Nelva DeBoer

Date posted - March 17, 2014

Nelva DeBoer, age 95, of Sibley, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Roger Bouwman officiating.

Graveside Services will be at 10:15 A.M. on Friday, March 21 at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 20 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Nelva DeBoer.

Nelva DeBoer was born on January 14, 1919 in Prinsburg, Minnesota. She was the daughter of John and Gertrude (Hoogeveen) Strootman. She lived her youth in Prinsburg where she attended school and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa.
She was united in marriage to William DeBoer of Sibley, Iowa on March 22, 1937 in Rock Rapids, Iowa. They lived in Rock Rapids until 1937 when they moved to Sibley. Nelva worked as a grocery store clerk for Red Owl, later known as Sibley Super Foods, for 25 years. She also did a lot of housework for people in the community, ironing clothes etc. Bill and Nelva were the custodians for the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley for 39 years. Bill passed away on July 22, 2010.

Nelva was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley, where she enjoyed being active in Ladies Aid.

She loved to bake and watch the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Twins play. She was very diligent about remembering the grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities.

Nelva entered Sibley Nursing and Rehab in 2004, where she passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the age of 95.

Those left to cherish her memories are two sons and daughters-in-law: Jan and Connie DeBoer of Sibley, IA, Willis and Linda DeBoer of Spirit Lake, IA; one daughter and son-in-law: Glenda and Larry Reinke of Spirit lake, IA; one daughter-in-law: Esther DeBoer of Sanborn, IA; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; one brother: Gerald Strootman of Galt, CA; one sister: Geneva Bonnema of Wilmar, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, William “Bill” DeBoer; her parents; one son, Charles J. DeBoer; and one sister, Joanne Brouwer.

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