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category: Obituary, date: 2015-11-15, by Avon SD
Louise Irene Van Gerpen
Louise Irene Van Gerpen

(February 9, 1926 - November 13, 2015)

Louise Van Gerpen, 89 of Tyndall and formerly of Avon

Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Avon. Private family committal services will be held at the First Baptist Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 7 Monday, with the family present. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Avon is in charge of the arrangements.

Louise Irene Van Gerpen, daughter of Louis J. and Ida M. (Oorlog) Dykstra) was born February 9, 1926 at Tyndall. She went home to be with her LORD on FIrday, November 13, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Louise attained the age of 89 years, nine months and five days.

Louise attended grade school in the Avon area and was a 1944 graduate of Avon High School. As a young lady, she worked in Avon at the K & K Store and BJ's.

Louise married Roland Van Gerpen on March 26, 1947 at the Avon Baptist Church. Three sons were blessed to their union. Together they farmed northeast of Avon. She loved raising her chickens. Louise loved to cook for her family. She will especially be remembered for her pies, popcorn balls, cinnamon rolls and pfeffnasse. Every Sunday night after church, she made cherry malts and hamburgers. Louise loved singing hymns and singing with her grandchildren. She deeply loved her grandchildren and they deeply loved her.

Louise was raised in the Trinity Presbyterian Church. After her marriage, she transferred her membership to the First Baptist Church and was baptized on May 27, 1951. Here she sang in the church choir, served as Sunday School teacher and a Jr. CBY leader. Louise was an avid supporter of the Women's Missionary Fellowship. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxillary.

After her husband's sudden death on July 13, 1983, she was appointed by Governor William Janklow to fill his vacancy as State Representative on October 4, 1983. She served in this capacity from 1983 to 1984. Louise always had a high regard for her country's flag and enjoyed giving them to people.

Due to failing health, Louise became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall on October 14, 2011.

Thankful for having shared her life are her sons: Bill and wife Karen of Tyndall; Danny and wife Arlis of Tripp; and Lorney and wife Barbara of Avon; 13 grandchildren: Shawn (Lisa) Van Gerpen, Laura (Bob) Slama, Danae (Shawn) Turner, Daniel (Lyla) Van Gerpen, Natalie (Matt) McFarland, Jedd (Kim) Van Gerpen, Mark (Micaela) Van Gerpen, Naomi (Kevin) Kocer, Lauren Van Gerpen, Emily Van Gerpen, Luke Van Gerpen, Caleb Van Gerpen and Chloe Van Gerpen; 10 great grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband; parents; five brothers: Dick, John, Garrett, David and Louis; and two sisters: Henrietta Vilhauer and Annie Hiedemann.

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