Anna Marie Van Soest


June 16, 1921 - September 28, 2014


Anna Marie “Dolly” Van Soest was born June 16, 1921, on the Compaan farm at Hull, ND, to Corneal and Gertie (Compaan) Auwema. She attended school at Strasburg and Hull, ND and graduated from high school at Hague, ND in 1938. During high school she worked on the National Youth Administration to pay for her books. After graduation Anna worked as a nannie in Minneapolis. On December 30, 1941, she was united in marriage to Peter J. Van Soest and moved to Huron, SD for a time before moving to Stickney, SD in 1943. To this marriage five children were born. Ann lived in her home in Stickney until the time of her death.

Ann was a woman of great faith and was a member of the Stickney United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Jolly Jills Club since 1952. For seventeen years she worked in the Stickney School System and prior to that at the Stickney Argus and the Corsica Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She also worked with the community action program for a number of years.

Ann loved to garden, raise flowers and can. Her dill pickles were a family favorite especially to her grandchildren. Ann enjoyed attending school activities and community events. She was also a Minnesota Twins fan. Family was very important to her especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren - always attending their activities. She loved holidays especially Christmas with her family and enjoyed cooking for them on Sundays for many years. Ann loved life and everyone around her.

Greatful for having shared her life are her four daughters: Eileen Van Soest, Sioux Falls, SD; Marjean (Arlin) Waldow, Willow Lake, SD; Betty Van Soest, White Lake, SD; Janice (Paul) Hettinger, White Lake, SD; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; two sisters: Jenean (Bud) Mosterd, Holland MI; Eleanor (Rod) Van Roekel, Orange City IA; one brother, Dennis (Mary) Auwema, Holland, MI and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, son, Delvin, grandson, Jeffrey Waldow, great-grandson, Braydon Bertsch, an infant brother, Anthony and her parents.


In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established to the Stickney United Methodist Church

and the City of Stickney Park Playground Fund.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Stickney United Methodist Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
Stickney, South Dakota


Thursday, October 2, 2014
10:30 AM
Stickney United Methodist Church
Stickney, South Dakota


Silver Ridge Cemetery
Stickney, South Dakota

Posted by Shelly on October 1, 2014
Thinking of each of you during these days & keeping you in our prayers.
Posted by Rita Felland Padfield on October 1, 2014
My aunt Dolly was always one of my favorites!
I remember her as a fun, warm, and very caring person...
My condolences to the entire family,
I'm sure she will be greatly missed...
Posted by Betty Groen Kuester on September 30, 2014
We are saddened to hear of Dolly's passing. She was a brave and caring person who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. God bless and comfort you all.
Posted by Dawn Gran on September 30, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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