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.