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Gertrude Adrianna Jonker

Rock Valley, IA: Gertrude A. Jonker, 85, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Sunday, January 27, 2019 at her home in Rock Valley. Memorial services will be held Friday, February 1, at 11:00 AM at Calvin Christian Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Rev. Gideon Wamala officiating. Private family burial will be held prior to the service at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Thursday, January 31, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley. Memorials may be directed to Hope Haven and condolences may be left for the family at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.


   Gertrude ‘Gert’ Harmsen was born on December 13, 1933, in Rock Valley IA, to Albert and Tracy (Kooima) Harmsen. She passed away peacefully in her home on January 27, 2019. She was the oldest of three siblings that grew up in Rock Valley. She attended Rock Valley Christian Grade School and graduated from Rock Valley High School in 1951. She participated in many sports and activities in high school, but loved basketball the most. After graduation, Gert worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses.


   On August 10, 1954, she married Wilfred ‘Willie’ Jonker in Rock Valley. Initially they settled in Orange City, IA and began a family. Gert also worked as head accountant and treasurer for Russell’s Ready Mix Corporation in Orange City for 47 years before her retirement in 2004. In 1963, Gert and Willie moved to Rock Valley where they continued to raise their family and where Willie established himself in the furniture business. Gert continued her employment at Russell’s, commuting to Orange City for the next 40 years.


   In the 70’s Gert enjoyed bowling and competed in many local and statewide tournaments. Later in her life, she enjoyed golfing, fishing vacations with Willie, tending to her flower gardens, playing bridge with the ladies, plus many sewing and quilting projects. Gert loved watching her grandchildren grow in their faith and start families of their own. All of them hold very fond and loving memories of enjoying her home made meals and spending time with her.


   Gert was a member of the Calvin Christian Reformed Church and studied scripture with the Ladies Bible study for many years; blessed with the gift of mercy, she had a passion for those in need.


   Gert is survived by her husband of 64 years, Willie; two daughters, Mary (Terry) Dippold of Urbandale, IA and Brenda (Barry) Elgersma of Sioux Falls, SD; Seven grandchildren; Justin Elgersma, Mark Elgersma, Paul Elgersma, Gina (Dippold) Dingman, Grant Dippold, Jennifer (Dippold) Cleigh, and Matthew Dippold; 14 great grandchildren; her special relative and aunt, Gertrude Rozeboom; two sisters-in-law, Faye (Ken) Pluim of Sioux Center, and Carolyn (Art) Jonker of Orange City; two brothers-in-law, Terry (Jan) Jonker of Harrisburg, NC, and Bernard Hietbrink of Bella Vista, AR; and a host of other relatives and friends. 


   She was proceeded in death by her parents Albert and Tracy Harmsen; her daughter Gina; her brothers John and Tim; son-in-law Rich Wesselink; and great granddaughter Molly Elgersma.

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Dear Jonker family,
Blessings to you as you mourn and as you remember the life of your dear wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. May God make his presence known to you even in your loss.

Steve and Laura Heitritter Feb 1 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you take this journey. May the peace that passes all understanding comfort and guide you in the coming days. Phil. 4:7

Don & Charry Klein Jan 31 2019 12:00 AM

Willie our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time

Mark and Karla zomer Jan 31 2019 12:00 AM

A Spring's Bounty Basket was sent on January 30, 2019

Dakotaland Alpha 1 Support Group, Sioux Falls, SD, Our love, prayers and friendship

Expression of Sympathy Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

We cherish our friendship with Gert and Willie. We have supported one another for many years as members of Alpha I Support Group, based in Sioux Falls. Gert brought JOY to our hearts and lives. She contributed much to each of us individually. May God bless sweet memories to each who mourn her passing. We will miss her dearly.

Carol A. Olson Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

A Monet's Garden Basket was ordered on January 30, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

Willey I'm so sorry to hear about Gert. She was such a dear lady and such a friendly disposition. You have my deepest sympathy to you Barney Barnett and your family.

Ardyce Schuller Barnett Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

A Small Spathiphyllum was ordered on January 29, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM

A Medium Basket Garden was sent on January 29, 2019

With Love/Thoughts/ PRAYERS & Sincere Sympathy!! Ryan & Jenifer Reitsma & family Jayson & Rachelle Pruis & family Ross & Crystal Reitsma & family Rog & Jan Reitsma

Expression of Sympathy Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gertrude Jonker

Joe & Kari Van Tol Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM