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Joanna Groeneweg

December 25, 1929 — April 28, 2017

Rock Valley, IA: Joanna June Groeneweg, 87, of Rock Valley, died Friday, April 28, 2017 at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 2, at 2:00 PM at Rock Valley United Reformed Church with Rev. Joel Vander Kooi officiating. Private family burial will be held prior at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be Monday, May 1, from 5:30-7:30 PM at the church. Memorials may be given to Rock Valley Christian School.

Joanna June Groeneweg, daughter of Henry and Christina (Vander Plas) Kats, was born December 25, 1929 in Long Island, Kansas. She attended Rock Valley Christian School and graduated from Western Christian High School. On February 22, 1950 Joanna was united in marriage to Albert Groeneweg. Together the couple farmed northeast of Rock Valley until 1992, when they moved into town. Albert and Joanna loved traveling together and enjoyed several trips overseas. Joanna had a passion for gardening, embroidery, and handiwork. She was a member of the Rock Valley United Reformed Church.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Albert Groeneweg; 9 children, Caron (Pete) Horstman of Doon, Iowa; Cheryl (Herm) Rozeboom, Audrey (Lamar) Nance, both of Rock Valley; Arletta (Verlyn) De Weerd of Sioux Center, Iowa; Sharla (Arlin) Hoogendoorn, Shonna (Randy) Blankespoor, Arlin (Carla) Groeneweg, all of Rock Valley; Donna (James) Van Beek of Ireton, Iowa; and Doris (Duane) Van Der Brink of Rock Rapids; 28 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Alta Groeneweg, Betty (Arvin) Hoogendoorn, and Wanda Siebelink; 5 brothers, Ed Kats, Gerrit (Esther) Kats, Ken (Hendrene) Kats, Alvin (Evie) Kats, and Larry Kats; and 2 sisters-in-law, Pat and Julianne Kats.

Joanna was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Christina Kats; brothers, John, Paul, and Harley Kats; brother-in-law, Walt Groeneweg; sisters-in-law, Sharon, Elaine, Darlene and Nelma Kats; and great-grandsons, Tryston Blankespoor and Ezra Van Der Brink-Vonk.

Albert & Joanna Groeneweg Family Tree

Pete and Caron Horstman
Leah (Tony) Salas
Sierra, Ainsley, Brinley
Phillip (Sara)
Kylee, Abigail, Payton
Herm and Cheryl Rozeboom
Curtis (Patricia)
Kristi (John) Robinson
Graham, Easton
Kyle (Rebekah)
Faith, Tytan, Neveah
Lamar and Audrey Nance
Melissa (Dave) Erickson
Shyanne, Shantell
Clinton (Heather) Blom
Colton, Austin, Jaxson
Scott (Tiffany) Blom
Justine, Allison
Chad Blom
Verlyn and Arletta De Weerd
Stephanie (Scott) Vonk
Trinity, Chloe
Trent (Anne)
Todd (Nicole)
Braelee, Clay
Arlin and Sharla Hoogendoorn
Emily (Jason) Mulder
Hannah, Rose, Rachel
Paul (Heather)
Haylee, Evan, Tyler, Alex
Randy and Shonna Blankespoor
Travis (Wendy)
Eli, Jonah
Nickkie (Devin) Hoekstra
Autumn, Ty
Jared (Nichole)
Asher, Avah, Jaidyn, Kaleigh
Lance (Cassie)
Adyson, Carsyn, Bensen, Dawson
Arlin and Carla Groeneweg
Blake (Stephanie)
Braedyn, Cambry, Jemma
Brittany (Dalton) Lems
Blair, Parker
Duane and Doris Van Der Brink
Dereck (Larae)
Kiah, Cole
Darci Fluit
Logan, Kylie
James and Donna Van Beek
Jayme (Sarah)
Titus, Alexis, Oliver
Tonia (Matthew) Zwart
Eliana, Selah


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ,Monday, May 1, 2017
United Reformed Church
2485 300th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Iowa 51247

Memorial Service

2:00 PM ,Tuesday, May 2, 2017
United Reformed Church
2485 300th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247
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