MayBelle Van Iperen, 93, formerly of Orange City

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Mrs. MayBelle Van Iperen, age 93, formerly of Orange City, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at the Albert Lea Medical Center.

There will be a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Lizbeth Moss will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

MayBelle Josephine was born on Dec. 27, 1912, in rural Orange City, the youngest child of John and Christina (Christensen) Vanden Berge. She was raised in the Carnes area.

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On May 27, 1931, she married Oren Van Iperen in Onawa. They first farmed in Alton and later, in Maurice. In 1941, they moved to a farm near George, and they moved into George in 1953. After retiring about 1965, they lived in Prescott, Ariz., in Orange City, and in California. About 1980, they returned to Orange City. Mr. Van Iperen passed away on March 8, 1995, in Sioux City.

In August of 1998, Mrs. Van Iperen became a resident of St. John’s Lutheran Home, in Albert Lea.

She was a member of the American Reformed Church in Orange City. In earlier years, she belonged to the George Presbyterian church, where she was active in the women’s organizations.

MayBelle was an avid bowler and she and her husband enjoyed traveling. They drove to Alaska and also liked staying in Yellowstone National Park, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They wintered in California and Arizona for many years.

Survivors include her three daughters and their husbands, Evelyn and Jack Darr, of Hanford, Calif.; Juanita and Richard Quinlan, of Livermore, Calif.; and Carol and Berger Olson, of White Plains, Mo.; her son and his wife, Ronald and Donna Van Iperen, of Sarasota, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Bernard Morkrid; a great-granddaughter; and 11 brothers and sisters, Christine Druyvesteyn, Marie Eggink, Martha Shafer, Berdena Vogelaar, Evelyn Mae Vanden Berg (at age 21), John Vanden Berge Jr., Peter Vanden Berge (at age 6) and Alice Wallinga, and three in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Home, 901 Luther Place, Albert Lea.

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