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Doris Deest

November 10, 1938 — April 18, 2017

Doris Van Deest, 78, of Grundy Center, Iowa died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Grundy Care Center while under the care of Care Initiatives Hospice. A memorial service for Doris will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the American Lutheran Church in Grundy Center, with Pastor Luther Thoresen officiating. Burial will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center.


Doris Ann Teasdale, daughter of Thompson "Tucker" and Margaret Martin Teasdale was born on November 10, 1938 in Grundy Center, Iowa. She received her education from the Grundy Center Community Schools, graduating in 1957. On June 27, 1958 she married Mervin D. Van Deest at the United Methodist Church in Grundy Center. Her main vocation was as a homemaker. After her children were raised, Doris worked various part time jobs in the area. Doris was very involved in her church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered on several committees in the church. She loved music and sang once a month for 10 years at the nursing home along with Marge Teasdale and Madonna Ryan. Doris loved birds, gardening, horses, reading, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and was a helping hand to particular friends.

Survivors include her husband, Mervin Van Deest of Grundy Center; daughters, Susan (Marv) Geiken of Dike, Jean (Roger) Sternhagen of Grundy Center, Kathy (Jeff) Begley of Reinbeck; son, William "Bill" (Julie) Van Deest of Decatur; grandchildren, Kelli (Tyler) McWilliams, Taylor Williams, Christine Geiken, Chelsea (Austin) Begley, Carissa (Nathan Schmadeke) Sternhagen, Justin (Christina) Troutner , Daniel Van Deest; four great grandchildren; brother, Tom (Marge) Teasdale of Grundy Center; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Lenguadoro, Tootie Teasdale, and Esther Van Deest; many nieces, nephews and a large host of friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Teasdale; sister, Mary Hilmo; brother-in-law, Wendell Van Deest and her grandchildren, Brandon and Tiffany Sternhagen.

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