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Beverley Vadnais died on March 21 in Mesa, Ariz., after having spent the last days of her life cradled in the laughter and tears of her family and friends.

Her bright spirit is carried forward by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren whose photos she always carried in the pockets of her wallet:

Michael Dertinger (wife Laurnette, children Michelle and Mitchel);

Wanda Dertinger-Dollahan (husband David, children Elizabeth (husband Talon, children Caylie, Grace and Alice Beverley) and Nicolas (wife Mary, children Bishop and Shatner); William Dertinger (wife Cheryl, children Hannah, Cullen and Caleb); Marty Dertinger (wife Lynette, children Gabriel and Lucas); Marc Dertinger (wife Valerie, children Spencer and Guerin).

Beverley's mother, Susan Reuther and sisters Joan Guck and Sandy Krekelberg remain as her champions here on earth, along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten. Waiting for Bev at heaven's dock, with his fishing boat running, was her husband, Ronald Vadnais, who died in 2012.

God had given her a "blessed" life, as she put it. We were all "blessed" for her having lived it. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

A celebration of Beverley's life will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Riedel Farm Estate, located at 5100 East River Road NE, Fridley, MN 55432. A private interment ceremony will be held at St. Henry's Cemetery this spring.