Lorna Van Otterloo

Lorna Kay Van Otterloo, 59, Luverne, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne.

A funeral service was Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Luverne.

Lorna Mars was born Nov. 28, 1953, to Lester and Lorraine (Jasper) Mars in Orange City, Iowa. They resided on the family farm in Alton, Iowa. When she was an infant, her family moved to Fort Hood, Texas, while her father was stationed in the U.S. Army. They returned to the family farm in 1955 where she spent the remainder of her childhood. She was baptized and made her profession of faith at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. She attended Orange City Christian Elementary School and graduated from Unity Christian High School in 1972.

On June 8, 1973, Lorna married Marlen Van Otterloo at Calvary Christian Reformed Church. The couple briefly lived in Hull, Iowa, and then moved to Ames, Iowa, in the fall of 1973 while Marlen attended veterinary school. During this time, Lorna took a job at the Carriage House Meat Packing Plant in Ames. In the spring of 1978, they moved to Lennox, S.D., for Marlen's work. They lived in Lennox until the fall of 1979, when they moved and made their home in Luverne. During the couple's time in Lennox and their first few years in Luverne, Lorna was a full-time mom and homemaker. In the fall of 1983, she began her career at Minn-I-Kota Veterinary Clinic. She continued her work alongside her husband for the next 30 years. In the fall of 2012 she retired but continued volunteering at the clinic as her health would permit.

She was a member of the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Edgerton. She enjoyed actively participating in and leading Calvinettes/GEMS, sewing, quilting, antiques, horses, dogs, cooking, canning and mowing the yard.

Lorna is survived by her husband, Marlen Van Otterloo, Luverne; four children, Martin (Rosie) Van Otterloo, Shakopee, Leslie Van Otterloo, Eden Prairie, Michael (Christin) Van Otterloo, Viborg, S.D., and Merrick (Tessa) Van Otterloo, Edgerton; two grandchildren, Arianna and Nathan; her parents, Lester and Lorraine Mars, Orange City, Iowa; four siblings, Linda (Ron) Kreykes, Fort Worth, Texas, Lisa (Mark) Davelaar, Maurice, Iowa, Lyle (Brenda) Mars, Alton, Iowa, and Lashell (Michael) Baljeu, Gobles, Mich.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Kate Jasper; and paternal grandparents, Peter and Nettie Mars.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com


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