Thelma Van Horn

A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 12 in the Maple Manor Care Center Chapel in Langdon for Thelma Van Horn, 90, of Riverside, Calif. and formerly of Osnabrock.

Thelma Van Horn

Posted on 9/5/13

She died July 2, 2013 at Senior Focus, a neighborhood care home in Riverside, Calif.

Interment at Union Cemetery in Osnabrock.

Thelma L. Nelson was born January 17, 1923 to Henry and Bertine Nelson at rural Osnabrock. She attended grade school and high school in Osnabrock. She started working at Farmer’s Elevator in Osnabrock and then did secretarial work at the county agent’s office in Langdon. She later was employed at the State Extension office in Fargo before moving to Los Angeles, Calif. in January 1948. Her sister, Eunice, came to California in June of 1949. She was employed as a stenographer for a district judge and later was employed at Riverside Savings & Loans. She then retired and lived at Canyon Crest Villas in Riverside. Ailing health caused her to move to Senior Focus where she resided until her death. She married Robert Van Horn in 1953 at Los Angeles, Calif. where they lived. Robert passed away in October of 1974. Robert had been employed by B & C Transfer Co., a company involved with moving and storage, in Ontario, Calif. She will be forever missed by her loving family.

She is survived by her sisters; Gladys (Richard) Lorenz of Langdon and Eunice Eagan of Whittier, Calif.; brother, Grant (Betty) Nelson of Langdon; sister-in-law, Nona Nelson of Osnabrock; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents, Henry and Bertine; and three brothers; Norris, Harley and John Nelson.

Brooks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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