Shirley A DeLange
Shirley A DeLange, 84, passed away April 30,
2022, at the Arroyo Gardens Memory Care
Facility in Green Valley Arizona where she
had been since May 14, 2021.
She was born August 14, 1937 in New Deal
Montana to John and Lucile (Vanden Berg)
Van’t Haaff. Shirley graduated from Corsica
South Dakota High School in 1955. She
attended Southern State Teachers College
Springfield SD for one year, she then could
teach in a one room school (7 students) in
rural Corsica area for 2 years. She married
Cecil DeLange on August 14, 1958, in the
Corsica Grace Reformed Church where she had
been a member. Shirley then taught 1st &
in a 2-room school in rural Rapid City SD.
After her 3 children were in grade school,
Shirley completed her BS Elementary
Education degree at the University of
Northern Iowa in 1978. She taught 2nd Grade
until 1994 at a Waterloo Iowa School. She
retired in 1994 and we moved to the Rocky
Mountains near Bailey Colorado then on to
Green Valley of the Arizona Desert in 2005.
She enjoyed her rose garden, other flowers,
and native plants in their Arizona patio.
Shirley walked over a mile and back to the
Green Valley community pool twice a week for
water aerobics exercise for many years.
Shirley was an active member in the
Evangelical Free Church Green Valley.
Shirley especially enjoyed hiking and travel
in addition to visiting family. Together we
visited all 50 USA states in addition to
many other countries. She and CJ celebrated
anniversary with family on August 15, 2018
at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents
John and Lucile (Vanden Berg) Van’t Haaff
and a brother Donald Van’t Haaff; and her
husband’s parents Neal and Beatrice
(Hasseler) DeLange, brother-in-law Donald
DeLange , brother-in-law William Stegenga.
She is survived by her husband Cecil and
three children; son Craig DeLange (in
Rockwall, TX), daughter Tracy (DeLange) and
Ed Johnson (in Leawood, KS), and son Michael
and Bonnie (Stewart) DeLange (in Plainfield,
IL), plus 9 grandchildren and 6 great
grandchildren; also, her sister Judith
(Van’t Haaff) and Paul Kotsines (in Golden,
CO), sister-in-law Mary Lou (Bultje) Van’t
Haaff (in Corsica, SD); also brother-in-law
Robert and Madalyn DeLange (in Northbridge,
MA), and sister-in-law Candace (DeLange)
Stegenga (in St John, IN) plus many nieces
Services of Celebration of Life remembering
Shirley held on June 18, 2022 at the
Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley AZ.
Memorials can be made to food pantries
(banks) or Gideon bibles in Memory of