Vicki Lee (Nelson) Wheeler

Wheeler, Vicki Lee (Nelson) hero, passed away just shy of her 63rd birthday. Vicki is predeceased by her parents, Violet and Harold, and sister, Lily Rose. She is survived by husband of 38 years, Kurt, and sisters Jane Larson (Glenn) and Bonnie Nelson. Born in Bloomington, MN, she was a proud graduate of Kennedy High School and Luther College in Decorah, IA. Music was always a part of her educational pursuits, though her actual major was English/Religion. Other jobs preceded her decision to follow her passion and talent and become a professional French hornist, and she never looked back. For all the lives she touched through that choice - from the musicians who played beside her to the audiences who heard her virtuosity - she deserves a resounding, emotional standing ovation. In March of 2016, Vicki was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, which was predicted to take her from the physical world in one year. Her response was a proclamation: "Believe in miracles!" She made signs and staked them into every corner of her yard, and she forged ahead with resolve that this statement was not just possible; it would happen. Bolstered by incredible medical teams at both Robbinsdale's North Memorial Hospital and The Mayo Clinic, along with her steadfast partner, Kurt, she took on every treatment with bravery, and one year turned into seven. The most miraculous aspect of Vicki was her devotion to those around her: beloved partner, Kurt, her dear family, and her cherished friends. Even when cancer was overtaking her body, she wanted nothing more than to be with those people, talking, knitting, enjoying outdoors, making music We will miss her every day, but we believe in the miracle of Vicki as her spirit and her music live on. A service to celebrate Vicki will be held on June 23, at 2:00 p.m. at Valley Community Presbyterian Church (3100 Lilac Dr N, Golden Valley, MN 55422 or livestreamed at The visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., with a pre-concert at 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided immediately following the service at church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fridays in the Valley ( or The Lake Wobegon® Brass Band ( gearty-delmore 763-537-4511