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Dorothy (Sills) VanDyke

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Dorothy (Sills) VanDyke Obituary

Dorothy was born in Sacramento, CA, on February 8, 1922. She was the daughter of Edna Parthenia (Dyer) and James Rollie Sills. Longtime Pleasant Grove resident, Dorothy went to be with the Lord at the age of 93 in Rocklin, CA.

Dorothy attended Leland Stanford Elementary School in Sacramento and graduated from East Nicolaus High School, Class of 1940, in East Nicolaus, CA. After high school, Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Harlan M Van Dyke, on March 15, 1942.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Rollie and Edna, and brother James Virgil Sills. She is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, Harlan M Van Dyke, Sr., and her four children, Harlan M Van Dyke, Jr (Irma), James C Van Dyke (Donna), Susan I Dunbar, and Steven M Van Dyke (Ann). Her 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great- great grandchild, as well as many nieces and nephews also survive her.

As a stay-at-home Mom, Dorothy dedicated her life to caring for her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her love is irreplaceable. She was also a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, a member of Pleasant Grove Parents Club, a member of the Rebekah Lodge for over 50 years, she loved to garden with her green thumb, enjoyed needle work and crocheting, and traveling with Harlan. She & Harlan also loved to Square Dance and did so on the Great Wall of China on one of their many trips abroad. She was a friend to everyone she met and will be missed.

Services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street, Sacramento, CA, on Thursday, July 9th at 10 am. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, CA. Arrangements are being made through Lambert Funeral Home (916-783-0474) in Roseville. Memorial donations may be made to St John's Lutheran Church or Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on July 7, 2015
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