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Van Ess, Dorothy

Dorothy Van Ess, 90, of Waupun, died Friday, December 14, 2012.

Dorothy was born December 13, 1922 in the town of Trenton, Dodge County, the daughter of Albert and Sadie (Sommers) Vant Hoff. Dorothy attended Excelsior School, Fond du Lac Business College, and Moraine Park Technical College. On October 14, 1941 she married Marvin Meenk. Together they were partners with Marvin's brother, Elton, of Meenk Brothers Electric. Along with working in the store with her husband, she was also employed at Waupun Memorial Hospital and Beaver Dam Community Hospital. Marvin passed away on February 20, 1985. Dorothy was a charter member of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Waupun where she was a member of the choir, Ladies Mission Circle, and a Sunday School and Bible Class teacher. On April 19, 1997 Dorothy was united in marriage to Lloyd Van Ess of Oostburg, WI and they resided in Waupun.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Lloyd; a daughter, Betty (Harlan) Vande Slunt of Fond du Lac; daughter in-law, Cheryl (Sal) Maglio of Brookfield; grandchildren, Cari (Chris) Kapenga of Delafield, WI, Amanda (Stephen) Peck of Marion, IA, Peter (Lyndsey) Meenk of Waukesha, Stephen (Jen) Meenk of Milwaukee, Aaron (Karen) Vande Slunt of Watertown, Kristy (Cory) Burroughs of Fond du Lac, and Troy Vande Slunt of Fond du Lac; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Sophie Kapenga, Anthony, Ryley and Joey Meenk, Leo Borcherding and Parker Meenk, Lydia and Nora Peck, Melanie Vande Slunt, Cobi and Halia Burroughs; step-children, Ronald and Mary Van Ess, Dale and Linda Van Ess, Herb and Gloria Roerdink, and Dan and Vicki Nyhof; 12 step-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Clayton (Billie) Vant Hoff of Wilmington, DE; and sister-in-law, Eileen Vant Hoff of Waupun.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; a son, Kurtis; her parents; and six brothers.

Funeral services for Dorothy Van Ess will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Cal Vande Zande officiating. Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Please visit our website at for further information and to send condolences.

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Dec. 16, 2012
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