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OBIT: Velma A. Dontje

A funeral service for Velma Dontje will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center.

Velma Alice Dontje was born February 20, 1931, in rural Bancroft, daughter of Anton and Dollie (Abbas) Kardoes. She grew up near Swea City graduating from Swea City High School.

Velma was united in marriage to Arnold H. Dontje on February 1, 1950, at First Reformed Church, Buffalo Center. Together they farmed near Rake until 1966, and then moved to Buffalo Center. Velma worked throughout the years in Buffalo Center at the hospital, the nursing home, and at the drug store.

Velma was an artist making many beautiful paintings and colored pencil sketches. She loved being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed fishing, especially taking fishing trips with her husband and sons. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening, and attending family gatherings. Velma was a member of First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center being active in the ladies’ guild.

Velma A. Dontje died Friday, November 5, 2021 at The Beacon Assisted Living in Lake Crystal, MN at the age of 90. She became a resident there following the death of her husband on January 29, 2019.

She is survived by her two sons, Dennis (Melinda) Dontje of Mankato and Steven (Mary) Dontje of Duluth, MN; her grandchildren, Stephanie (Jeff) Schmeling of Littleton, CO, Tricia McMillan of Plymouth, MN, Anna (Eric Robinson) Dontje of Duluth, MN, Jacob (Libby Polster) Dontje of Eagle Lake, MN, Eric (Hannah Alvar) Dontje of Duluth, MN and Brianna Dontje of Flagstaff, AZ; and great-grandchildren, Seth Dickinson, Alexa McMillan and Ava Dontje. She is also survived by three brothers, Oliver “Rusty” Kardoes and his wife Lanita of Titonka, and Bill Kardoes and his wife Arlene of Grove, OK; Tom (Jenny) Kardoes of Britt; a sister, LaVonne McVey of Tacoma, WA; a sister-in-law, Beverly Kardoes of LaGrange, Georgia; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Richie Dontje; and siblings, Johanna Frerichs, Gary Kardoes, and Frank Kardoes.

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