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Nellie Van Der Vliet

Rock Valley, Iowa: Nellie Van Der Vliet, 93, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Sunday, June 14, 2015 at the Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Carmel Reformed Church in Carmel, Iowa with Rev. Aaron Baart officiating. Burial will be held prior to the service at Carmel Reformed Church Cemetery. Visitation, with the family present, will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2015 at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Nellie was born December 17, 1921 on a farm near Carmel, Iowa, the daughter of William and Cornelia “Kay” (Hulshof) Feekes. Having grown up on a farm, Nellie often talked about picking corn by hand in the fall rather than attending school. She loved school and continued that passion for learning the rest of her life. On May 16, 1942 Nellie married Peter De Boer who died September 24, 1944 while serving in WWII. On February 13, 1947, Nellie was united in marriage to Andrew Van Der Vliet at Carmel. Together, they farmed west of Carmel. After Andrew died on December 3, 1987, she moved to Rock Valley in July 1988 and later made her home at Four Seasons in Rock Valley in 2001.

Nellie will forever be known for her servant’s heart. She loved the Lord and shared that often with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom she loved spending time with. She was an active member at Carmel Reformed Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and a member of Ladies Aid. Nellie was heavily involved with baking cookies at the Senior Center, Foster Grandparent Program, and Friendship Bible Study. She also volunteered at Whispering Heights and distributed library books at Four Seasons.

Nellie is survived by her children, Glenn (Paula) Van Der Vliet of Sheldon, Iowa, Arlis (Stan) De Weerd of Rock Valley, Iowa, and Brian (Jana) Van Der Vliet of Sioux Center, Iowa; 9 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna Van Abbema of Inwood, Iowa and Mina Mouw of Sioux Center; and brother-in-law, Pete Moerman of Rock Valley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Peter De Boer; husband, Andrew Van Der Vliet; son, Arlin; brothers, John and Ted Feekes; sister, Catherine Moerman; and great-grandchildren, Evan and Sophia.


5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ,Friday, June 19, 2015
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

Memorial Service

10:30 a.m. ,Saturday, June 20, 2015
Carmel Reformed Church
2801 360th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

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Dear family: My Aunt Henny Dykstra e-mail me about the passing of your mother. My mom, Tracy Dykstra, were cousins. I always said they looked alot alike. When I seen her at Mom's funeral, it was like seeing Mom.
Our sympathy goes out to your family. Carol & Rod von Glan.

Carol (Dykstra) von Glan Jun 21 2015 12:00 AM

You all have our sympathy. She always knew us when we did see her. I think the last time was when she was with friends here in Sioux Falls. A great lady.

Larry & Betty Faber Jun 19 2015 12:00 AM

Brian and Jana we know you will miss your mother very much after the way you shared your visits and thoughts of your mom. Blessings on you as you go through this sad but joyous time.

Peg Eekhoff Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

Glen, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless and strengthen you and your family.

Mary Van Zee Daughters Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

Brian, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family during this time. I never met your mom, but know that she had a positive impact on those around her, so her inspiration will live on through others that she so positively influenced.

Brent Fuller Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

Although I only met your mother twice, she made quite an impression on me. My mother recently made the move into Four Seasons and your mother was there with open arms, welcoming my mother, making her feel right at home there. What a wonderful person. Truly a blessing to all who knew her. Very sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories you made with her. With Christian sympathy to all of the family. Leah (Van Tilburg) Van Der Brink

Leah Van Der Brink Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

We will miss Aunt Nellie. So many memories from my childhood and stay on the farm. To visits in rock valley. Gatherings also with the rest of the Aunts and Uncles and Aunt Nellie in rock valley. To the Family and Friends our deepest sympathy. Harlen and Cheryl Feekes and Family

harlen feekes Jun 15 2015 12:00 AM