Obituary of Letha Louise (Landry) VanBelkum
Letha Louise (Landry) VanBelkum, 89, from Marion, Indiana, passed away to her heavenly home on May 15, 2019. She was born on July 3, 1929, to Edgar and Lena Landry in Cedar Springs, MI. Letha married Raymond H. VanBelkum, Kent City, MI, on June 5, 1948. They had been married 67 years before his passing on November 16, 2015.
Letha was a member of Twin City Bible Baptist Church. She is remembered fondly for her love of canning and freezing food, her peanut butter no-bakes she kept in the Quaker oats box under the sink, her homemade “special” peanut butter icing and angel food cake, and who can forget her homemade pickles. She loved “running around” with her gal pals, Marie and Mary, and getting their hair done every Friday at Sally’s home.
Letha and Ray sang in the church choir, loved to meet up with friends at McDonald’s for coffee and breakfast, and bowled in various senior bowling leagues, both in Marion and Florida. They wintered in Davenport, FL, for 20 years and always looked forward to coming home in the springtime for the grandkids’ games and functions. In their later years, they enjoyed spending time with their great-grandchildren where Letha was always ready to hand out her one-dollar bills to the kids.
She is survived by her son, Dennis (Sally) VanBelkum, Gas City; daughter, Denise (Tim) Kinney, Daleville; five grandchildren: Kim (Tim) Black, Marion; Jeremiah (Cassie) Kinney, Muncie; Nick (Beth) VanBelkum, Gas City; Lisa (Peter) Renberg, WA; Nathaniel Kinney, Daleville; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and two sisters.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks for the wonderful care afforded by the staff of Lutheran Hospital and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. with funeral service immediately following on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Twin City Bible Baptist Church, 7252 S. Meridian St., Marion, IN, with Rev. Dale Schuiteman officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory, 11201 S. Marion Road-35, Marion, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Twin City Bible Baptist Church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City, IN.
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