Janice Meinders, 72, of Oskaloosa, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2013, at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa.
Janice Ann Meinders, the daughter of William Albert “Bill” and Nellie (Neels) Veldhuizen, was born, Jan. 30, 1941, at Mercy Hospital in Oskaloosa. The family lived in rural Mahaska County and Janice attended RedSchool and then Oskaloosa Christian School where she graduated 8th grade. She attended Oskaloosa High School where she was a 1959 graduate. While in high school, she worked at F.W. Woolworth’s department store. Soon after graduation, she was united in marriage to Raymond L. Meinders, June 18, 1959, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. Janice and Ray made their home on an acreage just outside of Oskaloosa on the Pella Highway. Janice was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young and after raising her children, she worked for 20 years at American Family Insurance with Phil Griffin until her retirement in October, 2003. Janice was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church where she and her husband served as Young People’s leaders. She also served as a Sunday school teacher, Calvinette leader and Friendship leader. In her later years she was a member of the Ladies Bible Hour. She also served as secretary for the I.S.U. Extension Council. Janice enjoyed music and played the piano and guitar, she sang in the Farm Bureau Ladies Chorus and the choir at her church. In addition to her music, Janice’s hobbies were embroidering and crocheting. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her family includes her husband of 54 years, Raymond Meinders, of Oskaloosa; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Kevin and Diana Meinders, of Pleasant Hill, and Brent Meinders, of Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Russ Sytsma, of Oskaloosa; five grandchildren: Dana Ann (Ron) Robinson, of Iowa City; Kandis Meinders, of Warsaw, Ind.; Travis Meinders, of Boston, Mass.; Eric (Jenna) Sytsma and Joshua (Cally) Sytsma, all of Oskaloosa; four great-grandchildren: Sophie, Nella and Tymen Robinson, of Iowa City; and Cora Grace Sytsma, of Oskaloosa; a sister, Elaine Malloy, of Oskaloosa; a brother, Darryl Veldhuizen, of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters-in-law: Eileen (Harold) Van Weelden and Janet (Thomas) Kelderman, all of Oskaloosa; and a niece and several nephews.