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Christene J. VanHouten

Christene Joyce VanHouten (nee DeBoom), 86, of Hawarden, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lynette (Roy) and Cheri (Jim); three grandchildren, Meghan, Ashley, and Patrick; two stepdaughters, Sue (Sam) and Debbie; step-grandchildren Samantha, Diana, Jake, and Jenny. Chris is also survived by two sisters, Betty Schut (Herlan) and Esther Altena; two brothers, Clifford (Tracy) and Robert (Geri) and Gerrit’s special friend, Mary Landry as well as many nieces and nephews

Christene was predeceased by her parents, John and Gertrude DeBoom; her husband, Ivan; and her brothers Richard and Gerrit; brother-in-law Leroy Altena, and sister-in-law Betty June DeBoom.

She lived a life of service and devotion to her Heavenly Father and her family. She was a dearly beloved daughter, wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be deeply missed and held close in our hearts always.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Oak Hill Assisted Living for their wonderful care of Christene, especially Becky, with whom she had a special bond.

Memorial graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center, Iowa with Rev. Duane Tinklenberg of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church officiating. The service will be taped and uploaded to this website later that day.

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Merry Christmas Mom🎄. You always made Christmas so special 💕. We miss you every day and you are in our heart always 🥰.

Cheri Dec 25 2021 7:58 AM

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Cheri Dec 24 2021 7:42 AM

Merry Christmas Eve. You are loved and cherished every day 💕💕🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄.

Cheri Dec 24 2021 7:38 AM

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Cheri Nov 26 2021 7:09 AM

I love you always my most precious Mom 💕💕💕💕. You are always with me. Xoxo

Cheri Nov 20 2021 7:09 AM

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Cheri Horan Oct 8 2021 6:56 PM

My sweet Mom - 8 months ago today. I can believe it's been so long and again it seems forever since I talked to you. I think about you a million times a day. Always loved and always in my heart. xoxo

Cheri Jul 26 2021 5:30 PM

Happy birthday Mom . Honoring you today on your first birthday without you here and every day always . Love you so much .

Cheri Apr 17 2021 12:00 AM

Happy Easter Mom . You loved Easter. Many memories of many Easters with you. Special music at church, always delicious meal with family. Fun Easter dress shopping with you!! Love you always

Cheri Apr 4 2021 12:00 AM

Mom 4 months. It seems like so long ago and just yesterday. Miss you every minute. Love you forever .

Cheri Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

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