Mary Cecilia Van Duynhoven

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Mary Cecilia Van Duynhoven

November 23, 1958 - February 22, 2019

Mary Cecilia Van Duynhoven Mary was born November 23rd, 1958, in Elgin, IL to Fairman and Mary Ellen (Ortscheid) Campbell. She graduated from Red Wing Central high school in June 1977 and later graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1981 with concentration in Advertising Design. While in college Mary met the love of her life Peter and they have cared for each other ever since. They married on August 1st, 1981 and had four wonderful children. Mary enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, as well as her family and friends. She enjoyed making crafts, reading, going fishing, watching movies, and drawing.
Mary worked at several different print shops like the college newspaper (Reporter), the Home Magazine, and the Free Press; where she was the supervisor of the creative department. Mary worked with many talented children being the coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair. During the past five years she was employed as the administrative assistance for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
During many of her occupations, the most important job was that of being a mother to her four children. Charles with wife Daina (St. Croix Falls, WI), Arthur and his partner Merel (Haarlem, Netherlands), William and his wife Leslie (St. Paul, MN) and her daughter Kathryn (St. Paul, MN), as well as being a grandmother to six beautiful grandchildren named Isabella, Henry, Charlotte, Raven, Maxwell, and Tenley. Mary sends her love and kindness to her brothers and sisters; Marion and George Willis, Joyce and Ted Erickson, James and Cheryl Campbell, Wayne and Suzie Campbell, John and Karen Campbell, Joe and Avis Campbell, Bill Campbell and Susan Bushnell, Mike and Cindy Campbell, Tom and Ann Campbell, Theresa and Ron Stinson, Pat Smith and Ed Jangula, Mary (Margaret) and Steve Reimann, Stephen and Phylis Campbell, and Marie and Dale Czapiewski. Also, in loving memory of her sister Barb Smith, her brother Jerome Campbell, and parents Fairman and Mary Ellen Campbell.
Mary Cecilia had a kind and loving heart that had guided all those around her to live a life with compassion and empathy. Her willingness to serve others always exceeded her own needs. Up to her final day, she continued to give selflessly all of her love, wisdom, and patience with all of her loved ones.
Mary passed away from a long battle against breast cancer with her husband being the primary caregiver throughout this time. She took her final breath on February 22nd, 2019 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Mary donated her body to science where learning doctors at Mayo Clinic can further their research and education to help future patients in need. Once Mayo Clinic has completed their studies her body will be cremated and returned to her family. Mary's ashes will be buried in Preston, MN at Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery.
Published on March 3, 2019
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Mary K Borsgard
Mar 20, 2019
Peter and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends and all those wonderful memories. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you.
Marilyn Hart
Mar 09, 2019
Peter and other family members,
I am so very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. Mary touched many, many lives, including mine. She was vivacious, fun loving, and giving. Everyone loved her. I lost my husband to cancer 4 years ago. Mary was so very kind to me, reaching out to me during a dark time- despite her ongoing battle. She was remarkable. You are in my heart and prayers.
Kasi Johnson
Mar 08, 2019
I first met Mary as part of the Leadership Institute back in 2013. I enjoyed running into her around campus and catching up, often during her walks over lunch. She was a beautiful and kind woman. My sympathies to her family.
Pat Beierwaltes
Mar 08, 2019
Mary was one of first people I met outside of my department at MSU and was so welcoming and supportive. She touched many faculty with her kindness and ability to remember people. She is greatly missed!
Melanie Cashin
Mar 06, 2019
Mary was one of a kind. So sorry for your loss--she was wonderful, and I'm so thankful I had the chance to meet her at MSU.
Laura Jacobi
Mar 05, 2019
Mary was such a kind soul--a beautiful person who always greeted people with a huge smile. She will be greatly missed.
Shirley Murray
Mar 05, 2019
Such a kind and lovely person - I am saddened to learn of her passing.
Steven Mercurio
Mar 05, 2019
Mary was a very special person in the Science Fair Office with Bill Bessler. They made life at MSU better and the heavy work of Science Fair much more pleasant for the judges, students and those that attended. We missed her kindness in Biology when she move to CETL.I sometimes made trips out of my way to my office just to get a chance to talk with her. My family sends our love and condolences to her family.
