Michael “Mickey” Vesel, age 59, dies

Michael “Mickey” Vesel, age 59, of Pillager, MN passed away at his home on Monday August 4, 2014 after a short battle with aggressive leukemia. Mickey was born in Ely to John and Rosemary (Bishoff) Vesel on October 27, 1954. He married the love of his life Sandra Erickson (Johnston) and together raised two children. Mickey worked as an LPN at St. Joseph’s-Essentia Health in Brainerd, MN for many years and most recently at IWCO in Little Falls.
Mickey’s wonderful wit and sense of humor and his love of horses, camping, canoeing, love of family and the “simple” life are some of the many things we will remember about him.
A celebration of Mickey’s life will be held on Saturday August 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Birch Lake Cemetery in Ely with luncheon to follow at the beloved Untinen family homestead.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandy of Pillager; children: Joseph Erickson of Minneapolis; Elin (Joseph) Nelson of Eau Claire, WI; parents, John and Rosemary of Ely; siblings: David and Diane Vesel of Ely and their children: Chris and Josh; Deb Atwood of Mankato and her children: Jason Roy (April), Jennifer (Brandon) Schmidt, Matthew (Jeney) Atwood, Andrew (Tina) Atwood, Brian (Erin) Atwood and Michael (Darrien) Atwood; Terry (Lisa) of Hibbing and their children: Amber, Jacquelyn and Mitchell; Geraldine (Brian) Saari of Duluth and their children: Jacob and Kendall; John (Sherry) Vesel of Hoquiam, WA and their children: Justin (Kristina), Chris (Billie Lee) and Adam (Melissa); brother in law: Robert (Liz) Johnston of Rosemount, MN; sister in law: Susan (Ray) Mimnaugh of New Brighton; father in law: Robert Johnston of New Brighton; grandchildren: William, Brenna, Dashiell and Beatrice and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Vincent and Frances Vesel; David and Elma Bishoff; mother in law, Elaine Johnston and brother in law, Tom Atwood.