Esther H. Vander
Woude, 88, of Valparaiso passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
She was born
November 28, 1931, in South Holland, IL, to Henry and Margaretha (Fortuin)
Esther was an
industrious entrepreneur, owning and operating “Country Lane” stores where
she sold children’s clothing and candy in DeMotte and South Holland along
with mobile operations going to Shipshewana. She was a God centered, family
focused, determined woman. Memories of her loving, can-do spirit will reside
in the hearts and minds of all her family and friends.
On June 1, 1951,
she married Richard Vander Woude, who preceded her in death in 2018.
their children, Patricia (William) Graf of Wheatfield, Duane (Cindy) Vander
Woude of Wheatfield, Randall (Lori) Vander Woude of Valparaiso, Keith
(Nancy) Vander Woude of Crete, IL, Dean (Lisa) Vander Woude of Valparaiso,
David (Julianne) Vander Woude of Grand Rapids, MI, siblings, Carolyn, Ed,
Gloria, Lois, Ron and William, and numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and friends.
She was also
preceded in death by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and
siblings, Cal, Edwin, Harry, Midge and Sharon.
A visitation will
be held Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 5 - 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 9 -
9:45 a.m., at the Valparaiso Nazarene Church. The funeral service will begin
at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with burial to follow at Angelcrest
may be made to City Hope GR at