Eleanor VanDyck Obituary

Eleanor  VanDyck
Eleanor VanDyck
Eleanor VanDyck

January 13, 1923 - November 5, 2010
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Eleanor Van Dyck, 87, died Friday of stroke complications at Kavanagh House. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday at 10:00AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where Eleanor was an active, lifelong member within the parish. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass.

Eleanor was born January 13, 1923 in Des Moines to John and Ferne (O'Malley) Connolly. She was the eldest daughter of their 9 children.

Eleanor was a dedicated teacher for more than 40 years with the Des Moines Public School System. She had a special place in her heart for her students and friends from Des Moines Technical High School.

Eleanor married Eugene Van Dyck on April 3, 1944 and they were parents to 6 children. They enjoyed a lifelong love of the outdoors, gardening and attending sporting events for their children and grandchildren. Eleanor can be particularly remembered for her true passion for fishing which took her from the shores of Canada, to the lakes of Arkansas and the rivers of the Des Moines area.

She is survived by her children Eugene (Rita) of Dodgeville, WI, Ferne Van Dyck of St. Louis, MO, Nora Van Dyck of Plainville, GA, Gerald (Elaine) Van Dyck of Des Moines and Katy (Orsino) Hill of Des Moines. Eleanor is also loved and remembered by her devoted sister-in-law, Rose Marie Van Dyck and siblings, William, Mary Alice, and Marcella. She is the matriarch of 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Eleanor was blessed in recent years by her special and loving friendship with her companion Jim Cooney.

Eleanor is preceded in death by her husband, parents and son Brian as well as brothers and sisters John, Bernard, Richard, Margaret (Kotz), and Rosemary Connolly.

In Lieu of flowers, family member request that memorial donations be made to Holy Trinity Parish.


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Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2926 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, November 8, 2010
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2926 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, November 8, 2010
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, November 8, 2010