Rock Valley, Iowa ~ Dorothy Driesen, 98, of Rock Valley, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at the Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.
Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Rev. Matthew Haan officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Visitation with the family will begin at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The family prefers memorials be directed to the Rock Valley Christian School
Dorothy Driesen was born September 26, 1919 on the family farm 3 miles west of Rock Valley, Iowa, the daughter of John and Hermina (Wissink) Vander Sanden. She married John D. Driesen June 12, 1941 near Rock Valley, Iowa. They farmed west of Rock Valley until retirement and moving into Rock Valley in 1982.
John died September 27, 1999.
Dorothy was an active member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley where she attended bible study and was a member of the Mission Guild and Martha Circle. She loved her flowers, enjoyed doing needle point, and traveling.
She is survived by her two sons, Jay of Inwood, Iowa and Merlyn of Fairview, South Dakota; her daughter, Ruth (Ken D.) Kooima of Rock Valley; brother, Clarence Vander Sanden of Rock Valley; two sisters, Esther (John) Van Otterloo of Seal Beach, California and Henrietta Bajema of Hills, Minnesota; also 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; infant son Jay; infant grandson, Shannon Jay Driesen; infant great-granddaughter, Lexi Nibbelink; sister, Mabel (Leonard) Ver Mulm; brother-in-law, Leonard Bajema; sister-in-law, Klazina Vander Sanden; and in-laws, Lucy and Elmer Visser and Rolena and Louis Winters.