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Gracia Vander Velde

Rock Valley, IA: Gracia Vander Velde, 70, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Monday, August 13, 2018 at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley. Memorial services will be held Thursday, August 16, at 11:00 AM at Faith Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Rev. Mike Molenaar and Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Private family burial will precede the memorial service at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Wednesday, August 15, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Faith Reformed Church of Rock Valley. The family prefers memorials be given to Home Health of Hegg Health Center.

Gracia Vander Velde, daughter of Martin and Wilmina (Ennema) Wynia, was born September 4, 1947 in Orange City, Iowa. She lived on the family farm southwest of Sioux Center, Iowa, and attended Country School and Sioux Center High School, graduating in 1965. She graduated from Northwestern College in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in history education. While attending Northwestern, she met her husband of 49 years, Jim.

On August 15, 1969, Gracia married Jim Vander Velde at First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Jim and Gracia spent their first year of marriage in Louisville, Kentucky, where Jim went to graduate school at Southern Baptist Seminary and Gracia taught junior high students at Jefferson County Schools. The couple moved to Rock Valley in 1970 where Jim taught at Rock Valley Community Schools and Gracia was a substitute teacher and a homemaker raising four children. Gracia helped operate Vander Velde Nursery and Flower Shop for many years. She also owned and operated Cornerstone Christian Bookstore in Rock Valley. Later, she became the office manager at the Home Health office of Hegg Health Center for many years until she retired.

Gracia cherished time spent with family and friends. She especially enjoyed going to the lake house and watching her grandchildren’s activities. Gracia also enjoyed reading and traveling. Jim and Gracia took several cruises and tours all over the country and the world. She was a founding member of Faith Reformed Church where she was a faithful member and supporter. Gracia was a supporter of Northwestern College sports and activities. She enjoyed sitting in the sunroom every morning to watch the birds and enjoy God’s creation.

Gracia is survived by her husband, Jim of Rock Valley, IA; son, Scott and his wife Sarah of Sioux Falls, SD; son, Monte and his wife Erin of Sioux Center, IA; son, Matt and his wife Theresa of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Gretchen and her husband Daniel Bruhn of Sioux Center, IA; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Gracia is also survived by her brother, Marv and his wife Esther of Sioux Center, IA; brother, Wilmer and his wife Diane of Sioux Center, IA; sister, Elaine and her husband Paul De Jong of Orange City, IA.

Gracia was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Wilmina Wynia; parents-in-law, Martin and Gertrude Vander Velde; and an infant daughter.

Visitation with the family

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ,Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Faith Reformed Church
1305 7th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

Memorial Service

11:00 AM ,Thursday, August 16, 2018
Faith Reformed Church
1305 7th Street Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

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So sorry Jim and and the rest of the family. My favorite memories of Gracia many years ago was when I worked at the Flower Cart for Elaine. Mother's Days were the best You of course had a love for flowers and plants, as I still do. Prayers for your family Jim, Elaine and Paul, and all the Wynia family.

Ronda kleinhesselink Aug 16 2018 12:00 AM

Jim and Family,
My sincere sympathies for your loss. Gracia was a wonderful person and she always so friendly and kind. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Michele McGill Aug 16 2018 12:00 AM

Praying for peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and memories to hold in your heart.

Linda Rhods Aug 16 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your lose , so many classmates already gone .

Lois Zomer Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM

Praying for you all during this hard time. May God be with you and wrap His loving arms around you all.

David raak Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM

Jim - so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Craig Lauritzen Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to the family! Although we did not know Gracia personally, we knew a lot about her through Pastor Rog and Kathy, and her sister Elaine. She was certainly salt and light to her family and friends, in her home and in her community! We know she will be deeply missed!! So thankful for the assurance of our faith in days like this! May you find strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!!

Charlene Oolman Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM

Monte, Erin and family. We are so sorry for the loss of your mom, mother in law and grandma. Even though you have time to prepare and you know she is in a glorious place it still feels like a part of your heart has been torn out. You have wonderful memories that will never go away.
Prayers for strength and comfort during this difficult time. May God bless all of you.

David & Juanita Patterson Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM

Jim, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Although she is gone she will always be in your heart.

Linda Mulder Aug 14 2018 12:00 AM