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Visitation with the family

Porter Funeral Home
Sunday March 20th, 2022
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Funeral Service

First Christian Reformed Church
Monday March 21st, 2022

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Kittie "Kit" Kooima

ROCK VALLEY, IOWA – Kit Kooima, 86, of Rock Valley, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2022 at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.

   Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2022 at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with Rev. Matthew Haan officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The family prefers memorials be directed to Rock Valley Christian School. The funeral service will be livestreamed on the church website www.firstcrcrv.org.

   Kittie Joy Van Tol was born January 1, 1936 in Doon, Iowa to Cornie and Annetta (Mulder) Van Tol.  The second child and only daughter of 6 children. She went to Doon Christian School and Western Christian School, graduating in 1953.  Following high school, she worked as a telephone operator and then as a bookkeeper at Valley State Bank in Rock Valley.  One night in 1955, she was walking down main street in Rock Valley with her friend Esther, when Esther’s boyfriend and his friend stopped to pick them up.  So Kit and Bob ended up riding in the back seat together.

   Bob and Kit were married December 7, 1956 in Doon, Iowa and lived in Rock Valley for about 10 years until they moved “out of town” to the east side of Rock Valley.  She was a homemaker for many years until she started foster care of Hope Haven clients.  She also drove a bus for foster grandparents as well as River Valley students.  Bob and Kit enjoyed singing duets and would sing gospel music with the family. Her hobbies included sewing clothes for her family, crocheting and knitting, scrapbooking, crocheting beads on baby socks, collecting glassware, especially blue delft, and giving gifts and cards for special occasions. She enjoyed attending gospel music concerts and spending winters in Arizona. She went for coffee with the same group of friends for over 50 years! Kit was an active member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley.

   Survivors include:

her husband of 65 years, Robert of Rock Valley

children and their families:

Kerry Schafer of Sun Lakes, Arizona

          Eric - son - Wilder

          Leah (Marc) Valenzuela

Dan  Kooima (deceased) and wife Lori of Rock Valley

          Greg Rardin

          Danielle (Cody) Gannon

Lisa Nilsson and husband Rob of Gilbert, Arizona

          Tyler (Jessica) Nilsson - children - Seth, Raelyn




Ronna Teunissen and husband Ron of Rock Valley

          Meghan (Casey) Vermeer -  daughters - Finnleigh, Emersyn



Bob Kooima and wife Jinghua of Oak Park, Illinois


   Kit’s family, Joe (Judy) Van Tol of Rock Valley, Con (Dollie) Van Tol of Lawton, Michigan, Ken Van Tol of Freeport, Michigan, and Audley (Linda) Van Tol of Iowa City, Iowa; Bob’s family, Jim (Margene) Kooima of Rock Valley, Henry and Irene Ter Wee of Larchwood, Faye (Clarence) Vande Stouwe of Rock Valley, Gawin (Wanda) Kooima of Sioux Center, and Brian Kooima of Rock Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Kit was preceded in death by her parents, Cornie and Annetta Van Tol; brother, Leo Van Tol; son, Dan Kooima; son-in-law, Jim Schafer; father-in-law, Gerrit Kooima; mother-in-law, Bertha Kooima; mother-in-law, Nancy Kooima; sister-in-law, Minerva Ter Wee; sister-in-law, Kris Kooima; and niece, Joni Saunders and her husband, Don and son, Jesse.

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Sorry to hear about your loss. Had the pleasure to visit the Kooima family for a week in July 1993. Kit was the most friendly and caring host ! And making me feel welcome and instantly becoming part of the family.

Koos Starreveld Jun 30 2022 12:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kittie "Kit" Kooima

Floyd and Robin TeSlaa Mar 23 2022 9:19 PM

Our sympathy to the entire family. I have some good memories of family visits!

Dennis and Patsy Vander Schaaf Mar 23 2022 8:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kittie "Kit" Kooima

Ronna Mar 22 2022 9:27 PM

Sending you all our love and prayers, May God bless and comfort you all
Melvin Brands and Em Hanno

Em (Brands)Hanno Mar 22 2022 11:27 AM

Thinking of you during this difficult time. Aunt Kit was a special woman and she will be greatly missed. Wish we could make the trip to see everyone. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures, the video is filled with precious memories and the time she shared with all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brad and Debbie (Van Tol) DeBoer Mar 18 2022 7:54 PM

So sorry to hear about the loss of Kit. We have such fond memories of living next to the Kooimas. Bob and Kit were such wonderful neighbors to our parents. We are thinking of you and send you our condolences. The Kempema Family

Carolyn Seeley Mar 18 2022 3:26 PM

Sorry for your loss of Kit. Prayer and love ❤ Thinking of you and your family. Love from the Rich Stokes family 👪 ❤

CATHY STOKES Mar 17 2022 7:52 PM

So sorry for the loss of Kit! Prayers and live from the Mckeever family in Sioux City

Patricia M McKeever Mar 17 2022 3:30 PM

My Sympathy to Bob and family so sorry for your loss I had many good talks with Kit enjoyed her company

marilyn rus Mar 16 2022 7:44 PM