Date posted - July 22, 2012
Berdella De Boer age 95 of Hills, MN died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, MN.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday July 26, 2012 at United Reformed Church in Hills, MN with Rev. Doug Barnes officiating.
Burial will follow at United Reformed Church Cemetery in Hills.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 25 from 2 to 8 P.M. with family present from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, MN.
Berdella Vander Meulen was born October 31, 1916 at Orange City, IA to Edward and Alice Vander Meulen. Berdella grew up in the Sioux Center, Orange City, Alton and Ocheyedan areas. She worked at home and helped pick corn by hand, milking and housework. Berdella married Frank De Boer on February 20, 1940 at her parents’ home. They began their married life at Rock Rapids, IA and moved to Sanborn, Ocheyedan and back to Sanborn. In 1944 Frank and Berdella began farming and lived on farms by Harris, Round Lake and Lake Park before moving to Hills, MN. Berdella worked at the Tuff Memorial Home to help pay for Christian School tuition. She moved to the Tuff Village in April 2002 and entered the Tuff memorial Home in March 2006. While at the nursing home Berdella made many friends, welcomed new residents, read the Bible and prayed with the residents. She passed away July 22, 2012.
Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Charles (Rheta) De Boer of Hills, MN, Erwin (Faith) De Boer of Hills, MN, Mary (Allen) Van Raalte of Sioux Falls, SD, Alma (Erwin) Kooistra of Rock Valley, IA, Burdett (Butch)De Boer of Alvord, IA, Mina Brandt of Remsen, IA, Carmen (Greg) Dougherty Valley Springs, SD; 24 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Alan (Norma) Vander Meulen of Ocheyedan, IA; sister, Louise (Ervin) Smidt of Artesia, CA; several foster children including, April Anderson of Worthington, MN and Joel McKnelly of Sioux Falls, SD; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; two brothers, Roy Vander Meulen and Edward Van der Meulen; and two sisters, Nelvina Bergsma and Mildred Eversdyke.
In lieu of flowers family wished donations be directed to the Hills Christian School.
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