Fern Van Zandt MUSCATINE, Iowa #45;- Fern E. Van Zandt, 86, formerly of 2180 Seven Springs Road, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at Unity Hospital. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the High Prairie United Methodist Church, 2050 215th Street. Reverend Gerry Kahler will officiate. A luncheon will be held immediately following the funeral service at the High Prairie United Methodist Church. Burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Honorary Bearers will be Jim Newman, Robert Brown, Dennis Brown, Bion Hitchcock and Lysle Hitchcock. Pallbearers will be Gary Fortney, Marlin Eichelberger, Richard Eichelberger, Donald Eichelberger, Randy Castle and Randy Powell. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the High Prairie Church Fern was born on January 18, 1917, in Muscatine, the daughter of Bion and Margaret Will Hitchcock. She married Harold W. Van Zandt on February 6, 1938, in Muscatine, Iowa. She was a member of the High Prairie United Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, William Van Zandt and his wife, Nirvana, of Alexandria, Egypt, and Joe Van Zandt of Muscatine; one daughter, Virginia Van Zandt of Cedar Rapids; two granddaughters, Cali and Paige Van Zandt of Muscatine; one brother-in-law, Louis Eisner of Muscatine; and two sisters-in-law, Arlene R. Hitchcock and Louise D. Hitchcock, both of Muscatine. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1995; two brothers, Stewart and "Bud" Hitchcock, and one sister, Ruth Eisner.
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