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Esther Susan Heinonen

12/19/1926 - 04/12/2022

Esther Susan Heinonen, 95, of Virginia passed away April 12, 2022 at Waterview Pines Nursing Home in Virginia.

Esther was born on December 19, 1926 in Brittmount, MN to Andrew and Aina (Leppinen) Maki.  She married Henry Heinonen, Jr. on June 10, 1944 in Cook, MN. She was a wonderful cook at many area restaurants until retiring in 2004. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sauna nights, reading, and doing word searches.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her grandson, Chris Phillips; and her five brothers and three sisters. 

Esther is survived by her children: Norm (Diana), Betsy (Mike), Roger (Timi), and Todd (Ann); grandchildren: Scott (Holly), Norm, Jr. (Jacquie), Dana, Sarah (David), Laura (Greg), and Kelly (Bryan); great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Anna, Vinny, Tori, Britt, Bella, Ben, and Eleanor; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held at Range Funeral Home in Virginia on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 2 PM. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services with coffee-an’ following. 

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

3 thoughts on “Esther Susan Heinonen”

  1. Leona Litchke says:

    Our sympathy to the family on the death of Esther. She was a fine lady. She always attended the annual Kangas family reunions and made sure she visited with as many relatives as possible. She will be missed.

  2. Kelly (Kangas)Sheffield says:

    Esther like many of the members of the family served many with a good meal and who does not feel good with full belly..her sparkling nature was the topping. She made it long time in life a feat to be admired. Her character was enjoyed by many people outside the family also and will be missed by us all.

  3. Terry Barker says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Heinonen
    Family as they grieve Ester’s passing 🙏

    Ester always had a smile, positive additive and genuineness about her that was visible to all that knew her.

    Esther was the best cook, the El Roy restaurant in Britt, ever employed. Rib Eyes and fried chicken were my personal favorites.

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Thursday 04/21/2022 at 2:00 PM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 1:00 PM