Rena Van Donselaar, 97

Rena Van Donselaar, 97, of Oskaloosa died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 13, in the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Marvin Van Donselaar and Pastor Alvern Boetsma officiating. Burial was in Black Oak Cemetery near Pella.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Reformed Church for Missions.

Rena was born Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1916, in Pella, the daughter of Gerrit F. and Maria D. Valster Van Zee.

Following school, Rena farmed with her family. On Mar. 16, 1938, Rena was united in marriage with Albert Van Donselaar in Leighton. Albert died on Feb. 9, 2001.

Following their marriage, Albert and Rena farmed near Leighton. In 1943, they purchased a farm near Wright and farmed there until 1998 when they moved to Oskaloosa.

Rena kept a very large garden and loved to work. She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa.

Rena’s family includes her three sons: Rev. Marvin (Esther) Van Donselaar of Sioux Center, Kenneth (Linda) Van Donselaar and Elmer (Micki) Van Donselaar, both of Oskaloosa; a daughter, Joan (Robert) Fopma of Sully; a daughter-in-law, Vivian Van Donselaar of Bradenton, FL; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Van Zee of Des Moines; two sisters: Cornelia Vos of Oskaloosa and Wilma Spoelstra of Pella; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lois Van Zee of Pella.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a son, Raymond G. Van Donselaar; and three brothers, Fred, Ed, and Marion Van Zee.


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