Mildred Van Maanen

February 25, 1925 ~ September 18, 2019 (age 94)

Mildred Irene Van Maanen was born February 24, 1925, the youngest of six children, of John D. and Nellie (Wanders) Van Donselaar in Leighton, Iowa. Mildred attended country school through eighth grade at Black Oak Center.

On February 27, 1946, she was united in marriage to John Edward Van Maanen on the farm near Leighton. To this union, they were blessed with one son, Gilbert John. She moved to town in 1977, lived on Broadway until she moved back to the farm in 2002, where she stayed until July 2019. She went to Accura Healthcare in Knoxville.  

Mildred was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church  where she was active in the Ladies Aid. She was a farmer by heart her whole life.

Those left to cherish her memory are:

Gilbert Van Maanen

          Carol and Dean Vander Wilt

                   Bradley, Marie, Calleigh, Rachel

          Christina and Travis Strunk

                   Erica and Jessie Clair

                             Lylah Clair



          Mary Beth and Michael Jackson

                   Arianna, Johnathon, Mack

She is also survived by her brother-in-law Harold and Marie Van Maanen and many nieces and nephews.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her siblings: Albert (Rena) Van Donselaar, Louie died in infancy, Lewis (Jennie) Van Donselaar, Gilbert “Bob” (Kay) Van Donselaar, and Carl (Hendrika) Van Donselaar. She was also preceded in death by parents-in-law Gilbert and Cora (Van Hal) Van Maanen, and her brothers and sisters-in-law: Tillie (Martin) Vos, Bertha (John) Slings, William “Bill” (Laurine) Van Maanen, and Luella Van Maanen.

Donations may be made to:

Gideons International
PO Box 671, Oskaloosa IA 52577