Jeannine VanderPol (Klosterman)
Jeannine Mary VanderPol, 66, of Platte, SD passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Platte Health Center Avera. Funeral Mass is 1:00 P.M. Friday, July 20, 2018 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Platte. A Committal Service will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. Thursday, July 19, 2018 with a 5:00 P.M. Rosary. Celebration of Life will continue Thursday with a 6:00 P.M. dinner served at the Platte Community Building.
Jeannine Mary (Klosterman) VanderPol was born in Pipestone, MN, on July 18, 1951, to Gerald “Jerry” and Katherine (Kiesow) Klosterman.
A deep faith in God graced Jeannine’s life. At a young age Jeannine prepared and led her six siblings to Sunday Mass each week. This faith and determination grew throughout her life. Her family moved from Pipestone to Huron and then to Platte, where she graduated from Platte High School in 1969. High school is where she met her husband, Jon VanderPol. Jeannine attended the University of South Dakota for a year and then married her high school sweetheart in 1971. The two lived and worked on the VanderPol farm and were blessed with four children, Rona, Tobiann, Jentry and Chip. Jeannine returned to the University of South Dakota and earned her teaching degree in 1988. The family moved to Pierre, SD, and Jeannine worked at First National Bank in Ft. Pierre and then later took a job with the Department of Education in Pierre as a Regional Interagency Facilitator. In 1993 the family moved to Bowman, ND, for several years and then returned to the family farm in Platte, SD, in 1996. She accepted a teaching position at Crow Creek High School, and thus, her passion for teaching was born. Jeannine had a gift of working with students. She had a calling and this calling took her to Aurora Plains Academy, Marty Indian School, and then on to Andes Central where she retired earlier this year. She spoke passionately about her students, her co-workers, and the direction of education. Her most notable achievements came through the successes of her students.
Jeannine loved her family, and her grandchildren were her life. The house was a hub for the extended family and was always full of love and kindness. A drawer was full of Oreo cookies, and counters were filled with pans of Special K bars and bags of Angel Wings. She had the best of times with her golfing crew and also enjoyed bowling and softball in her younger years. She loved to cook for family and took utmost care of her yard with flowers and lights. Wherever Jeannine went, her deep sense of spirituality was felt. She gave the best advice, which reflected her character values of integrity, determination, forgiveness, and love.
She is survived by her husband, Jon of 46 years and her children: daughter, Rona (Todd) Volmer of Winner, SD, and grandchildren: Bailey, Brandon, and Blake Volmer; daughter, Tobiann (Wes) Andrews of Bowman, ND, and grandchildren: Chance, Abby, Sam, TJ, and Quin Andrews; son, Jentry (Traci) VanderPol of Geddes, SD, and grandchildren: Weston, Teigan, Sutton, and Tyce VanderPol; and son, Chip (Michaela) VanderPol of Platte, SD, and grandchildren: Paitynn, Sophie, and Vienna VanderPol; five siblings: sister, Joni (Mark) Llewellyn of West Lake Village, CA; sister, Debbie Frandsen of Iowa City, IA; sister, Dee Ann Gibb (Bernie Duenwald) of Medical Lake, WA; brother, Jeff (Sheila) Klosterman of Rapid City, SD; brother, Chuck (Deb) Klosterman of Brighton, CO; sister-in-law, Lois (Andy) Skeens of Winner, SD; and many well-loved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Kay Klosterman; brother, Danny Klosterman; her in-laws, Don and Ann VanderPol; and brother-in-law, Jim Frandsen.
Memorials in Jeannine’s honor may be directed to: Jeannine VanderPol Memorial Scholarship, c/o First Fidelity Bank, PO Box 450, Platte, SD 57369 or Wings & Hope Cancer Fund, PO Box 192, Platte, SD 57369.
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