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Porter Funeral Home
Friday January 7th, 2022

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Porter Funeral Home
Thursday January 6th, 2022
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Gertrude Den Boer

Rock Valley, IA: Gertrude Den Boer, 99, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley. Funeral service will be held Friday, January 7, at 10:00 AM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley with Rev. H. Hofman officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be Thursday, January 6, from 5:00-6:30 PM at the funeral home.

Gertrude (Vande Hoef) Den Boer, daughter of William and Hattie (Hup) Vande Hoef, was born May 14, 1922, on a farm in Sioux County near Lebanon, Iowa. She briefly attended Lebanon Christian School until her family moved to a farm near Sioux Center, Iowa. She finished her education attending country school and graduated from the 8th grade. Gert was united in marriage with Andrew Den Boer on September 7, 1945, at Luverne, Minnesota. Following the wedding, Andrew went off to serve in the United States Military during World War II. After spending their first year of marriage apart, Andrew safely returned home and the couple farmed together until Andrew’s death on May 5, 1965. Following Andrew’s death, Gert and her son, Willis, ran the family farm.

In 1973 Gert moved to Rock Valley, Iowa. She spent 25 years working as a certified nursing assistant. Following her retirement, she volunteered for the Rock Valley Foster Grandparent Program at the Rock Valley Community School. In 2012 Gert moved to Four Seasons and in 2021 she made her home at Whispering Heights. Gert had a deep love for her family and was always glad to spend time with them. She also enjoyed handiwork, crocheting, and flowers.

Gert is survived by her son, Willis Den Boer of Rock Valley; grandson, Andrew (Robyn) Den Boer of Rock Valley; foster grandson, Matthew (Christie) Boer and their son Noah of Gillette, Wyoming; sister, Judy Groeneweg of Rock Valley; brother-in-law, John Den Boer of Rock Valley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hattie Vande Hoef; husband, Andrew Den Boer; daughter-in-law, Jennieva Den Boer; and brother, Gerrit Vande Hoef.

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A candle was lit in memory of Gertrude Den Boer

Marcia Boer Jan 10 2022 1:29 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Gert's passing. Gert was our neighbor at our first house and was the sweetest! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bobby & Bonita Van Otterloo Jan 7 2022 2:11 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Gert's passing, and our thoughts and prayers will be with you, Willis and family and with John.

Cheryl and Peter Mahaffy Jan 7 2022 9:58 AM

My sincere sympathy Willis and family. I was honored to work with Gert for several years at Hegg Health Center. Such a kind heart, big smile, and always had the best interest for the patients and their families. She was one of the best CNA's I worked with. What a special lady!

Helen Davelaar Jan 7 2022 1:21 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gertrude Den Boer

Art and Nelva Den Boer Jan 6 2022 2:33 PM

Willis, sorry to see the obituary notice for your mother. How wonderful for you to share so very, very many years together. A classmate, Peg (Kosters)Tomlinson

Peg (Kosters)Tomlinson Jan 6 2022 8:29 AM

I worked many years with Gert as a CNA. She was top notch! She was such a hard working, caring, compassionate, and dedicated lady! She also had a great sense of humor. It was an honor and joy to work along side of her! She will be missed!

Char Rens Jan 5 2022 10:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gertrude Den Boer

Char Rens Jan 5 2022 10:26 PM

I remember Gert from our days at Hegg Memorial. I was working at Four Seasons when Gert moved in. She was such a kind and caring person and her family was always in her thought and prayers.

Jo Van Maanen Jan 5 2022 10:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gertrude Den Boer

Char Rens Jan 5 2022 10:24 PM

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