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“Dear Judy,My deepest condolences to you and your family on the recent passing of Andy.The other morning I dreamed...I was sitting across a table from...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Larry Cook

“It is with much sadness that I learn of the passing of Andy Vanyo. I first came to know Andy in the Spring of 1971 when he came to visit me in...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: John Paul

“Dear Mrs. Vanyo, Jenny, and family...I'm very sorry for the loss of Mr. Vanyo. As childhood friends, Jenny, I remember a lot of times spent at your...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Nicole Kotrba

“To the Vanyo family...Though I haven't had the fortune to meet any of you I just want you to know if it wasn't for your loved one, Andrew, I would...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: judy bashford omundson

“Judy, Anne, Carol, David, Jen and Angie.. my dear cousins, It is with the deepest sadness that I come here to write. It was only a couple weeks ago...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Barb Torgerson, cousin

“Dad, The pain of losing you is immeasurable. But, you should know that hundreds of people showed up over the past two days and delivered the most...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Vanyo

“Judy and family, you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I was able to speak with Uncle Andy at the Vanyo reunion and he shared a recent...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Dianne Ferris, niece

“It was good to be able to see all the family at the reunion in Tabor. I didn't take the time to talk to everyone like I should have, but it was...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Rebecca Novak, great niece

“'twas a wonderful, fun-filled evening on 18 July to celebrate my step-daughter's birthday sharing it with Andy & Judy, Mike & Sharon &...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Suzanne Nelson

“My spirit rejoices that Uncle Andy was inspirational in my life...from my young teen years when he would come over Sunday evenings to play cards with...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Pribula

“Judy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I was lucky to get to know Andy at the several Laketrails reunions that we all attended. I know he was an...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: kathy Drozd

“Judy and Family,My thoughts, prayers. and deepest sympathy go out to you! I have many fond memories of cousin Andy from the times he visited my...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Pauline

“Judy Angie Carol. Dave. And Jenny. I remember going over there when I was a kid growing up with Dave was always fun to be there Andy would always...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Rich Hermann

“My dear Judy and your family. I am saddened for your loss. My thoughts are with you for the coming days and beyond. The video tribute was lovely...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Bev Fralick

“Judy- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. My deepest sympathy. (I worked with you when I was and RN for HRRV in...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Vicky Huschka

“Angie, I am really sorry to hear about your dad's passing please accept my sincerest deepest sympathies. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Kern-Enkers

“Dear Judy and family, Through the years your family has been there for me and Andy helped me so much work through the tough stuff. Sorry I won't be...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Edith Berry

“I am so grateful to have had time with Andy and Judy at the current prayer group at St. Elizabeth's in Dilworth. Andy and Judy were there for me back...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Joan Smithwick


Andrew J. Vanyo, 80, Moorhead, MN, died on Thursday, August 15, 2013, in Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Andrew J. Vanyo, Jr., was born on June 26, 1933 in Tabor, MN, to Andrew J. and Anna (Yurko) Vanyo. He attended rural school near Tabor, a mile and a half from his home and was taught by his sister Irene. He completed grade school in Alvarado. High school was completed at Crosier Seminary in Onamia, MN. He went on to St. John's University at Collegeville, MN, where he completed his Bachelor's degree and Seminary training. A year from ordination, he made the decision to leave. Andy worked for Catholic Social Services in Red Lake Falls, working in adoption and foster care. He married Judith Proulx on July 3, 1965 in Red Lake Falls and they moved to Moorhead, MN, where he continued to work for Catholic Social Services. In 1967, he attained his Master's degree in Social work with a focus on counseling at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Campus. He returned to Moorhead and when Catholic Social Services closed the Moorhead office, he worked for several private agencies and also operated his own agency in partnership with Jim LePore, offering counseling and guidance. Andy had a strong faith that he lived out daily. He shared that faith with his family and the people who knew him. All his life Andy loved to play cards, with pinochle being his favorite game. In recent years he was a regular pool player at the Fargo Senior Center where he eventually took over scheduling the weekly tournaments. He enjoyed gardening, baking and especially eating pies. He was particularly known for his apple pies. Most of all, he had a passion for family, specifically his children and grandchildren. Andy was very proud of his heritage. He made it a point to incorporate favorite ethnic foods during the holidays and special occasions. Andy is survived by his wife, Judy Vanyo, Moorhead, MN; children Anne (Brad) Swenson, Fargo, ND, Carol Vanyo, Moorhead, MN; David Vanyo, Brooklyn Center, MN, Jennifer (Steve) Abele, Eau Claire, WI, and Angie Vanyo, Fargo, ND; sisters Mildred Novak, East Grand Forks, MN, MaryAnne Tupa, Grand Forks, ND, and Elvern Vanyo, Tabor, MN; three grandchildren, Brandon Vanyo, and Ben and Andy Swenson. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Tony; and three sisters, Dorothy, Irene, and Monica. Memorials may be given to the Perry Center, Birthright of FM, or Covenant House, (New York). Visitation: Monday, August 19, 2013, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M., in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead, MN. Funeral: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead, MN. Interment: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Moorhead, MN.

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605 Second Avenue South Moorhead, MN 56560
Tel. (218) 233-1321

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