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Tanya Marie Wheeler

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On October 3, 2021 @ 2:07 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 21 Comments

WEB Tanya Wheeler

Tanya Marie (nee Weber) Wheeler, age 53, passed away in her home on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. A celebration of Tanya’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, 833 Marschall Rd, Shakopee, MN 55379. Visitation will be held one-hour prior to services. Masks will be REQUIRED for all attendees and social distancing maintained. Family and friends who can’t attend in-person are invited to stream the service at the following link: Tanya Marie Wheeler Service (Meeting ID: 841 5387 2539 / Passcode: 799675).

Tanya “T” Marie was born on August 20, 1968 to Thomas and Linda (Kirchoff) Weber. The oldest of two siblings, Tanya grew up in Cannon Falls, MN with her brother, Anthony. Together, the family enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. Tanya was active in sports and loved to sing from an early age. After graduating Cannon Falls High School in 1986, she attended college at Inver Grove Community College before moving to Washington for a short time. When she moved back to Minnesota, Tanya began her career in retail in the south metro, working for Alamo Care Rental and ABRA Autobody before eventually spending 16 years at Marketplace Liquor in Savage, which she loved dearly. Always socializing, she could talk to anyone and never missed a chance to chat.

Tanya’s life was enriched when she met her best friend, Scott Wheeler. After dating for some time, they were united in marriage in Hastings, MN on February 29, 1992, a leap day. Scott and Tanya were blessed with two children, Jason and Jordan. Tanya had special relationships with both her daughter and son, raising Jason as her own when Scott came into her life. Together, they loved to travel as a family, going to Florida every year and later in life, traveling all over the world to places like Australia, Singapore, Spain, Dubai, and others. Tanya loved boating and going to the Campground with her family. She made sure they were on the road by 2:10PM sharp every Friday in the summer to get to the campsite, despite Scott not always being ready. If an activity had anything to do with socializing, Tanya was there. She loved to play cards, shop with her daughter, get her nails done, and enjoy playful banter with Scott.

Later in life, Tanya was blessed to be a grandma. She loved holding the babies, and always made sure gifts were given when they visited. “Gigi” always had a bag of gummy bears and a hot-wheels monster truck ready to go for the kids.

Tanya was always there when you need her. She was kind, free-spirited, and laid back. A witty story teller, with a touch of stubbornness and great sense of humor, Tanya will be greatly missed by her loving husband and best friend, Scott Wheeler; children, Jason (Catie) Wheeler, Jordan Wheeler; grandchildren, Aiden and Cohen Wheeler; father, Tom (DeAnn) Weber; mother, Linda Weber; and many other loving family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Tony Weber.

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Condolence from Lisa Velasco on October 3rd, 2021 3:15 pm

True Friends are hard to come by.. You will be greatly missed! I feel blessed that I could share life with you. I know that you can hear me from a higher place. Until we meet again, Tanya. I love you. Lisa Velasco

Condolence from Susan and Gene Glaaer on October 3rd, 2021 4:55 pm

Scott-we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. We want you to know we are thinking of you and your family and are praying for you .

Condolence from Brenda Visnovec on October 4th, 2021 9:39 am

Scott and Family,
I had met Tanya many years ago by visiting Savage Liquors but was truly blessed in getting to know her better over the past year of working with her. She so adored all of you and will be missed by all that knew her. She was so pleased with that necklace you had just gifted her. Your love was special!

Condolence from Tammy Chevalier on October 4th, 2021 9:59 am


I’m so sorry to hear of Tanya’s passing. While I never had the pleasure of meeting her, she sounds like she was an amazing woman. Thinking of you and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Condolence from Erin Tallant on October 4th, 2021 10:10 am

Scott, We are so sorry for your loss, and are praying for you and your family thru this time. Gone too soon, Heaven has gained an angel, may she RIP. Erin and Dan

Condolence from Michael Burke on October 4th, 2021 11:36 am

I am so sorry Scott, prayers to you and your family-

Condolence from Suzie Dahl on October 4th, 2021 11:48 am

Scott, I am shocked and overwhelmed by the news of Tanya’s loss. I know she loved you very much, and will be greatly missed. The two of you had a very special bond that not many people are able to experience. You were very lucky to have had the many years and joys that you were able to share.
I especially remember how much she loved to hold my puppy, Ruby when she was the “liquor store dog.”
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Bless you all and know Tanya will always be with you in your hearts.

