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Rene VanDenBerg

Died: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Age: 83
Rene VanDenBerg, 83, of Imlay City passed away Saturday, August 25, 2007 at Lapeer Regional Medical Center.

Marinus J. “Rene’’ VanDenBerg was born on January 20, 1924 in Grand Rapids. He was the son of Jacob and Jenney (Fedder) VanDenBerg. Rene grew up on a farm on Shaw Road and attended Shepherd Country School. He spent most of his life in the Imlay City area.

Rene served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a POW. As a POW “they worked long and hard up at 3 a.m. and worked until 10 p.m.’’ They were given only “cabbage soup for lunch and three small potatoes and a slice of bread at night.’’ However, according to Rene “their spirits stayed high.’’

He married Winifred “Winnie’’ Ryckman on November 29, 1946 in Lapeer.

Rene was a auto mechanic for 17 years with the Imlay City School System. He also worked for Schoenhals Motors and the Dodge Chrysler dealer in Imlay City. Rene was a member of the Imlay City American Legion Post 135. His favorite hobbies were helping family, camping and the Detroit Tigers.

Rene is survived by his wife, Winnie VanDenBerg of Imlay City; 2 sons, Richard “Dick’’ (Yvonne) VanDen-Berg of Imlay City and Gary (Debra) VanDenBerg of Imlay City; 3 grandchildren, Scott (Ginger) VanDenBerg, Nick VanDenBerg, and Tifani VanDenBerg; 1 great-grandchild, Alexandria VanDenBerg; and 3 sisters, Mary (Herb) Brink of Grand Rapids, Ann (John) Timmer of North Branch, and Janet (Fred) Ensink of Grand Rapids. He is preceded in death by a infant daughter, Sandra VanDenBerg and a sister, Janice VanOs.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 28 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City. Pastor Pam Barnett of West Goodland United Methodist Church of Imlay City officiated. Interment followed at Goodland Township Cemetery, Imlay City.

A military service was held Monday evening at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Imlay City.
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