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Public Visitation with no family present

First Baptist Church
Wednesday December 23rd, 2020
3:00pm - 6:00pm

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First Christian Reformed Church
Thursday December 24th, 2020

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Bertha Leloux

Rock Valley, IA: Bertha Leloux, 93, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 24, at 11:00 AM, at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Rev. Matthew Haan officiating. The family will be available for those wishing to extend condolences prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 AM at the church. The service can be watched on Premier Communications channel 76 or livestreamed at https://www.christianworldmedia.com/livechannel/firstcrcrv. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Public visitation, with no family present, will be held Wednesday, December 23, from 3:00-6:00 PM at the First Christian Reformed Church. Memorials may be given to Rock Valley Christian School.

   Bertha Leloux was born on August 6, 1927 in Chandler, Minnesota, the daughter of Gysbert and Johanna (De Kam) Bakker. In 1928 they moved to Hudson, South Dakota where they resided for 12 years and attended the Lebanon Christian Reformed Church. She attended country school 1 ½ miles from their home through the 8th grade. They then moved to a farm south of Rock Valley for a few years and in 1942 they purchased the farm north of Rock Valley where Bertha’s brothers still reside.

   Bertha met Francis Leloux on July 3, 1949. Francis came to Rock Valley in a 1938 coupe where he met the love of his life. They were engaged on February 27, 1951 and were married on December 17, 1951 while Francis was home on furlough. Francis and Bertha established their home on 15th Street in Rock Valley where they raised a family of 5 sons and 2 daughters. In October of 2020 they made their home at Whispering Heights. Bertha attended the First Christian Reformed Church since 1942 and enjoyed being an active member of Bible studies. Bertha enjoyed her job as cook at Rock Valley Christian School where she enjoyed serving her children and several grandchildren. She also enjoyed volunteering at Whispering Heights for many years. She was a wonderful Christian influence on her family.

   Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 69 years, Francis Leloux; children, Alvin (Sue) Leloux, Joyce (Lyle) Van Engen, Loren (Milinda) Leloux, Ron (Darletta) Leloux, Gene (Carla) Leloux, Barb (Darwin) Vink, and Evan (Rhonda) Leloux; 22 grandchildren, Jay, Lisa,  Tricia, Gretchen, Dawn, Darci, Marcus, Kyle, Shanna, Michael, Keith, Lucas, Jessica, Kalsie, Alicia, Emileann, Jonathan, Ryan, Keisha, Jarod, Jacob, and Davis; 42 great-grandchildren; sisters, Goldie Veldman, Johanna Catchot, and Gertrude Busby; brothers, John (Joyce) Bakker and Albert (Carolyn) Bakker; sister-in-law, Donna Bakker.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Gysbert Sr. and Johanna; sister, Nellie Keizer; infant sister, Lena Bakker; brothers, Gysbert Jr. Bakker and Clarence Bakker; and brothers-in-law, Albert Keizer, Gerrit Veldman, and Colon Busby.

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Our deepest sympathy to all of Bertha's family. She always had a smile and was such a wonderful godly woman. Always remember the good times. Love Nina and Jim

Jim and Nina Dec 23 2020 12:00 AM

To all the family-I just always appreciated Aunt Bertha so much. She was a wonderful example of Gods love and a truly virtuous woman. We will miss her, and send warm hugs and heartfelt sympathy to each of you! Mark & Audrey

Audrey Metzger Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

Since my family lives in Virginia, I always enjoyed my vacations to Rock Valley in the summer. Of course, I would never miss lunch with Bertha and Sundays with the all the cousins. One of my fondest memories was when Bertha allowed me to where Gramma Bakker's hat which she wore at Bertha and France's wedding day. I needed a hat for a special dog show going back to that era. She said yes. What a gift. It meant so much to wearing the hat my Grandma wore and her daughter treasured. I took perfect care if it and sent it back packed like it was a jewel so nothing could happen ti it. I included a picture if me wearing it. She told me she really lived seeing the picture and the hat looked better than when I took it. So funny. I love you all and I am so sorry for your great loss. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Mary Jo

Mary Sweany Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bertha Leloux

Larry Lois Keizer Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

Our Sympathy to all the Leloux Family. Aunt Bertha alway welcome our family over and won't forget the Sunday coffee time for adults and play time for all us cousins. Great Memories. Terry Veldman and sister Goldie Veldman

Terry Veldman Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bertha Leloux

Rhonda Triezenberg Dec 18 2020 12:00 AM