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Michael Vangsness

April 29, 1964 — September 30, 2014

Michael David Vangsness, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. A memorial service will be on Monday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls with burial in the Cannon Falls Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls and on Monday, October 6 from 10-11 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Michael David Vangsness was born April 29, 1964 in Rochester, Minnesota to David and Sharon (Ekstrom) Vangsness. He grew up in Cannon Falls and graduated from high school in 1982 and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Mike worked various jobs in the hospitality industry including managing Dick's Bar and Grill in Hudson, WI. He lived in Arkansas for several years and worked in the insurance business. Mike moved back to Minnesota in 2008. He worked for Life Rebuilders where he made many friends and served as their food service manager. Mike had a generous heart which was evident in the volunteer efforts he made serving meals at various homeless shelters in Minneapolis. He was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and loved spending time studying the Bible and encouraging and nourishing others. He enjoyed leading Bible Studies and recently received his pastoral certification. Mike had been active at Servant of the Shepherd Church in River Falls and Crossroads Church in Lakeville. He enjoyed cooking for family and friends, golfing and going to the cabin where he and his family enjoyed many years together. Mike had a positive impact on the lives he touched and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his three children, Dylan Vangsness of Hudson, WI, Tyler and Abbey Vangsness of Maumelle, AR; mother, Sharon of Cannon Falls; brother Steve of Farmington, sister Michelle (Lyle) Zappa of Eagan and brother Jeff (Teresa) of Roberts, WI; nieces Ashley (Andy), Jaime (Matt), Sally; nephews David, Mitchell; great-niece Annabelle, and numerous friends. He is preceded in death by his father, David, in 2013. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Life Rebuilders and the members of Teen Challenge for supporting, encouraging and being Mike's "extended family" these last several years. All of you made a difference in Mike's life – and he loved you for that.

Funeral Home: Lundberg Funeral Home 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd Cannon Falls, MN US 55009

Previous Events

Sunday, October 5, 2014
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lundberg Funeral Home

5839 Hwy 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Monday, October 6, 2014
11:00 AM
St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church

7459 Hwy 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

with visitation at church from 10-11 a.m.

Graveside Service
Monday, October 6, 2014
Cannon Falls Cemetery

Hwy 19 E
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

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