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Violet Haak

June 9, 1925 — May 7, 2024

Rock Valley, Iowa

Rock Valley, IA: Violet Haak, 98, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Hegg Health Center of Rock Valley. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Reformed Church of Rock Valley with Rev. Matthew Haan officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Friday, May 10, from 5:30-7:30 PM at First CRC.

   Memorials may be directed to Whispering Heights of Rock Valley. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


“to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1


   On June 9, 1925, our dear-to-be mom, grandma, great grandma, and great-great-grandma, Violet Haak, was born, the third child of thirteen children born to Mary and Ed Van Beek. She knew the delight of many playmates during her childhood. She attended a one room country schoolhouse through the eighth grade.

   As a new teenager (13) she knew the sorrow of losing her older sister, Florence (16). As a young adult of nineteen, she dated and married her love, Army Private Peter Warren Haak, on July 6, 1944. She was born and married in her parent’s home near Westfield, North Dakota.

   She knew sadness and fear when she had to see Peter sent off to World War II. During his service across the sea, she knew how to stay busy helping her mom and grandmothers during that time.

   She knew happiness when Peter was welcomed back home, and the war was over. They settled on a farm near Hull, North Dakota. They started their lives together with Christ as the head of their home.

   Together they were parents to five children, Marlene, Larry, Joan, Duane, and Malia. The years flew by, soon the second generation was a third generation and a fourth generation and a fifth generation. They moved in 1970 to Sioux Center, Iowa. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1994 and their theme was “Generations Adore Him”. There, Mom worked at Dordt College and Dad worked at EMW Groschopp.

   They moved to Rock Valley, Iowa in their later years and while there they enjoyed being Foster Grandparents for the kids at Hope Haven shedding His Light. Dad passed away at the age of 81 on October 1, 2002.

   Mom’s seasons of mourning were the passing of her parents, Ed and Mary; her husband, Peter; sisters, Florence Van Beek and Phyllis Haak; brothers, Gerald, Ernie, Ken, and Terry; son, Duane Haak; son-in-law, Jim Urwin; and great-granddaughter, Aydriana.    

   Mom’s seasons came and went, and her faith never wavered. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was her true point, her beauty, and her complete joy. God called her home on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. She would have been 99 this coming June 9.

   Left to cherish her memory are sisters, Bernice, Carol, Angie, and Elaine; brothers, Melvin and Orlie; her children; her children’s children; her great grandchildren; and her great-great-grandchildren.


Daughter: Marlene (Ron) Abbas

            Granddaughter: LaDonna (Rusty) Hawks

                        Great-Grandson: Kasey (Rachel)

                                    Great-Great-Grandchildren: Meadow, Aspen, Rosie

                        Great-Grandson: Sam (Kylie)

                                    Great-Great-Grandchildren: Eliana, Malachi

                        Great-Grandson: Brady (Alli)

                        Great-Grandson: David

            Granddaughter: Christy Abbas

                        Great-Grandson: Berend

            Grandson: Joe (Paula) Abbas

                        Great-Grandson: Connor (Emma)

                        Great-Grandson: Cameron

                        Great-Granddaughter: Kierra (Austin)

Son: Larry (Yvonne) Haak

            Granddaughter: Heidi (Larry) Vande Kamp

                        Great-Grandson: Jordan (Annie)

                                    Great-Great-Grandchildren: Logan, Riley

                        Great-Grandson: Brandan (Melanie)

            Grandson: Kelly (Patty) Haak

                        Great-Grandson: Austin (Rachel)

            Granddaughter: Betsy (Jeff) Veldman

                        Great-Grandson: Jonathan (Erica)

                        Great-Granddaughter: Julia

                        Great-Granddaughter: Katie

Daughter: Joan (Lyle) Vande Kamp

            Grandson: Justin (Natalie) Vande Kamp

                        Great-Granddaughter: BrookLynn

                        Great-Granddaughter: CoraLynn

                        Great-Grandson: Warren

            Grandson: Luke (Rebekah) Vande Kamp

                        Great-Grandson: Easton

                        Great-Grandson: Rhemy

Son: the late Duane (Marva) Haak

            Grandson: Derrick (Coby) Haak

                        Great-Grandson: Lincoln

                        Great-Grandson: Wyatt

            Grandson: Jason (Lynn) Haak

                        Great-Grandson: Rensie

                        Great-Grandson: Abe

            Granddaughter: Megan (Steve) Coulander

                        Great-Grandson: Lane

                        Great-Granddaughter: Saydee

                        Great-Granddaughter: Willa

                        Great-Granddaughter: Livvy

                        Great-Grandson: Bennett

Daughter: Malia (Dale) Nibbelink

            Granddaughter: Amanda Swain

                        Great-Granddaughter: Victoria

                        Great-Grandson: Easton

                        Great-Grandson: Sam

                        Great-Grandson: Asa

                        Great-Grandson: Hunter

            Granddaughter: Maggie Urwin

            Grandson: Joe (Chantel) Urwin

                        Great-Granddaughter: Gracie



“Thank you to our Dad and Mom, our Grandpa and Grandma,

for the examples you’ve set, the values you’ve taught,

and for the best gift children and grandchildren

can receive --- a Christian home.”

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Service Schedule

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Friday, May 10, 2024

5:30 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

First Christian Reformed Church

1401 16th St, Rock Valley, IA 51247

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Funeral Service

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

First Christian Reformed Church

1401 16th St, Rock Valley, IA 51247

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