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Michael A. Wendland, 48

Jan 5, 2020

Mike Wendland

Minneapolis Michael Allen Wendland, age 48, of Minneapolis, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

Mike was born March 11, 1971. He was the son of Arvid and Kay Wendland. Mike grew up in Blue Earth, where he was a standout wrestler for the Buccaneers. He graduated in 1989 and attended Minnesota State University-Mankato and graduated from Hennepin County Culinary School. In the subsequent years, he worked as a chef going back and forth between Brainerd, in the summer and Colorado ski resort cities in the winter. Mike loved to downhill ski, play golf and go on fishing trips with both family and friends. He later moved to Minneapolis living first in the Uptown neighborhood and then in a condo in the city. Mike was a tremendous chef spending many years working at the Loews Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Mike was a kind and generous person who was near and dear to the people who knew him well. He was devoted to maintaining relationships with people from every stage of his life. Mike could often be found attending concerts and grill-outs with those who he cherished. When you had Mike as a friend, you had a friend for life.

Most of all, Mike loved his family. He adored his niece and nephews and made many trips to Arizona to visit his mom and dad.

He is survived by his mother, Kay Wendland, of Peoria, Arizona; his brothers, Paul (Lee) Wendland, of Canton, Michigan and Brad (Kim) Wendland, of Waseca; nephews, Tyler, Blake, Ryan and Ethan Wendland; and niece Morgan Wendland.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Arvid Wendland.

A memorial service will be held in February at the Golden Valley Country Club in the Twin Cities. More information on date and time to be announced via Facebook and email.