Esther  Stainbrook-Kempenaar


Esther Lucille Dykstra-Stainbrook-Kempenaar, 101, went home to her heavenly father on Tuesday May 7, 2019. She was born at the Dykstra family home on May 11, 1917, the daughter of Nicholas and Minnie Walraven Dykstra.
As a very young girl she learned to work hard. She was able to finish country school through 8th grade, as she was needed at home to tend the home while her mother was ill. She also worked with horses in the fields alongside her father and brothers.
She married Carl Stainbrook on September 1, 1939. He passed away on August 3, 1970. At the age of 58. Carl and Esther raised 5 children together. Times weren't always so easy but they worked together and made it work. Carl worked for the State Highway Commission and was a master gardener. Esther was the greatest of the canners. She could preserve anything. The Stainbrock home was a busy place. Always welcoming friends and family. On November 5, 1985 Esther married William (Rius) Kempenaar. They traveled through out the U.S. and enjoyed the different places. Rius passed away October 2000.
Esther was an active member of First Assembly of God Church in Oskaloosa and a charter member of the OK Bunch. The over 50 years group. She was the right hand to her daughter in having huge yard sales for the Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. She also helped with the end of month meals sponsored by the local churches. She was a member of the Know Your Neighbor Club for 60 plus years. She rang the bells at Christmas time for 23 years and especially loved visiting with the people as she didn't know a stranger.
Esther is survived by her 5 children; Carol Scholtus of Fremont, Janice Harding of Beacon, Ronald Stainbrook of Des Moines, Dale Stainbrook of New Orleans, LA, Sheryl Naatgeboren of Pella; twelve grandchildren, many great grandchildren; two Brothers, Vernon Dykstra and Marion (Ruth) Dykstra all of Bussey.
In addition to her two husbands, Esther was preceded in death by her parents; two Brothers, Virgil Dykstra and Merle Dykstra; a grandson, William Stainbrook; a great granddaughter, Jessica Stainbrook; a great grandson Andrew Scholtus; two sons in law, Kenneth Harding and Marion Scholtus; and a sister, Bernice Ruth Dykstra.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Assembly of God Church in Oskaloosa with Reverend Michael Dotson officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Friday after 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 6-8 Friday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church or Mahaska Health Foundation to benefit the Serenity House.
Published on May 7, 2019
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5 posts

Jonna Johnson
May 10, 2019
I will miss you Esther! Rest in Pease my friend. Jan and family im so sorry for your loss.
LeeAnn Mowbray
May 08, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Esther was always so nice and I always enjoyed seeing her when I visited my Grandma Nelson or my parents. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Robert Hubbell
May 07, 2019
Esther has always been dear to our hearts for many years she and my mom would go places together sometimes I stop and see her she was a great lady I will miss her a lot and the advice she used to give me
Allison ketter
May 07, 2019
Carol I always loved seeing and talking to your mom at hyvee when she was ringing the bells. So sorry for your lost. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family.
Bettie and Karen Downey
May 07, 2019
She was truly the end of an era Bell Ringing during the Holidays will never be the same without her.