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February 25, 2018

1/31/2018 9:28:00 AM
Lynne DeRuyter

Lynne DeRuyter, 57, of Okabena died Jan. 26, 2018, at her home in Okabena.
A funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m., at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Pipestone.
Interment will be at Holland City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., at Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone and continue Friday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Hartquist Funeral Home of Pipestone is handling the funeral arrangements.
Lynne Kay Matthiesen was born Aug. 8, 1960, the second of twins, to Harvey and Mary (DeBates) Matthiesen in Pipestone. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.
Raised in Jasper, Lynne, known to many as "Mit," attended grade school and high school there, graduating from Jasper High School in 1978. She was involved in volleyball, basketball, choir, band and FHA.
Lynne continued her education at Southeast Area Vocational and Technical School in Sioux Falls, graduating in 1979 with a licensed practical nursing diploma.
In 1980, she married Bryan DeRuyter at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Bryan and Mit were avid motorcycle riders and travelers, visiting 34 states and making nearly annual trips to Sturgis and Daytona rallies as well as the Laughlin River Run.
In 1984, Lynne gave her life to Jesus and rededicated her life to Him in 1999. She was rebaptized in 2000 and she and Bryan became members of the Windom and Pipestone Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was involved with women's ministry and served as a deaconess, greeter and Sabbath School assistant superintendent.
She loved her family, especially her sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews, and she cared for people, enjoying the opportunity to share her passion for the Lord with them. That especially showed in her 40 years of work caring for the elderly.
In June 2017, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer and retired.
Lynne enjoyed nature, especially the ocean. She collected lighthouses, always feeling Jesus was the lighthouse and she was the ship. She also collected Bibles, giving them to anyone who needed one. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and music.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, John DeRuyter; and great-niece, Kelley Lorenzen.
Survivors include her husband, Bryan DeRuyter of Okabena; twin sister, LeeAnne DeRuyter (Greg) of Okabena; brother, Bruce Matthiesen of Jasper; sister, Dianne Lorenzen (Glenn) of Jasper; mother-in-law, Margaret DeRuyter of Holland; and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Deb Gerdes, Jeff (Shelli) DeRuyter, Todd (Osi) DeRuyter, Doug (Judy) DeRuyter, Connie Fletcher, Dave (Marge) DeRuyter and Chad DeRuyter, all of Holland; Barb (Ken) Brinkhous of Hardwick; Brent (JoAnn) DeRuyter, Karen (Wayne) DeGroot and Rich (Stephanie) DeRuyter, all of Ruthton; Lynette (Jerry) Jolitz of Thief River Falls; and Gary (Bernie) DeRuyter of Lake Benton.

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