Mary J. Miller, age 72 of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, NE with Reverend Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael’s Cemetery in Coleridge. Visitation will be on Tuesday, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm with a vigil service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Justin Bartling, Christopher Bartling, Augustus Miller, Mitchell Miller, Cameron Miller, and Seth Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Joann Hoffart and Connie Kalin.
Mary Jane was born on March 8, 1947 in Wayne, Nebraska to John and Ada (Leapley) Vanderheiden. Mary was raised by a special aunt and uncle, Mary & Joe Kalin since she was four years old. She grew up west of Coleridge and went to Pearl Creek elementary school prior to Coleridge High School. Mary married Gene Francis “Mitch” Miller on December 18, 1965 in Coleridge. She worked at Park View Haven Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide and then managed the Broadway Tavern in Coleridge for six years. Mary then worked at the Cedar County Vets office until her health prevented her from continuing to work.
Mary was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and its Altar Society, and the Newcastle Saddle Club. She enjoyed playing cards and bowling and training/raising horses and dogs.
Mary is survived by her husband Gene “Mitch” Miller of Coleridge; four children Russell Miller of Wahoo, NE, Rhonda (Calvin) Bartling of Howells, NE, Ronald (Amanda) Miller of Hillsdale, WY, Robert (Amy) Miller of Atkinson, NE; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two sisters Marie Lindstrom of Pierce, NE, Susan (Sam) Jensen of Norfolk; brother Jim Vanderheiden of Dayton, OH; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents John & Ada Vanderheiden, aunt & uncle Mary and Joe Kalin; brother John Vanderheiden, and grandson Reid Miller.