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Kathaleen Joy Mastbergen

November 29, 1923 — December 16, 2020

Kathaleen Mastbergen
Sheldon, Iowa
Kathaleen J. Mastbergen, age 97, of Sheldon passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, Iowa. A public graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon with Rev. Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating.
Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.
Visitation without family present will be from 3:30pm – 5:30pm on Friday, December 18, 2020 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Memorials may be directed to the International Essential Tremor Foundation

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November 29, 1923
Hospers, Iowa

December 16, 2020
George, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 19, 2020
East Lawn Cemetery; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating

“It Is Well With My Soul”
Sung by: Pastor Paul Van Maaren
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”

Dennis Janssen Jeffry Mitchell
Larry Van Meeteren Steven Van Meeteren

East Lawn Cemetery
Sheldon, Iowa

Memorials may be directed to the International Essential Tremor Foundation

Arrangements under the care of
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa

Kathaleen J. Mastbergen, the daughter of William and Hattie (Mouw) Bloemendaal was born November 29, 1923 in Hospers, IA. She received her education in a country school near Hospers and graduated from Hospers public high school in 1942.
After graduation she attended Westmar in Le Mars to become a country schoolteacher. Prior to being married she taught one year in Sioux County and then two years in Baker Township, O’Brien County. After a family move to a farm near Spencer, she was employed at the Dudna Drug and Gift store in Spencer.
Kathaleen was united in marriage with Henry Mastbergen on January 27th, 1948. The couple briefly resided in Sheldon before they began farming near Matlock, IA. In 1949, they purchased an acreage by Matlock. Kathaleen worked in the office of the Sheldon Sales Barn every Wednesday for several years prior to starting her family.
Henry and Kathaleen remained on the farm for 35 years. In 1981, they moved to Sheldon into a house designed by Kathaleen. They retired after 40 years of farming.
Henry and Kathaleen enjoyed working in their yard and planting beautiful flowers. They also enjoyed traveling abroad together and spending their winters in Mesa, AZ. They bought and enjoyed a second home in 1989 at Carriage Manor Park in Mesa. They traveled to Arizona each fall until Henry’s death in 2005. Kathaleen moved to Fieldcrest in 2012.
Kathaleen enjoyed gardening, flowers, games of all kinds and reading. Reading God’s word was a daily discipline for her. She worshipped at First Reformed Church and at home. Her children have memories of her listening to Christian radio from early on. Raising children who knew and loved Jesus Christ was the most important endeavor in Kathaleen’s life. Her children are very grateful for her perseverance in passing her faith on to her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well.
Left to cherish her memory are her 3 three daughters and their husbands, Holly and Dennis Janssen of Rockwell, TX; Bonnie and Jeffry Mitchell of Burnsville, MN; Connie and Larry Van Meeteren of Sheldon, IA; 9 grandchildren, Rachel (Anthony) Lorenz; Robin (Timothy) Basselin; Kiel (Vivana) Janssen; Todd (Anna) Mitchell; Grant (Allison) Mitchell; Angela (Justin) Schuiteman; Julia (Mike) Henrichs, Kayla and Steven Van Meeteren; 17 great-grandchildren, Risa, Karis, Quinn and Case Basselin; Reid and Eva Lorenz; Samuel, Isaac and Jay Mitchell; Dounte, Donovan, Bailey, Mataya and Daxton Schuiteman; Cora, Ava and Emma Henrichs. one sister, Darlene Krull of Battle Lake, MN and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother, Ernest Bloemendaal; and sister, Edna Zoet.
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