Mary G. Van Es, 54, of Sioux Center, died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 28, 2004, at the Sioux Center Community Nursing Facility.
Mary Gail (Vant Hul) Van Es was born Jan. 5, 1950, in Orange City to Bill and Mildred Vant Hul. She spent her formative years in Alton and graduated from Floyd Valley High School with the Class of 1968.
Mary was married to Jerry Van Es on July 5, 1969. She attended Northwestern College and graduated in 1971 with degrees in history and education. The couple resided in several communities, including Iowa City, Sioux Falls, S.D., Le Mars, Wichita, Kan., and Orange City. In 1987, the family relocated to Sioux Center. Mary touched many lives in each place, and maintained lasting friendships.
One of Mary's greatest roles was that of mother. Nicolas Jon was born in 1974, and Joseph Michael followed in 1977. Those closest to the family were privileged to witness the special and oftentimes humorous relationships they shared. Mary always had a heart for children, and one of her greatest wishes was fulfilled when she became a grandma.
Mary Gail (Vant Hul) Van Es went to be with her Savior on Oct. 28, 2004, in the Sioux Center Community Hospital Nursing Home.
In addition to time with her family, Mary had many interests. She was an accomplished cook, an avid reader, and an extraordinary hostess. She used her talents in many ways, including her work in personnel and public relations at the Sioux Center Community Hospital, owning The Cooking Connection, and through her passion for volunteering. Mary was also involved at Central Reformed Church, serving on the RCWM and teaching catechism and Sunday school.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry of Sioux Center; Nick, his wife Amy, and their son, Owen of Le Mars; Joe, his wife Heather, and their children, Ty and Elisabeth of Iowa City; her parents Bill and Mildred Vant Hul of Alton; her siblings Virigina (Rod) Schuller of Le Mars, Kent (Wendy) Vant Hul of Cedar Grove, Wis., Mark (Kathy) Vant Hul of Alton, Lynne (Don) Dreesen of Slayton, Minn., Jan (Dan) Plesher of Sioux City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary is also lovingly remembered by extended family on both the Vant Hul and Van Es sides and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center, with the Rev. Van Rathbun officiating. Interment was held prior to the memorial service at Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
A prayer service was held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center. Visitation was Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home.