Ruth Janet Reekers

Ruth Janet Reekers, age 80, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her service will be 1:00pm Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Fr. Allan A. Reicks ~ officiating.  Burial with will be in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Monday, May 7, 2012 with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon. A Scripture Wake Service will be at 7:00pm and a Rosary lead by the St. Patrick’s Ladies Guild will be at 7:30pm on Monday at the Church.

In Lieu of flowers the family wishes that all Memorials be directed to St. Patrick Catholic School. Online memorial condolences may be sent to: Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Ruth J. Reekers, the daughter of Charles and Hilda (Dittman) De Roos, was born March 2, 1932 in Hull, Iowa.  She lived and attended school in Sanborn until she was 12 years old, she then moved with her parents to Sheldon where she continued her education.  Ruth was united in marriage to Herbert Reekers on April 19, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Ruth worked at several jobs in her earlier years which included, M&M Grocery, Johnson Café, Hollanders Five & Dime Store and Urban’s Corner Café. She also enjoyed helping her husband with the farm work and volunteering at St. Patrick’s Catholic School. Ruth passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon reaching the age of 80 years, 2 months and 2 days.

Ruth was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, the Ladies Guild and of the Missionary Association. She was a Foster Grandparent; she enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, embroidering, bird watching, doing arts and crafts for St. Pat’s School, being in the country and most of all she enjoyed her family.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Herbert of 62 years; and their three children, Barb and her husband, Mike Davis of Sheldon, Iowa; Clark and his wife, Roxie Reekers of Lake Park, Iowa and Linda and her husband, Dan De Jager of Sanborn, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, Herbert and Jessica Heien, Garrison and Libby Reekers, Stacie and Tad Hoeschen, Lori Lewis and her friend, Jamie Johnson, Curt and Mati De Jager, Chris De Jager; step-grandchildren, Shannon and Chet Hofman and Deric and Leeann De Jager; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Brinkman of Sheldon, Iowa and a brother and his wife, Dale and Carolyn De Roos of Washington; a sister-in-law, Lucy De Roos of Algona, Iowa; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a great-grandson and a brother, Dewain De Roos.

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