ROCK VALLEY, IOWA ~ Geraldene “Geri” Celia Van Holland, 91, of Rock Valley, died on Monday, July 3, 2023, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Rev. Matthew Haan and Rev. Ben Vos officiating. Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. The funeral service will be livestreamed at www.calvincrcrv.org/watch-live/, or on the church Facebook page. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family prefers memorials be directed to Rock Valley Christian School.
Geraldene Celia Van Holland was born March 2, 1932, near Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of George and Celia (Vanden Berg) Vande Kamp. Prior to her marriage, she helped cook, clean, and care for families with new babies. Geri married John T. Van Holland on September 9, 1954, in Ireton. Together they farmed near Sanborn, Iowa, Ireton, and later south of Rock Valley, Iowa while they raised their 3 children. Geri did upholstery work for several years out of her home and later made a shop in the old chicken coop.
John and Geri were members of the Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley where she was involved with the Faith Circle and the Rock Valley Christian School Ora et Labora. John died on May 9, 2008.
Those left to cherish her memory are her 3 children, Ted (Angela) Van Holland of Shawnee, Kansas, Donna (Daryl) Muilenburg of Maurice, Iowa, and Gaylon (Cindy) Van Holland of Rock Valley; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Geri is also survived by 2 brothers, Allan (Marlene) Vande Kamp of Rock Valley and Vernon (Leona) Vande Kamp of Orange City, Iowa; sister, Norma (Nelson) Nikkel of Pella, Iowa; 3 sisters-in-law, Harriet Vande Kamp of Sioux Center, Marla Vande Kamp of Orange City, and Darla Vander Wilt of Hospers, Iowa. Also from John’s family are her sisters-in-law, Arlene Van Holland of Rock Valley and Thelma (Harold) Van Bemmel of Orange City; and many nephews and nieces.
Geri was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; siblings and their spouses, Gerrit and Priscilla Vande Kamp, Hilbert and Loraine Vande Kamp, Geneva and Leonard Vanden Bosch, Marvin Vande Kamp, George Vande Kamp, Celia and Marvin Ten Napel, and Winnifred and Alfred De Jong; and from John’s family, brothers-in-law, Gerrit Van Holland and Gilbert Van Holland; and sister-in-law, Elsie (Peter) Tiemeyer.