PELLA — Funeral services for Janice Hoksbergen, 67, will be held Thursday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday at the Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home with family present 5-7 p.m.
Janice Ione Hoksbergen was born on Dec. 19, 1946, in Oskaloosa to Ray and Johanna Hoksbergen; she was the youngest of seven siblings. She had Down Syndrome and lived with her parents until the age of seven where she was cherished and doted on. Her parents cared deeply about her upbringing and education and in 1953 sacrificed greatly to send her to the Children’s Retreat in Michigan; she came home for holiday and summer visits. When she reached the age of 24, she declared, “I’m done with school now” and returned to Pella to live with her mother.
In 1974, Janice began working at Christian Opportunity Center’s sheltered workshop; she thoroughly enjoyed working there and considered the COC staff and friends as her family. She delighted in the various activities, especially the Special Olympics and was excited and proud to show her numerous ribbons. A yearly highlight was summer camp and horseback riding.
In 1981, COC built a Residential Care Facility — Janice moved in and made that her home. Later she moved into the supervised apartments. In 2000, Janice moved into the COC Big Rock group home and continued to work part- time. She enjoyed having people visit her and was proud to show her immaculate home and extensive dolphin collection to all who came. She was hospitable and would ensure visitors shared a 3 o’clock coffee time of tea and a snack. She participated in and savored Friendship Bible Hour. In 2012 she moved to Long Term Care at the Pella Regional Health Center and Gelderland Cottage in early 2014.
Janice was known for making and gifting yarn covered hangers. To the delight of her siblings, nephews and nieces, she always remembered the date of each loved one’s birthday and would cut flowers and pictures out of magazines to make personalized cards, always with her signature — in all capital letters. Janice liked to color and watch television and looked forward to each issue of TV Guide, even though she knew when her favorite programs aired. She spent many hours perusing albums filled with photos, always pointing to the person while emphatically stating their name. When a family member would come to visit, Janice would squeal with delight or a ‘woo-hoo.’