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Barbara Mary (Bauer) Vander Poel

October 16, 1923 ~ May 25, 2020 (age 96)


   BARBARA MARY VANDER POEL, age 96, of Luverne, died Monday, May 25, 2020, at Bethany Meadows, in Brandon, SD. She was born October 16, 1923, in Eden, SD, to Lambart and Mary (Fink) Bauer. She graduated from Lake City High School in Lake City, SD.

   Barbara married Bertus Vander Poel on January 28, 1953, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. After their marriage, the couple farmed the family farm Bert grew up on. In April of 1992, the couple retired and moved to Luverne, MN.

   She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, the outdoors, and visits from her family.

   Barbara is survived by her son, Larry (Kathy) Vander Poel, Oakdale; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Steven) Silvera Lindemer, Forest Lake; Cynthia Vander Poel, Minneapolis; Deanna (Jim) Ekholm, Richfield; Adam (Lori) Vander Poel, Minneapolis; and Sarah Vander Poel, Minneapolis; twelve great grandchildren, Ashlyn, Evan, Cajsa, Onie, Jordan, Madelynn, Ian, Janaeyah, Nevaeh, Lamar Junior, Joseph, Andrew; and a sister, Sally Osiecki, Hartford, SD.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings; husband, Bert; and a grandson-in-law, Shawn Silvera.

   A private family Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Saturday at St. Catherine Catholic Church, in Luverne, officiated by Monsignor Gerald Kosse. To live-stream the funeral and graveside service go to

   Dingmann Funeral Home, in Luverne, is in charge of arrangements.


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