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Helen G. Wolthuizen

February 9, 1931 — January 14, 2019


February 9, 1931
Sheldon, Iowa
January 14, 2019
Sheldon, Iowa

1:30 P.M. Thursday, January 17, 2019
First Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating

will be after 3:00 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2019
with the family present from 6:00 - 7:30pm
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.
“Beyond The Sunset”
“Where The Roses Never Fade”
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
Organist: Ingetta Tutje

Robert Wolthuizen Clint Wolthuizen
Ryan Oltmans Kevin Hofman
Tyler Drenkow Kris Van Gent

East Lawn Cemetery
Sheldon, Iowa

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

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa
Helen Gertrude (Nieuwendorp) Wolthuizen, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Mastbergen) Nieuwendorp was born February 9, 1931 in Sheldon, Iowa and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1949. She then worked at the Sheldon National Bank for six years. She was united in marriage on February 9, 1955 to Clarence Wolthuizen. Helen Passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa reaching the age of 87 years, 11 months and 5 days.
Helen was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. She enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother.
Helen is survived by her husband, Clarence, her eldest daughter, Cheryl of Sheldon; her one son and his spouse, Robert and Marlys of Sheldon; her brother, Don (Lorae) Nieuwendorp of Sioux City, IA; her sister, Joanne (Roger) Sterler of Ashton, IA and her sister-in-law, Nell Kleinwolterink of Sheldon, IA. She was a grandmother to five grandchildren, Beth (Ryan) Oltmans of Canton, SD; Clint (Heidi) Wolthuizen of Luverne, MN; Ann (fiancé, Kevin Hofman) Wolthuizen of Sheldon, IA; Elise (Tyler) Drenkow of Sheldon, IA and Dana (Kris) Van Gent of Pella, IA. Helen was a great-grandmother to five great-grandchildren, Liam, Ayla& Rhett Wolthuizen (Clint & Heidi) and Remington & Piper Drenkow (Elise & Tyler).
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Dianne; two brothers, Leonard and Alvin Nieuwendorp and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jenelda Nieuwendorp, Darlene Nieuwendorp, John and Ruth Wolthuizen, Andy and Joan Wolthuizen and George and Leona Hinrichs.

“How very softly you tiptoed into our world. Almost Silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.”
Dorothy Ferguson

I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full; I’ve savored much,
Good friends, times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now. He set me free.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

3:00 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

1:30 - 2:30 pm (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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