April 15, 2014

ALVIN GOEMAAT MARCH 6, 1925 -- APRIL 17, 2014

PELLA — Funeral services for Alvin J. Goemaat, of Pella, will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday at the Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home with family present 5-7 p.m.

Alvin Jerry Goemaat was born on March 6, 1925, at Kirkville to Tunis and Alice Rouw Goemaat. He passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Jefferson Place in Pella at the age of 89.

Alvin’s mother died when Alvin was 9 years old. His father later married Rachel Kolenbrander, who became an instant loving mother to the young family. He received his early education at the Black Oak and Scott Center Country School and graduated from Pella High School with the class of 1942. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy as a machinist and served his country until 1946. He received a purple heart upon discharge.

On Oct. 8, 1947, he was joined in marriage with Freda Newendorp at the home of her parents. They were blessed with three children: Connie, Nancy, and Larry.

After their marriage, Alvin and Freda lived in Oskaloosa where Alvin worked as a mechanic. They later moved to a farm west of Leighton, then to Leighton where Alvin owned the Leighton Garage for two years, and then became the Leighton Postmaster for 31 years, retiring in 1983.

Alvin was baptized and made confession of faith at an early age at the Leighton Ebenezer Reformed Church, where he served as elder, deacon, Sunday School teacher, and sang in the choir. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 89 and the DAV. He was a great pool player and enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He and Freda enjoyed camping and spending winters in Texas. Alvin also had a hobby of glass blowing, making many beautiful, delicate pieces for family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Freda, of Pella; his three children: Connie Vander Waal, of Manzanita, Ore., Nancy and Ron Vos, of Ireton, and Larry and Rammie Goemaat, of Runnells; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; his two sisters: Edna Van Ee and Donna De Jong; sister-in-law, Clara Newendorp; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Don and Elva Roorda.

Preceding him in death are: his parents, Tunis and Alice Goemaat and step-mother, Rachel Goemaat; his parents-in-law, Harry and Harriet Newendorp; his sister and her husband, Syliva and Hal Laird; and two brothers-in-law, Vern Van Ee and Raymond Newendorp.

Burial will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery near Leighton. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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