Mandy Lynn (Behnken) Muench, 34, of North Mankato, MN died suddenly on Friday, September 3, 2010 at home due to an apparent heart condition.Mandy was born September 25, 1975 in Rochester, MN, the daughter of Steve and LuAnn (Rosolack) Behnken. She graduated in 1994 from Rochester John Marshall High School. She attended Mankato State University, then went on to receive her paralegal degree from Rasmussen College.On October 20, 2001 Mandy was united in marriage to Marc Muench of Hastings, MN, at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester. On August 27, 2010 they were blessed with the birth of their beautiful son, Matthew Steven Muench. Mandy was joyfully employed at Coughlan Companies as a Capstone Press customer service representative. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter and friend. She was a huge fan of the Minnesota Wild and Twins. She enjoyed scrapbooking, quilting, fishing, and playing video games. Mandy's love for others was amazing and evident to all that entered her life.Mandy is survived by her loving husband, Marc, and her one-week old son, Matthew, both of North Mankato; as well as her parents Steve and LuAnn (Rosolack) Behnken of Rochester; her brother Brandon (Danielle) of Rochester; her grandmother Gwen Edwards of Rochester; her parents-in-laws, Merle and Mary (Troutman) Muench of Hastings; sister-in-law Michelle (Mike) Coder of Cedar Rapids, IA; brother-in-law Mike (Lynn) Muench of Hastings; sister-in-law Marcy (Dean) Gerads of Stevens Point, WI. Survivors also include thirteen very special nieces and nephews: Ryan and Zachary Behnken and Mareike Nixa; Michaela, Josiah, Gloria, Matthew, Jeffrey, and Amurie Coder; Gage and Connor Muench; and Paul and Lauren Gerads. She has also touched the lives of many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.She was preceded in death by Great-Grandma Goldie Vanderpoel, Great-Grandparents Leona and Ervin Rosolack, Grandparents Lyle and Dorothy Rosolack, Grandfathers Donald Behnken and Arnie Edwards, Uncles Jeff Behnken and Steve Rosolack, and her cousin Connor Rosolack.Visitation will be on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 5-8 PM at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home in Rochester. The Celebration of Mandy's Life will be held at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 1 PM with visitation beginning at 12 PM. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Viola, MN.In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund for her son, Matthew, will be established.On-line condolences may be left at www.ranfranzandvinefh.comRanfranz and Vine Funeral Homes5421 Royal Place N.W.Rochester, MN 55901(507) 289-3600
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Dear Marc and Matthew,
I am so so sad to hear this terrible news. Mandy was so warm and welcoming to us, a bunch of foreign exchange students, excited to watch our first Super Bowl at your house. Mandy will be missed by all the people that met her, and even by those who just met her briefly. You are in our thoughts.
Klas and Nora
Steve and LuAnn,
I won't pretend to know how you feel, because you are going through an experience that very few people must face. Still, I suspect that, having faced life head-on and succeeded in your endeavors, you will survive and flourish. Please accept my sincere sympathy for now, and my best wished for the future.
My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this time of shocking loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marc and Matthew - My sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God Bless.
I am very sorry for your loss. Mandy touched many lives in VA via her efforts with my clients and was a joy to work with. She was truly a great success as the following quote states:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
My thoughts are with all who knew her,
My very deepest sympathies to Mandy's family and to her extended family at Coughlan Publishing. I had the pleasure of talking to Mandy on the phone and she was always very kind and congenial; always willing to assist. She is now with her Lord, ourCreator and will be a special Angel, for sure. God's peace and blessings. Ed Snively
Steve,LuAnn,Brandon,Danielle, Mark and Mathew my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
James R. Buck
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad, sad time.
To Mandy's family...I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Mandy from elementary on and she was always full of smiles and laughter. She was a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sad to hear that Mandy has passed away. I went to high school with her at John Marshall - I can still remember her friendly smile after all these years! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Mandy was a wonderful person who will be missed. Her kindness of heart came through even online (Mynielm from Anomaly) and my deepest condolences go out to Marc, their baby son Matthew, and her friends and family.
Marc and Matthew as I sit in your livingroom watching Matthew sleep, my heart is breaking for both of you. Mandy brighten our lives and our family with so much love. We are so thankful that you came down to visit us at the end of July. Mandy was bursting with the joy and the glow of motherhood. We will all miss Mandy so very much. We are all here for you Marc and Matthew, whatever you need, we are only a call away. Love, Michelle, Mike, Michaela, Josiah, Gloria, Matthew, Jeffrey and Amurie Coder
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Mandy was such a wonderful friend. She made such an impact on my life. I will never forget her.
Marc, Matthew and the rest of Mandy's family. I worked indirectly with Mandy at Capstone. She sat in front of me at a recent company meeting and I remember thinking that she looked like she was ready to have the baby anytime. Just remember she will always have a place in your heart and she now has a place in my heart. My thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with all of you during this very difficult time.
LuAnn and Steve-John and I wish to express our deepest Sympathies to you and your family. Your in our thoughts and prayers. If you need someone to talk to give me a call.
