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Ethelbert Van Wert

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Sept. 14, 1926-March 25, 2012

Ethelbert "Tigg" E. Van Wert, 85, of rural Waubun, died Sunday, March 25, 2012 at her residence, surrounded by her family and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Funeral services for Ethelbert will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, in St. Columba Episcopal Church, White Earth. Visitation will start at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1 in the White Earth Community Center, White Earth, and continuing until the time of services on Monday. Interment will be in St. Columba Episcopal Cemetery.

Ethelbert "Tigg" Van Nett was born to Albert and Ellen (Morgan) Van Nett on September 14, 1926 by Rat Lake, near White Earth. She was raised and educated in White Earth. After school Tigg was employed with the White Earth Sewing Center, where she made teddy bears and quilts.

As a young adult, Tigg enjoyed traveling with her friends in the Kateri Circle throughout the United States. Tigg was a longtime member of the White Earth Ojibway Hymn Singers and was also a member of St. Columba Episcopal Church.

With raising eight children, Tigg felt it was important to lead by example. She spent as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren and instilled in them the value of family. Along with being a wonderful seamstress, Tigg enjoyed spending time in her garden during the summer, where her peonies, roses and irises were always at full bloom.

She also enjoyed a day out on the lake fishing, volunteering her cooking skills at Camp Justice in White Earth, working on puzzles, canning, picking berries and making her own jam, smelting with her husband Alvin, and riceing with her son Glenn.

During the holidays, Tigg would busy herself making ornaments and cooking pies for each family member to receive. Her giving nature and love for family will be deeply missed.

Surviving Tigg are her children, Jeanette Nickelson, Arthur W. Van Wert Jr., Barbara Jensen, Harold J. Van Wert, Joan E. (Gordon) Peterson, Glenn (Beverly) Van Wert and Linda Bellcourt, all of White Earth, and Carol Jelinek of St. Paul. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Alvin; daughter, Charlotte Van Wert; and siblings Doll, Ida, Jo, Dorothy, Bud, Orville and Arnold.

David Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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