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“Hard to believe it’s been nine years. Bob was a kind and generous man. He and you are all in my prayers. ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Kit LaGattuta - New York, NY

“My greatest memory of my grandpa is him dragging me out on the dance floor at a family event and making me polka with him. He made me laugh and smile...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Nichole Armstrong - St. Paul, MN

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I loved both your parents very much. Bob was the best horseshoe partner I could have asked for. My thoughts and...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: NANCY VANYO - Saint Paul, MN

“He was a true gentleman and I will miss him. Sokol wont be the same without him. ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: Bunny Hollibush - St. Paul, MN

“The Vanyo Family,Bob Vanyo will be missed by all who have known him. He's a wonderful person who left many feeling privileged to have known him in...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Debra Strafelda-Kuehl - MN

“The Vanyo Family, Sorry for your loss. Both your parents raised a very strong and loving family. What a legacy to carry forward. You are all in my...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Brenda Talley (Johnson) - MN

“Cele- I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Joanne Roberts Cullen - MN

“To my Vanyo cousins,Your parents were special people. Bob was always a gentleman. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.Kit (Todora) and Louie...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Kit LaGattuta - Woodside, NY

“s pánem Bohem my friend ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Dedoušek Sládku - Edina, MN

“Nora and the Vanyo Family, you are in our thoughts & prayers.The Lang Family, Tim, Michelle, Katie, Mike and T.J. ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: - Saint Paul, MN

“They most certainly do not make them like Mr. Robert Vanyo anymore.....and that is a shame......he was a fantastic role model. ”
11 of 29 | Posted by: Ron Listner - Saint Paul, MN

“To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Kevin Murray Sr & Family - MN

“Ann and the Vanyo family, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I didn't know him but heard many stories about him that made me think...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Jane Peterson - Lino Lakes, MN

“Hi Ann & Scott and Vanyo family, Always keep him in your heart he is such a great person. He let me and a co worker out the window back in the...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Norgard - North St Paul, MN

“Vanyo clan, Uncle Bob will be truly missed. I will always remember his wonderful love for his family. My best memory was coming home from church...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Cindy Gonsowski Marsh - San Diego

“To my friends the Vanyo's: I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I can picture him stirring that huge pot of booya at Sokol camp. I have...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Mark Kovalevsky - Roseville, MN

“I remember Bob as an active Catholic gentleman. He was a leader and a great cousin. Thanks for the memories. Leonard ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Leonard Gust - Apache Junction, AZ

“Dear Ray,Our prayers are with you.Love,Randy & Sue Kautz ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Randy & Sue Kautz - woodbury, MN

“Dear Vanyo/Mersch family,The Faculty and students of St. Francis-St. James United School extend many prayers your way. Grandpa's voice at Wednesday...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Gail - St. Paul, MN

“My heart go's out to the Vanyo family, it's hard to loose your parents. I think of Bob as Mr Sokol, it was his 2nd home, he seemed to be their all...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Mark Bigaouette - Apache Junction, AZ

“One of my favorite memories of my grandfather is the time I was 7 or 8 and a van full of us hiked up Eagle Mountain up north. Grandpa pulled me...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Molly Chandler - NE Minneapolis, MN

“Sue, I remember the morning, we left work and drove to your parents home to pray with them. Very good memories.Diane Amos, Roseville. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“My sympathies to the Vanyo family! Bob was a great guy, God Bless you all. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Dan Flanagan - St. Paul, MN

“Dear Roberta and family, I ask the Heavenly Father for a full share of grace, so that Robert John Vanyo, your dad, can rejoice in the heavenly...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Carol Pribula - Mesa, AZ

“Bob was a loyal and faithful friend of St. James School in St. Paul. He was always willing to be of assistant in whatever needed doing. I...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Virginia Bieren, SSND - Chicago, IL

“Nora and Family,I'm sorry to hear that your father has passed away. Your Dad will live on in each of you and in all the memories you share. Take...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Diane & Tony Brown - Maplewood, MN

“So sorry to hear about dad. He will be "greatly" missed. Thanks to all of you for sharing him with us. My prayers are with your family. ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: June Spillman - Wyoming, MN

“Dear Robert Vanyo family,I was blessed to come to know Robert& Cecilia, and members of your family from my St. Paul Seminary days. Their home was...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Fr. Duane Pribula - Nevis, MN

“Roberta & family, My condolences to you and your siblings as you celebrate your dad's life this week. I appreciated being able to visit with him and...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Suzanne Pribula Nelson - Moorhead, MN


Robert "Bob" Vanyo, age 82, of St. Paul passed away peacefully at home on March 11, 2012. Robert was born December 4, 1929 in Warren, Minnesota the son of Frank & Pauline (Mydlar) Vanyo.He spent his early years on the family farm then attended St. James Catholic School. Bob graduated from Monroe High School & University of Minnesota. In 1955 he was united in marriage with Cecilia Bulera at St. James Catholic Church. Bob was a Korean War Veteran who served with the Love Company. He was a meticulous accountant and loved gardening. Preceded in death by wife Cecilia; parents Frank & Pauline; brother Joseph. Survived by children Roberta (Greg) Chandler, Cecilia Yingling, Susan (Thomas) Seefeld, Robert Jr. (Patricia), Therese (Donn) Linscheid, Mary Kaye (Jeff) Armstrong, Nora (Frank) Mersch, Richard (Toni), Elizabeth (Jeff) Blanks, Ann (Scott) Miller and Raymond; 18 grandchildren ; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers & sisters Ione (Hubert) Gonsorowski, Leo, Frank Jr. (Jewel), Lorraine (Wayne) Olson, Pauline (James) Fisher; many nieces & nephews. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Active member of his parish and Sokol MN — a true servant of God. He will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday at ST JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 486 View St. St . Paul., Visitation 4-8 Pm Thursday at KESSLER & MAGUIRE FUNERAL HOME, 640 W. 7th St. St Paul (651-224-2341) and 10-11 Friday at church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

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