Aileen Veltkamp, 88, of Churchill went to be with her Lord on Feb. 13, 2012. She was born to Ties and Cornelia Vander Molen on Aug. 19, 1923. She attended school in Churchill and worked as a hired girl for women in the area.
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On Aug. 10, 1943 she married James S. Veltkamp. They lived in the Manhattan area most of their married life, but also lived short times in Three Forks, Churchill, Belgrade and Amsterdam.
She was a homemaker, working side-by-side with Jim on the farm. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a granddaughter, Esther; two brothers, John and Cornie; one sister, Ann VanderWall; and many in-laws.
Surviving are her children, Stuart (Kathy) of Loveland, Colo.; Karen (Dennis) Visser of Iowa City, Iowa; Rodney (Sina) of San Antonio, Texas; Sharidee (Larry) Addink of Churchill; and Lee (Linda) of Janesville, Wis. She was blessed with 28 grandchildren plus their spouses and 34 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Martha (Dick) Vanderby; sister, Tressa (John) Danhof; sisters-in-law, Edith Vander Molen, Gertrude Kingma, Evie (John) Potts, Margretha Broekema, and Stephanna (Don) Bos; brother-in-law, Harold (Arlene) Veltkamp; and several nieces and nephews and many loving friends.
She was a loving wife, wonderful mother and good friend. She will be missed greatly by all.
The family of Aileen is grateful to all the staff at the Churchill Retirement Home, residents of CRH, Rocky Mountain Hospice, and Pastor Mark and Pastor Brad for all their love, care and concern for Mom.
Aileen and Jim were great supporters of Christian Education, so to honor them, memorial donations can be made to the Manhattan Christian School Foundation, 8000 Churchill Rd., Manhattan, MT 59741 or, in honor of the wonderful care Mom received at the Home, memorial donations can be made to the Churchill Retirement Home, 6151 Shady Rest, Manhattan, MT 59741.
A visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Churchill Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service www.dokkennelson.com.
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 15, 2012