MITCHELL – Maria Mercedes Van der Kleij, 66, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2023, at her residence.
Born November 17, 1956, in Barcelona, Spain, she was the daughter of Cristóbal and Roser Marí (Miralles) Quilis Vaquer. Maria married Robert Van der Kleij on May 31, 1976 and he survives.
Maria worked in shops in Spain and retired from Indiana University as a cook. Maria’s greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother. She loved cooking, crafting, gardening, and traveling. Maria was passionate and fiery; she lived life to the fullest and was not afraid to take chances.
Surviving are her husband, Robert Van der Kleij of Mitchell; children, David Van der Kleij of Mitchell, Mark Van der Kleij of Morton, Illinois, Desiree (Jay) Van der Kleij of Springville, and Rosana (Brant) Smith of Greenwood; grandchildren, Claire, Finn, Juliet, and Vivian; and siblings, Gloria and Margarida of Barcelona, Spain.
Her parents and brother, Carles, preceded her in death.
Cremation has been chosen with a private Celebration of Life.