Mark and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mandy at Walmart. She was a great friend and she will be missed.. Your family are in my prayers.
Thoughts and prayers are with you
Steve and LuAnn- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Big Mike and Dawn Nelson and family
Steve,Luann and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss of Mandy. Words seem so inadequate to express the sadness we feel for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Out thoughts and prayers are with you and all your families. God bless you all!
I am very shocked and saddened to hear about Mandy's passing. We were good friends in high school and shared many laughs. Her kind heart and beautiful smile will be missed greatly. My deepest sympathies go out to you all!
Marc and Matt, We love you both so much. Mandy had such a way for making people feel so loved. We will miss her terribly. We are here for you to support and love you. Paul and Lauren had such a great time with you in May! They wanted to come back the next week.
Marc, Matthew & families,
I'm very sorry for your loss. May all the special moments and the the memories you share comfort each other through this time. Mandy was a wonderful friend and co-worker; she will truly be missed by her "work family". She was looking forward to being a Mom - Matthew will always have a guardian angel looking over him.
Rest in peace, beautiful Mandy, may God rest your soul.. I will miss you greatly and know that you will always be remembered in my heart and soul.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mandy was my best friend for 9 years here at work. I loved her with all my heart, she made it easy to love her. She was my angel here on earth and now she is my angel in heaven. I am so happy that I knew her and that she knew that I loved her. She was such a shining star, I will miss her beautiful smile and all her laughs. We shared so much together.
Rest in peace, I will always love you. Susan
I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Mandy's passing. We were childhood friends growing up. She was a very nice and thoughful person. I will cherish the memories of her forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you Steve, LuAnn, Brandon, Marc and Matthew.
I am thinking of you and your family at this tough time. It was great working with you - You will truly be missed!
To Marc and family, You have my deepest sympathy, I will miss seeing Mandy's bright smile and discussing the Wild and Twins games the morning after a win or loss. She will be greatly missed by all the lives she touched.
Steve and Luann,
My heart aches for your loss. I am thinking about you and your family and wishing you God's peace to help you heal.
Dear Marc, Matthew, & Family, I worked with Mandy and I feel like I know all of you. Mandy talked about all of you and how Proud she was of her Family. She loved being Aunt Mimi to your children Brandon. Mandy will be missed by everyone who knew her no matter where they crossed her path in life. My deepest sympathy is with you in. Love & Prayers.
Marc and family,
I only knew Mandy for a little under two years, but she brought an enormous amount of talent to our customer service team. She gave everything her all and put her heart into her work. She had knowledge of virtually any aspect of of business. I will miss listening to her "Aunt Mimi" stories. Her presence will be missed and I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
I will miss you and our afternoon talks and all the laughs.
Your spirit will always be around Matthew and your love for him and Marc.
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Mandy very well...but I knew Mark through work at Johnson Outdoors.
My deepest and most hearfelt sympathies go out to all family members, but especially Matthew. He is truly a blessing, and I'm sad to think he will only have just memories of such a loving and caring individual, however I know that you will make sure he realizes just how much he meant to her and her daddy.
HUGS to you all during this difficult time.
Marc, Matthew, and family -
You are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come. I worked with Mandy at Capstone. Though I didn't know her well, one didn't have to in order to appreciate her warm heart and bright smile. I remember seeing her recently at a company meeting (about a week before Matthew was born) and thinking what a radiant, happy mother-to-be she seemed to be. Cherish all of the memories and hold them dear.
"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~ Kevin Arnold, The Wonder Years
Dearest Steve and Luann,
You are in our every thought and please know that we are praying constantly for all of you.
We send our love.
Gary, Kathie and Ben
My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family.
"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love." Leo Buscaglia
Dear Marc & Matthew, I had the privilege of working with Mandy the last 8 years at Capstone. Mandy was an amazing person and she will be truly missed by all. I am very sorry for your loss. May God be with you now and always. Sheila Seigfreid
Steve,LuAnn,Brandon,Danielle,Mark, and Matthew,
We share in your shock and grief over the untimely and senseless passing of your beautiful Mandy. Mandy was such a sweet and thoughtful soul. Her beauty was inside and out. We have so many fond memories of her when she was growing up. She was a great role model for Jess and Brianna. They always loved being with her. The only blessing from this was that she gave you Matthew, and Mandy will live through Matthew. We are here for you whenever you need us. Just call. We love you all so very much. Paulette & Trent
Marc, Matthew and all of Mandys family. I worked with Mandy and sat next to her for many years. We became very good friends. We shared a lot of laughs and even some tears. I will miss her terribly. She was a wonderful person, so kind and caring, there was nothing that she wouldn't do for anyone. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Know in your hearts that she loved you all very much.
Dear Marc and Matthew,
So sorry to hear about your loss.
I found this quote that I wanted to share with you guys:
" Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear. "
Our thoughts & prayers go out to your family.
Robert Acs and Family
Marc, Matthew, & all of Mandy's family...we wish you peace, love, and strength. We are here to help and support you.