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Gertrude A. Veenhuis


GERTRUDE ANGELINE VEENHUIS was born on December 9, 1915 in Heron Lake Township, Jackson County, Minnesota, the daughter of Rudolph and Fannie ( Schad  ) Schaffer.  As a youth, she attended school in a country school in Heron Lake Township.  She was united in marriage to George Joseph Veenhuis on May 2, 1937 in Slayton, Minnesota.  After marriage, they lived near Heron Lake for 2 years, then moved to Hector, Minnesota until 1948 and then several places until settling into Jackson in 1957.  Gertrude worked for Minnesota Egg Corporation for 4 years, then at the Hospital for 3 years, DeKalb for 2 years, Jackson Millworks for 7 years.  She was a volunteer and coordinator for the transportation drivers for 8 years.  Gertrude passed away at her home in Jackson on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at the age of 92 years, 10 months and 14 days. 

Gertrude was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.  She was active in the community including the VFW Auxiliary and did volunteer work at the Senior Dining.  She loved being out doors and did alot of camping.  She enjoyed working around the house, raising flowers and vegetables in the backyard,  cooking and baking and canning vegetables that she raised, as well as quilting.  She loved to watch game shows but really loved her Pro-Wrestling.

 Gertrude is survived by her husband of 72 years, George Veenhuis of Jackson, one son, DeWayne (Tomiko) Veenhuis of Fredricks, Maryland, 2 daughters, Ruth Haugland of Oak Grove, Minnesota and Pamela (John) Sathe of Jackson, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sons, Art, Roy, Clifford 3 brothers, Herman, George, and Fred Schaffer, 5 sisters, Eva Davis, Leona Schaffer, Mary Schrieber, Aurelia Schwab and Eliza Schultz. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10:30 AM at Salem Lutheran Churchwith Pastor Eric Hullstrom officiating.  Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jackson. Visitation will be on Monday, 10-27-08, from 5 to 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and on Tuesday – one hour prior to the service at the Church. Blessed be the memory of Gertrude Angeline Veenhuis. 

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