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Donna Van Dyke


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Donna Van Dyke Obituary

Donna Cornelius Van Dyke, born April 7, 1944, suddenly passed away on December 16, 2017.

Donna is survived by her high school sweetheart of 53 1/2 years Jim Van Dyke of Pleasant Grove, two daughters Connie Van Dyke Jerome (Aaron) and Tammy Van Dyke Hoppin. Her pride and joy were her six grandchildren, Justin (Kristen) Jerome, Bryan Jerome, Macey Reinthaler, Hayden Reinthaler, Quincy Hoppin and Case Hoppin all of Pleasant Grove. She was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first great grandchild in June of 2018. Donna is also survived by her brother, Jack L. Cornelius Jr. (Maria) of Sacramento, numerous nieces, nephews, family members, friends, her Shih-Tzu, Jozie and Border Collie, Ellie.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack L. Cornelius Sr. and Lorraine Minden Cornelius; her in-laws Harlan M. Van Dyke Sr., Dorothy G. Sills Van Dyke and her little Shih-Tzu, Lulu.

She attended Nicolaus School in Nicolaus, CA, where she was the only student in her class for 8 years of grammar school. She graduated from East Nicolaus High School in 1962 and went to Federico Beauty College where she obtained her cosmetologist license. She was involved in numerous activities in the community, was a stay at home mom and loved taking care of her girls and all the kids that came through her door. For the past 20 years she served as the President of Van Dyke's Rice Dryer, Inc.

In her early years she was involved with the Pleasant Grove Parents Club, the Pleasant Grove Fire Department Auxiliary, ENHS Boosters, and in her later years she became the Manager/Caretaker of the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. As she would say "she buried people". She enjoyed sewing, gardening, crafts, cooking, playing jokes on people, sending her offensive birthday and Christmas cards to all of her closest friends, and always had a creative mind for inappropriate Halloween costumes. She dressed up for Halloween all 73 years of her life. It was a true joy for her to make others laugh and smile. She had a grand sense of humor and always told it like it was, she was not going to sugar coat the facts. Donna was the energizer bunny and it was hard to slow her down. She was bigger than life and they truly broke the mold when they made her. She will be missed by all that came to know her, young and old. The Grove will not be the same without her and ending on this note with one of her infamous sayings, "See you in the Funnies…"

In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to Sutter Roseville Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, One Medical Plaza, Roseville, CA 95661 in memory of Donna Van Dyke

A Celebration of Life will be held on January 6, 2018, 1 pm to 5 pm at Orchard Creek Lodge – Sun City Lincoln Hills, 965 Orchard Creek Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31, 2017
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