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Obituary: Arlene VanderWoude

November 14, 1938 – February 6, 2023

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Arlene VanderWoudeArlene VanderWoude, nee Heaps, age 84, of Dyer, IN, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 6, 2023. Loving wife of William VanderWoude. Devoted mother of Karen (George) Gorgeff, Sandy (Dennis) LaMorte, Leonard (Lauren) Kats, Dana (John) Schramer; step-mother of Keith (Dawn) VanderWoude. Cherished grandmother of 16; great-grandmother of 21. Preceded in death by her parents William and Irene Heaps, brother William Heaps, and step-son Ryan VanderWoude.

Visitation Tuesday, February 14, 2023, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. Interment Oak Ridge Cemetery – Lansing, IL. Memorial donations to William J. Riley Memorial Residence 511 Otis Bowen Drive, Munster, IN 46321, appreciated. For further information, please contact 219-322-7300 or visit our online guestbook and obituary at

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