Vivian L. Van Wey, 84, Waukon, Iowa

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 7, 2002

Vivian L. Van Wey, 84, of Waukon, Iowa died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held Monday, at 11 a.m. at Frankville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Frankville Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. today at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Vivian Laverne Van Wey was born May 12, 1918, on the rural Frankville, Iowa farm of her parents, Glenn and Ruth (Evert) Letchford. She was baptized and confirmed at the Frankville Presbyterian Church and attended school at the Frankville &uot;Stone School&uot; and Postville High School. On March 25, 1935 she married Lester Van Wey in Decorah, Iowa. She was a homemaker and farm wife with Lester on their farms, first near Frankville and later in Ludlow Township. When they were first married, they also helped to raise Lester’s brothers and sisters who lived with them. They have been living in Waukon since 1997.

Vivian was a life-long member of the Frankville Presbyterian Church where she was active in the ladies organizations, a couples club and Willing Workers. She enjoyed gardening and canning and was an excellent cook and baker, known particularly for her pies and divinity candy. She also liked to do crafts and get together with friends to play 500. Her favorite times were spent with her family and grandchildren. She and Lester looked forward to regular visits from their local grandchildren and summer stays from those farther away.

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She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Letchford. Survivors include her husband Lester of Waukon; a son, Charles (Shari) Van Wey of AIbert Lea; a daughter, Jean (David) Schwinefus of Postville; five grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) and Brian Van Wey, Debbie (Scott) Warth, Tharin Schwinefus and Tammy (Eric) Walsh; three great-grandchildren, Lars and Lexie Warth and Landon Walsh; and a sister, Virgean Sanderson of El Paso, Texas; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Casketbearers are Donald and Robert Van Wey, David Cannon, Daryl Szabo, Chip Hendrickson and David Sanderson.