Lawrence E. Vandenberghe was born on March 12, 1932 to Austin and Mary (Jacques) Vandenberghe in Butler, MN. He passed away on Monday, November 3, 2008, at the age of 76 years, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.
Lawrence served in the United States Navy from March of 1952 to March of 1956. It was during this time, while stationed at a small naval base practice-landing field at Fentress, VA, that only a few miles away he met the love of his life. His love for her lasted over 53 years as Lawrence and Louise N. Daniels were united in marriage on April 23, 1955 at Chesapeake, VA. He was active in the Wadena and Sebeka communities for 48 years and was a member of the Sebeka American Legion for 41 years, the Knights of Columbus, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. Lawrence was a retired farmer and was a Wadena-Deer Creek School bus driver for 24 years. He enjoyed fishing, being in the woods, hunting, cutting firewood, gardening, and playing cards.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Mary; infant son, Joseph, and son Keith; and sister, Dorothy Teig. He is survived by his loving wife, Louise; sons, Duane (Dawn) of Coon Rapids, Daniel (Sandra) of Maple Grove, and Kenneth (Natalie) of Junction City, OR; 9 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; brothers, Bob of Perham, and Allan (Sheryl) of Brainerd; sisters, Donna (John) Kunza of Coon Rapids, Loraine Honer of Perham, Leona (Frank) Lorentz of Bluffton, and Joyce (Ambrose) Doll of Perham; and brother-in-law, Jerry Teig of Ottertail.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 7, 2008 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena with Father Donald Wagner as celebrant. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Wadena. Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Becker, Bob Steinbach, Bob Berry, Chris Roberts, Mike Bondzin, Rich Langer, Ron Wright, and Duane Schultz. Active pallbearers were the Vandenberghe grandchildren, Jeffrey, Melissa, Cory, Sarah, Ashley, Angela, Rachel, Alexandra, and Quin.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena. (wwwjohnsonmemorialhome.com)