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2460 East County Road E
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: (651) 429-6172
Meldean Harnisch

Meldean William Harnisch

Sunday, November 29th, 1931 - Sunday, March 21st, 2021
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Harnisch, Meldean “Mel”
Age 89, of White Bear Lake
Passed away peacefully March 21, 2021
Survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy; their children, Diane Johnston, Sharon (Todd) Krueger, Brian; grandchildren, Brian, Michael, Claire, Randy, Kyle, Kevin, Brian, and Tyler; his sister Karen Preuss; also nieces and nephews and many friends.
Mel grew up in St. Paul and was confirmed and married at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (St. Paul’s UCC). In the early 1960’s Mel and Nancy moved to White Bear Lake where they raised their family.
Mel was a member of the Army National Guard for 35+ years and worked for The St. Paul Companies for 38 years. During retirement he enjoyed life at their lake home in NW Wisconsin. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. He was a “jack of all trades, master of none” which was a perfect fit for Habitat for Humanity. He volunteered at Store To Door spending hours cutting out coupons. He volunteered for years, in many capacities, at St Paul’s UCC. Cars, ice fishing and attending the St. Paul Winter Carnival were some of his favorite pastimes. He played volleyball and bowled for many years with The St. Paul Companies.
Mel was a personable, well-liked man, who talked easily with others and made them feel welcome. He would encourage and praise people while at the same time challenge them to be their best. Family holiday gatherings often lasted well into the early morning hours, as he never wanted the party to end.
Visitation Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 2-4 PM at HONSA FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 2460 E. County Road E., White Bear Lake, MN. Private family Enichement at Elmhurst Cemetery, St. Paul, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donors’ choice.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Honsa Family Funeral Home
    2460 East County Road E
    WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minnesota 55110
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  • Service

    Honsa Family Funeral Home
    2460 East County Road E
    WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minnesota 55110
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  • Interment

    1510 North Dale Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55117
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Emily Blados

Posted at 05:00pm
Sharon and Family -

Mel was so great and the obituary you prepared was so on track! It was my honor to have known him and better yet to have bowled with him! He was a gem and will be missed by us at Travelers.

Emily Blados - Travelers Bowling Leagues (Rowdy Rollers)

Michelle Luers

Posted at 04:35pm
Sharon: Thinking of you and your family as you navigate this journey. Sending you love and prayers for peace. With warmest thoughts, Michelle Luers.

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Sharon and Family, Wishing you peace and comfort. With caring thoughts,
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Gary Paulson

Posted at 12:54pm
Hey Mel ~~ I have known and worked with your daughter Diane for nearly 20 years. I met you once when you were bowling on a team with her in So St Paul. Rest in Peace ! I am making a donation to JDRF diabetes research in your name.

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