Nellie Van Santen

Nellie Van Santen

Nellie Van Santen, 89, Luverne, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.

A funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Nellie Van Hemert was born July 24, 1927, to Arend and Maria (de Waard) Van Hemert in the Netherlands. She was baptized in August of 1927 at the Maasland Christian Reformed Church in the Netherlands. She attended eight years of grade school in Maasland. After that she went to vocational school, followed by tailor school so she could assist her father in the tailor shop.

On Jan. 26, 1949, Nellie married Peter Van Santen at the Maasland Christian Reformed Church. In February 1949, Nellie and Peter immigrated to America where the couple began farming near Hawarden, Iowa. When they began farming independently, they relocated to Alcester, South Dakota, then Lake Park, Iowa, and finally settled on a farm near Luverne in 1969. Nellie spent her entire life as a devoted wife and mother. In May of 2011, Nellie moved into Poplar Creek Assisted Living and transitioned to the Mary Jane Brown Nursing Home in August of 2016.

Nellie recently became a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. She was involved in the women’s ladies aid and the Christian School Circle and was involved in a women’s knitting club. Nellie loved to sew, knit, crochet, do needlework, counted cross stitch, read and sing.

Nellie is survived by 10 children, Marian Schneekloth, Luverne, Marlene (John) Wienstroer, Olathe, Kansas, Marge Briese, Hartford, South Dakota, Jim (Marilyn) Van Santen, Luverne, Linda Vis, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Steven (Carla) Van Santen, Luverne, Doug (Kathy) Van Santen, Brandon, Carolyn (Tim) Diedrich, Luverne, Rick (Carrie) Van Santen, Luverne, and Lori (Gary) Serum, Champlin; 34 grandchildren, Cory Schneekloth, Brian (Sheryl) Schneekloth, Wesley (Crystal) Schneekloth, Perry (KaraJo) Schneekloth, Nicole Schneekloth, Gretchen (Christopher) Luze, Sara (Jason) Knag, Megan (Chad) Anderson, Brigette (Brett) Votava, Mindy (BJ) Olson, Jeff (Alanna) Van Santen, Melissa (Brian) Fick, Travis (Ronna) Van Santen, Shawn (Karmen) Vis, Jeremy (Leann) Vis, Michael Vis, Alex (Sarah) Vis, Amy (Nick) Domagala, Shantel Van Santen, Taylor Van Santen (Hannah Swier), Shelby Van Santen, Brittney Van Santen (JJ Miller), Justin Van Santen (Sydney Taylor), Amber (Matt) Lais, Cassie (Aric) Uithoven, Mitch Diedrich, Ashley Diedrich, Joey Diedrich, Brad (Donni) Van Santen, Derek (Morgan) Van Santen, Austin Van Santen, Jacob Van Santen, Morgan Matthiesen (Tommy Youngquist), Brock Matthiesen; 42 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ria (Ary) Van Hartingsveldt, Rozenberg, the Netherlands.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; an infant daughter, Betty Jean; a son, Arvin Jay; five brothers, John, Arend, Alex, Thom and Kees; three sisters, Jo, Nel, and Gerda; a son-in-law, Steven Schneekloth; and her parents, Arend and Maria.

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

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