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Mary J. Miller

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COLERIDGE — Mary J. Miller, 72 Coleridge, died Nov. 17, 2019, at Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with Rev Owen Korte officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Michael’s Cemetery, Coleridge. Visitation and a Vigil service were Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Justin Bartling Christopher Bartling, Augustus Miller

Mitchell Miller, Cameron Miller, and Seth Miller.

Honorary pallbearers are Joann Hoffart and Connie Kalin.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Mary Jane was born March 8, 1947, in Wayne, to John and Ada (Leapley) Vanderheiden. Mary was raised by a special aunt and uncle, Mary and Joe Kalin since she was 4 years old. She grew up west of Coleridge and went to Pearl Creek Elementary School, prior to Coleridge High School. Mary married Gene Francis “Mitch” Miller Dec. 18, 1965, in Coleridge. She worked at Park View Haven Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide and then managed the Broadway Tavern, Coleridge, for six years. Mary then worked at the Cedar County Vets office until her health prevented her from continuing to work.

Mary was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and its Altar Society, and the Newcastle Saddle Club. She enjoyed playing cards and bowling and training/raising horses and dogs.

Mary is survived by her husband Gene “Mitch” Miller, Coleridge; four children, Russell Miller, Wahoo; Rhonda (Calvin) Bartling, Howells; Ronald (Amanda) Miller, Hillsdale, Wyo.; and Robert (Amy) Miller, Atkinson; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Lindstrom, Pierce, and Susan (Sam) Jensen, Norfolk; brother, Jim Vanderheiden, Dayton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ada Vanderheiden; aunt and uncle, Mary and Joe Kalin; brother, John Vanderheiden; and grandson, Reid Miller.