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Theodore "Ted" Heinen(1930 - 2013)

Theodore "Ted" Heinen, 83

St. Cloud

March 1, 1930-April 30, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10AM Monday, May 6, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Theodore "Ted" Heinen of St. Cloud who died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Ben Kociemba will officiate and burial will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Friends and relative may call from 5-8PM Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and 1 hour prior to services Monday at the church in Sartell. St. Cloud VFW Post # 438 will pray at 6PM followed by the Moose Lodge praying at 6:30 and parish prayers at 7PM Sunday evening at the funeral home in St. Cloud.

Ted was born on March 1, 1930 in St. Cloud to Lawrence and Priscilla (Rocholl) Heinen. He started working at the Moose Lodge in Waite Park at the age of 11 sweeping floors. He graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School and attended St. John's University. After spending a year in the monastery he joined the United States Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict from September of 1949-October of 1952 as a Sargent. He married Annabelle Schulte on October 7, 1952 in Wausau, WI. She died in October of 1996. After returning to St. Cloud he had a juke box route and worked as a bar manager at the Moose Lodge in Waite Park until his retirement. He owned and operated Ted's Place from 1958-1962. He was an excellent bar psychologist. After his retirement he worked at Goodwill for 12 years. He volunteered at Head Start as a bus monitor and the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. He married Rosie Gaida on February 3, 2001 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He is a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell, Waite Park American Legion Post #328, St. Cloud VFW Post #428, Moose Lodge 1400, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622. Ted enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially his grandchildren. He loved to fish, watch deer from his window, working on crossword puzzles and watching TV. He especially enjoyed Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He was a loving and caring man whose family was very important to him. He had a special spunk, sense of humor and wit about him which his family loved.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie of Sartell; daughters, Marj (Billy) Olson of Rice, Sheri (Brad Foshaug) Heinen of New London; step-children, Mary Stickney, Duane Gaida, Susan Berry, Karen Storkamp, Dorene Gaida, Brian Gaida, Mary Pflipsen; brother and sister, Terry Heinen, Elsa Martinson. 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter, 2 great-great grandchildren in waiting, 15 step grandchildren,17 step great grandchildren, 2 step great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Annabelle; infant son, Wayne Allan, brother, Lawrence, sisters, Lois Stommes, and Marge Stocker.

Memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 2, 2013
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