Heather Marie (Ohlsen) Temte, loving wife and mother of three, passed Sept. 9, 2013 at home with her husband and parents present. Heather had been living with kidney cancer for seven years, and an end to her suffering came that quiet, rainy morning at the age of 39.
Heather was born in Rapid City, S.D. on Oct. 10, 1973. She grew up in North Branch, Minn., graduating from high school there in 1992. She completed her teaching degree at Winona State University in 1999 and worked for many years as a substitute teacher. Heather married Matthew Temte on Nov. 14, 1998 along the North Shore — one of her favorite places. Their three children — Faye, Henry and Elsa — were born in the succeeding years.
Heather’s first love was her family. She loved and cherished her children and husband deeply. Her brothers and sisters, parents, cousins, aunts and uncles were a constant source of joy through family reunions, writing letters and photographs. She home schooled each of the kids for their first few grades and truly treasured her time teaching them. Heather enjoyed the Boundary Waters. She worked for a church camp during college, guiding groups on canoe trips. Her last trip there was with her husband and youngest daughter during the summer of August 2012. At home in her last years, Heather was very fond of her wood-burning stove. She spent hours cutting wood (when her health allowed) and by the hearth (sometimes while the air conditioner labored at the opposite end of the house). Heather also enjoyed poetry and art; she was fantastically creative. She had a unique pizzazz and zestful spirit.
She was a go-getter and reached out to help others, jumping in without hesitation. She will be dearly missed by all those she touched.
Heather is survived by her loving husband of 14 years, Matthew; children Faye, Henry and Elsa; parents Gary and Alice Ohlsen; siblings Geneve (Michael) Vaughan, Debbie (Sean) Hora, Molly (Kyle) Sykes, Seth (Kristen) Ohlsen, Oden Ohlsen; parents-in-law Michael and Susan Temte; sisters-in-law Sarah (Jeramy) Kulesa and Genna Temte.
Heather is preceded in death by her grandparents.
Monsignor Aleksander Suchan, Father David Forsman, Deacon Mark Pulkrabek and Deacon Gene Biever celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial at noon Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church in Pine City. Joanne and Kevin Cahill provided music. Visitation was an hour and a half prior to the Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Casket bearers included: Michael Vaughan, Sean Hora, Kyle Sykes, Oden Ohlsen, Seth Ohlsen and Braiden Hora.
A private family interment followed in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements for Heather Temte are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service – Swanson Chapel of Pine City. www.funeralandcremationservice.com