In Loving Memory of
July 7, 1920
near Boyden, Iowa
August 28, 2018
10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 1, 2018
First Reformed Church, Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Paul Van Maaren ~ Officiating
will be after 3:00 P.M. on Friday, August 31, 2018
with the family present will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon;
“How Great Thou Art”
“In The Garden”
Song Leader: Rev. Paul Van Maaren
Organist: Deanna Van Riesen
James Zoet Dean J. Zoet
Chris Zoet Ryan McCarty
Nathan Zoet Zachary Zoet Spencer Zoet
FINAL RESTING PLACE
East Lawn Cemetery
After today’s 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
PEARL (DEKKER) ZOET
Pearl Zoet, the daughter of Jacob Sr. and Adrianna (Wildeman) Dekker was born July 7, 1920 on a farm by Boyden, IA. She attended a country school through the 8th grade near Matlock, IA. On October 20, 1937 she was united in marriage to Bert Zoet at her parents’ home near Matlock, IA. The couple lived on farms in the Sibley, Sanborn and Sutherland area and then moved to a farm by Sheldon, IA and lived there for 40 years. Bert and Pearl were blessed with 6 children: Loren, Robert, Dean, Susan, Bonnie and Dale. In 1995, they moved into a house in Sheldon. Bert preceded her in death on May 8, 2012. Pearl remained in their home until July 2018, when she moved into the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, IA where she passed away on August 28, 2018 reaching the age of 98 years, 1 month and 21 days.
Pearl was a housewife and mother who enjoyed planting large gardens and canning the garden produce. She was a talented baker and cook who made pies, deviled eggs, her famous brown bread and mandarin orange jello salad. She liked to play Dominos with her family and friends and enjoyed listening to polka music. Pearl enjoyed many trips across the United States. Bert and Pearl visited the Netherlands and enjoyed visiting family in New Orleans, LA and Texas. Pearl was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, IA.
Pearl is survived by her children, Robert (Jill) Zoet of Salem, WI; Dean (Audrey) Zoet of Sheldon; Susan (Ron) McCarty of Sheldon; Bonnie (James) Bylund of League City, TX; Dale (Laurel) Zoet of Sheldon; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 brother, Eugene (Margaret) Dekker of Casa Grande, AZ, a sister, Cora Fick also of Casa Grande, AZ; a sister-in-law, Grace Luffel of Milton, GA and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
She was welcomed in to Heaven by her husband, Bert; her parents, a son, Loren and daughter-in-law, Becky Zoet; a son, Marvin in infancy and a grandson, Mitchell Zoet. Also 2 brothers and their wives, Jake Jr. (Ann) Dekker, William (Bernadette) Dekker; a brother-in-law, Dyke Fick; brothers and sisters-n-law, Jake (Edna) Zoet, Gerrit (Esther) Zoet, Marie (Louis) Arends, Jerry Zoet and George Luffel.
To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, and let me go
I have so many things to see and do;
You musn’t tie yourself to me with tears;
Be thankful for our many years.
I gave you my love; you can only guess
how much you gave to me in happiness;
I thank you for the love you each have shown;
but now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must;
then let your grief be comforted by trust;
it’s only for a time that we must part,
so bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on
so if you need me, call and I will come
though you cannot see or touch me, I’ll be near;
and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear;
all my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say,
- Mary Alice Ramish