Eileen “Deeky” Kuchenmeister (nee Haus), age 69 of St. Michael, passed away on May 15, 2019.
She was born on September 22, 1949 in Minneapolis, MN to Francis and Leona (Hartmann) Haus. She grew up on the family farm in St. Michael, and graduated from St. Michael Catholic High School.
Shortly after high school, Deeky met the love of her life, Dale, on a blind date organized by a friend. The two were married on June 20, 1969 in South Dakota. Together they raised two children.
She loved being a wife and mother, and was always taking care of her family’s needs whether it was providing home cooked meals, baked goods, or simply being a good listener. She made every day special for her husband and children. Deeky made it a point to keep in touch with friends and family through social media, and with her illness the last few years, she was able to reconnect with loved ones far away.
In her spare time she loved diving deep into books and was a ferocious reader; Western history, Native American culture, and true crime were among her favorite topics. If she wasn’t reading, you could find Deeky outside tending to her garden, watching birds, listening to music, or taking a ride on the back of Dale’s motorcycle on the country roads. She loved the outdoors and taking trips up to Canada at Vermillion Bay to go fishing; she even had a favorite fishing spot named “Deeky’s Point” in her honor and because she was such a skilled fisherwoman.
Fiercely protective over her family, she was quick witted and had a keen mind. Ever the romantic, Deeky never failed to see the magic in the everyday world. She was a complex thinker with a deep reverence for the balance of nature. She was a beautiful soul who will be deeply and forever missed. Now she knows how it feels to be a cloud… when you see something beautiful, it’s Deeky reminding you to see the magic!
Deeky is preceded in death by parents, Francis and Leona Haus; and brother Jim.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dale; son, Bruce (Jill Churchill); daughter, Kelly (Eric) Bequeaith; sisters, Betty (Arvid) Wendt, Rosemary (Maurice Carlin) Thompson, Susan (Richard) White, Rena Haus, Robert Haus, Dr. Thomas (Karen) Haus, and Linda Haus; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 5/18/19, at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, MN. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com