Miriam Vande Steeg

Miriam Frances Vande Steeg, 94, of Willmar, was called home to Jesus on Tuesday, January 8th at Carris Health Care Center and Therapy Suites.  Burial will be 12:45 pm, Tuesday, January 15th in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar followed by her Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 pm, at Rock of Life (CRC).  Visitation will be from 4-6 pm, Monday at Rock of Life (CRC).  Funeral arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home.   www.hafh.org

Miriam Frances was born August 6, 1924, in Mexico, Missouri, the daughter of Benjamin and Frances (Adams) Langenbach.  After her graduation from high school, she continued her education at Chillicothe School of Business in Missouri.  As it was during World War II, her first job was working for the government in Kansas City.  It was in Kansas City where she met Henry Vande Steeg.  Miriam and Henry were married on August 21, 1948 in Mexico, Missouri.

Miriam’s passion was being a homemaker and mother, and working along side her husband in their business, Van’s Jewelry.  They started their jewelry business in Elbow Lake, then Brooten and moved to Willmar in 1956 where they operated for 30 plus years.  She loved flowers, baking, sewing, reading, playing cards and spending time with her family at “the lake cottage” on Lake Florida.  On summer holidays they enjoyed serving breakfast to neighbors and friends at their cabin.    A delight of hers was managing and visiting with people at the Willmar Farmers Market.  Miriam enjoyed spending winters in Carlsbad, California with her daughter and family and many CA friends.  She was a lifelong member of Willmar Christian Reformed Church (Rock of Life).

Surviving are her daughters: Chris and Terry Reimer, Marleen and Myron Clark, Sallie and Stan Green and Amy Vande Steeg; nine grandchildren: Christina (and Bill) Jurgenson, Ben (and April) Clark, Andy (and Rachel Carlson) Clark, Mollie (and Adam) Pennings, Mindy Green, Anna Green, Daniel (and Julie) Green, Patrick (and Meghan) Mattioli, and Kirstin Mattioli; and eight great grandchildren: David, Lily, Hailey, Natalie, Dmarko, Henry, Elletta, and Owen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 59 years, Henry, on October 31, 2007, three sisters and great grandson, Preston Pennings.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

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