Betty Vander Poel
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Betty Vander Poel, age 87, of Irene, South Dakota, died Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral services are 11:00 AM, on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral service.

Pallbearers are Bob Zavadil, Mark Hanisch, Chris Hanisch, Tim Rudd, Jackie Rudd and David Rudd. Honorary Pallbearer is Todd Rudd.

Betty was born April 11, 1929 in Yankton, South Dakota to Lars and Mabel (Jorgensen) Rudd. Betty grew up in Yankton and attended grade school there until her mother Mabel married Albert Johnson. After the marriage, the family moved to the farm near Irene where she attended rural school. Betty briefly attended Irene High School choosing to work at the Human Services Center in Yankton instead. A couple years later, Betty moved to Sioux Falls to work at the Manchester Biscuit Company. While living in Sioux Falls, she met and fell in love with Peter Vander Poel. They were married on February 18, 1950. Thereafter, Pete and Betty lived and farmed near Edgerton, Minnesota until 1954 when they moved to the farm west of Irene. Even though she was a city slicker, Betty loved the farm and was very active in all aspects of farm life. Betty was a great cook and was known for her delicious pies. She loved playing cards with friends, going to the casino (spending her $20), shopping, reading and going to auction sales. Later in life, Betty loved watching political programs and enjoyed helping on the election board. She greatly enjoyed traveling with her family especially the trips to Italy, Germany, Ireland and Hawaii. Betty loved her grandson, Clint, and treasured the time she was able to spend with him.

Betty is survived by five children: Larry (Deb) Vander Poel of Irene, Vicky Nickel (Kurt Whaley) of Sioux Falls, Jeanie (Bob) Zavadil of Yankton, Gail Durnin of Yankton and Jim Vander Poel of Irene; sister, Ruth Hanisch of Sioux Falls; half-sister, Karen Domogalski of Yankton; half-brother, Kenny Johnson of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Albert Johnson; husband, Peter Vander Poel on July 23, 2004; grandson, Clint Vander Poel; brother, Jack and wife Virginia "Tootie" Rudd; sister, Norma and husband Mervin Eide; brothers-in-law, Robert Hanisch and Ward Domogalski.


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I loved visiting my Aunt Betty so much as a little girl. I have such fond memories of her with open arms and a big smile! She always had a mini pumpkin pie made for me, and to this day is still the best pie i have ever had! Love you forever Aunt B!

Rachael Hanisch

Aunt Betty was loved and admired by many. What a wonderful cook she was and we have many wonderful memories of her family meals.May she rest in peace with dear Pete and in the arms of our Lord.

Shelley and Mark Hanisch

I know how much all you kids loved your mother and how devoted you were to her and she knew how much you all loved and cared for her...whenever I seen her she always had a smile on her face! She will be deeply missed but is at peace now...cherish the memories...god bless u all!

Dee Lammers

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong.

Phyllis Schwandt

I'm very sorry to hear of your recent loss. May your memories give you peace and comfort.

Renae Zolnowsky

I'm so sorry to hear about Betty. I always loved seeing her sweet smile when I would visit. We have such a wonderful promise at Revelation 21:3,4 to look forward to.

Tana Ouderkirk

Thinking of you at this time of loss. May you find peace.

Joel Fagerhaug

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