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December 14, 1974 – Thursday, May 23, 2013

Service Information
Resurrection Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN
Friday, May 31, 2013
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Thursday, May 30, 2013
5-8 P.M.

Ashley Pualani Vaerst, age 38, of St. Michael, MN passed away on May 23, 2013 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

She was born on December 14, 1974 to Robert Ahia & Paula Sue (Franks) Milbrat in Orange, CA.

She attended and graduated from Mission Viejo High School in Orange County, CA in 1993.

She worked as a manager for Target while attending Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, CA. She also worked in the mortgage business.

On July 17, 1999, she married David Vaerst at Rancho Capistrano Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Following thier honeymoon in Hawaii, they moved to Minnesota. Their son Andrew was born in 2001 and four years later, their son Jacob was born in 2005.

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in 2012 from Bemidji State University.

She was active with vacation bible study at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Monticello.

Ashley enjoyed scrapbooking, crafts, photography, sewing, quilting, and loved to cook. She also enjoyed watching The Minnesota Twins, playing with the family dog, “Snuggles” and loved to travel and spending time at the family cabin in Hackensack, Minnesota.

Survived by her husband: David of St. Michael, MN; sons: Andrew & Jacob both at home; her parents: Robert & Paula Milbrat of St. Michael, MN; a sister: Aaron Milbrat and her children: Joseph Rios & Joshua Bishop of St. Michael, MN; father-in-law: Richard Vaerst & special friend: Malinda of Forest Lake, MN; brother-in-law: Steven (Dawn) Vaerst of Hastings, MN; sisters-in-law: Kristin (Wade) Amundson & thier children: Kaylee & Dan of Woodbury, MN, Lindsey Vaerst of Los Angeles, CA; sister-in-law: Celia (Dan) Anderson of Champlin, MN. Preceded in death by her mother-in-law.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jean Michael

    David, Andrew, and Jacob,
    Our sympathies are with you. Ashley was an awesome woman who I will never forget. I am so sorry.
    Jean, James, Samantha and Amelia Michael

  2. Anne DeFoe

    Dear Dave, Andrew, and Jacob,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Blessings to all of you during this difficult time.

  3. Janice Jaeger

    Dave, Andrew and Jacob;
    I am so sorry for your loss. I also lost my mother when I was five. May God be with you and watch over you during this journey.

  4. Roxanne Pickle

    I had the privilege of being Ashley’s instructor at BSU and also served as her university supervisor. She had a quick smile with the children and was an exceptional student. She cared deeply about the children in the classroom and had a positive attitude. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.

  5. Barb Neitz

    I was so very saddened to hear of Ashley’s passing. While I was really no more than a mere spectator in her life via Facebook, she had touched my life in a time that I was in need. We took a BSU math class together in the spring of 2010. It was an intense class, and I was going through some rough times in my personal life. Long story short, Ashley gave me advice in the parking lot on a cold spring day after class which set me on a course that made a definite impact on my life and career. I will always be grateful to her for that. She was a very special person.

  6. Veronica Lunde

    Dave, Andrew and Jacob; Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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