Jeanette Netten

14-29-PictureJeanette Netten, 86, of Hawarden, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden.

Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am Wednesday at the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley, Iowa with Rev. Garry Nyenhuis officiating. A Prayer service for family and friends will begin at 10:00 am Wednesday at the church then processing to the Valley View Cemetery for burial.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm Tuesday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:30 pm at the Hawarden Community Church in Hawarden. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to

Jeanette (Ravenswaay) Netten was born February 24, 1928 at Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of Arie and Jacoba (Vanden Hoorn) Ravenswaay. Jeanette was raised on the family farm near Ireton and attended country school.

On July 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to Peter Netten on the Ravenswaay farm near Iteton. Together they farmed near Ireton, Sioux Center, and Doon. After farming, they retired to Rock Valley. In September 2010 they moved to Fellowship Village in Inwood, Iowa. Peter passed away there December 7, 2010. Jeanette then moved to the Pioneer Home in Orange City, Iowa. Due to declining health, she moved to Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden, Iowa in December 2012, where she passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014. She was 86 years of age.

Jeanette was a faithful member of the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley and previously in Doon and Ireton. She thoroughly enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and having her entire family over for Sunday dinner and holidays. In earlier years she and Pete had fun square-skipping. They also spent time visiting with friends and relatives. She kept a journal through the years that she updated faithfully and did dozens, possibly hundreds, of Word Find books. She also spent time volunteering at Justice For All and gardening. Her grandchildren especially loved her homemade jam.

Jeanette is survived by her eight children in whom she instilled a strong faith and work ethic: Dennis Netten and special friend, Connie, of Alvord, Iowa, Arnold Netten of Ames, Iowa, Duane Netten of Hull, Iowa, Verlyn (Carla) Netten of Orange City, Iowa, Rodney (Lil) Netten of Rock Valley, Iowa, Robert (Rhonda) Netten of Boyden, Iowa, Larry (Melissa) Netten of Orange City, Iowa and Deann (Marlin) Anderson of Hawarden, Iowa; 48 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; along with four sisters, Anna Van Bruggen of Hawarden, Iowa, Arlene De Bruin of Lyndon, Washington, Bernice De Kock of Hawarden, Iowa and Dorothy (Harlan) Tiedeman of Beresford, South Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 62 years, Pete; daughter-in-law, Bev Netten; grandson, Caleb Netten; great-granddaughter, Makayla Smith; sister, Gert Vander Ploeg; and brothers-in-law, Albert Van Bruggen, Jake De Bruin, Marion De Kock; and a twin infant brother and sister.

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