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Mary Van Eeckhout

Feb. 4, 1925-Sept. 26, 2012

September 30, 2012
Minot Daily News

Mary Van Eeckhout, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.

Mary was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Chola, N.D., to Jack and Katharine (Henricks) Heffern. She attended school in the Lansford area. Mary was married to Robert Nelson for many years until his death in 1962. They had two sons together, Robert and Richard. Mary also has one stepdaughter, Pat Lehman and a daughter, Pat Peterson.

Mary married Joe Van Eeckhout April 2, 1964. They made their home in Makoti. Mary and Joe loved to fish. For many years, during winter and summer, they could be found on Makoti Lake. Many people wanted Mary's canned fish recipes which are still being used today. Mary and Joe also loved to go to Medora. They had quite a collection of pictures, buffalo was the favorite subject.

Mary and Joe were avid coin collectors for many years and had a large collection. Mary also collected Beanie Babies, cookie jars and piggy banks. She loved to knit and she made her children and grandchildren each an afghan.

Mary is survived by: her sons, Robert Nelson (Sandy), of Kenmare, and Richard Nelson (Lori), of Minot; daughter, Pat Peterson (John), of Florida; stepdaughter, Pat Lehman (Ernie), of Kenmare; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Alice; and husbands, Robert Nelson and Joseph Van Eeckhout.

Funeral: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at 1 p.m. in Trinity Homes, Minot.

Interment: Monday at 3 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Makoti.

Online condolences may be shared at (

(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)



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