SIBLEY -- Dorothy Van Diepen, 87, of Sibley, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at the Country View Manor in Sibley.
Dorothy Grace Van Diepen was born Jan. 1, 1917, in rural Sibley, the daughter of Dedrick and Hermina "Minnie" (Janshen) Schutte. She grew up on a farm north of Sibley where she attended school, completing the 8th grade. On Sept. 26, 1938, she married Clarence Van Diepen at her parents' farm. Following their marriage, Clarence and Dorothy made their made at Sibley where Clarence hauled cream for the local creamery. In 1939, they moved south of Sibley where they began farming. Three years later they farmed near Sheldon, then west of Sibley, and then finally settled on their farm west of Ocheyedan in 1953. In 1974, Clarence and Dorothy moved to their home in Sibley.
Dorothy was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sibley where she was active in Bible study, quilting, and women's groups. he enjoyed sewing, needlework, gardening, fishing and traveling. Dorothy's Christian values served as a strong testimonial to her children, grandchildren, and those around her. She was a dedicated and faithful caregiver to Clarence, especially in the later years of his life. Of extreme importance to her was her commitment to higher education for all of her children. Dorothy will always be remembered for her strong work ethic, which she exemplified for her children.
Survivors include two sons, John Van Diepen and his wife, Lois, and Gerald Van Diepen and his wife, Barb, all of Sibley; four daughters, Mary and her husband, Duane Nelson, of Azle, Texas, Muriel and her husband, Jim Beck, of Bedford, Texas, Marcia and her husband, Bill Rosacker, of Le Mars, and Marla and her husband, Erick Roos of Sheldon; one brother-in-law, Henry Prins of Sibley; two sisters-in-law, Mayme Schutte of Denver, Colo., and Ruth Zevenbergen of Egan, Minn.; 14 grandchildren, Kathy Elliot, Sarah Van Diepen, John Van Diepen, Jr., Heather Kleve, Molly Van Diepen, Derrick Nelson, Kara Sidman, David Nelson, Marne Beck-Loftin, Chris Beck, Michael Rosacker, Patrick Rosacker, Joshua Roos and Jessica Roos; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dedrick and Minnie Schutte; her husband, Clarence; an infant son; four brothers, Theodore, Ernest, Kenneth and Milton Schutte, and one sister, Minnie Prins.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Reformed Church in Sibley with the Rev. Gary Van Heukelom officiating. Burial will be prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. in the Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley. Visitation will be today (Friday) from 2 to 8:30 p.m., with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walton-Roste Funeral Home in Sibley.