Verna Vande Hoven

With a peaceful spirit and her faith in the promise of eternal life, Verna Vande Hoven, age 86, of Carrington, ND, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, ND.

Verna Louise Park was born on July 27, 1930, to Irving and Blanche (Lepper) Park in Littlefork, MN. In 1942, her family moved to Barlow, ND, where she attended Nordmore Country School until her junior year. She was a confirmed member of Kvernes Lutheran Church, rural Carrington, ND.

On October 7, 1949, Verna married Christ Vande Hoven at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carrington. Together they raised their ten children on their family farm. With that many children underfoot, you can guess that first and foremost, she was a busy mom, along with being a housewife, farm laborer and entertainer. She was an excellent cook, and relatives longed for her fried chicken, homemade bread and caramel rolls. As her children grew and became more independent of her care and nurturing, she ventured out to share her cooking talents with patrons of the Prairie Inn and Chieftain.

After her marriage ended in 1996, Verna moved to Carrington where she spent the rest of her remaining life as an independent woman. In 2006, she was baptized at Faith Baptist Church in Carrington, where she developed a strong, familial bond with her church family. Verna loved people and enjoyed spending time throughout her later years playing bingo and attending card parties at the Senior Center.  She also enjoyed her service as a member of the McCreary-Bonderud VFW Auxiliary 3524.

Verna is survived by her children: Roger (Ann) Vande Hoven, Carrington; Larry (Belinda) Vande Hoven, Carrington; Terry (Dora) Vande Hoven, American Canyon, CA; Kristy (Barney) Heitkamp, Fargo; Tammy (Cliff) Peterson, Jamestown; Chuck (Vicki Verke) Vande Hoven, Carrington; Stacey (Michael) Gussiaas, New Rockford; and Kerri Heid, Carrington, and a son-in- law James Huling, Chenoa, IL. She also leaves behind a legacy of 20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, as well as her four sisters, Betty Kollman, South Sioux City, IA; Florence (Bill) Matzig, Duncanville, TX; Ethel Blake, Phoenix, AZ; and RuthAnn (Jerry) Kanwischer, Fessenden, and two sisters-in-law, Pat Park, Hillsboro and Joni Park, Carrington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband, her children, Alice and Dale, and 5 infant sons; her grandson, Travis Vande Hoven; and her siblings, LaDonna, Irving Jr., Harold “Red”, John, and Wallace.




Tuesday (Nov 1st) at 7PM in Evans Funeral Home, Carrington


Faith Baptist Church, Carrington, ND


Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10:30AM


Carrington Cemetery

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Name: Florence Matzig

Date: 10/31/2016

Message: Rest in peace Verna I will miss you so very much, Love your Sister



Name: Marsha (Roth) Cummings

Date: 10/30/2016

Message: Prayers for all of the Vande Hoven clan. Your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister, and a friend to all she encountered. Verna had a very good way about her. She was one special person. God's Blessings to all of you.

Marsha (Roth)Cummings 



Name: Linda and Roger Lauckner

Date: Oct.29,2016

Message: To all of Verna's family, our deepest sympathy to each of you. When we moved to Carrington Verna was the 1st to come visit. Her girls babysat our girls and we visited back and forth. Later years we visited at Senior Center and always caught up from where we left off. She will be missed greatly but we know she is in a better place now with those who went before her. Continued Prayers for you all.

Linda and Roger Lauckner



Name: Eric Hoagland

Date: Oct 28, 2016

Message: Rest in peace, Verna. Have a good ride, thanks for all the advice and talks. You are missed -we love you


Name: Ken Heitkamp

Date: 10/27/2016

Message: Kristy and family . . . Your have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. May she rest in God's Eternal Peace! We will keep each of you in our thoughts and prayers over the next few days.  Ken & Claudia Heitkamp