Verla Joy Jansen, 83, of Sully, passed
away Wednesday morning, Apr. 24, 2019, at Park Centre in Newton.
Funeral services were held
Monday, Apr. 29, at Sully First Reformed Church. Interment was in Sully
Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested for Sully First Reformed Church
Phase 2 Sanctuary Renovation.
Verla Joy Nibbelink was born
Oct. 26, 1935, in Oskaloosa. She was a daughter of Steven and Gertrude (Vos)
Nibbelink. Verla began her education at the Peoria Christian School and then
graduated from Pella Christian High School. It was at a basketball game that
she met Ronald Richard Jansen. On Nov. 26, 1954, Verla and Ron were united in
marriage at the Peoria Christian Reformed Church.
Verla and Ron had five sons:
Marlo Brent, Michael Kent, Monty Joel, Mark Roland, and Joel Monty. June 10,
1968, they lost their beloved son, Monty Joel, in a drowning accident.
Verla’s career was spent working
alongside her husband, Ron, whether it be farming or handling the finances for
their businesses including Sully Welding, Star Auto, and Janco Industries. Over
the years, they made many “parts runs” together. Star Auto and Janco
Industries, both in Sully, continue today under the ownership and direction of
their sons. An important part of Verla’s work day was morning coffee time at
the Coffee Cup Cafe. She also enjoyed chatting with their customers, and she
always made time to catch up on the latest with them. Following her retirement,
she continued to enjoy those morning coffee times with her friends.
Together, Verla and Ron enjoyed
attending the activities of their children and grandchildren. They were
extremely proud of all of them. They
also enjoyed traveling, including trips to Iowa Hawkeye bowl games and on their
motorcycle with friends to both U.S. coasts, Mexico, and Canada. For nearly 15
years, they spent the winters together in Apache Junction, AZ. Their favorite adventures in Arizona were
driving their Jeep through the desert trails. She continued to attend her
grandchildren’s activities, to travel, as well as her winters in Arizona after
Ron passed away on Apr. 4, 2014.
Upon arriving home from Arizona
on Apr. 12, 2019, Verla became seriously ill. She passed away Apr. 24, 2019, at
Park Centre, a Wesley Life community in Newton, at the age of 83 years.
Verla was a charter member of
the Garden Thyme Club in Sully and a professed member of Sully First Reformed
Church where she was involved in Women of Purpose activities and had
volunteered as a helper in the STARS Program. She had a special love for music
and enjoyed singing in women's groups and church choirs over the years.
Verla was a social butterfly.
She considered her many friends from Iowa and those she met in Arizona to be an
extension of her family. Her middle name, Joy, was fitting, because she
preferred fun and laughter over being too serious. She lived life to the
Verla was a devoted wife,
mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.
Those who will cherish her
memory are four sons: Marlo (Ruth) Jansen, Michael (Susan) Jansen, all of
Sully, Mark (Jean) Jansen of Grimes, Joel (Deann) Jansen of Kellogg; 12
grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Verla leaves her brother, Gary
(Joanne) Nibbelink of Sun Lakes/Chandler, AZ; and the following sisters-in-law
and brother-in-law: Zelda Engbers, Deloris (Ronald) McKeag, all of Sully, and
Marcia Jansen of Pella; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Verla was reunited in heaven
with her husband, Ronald; her son, Monty Joel; her parents, Steven and Gertrude
Nibbelink; her sister, Bonnie and her husband, Gordon Negen; her
parents-in-law, William D. and Pauline Jansen; two brothers-in-law, Lowell
Jansen and Arie Engbers, Jr.; and two nephews: Curtis Maasdam and Larry