Condolence from Sharon “Bird” Davis on October 4th, 2021 1:42 pm

With all of my heart I cannot express the loss of my dear friend Tanya. She loved me and I loved her and we would share moments of complete laughter together She would always say to me that she was a plethora of useless information but I always found it entertaining. We would laugh together watching stupid B movies and dance as if no one was watching. I am devastated by the loss of my best friend and will miss her smile. I love you Tanya and rest in God’s loving arms.

Condolence from PJ on October 4th, 2021 2:23 pm

T was certainly one of a kind! <3 She & I worked together at Savage City Liquor for 16 years and my heart was so heavy when I heard of her passing. She had a way of being a friend to everyone & is sorely missed by current (& former) staff, salespeople & the customers she encountered everyday. She certainly loved her family & her face lit up when we'd talk about our grandkids. T loved traveling with you, Scott & the two of you went to SO many amazing places! The store is just not the same without her here. God Bless you & the rest of the family. You are all in my thoughts & prayers daily.

Condolence from Stacy Schmidt on October 4th, 2021 7:15 pm

Scott, I’m so sorry to hear of T’s passing. It was truly a pleasure to get to know the both of you. She loved you dearly & treasured how well you treated her. All my love & prayers
Stacy Schmidt

Condolence from Steve Mueske on October 4th, 2021 7:42 pm

T was a one-of-a-kind: funny, good natured, and always ready to talk about family and vacations. She made me laugh and was as willing to trust as listen. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

Condolence from Pat & John Arnst on October 4th, 2021 8:15 pm

Though, I have met Tanya only a few times, she welcomed our daughter, Catie into her family with open arms and a warm heart. Every time I saw her, she had a smile. This loss of Gigi, who was so special to her grandsons, Aiden and Cohen, is heartbreaking. We are forever indebted to her for the love and kindness she has given Catie and the boys, and for the beautiful job she did as the bonus Mom to Jason.

Condolence from Tami Vidmar Flategraff on October 4th, 2021 8:39 pm

Scott, Jason, Jordan and family, I am heart broken to hear of T’s passing. Loved seeing her at Marketplace when we’d do shift change on Friday’s Wonderful woman, may she rest in peace and watch over you all.

Condolence from Jason P Fairbanks on October 5th, 2021 10:26 am

T was a wonderful women to work with. It was a pleasure to know her over the 4 years I worked with her. She will be missed by all that knew her. I enjoyed our talked together during work. She was such a bright spirited person. To the family I’m very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts.

Condolence from John and Patricia Arnst on October 5th, 2021 12:55 pm

Tanya warmly welcomed our daughter, Catie, into her family as one of her own. “Gigi” was so kind and loving to her grandsons, Aiden and Cohen. Together with Scott, she provided love, valuable guidance, and stability for Jason as he was growing up. She will be terribly missed.

Condolence from Todd Ransom on October 6th, 2021 9:31 am

So sorry to hear this devastating news, I know you two enjoyed so much together. There aren’t any right words right now but please know you are in my thoughts always.

Condolence from Deborah Way on October 6th, 2021 3:16 pm

Scott, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will surely miss her. She was a truly lovable and kind person. Holding you all close in prayer.

Condolence from Mark Taylor on October 7th, 2021 7:10 am

My deepest sorrow to you and your family, I can’t even imagine what you and your family are going through at this time. I have you and your family in my prayers and thoughts. Please remember if there is anything I can do please let me know.

Condolence from Janet Williams on October 8th, 2021 10:34 am


It is with great sadness that I offer condolences to you and Tanya’s family. She was always the happy helper as I searched for my wine. We thank her for her 16 years as part of the Savage Team and will always cherish the memories. In appreciation, the Mayor of Savage

Condolence from Rob McBee on October 10th, 2021 4:44 pm

It was sad to read about Tanya’s passing. I went to school with her in Cannon Falls (her father was one of my favorite teachers) and Inver Hills, and she was always very nice. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Condolence from Jill Henning State Farm & Team on November 9th, 2021 10:13 am

Scott & Family, We are so very sorry for your loss of Tanya. She was always very friendly and kind. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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