Maureen VanDenTop

April 13, 1940 - January 15, 2017

Visitation: Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Service: Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 20 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD.

Van DenTop paper      De Lois Maureen VanDenTop, age 76, passed away peacefully with her pastor and family by her side on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Southridge Health Care.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 20 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Maureen was born on April 13, 1940 on a farm near Inwood, IA to Olaf and Gladys (Huckfeldt) Eiesland.  She attended rural Sunnyside grade school and Canton High School where she was active in vocal music, piano, accordion, and alto saxophone.  After graduating valedictorian in 1957, she worked at the local A.S.C. office for 25 years.  Maureen enjoyed singing, music, and was an excellent cook.

          She married Gerrit VanDenTop on September 24, 1960 at Canton Lutheran Church.  The couple had the privilege to start farming with Oliver Rikansrud and Gladys and Ron Eiesland.  The couple lived and farmed near Canton until moving to Touchmark At All Saints in Sioux Falls in 2013 due to Maureen’s failing health.

          Grateful for sharing her life are her husband of 56 years, Gerrit; son, Jason (Jaci) VanDenTop and their children Anthony (Emily) Johnson, Alyssa (Josh) Miller, Derek, and Cecelia, all of Canton, SD; sister-in-law, Jennie Brower, Hills, MN; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ronald Eiesland.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the charity of your choice.


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  1. Sonja Estes on January 15, 2017 said:

    Maureen was a good friend since highly school. She sang at our wedding and again at the renewal of vows after 25 years. Top, I know you so enjoyed your life together. My thoughts are with you, Jason and family.
    She was one good lady.
    Sonja Estes

  2. Cindi and Mark Hinton on January 16, 2017 said:

    I am so sorry to hear of Maureen’s passing. She was a special cousin. I called and talked to her on New Years Day and she said she wasn’t feeling very good.

  3. Missy (Van Den Top) Borman on January 16, 2017 said:

    I will miss seeing Aunt Maureen at various family functions. I always enjoyed our visits. She was truly a vibrant and wonderful person.
    My sympathy to Uncle Jr., Jason, Jaci and Families-
    Jayd, Missy, Reese and Cameron Borman

  4. The Kaltenbachs- Fred, Janel & Kayla on January 16, 2017 said:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Maureen was such a great lady. It was always a joy to visit her at the kids events. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for everyone.

  5. Gail Eiesland on January 17, 2017 said:

    Top and Jason, Maureen was such a lovely woman. Always so endearing, vivacious and just plain fun! And of course, her musical gifts were to be cherished by those of us fortunate enough to hear her sing and play the piano. My sincere condolences on your loss, Gail.

  6. Bertha Van Grootheest on January 18, 2017 said:

    My sympathy to you and your family Top

  7. Andy Huckfeldt on January 19, 2017 said:

    I was so sorry to hear about Maureen’s passing. She was a favored cousin in my youth and we had a lot of fun together. I loved her hearty laugh and sense of humor. My sister Rosie and I will donate to our favorite charities in her honor. May she enjoy eternal life with her mother Gladys, father Olaf and brother Ronald.

  8. jennieva denboer on January 19, 2017 said:

    Our sympathy to you, junior, and your family. We always enjoyed visiting with you @ family reunions I will sorry we are not able to attend services since my cancer is getting worse.

  9. Henry and Irene Ter Wee on January 21, 2017 said:

    We wish to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of your wife.

  10. Janis (Rikansrud) and Brian Campbell on January 29, 2017 said:

    Top, Jason and family, Our sincere sympathy to all of you. The choir in Heaven now has another beautiful singer. Maureen sang at our wedding in 1968 and for my dad’s funeral in 1995. Maureen was such a talented musician. ‘Do not grieve that she passed away, but celebrate the days she passed your way.’ May God Bless her memory.
    Love, Janis & Brian