Henrietta Albertha Van Roekel

November 8, 1927 ~ March 16, 2019 (age 91)

Rock Rapids, IA: Henrietta Van Roekel, 91, of Rock Rapids, formerly of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Rock Rapids Health Centre. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 20, at 11:00 AM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley with Rev. Dr. Verlyn Boone officiating. Burial will be held at Hope Cemetery in Hull, Iowa. Visitation, with the family present, will be held prior to the funeral service from 10:00-11:00 AM at the funeral home. Public viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at Porter Funeral Home from 12:00-5:00 PM.


   Henrietta Albertha Van Roekel, daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Burgers) Bonestroo, was born November 8, 1927, at Perkins, Iowa. Henrietta attended Perkins Grade School, Hull High School, and graduated with a Teacher’s Certificate from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. On June 3, 1948, Henrietta was united in marriage with Arthur Van Roekel in Hull, Iowa. The couple made their home in Rock Valley, Iowa. Art died June 5, 1973. Henrietta remained in Rock Valley until she moved to Rock Rapids, Iowa later in life.


   Henrietta was a dog lover. She always had a dog in her home until having to go to the nursing home. She also enjoyed reading and sewing. Henrietta sewed and sold Barbie clothes for years. Family was always very important to Henrietta during her life and she made sure to attend family events whenever she could. Henrietta was a member of the Rock Valley First Reformed Church.


   She is survived by her two children, Melinda (Steve) Koppien and Kenton (Leslie) Van Roekel, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two grandchildren, Kris Kramer-Van Roekel of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Michael (Amy) Koppien of Sioux Falls; four great-grandchildren, Dallas and Zachary Kramer, and Aaron and Demi Koppien; sister, Viola (Loren) Dengler of Rock Rapids; and sister-in-law, Leora (Joe) Mulder of Montevideo, Minnesota.


   Henrietta was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gertrude Bonestroo; husband, Art; son, Harlan Van Roekel; grandson, Aaron Koppien; and infant sister, Henrietta Albertha Bonestroo.

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