SHELDON -- Lois M. Van Maanen, 71, of Sheldon, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at the Northwest Iowa Health Care Center in Sheldon.
Lois Mae Van Maanen was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Commerford) Hetzel. She moved with her family to Stamford, Conn., where she graduated from high school. From February 1951 to July 1953, she served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of sergeant. On June 7, 1952, she married John Van Maanen at Camp Kilmer, N.J.
After their time in the military, the couple moved to Rock Valley, later moving to Sheldon in 1966. While in Sheldon, she drove school bus for the Sheldon Community Schools and a van for Village Northwest. She was a volunteer with the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team and taught emergency care for Northwest Iowa Community College, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
She was known as the "Keyboard Lady," bringing joy to many through entertaining at 15 nursing homes and at Senior Dinner Dates. She also shared the love of music at her church.
She attended the Church of the Brethren in rural Sheldon, was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and had been Worthy Matron. She had been an advisor for the Order of Rainbow Girls. Lois and John had been foster parents for several children.
Survivors include her husband, John of Sheldon; three daughters, the Rev. Donna Van Maanen of Sacramento, Calif., Karen Louise Paulsen and her partner, Rick Weiler, of Struble, and Catherine Grace Van Maanen of Le Mars; seven grandchildren, Christy, Patricia, Alisha, David, Aaron, Alex and Audra; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Christian, Colin, Lauren and Ricky; her special cat, HyVee; and also many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, Alice Hetzel.
Lois will be dearly missed by her family, many friends throughout northwest Iowa and the members of the Church of the Brethren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Brethren at rural Sheldon with the Rev. John Elder officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, with the family present from 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.