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Violet M. Engbers

Rock Valley, IA: Violet Engbers, 91, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Private family committal will be held with Rev. Gideon Wamala at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley on Monday, September 7. Public viewing, with no family present, will be held Sunday, September 6, from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley. The family prefers memorials to the Christian School of your choice.


   Violet Mae (DenBesten) Engbers, daughter of Edward and Jennie (Keuning) DenBesten, was born January 9, 1929 at New Holland, South Dakota. She was united in marriage to John H. Engbers on March 27, 1948 at Pella, Iowa. To this union, three children were born; Sheryl, Wesley, and Kevin.


   Violet’s love of her Lord and Savior was demonstrated in her love of family and serving alongside her husband Rev. John, pastoring various churches in Rock Valley, Iowa; Cutlerville, Michigan; and Chandler, Minnesota until their retirement in 1994. Vi enjoyed various hobbies including knitting, quilting, and cross-stitching. Those who knew Vi well would describe her as spunky. If she started a project, she didn’t stop until it was completed.


   John and Vi spent many summers enjoying Happiness Resort in Northern Minnesota where she would proudly tell you she was able to water ski until age 72. She also enjoyed angling, but was wary of the responsibility of having to net John’s fish.


   Violet is survived by three children, Sheryl (Dennis) Van Voorst of Overland Park, Kansas; Wesley (Glenda) Engbers and Kevin (Linda) Engbers both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; ten grandchildren; twenty- two great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.


   Violet was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Jennie DenBesten; her husband, John Engbers; three sisters; and seven brothers.

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I wish to express my sincere sympathy on the passing of Violet. How I always enjoyed visiting with her. I got to know her through Missionary Union of the CRC as we served on the board together. Also when her husband filled the pulpit in Sheldon at Immanuel CRC when we were vacant. What a gem she was! May you feel God's loving arms upholding you as you lay your mother to rest. Cherish all the memories!

Kathy Wieringa Sep 7 2020 12:00 AM