Ida Van Gelderen

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Ida Van Gelderen

Ida Mae Van Gelderen age 95 of Walnut Grove passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012 at her home.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday November 2, 2012 at the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until the time of the service at the church on Friday.  Private family burial is in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ida Mae Van Gelderen was born April 11, 1917 in Sibley, Iowa to Jerry and Fannie (Voss) Janssen.  She graduated from Sibley Public School and in later years attended floral design school.  On September 11, 1940 she was united in marriage to Jake Van Gelderen in Sibley, IA.  They farmed near Sibley until purchasing a farm south of Walnut Grove in 1951, where they continued to live until their retirement in 1988.  The couple then moved to their home in town where Ida has resided since.  Ida worked as a florist out of her own home.  Ida was a charter member of the Holly Friendship Flower Club, and was a very active member of her church.  She enjoyed craft shows, crocheting, gardening, painting, cooking, and fishing.

Ida is survived by her children: Jean (Bill) Johnson of Pine Top, AZ, Joyce Ewy , Jack (Vicki) Van Gelderen, and Gary (Sue) Van Gelderen, all of Walnut Grove; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Jake on May 19, 2002, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters.

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