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Jeanette "Janet" Van Oort

May 17, 1923 — October 9, 2022

Rock Valley, Iowa

Rock Valley, IA: Jeanette “Janet” Van Oort, 99, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, October 15, at 10:30 AM at First Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Rev. Harlan De Jong officiating. The service can be livestreamed at Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Friday, October 14, from 5:30-7:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley.


   Memorials may be given to Hegg Home Health Care of Rock Valley or Sioux Center Home Health And Hospice.


   Jeanette Eleanor Van Oort, daughter of John and Gertie (Franken) Bobeldyk, was born May 17, 1923. She grew up around Inwood, Iowa and attended school through the 8th grade. She met the love of her life, Albert Van Oort, and following Albert’s return from World War II the couple was united in marriage at Inwood, Iowa on March 15, 1946.


   The couple made their home in Rock Valley, Iowa where they managed the Council Oak Grocery Store. After their time at the grocery store, Albert became a Standard Oil Bulk Tank Agent and Janet would work dispatch sending him out to the different customers. Janet’s most rewarding career was that of a homemaker. She loved caring for her family. Janet was an excellent cook, pie baker, and seamstress; making many of her daughters’ clothing herself. Her care extended beyond her own family too as she babysat several children over the years.


   In addition to her love of family, Janet also had many enjoyments over her lifetime. She liked bowling, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, gardening, and cheering on the Minnesota Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes. Janet was a longtime member of the First Reformed Church of Rock Valley.


   Janet is survived by her 3 children, Kathleen (Jack) Kersbergen of Frederick, Colorado, Linda (Joe) Gacke of Hudson, South Dakota, and Doug (Mary Kay) Van Oort of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, Daniel Gacke (Jenny Wolff), David Gacke (Mariah Skye), Rebecca (Doug) Studer, Andy (Kelsey) Kersbergen, Jake (Marley) Van Oort, and Adam Van Oort; 10 great-grandchildren, Emerald, Dylan, Aidan, Leighton, Aurorah, Josi, Noah, Orion, Ben, and Avery; sister, Lois (Roy) Folkerts of Inwood, Iowa; brother, Gene (Wanda) Bobeldyk of Zeeland, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.


   Preceding Janet in death were her parents, John and Gertie; husband, Albert; and six siblings, Henrietta, Gertrude, Walter, Jennie, Allen, and Gerald.



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Friday, October 14, 2022

5:30 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

First Reformed Church of Rock Valley

1501 16th St, Rock Valley, IA 51247

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