Ann Urup van der Geest

Ann Urup van der Geest
Ann Urup van der Geest, 82, of Rapid City, and formerly of Vermillion, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at her home.

She was born March 26, 1928, to Johannes and Mathilda Kristensen on a farm in Denmark. She grew up in the Danish countryside and was educated there.

She married Thomas Urup and to their union was born their beloved only child, a daughter, Ellie. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1950 and settled in Vermillion.  She helped her husband in their many business ventures in Vermillion.  

After their retirement they enjoyed traveling by motorhome to see much of the U.S. She especially enjoyed making meals for her three grandchildren as they each attended school at USD. After her husband Thomas' death she moved to Rapid City to be close to her family.  

She married Jack van der Geest in 2002. They had much in common and a similar history of growing up in Europe during the war.  They also traveled to share the story of his Holocaust survival and his book, "Was God on Vacation."  

She relished spending time with family and friends, reading, playing cards, traveling, and having a good dessert.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellie Tomlinson and her husband Dale; grandchildren, Michele Ladenburger, her husband, Chris, Clint Tomlinson, his wife, Kristen, and Lisa Porch, and her husband, Joel. Anna also is survived by eight great-grandchildren, Matthew, Justin, and Lucas Ladenburger, Allie, Cade and Ryan Porch, and Morgan and Cole Tomlinson; a stepson, Van van der Geest; one brother, Jes Kristensen; a brother-in-law, Jorgen Urup; and special friends, Sam and Jennifer Kooiker and Duva Garlow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; her husband, Thomas Urup; her husband, Jack van der Geest; and her great-grandson, Zachary Ladenburger.  

Services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City.  Interment was in Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City. Memorials have been established for Calvary Lutheran Church and the Greatest Commandment Churches of Rapid City.

Arrangements are with Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.  Her online guestbook is available at

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