Dorothy VanCleve

Born on 1929-06-07

Departed on 2010-03-01

Resided in Fredericksburg , VA

Dorothy Mae VanCleve, 80, of Fredericksburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 1, 2010.

Miss VanCleve was born in North Liberty, PA to Hiram and Lois VanCleve. She graduated from Houghton College in 1951 and later received her Master’s from East Tennessee State. Miss VanCleve was a teacher in North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. Her teaching career lasted 43 years. She was loved by her students and prayed for them, and still had contact with many of them. She remembered special things about each student.

In 1995 she moved to the Fredericksburg area and that’s when Linda McWhirt became her “adopted daughter” and she took wonderful care of her.

In 1997 she became a Chaplain with Market Place Ministries and served at McLane Mid-Atlantic for 12 years, retiring in December 2009.

She is survived by her brothers, Harold VanCleve, of Warsaw, IN and Donald VanCleve, and his wife, Deanna, of Longwood, FL; her sisters, Ruth Griswold, and her husband, Marshall, of Warsaw, IN and Lois Strum, of Hague, NY and Fredericksburg; she is survived by six nieces, Terrie Sahagun, of Syracuse, IN, Kathy Gast, of Claypool, IN, Barb Kiphart, of Warsaw, IN, Gena Kendall, of Warsaw, IN, Laurie Williamson, of Warsaw, IN, and Norma Strum of Fredericksburg; two nephews Tim Strum, of New Brighton, PA and Rich Strum of Ticonderoga, NY; 12 great nieces, 4 great nephews and one great-great niece; and her McLane Mid-Atlantic Family.

She spent most of her life serving the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and small groups in the church and as a Chaplain.

A service will be held at 11 am Thursday, March 4 at Riverside First Church of God, with the Rev. Gerald Rodgers and the Rev. Matthew Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Memorials may be made to Market Place Ministries, 2001 West Plano Parkway Suite 3200, Plano TX, 75075 or to Mary Washington Hospice 2012 Southpoint Pkway. Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

8 thoughts on Dorothy VanCleve

  1. Margaret Hanrahan on said:

    You will truly be missed at church. Your smile and caring nature was a testimony for us all. I know you’re really celebrating now. God Bless!

  2. John Ed & Carol Salyer on said:

    You are in our hearts and prayers.

    John Ed&Carol

  3. Cathy Henderson on said:

    Ms. Dorothy was a true example of a Godly Woman. No matter where you saw her, or how she was feeling, she always had a smile on her face. She was there for me and my husband in 2005 when he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. She had never met him before in her life but they became best buds with daily phone calls, visits at the hospital, cards, and many, many prayers. I am truly blessed that I got to be friends with this wonderful lady.

    Cathy, Dana, and Hannah

  4. Timothy Dixon on said:

    “Miss Dorothy” was a blessing to me during the short time I got to know her as a Chaplain at the McLane Company. She was always caring about others. She was interested in my youngest son who has lymphoma, and she would regularly tell me she was praying for him. It was an honor and privilege to know “Miss Dorothy”. She was a true witness for her Lord Jesus Christ.

  5. Vaughn Snyder on said:

    This is a sad day for those of us that remain behind! You are now in presents of our Lord. It was a great experience teaching with you at Jefferson Elementary School in Winona Lake, IN.

  6. Deb Wulliman Wright on said:

    My sister & I were students of Miss VanCleve’s at Jefferson Elementary in Winona Lake, IN back in the late 70s/early 80s. She was a wonderful teacher and guide for young people. My mother first met her back in the 60s when Miss VanCleve was visiting one of her sisters here. She will be terribly missed. God Bless all who knew her. The Wulliman family. Bob & Carolyn, Diane & Andy & Deb Wright.

  7. Tammi H. Shelton on said:

    She was a great person and a great chaplain at Mclane Mid Atlantic. She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and friends.

  8. karen on said:

    Dorothy loved her 4th graders and her Lord. She apoke often of her family. She gave her all at whatever she did while she taught at Lincoln Elementary in Waraaw. She was a pioneer in the Adopt A School program. She connected her atudents with their grandparents

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