March 21, 2014

FREDA SPOELSTRA DEC. 31, 1927 -- MARCH 19, 2014

NEW SHARON — Freda Spoelstra, 86, of New Sharon, was surrounded by her family when she went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 19, 2014, while being cared for at the MHP Hospice Serenity house in Oskaloosa.

She was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Mahaska County, the daughter of John and Dirkie Van Zee Vander Streek. She graduated from Pella High School with the class of 1945. For eight years following high school she worked at the Marion County Bank in Pella. All the while she was waiting for the love of her life to return from his service to our country. Upon his return, Freda was united in marriage to Harold Spoelstra at her parents’ home on Aug. 19, 1953. Following their marriage they moved to Harold’s family’s farm near New Sharon. The two of them would spend the rest of their lives on that farm. Together they farmed and Freda cared for her family and home. Freda was the bookkeeper for the farm operation she was still doing the books up until January of 2014. Her children and family where the center of her world. She was a faithful member of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa where she enjoyed Bethel Bible Hour and teaching Sunday School. She enjoyed traveling with Harold, doing word find puzzles, sewing and crocheting. She delighted most in having her family around her.

Her family includes her husband of over 60 years Harold Spoelstra, of New Sharon; eight children, Larry Spoelstra, of New Sharon, Edwin (Karen) Spoelstra, of Leighton, Donald Spoelstra, of New Sharon, Linda (Mark) Franje, of New Sharon, Steven (Brenda) Spoelstra, of New Sharon, Mark (Staci) Spoelstra, of New Sharon, Merlin (Andrea) Spoelstra, of New Sharon, and Ruth (Michael) Veenstra, of Oskaloosa; 20 grandchildren, Stephanie (Travis) McCuen, Randal (Amy) Spoelstra, Teresa (Zachary) Whitehead, Eric (Andrea) Franje, Danielle Franje (fiancé Devin Veenstra), Jacob Spoelstra, Lisa Spoelstra, Phillip Spoelstra, Thomas Spoelstra, Kevin Spoelstra, Katie Spoelstra, Ashley Spoelstra, Angela Spoelstra, Aubrey Spoelstra, Melvin Spoelstra, Jonathan Veenstra, Brett Veenstra, Emma Veenstra, Scott Veenstra, and Megan Veenstra; two great-grandchildren, Landon Morrow and Blakely Franje; two sisters, Beulah Blom of Pella and Norma (Harley) Van Weelden of Pella; brothers and sisters in law, Elvera Spoelstra (Cornealius’ widow) and Wilma Spoelstra (Arie’s widow) and Edith (John N.) Van Zee; and many nieces and nephews. Freda was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in infancy, Delores Anne Spoelstra; three brothers-in-law, Chuck Blom, Cornealius Spoelstra and Arie Spoelstra. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa with Pastor Doug Vander Pol officiating. There will be a 10:15 family prayer service in the church ­­­­fellowship hall. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Pella. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Friday morning after 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Friday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to Oskaloosa Christian Grade School or MHP Hospice Serenity House.

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