Vivian I. Heinecke, age 98 of Appleton, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield, MN.

Visitation for Vivian Iola Heinecke will be Friday, March 15th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton, MN. Funeral service for Vivian will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor John Ramsbacher officiating. Burial will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Appleton City Cemetery.

Vivian Iola Heinecke was born March 15, 1920, in Hegbert Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Inga (Randen) Christenson. She was baptized at home on March 22, 1920, by Rev. John Walseth and was confirmed October 20, 1935, by Rev. C.N. Sandager at Drywood Lutheran Church. Vivian attended grade school at District 65 through the Eighth Grade. She then attended Appleton High School where she graduated, Class of 1938.  Vivian spent her summer vacation months working for area farmwives.

On June 24, 1938, Vivian was united in marriage to Everett Schroeder.  This union was blessed with 45 years together and two sons: Keith and Richard.  Vivian and Everett farmed together in Lac qui Parle and Swift counties until selling the farm in 1962 and then moved to Appleton in 1964.  Vivian began working at Bruno’s Café in 1962 and remained there until her retirement in 1987.  Everett passed away December 26, 1983.  On November 23, 1989, Vivian married Harold Heinecke.  This union shared over 20 years together.  They spent 13 winters in Texas, enjoying fishing, cards, and dancing.

Vivian was the oldest living member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was  a member since 1940.  In her younger years Vivian served on the school board for District 36 for many years and was a long-serving Secretary of the Appleton Rod & Reel Club.  She enjoyed planting flowers and gardening, crocheting, embroidering, and quilting.

Vivian is survived by her son: Richard Schroeder of Willmar, MN; step-children: Rolf (Lee) Heinecke of Appleton, MN, Brent (Karen) Heinecke of Fenton, MI, and Nancy (Don) Thorson of Lake Park, MN;  daughter-in-law: Renate Schroeder of Catawba, SC; ten grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents: William and Inga Christenson; husband: Everett Schroeder in 1983; husband: Harold Heinecke in 2010; son: Keith Schroeder; grandson: Mark Schroeder; granddaughter: Anita Carlson; daughter-in-law: Joyce Schroeder; brothers: Harry Christenson and Willard Christenson; sisters: Vivian Iola Christenson, who died at age 3, Alice Sjkei, and Doris Molden.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton.

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