Saturday, February 11, 2017
Visitation: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m.
Everything will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (2056 Geneva Street)
Gifts of flowers are welcome. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Four Seasons Hospice Center Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC or the The Hope Women’s Cancer center in Asheville, NC.
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HENDERSON, NC – Donna Lunette Foertsch Van Kampen, age 81, died on February 3, 2017. She was born on March 1st, 1935 in Racine County, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Sherman R. and June L. (nee Hynek) Foertsch. She lived in Racine, WI until 1985 when she moved to Hendersonville, NC.
Donna was a homemaker and devoted mother of six children. While raising her family she was active as a leader in Brownies, Cub Scouts, 4H and Lutheran Church groups. She had a lifelong interest in nature and loved figure skating, swimming and hiking. While living in North Carolina she participated in mountain hiking groups, the Sierra Club, and gardening. She was generous in sharing her knowledge of gardening and sharing plants with friends and neighbors. She was a lover of music, storytelling and scriptural worship. She retired several years ago from working in corporate marketing and consulting, and later retired from marketing real estate locally in North Carolina.
She is survived by her son, Richard Larsen of Luxembourg; daughter, Janice Larsen Peterson and husband Roy of Franksville, WI; daughter, Joanne Larsen Unger and husband Mark of Huntsville, AL; daughter, Wendy Van Kampen Lynam of Greenville, SC; daughter, Ann Van Kampen of Racine, WI; her grandchildren, CPT Kyle Unger, Joshua Larsen, Ricky Zicarelli, Lindsey Larsen Weber and husband Roy, Christian Larsen, Alexandra Larsen, Kathryn Lynam and husband Clark Phelps, Mary Lynam and Erin Lynam; her great-grandchildren, Kensington Weber, Marlee Weber and Bretton Larsen-Daubenfeld. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Ann (Dr. James) Hanson of Brookfield, WI; brother, S. James ‘Sherm’ Foertsch (Kathy) and sister-in-law Charlene Foertsch both of Racine; as well as several nieces. She was preceded in death by her son, David A. Larsen; her brother, Curtis A. Foertsch and nephew, Peter Hanson.
Family and friends are invited to meet at Trinity Lutheran Church (2056 Geneva St) on Saturday, February 11, 2017 for a visitation and time to meet with her family from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. A service celebrating and honoring her life will follow at 10:30 a.m. Her interment will immediately follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Gifts of flowers are welcome. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Four Seasons Hospice Center Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC or the The Hope Women’s Cancer center in Asheville, NC.
A special thank you to two very compassionate women in her life – Sandrine Larsen and Carol Coss, as well as the many friends and neighbors who supported her during her illness.