Anna Marie Van Gilst

1918–2014 (Age 96)
Pella, Marion, Iowa, United States

The Life of Anna Marie

When Anna Marie Van Gilst was born on 19 June 1918, in Pella, Marion, Iowa, United States, her father, Pieter Mattheus Van Gilst, was 32 and her mother, Nellie Klein, was 34. She married Ernest William De Bruin on 16 February 1940, in Wright, Mahaska, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Lake Prairie Township, Marion, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Cedar Township, Mahaska, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 29 August 2014, in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Leighton, Mahaska, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Anna Marie Van Gilst
Ernest William De Bruin
Marriage: 16 February 1940
Dwight Allen De Bruin
Wayne Allen De Bruin
Donald Lee De Bruin

Spouse & Children

16 February 1940
Wright, Mahaska, Iowa, United States


  • Dwight Allen De Bruin


  • Wayne Allen De Bruin


  • Donald Lee De Bruin


Parents & Siblings

  • Pieter Mattheus Van Gilst


  • Nellie Klein




  • Bastian Van Gilst


  • Cornelia Agatha Van Gilst


  • William Van Gilst


  • Ada Mae Van Gilst


  • Female1918–2014Female

World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 4

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 26

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Tanna M Van Giln in household of Peter Van Giln, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Anna M Van Gilet in household of Peter Van Gilst, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Anna De Bruin in entry for Nellie Klein Van Gilst, "Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006"

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