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Karen Nibbelink

Rock Valley, Iowa: Karen Nibbelink, 57, of Rock Valley died suddenly, due to lung cancer surgery complications, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Trinity Christian Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Rev. Bobby Van Otterloo officiating. Private family burial will be held at Valley View Cemetery in Rock Valley. Visitation, with family present, will be from 5:30-7:30 PM Friday, January 22, 2016 at Trinity Christian Reformed Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Rock Valley Christian School.

Karen Nibbelink, daughter of Joe and Anne (Chudek) Scheffer was born October 5, 1958 in Bellingham, Washington. She attended Sumas Christian Grade School and Lynden Christian High School before studying at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa where she met Jeff. Karen and Jeff Nibbelink were married on July 25, 1980. They resided in Seattle, Washington for two and a half years and then they moved to Rock Valley, Iowa in 1982. Karen became a cook at Rock Valley Christian School. She took this position as she felt it was God’s calling to nurture God’s covenant children. Karen has always enjoyed taking care of the yard including mowing and going for walks about town. Singing on the church Praise Team and belonging to Bible Study groups were very important as was spending time with the grandkids and family.

Karen is survived by her husband, Jeff of Rock Valley; three children, Kevin (Breanne) Nibbelink of Rock Valley; Brian (Kim) Nibbelink of Pueblo, Colorado; Kaysha Nibbelink (fiancé Chris Van Essen) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four grandchildren, Cameron, Bentley, Ellie, and Emery; brother, Jim Scheffer (Jill Mesojedec) of Pompano Beach, Florida; sisters, Janice (Wayne) Brink of Lynden, WA, Sally (Gord) Van Corbach, Lynden, WA, Marna (Dean) Kredit of Tempe, AZ; mother-in-law, Norma Nibbelink of Pella, IA.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Anne Scheffer; father-in-law, Keith Nibbelink.


5:30 - 7:30 PM ,Friday, January 22, 2016
Trinity Christian Reformed Church
2020 8th Street Southeast Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

Memorial Service

11:00 AM ,Saturday, January 23, 2016
Trinity Christian Reformed Church
2020 8th Street Southeast Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

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Jeff- I have often thought about and prayed for you and Karen. I know that no one can take away your pain and loss but we will continue to lift you up before the throne of grace asking him to provide what you need at this time.
With much love- Jaci and Tom

Jaci Walcott Feb 3 2016 12:00 AM

May this dear family find comfort in knowing that one day "all" in the grave will be called to "come out." (John 5:28, 29; 11:11, 43; Psalm 37:29) Your beloved Karen now rests, awaiting that call. And then, "the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing." (1 Corinthians 15:26) I hope you all take care and please accept my sincerest condolences. (www.jw.org)

Aries Jan 24 2016 12:00 AM

Jeff, weve been thinking of you and the family a lot this week, and we will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Rick Gritters Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to your family. I compiled a list of scriptures that is sure to bring you comfort in this difficult time. These verses will let you know that you are not alone: Psalms 55:22; Proverbs 3:5, 6; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7; James 4:8; and Revelation 21:4. I hope these verses comfort you as much as they comforted me when my father died. May comfort from God give you relief. And please remember to call upon His name found at Psalms 83:18.

Sharon Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Jeff, please know that you and your family are in my prayers. Mom and I were just talking about the times your boys would their bikes to my folks house and Karen would call wondering where they were:).

Greg Van Heukelom Jan 19 2016 12:00 AM

Our hearts grieve with you, Jeff and family. Karen was a warm and loving person, a special wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and co-worker to so many whose lives she gently touched in the name of Jesus. We are praying for you.

Lisa Groenendyk Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

Nibbelink family,

The Lord be with you all as you grieve your loved ones death, give thanks for her life, and rejoice in her eternal life. May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Cory Van Sloten Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

Sincerest sympathy, Jeff. We pray that God will hold you and your family close in this time of sorrow.

Karen & Rich DeBruin Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

Dearest Jeff,
May The Lord give you strength, comfort and peace during this most difficult time! I am so sorry for your loss!

Ron Vande Kieft Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM