Services for Ashley Pualani Vaerst, age 38 of St. Michael, Minn., are Friday, May 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 9300 Jason Ave NE, Monticello, Minn. Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Thursday also at the church.
Mrs. Vaerst died May 23 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.
She was born Dec. 14, 1974, to Robert Ahia and Paula Sue (Franks) Milbrat in Orange, Calif. She attended and graduated from Mission Viejo high school in Orange County, Calif., in 1993. She worked as a manager for Target while attending Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif. She also worked in the mortgage business.
On July 17, 1999, she married David Vaerst at Rancho Capistrano Church, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Following their honeymoon in Hawaii, they moved to Minnesota. Their son Andrew was born in 2001 and four years later, their son Jacob was born in 2005.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in 2012 from Bemidji State University. She was active with vacation bible study with Resurrection Lutheran Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking, crafts, photography, sewing, quilting & loved to cook. She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, playing with the family dog, Snuggles, and loved to travel. She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Hackensack, Minn.
She is survived by her husband, David of St. Michael, Minn.; sons, Andrew and Jacob, both of St. Michael; parents, Robert and Paula Milbrat of St. Michael, Minn; sister, Aaron Milbrat and her children, Joseph Rios and Joshua Bishop of St. Michael, Minn.; father-in-law, Richard Vaerst and special friend, Malinda of Forest Lake, Minn.; brother-in-law, Steven (Dawn) Vaerst of Hastings, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Kristin (Wade) Amundson and their children, Kaylee & Dan of Woodbury, Minn., Lindsey Vaerst of Los Angeles, Calif; sister-in-law, Celia (Dan) Anderson of Champlin, Minn.
Preceded in death by her mother-in-law.