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Doon United Reformed Church
Tuesday August 16th, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Doon United Reformed Church
Tuesday August 16th, 2022

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Jeanette Della Lems

Doon, IA: Jeanette D. Lems, 95, of Doon, Iowa, died Friday, August 12, 2022, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley, Iowa. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 16, at 2:00 PM at Doon United Reformed Church with Pastors Shane Lems, Todd De Rooy, and John Vermeer officiating. The service will be livestreamed at http://www.sermonaudio.com/doonurc. Burial will follow the service at Hillside Cemetery of Doon. Visitation, with the family present, will be held prior to the funeral from 1:00-2:00 PM at Doon URC.


   Memorials may be given to the family to support Christian Education or to Sioux Center Home Health and Hospice. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.


   Jeanette Della Lems, daughter of Henry and Tena (Drost) Kelderman, was born March 17, 1927, at Colton, South Dakota. She attended country school through the 8th grade in South Dakota. Jeanette and her family then moved to Hull, Iowa to farm and she attended and graduated from Western Christian High School. Jeanette went on to receiver her teacher’s certificate from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. She taught country school by Doon, Iowa for one year. Jeanette met her sweetheart, Garrett Lems and the couple was united in marriage on September 10, 1947 at Rock Rapids, Iowa. Born to this union was Audrey, Clyde, and Alan. Together the family made their home in Doon where Jeanette was a homemaker and also helped at the family business, Lems Auto Recyclers. Garrett died on December 10, 2017. Jeanette continued living in Doon until moving to Whispering Heights in Rock Valley, Iowa in the spring of 2022. Jeanette was a member of the Doon United Reformed Church.


   Jeanette is survived by her 3 children, Audrey Plasier, Clyde (Carol) Lems, and Alan (Lynette) Lems, all of Doon; 7 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Audrey Kelderman; and many nieces and nephews.


   She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Tena Kelderman; husband, Garrett Lems; and 12 siblings, Wilma (Hubert) Flynn, Albert (Grace) Kelderman, Caroline (Herbert) Derth, Hank (Suzie) Kelderman, Dorothy (Henry) Stellinga, Tena (Fred) Gorter, Lawrie (Delphine) Kelderman, Priscilla (Bert) Spykerboer, Wilmanette (Hank) Spykerboer, Alvin Kelderman, Don (Elaine) Kelderman, and infant brother Walter Kelderman.

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You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was such a good friend to my mother and we appreciated that.

Bob and Florence Dieleman Aug 20 2022 7:24 PM

Audrey, Clyde and Alan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through tout these hard days. Lots of wonderful memories.

Art and Paulette Aug 16 2022 10:04 AM

Lems family, grace and peace to you as you grieve Jeanette's death, give thanks for her life, rejoice in her eternal life, and hope (confidently expect) to see her again, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.

Cory Van Sloten Aug 16 2022 8:26 AM

Audrey, Clyde,Alan and families, My sympathy to you all in the loss of your mother. Cherish the fond memories of a life well lived ! Sincerely, Milt Van Ravenswaay

Milt Van Ravenswaay Aug 15 2022 10:22 PM

Clyde, Alan, Audrey and family you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. She was a very special lady.

Joel and Norma Kannegieter Aug 15 2022 7:19 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of the Lems' families - just want you to know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Marlene Broek Aug 15 2022 4:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeanette Lems

Nancy Seiler Aug 15 2022 4:03 PM

So sorry for your loss. I remember her coming to visit mom and would always stop in to say hi to me too. She was always so thoughtful.

Cheryl Richardson Aug 15 2022 1:57 PM

My prayers to all the family Jeanette will be missed by many, God bless you and give you strength.

Jeff Christians Aug 15 2022 1:40 PM

We are sending deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. She was a nice lady and had many talks with her.She is in a wonderful place now.

Alvin and Sandy Nibbelink Aug 15 2022 12:47 PM

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