Cora Scholten, 100, of Pella and formerly of Sully, passed away sur-rounded by her family on Friday, Apr. 5, 2019, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Apr. 9, at Sully Christiain Reformed Church. Interment was in Sully Cemetery. Memorials have been designated for Sully Christiain School.
Pleuntje Cornelia “Cora” Scholten was born June 12, 1918, in Hoogbloken, The Netherlands, to Adrianus and Maaike (Van Kekum) Bass.
Her family moved to Arkel and owned a butcher shop. At 21, Cora moved to Overschie where she worked several jobs to support herself and found security in attending church. It was at church where she met Willem Scholten in 1942. They were married Feb. 1, 1943. With WWII upon them, they faced several challenges, but through faith they found their way through the war. Yvonne, Arie, and Willie were born in Holland, and with three children, they decided to make a life in America. They arrived in Pella in 1951 where Shirley and Mark were born.
In 1958, they moved to Sully. Willem started Scholten and Vander Linden Construction. Cora worked hard raising their children and keeping a spotless house. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, playing dice, and visiting with everyone. She was filled with great joy when her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren came for Sunday morning coffee after church. Willem and Cora were faithful members of Sully Christian Reformed Church. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother. Cora's life has been long and although there were struggles and hard times, joy and happiness prevailed through faith. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.
Cora was preceded in death by her husband Willem “Bill” Scholten, her son Willem “Willie” Scholten, her parents, and 11 siblings.
Surviving her are her children: Yvonne Osmond of Johnston, Arie J. (Elaine) Scholten of Sully, Shirley (Melvin) Van Genderen of Sully, and Mark (Sarah) Scholten of Lynnville; 15 grandchildren; and 22 (soon to be 23) great-grandchildren.