The funeral service for Anita Heiden will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek with Pastor Paul Yearyean presiding. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Anita passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the age of 87, at the Perham Living Center, in Perham, MN.
Anita Dorathea Thalmann Heiden was born on August 24, 1925, to Henry J. and Lillian A. (Ehlers) Thalmann in Ottertail, MN.
Anita and Howard Walter Heiden were united in marriage on May 31, 1946 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ottertail. Anita and Howard farmed by Deer Creek until they retired in 1979.
Faith was integral to Anita's life. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek, where she was an active member of the Bible Study and Trinity Lutheran Circle. She was also a member of the Legion Auxiliary 283, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Spoon & Needle Homemakers group. Over the years her hands were busy caring for her family, quilting, gardening, canning, painting and sewing. Anita enjoyed traveling and playing cards. Her family and friends will remember her as someone willing to try anything! Over the years she had been a resident in Deer Creek, Henning and New York Mills.
Anita was preceded in death by her husband Howard on July 16, 1994; her parents Henry and Lillian; daughter Beverly Saari; brothers Ewald and Wilbert Thalmann; father & mother-in-law Walter & Grace Heiden; and brother & sister-in-law Lawrence & Rosena Heiden.
She is survived by her children Roger (Pam) of Deer Creek and Barbara Heiden of Hastings; son-in-law John (Betty) Saari of Henning; five grandchildren & three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law June Thalmann of Haven, KS and Margaret Thalmann of St. Peter; a nephew & a niece; along with many cousins and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be John D. Saari, Jennifer A. Saari, Jeffrey D. Saari, Teresa L. Barthel, Craig M. Heiden and Bradley Ehlers.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Deer Creek, MN.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)