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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

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Kay Lilja

    A great sense of humor, an easy laugh, a love of nature and a huge soft spot in her heart for anyone or anything that needed it. Deeky will be sorely missed by so many friends and family.

  2. Mary Knapp

    I knew Deeky thru social media & enjoyed her thoughtful posts & comments. She had fresh ideas, quick wit, & quirky responses. God bless you Deeky, you’ll be missed by many!

  3. Christine Jean Williams

    I am so sorry for your loss of Deeky. Our prayers are with all of you as you face this difficult journey without her.

  4. Christine Jane Williams

    I am so sorry for your loss of Deeky. You are all in our prayers as you go through these difficult days without her.

  5. SANDY hoffman

    I will miss all of her beautiful photos she shared with every one. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much she was loved.

  6. Lisa Merkison

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My Love, Hugs and Prayers are with each and every one of y’all.

  7. Carol Douglas

    I feel fortunate to have known Deeky, even though it was a few years and not long enough. My sincere sympathy to her loved ones. I know she loved reading, nature and posting beautiful pictures on Facebook. She was very strong and loved her family very much.

  8. Carrie Kingery

    Bruce and family; So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May all your memories of her stay in your hearts forever.

  9. Ramona (Lehn) Martin

    I can’t believe she’s gone! What a sweet soul she had! My memories are so fresh of her and they will never die. I was thinking so much of her lately and God was trying to tell me she wasn’t doing good. I will be praying dear sweetie for u and yours. God rest your soul and keep you in his arms. Mona Lehn MARTIN

  10. Robin Chaffins

    Dale & family,

    That picture of her was just how I remember her. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with all of you. May God be with you. Robin(Perisian) Chaffins

  11. Nicole Hart

    I am so grateful to have connected with her on Facebook over the years. She is such a beautiful soul. So sorry for all of our loss. I bet she is thrilled about her funeral being on a blue moon! Sending lots of L❤VE to families and friends all the way from Northern California! Love and prayers from the Harts (Dianne Haus Daughter)-Nikki❤????????????

  12. JIm Von Bank

    I remember that Eileen was very good in mathematics when we were in elementary school. She and I were competitive and friendly. Eileen’s talents, like the rest of her family, were kept subdued.

  13. Becky Hess

    We extend our sympathy to you in the loss of your wife and mother. We know it is hard to say good-bye and this is a very difficult time.
    We read the obituary in the Star Tribune. At a later date, after allowing some grieving time, we wonder if you would care to connect with us. We noticed Kelly is married to a Bequeaith. This name is rarely heard and that was my maiden name. I looked at it several times to make sure the spelling was the same. Perhaps we have some of the same ancestors. My father and grandfather were from Peoria, Ill. and we lived south of Springfield, Ill. Our phone number is 507-388-7266 and we live in Mankato, Mn.
    Our sincere sympathy – hopefully we’ll hear from you later.
    Becky Hess


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