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Doon, IA: Bertha H. Hoekstra, 85, of Doon, Iowa, died Friday, October 14, 2016 at Whispering Heights of Rock Valley, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Doon United Reformed Church with Rev. Simon Lievaart officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery of Doon. Visitation, with the family present, will be Monday, October 17, at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Memorials may be given for the fight of Mitochondrial Disease.
Bertha Hermina Hoekstra, daughter of Aart and Gertje (Van Loo) Van Den Brink, was born June 6, 1931 at Inwood, Iowa. Bertha graduated from Western Christian High School and was proud to be the first of her family to graduate from high school. Bertha was united in marriage with Harold Hoekstra on October 20, 1950 at Doon, Iowa. Together the couple farmed for several years and eventually retired into Doon. Bertha spent several years working as a nurse’s assistant and a sales clerk at the Foreign Candy Outlet Store in Hull, Iowa. After retiring, she found a passion for volunteering at Atlas of Lyon County.
Bertha loved her family and looked forward to the special times when they would be together. She liked to keep up with her family through email and Facebook. Bertha liked playing cards and coffee-time with her friends. She enjoyed playing the piano and had a knack for home interior decorating. Bertha treasured the two trips she took to Holland. She was a member of Doon United Reformed Church.
Bertha is survived by her two sons, Larry (Terry) Hoekstra of Osseo, Wisconsin; Lee (Joann) Hoekstra of Hull; two daughters, Linda (Rog) Broek of Ireton, Iowa; Lorna (Gary) Koedam of Doon; 13 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Clarence Anema of Hawarden, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Lucille Hoekstra of Doon, Irene Van Beek of Sheldon, Iowa; special nephew, raised by Bertha’s parents, Wilbur (Lois) Doeksen of Denver, Colorado; and many special girlfriends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold, in 2011; two great-grandsons, Joe Middleton and Brayden Chrysler; her five brothers and five sisters.
Visitation6:00 PM - 7:30 PM ,Monday, October 17, 2016
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247
Funeral Service1:30 PM ,Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Doon United Reformed Church
608 Rice Avenue Doon, Iowa, Lyon 51235
May you find peace when you reflect back on your memories of your mother and grandmother. Share those with each other and celebrate her life. Prayers for you as you mourn this loss.
Randy an Coralee VanDenBrink Oct 18 2016 12:00 AM
Dear Hoekstra Family, We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Bertha. Know that we really wanted to be there with you in your time of sorrow. She was such a great role model and we always felt so welcomed when we would visit. We had such great times visiting with her when she came to Michigan too. We will miss her but know that we will see her again. God be with you all during this time of mourning. Love, John & Mary and Family
John & Mary VanDenBrink Oct 17 2016 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was a wonderful Christian lady... what a blessing... that you could call her "mom"
Howard and LaJean Bonestrooo Oct 17 2016 12:00 AM