Era S. Van Den­burg of West Ch­ester

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Era S. Van Den­burg passed away at home on Oc­to­ber 12, 2016 sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily. She is the wife of Dale O. Van Den­burg with whom she shared 66 years of mar­riage.

Era was born Novem­ber 19, 1922 to Neal Pa­trick and Martha Ann (Bullard) San­der­son of McColl, South Carolina. A south­ern girl to the core, she never lost her south­ern hos­pi­tal­ity, south­ern charm or her south­ern drawl.

Era left home to work as a drill press op­er­a­tor in the Charleston, South Carolina Navy Yard dur­ing World War II. She worked pe­ri­od­i­cally through­out her life and es­pe­cially en­joyed work­ing for the US Cen­sus Bureau. How­ever, her true life’s work was car­ing for her fam­ily.

Era loved na­ture, writ­ing, gar­den­ing, travel, and was an avid reader. Her love of birds, na­ture and writ­ing cul­mi­nated in the pub­li­ca­tion of her book, “The Nat­u­ral World of Ivy Lane”, which was pub­lished when she was 85 years old. As a free­lance jour­nal­ist Era con­trib­uted many ar­ti­cles to the Daily Lo­cal News. Era is a mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the West Ch­ester Bird Club. Her home­made jams and jel­lies were al­ways ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated items at the bird clubs an­nual auc­tion.

Era is sur­vived by her hus­band Dale and their two daugh­ters and son­sin-law: Karen and Gary Letcher of Gar­den City, MN and Gretchen and Dave Arm­strong of West Ch­ester. Era was pre­de­ceased by her son, Kurt Van Den­burg. Era is also sur­vived by her grand­chil­dren: David Arm­strong, Brent Fat­ticci and his wife Jerri; Erica Gay and her hus­band Chuck; Bri­etta Voss and her hus­band RJ; Julie DeLong and her hus­band Der­rick; and Taniya Bethke and her hus­band Aric. Step grand­chil­dren are Teri Braaten and her hus­band Chuck and Dion Letcher. Era took great delight in her great­grand­chil­dren: Reilly and Rea­gan Fat­ticci; Jace­lyn, Avie and Can­non Gay; Jay­cent and Avery Voss; Cal­loway DeLong and step-great-grand­sons Bran­don and Tyler Braaten and his daugh­ter Emilee.

A Memo­rial Ser­vice will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Oc­to­ber 22, 2016 at Del­laVec­chia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 North Church St., West Ch­ester, PA 19380, 610-696-1181, www. Del­laFH.com; Visi­ta­tion will be­gin at 2 p.m. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate. Thank you to the ex­tremely com­pe­tent and amaz­ingly com­pas­sion­ate staff of Main­line Home Health Care and Hospice.

Con­tri­bu­tions in Era’s mem­ory may be made to The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy on­line (Na­ture.org> Mem­ber­ship & Giv­ing> Honor & Trib­ute giv­ing) or by phone (1-800628-6860).

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