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Bernice DeKock

October 18, 1938 — September 24, 2017

Hawarden, Iowa ~ Bernice DeKock, 78, of Hawarden, died on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the First Reformed Church in Ireton, Iowa with Verlyn Netten officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton. Visitation will begin at noon Wednesday, with the family present from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to

Bernice DeKock was born October 18, 1938 near Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of Arie and Jacoba (Vanden Hoorn) Ravenswaay. She attended country school and then worked as a “hired girl” doing cooking, cleaning, and laundry for many families who just had newborn babies. She later started working at Coilcraft in Hawarden, Iowa while living at home. Bernice began working at Groschopp in Sioux Center, Iowa in the late 1970’s.

Bernice married Marion DeKock, Jr. on April 6, 1979 in Sioux Center. Marion passed away suddenly on August 8, 1979. She returned to working at Coilcraft until health issues required her to retire at the age of 64.

She was a member of the Hawarden Community Church, and past member of the First Reformed Churches in Ireton and Sioux Center. Bernice enjoyed visiting with others, playing cards and games, baking, reading, and doing word search.

Survivors include her son, Mark DeKock and wife Kathy of Alcester, South Dakota; granddaughter, Kimberly and husband Andy Boone of Gretna, Nebraska and their children, Madilynn, Harrison, and Hewitt; three sisters, Anna Van Bruggen of Hawarden, Arlene De Bruin of Lyndon, Washington, and Dorothy Tiedeman and husband Harlan of Beresford, South Dakota; brother-in-law, Derold DeKock of Sioux Center; and many nieces and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Marion; daughter-in-law, Joyce DeKock; sisters, Gert Vander Ploeg and Jeanette Netten; brothers-in-law, Albert Van Bruggen, Jake De Bruin, Peter Netten, and Don Vander Ploeg; sister-in-law, Marie DeKock; and a twin infant brother and sister.

Visitation with the family

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ,Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Porter Funeral Home ~ Hawarden
712 10th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Funeral Service

10:30 AM ,Thursday, September 28, 2017
Ireton First Reformed Church
502 Ash Street Ireton, Iowa 51027
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