LUANA LEA VAN MAANEN, age 67, of Leota, MN, died Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage, in Sioux Falls, SD, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 15, 1951, in Tracy, to Dwight and Gloria (Mischke) Jacobs. She graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1969. Luana graduated from Southwest State University, in Marshall, in 1973. She taught in Clear Lake, SD for one year before she taught at Rock Valley Community School for nine years.
Luana married Randy Van Maanen on June 6, 1981, in Rock Valley, IA. The couple lived on acreage north of Rock Valley before moving to Nevada, IA in 1982. Luana worked at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA for two years. In 1986, they moved to Sidney, IA. The family moved to Leota in 1988 where they farmed. Luana also taught English and Reading at the Edgerton Public School before retiring in 2011.
She was a member of the Living Hope Church, in Edgerton, where she served as secretary. She had a serving heart. Luana loved helping people who were in need. She enjoyed reading, gardening, flowers, wintering in Arizona the last four years and especially her grandchildren. Luana also enjoyed hosting a weekly Bible study with her husband. She enjoyed life with the people who attended.
Luana is survived by her husband, Randy Van Maanen, Leota; two daughters, Rebecca Lea (Joel) Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD; and Amanda Van Maanen, Sioux Falls, SD; two grandsons, Sawyer and Wilder Peterson; a brother, Gary (Janet) Jacobs, Wells; a sister, Lorna (Charles) Dibley, Vermillion, SD; and many nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be 6 pm Tuesday at the Bethel Reformed Church, in Leota, officiated by Pastor Ryan Gerbrandt. A time of fellowship will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. A private committal of cremains will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to ReachGlobal, a missionary arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
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