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Porter Funeral Home
Friday October 14th, 2022
5:30pm - 7:00pm

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Celebration of Life

First Reformed Church of Rock Valley
Saturday October 15th, 2022

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Jeanette "Janet" Van Oort

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 https://www.rvfrc.org/. 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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Dr. Jim and Kathleen Jespersen Oct 13 2022 4:57 PM

I had the honor of meeting this incredible woman when Doug was my college volleyball coach. We always enjoyed one another’s company and even developed a friendship of our own. My most precious memory of her took place at Jake’s high school graduation party. During a break in our conversation, she gently reached over & began to hold my hand. She did not know I was dealing with a very difficult family estrangement and was in great need of some unconditional, motherly love. I could feel that kind of energy flow from her hand to mine. She gave me something I needed at exactly the time I needed it, just by being herself. No words necessary. The moment felt divine in its connection. I carry it with me everywhere I go and hope that one day I can give someone else that same gift.
I am eternally grateful to her for her warmth, sense of humor, love and, mostly, for bringing Doug into the world. Our youngest son is Doug’s Godson and namesake.
My life is better because of her.
With our deepest love and condolences,
Corey, Amy, Graham & Mitchell Douglas Brinkmeyer

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