Elizabeth "Betty" Mandell Heymans, 86, of Sleepy Eye, passed away on Dec. 1, 2018

Elizabeth "Betty" Mandell Heymans, 86, of Sleepy Eye, passed away on Dec. 1, 2018, in Albany. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., at Divine Providence Community Chapel in Sleepy Eye. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. John Richter. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. A luncheon will follow the interment in St. Mary's Church Social Room. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Mary’s School, Divine Providence Home, or the Food Shelf, all in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Betty Mandell was born in Faribault, to Harry and Julia Mandell on April 8, 1932. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, in 1954, with a BA in Elementary Education. She married Philip Heymans on August 20, 1956. She worked as a Catholic grade school teacher and as development director for St. Mary’s, which included editing St. Mary’s Recall newsletter. She was a loving mother to eight children. She was actively involved as a volunteer for St. Mary’s Church and School, Divine Providence Home, and the Sleepy Eye Food Shelf, and a strong supporter of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Betty was known for her joy, creativity, hospitality, and eagerness to serve the Church and community. She valued her Irish heritage, enjoyed feeding and watching the local birds, and had a great love of writing short stories in her youth. She lifted up those around her with her smile.

Betty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Philip Heymans; children Steven (Susan Sink), Amy (Kevin) Kluesner, Ann (Larry) Rodich, Greg (Mary), Tim (Annie), Mark (Yoneko), Maria (Paul) Becker and Tina (Mark Herzog) Arneson; brother, Art (JoAnn) Mandell; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Betty is preceded in death by her parents. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of Mother of Mercy Senior Living in Albany for their loving physical and spiritual care and special efforts at the end of Betty’s life.