There will be a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.
Grace was born on Nov. 10, 1927, at Springfield, S.D., the daughter of Henry and Annie (Palsma) Ludens. She was first raised at Springfield, where she attended a country school until the fifth grade. Her family then moved to Lime Springs, where she continued her education and graduated from public high school.
\She received her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. Later in life, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Northwestern College in Orange City.
\She first taught in a country school in the Lime Springs area. She then moved to Orange City, where she was a third and fourth grade teacher at the Maurice-Orange City Community School for many years.
On June 7, 1957, she married Eugene Vernon Van Wyk in Greenleafton, Minn. They made their home on a farm southwest of Orange City, where Grace was a homemaker and continued teaching. In May of 2006, they moved to the Longhouse Residence.
She was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church, where she participated in the women's organizations and in earlier years, served as church secretary. In later years, Mr. and Mrs. Van Wyk were active in teaching and leading Friendship Bible classes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: John P. and Louis Ludens; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence Van Wyk.
Grace is survived by her husband, Gene; three sons: Bob Van Wyk and wife, Barb of Spencer, John Van Wyk and wife, Dianne of Orange City, and David Van Wyk and wife, Shaini of Helena, Mont.; five grandchildren; a brother, Henry Ludens and his wife, Shirley of Hampton; a sister, Helena Ludens of Orange City; and two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Van Wyk and Wilma Leslie and her husband, Cliff Leslie, all of Orange City.
Memorials will be directed to Friendship Bible.
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