Cecelia Margaret Van Gorp was born July 5, 1912, at Stickney SD, to Ernest and Minnie (Woerner) Zaegel. At age six she moved to Mitchell with her parents where she attended school and graduated from Mitchell High School. On June 5, 1927, she was confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. On October 24, 1932, she married Neal Van Gorp at Modesto, CA. They moved to Stickney and farmed there for thirty-seven years. She was a member of the Aurora Center Reformed Church where she was a church organist for many years, was a member of the Ladies Aid and taught Sunday school. She was also a 4-H Leader. They moved to Mitchell in 1968 where she was a member of the First Reformed Church, the Hannah Circle and taught Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed making afghans, quilts, gardening and was a RSVP volunteer.
She is survived by four sons: Gordon and wife, Norma of Stickney, Harold and wife, Sylvia of Aurora, CO, Donald and wife, Joan of San Saba, TX, John and wife, Pam of Mitchell; three daughters: Bonnie Maeschen and husband, Norman of Ethan, Mavis Thompson and friend, Ronald Lapour of Rapid City, Eileen Moller and husband, Ronald of Mitchell; twenty-five grandchildren, fifty-one great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; one step grandson; two step great-great grandchildren and one step great granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal on August 1, 1987, a daughter-in-law, Norma Van Gorp, a granddaughter, Nancy Gretebeck, a step-grandson, Jeremy Rus, three brothers: Carl, Herman and Ervin Zaegel and three sisters: Anna Drews, Katherine Bruinsma and Emma Zaegel.