Marsh Funeral Home

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Donald J. Van Heel

19 April, 193513 July, 2020

Donald (Don) J. Van Heel, age 85 of Gurnee, formerly of Roseland, Dolton and Frankfurt passed away peacefully on July 13th. Don is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth (Betty Ann) (Salamon) Van Heel. Loving father to his children, Larry (Lynn) Van Heel, Karen (Mike) Figura, Mike (Sandy) Van Heel and Betsy (Gary) Adamowski and to his 8 grandchildren, Katie Van Heel, Eric Figura, Alison Van Heel, Joshua Pinkard, Elizabeth Adamowski, Jake Van Heel, Gina Figura and Emily Adamowski and step grandchildren, Mark and Krissy Denning. Dear brother to 8 siblings and is survived by his brother Robert Van Heel and sister Dorothy Beemsterboer. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Larry (Maureen) Salamon. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his companion and best friend, Ethna Bartels, who loved him for 10 years. Due to the pandemic restrictions, a celebration of life will be in the future. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at stjude.org/donate, in his honor. Sign guestbook at chicagotribune.com/obituaries or marshfuneralhome.com.

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Michael Van Heel

18 July 2020

I have so many good memories of my father. The time we spent working together on projects around the houses we lived in! The time we spent fishing together was also great!! I’ll miss you Dad & tell my sweet mother hello!

Rhonda Pinkard

16 July 2020

To the family of Donald VanHeel. So sorry for your loss. My Deepest Sympathy

Kay Quam

16 July 2020

Don played in a “couples golf” group. He had a dry sense of humor and kisses for the gals. He loved vodka. He and Eddi were so kind. I was so fortunate to know them and enjoyed many games of golf, happy hours and dinners. I was so appreciative to be invited to spend Christmas 2018 with them in Port Charlotte after my recent move to Saint Augustine, FL. Peace to the family. Kay ❤️

Pat Darling Burke

15 July 2020

My deepest sympathies to your family. My parents were friends of Mr. and Mrs Van Heel.


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