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December 11, 2011-August 12, 2023

Gracie Claire Heinz, age 11, of Rogers, MN passed away unexpectedly on August 12, 2023.

She was born on December 11th, 2011 in Maple Grove to Brent and Melissa (Diedrich) Heinz.

Gracie was dedicated on March 11, 2012

Gracie was a free spirit, a tomboy, and always had a smile on her face. She was a Daddy’s girl, loved her sisters with her whole heart, and enjoyed shopping and getting “Starbies” with her mom.

Gracie loved her extended family, friends, spending time at the family farm, and visiting with her grandparents in Brainerd. She was dedicated to her family in every way. She was the first to offer a helping hand, especially with her younger cousins. She looked up to her older cousins and friends as her role models.

Some of Gracie’s favorite pastimes were camping, going to the cabin, 4-wheeling, swimming and tubing at the lake, showing her cows at the county fair, participating in 4-H, and going to Sunday School. In the winter months, she enjoyed sledding and playing ice hockey.

Gracie is survived by her loving parents: Brent and Melissa (Diedrich) Heinz; sisters: Vivian and Norah Heinz;

Grandparents: David & Betty Heinz, Mark & Linda Zachman and Stanley Diedrich; Great Grandma’s: Grace Heinz and Verena Zachman; aunts & uncles: Tracy & Steve Gutknecht, Toby & Jaclyn Heinz, Brandon & Jenny Heinz, Aaron Zachman and Caitlin Diedrich; 19 cousins and numerous “honorary” close family and friends.

She is preceded in death by: Great-Grandparents: Alvin Heinz, Lawrence & Audrey Kottke,  Marjorie & Lou Platt, Norbert Zachman and Clar & Elden Diedrich and by a cousin: Joey Bongaarts.

Funeral Services for Gracie Heinz will be held on Thursday, August 17th, 2023 at 12 Noon at NorthRidge Fellowship, 12522 Main Street, in Rogers, MN.    Pastor Ben McEachern will officiate.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 16th from 5-8 P.M. AT THE CHURCH.    Further visitation will also be held on Thursday morning, August 17th one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers: memorial to be determined.

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30 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pamela Schendel Tomczyk

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for your family

  2. Audrey & Gage Crosby

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to your family.

  3. Meister Family

    Brent , Melissa and Family
    Our deepest sympathies to you all!

  4. Jan Heyerdahl

    My heart aches for all of you. May God carry you through each day.

  5. Heather Schaaf

    Gracie was sunshine. I am so very sorry and broken-hearted for your family.

  6. Melissa Steward (former HES staff)

    There are no words. I pray God’s comfort for your family.

  7. Scott and Bonnie Devitt

    Heartbreaking news. Bonnie and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Gracies Families.

  8. Scott & Jessica Logan

    We are so heartbroken for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gracie & the whole family.

  9. Becky Hanson

    Gracie’s joyful attitude was contagious. My heart is crushed for your family. You are all in my thoughts.

  10. Gerice Olson

    Brent and Heinz family,
    May God comfort you in your sorrow and grief. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers.

  11. Mark and Mary Ann Zachmann

    Oh Betty Ann and Dave, please know that you are in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies to the whole Heinz family.

  12. Jim P.

    Where there are no true words of comfort for such a tragic loss …
    May Gracie’s laughter and joy be your song forever; a song to further strengthen familial bonds; a song to leave you with tears of joy in your moments of pain and utter despair.


  13. Gary E Fieldseth

    Our sympathy and prayers to your family at the loss of your daughter.
    Gary & Pam Fieldseth

  14. Leigh and Kathy Butlingame

    We are so sorry. Our sympathies and love to you all.

    Leigh and Kathy Burlingame

  15. Jessica (Carlson) Skogen

    Please know you are in thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God grace and peace fill you in these difficult times.

  16. Jamie Jordan (Wylie and Parker)

    Me deep and heartfelt condolences to you Brent and your whole family. May God give you strength for this.

  17. Mark and Mary Ann Zachmann

    Oh Betty Ann and Dave, please know you are in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies to all of the Heinz family.

  18. Debra Hallgrimson

    Brent, Missy and family, Condolences and prayers to you. May God comfort you at this time.

  19. Jenny Boldt

    I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  20. Mary Bolton

    Heinz Family:
    I’m so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Gracie was a bright light and brought it everyday to music class. God bless you all and peace be with you during this difficult time.

    Mary Bolton

  21. Debra West

    Gracie was a bright light and she was so loving and caring for her little sisters. Her loss is heartbreaking for all. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  22. Nolan & Tara Kariniemi (Chandler & Ivy)

    We are so sorry to hear about Gracie. Many prayers for comfort and peace to you all.

  23. Kim Colebank

    My deepest sympathies to all of you! Gracie brightened up my health office whenever she came in to see me. She was a very sweet young lady. Sending hugs!

  24. Pribyls

    Heinz Family,
    We are thinking of you and sending lots of hugs. We are so sorry for your loss our hearts are breaking for you. Gracie will be deeply missed. Roy always enjoyed having her in his class. She was always so nice to him and was a true friend. We are always here for you.

  25. Bridget Barton (former HES staff)

    Brent and Family, Gracie was always smiling when I saw her at school. Prayers to the Heinz family.

  26. Scott, Anna, Emma & Jake Halderson

    We send our love and our deepest sympathies to you all. We are so sorry for the tragic loss you are going through. May the love and support of others bring you some comfort.

  27. Ansen Labardee

    Gracie was an awesome girl with an amazing heart and attitude she was a great friend of mine and I can’t believe that happened I am very sorry for the loss of Gracie I rode the bus with her every day and I would never forget her sincerely, Ansen’s daughter

  28. Teresa Kittock

    Brent, Missy and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you face the days ahead of you.

    Kyler and Teresa Kittock (McClellan)

  29. Dan Gutknecht

    So sorry to hear about this. Many prayers and condolences to the families and friends of Gracie. What a horrible loss.

  30. Tammy Bjorklund

    Dear Jesus: Please hold that precious little one tightly in your arms-she is simply awesome as you well know. Comfort her family with the peace that passes all understanding.

    Gracie came into the health office nearly every morning before school started to chat with me, always with that smile dripping with sunshine and a countenance of brilliance. Our common bond – the love of being creative and doing art and of course cow stories – who knew they had names!

    Blessed because I knew her,
    “Health Office Tammy”


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