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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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