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Joanne M Sterler

June 6, 1939 — April 2, 2019


June 6, 1939 ~ Sheldon, Iowa
April 2, 2019 ~ Sioux Falls, South Dakota

1:00 P.M. Friday, April 5, 2019
First Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating

will be after 4:00pm on Thursday April 4, 2019
with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
Soloist: Brian Tutje
“Amazing Grace”
“In The Garden”
Organist: Jett Korver

Justin Herman Colton Verrips
Hunter McDonald Cole McDonald
Jamie Allbright
Brandon Hofstra Dustin Sterler
Christopher Verrips Mitchell McDonald
Dalton Beimers Joshua Herman
Alexander Damstra

Roseland Cemetery ~ Sanborn, 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

Joanne Marlene (Nieuwendorp) Sterler, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Mastbergen) Nieuwendorp was born June 6, 1939 in Sheldon, Iowa and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1957. She was united in marriage to Hilbert E. Damstra on May 5, 1959 in Sheldon, Iowa. They lived in Omaha, Nebraska for a while and then moved back to Sheldon, where she worked at MidAmerica. Hilbert preceded her in death on March 18, 1972. Joanne married Roger Sterler on December 5, 1981 in Sheldon and they made their home in Ashton. After her retirement, Joanne co-owned R&J’s New and Used in Sheldon, working alongside her husband until passing away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota reaching the age of 79 years, 9 months and 27 days.
Joanne was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. The American Legion Auxiliary in Ashton, Iowa. She enjoyed spending time with her family and attending sporting events, school functions for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her yearly visit to Colorado.
Joanne is survived by her husband of 37 years, Roger of Ashton; her 2 daughters, Bonnie Damstra of Katy, TX and Connie (Steve) Allbright of Oakdale, MN; 7 step-children, Kerwin (Kathy) Sterler of Sheldon; Jervis Sterler of Sheldon; Valoria (Kim) Verrips of Spirit Lake, IA; Denise (Lance) Beimers of Hospers, IA; Cynthia (Tim) Herman of Missouri Valley, IA; Rogerica (James) McDonald of Sheldon and Wayne Sterler of Wellington, CO; and a daughter-in-law, Kris Sterler of Harlan, IA; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, a brother, Don (Lorae) Nieuwendorp of Sioux City, IA; and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Joanne was preceded in death by her first husband, Hilbert Damstra; 2 granddaughters; 1 great-grandchild; her parents Henry and Alice Nieuwendorp; two brothers, Leonard and Alvin Nieuwendorp; two sisters-in-law, Jenelda and Darlene Nieuwendorp; and sister, Helen Wolthuizen.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold,
the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them,
and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them,
and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things
are passed away.
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Service Schedule

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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Friday, April 5, 2019

1:00 - 1:45 pm (Central time)

First Reformed Church

1101 7th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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