Katherine Hansen VanLuyk Dransfield will celebrate her 90th birthday. Family and friends may attend an open house hosted by her daughters: Karlene Wissel, Kathleen Smith, Cherlyn Grossenbach and Lyndel Black, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at an LDS church house on 3267 W. 700 South, in Syracuse. No gifts.
The last of nine children, she was born May 2, 1920, in Ogden to Conrad J. Hansen and Gina Gulbransen Hansen. She enjoyed her dolls, playing jacks, puzzles and roller skating in her youth. She graduated with the first graduating class of the new Ogden High School. Her 1938 class donated the Bronze Tiger.
Her hobbies included different crafts, ceramics, porcelain dolls and experimenting with different techniques in china painting.
She married Aart VanLuyk April 16, 1943, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. They raised five daughters, and the family traveled here and abroad. He died April 2, 1986.
She worked at the navy base as a teletype operator. She later transferred to the General Services Administration, retiring in 1975 after 20 years.
Her activities in the LDS Church include secretary in the Primary, Mutual Improvement Association, Sunday School and counselor in the Relief Society with three presidents. She also served in the Ogden LDS Temple. She has visited 47 temples.
On July 10, 1993, she married Elwin H. Dransfield. Her daughter, Connie VanLuyk Hansen, is deceased. She has 44 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren with more on the way.

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