde, Jim Bauer, and Tim Johnson.

She is survived by her loving family: daughters Lindsay Vanderlinde and partner Al Jongerius of Chaska, and Courtney (M.J.) Iverson of Maple Grove; son Troy Vanderlinde of Watertown; grandson Maximus Iverson; parents Roger and Janet Lyzhoft of Watertown; brothers Paul Lyzhoft of Buffalo, and Rick Lyzhoft of New Germany; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Betty (Greg) Erhard of Olathe, KS; Judy (Jim) Storms of Cologne, Frances Vanderlinde of Watertown, Mary (Bruce) Schepers of Savage, Bea Bauer of Watertown, Jerry Vanderlinde of Lake Bronson, Theresa Johnson of Watertown, Dan (Dorine) Vanderlinde of Mayer, Janet (Chad) Banken of Minnetonka; and Marcy Vanderlinde of Watertown; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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