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Wilma Van Gorp March 26, 1921 - Jan. 17, 2009

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MONTEVIDEO -- Wilma Van Gorp, 87, of Montevideo died Saturday at the Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hope Reformed Church in Montevideo. Burial will be in Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with a prayer service at 7, and will continue one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.

She was born March 26, 1921, to William and Mina (Bruins) Mouw. She grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa, where she graduated from high school in 1939.

She married Earl Van Gorp on July 18, 1941, in Sioux Center. In 1942, Earl was drafted into the military and she moved back with her parents for three years while Earl served.

In 1948, they moved to a farm south of Montevideo where they farmed and raised their family. After retiring in 1986, they moved into Montevideo and remained in their home until 2007 when they became residents of Brookside Manor.

She was one of the charter members who organized Montevideo's Hope Reformed Church in 1949. She remained a member until her death. She enjoyed doing volunteer work at the nursing home, Meals on Wheels, and helping at DAC.

She is survived by her husband; three children: Wanda (and Richard) Oftedahl of Battle Lake, Paul Van Gorp (and Bobbi Knutson) of Long Prairie, and Bryan (and Susan) Van Gorp of Rushford; 10 grandchildren; one stepgrandson; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister: Harriet De Boer of Fort Collins, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her daughter: Mary Beth Stenson; three brothers; and two sisters.

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