Dorothy VanDenbos, 98, Stickney, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center, Corsica.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Aurora Reformed Church, Aurora Center. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lien Funeral Chapel, Stickney, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
She was born Sept. 6, 1911, to Gerrit and Johanna (VanDenBerg) VanDeWeg in Boyden, Iowa. She attended elementary school in Luverne and Steen, Minnesota. The family relocated to Aurora Center and she graduated from Stickney High School. She received her teaching certificate from Southern Normal College in Springfield and taught for three years at Center School and one year at McCord School in Aurora County.
On July 13, 1937, she married George H. VanDenbos at his motherís home in rural Stickney.
They moved to Pleasant Lake, outside of Plankinton where George was teaching. They remained in South Dakota during Georgeís career as an educator and raised their seven children. In 1973, they moved back to rural Stickney. She moved to Stickney in 1985. She was a member of the Aurora Reformed Church, where she was confirmed in 1932. She taught Sunday school in the churches she attended and was a mission volunteer for the Reformed Church at Cook School in Tempe, Ariz. George died on Oct. 3, 1980.
She is survived by her children: LaJean and husband Don, Parker; Gary and wife Melanie, Tahlequah, Okla.; Richard and wife Sharon, Brooklyn Center, Minn.; Ardis and husband Peter, Mesa, Ariz.; Harriet Joan and husband Lee, Tubac, Ariz.; Lyle, Plano, Texas; and Dennis and wife Paula, Lander, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandchild; six brothers and five sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be directed to: Aurora Reformed Church, Mission Fund, 38037 266th St., Stickney, S.D. 57375.
The Lien Funeral Chapel is assisting with arrangements.