Dolores Van Ryswyk, 1928-2018

Published 12:30 am Friday, March 23, 2018

Funeral services for Dolores June Van Ryswyk, 89, of Albert Lea will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at New Life Christian Church in Albert Lea. Elder Kendall Langseth will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Dolores Van Ryswyk

Dolores died Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community surrounded by her loving family.

Dolores June Van Ryswyk was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd Sylvester and Nellie Gertrude (Grave) Giles. She grew up in Waterloo and then moved to Albert Lea in 1943. She later moving to Geneva. She graduated from high school in Ellendale.

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On Aug. 27, 1949, Dolores was united in marriage to Lester Lyle Van Ryswyk in Pella, Iowa. He was the love of her life. They were married for over 50 years. Dolores was a member of New Life Christian Church. She was a charter member of TOPS Club MN Chapter 979 and a member of American Legion Post 56 Auxiliary, the Senior Center and Union Center. Dolores enjoyed crocheting, crafts and genealogy.

She loved visiting with friends and spending time with family. Dolores will always be remembered for her infectious hugs to all who knew her. She made everyone feel special.

Dolores is survived by her children Janice (Scott) Schroader of Albert Lea, Doug (Karen) Van Ryswyk of Alden, Pam (Jerry) Christenson of Emmons, Paulette (Arlyn) Anderson of Albert Lea, Tricia (Scott) Kast of Kasson and Leslie LaCanne of Clarks Grove; daughter-in-law, Charlene (Bruce) Holland; grandchildren Chad Gulbertson, Tara Gulbertson, Jena (Michael) Vaale, Christopher Van Ryswyk, Jeremy (Kayla) Christenson, Joshua (Tara Enger) Christenson, Melissa (Glade) Churchward, Troy (Kallie Willamson) Anderson, Jordon (Sammi Bill) Van Ryswyk, Ashley (Wes Kramer Jr.) Van Ryswyk, Crystal (David) Bruckhoff, Nicholas Kast, Alex (Ashley) Kast, Larissa (Ethan Van Kooten) Petersen and Miranda LaCanne; great-grandchildren Arista (Jay) Grauel, Dominik Strang, Tayler Strang, Devin Van Ryswyk, Jace Christenson, Riley Olson, Nolan Habana, Kylie Churchward, Chloey Kalvig, Kaleb Kalvig, Sophia Bruckhoff, Sadie Bruckhoff and Reagan Kast; great-great-grandchild, Leela Grauel; brother, Don (Marilyn) Giles, of Albert Lea; sisters-in-law Fern Giles of Claycomo, Missouri, Lavonne Beers of Hamilton, Montana, and Justine Van Ryswyk of Albert Lea; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dolores was preceded in death by husband, Lester; son, Steven Van Ryswyk; granddaughter, Angela “Grandma’s Angel” Van Ryswyk; parents Lloyd and Nellie Giles; in-laws Pete and Clara Van Ryswyk; brother, Virgel Giles; and many other numerous loved ones.