Oct. 11, 1918-March 31, 2012
MINNEOTA - Services for Joseph VanUden, age 93, of St. Cloud, formerly of Minneota will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Eloi in Ghent. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall with a prayer service and time of sharing at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall.
Joseph died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at St. Benedict's Senior Community in St. Cloud.
Joseph was born and raised on the family farm in Lyon County, Westerheim township to Anton and Mary (Hennen) VanUden on Oct. 11, 1918. He attended school at Holy Trinity in New Ulm for three years, then continued at St. Agnes school in Ghent. On April 27, 1943, Joe married Bertha Louwagie at St. Clotilde Church in Green Valley. They farmed in Lyon County and lived on the family farm for 57 years. They spent winters in Arizona for 17 years. Joe enjoyed cards, rolle bolle and golf. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Marshall Senior Citizens and was a lifetime member of St. Eloi Catholic Church. Joe continued to live on the farm seven years after Bertha's death on March 26, 2001. In 2008, Joe moved to Assisted Living Talahi Nature's Point in St. Cloud.
Joe is survived by: two daughters, Bernadine (and Ed) Hennek of St. Cloud and Doreen VanUden, OSF of Bloomington and six grandchildren; Jean (and Kevin) Goenner of Clear Lake, Joe (and Sharla) Hennek of Clear Lake, Sherri (and Tony) Sykora of Rice, Amy (and Jason) Ness of St. Cloud, Mark (and Jackie) Hennek of St. Cloud, Ann (and Chris) Skuza of Sauk Rapids, and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha, in 2001; parents Anton and Mary; four sisters, Ann VanKeulen, Carrie Verschelde, Mary Louwagie, Helen VanUden; three brothers, John, Hubert and Arnold.