January 10, 2014


JAN. 19, 1916 — JAN. 8, 2014

The Oskaloosa Herald


Rena Van Donselaar, 97, of Oskaloosa, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa.

She was born Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1916, in Pella, the daughter of Gerrit F. and Maria D. Valster Van Zee. Following school, Rena farmed with her family. On March 16, 1938, Rena was united in marriage to Albert Van Donselaar in Leighton. Albert died on Feb. 9, 2001. Following their marriage, Albert and Rena farmed near Leighton. In 1943, they purchased a farm near Wright and farmed there until 1998 when they moved to Oskaloosa. Rena kept a very large garden and loved to work. She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa.

Rena’s family includes her three sons: Reverend Marvin (and Esther) Van Donselaar, of Sioux Center, Kenneth (and Linda) Van Donselaar and Elmer (and Micki) Van Donselaar, both of Oskaloosa; a daughter: Joan (and Robert) Fopma, of Sully; a daughter-in-law: Vivian Van Donselaar, of Bradenton, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother: Bill Van Zee, of Des Moines; two sisters: Cornelia Vos, of Oskaloosa, and Wilma Spoelstra, of Pella; and a sister-in-law: Mary Lois Van Zee, of Pella.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a son: Raymond G. Van Donselaar; and three brothers: Fred, Ed and Marion Van Zee.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. in the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Marvin Van Donselaar and Pastor Alvern Boetsma officiating. Burial will be in Black Oak Cemetery near Pella. Visitation will begin Sunday after 12 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be present at the funeral chapel Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Reformed Church for Missions.


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