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1926 Cornelia 2020

Cornelia Oldenkamp

April 18, 1926 — February 10, 2020


April 18, 1926 ~ Baker Township, O’Brien County, Iowa
February 10, 2020 ~ Sheldon, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Friday, February 14, 2020
First Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating

will be after 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 13, 2020
with family present 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

“It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)”
Sung by ~ Dyan Lenderink
“How Great Thou Art”
“Faith of Our Fathers”
“Amazing Grace”
Organist: Jett Korver

Dina Vander Wilt Becky Oldenkamp
Kenneth Van Aalsburg Dan Oldenkamp
Tim Oldenkamp Mike Oldenkamp
John Oldenkamp Jeff Vander Wilt

East Lawn Cemetery ~ Sheldon, Iowa

After today’s graveside service, relatives and friends are invited
to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.

Cornelia Oldenkamp, the daughter of Cornelius and Dina (Buysman) Lode was born on April 18, 1926 on a farm in Baker Township of O’Brien County, Iowa. She received her education in a country school near Ritter, Iowa where she grew-up. On March 11, 1947, she was united in marriage to John Oldenkamp on the Lode Family Farm where they made their home. Cornelia was a mother and a homemaker, along with helping her husband with the chores and farm work. In 1983, John and Cornelia moved into Sheldon. John preceded her in death on July 5, 1986. Cornelia continued to keep busy by volunteering at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care for 25 years. Cornelia passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020, at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon reaching the age of 93 years, 9 months and 22 days.
Cornelia was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. She enjoyed camping, fishing crocheting, playing cards and games. She bought a camper and enjoyed going camping with her friends and to Music Festivals. Her greatest joy was spending time with family, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Left to cherish Cornelia’s memory are her children and their spouses, Deann and Phil Kragt of Sheldon, Iowa; Carol and David Reekers of Sioux Center, Iowa and Larry and Laura Oldenkamp of Ashton, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Kenneth (Paula) Van Aalsburg, Dina (Jeff) Vander Wilt, Daniel (Kim) Oldenkamp, Timothy (Lisa) Oldenkamp, Michael (Danielle) Oldenkamp, Becky Oldenkamp, John (Brooke) Oldenkamp; sixteen great-grandchildren, Ashley (Jett) Korver, Kelsey Van Aalsburg, Alexis, Aubree, Addison, Ty, Ezra, Emily, Lucas, Elizabeth, Lindsey, Jacob, Matthew, Anna, Lydia and Emmett; and a sister, Marie Van Veldhuizen of Sheldon, Iowa; a special friend, Glenn Doorenbos of Sibley, Iowa and other relatives and friends.
Cornelia was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a grandson Jeremy Reekers; seven brothers, Werner, John, Dick, Henry, Gerrit, Herman and Carl and a brother-in-law, Gilbert Van Veldhuizen.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, February 13, 2020

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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Friday, February 14, 2020

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

First Reformed Church

1101 7th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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East Lawn Cemetery - Sheldon

700 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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