Rock Valley, IA: Henrietta Vande Waerdt, 88, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Monday, January 23, 2017 at Hegg Memorial Health Center of Rock Valley. Funeral services will be Friday, January 27, at 2:00 PM at Netherlands Reformed Congregation with Rev. E.C. Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be Thursday, January 26, at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley from 6:00-8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Netherlands Reformed Christian School.
Henrietta Vande Waerdt, daughter of James and Hattie (Van Abbema) Hoogendoorn, was born on the Hoogendoorn family farm near Lester, Iowa on April 20, 1928. Growing up, Henrietta enjoyed helping out on the family farm. She attended and graduated from 8th grade of country school. Henrietta was united in marriage with William Vande Waerdt on March 12, 1948 at Rock Valley, Iowa. Together the couple farmed near Canton, South Dakota before settling northwest of Hull, Iowa. William died June 26, 1984. After William’s death, Henrietta moved to Rock Valley.
Henrietta was blessed to be able to stay home and care for the children and help out on the farm. She also liked doing upholstery work and later she worked as a certified nursing assistant. She volunteered as a librarian at the Netherlands Reformed Christian School. Henrietta enjoyed crocheting, quilting, genealogy, and collecting human interest stories from various newspapers. She was also faithful in helping with Martha Mission Guild at Netherlands Reformed Congregation, where she was a member.
She is survived by her five children, Alvina (Duane) Noordmans of Willmar, Minnesota, Janice (Richard) Klarenbeek of Sioux Center, Iowa, Joanne (Gary) Bakker of Hull, Linda (Loren) Silvey of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Wayne (Rhonda) Vande Waerdt of Rock Valley; 23 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gilbert (Hermina) Hoogendoorn, Alvin (Edith) Hoogendoorn both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marvin (Ella) Hoogendoorn of Rock Valley, and Jim (Marge) Hoogendoorn of Doon, Iowa; four sisters, Marge Van Tilburg, Sylvia Fluit, both of Rock Valley, Arlene (Henry) Hoefakker of Sumas, Washington, and Bernice Van Veldhuizen of Rock Valley; and one sister-in-law, Tina Vande Waerdt of Sioux Center.
Henrietta was preceded in death by her parents, James and Hattie; husband, William; four great-grandsons, Travis and Ross Bakker, Kade Scholten, and Mason Mantel; and four brothers-in-law, Tom Van Tilburg, Wilmer Fluit, Leonard Klarenbeek, and Cornie Van Veldhuizen.