The Oskaloosa Herald
Jane Van Utrecht, 92, of Oskaloosa and formerly of New Sharon, passed away Thursday evening, March 7, 2013, at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa.
Adriana “Jane” Hester Van Utrecht, daughter of Arie and Neeltje Van Genderen MacLeane, was born, Nov. 30, 1920, at her parent’s rural home near Hurwenen, the Netherlands. She attended school in Hurwenen and then helped on the family farm and in caring for her ailing mother. Her parents died during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and it was left to Jane and her brother, Dick, to maintain the farm. After the liberation in 1945, their former hired man, Goosen Van Utrecht, returned from two years in a factory prison camp and came to help them on the farm. Times were difficult — but in the midst of hardship and heartache, love would blossom and Jane and Goosen married, July 14, 1948, in Rossum, Goosen’s hometown. Within four months, Goosen and Jane were on their way to America. The goodness of American/Dutch sponsors brought them to the Oskaloosa area. In 1960, they purchased a farm of their own near New Sharon, a place she lived until 2012. Jane assisted Goosen with the farm bookkeeping and also maintained a large vegetable garden. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch and having her family and grandchildren near. Jane was a member of the Central Reformed Church and was active in the Ladies Aid.
Her family includes her husband, Goosen, of New Sharon; a daughter, Nellie (Dick) Drost, of Oskaloosa; sons: Andrew (Lois) Van Utrecht, of New Sharon, Phillip (Phyllis) Van Utrecht, of Oskaloosa, and Steven (Vickie) Van Utrecht, of New Sharon; 13 grandchildren: Ben (Cori) Drost, of Oskaloosa, Bert (Lisa) Drost, of West Des Moines, Tim (Amanda) Drost, of Oskaloosa, David (Angie) Van Utrecht, of Bettendorf, John (Teresa) Van Utrecht, of Ottumwa, Matthew (Jil) Van Utrecht, of New Sharon, Sarah (Josh) Hawk, of New Sharon, Katie (Bob) Olvera, of Olathe, Kan., Jennifer (Andrew) Groenenboom, of Oskaloosa, Laura (Nick) Anderson, of Oskaloosa, Mike (Julie) Van Utrecht, of New Sharon, Melissa (Brandon) Bandstra, of Lynnville, and Brian (Whitnie) Van Utrecht, of New Sharon; and 27 great-grandchildren and four more soon to arrive.
Besides her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her brother, Dick MacLeane.
Funeral Service for Jane will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 11, at Central Reformed Church with the Rev. Don DeGlopper officiating. A family prayer service will precede the service at 9:45 a.m. in the west wing of the sanctuary. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Visitation began at 10 a.m., Sunday at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; the family were present form 4-6 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Reformed Church.