Marie Vande Zande

Date of Death: Feb 27, 2021
Marie Vande Zande

1927 - 2021

Marie Vande Zande, 93, of Beaver Dam passed away peacefully Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Marie was born July 13, 1927 in rural Brandon the daughter of Ben and Gladys Kettler Bronkhorst. On March 24, 1948 she married David Vande Zande in Brandon. Following their marriage, the couple resided in Brandon most of their married lives. The couple farmed for eight years until opening Marie’s coffee shop in Brandon. Her love for cooking brought her to Headstart at Union-Congregational Church in Waupun where she cooked for ten years. She was a charter member of Bethel Reformed Church.

Marie is survived by a son, Mitchell Vande Zande of Waupun; a daughter, Debra (Michael) Hammer of Waupun; two grandchildren: Andrea (John) Huss and Steven Vande Zande; two great-grandchildren: Andy and Sadie Huss; a brother-in-law, Henry (Lorraine) Vande Zande of Waupun; two sisters-in-law: LaVerne Vande Zande of Waupun and Betty Bruins of rural Markesan; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David; a brother, Wilbert Bronkhorst; and three sisters-in-law: Ruby Brown, Jessie Vanden Berg, and Helen Vande Zande.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Marie Vande Zande will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon with Pastor John Tilstra officiating.


Burial will follow at Brandon Cemetery.

Please follow current COVID-19 guidelines with mask wearing and social distancing.



  1. Teresa Packer Says: March 2, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Deb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many happy memories of your mom and she is smiling in all of them! Cherish the memories. Thoughts, prayers, and hugs for you all. My deepest sympathy.

  2. Maureen Asbury Says: March 2, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Deb and family. Your mom was fun to be around. Heaven is joyously receiving her! Your friend. Maureen

  3. Jack Vande Zande Says: March 2, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Deb and Mitch, you have our sympathy with the passing of Aunt Marie. She had a hardy laugh and smiled a lot. Great memories of our VZ gatherings for the holidays. What a full house that was. I also remember the cafe. If I remember right, Mitchell’s high school graduation was held there.

  4. Cindy Stiemsma Says: March 4, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Mitch and Deb, You have my sympathy and prayers. My mom had so much fun working for your mom. I have many memories of spending time at the restaurant.

  5. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: March 4, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Sending lots of hugs Deb n Mike…

  6. ANDREW & SHIRLEY WAHL Says: March 8, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Deb, Mike, and Mitch,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I didn’t hear about it until today. Sorry I missed the funeral, but be assured that Andy and I will keep all of you and Marie in our prayers. I am sure that she has now joined your dad in heaven. Your mom had a heart of gold and we will miss her greatly. We had planned to visit her this winter, but with Covid, we have been housebound since last March 11th, 2020. We will cherish memories our last visit (in 2019) with her greatly. We hope to see you sometime soon.

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