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Joanna H Den Beste

April 20, 1922 — November 22, 2019


BORN: April 20, 1922 ~ Orange City, Iowa
PASSED AWAY: November 22, 2019 ~ Sheldon, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 7, 2019
First Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Dave Van Kley ~ officiating

will be Friday, December 6, 2019
with the Family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home
in Sheldon, Iowa.

“What a Day That Will Be!”
sung by: Pastor Dave Van Kley
“Blessed Assurance”
“The Love of God”
Pianist: Jody Van Kley

Matt McVicker Scott McVicker
Orion Den Beste John Den Beste
Kyle Den Beste Jacob Den Beste

Graveside Service
10:15 A.M. Saturday, December 7, 2019
East Lawn Cemetery ~ Sheldon, Iowa

In Lieu of flowers the family wishes memorials to be directed to the: Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon or the Sioux City Gospel Mission in memory of Joanna.

After today’s 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

Joanna Helen (Houtsma) Den Beste, was born April 20, 1922 in Orange City, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Stella (Van Iperen) Houtsma and the sister of Alvin and Janette. She received her education in Orange City and graduating from the Orange City High School in 1939. On November 28, 1945, she was united in marriage to Warren Elmer Den Beste in Orange City. The couple remained in Orange City until moving to Sheldon in 1950. Joanna was a homemaker and a mother. Joanna volunteered at Sanford Senior Care for 20 years. After their retirement the couple remained in Sheldon. Her husband preceded her in on October 30, 2015 in Sheldon. She remained in her home until entering Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon in October of 2019. Joanna passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa reaching the age of 97 years, 7 months and 2 days.
She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, helping on the work groups for church events, weddings and funerals. She enjoyed cleaning, yardwork, her Geraniums, baking, writing notes and greeting cards, dancing (in her early years) and vacations with her family in the Black Hills and Colorado. She especially enjoyed her coffee time with her friends and collecting her Angels.
Joanna is survived by her children, Mary Jo (George) McVicker of West Des Moines, Iowa; David (Diana) Den Beste of Hillsborough, North Carolina; Alan Den Beste (Carla Doney) of Hayden, Idaho and Brian (Kim) Den Beste of Winter Park, Florida; eight grandchildren, Matt McVicker, Scott (Nina) McVicker, Orion (Heidi) Den Beste, John (Steph) Den Beste, Margaret (Chris) Sprecher, Kyle Den Beste, Chase Den Beste, Reid Den Beste; nine great grandchildren, also nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, a daughter-in-law, her parents, a brother, Alvin and a sister, Jan Mouw.

His Grace Is Sufficient

There is never a day so dreary
Nor an hour so filled with despair,
That help is not ours for the asking
If we knock at heaven’s portals in prayer.

At the moment we ask, he will answer.
He is never asleep, or away;
He doesn’t remove every burden,
But he always gives strength for the day.

He doesn’t say life will be painless,
That we’ll never grow tired or grieve;
But he promises rest for the weary,
And comfort to all who believe.

His grace is always sufficient,
In our weakness, he helps us to stand;
And problems and trials are lighter
When we know he is holding our hand.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, December 6, 2019

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

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

11:00 - 11:45 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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