Anna VanBatavia – Pipestone County Star

Anna VanBatavia, 79, Luverne, died Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD

The funeral was held on Tuesday, March 15 at the American Reformed Church in Luverne.

Interment took place at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Luverne.

Anna VanBatavia was born on November 4, 1942, to John and Henrietta (Smeins) Brommer. When Anna was a child, her father John was killed in a car accident. Anna was later adopted by Chris DeGroot, who married Henrietta and raised Anna as his own. She worked as a car hop at A&W Drive In while in high school. She also cleaned out the Rock County Bank. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1960 and immediately began working part-time for Rock County Bank as a teller, where she remained until her retirement in 2007.

She married Virgil VanBatavia on November 2, 1962. The couple later divorced but remained good friends.

Anna was very proud of her work at the bank, where she held almost every position. She went from part-time to full-time in 1971, working as a security loan officer, then a consumer loan officer and eventually rising to the position of vice president of consumer mortgage lenders. After retiring in 2007, Anna worked part-time for Manitou Carpets and remained very active in the community.

She was a member of the American Reformed Church for many years, serving as a first-grade Sunday School teacher for much of that time. Her love of music has earned her many opportunities to serve, from the Tri-State Band Committee from 1986 to 2013, then as a People’s Choice Judge from 2014 to 2017, and as a Parade Marshal in 2009. She was also an active member of the Luverne Chamber of Commerce and the Rock County Bankers Association. She participated in a bowling league for many years.

She is survived by her daughters, Tammy (Tom) Johnson, Hardwick and Debbie Pantekoek, Pipestone; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, as well as her cats Muffy and Toby and so many friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Chris and Henrietta DeGroot, her biological father John Brommer and her brother, Lloyd DeGroot.

(Hartquist Funeral Home,

Chapel of the Luverne)

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