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Mary Louise Haedt

Mary Louise Haedt

Mary Louise Haedt, 71 of Red Wing, formerly of Pine City, died Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at her home, with her husband by her side. She was born March 8, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa to Floyd and Helen (Anderson) Burgeson. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College where she was class president, graduating in 1968. She began her teaching career as a special education teacher that spanned over 30 years and touched the lives of her students in the Pine City, Mora, and Park Rapids schools. She met her future husband, Robert Haedt in Blue Earth and they were married in 1986. Eventually they would move to Pine City, Minnesota and later moved to Park Rapids then moved back to Pine City where she taught part-time before retiring. During her retirement she and Bob wintered in Port Aransas, Texas where she made many close friends. Mary loved her students and was always passionate about teaching. She and Bob were both beekeepers and she loved teaching children about the importance of bees. She would host honey harvesting demonstrations where she would dress as a bee and read to the children. She always made sure most of their honey went to charitable organizations. She loved the outdoors and animals, especially her dogs - even the hard to love ones. Mary was also a dedicated volunteer, skilled gardener, and a wonderful cook. Mary's love of music included singing in the choir, playing hand bells, piano, and the flute. While living in Pine City, she was a member of the Senior Singers, a group who would sing for people in Care Centers. Most of all, she loved camping with Bob and her children. Together they made many trips to The Boundary Waters as well as State and National Parks. She could cook as well at the camp fire as she could at the stove. Mary was warm and loving, endlessly empathetic, and will be deeply missed by many. Like a good camper, Mary left this world a little better than she found it. She is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Susan (Terry Martin) Engel, Sam (Stephanie) Prescher, Nate (Courtney) Haedt, Sunflower (Luke) Orrin and Seth (Jessica) Prescher; 8 grandchildren, Nolan, Mason, Colton, Everett, Elizabeth Mary, Ellie, Gavin and Isaac; one sister, Nancy Burgeson-Anderson and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents

A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A celebration of Mary's life will follow the service. Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice. Online condolences can be sent at