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Henrietta Van Hill

July 19, 1918 — December 14, 2017

Rock Rapids, IA: Henrietta Van Hill, 99, of Rock Rapids, formerly of Alvord, Iowa died Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 18, at 10:30 AM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley with Rev. E.C. Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Saturday, December 16 from 4:00-6:00 PM at the funeral home.

Henrietta (Roskam) Van Hill, daughter of Anthony and Sophia (Rozeboom) Roskam, was born July 19, 1918 near Rock Rapids, Iowa. She attended country school through the 8th grade. Henrietta was united in marriage with Tony Van Hill on November 17, 1938 at the Peacock Farm near Larchwood, Iowa. Together the couple farmed near Larchwood until moving to a dairy farm near Alvord, Iowa in 1954. Henrietta also spent time serving lunch at the West Lyon School for 12 years. She spent 20 years as a foster grandparent volunteer.

She liked handiwork such as knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Henrietta also enjoyed baking and cooking and doing word search puzzles. She was always busy with her hands. Most of all she cherished family and was always concerned for all. She loved visiting with people. Henrietta had a strong will to live and everyone admired that in her. She and Tony enjoyed camping and fishing at Silver Lake with their family. She was a member of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation.

Henrietta is survived by her 3 children, Gilbert (Marlene) Van Hill and Kenneth (LeNora “Bugs”) Van Hill, both of Alvord, and Shirley (Dean) Domeyer of Ellsworth, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Gerrit Roskam; 2 sisters, Sophia (John) Zomer and Hilda (Jake) Van Voorst; and 4 sisters-in-law, Bea Roskam, Harriet Roskam, Grace Van Hill, and Chris Kroon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Sophia; husband, Tony; daughter-in-law, Jane Van Hill; son-in-law, Daryl Oltmans; grandson, Daryl Ray Oltmans; 7 siblings, Dick (Tillie) Roskam, Gertrude (Dick) Tietsma. Gertie Dumond, Elizabeth (John) Van Der Weide, Tony Roskam, Leonard Roskam, and Cornie (Muriel) Roskam; and sister-in-law, Emma Roskam.


Saturday December 16, 2017 , 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley

Funeral Service

Monday December 18, 2017 , 10:30 AM at Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley

Facts Born: July 19, 1918
Place of Birth: rural Rock Rapids, IA
Death: December 14, 2017
Place of Death: Rock Rapids, IA

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