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Robert “Bob” VanderMeersch, 92, of Sheffield, passed away June 2, 2014, in Liberty Village, Princeton, and finally fulfilled his last wish of joining his wife, “Rosie” who preceded him in death in 2007.
A Funeral Mass celebrating Bob’s life will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick Cat-holic Church, Sheffield.
The Rev. Mark Miller will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Atkinson.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday in Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.
Bob was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Atkinson to Julius and Bertha (Teerlinck) VanderMeersch. Bob grew up on the farm, worked briefly at International Harvester Foundry in Moline. He was united in marriage to Rose Marie Lootens on Nov. 25, 1944, in Moline. They had 10 children. Bob farmed, owned and operated Bob’s Shell Service Station in Sheffield, and drove livestock trucks for the Sheffield Order Buyer. Throur it all, his heart belonged to farming from which he retired in 2006. Some of Bob’s greatest loves were a good practical joke, babies, watching his boys play sports and a clean, straight row in a field.
Survivors include nine sons and one daughter, Joseph (Amy) VanderMeersch, Allan (Sandra) VanderMeersch, Thomas (Jacquelyn) VanderMeersch, Keith (Wendee) VanderMeersch, Mary Jane (Richard) Carlucci, Randall (Karla) VanderMeersch, Lynn VanderMeersch, Terrance (Cressinda) VanderMeersch, Dennis (P.J.) VanderMeersch and Timothy (Darcy) VanderMeersch; 21 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; two sisters: Bernice (Chuck) Termont of Dubuque, Iowa, and Joanne (Mel) Davenport of Hemet, Calif.; and former foreign exchange student Michael Reiner of Germany.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Martins; and an infant brother: Joseph.
Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheffield and the Sheffield Rescue Unit.
Share a message of sympathy with Bob’s family at: vandemorefuneralhome.com.