Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 1:30 P.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. David Brower officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.
Visitation will be Monday, May 14, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.
Bert Zoet, the son of Marinus and Grace (Dykhuizen) Zoet, was born on September 12, 1915, in Elburg, Holland. When he was 6 months old, his family came to the United States and he lived in the Sioux Center, Iowa area until he was 5 years old. The family then moved to Brooten, Minnesota where Bert attended country school. In 1932, he went to work for his Uncle Al Dykhuizen at his farm in the rural Boyden area.
On October 20, 1937, he married Pearl Dekker at her parents’ home by Matlock, Iowa. They lived on farms in the Sibley, Sanborn, and Sutherland area, then moved to a farm by Sheldon and lived there for 40 years. In 1995, they moved to a house in Sheldon. The couple were blessed with six children: Loren, Robert, Dean, Susan, Bonnie, and Dale. Bert took great pride in his family and his farming.
Bert was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. He was a past member of the Prairie Queen Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed going swimming in the Sheldon indoor pool. For many years, he would go to the pool to swim daily and was a member of the 100 mile Swim Club. He also enjoyed going out for coffee with his friends and tea time with his family. Bert liked to attend Sheldon School events. Bert and Pearl enjoyed traveling. They often went to Texas and New Orleans to visit their daughter, Bonnie and her family, and travelled across the United States and visited the Netherlands.
He passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at his home in Sheldon.
He is survived by his wife of 74 ½ years, Pearl; his children and their families, Loren Zoet of Adel, IA, Robert (Jill) Zoet of Kenosha, WI, Dean (Audrey) Zoet of Sheldon, IA, Susan (Ronald) McCarty of Sheldon, IA, Bonnie (Jim) Bylund of League City, TX, Dale (Laurel) Zoet of Sheldon, IA; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jake Zoet of Mesa, AZ; 2 sisters, Marie Arends of Estherville, IA and Grace Luffel of Milton, GA; one sister-in-law, Esther Zoet of Brooklyn Park, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
He was welcomed into Heaven by his parents; son Marvin in infancy, two brothers, Gerrit and Jerry; two brothers-in-law, Louis Arends and George Luffel; sister-in-law, Edna Zoet; and daughter-in-law, Becky Zoet.
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