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May 15, 2014

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PELLA — Blanche Wyngarden, 89, of Pella and formerly of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella.

She was born on Friday, Oct. 10, 1924, north of Leighton, the middle child of John and Dena Van Roekel De Prenger. She made her confession of faith at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton in 1939. She attended Centennial Country School and went on to graduate from Pella High School with the class of 1942. On Friday evening March 12, 1948 she was united in marriage to Herman Wyngarden at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton. To this union two children were born Denise and Doyle. Blanche always did secretarial work. Offices she worked in include: Mahaska County Farm Bureau, Oregon State Farm Bureau, De Kock Furniture, F.H. Blomgren, C.P.A., and for Wyngarden Oil for many years. Blanche’s “second daughter” is Marti Powell Reed. Blanche provided daycare for her for over 10 years. She was a member of the Oskaloosa Central Reformed Church where she was church organist for over 45 years, she also helped with Daily Vacation Bible School, and sang and played for many weddings and funerals. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Hawkeye Cree Camper Club, Dutchmasters Auto Club, and the Mahaska County Farm Bureau. Blanche was also a member of CRC Women’s Ministries where she served as treasurer for over 17 years. Blanche was an active volunteer for the: V.A. clothing room, Ecumenical Cupboard, and at many nursing homes. She and Herman enjoyed 21 winters in Texas. She loved to play cards and games. Blanche delighted in her family, her church family, Texas family, serving their gas customers and helping with church activities.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of over 66 years, Herman Wyngarden, of Pella; two children, Denise (Glenn) Van Wyk, of Pella, and Doyle (Karla Nunnikhoven) Wyngarden, of Puyallup, Wash.; five grandchildren, Shalene (Kyle) Zylstra, Shane (Abby) Van Wyk, Cameron Van Wyk, Samantha (Jason) Sechrist, and Meagan Wyngarden; eight great-grandchildren, Lydia, Aidan and Norah Zylstra, Addison and Jenna Van Wyk, Tyeson Van Wyk and Olivia and Brodie Sechrist; and a step sister-in-law, Helen Grandia.

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