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Obituary for Leatrice E. VanTatenhove

Leatrice “Lee” E. Van Tatenhove, 86, of Gibbsville, Wisconsin, died on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Pine Haven Christian Communities in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Lee was born on February 28, 1931 in Sheboygan, WI, the daughter of Ed and Pearl (Lammers) Dekker.  Lee graduated from Oostburg High School in 1948.  On September 29, 1951, Lee married Robert “Bob” Van Tatenhove at Hingham Reformed Church.  

Lee worked with her husband at Gibbsville Cheese Company, managing the cheese store and gift cheese sales.  Lee was a faithful and active member of Gibbsville Reformed Church.   

Lee loved spending time with her family.  She enjoyed cooking and, even well into her “retirement,” prepared Sunday dinner for the family, including her hungry grandchildren.  She also enjoyed reading, working in her yard, and tending her garden.

Lee is survived by her husband, Bob, and children, Kaye (Tom) Bailey of Rockford, IL; Gail Van Tatenhove of Orlando, FL; and Phillip (Mary Jo) Van Tatenhove of Gibbsville, WI.  She is also survived by her four sisters, Ann (Ivan) TeLindert of East Troy, WI; Joan (Jack) Hollander of Sheboygan, WI; Kathy (Glen) Weavers of Oostburg, WI; and Sharon (Mike) Geurtz of Kiel, WI; her sister-in-law, Ione (Roland) Dulmes of Gibbsville, WI; and her brother-in-law Fred (Marge) Van Tatenhove of Denver, CO.  She has seven grandchildren: Luke, Beth, and Nathaniel Bailey of Rockford, IL; Dr. Mallory (Coulter) Nyenhuis of Boiling Springs, SC; Megan Van Tatenhove of Cleveland, OH; and Samuel and Madison Van Tatenhove of Gibbsville, WI.

 Lee was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law, Philip Lee.  

A memorial service will be held at Pine Haven Christian Communities at 220 Haven Drive on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Community Center. A time of visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. An inurnment will take place at the Gibbsville Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made in Lee’s name to Pine Haven Christian Communities (   

Lee’s family would like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Pine Haven, and the caregivers from Embrace Care Management.  Your kindness will be remembered. 

 For online condolences and additional information please visit 

The staff of Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting Lee’s family with arrangements.

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