Jane Kaptein Van Dyke, 92, died of complications from a recent stroke at Pondera Medical Center Extended Care.
Funeral services will be held at the Conrad Christian Reformed Church, 120 N. Virginia on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Jane was born on a homestead near Valier on Sept. 27, 1920 to Harm and Henrietta Kaptein. She moved with her family to Corsica, S.D. in the fall of 1927. She returned to Montana where she met Adrian Van Dyke and they were married on Oct. 4, 1940. To this union, God blessed them with 10 children, JoAnn, Helen, Gloria, Kenneth, Lillian, John, Judy, Connie, Roxy and Duane. They farmed east of Conrad until 2002 when they moved to the Horizon Lodge.
In all areas of her life, Jane was a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. She loved the Lord and devoted her life to Him. Jane claimed the faithful promise that she belonged to the Lord and that was her comfort. Raising a family of 10 had its difficult times, but mother always remained positive and “the rock of faith” that her family could count on. Adrian and Jane’s first priority was to raise their children to follow the Lord and to love one another. Jane was a very kind, caring and dutiful mother who was often the one that remained up and awake at night making sure all her children were home safely and waiting with a stern word when late.
Jane was a member of the Conrad Christian Reformed Church where she served in numerous ways, including Ladies Aid, Bible Study and Vacation Bible School. She was also an Auxiliary member of The Gideons. Being an encouragement to many, Jane often provided support with a pot of her homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. She cooked and baked for her big family, many pastors, relatives and friends as they visited the area. She loved her flowers and was very successful in planting and harvesting a huge garden with the children’s help. She spent many years helping her husband running the dairy, feeding the calves and farming the small acreage they owned.
Jane and Adrian were blessed to travel in their later years, feeling very fortunate to be able to travel to their family roots of Holland. Jane remembered the Dutch language and when she and her husband didn’t want the children to know what was being discussed, they would speak to each other in Dutch.
Her last years were spent first at the Horizon Lodge and then the Extended Care at Pondera Medical Center. The family is so thankful and appreciative of the love, kindness and care they demonstrated while taking care of her at PMC-EC.
Survivors include her children and families: JoAnn Vandenacre, Helen (William) Meengs, Kenneth (Rita) Van Dyke, Lillian (Glen) Baker, John (Tami) Van Dyke, Judy (Daniel) Maatman, Connie (Jeff) Sutherland, Roxy (Hank) Zomer and Duane (Schuyler) Van Dyke; 27 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was the last of her family to join the heavenly throng praising our God and Saviour.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian in 2006; a daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, Norm, Gloria and Pam Diedrich in 1990; and a son-in-law Gerald Vandenacre in February 2013.
Memorials are suggested to PMC Extended Care Activites, Conrad Christian School and The Gideons International.
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