Shirley A. “Big Gram” VanAntwerp, 85, of Atkinson, died Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo, surrounded by her family. A funeral service was at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. The Rev. Jacob Stansberry officiated. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the Shirley VanAntwerp Memorial Fund.

Shirley A. “Big Gram” VanAntwerp, 85, of Atkinson, died Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo, surrounded by her family. A funeral service was at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. The Rev. Jacob Stansberry officiated. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the Shirley VanAntwerp Memorial Fund.

Shirley was born Dec. 17, 1931, in Altona, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Becker) Clementz. She was a graduate of Annawan High School. Shirley married Arlo “Dutch” VanAntwerp on Sept. 1, 1951. The couple later separated. Arlo passed away in 2009. She was a home caregiver for several elderly residents in Atkinson for many years and was a member of the Atkinson Congregational Church. Shirley enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, baking and always had a fresh pot of coffee and a bowl of popcorn made. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids most of all.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Tim (Lynda) VanAntwerp, of Kewanee and Tony VanAntwerp, of Muscatine; her daughter, Rhonda VanDerSnick, of Geneseo; nine grandchildren, Brooke, Bart, Kelsey, Kale, Allyson, Ian, Joycelyn, Tanner and Connor and nine great-grandchildren; brother, Arlyn Clementz, of Oak Creek, Wis.; and sister, Donna Vandemark, of Macomb. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Dorothy; sons, Terry “Ray” and Russell; her son-in-law, Randy “Mole” VanDerSnick; and her brother, Donald Clementz.