Alma Jane Veldhuizen, 89, of
Pella passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 26, 2019. Her funeral will be held at
Sully First Reformed Church on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will
be held before the service beginning at 8:30-10 a.m. in The Gathering Place at
the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be designated to
Sully First Reformed Church Missions or Lynnville Women’s Club High School
Alma Jane Veldhuizen was born
May 19, 1929, to Fred and Corlena (Van Hemert) Rozendaal at the family home on
Sandridge north of Pella. She attended the Sandridge Country School until the
family moved north of Sully where she graduated eighth grade from Richland
Township No. 8 in 1943. In 1981 at age 52, she completed her GED, a fulfilling
accomplishment endorsing her value on education.
Feb. 2, 1950, she was united in
marriage with Henry John Veldhuizen at her parents’ home north of Sully. They
established their home south of Lynnville on Henry’s grandfather’s farm. Six
children, Carolyn, James, Gelene, twins John and Jane, and Alesia were born to
Alma Jane was baptized,
professed her faith, and was a lifelong member of Sully First Reformed Church.
She lived her calling as a devoted mother and homemaker, committed farm wife,
and active church and community member. She added to the family income by
working at the Coffee Cup Cafe, Grinnell Head Start, and cleaning local
businesses and homes. Over the course of her life, Alma was a member of
multiple organizations, often taking a leadership role. Some of those included
King’s Helpers, Faith Circle, Cottage Prayer Meetings, Sewing Circle, Moms in
Touch, RCA Women, WCTU, American Cancer Society, PTA, Music Boosters, 4-H,
Central College Auxiliary, Lynnville Women’s Club, and Freedom Bible Camp.
Alma and Henry lived, raised
their children, and farmed south of Lynnville until the late seventies when
they moved west of Sully. The new
neighborhood offered Alma opportunities to lend her helping hand, whether it
was caring for an elderly neighbor next door or providing childcare. In the
late eighties, they lived for a short time in Pella and then Lynnville, before
purchasing their home in Sully on 5th Street. Alma and Henry lived active and
productive lives in Sully for 25 years. In May 2016, they moved to Pella Manor
and in May 2018 transitioned to The Cottages. On Saturday morning, Jan. 26, she
told the nurses as she was getting ready for breakfast, she was “just not with
it.” Within moments, Henry was by her side and her spirit peacefully joined her
Lord and Savior in heaven. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” who most
certainly was content in all her circumstances.
Those left to cherish her memory
include her husband of almost 69 years, Henry, of Pella; and family: Carolyn
(Ken) Wassenaar of Altoona, James (Kim Andeway) Veldhuizen of Oskaloosa, Gelene
Evans of Reasnor, John (Laura) Veldhuizen of Grant Park, IL, and Alesia
Veldhuizen of Newton; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Linda
Rozendaal; sister, Luella Berglund; and sister-in-law, Henrietta Veldhuizen.
Alma Jane was preceded in death
by her infant daughter Jane; her son-in-law Norman Klein; sisters-in-law and
brothers-in-law Jerry Berglund, Leonard Veldhuizen, Gladys (Veldhuizen) and
Marvin Vander Molen, and Geraldine (Veldhuizen) and Arnold Dykhuis.