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Edna Van Abbema

Rock Valley, Iowa: Edna Van Abbema, 90, of Rock Valley died Friday, August 28, 2015 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, Iowa. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2015 at the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Rev. Garry Nyenhuis officiating. A private family burial will be held prior to the memorial service at Valley View Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to First Reformed Church Youth Group. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Edna was born February 10, 1925 near Carmel, Iowa, the daughter of William and Cornelia “Kay” (Hulshof) Feekes. She attended school through the 8th grade. On June 1, 1945, Edna married John Meendering in Carmel, Iowa. Together they farmed near Rock Valley. Edna continued to farm for four years following John’s death on July 1, 1967. Edna later married Sam Van Abbema on July 15, 1971. Together, they owned and managed Hillside Trailer Court in Rock Valley. Sam died March 19, 1989 and she continued to manage Hillside Trailer Court until 2010.

Edna served on the Sioux County Board of Aging and Senior Center board. She was active at church serving as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, and participated in numerous ladies circles. Edna always kept her hands busy by quilting, crocheting, and needlepoint but her greatest enjoyment came from her flower gardens.

Edna is survived by her four sons, Bill (Paula) Meendering of San Jose, CA, Gerald Meendering of Pierre, SD, Larry (Deb) Meendering of Piedmont, SD, and Randy (Sue) Meendering of Huron, SD; one daughter, Dee (Jim) Denekas of Pickstown, SD; sister, Mina Mouw of Sioux Center, IA; brother-in-law, Pete Moerman of Rock Valley; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and stepson, Jim Van Abbema of Bronx, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John Meendering and Sam Van Abbema; brothers, John and Ted Feekes; sisters, Catherine Moerman and Nellie Van Der Vliet; and stepson, David Van Abbema.


6:00 - 8:00 ,Thursday, September 3, 2015
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

Memorial Service

11:00 a.m. ,Friday, September 4, 2015
Rock Valley First Reformed Church
1501 16th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

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Dear Jim & Dee,

Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family as you experienced the earthly loss of your dear mom. Please forgive the lateness of this message, as we just heard about Ednas passing.

We pray our Heavenly Father feels very close to you as He carries you through this time. Even though we are assured that your moms deep faith in her Lord and Savior gave her, and all of you, the peace of knowing she would be welcomed into the arms of Jesus; we know that missing her earthly presence is a very real and emotional feeling. We trust that God is surrounding you with His love and comfort.

We realize that it has been quite some time since we have seen you. Please know that we think of you now and then whenever we reflect on the gift of Ray and Edith in our lives. Shortly after we were married, Inwood First Reformed Church became our church home, and Ray became our pastor. Ray and Edith will forever hold a special place in our hearts as they guided and encouraged us at the beginning of our lives together.

Jim and Dee, you are now at a place in your lives when God has called both sets of your parents home to be with Him. We pray that God will give you the strength and wisdom to carry on the beautiful Christian legacy that your parents left with you. We know you are both shining examples of Gods presence in your lives, and we trust Him to meet your needs now as you miss your mom, and through the months ahead as you reflect on your precious memories of her. God bless you!

With love and prayers,
Ken & Eileen Denekas

Ken & Eileen Denekas Oct 12 2015 12:00 AM

Meendering Cousins,

We are sending our sympathies to each of you since we were out of town and just arrived home. We enjoyed visiting with Aunt Edna and Bill & Paula just a few weeks back. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob & Arlene Feekes

Bob & Arlene Feekes Sep 14 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. As a kid your place was my favorite to stay. Will never forget Aunt Edna sense of humor. Cheryl and i were blessed to visit with Aunt Edna in July with our family reunion. May God bless all of you. RIP Auntie

Harlen & Cheryl Feekes and fam. Sep 2 2015 12:00 AM

You have our dear and heartfelt sympathy.
She was a sweet lady, always a smile and a little joke on the side, she always made us chuckle not matter how hard times seemed to be. She was a special lady.
Pete & Arlyce Den Boer

Pete Den Boer Sep 1 2015 12:00 AM