Minnie Van Wyngarden
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Minnie Van Wyngarden
On January 22, 1947, Minnie was united in marriage with Henry Van Wyngarden at her parent's home on a beautiful day. Henry and Minnie moved up the hill to the home place when Henry's parents moved to town and son Walt was only three weeks old. To this union five children were born: Walter Eugene, Larry Duane, Daryl Lee, Ronald Dale, and Sherry Marlene.
Minnie as she was always known, was a wonderful and supportive wife and loving mom and enjoyed volunteering for the Peoria Christian Grade School and served many offices on the Pella Christian High School Ladies Auxiliary. Minnie worked at Fair Haven for 24 years from 1981 to 2005. She was active with her church and school, and was a member of the Persis Society, Queen Esther Society, Peoria School Circle, and the Pella Christian High School Auxiliary. Minnie attended MANY sports events of her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Minnie and Erma ran the concession stand at the Lower Grove ball diamond for many years. Henry and Minnie traveled with siblings and spouses and friends to many places including Hawaii, Europe and a three week West Coast trip. After moving to the Pella Manor in 2008 she enjoyed the fellowship of many friends and loved playing dominoes six nights a week.
Minnie was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry, who died March 9, 2005. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, her sister-in-law Erma Van Wyngarden of Pella, her brother-in-law Jerry and wife Betty Van Wyngarden of Holland, Michigan, her sister-in-law Alda and husband Nundi Dyal-Chand of Beaumont, California, and many precious nieces and nephews and their families.
Minnie was also preceded in death by her parents Willem and Marie Hol, her parents-in-law Walter and Sadie Van Wyngarden, her son Larry in May 2017, daughter-in-law Cheri (Van Haaften) in April 2010, Sheryl (Harsin) in April 2015, and grandson Brett Heitkamp in October 2015; her siblings Nellie and Elmer Wyngarden, Marion and Anna Hol, and Evert and Cora Hol, Janet and Elmer Vander Beek, Marie and Bert Beekhuizen, Willem Dirk and Gerrit Cornelius Hol who both died as infants, her in-laws: Cornelia and Gerrit Bandstra, Cornie Van Wyngarden, Tena and Jim Bandstra, and Donald and Helen Van Wyngarden.
Those left to honor her memory are her children and their families: Walt and Isla (De Vries)Van Wyngarden of Caledonia, Michigan, the late Larry and Barb (Van Sant) Van Wyngarden of Newton, Iowa, Daryl and the late Sheryl (Harsin) Van Wyngarden of New Sharon, Iowa, Ron and LeAnn (Heitkamp) and the late Cheri (Van Haaften) Van Wyngarden of Johnston, Iowa, and Sherry Pfadenhauer of Monroe, Iowa; thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
Minnie was baptized and a faithful member of the Peoria Christian Reformed Church. She will be remembered as a loving mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and sweet and wonderful friend to many.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Tuesday, May 29, at the Peoria Christian Reformed Church. Memorial donations may be given to The Bible League, Peoria Christian Grade School or The Well Resource Center. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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