Mar 05, 2019
Our deepest condolences to a wonderful woman. We were privileged to know you at MSU in our lifetime. Rest in Peace, Mary.
Julie Hebenstreit
Mar 05, 2019
I was greatly saddened to hear of Mary's death. I was always greeted by a smile and a friendly helpful word when encountering her at the university. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Medea Myhra
Mar 05, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary's family. Mary was always a loving and supporting co-worker at MSU, Mankato, and I will miss her.
Sarah & Greg Suskovic
Mar 05, 2019
Rest In Peace, Mary. I was privileged to know you while at the MSU biology department.
Lorie Miller
Mar 04, 2019
You will be missed. Thank you Mary for your always warm smile. Much love and healing prayers.
Julie Carlson
Mar 04, 2019
Mary illuminated the space around her as the flame of a candle - She was not aware of how far her light extended but all of us around her could see it clearly. May you Rest In Peace, Mary, knowing you made the world a better place.
Julie Kerr-Berry
Mar 04, 2019
I too loved working with Mary. She was such a kind and generous individual. I was sorry to hear of her passing. Holding all of her family in the light tonight as I light a candle in her memory tonight.
Rhonda Dass
Mar 04, 2019
I loved working with Mary. She was always so happy to see you and would do everything she could to help you. I will miss her.
Vicky Cai
Mar 04, 2019
Mary is very nice, very kind. I loved working and talking with her. She will be missed.
Murray Van Duynhoven
Mar 04, 2019
While I did not know Cea well from the brief times that we spent together visiting on those two occasions, I remember her as a wonderful and cheerful person. I know she will be remembered and immensely missed by all who knew her.
I wish I could find some words to console you but I know the magnitude of your loss is beyond words. My sorrow and deepest condolences are with you and the family.
Your cousin Murray
Megan Mahowald
Mar 04, 2019
I was always so impressed how Mary knew everyone's name and face after even one meeting. Her kindness was greatly needed and appreciated in my first years at MSU. Mary always filled my heart with joy when we crossed paths, always. I'd like to express to her loved ones and family that she truly touched so many lives just by being a loving and caring individual. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Sandland
Mar 04, 2019
There are no words that I could say that would ever loosen the pain of losing a loved one, especially Mary. She was such an honest, caring, very much compassionate person. She would stop by often, or I'd see her out walking during lunch and she always had a smile. I know she will be sorely missed. I send my deepest condolences to Peter and her family during this sad time. Heaven has gained another angel. p.s. I might just color my hair in streaks of pink or purple in her memory.
Brent Pearson
Mar 04, 2019
Mary was a kind, friendly soul during her time spent around the Department of Biological Sciences at Minnesota State. She always had a positive vibe and her presence was missed after she moved on to the Center for Excellence. Her presence will be missed even more now that she has moved on from this world. Prayers for peace and comfort for her family and friends. She loved you all!
Ranae Hiniker
Mar 04, 2019
Mary was beautiful inside and out. She always color coordinated a streak in her hair that matched her outfit, tennis shoes, and her vibrant spirit! Working with her on campus, she was so thoughtful, efficient, and dependable. She will be missed!
Christopher Ruhland
Mar 04, 2019
I absolutely loved talking to Mary every day when her office was next door to mine. She was so friendly, cheerful and always had a great story to tell me about her weekend on Monday mornings! Even when she moved on from the Science Fair, she would stop by whenever she was in the building just to catch up. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Karla Lassonde
Mar 04, 2019
Shared her kind heart with those she worked with at MSU. What a wonderful woman.
Patti Hoffman
Mar 04, 2019
I am stunned and sorrowful at the loss of Mary. She was the very best administrative assistant I could ever have asked for when I worked for the Center. She contributed so many ideas and creative thoughts. She was totally selfless in caring for the Center and for all of us who worked there. She was smart, creative, caring and always extended the welcome mat to faculty and staff. She always talked lovingly of you, her family and she was so proud of all your accomplishments. I know nothing can fill the void she leaves in your hearts. I am so sorry for your loss. We are making a donation to the American Cancer Society in her honor. Blessings and peace to your family.