Velma Van Deest

February 14, 1916 ‒ May 01, 2012

Johnstown, Ohio

Velma Van Deest, age 96, of S. Williams Street, Johnstown, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Countryview Nursing Home in Sunbury. She was born on February 14, 1916 in Glenvil, Nebraska to the late Carl and Dorothy (Busboom) Walther. Velma was an active member of the Hosanna Lutheran Church in Pataskala and previously served on the Licking County MR/DD board.

She is survived by her children, Margaret (Charles) Hegenberger of Westerville, Howard (Nora Jean) Van Deest of Orlando, Florida and Elisabeth Van Deest of Newark, nine grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Howard Van Deest Sr., a son, Karl Van Deest, a brother, Rev. Royal Walther, two sisters, Sophia Radcliffe and Dorothy Wickham.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road, Pataskala, Ohio 43062. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Velma Van Deest.

The family suggest memorial contributions in Velma’s name may be made to the church or Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, Ohio 43055.

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