Doris Van Gennep, 87

Doris Janet Van Gennep, 87, of Kellogg, passed away Apr, 9, 2023, at Brooklyn Estates. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Apr. 13, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell, followed by a luncheon at Smith Funeral Home. Memorials may be designated to the Doris Van Gennep Memorial Fund, and mailed in c/o of Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50112.

Doris was born June 2, 1935, in rural Poweshiek County to John A. and Phoebe (Wilson) Rupp. She had two siblings John and LaRita. Doris attended the Searsboro school.

In November 1956, Doris was united in marriage to Lyle Neleman at Kellogg Lutheran Church. To this union the couple had three children James, Michael, and Kathy. Lyle passed away in March 1984. Sept. 4, 1993, Doris married Ronald Van Gennep at Hickory Grove Church in Kellogg.

Doris spent time working at Midwest Manufacturing, Kellogg Hardware, Jay’s Café, Maytag, and 12 years at F&M Bank. Ron and Doris enjoyed canning, gardening, camping, fishing, and traveling. They were fond of their trips to Alaska, Washington, DC, and Colorado. Doris loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Ron; her children James (Jill) Neleman, Michael (Lori) Neleman, Kathy (Randy) Deppe; her grandchildren Todd (Katie) Neleman, Hillary (Josh) Foster, Jenny (Brad) Wilson, Chad (Emmy) Neleman, Melissa Neleman, and Clayton (Elaine) Deppe; and her 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Lyle Neleman; and her siblings John Rupp and LaRita Gauley.

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