‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send FlowersHand delivered by a local florist
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees

Visitation with the family present

Hawarden Christian Reformed Church
Sunday June 6th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

View Details

Funeral Service

Hawarden Christian Reformed Church
Monday June 7th, 2021

View Details

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Grada's visitation.

Grada Van Ballegooyen

HAWARDEN, IOWA ~ Grada W. Van Ballegooyen, 90, of rural Hawarden, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Sioux Center Health in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 7, 2021 at Hawarden Christian Reformed Church in Hawarden with Rev. Cornelius John Moss officiating. Burial will follow in Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Christian Reformed Church. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The funeral service will be livestreamed at view.faithwebsites.com/hawardencrc/index.cfm.

Grada Willemina Kooi was born in at home in Lebanon, Iowa to George and Greta (Vos) Kooi on November 17, 1930. She married John Van Ballegooyen on January 24, 1951 at the Lebanon Christian Reformed Church. Together they raised their family west of Hawarden in Union County, South Dakota. In addition to being a farm wife she also began working at Hillcrest in 1982. She then worked as an aide at the Hawarden Community Hospital and later as a physical therapy aide.

Grada enjoyed quilting, camping, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed her garden; her dream was to put up a light pole in her garden so she could work while the rest of us slept. Her flowers were poetry and beauty in its purest form.

Grada is survived by five children and their spouses, Marsha (Harlan) Moss of Hull, Iowa, John (Pam) Van Ballegooyen, Greg (Lynn) Van Ballegooyen of Hawarden, Dan (Lori) Van Ballegooyen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Cheri (Jason) Van Holland of Bellevue, Nebraska. She is also survived by siblings, Lane Kooi of Sioux Center, Iowa, George and Lari Kooi of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Alida and Marvin Scholten of Maurice, Iowa, Jean and Teunis Fluit of Larchwood, Iowa, and Linda and Ken Altena of Sioux Center, Iowa; also, thirteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Grada was preceded in death by her husband, John; father and mother; and sisters-in-law, Margaret and Joan Kooi.

 Service Program

Click to download / open

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Grada Ballegooyen, please visit our flower store.

Service Program


A candle was lit in memory of Grada Ballegooyen

Jim and Denise Harry Jun 13 2021 11:18 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Grada Ballegooyen

Cindy Havelaar Jun 9 2021 4:35 PM

May Gods Peace be her Eternal Life.God has opened up his arms and wrapped them around my sister-n-law Grada Van Ballegooyen and welcomed her into heaven and to be re-united with Johnny.Grada will be fondly remembered for her special baking skills,her green thumb in raising a wonderful garden & pretty flowers.Grada loved her family very much and loved spending time with them.Remember you have an angel watching over all of the Van Ballegooyen family.

Mary W. Wilken Jun 6 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lynn, Greg,Jess,Payne,Justin,Sheridan, Charity, Alexis,Shane, and the entire VanBallegooyen family as you mourn the loss of Grada. She was such a sweet lady. I always remember her working in the garden. Im sure she will have an amazing one in heaven now. May Grada rest in Gods perfect peace. Love you guys, Kris,Chuck,(Morgan)Tadrah,Turner (Kaskie)

Kristi Morgan Jun 6 2021 12:00 AM

Sharon & Harlan and family,Our sympathy to you in this time. May the Lord God uphold you and give you His grace as your mourn the loss of your mother/grandmother.Harlin & Elaine Vermeer

Harlin Vermeer Jun 6 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts & prayers are with the whole family in the loss of Aunt Grada.Grada loved her family very much and her love for God was priceless.Grada had a green thumb in raising a big garden and beautiful flowers.With deepest sympathies and condolences.

Cindy (Wilken) & Casey Havelaar Jun 5 2021 12:00 AM