Aug. 9, 1921-March 2, 2004
OBERLIN -- Henrietta B. VanVleet, 82, died Tuesday (March 2, 2004) at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Oberlin.
She was born Aug. 9, 1921, to Henry and Bertha (Franzen) Miller in Freedom. She was raised in Freedom and Gothenburg. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1938.
On March 9, 1941, she married Kenneth VanVleet at Zion Lutheran Church North of Gothenburg. She was a homemaker. The couple farmed outside of Lebanon and moved to Oberlin in 1976.
She was a member of the Prairie Chapel Methodist Church, a Star Valley 4-H Leader, member of Liberty Star Club, Hospital Guild, a Meals on Wheels volunteer and a member of the United Methodist Women.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marilyn Rowlinson; brothers, Edward and Gilbert Miller; sister, Johanna Miller; and two grandchildren, Kenny and Bobbi.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth of Olathe, Kan.; son, Dr. Larry VanVleet and wife, Lucinda of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Pat Franz and husband, Don of Shawnee, Kan., and Shirley McGee and husband, Steven of Brookville, Kan.; brother, Rev. Arthur Miller and wife, Meg of Pueblo, Colo.; sister, Gertrude Buss of Palamyra, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Services are Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Oberlin with the Rev. Doug Hasty officiating. Interment will be in Oberlin Cemetery.
Visitation is today, until 8 p.m., at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin and Saturday, 9 a.m., until service time at the church. The family will receive friends Saturday, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at the church.
Memorials may be given in her name to the United Methodist Church or Decatur County Good Samaritan Center.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of the arrangements.