IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JANICE F. DE GROOT
June 10, 1940 ~ Seney, Iowa
May 11, 2019 ~ Sheldon, Iowa
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 15, 2019
First Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating
Visitation will be after 4 P.M.
on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
with family present from 5 – 7 P.M.
at First Reformed Church in Sheldon.
“Amazing Grace” ~ The Tenors
“Your Grace Still Amazes Me”
Sung by: Christopher DeVries
Trumpeter: David Scholten
Accompanied by: Alison Sterk
#548 “Beyond The Sunset”
#549 “Face To Face”
Organist: Ingetta Tutje
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Kathryn Dawson-Ekberg Ty Koekkoek
Alyssa De Groot Jordan Koekkoek
Schuyler Sterk Anne Marie DeVries
Samantha De Groot Anneka Sterk
Will Dawson-Ekberg Logan Baker
Christopher DeVries Nathan Grave
John DeVries Noah Sterk
FINAL RESTING PLACE
East Lawn Cemetery
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
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.
JANICE F. DE GROOT
Janice Faye De Groot went to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on May 11, 2019, surrounded by her husband and family. Jann was born on June 10, 1940 in Seney, IA, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Hofland) Hartog. When Jann was just two years old, following the death of her father, the family moved from Seney to Orange City, IA. Her mother raised Jann and her five siblings with God’s care and guidance. Jann attended the Orange City Christian School, Northwester Classical Academy and Northwestern College in Orange City. She was united in marriage to Henry Veldhuis on August 11, 1961. The Lord blessed this marriage with three daughters, Angela Lynn, Donna Beth, and Alison Lea. Donna Beth died of leukemia during her kindergarten year. Henry died in 2002 after a very short illness. Jann worked for many years as a law office secretary. After their daughters were older, she returned to work as a secretary in the Guidance Office at Sheldon Community High School. On April 26, 2014 Jann was united in marriage to Kendall W. De Groot. Kendall and Jann enjoyed their new home and enjoyed outings with friends and traveling together. Many times, they traveled to their married children’s homes, and enjoyed participating in the busy lives of their grandchildren, attending graduations and weddings and school events.
She was a member of First Reformed Church in Sheldon, and enjoyed serving on the Congregational Care Team, the Women to Women Ministry, and singing in the choir. She was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class and the Evening Circle. Jann loved to read, and she loved music. She was dedicated to her family and knew that her greatest calling in life was to raise her daughters to be responsible, godly women. She was so grateful that each of them came to know Jesus as her personal Saviour and counted this as her most cherished blessing.
Jann is survived by her husband, Kendall W. De Groot, her daughters and their husbands, Angela and Jeff DeVries of Polk City, IA, and Alison and Joel Sterk, of Belle Plaine, MN; grandchildren, Dr. Christopher (Ally) DeVries, of Freeland, MI, John DeVries and Anne Marie DeVries, of Polk City, IA; Schuyler Sterk, Noah Sterk and Anneka Sterk, of Belle Plaine, MN; stepchildren, Kristin and Mark Grave of Moose Lake, MN, and Kelly and Pam De Groot of Sanborn, IA; step grandchildren, Kathryn (Will) Dawson-Ekberg, of Duluth, MN, Nathan Grave, U.S. Navy; Alyssa De Groot (Rob Pellitier), Sanborn, IA, Samantha De Groot, Sanborn, IA; Ty Koekkoek, Logan Baker and Jordan Koekkoek and two step great grandchildren, Zayne Pellitier and Blayse Pellitier.
Also surviving are her siblings and their spouses, Fran (Bill) Korver of Tulsa, OK; Geri Kiel of Orange City, IA; Dr. John (Martha) Hartog, Ankeny, IA; Marjorie (Rev. Robert) Vander Aarde, Great Falls, MT; and Paul (Velma) Hartog of Tulsa, OK; and step siblings, Daryl and Linda Mouw, Sheldon, IA, and Steve and Anne Klaasen, George, IA, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dr. Henry Veldhuis, daughter, Donna Beth Veldhuis, and a brother-in-law, Vernon Kiel.
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done,
but because of his mercy.
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit