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Esther E. Ver Meer

January 19, 1922 — October 27, 2017


January 19, 1922
Boyden, Iowa

November 27, 2017
Sheldon, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Thursday November 30, 2017
First Reformed Church Boyden, Iowa
Rev. David Poppen Officiating

After 5:oo P.M. Wednesday, November 29, 2017
with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden, Iowa

“Freely, Freely”
sung by Rev. David Poppen
“Heaven Medley”
sung by Marilyn Maurer, Colleen Niemeyer
Marlys Korthals and Mary Jo Huls

Processional # 425 “In The Garden”
# 364 “My Jesus, I Love Thee”
Recessional handout: “Whispering Hope”
Organist: Bonnie Poppen

David Ver Meer Todd De Jong
Darin Rosenboom Eric Traviss

Graveside service 10:15 A.M.
Thursday November 30, 2017
Sheridan Township Cemetery
Boyden, Iowa

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

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Boyden, Iowa


Esther Evelyn Ver Meer, the daughter of Hubert and Lena (Verrips) Kleyne, was born January 19, 1922 on the family farm near Boyden, Iowa. She was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church of Boyden. Esther received her education in country school and later graduated from Boyden High School in 1940. After high school she worked at the telephone office in Sheldon. On June 18, 1946, she was united in marriage to Frank Ver Meer at the First Reformed Church in Boyden, Iowa. After their marriage the couple settled on the Ver Meer family farm northeast of Boyden. She enjoyed farm life and raising her children. She also enjoyed sewing for the family and playing games, especially Wahoo.

The couple retired to an acreage near their family farm. They enjoyed many years planting flowers, trees and shrubs. Weiner roasts with the family were a favorite pastime. Frank preceded her in death on December 10, 2009. Esther remained on the acreage until moving to the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon in 2011 and to the Sanford Senior Care Center in September of 2017. She passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Sanford Senior Care Center reaching the age of 95 years, 10 months and 8 days.

Esther leaves to cherish her memory two children, Donald (Marilyn) Ver Meer of Boyden, IA and Kathleen Ver Meer of Boyden, IA; son-in-law, Gerben DeJong of Hull, IA; four grandchildren, Michele (Darin) Rosenboom, Dawn (Eric) Traviss, David (JoAnna) Ver Meer and Todd (Sarah) DeJong; also eight great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Wilmina Swets of North Long Beach, CA also other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; twin infant daughters, Laura Mae and Barbara Ann; a son, David Wayne Ver Meer; a daughter, Barbara Ann (Ver Meer) DeJong; three sisters and their husbands, Wilma and Abe Brink, Margaret and Everett Ver Meer and Leona and John Ver Meer; a brother-in-law, Walter Swets.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Boyden

712 Main St. , Boyden, IA 51234

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