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Margaret Vanderplaats

March 25, 1916 — October 23, 2015

The funeral for Margaret Vanderplaats, of Hancock, Minnesota will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Hancock Christian Reform Church in Hancock at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Harrison Newhouse officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bejou Township Cemetery in Bejou, Minnesota.

Margaret Evink, daughter of Koert and Coba (DeVries) Evink was born on March 25, 1916 in Holland, Minnesota, in Pipestone County. Her parents moved to Bejou, Minnesota area in 1920. Margaret received her education at Bejou School except for 3rd grade, when the family returned to the Pipestone area for about 1 ½ years. She was united in marriage to John Vanderplaats on April 2, 1940. The couple made their home and farmed near Bejou until 1977, when they moved into Mahnomen, Minnesota. Margaret was a member of the Bejou CRC until the church closed in 1993. She taught Sunday school and was an active member of ladies aid. She was a self-taught organist by lesson books and her parents; serving as one of the church organists for nearly 50 years. For 9 years, Margaret wrote a meditation for the church monthly newsletter. John died in 2002. Margaret moved to Hancock, Minnesota in 2005 and became a member of the Hancock CRC. In 2012, she moved to Skyview Court in Morris, Minnesota.

Margaret enjoyed writing poetry. She did a lot of sewing, gardening, crocheting and other fancy work. Margaret made nearly 100 quilts for Hope Haven, a place for physically and mentally challenged, in Rock Valley, Iowa.

Margaret died on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Evansville Care Center in Evansville, Minnesota. She was 99 years old.

She is survived by three brothers, Bernard (Kathy) Evink, Allendale, MI, Harold (Claire) Park Rapids, MN and Lowell (Carol) Evink, Hancock, MN; two sisters-in-law, Audrey Evink and Anna Mae Evink, both of Hancock, MN; one brother-in-law, Clarence Postma, Orange City, IA and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband and parents, five sisters, Rena, Wilma, Carol, Joyce and Corrine and three brothers, Kenneth, Conrad and Wally.

In Lieu of flowers, it was Margaret's wish that memorials be given to missions or charities of your choice.

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