Funeral Services celebrating the life of Edmund J. VanHeel, age 88 of Albany will be 11:30 AM, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany.  Father Blane Wasnie, OSB will officiate, and burial will take place at Camp Ripley at 2 PM.  Edmund died peacefully at Talahi Care Center late Thursday night.  There will be a visitation from 10-11:30 AM the morning of the service at the funeral home.   Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany.

Edmund “Eddie” was born December 2, 1923 to Anton and Mary (Arnzen) VanHeel in St. Francis.  He lived his entire life in the Stearns County area where he worked as a farmer.  He was a member of the Albany Legion and also Seven Dolors Catholic Church.

He is survived by his sisters Bertha (Leo) Lucken, Richmond; Rita Ritter, Albany; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Anton and Mary VanHeel, and his siblings Julietta VanHeel, Rose Douvier, Hilda Forster, Marie Kleve, Walburga “Wally” Ebnet, and Alphonse VanHeel.