Harriette Sandeen was born in May of 1930 to Armin Ewald Heymann and Aleen Seiter Heymann in New Ulm, MN. She is a descendant of the Hauenstein family that founded the Hauenstein brewery in New Ulm. Harriette graduated from New Ulm High School in 1948 and went on to Miss Wood’s Kindergarten-Primary Teacher Training School at Macalester College. She married Thomas Sandeen in 1951. She then taught kindergarten in East Chain, Bird Island, and Buffalo Lake.
Harriette spent summers at the lake where she and her children enjoyed the library above the fire station, as well as swimming, fishing, and making s’mores. She was a substitute teacher in Hector for years and sometimes even served lunch. Harriette was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She and the Auxiliary ladies served many a meal! She adored her dogs Amos, Colonel Klink, Mutt and Jeff, and several Mutleys. Her hobbies included painting pictures, knitting, cross stitching, and drinking sweet wine. Along with her husband, she traveled across the US in her motorhome. She both loved and loathed squirrels, especially the one that showed up inside her house one day.
Harriette was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister. She is survived by her children, Tim Sandeen (Michelle), Terry Kolander (Kevin), Emily Tate (Jim), and Maggie Sandeen (Scott), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. We will miss playing Cards Against Humanity with you, Grandma!
No service at this time. In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask that you open a cold Hauenstein in memory of Harriette, toast to a life well lived, and share your drink on social media. #hauies4heyhey