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Anna De Weerd

August 11, 1925 — January 8, 2018

Rock Valley, IA: Anna De Weerd (Mrs. John De Weerd), 92, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Monday, January 8, 2018 at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley. Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 AM at Calvin Christian Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Rev. Gideon Wamala officiating. Private family burial will be held prior to the service at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center, Iowa. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Friday, January 12 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley. Memorials may be given to Calvin CRC Education Fund.

Anna (Draayer) DeWeerd was born August 11, 1925 near Sioux Center, Iowa; the daughter of Gerrit and Jane (Langstraat) Draayer. She was raised on the family farm near Maurice, Iowa where she attended school through the ninth grade.

She worked at a grocery store in Maurice prior to her marriage on February 18, 1948 to John DeWeerd in Sioux Center, Iowa. They made their home on a farm south of Rock Valley for 57 years where they lived until John passed away on October 12, 2005. Shortly thereafter Anna moved to Heritage Estates in Rock Valley where she resided until her death. She truly enjoyed the fellowship of the residents, their monthly coffees and playing Rook each Monday night.

Following her marriage, she worked side by side with John on the family farm doing chores, gardening, canning, sewing, along with baking and cooking while raising their five children.

She was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center for 57 years during which she belonged to Mary’s Fellowship and Sunshine Circle. After moving to Rock Valley, she joined Calvin Christian Reformed Church where she was active in Faith Circle.

She enjoyed spending time with family and was always interested in their activities. At the age of 80 she learned how to use a computer and was able to email with family and friends. She enjoyed the “letters” and pictures that she received. She was always concerned about her family and each night would kneel, and later in life sit on her bedside and pray specifically for each one of her family from the oldest to the youngest. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be greatly missed.

Anna is survived by her children: Delores and Lawrence VanGrootheest of Rock Valley; Ron and Joy DeWeerd of Rock Valley; Leanne DeWeerd of Waterford, Wisconsin; Glen DeWeerd of Rock Valley and special friend Barb; and Mark and Sherry DeWeerd of Springfield, Missouri. Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Karen and Mike DeVries, Abigail, Matthew, John and Amanda; Les and Heather VanGrootheest, Bryson, Merrik and Jaivyn; Nancy and Kurt VanderSchaaf, Ava, Jasmine and Colton; Donna and John Timmons, Aiden, Addison, Bayleigh, and Cailyn; Bob VanGrootheest; Brian DeWeerd; Jeff and Abby DeWeerd, McKenna, Kylan, Brynn and Dawson; Lisa and Justin Gaiser, Drew, Hailey, Brayden, Hunter and Bryce; Dan and Samantha DeWeerd, Oliver and Simon; Jon and Kelsey DeWeerd, Avalon; Rachel DeWeerd and Megan DeWeerd.

Anna is also survived by two sisters: Gladys DeWeerd, Cynthia and Gerrit Kruid; two brothers; Gary and Sandy Draayer, Ken and Belle Draayer; sisters-in-law Dorothy Draayer, Gertrude Draayer, Helen and John Peuse. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four brothers: Nick, John, Ed and Lillian, Wilbur and Jeanette. Two sisters: Wilmina and Henry Kramer; Katherine and John Calkhoven; brothers-in-law Gerald DeWeerd, Dick and Ann DeWeerd; Hilbert DeWeerd and Nellie Altena; Gordon DeWeerd and granddaughter Sherri DeWeerd.


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM ,Friday, January 12, 2018
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

Memorial Service

11:00 AM ,Saturday, January 13, 2018
Calvin Christian Reformed Church
1804 17th Avenue Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247
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