ORANGE CITY—Madeline “Maddie” Sanson, age 17, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a visitation with the family present 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City.

A family prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the church.

Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

A public celebration of Maddie’s life will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Dr. Brian Keepers and the Rev. Ben Vos officiating.

The Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City is in charge of arrangements.

Madeline Jo was born on July 26, 2004, in Sioux City, the daughter of Larry and Polly (Vander Linden) Sanson. While an infant, her parents lived on an acreage near Maurice. She was baptized at the Newkirk Reformed Church. Her family later relocated to Orange City, and Maddie became a part of the Trinity Reformed Church, where she had been involved in the church’s youth groups and had made her public profession of faith on Dec. 13, 2020.

Maddie had just begun her junior year at the MOC-Floyd Valley High School, where she had been active in the basketball, softball, choir and band programs. When she was younger, Maddie liked to babysit for local families, and as a young adult, she started working as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. Her goal, after graduation, was to earn her nursing degree. Outside of school and work, Maddie enjoyed spending time with her friends, doing art and craft projects, and spending time at the Iowa Great Lakes and on family vacations.

Those left to cherish her memory include her 26-day-old son, Josiah James Brands-Sanson, and his father, Dylan Brands of Hospers; her parents and their spouses, Larry Sanson and Aftin Hulshof; and Polly and Rick Schau, all of Orange City; five siblings, Trevor Sanson; Colten Schau, and his fiancée, Brooke Harpenau; Megan Schau; Isaiah Hulshof; and Ezra Hulshof; and her grandparents, Ron and Ann Sanson of Orange City; Paul and Phyllis Vander Linden of Ashton; Ron and Conni Hulshof of Orange City; and Jim and Charlene Gengler of Sioux City; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial contributions will be used to establish a scholarship for nursing students in honor of Maddie’s life. Donations may be made to The Maddie Sanson Scholarship c/o Trinity Reformed Church; 201 St. Paul Ave. SE; Orange City, IA 51041.