Henry Vande Zande

Date of Death: Jan 01, 2022
Henry Vande Zande

1932 - 2022

Henry J. Vande Zande, 89, of Waupun, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022 at The Christian Homestead in Waupun.

Henry was born July 30, 1932 in the town of Trenton the son of John and Henrietta Boerson Vande Zande. Henry graduated from Brandon High School and then served his country in the Army for two years. He was wounded in Korea on July 15, 1953 and earned the Purple Heart medal. On June 7, 1956 he married Lorraine Vanden Berg at Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon. They farmed for 21 years and then moved to Brandon in 1977. He was a rural mail carrier in Brandon for 45 years. He was a member of Bethel Reformed Church where he served as elder, deacon, and also taught Sunday School for 55 years. He served as trustee on the Village of Brandon Board for 12 years. He was named Fond du Lac County Senior Citizen Volunteer of The Year for 2008. In 2014 Henry and Lorraine moved to Waupun.

Henry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorraine; five children: Kathy (Merlon) Fairbanks of Burke, SD, Larry (Mary) of Waupun, Jack (Carrie) of Sun City, AZ, Tom (Cherie) of Rosendale, and Amy (Joe) Tankovich of Longmont, CO; seven grandchildren: Marcy Fairbanks, Adam, Nathan, Owen, Ben, Hattie, and Meredith Vande Zande; a great-grandson, Grayson; two sisters: LaVerne Vande Zande and Betty Bruins; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Ruby Braun, Jessie Vanden Berg, and Helen Vande Zande; brother, Dave Vande Zande; nephew, Jon Vanden Berg; and niece, Jane Nitschke.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Henry J. Vande Zande will be held Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon with Rev. John Tilstra officiating. Military honors will be performed


Burial will follow at Brandon Cemetery.

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  1. Lorraine and family, Sending thoughts of sympathy and prayers at this difficult time.

  2. Brian and Susanne Says: January 5, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Our sympathy to Lorraine and the family. We had a wonderful year getting to know your family and then enjoyed many years after that spending time together. May your memories bring you much comfort and joy. Praise the Lord he trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

  3. Bruce and Jane Westerveld Says: January 5, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Lorraine and family: you have our deepest sympathy. God be with you in your time of need.

  4. Victor & Bonnie Luther Says: January 6, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Lorraine & Family,

    Our prayers & thoughts are with you all today & also in the days to follow.
    You were wonderful neighbors to us, as well as my Mother!
    And we all, certainly appreciated all that!
    Sorry we can’t be there today.
    Victor & Bonnie (Wetzel) Luther

  5. Kevin J Severson Says: January 6, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    To the Vande Zande family,
    Sorry for your loss. As I read the information about Henry I was very impressed and in awe. What a fantastic person! The world has lost a model man.
    We need more like him in this world. You all should be proud of him and the influence he had on many individuals.
    Rest in peace now Henry.
    Kevin Severson, Alliant WPL Employee.

  6. Sue VandeBerg Says: January 7, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Our sympathy to you and your family. He was an admirable man and raised an awesome family. Sending prayers of comfort your way.

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