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Donna Joy Dykstra

June 22, 1951 — September 7, 2023

Rock Valley, Iowa

ROCK VALLEY, IA: Donna Joy Dykstra, 72, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. A graveside service will be held Monday, September 18, at 10:30 AM at Hope Cemetery in Hull, Iowa with Ross Van Kley, Youth and Discipleship Pastor of First Reformed Church in Hull officiating. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

   Donna Joy Dykstra, daughter of John P. and Henrietta (Warntjes) Westra, was born June 22, 1951, at Le Mars, Iowa. She graduated from Boyden-Hull High School, class of 1969, and then attended Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa. Donna worked as a secretary for Mouw Motor in Sioux Center, Iowa. Donna was united in marriage with John H. Dykstra at Hull, Iowa on December 8, 1970. To this union was born a son, Jeff Dykstra, who died April 22, 1989. John died April 22, 2019.

 

   Donna always welcomed everyone with a smile and would tell you how nice you looked. Donna lived with Multiple Sclerosis for many years. She was cared for in nursing homes in Sioux Center and Sioux City, Iowa, and for the last 26 years was cared for by the wonderful staff at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley, Iowa.

 

   Donna is survived by her brothers, Jim (Laura) Westra of Rock Valley, Roger (Jackie) Westra of Henderson, Nevada, and Randy (Wai) Westra of Reno, Nevada; sister, Darla Wanningen of Oceanside, California; and several nieces and nephews.

 

   She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Henrietta Westra; son, Jeff Dykstra; husband, John Dykstra; and sister, Muriel Gritters.  

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