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Porter Funeral Home
Saturday September 4th, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Saturday September 4th, 2021

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Agnes Van Zee-Damkot

Rock Valley, IA: Agnes Nelva Van Zee-Damkot, 94, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 4, at 2:30 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley with Rev. Gideon Wamala officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, at Porter Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to Rock Valley Christian School.

Agnes Nelva Van Zee-Damkot, daughter of August and Alice (Kragt) Katje, was born March 19, 1927 at Orange City, Iowa. She was raised in Orange City and attended Orange City Christian School and Orange City High School. Agnes married Alvin “Kooze” Van Zee on April 20, 1948. They made their home in Rock Valley, Iowa where Alvin worked and was a partner at Rock Valley Cement, Block & Tile. Alvin died August 14, 1966.

On November 13, 1981, Agnes married Warren Damkot. The couple lived in Tenstrike, Minnesota where they owned and operated Birch Haven Campground. Agnes and Warren loved fishing, golfing, and playing shuffleboard. They wintered in Weslaco, Texas. Warren died March 23, 2002. Agnes remained living in Minnesota for the summers and Texas in the winters for several years.

Agnes moved to the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon, Iowa. While there she enjoyed playing cards, fixing puzzles and visiting with others. She also enjoyed being around her children and grandchildren. In 2017 she moved to Aspen Heights in Hull, Iowa. In May 2021 Agnes moved to Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.

She is survived by her 3 children, Dennis (Diane) Van Zee of Rock Valley, Ruth Van Zee of Denver, Colorado, David Van Zee of Hamilton, Michigan; daughter-in-law, Denise Van Zee of Clarksville, Tennessee; step-daughter, Susan Smith of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; 9 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, August and Alice; husbands, Alvin Van Zee and Warren Damkot; son, Randy Van Zee; brothers, Frank Katje and Gerald Katje; sister, Agnes Ruth Katje; and sisters-in-law, Edna Katje and Louise Katje.

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Grandma Agnes was a beautiful, caring woman that I will never forget. Growing up she showed me how to knit, make Kleenex carnations and the importance of laughing with others. Grandma was a diligent letter writer and always made me feel loved even though we never lived close by. I enjoyed all of our visits to MN at the campground and learning how to make all of her delicious recipes, especially her amazing raspberry sauce! Sitting for hours in the boat while fishing and sharing stories with Grandma and Grandpa are memories I will hold onto forever.
I always admired her faith and she taught me the importance of following a path of faithfulness and love. I am comforted to know that she is in the presence of the Lord and I look forward to seeing her in heaven one day.
Love you Grandma ❤️

Jennifer Weiss Sep 4 2021 8:05 PM

Agnes was such a kind sweet lady. Enjoyed watching her walk outside at Aspen Heights and was a dear friend to my mom💕💕. Marsha Kelderman

Marsha Kelderman Sep 4 2021 7:57 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Agnes Van Zee-Damkot

Donna Katje-Hudson Sep 1 2021 11:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Agnes Van Zee-Damkot

Arlin and Karen Klein Sep 1 2021 11:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Agnes Van Zee-Damkot

Ron and Judy Katje Sep 1 2021 10:46 PM

To Denny, Diane and family, We want to express our heart felt sympathies to you and your families. For some reason, I remember your Mom from years ago. Only connection that comes to mind is I would come to church with my cousins Sandra and Rachel Van Maanen when I was young. A very classy lady!!! Wishing you comfort during this tough time. Prayers!!! Bob and Nancy Smith.

Nancy Smith Sep 1 2021 10:41 PM