Lynne VanGrevenhof

Lynne Carol VanGrevenhof (Martin)

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Lynne Carol (Martin) VanGrevenhof, age 73 of Ottawa, IL, passed peacefully the evening of May 2, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Houston, TX, surrounded by her family.

Lynne was born on January 28, 1947 in Watseka, IL to Oscar and Dallas (Hinkle) Martin. She married David VanGrevenhof on December 17, 1974. Lynne worked for nearly 30 years at Snap-on-Tools in Ottawa, IL which was like her 2nd family. She then worked with very close friends at Voyager in Ottawa until her retirement.

She was a deeply faithful woman with a generous spirit and a kind heart, who consistently put others first. She led a very quiet and private life of service to others, always helping, encouraging and praying for those in need. Her family and friends were extremely important to her; enjoying their company was her favorite pastime. She was a lifelong learner and voracious reader. She also loved all types of music and working on her many craft projects.

Each grandchild knew they were unconditionally and fiercely loved and she showered them with affection, frequent emojis, and gifts for every conceivable occasion. She taught them to always be kind to others, to express their creativity, and to be their truest selves. Her grandchildren brought her immense joy and she absolutely loved every cheer competition and dance recital she had the opportunity to attend.

Lynne was predeceased by her mother, Dallas Martin and her brother, Bruce Martin. She is survived by her husband, David VanGrevenhof of Ottawa; daughters Heather (Dennis) Kracik Chicago and Courtney Olesen of Houston, TX; three granddaughters Morgan Olesen of Katy, TX, Cassidy Olesen of San Marcos, TX and Julia Kracik of Chicago; great grandson Greyson Liam Garcia of Katy, TX; father Oscar Martin Watseka, IL; brother Randy Martin of the Quad Cities; her loving brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim & Linda VanGrevenhof of Norman, OK, Charles & MaryAnn VanGrevenhof of Morris, IL, Rick & Marsha VanGrevenhof of Peoria, IL, and Ed & Mary VanGrevenhof of Streator, IL, cousins, nephews, nieces and many dear friends.

A celebration of life is tentatively scheduled for July 3rd.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 | 12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Celebration of Life at Bertas
    616 Clinton
    Ottawa, Illinois 61350
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 10:30am
    Oakwood Memorial Chapel
    2405 Champlain St.
    Ottawa, Illinois 61350
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Larry E Burash

Posted at 09:58am
David and Family
I am very sorry to have read about the passing of your wife, Lynne. It is a very difficult time when a loved one passes away. Know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Also know that God is with and Lynne is now in his presence.
With Sympathy
Larry E Burash

Ruth Murdock

Posted at 12:04am
My heart is so broken for all of you. We all lost a very special woman and friend. You are all in my prayers. I will miss Lynne so much. She was a great friend who was always there for me if need be. We would spend hours talking about God and the mysteries of the universe. This is so unreal to me. Love you Lynne. You were my best true friend and I know many people felt the same way about you. You are so loved. Rest. Ruth Murdock

Charles & Joanne Monroe

Posted at 12:06am
To Dave, Heather, Courtney, grandchildren, Oscar, Randy and all the VanGrevenhof, and Martin family,
We are deeply sorry for the loss of Lynne. She was a beautiful person. She loved her family passionately. God touched her life and filled it with His love to overflowing. She was deeply concerned and filled with compassion for the people in this world. Love to you all. Charles and Joanne Monroe. My dear, dear friend. I will miss you.

Nancy Hagerty

Posted at 12:54pm
To the entire Van Grevenhof Famiy, we are so sorry for your loss. Lynn was truly a kind and gentle person who will truly be missed. May all the lessons that she taught and all those precious memories , help you all during this difficult time. Love and hugs to all.❤️

Jennifer Van Grevenhof

Posted at 12:01pm
Thinking of my wonderful Aunt Lynne. I’m so glad I got to visit with her last fall at the wedding. Love and big hugs to all the family right now.❤️

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