Bernadine G. Van Heel Bernadine G. “Bernie/Dena” Van Heel, age 89 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Bernadine Gertrude Ahrens was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Kandota Township, Todd County, to Henry and Gertrude (Proell) Ahrens. On Jan. 29, 1946, she married Lawrence Van Heel at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in West St. Paul. After their marriage, the couple lived in St. Paul before moving to Minneapolis, where they resided for 25 years. They retired in 1980 and moved to Sauk Centre. Bernadine enjoyed needlework, embroidery and painting. She enjoyed going to garage sales; picking up and cleaning and dressing mistreated dolls. She also had a Popeye and Jughead doll collection.