Esther Vande Hoef


Esther Rose Vande Hoef, 90, Hills, formerly of Luverne, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A funeral service was Saturday, Oct. 10, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Esther Van Wyhe was born Dec. 18, 1924, to Lambert and Annie (Van Muyden) Van Wyhe on a farm by Akron, Iowa. She lived there for two years before her family moved to a farm near Ireton, Iowa. She graduated from Hawarden High School in Hawarden, Iowa, and then attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, for teaching.

On Nov. 26, 1945, Esther married Dick Vande Hoef at the Christian Reformed Church parsonage in Sioux City, Iowa. The couple farmed near Ireton until 1949 when they moved to Artesia, California. In 1952 they moved to a farm south of Luverne. Esther was a farm wife and stay-at-home mom. In 1967 Dick died in a farm accident and Esther moved with her children into Luverne. She worked at the Luverne Community Hospital for two years and then at Rock County Day Activity Center from 1969 to 1975. She returned to work at the Luverne Community Hospital from 1979 until she retired in Dec. 1989. In July 2009 she moved to Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.



Esther was a charter member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne. She was a member of the Mary Circle and taught Sunday School and Catechism. She enjoyed crocheting and reading and was an avid Minnesota Twins baseball fan.

Esther is survived by her children, Diane (Steve) Thompson, Brandon, South Dakota, Elaine (Allen) Boeve, Steen, Ladonna (Jerry) Behnke, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Kevin Vande Hoef, Rock Rapids, Iowa; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Duane (Helen) Van Wyhe, Sioux Center, Iowa, Wayne (Hendrene) Van Wyhe, Hills, and Marlin (Darlene) Van Wyhe, Hawarden, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Kathy Van Wyhe, Ireton; and other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Vande Hoef; two sons, Milo and Milen Vande Hoef; her parents; a brother, Gordon Van Wyhe; four sisters, Margaret Vander Griend, Gertrude Webert, Dorothy Vander Griend and Alice Moerman; four brothers-in-law, William Moerman, Dick Vander Griend, Ordean Webert, and Pete Vander Griend; and a sister-in-law, Jennie Van Wyhe.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne,

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