Sandra Van Pelt

Sandra Dawn Van Pelt, 79, of Eleva passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, in Eau Claire, Wis.
She was born on April 17, 1939, in Eleva, Wis., to Alvin and Doris (Gunderson) Semingson. Sandra graduated from Eleva-Strum High School. She married Daniel Van Pelt on Jan. 19, 1957, in Eleva. Sandra babysat for friends and neighbors. She worked at the Eleva grocery store, then at the Holiday Inn, in Eau Claire, and later at the Westside Grocery, in Eleva, as manager and part-time at a local bar serving coffee in the mornings. Sandra enjoyed playing cards, bowling and going on “Snoop Patrol” driving around town. Sandra was a member of the Eleva Lutheran Church, in Eleva.
She is survived by her sons, Greg (Jami) Van Pelt of Mondovi, Jeff (Marilyn) Van Pelt of Eleva, grandchildren, Jeff, Casey (Katelyn), Jon, Heather (Garrett) Nix, Daniel (Taylor); great-grandchildren, Breckin, Reese, Connor and Maxwell, and two great-grandchildren on the way; sister, Sherrill Dahl of Janesville; brothers, Sidney (Lois) Semingson of Eleva, Duane (Mary) Semingson of Eleva; brother-in-law, Vic Wenaas of Eleva; many nieces and nephews. She is further survived by two special friends, Alice Tollefson and Fay Tucker
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Doris; her husband, Daniel Van Pelt, in 1982; sister, Joann Wenaas; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna and Don Hermundson; brother-in-law, Ernie Dahl
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home, in Eleva, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Eleva Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Castro officiating. Burial will be in the Eleva Cemetery.
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