Oskaloosa.com

Obituaries

May 7, 2013

WILMA VANDER WILT

JUNE 8, 1916 — MAY 5, 2013

OTTUMWA — Wilma Vander Wilt, formerly of Ottumwa, passed away May 5, 2013, at the age of 96 in Zeeland, Mich. 

Wilma was born in Oskaloosa on June 8, 1916, to Neal and Bessie Van Klaveren Hulsbos. She was a graduate of Eddyville High School. She worked as a department manager in Kresge’s in Oskaloosa before her marriage in 1940 to John Vander Wilt. They spent their married life in Ottumwa where they raised four children, Marilyn Rynbrandt, Carl, John and David. She suffered the death of her son, John, in 1963 and the death of her husband in 1983. She remained in her home of 60 years until the age of 91 when she moved to Zeeland, Mich., to be near her daughter, Marilyn.

Wilma led a long and healthful life enjoying homemaking, gardening, sewing and traveling, both in the U.S. and abroad. She was an excellent cook and was especially known for her delicious pies.

She was active in her church, The Reformed Church in America, in Eddyville,  (now known as Faith Community Church) where she was a Sunday school teacher and was active in the women’s programs. Her community involvement included being a Cub Scout Leader, PTO officer, Band and Orchestra Mother’s Club and being a voting poll worker for 20 years.

Throughout her life Wilma loved to participate and be involved in whatever tasks needed to be done. But as her strength decreased in her last years, she was always grateful and appreciative of all the help and care she required.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Cal) Rynbrandt; sons, Carl (Carol) and David (Ellen); grandchildren, Sarah and Tim Elzinga, Martha and Kurt Boeve, Dirk and Emily Vander Wilt, Neal Vander Wilt, John and Ellen Vander Wilt and Matthew Vander Wilt. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Jane and Anne Elzinga, and Luke and Mark Boeve. In addition she also leaves her brother, Cornie Hulsbos of Albuquerque, N.M.; step-sister, Gertrude Van Zee, of Pella, cousins Arlene Van Klaveren, Robert Van Klaveren, other cousins and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Faith Community Church in Eddyville with the Rev. Dr. Calvin Rynbrandt officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Friday with family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the John Richard Vander Wilt Religion Award, Office of Advancement, Hope College, Holland, MI 49423.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • REX GOODMAN AUG. 16, 1922 -- APRIL 20, 2014 ROSE HILL -- Rex Goodman, 91 years, 8 months, and 4 days, of Rose Hill, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Easter, Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born Aug. 16, 1922, at Leon, the son o

    April 22, 2014

  • Herman Simons obit photo HERMAN SIMONS DEC. 16, 1924 -- APRIL 18, 2014 OSKALOOSA — Herman M. Simons, 89, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Mahaska Hospital in Oskaloosa. He was born Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1924, in Tainter, the son of Paul Johanna Ryken Simons. He attended Greeley Country School. On May 1, 194

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carl Van Donselaar obit photo CARL VAN DONSELAAR FEB. 7, 1922 -- APRIL 14, 2014 PELLA -- Carl Van Donselaar, son of John D. and Nellie (Wanders) Van Donselaar, was born on Feb. 7, 1922, at his parents' home northwest of Leighton. Carl passed away on April 14, 2014, at the Comfort House in Pella at the age of 92. Carl was baptiz

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Margaret Shaw obit photo MARGARET SHAW JULY 29, 1920 -- APRIL 13, 2014 EUREKA, Kan. -- Margret Neoma (Spencer) Shaw passed away the morning of Palm Sunday, April 13 while surrounded by family in her Woodbury Faith House. Margret was born July 29, 1920, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Calvin and Nina Spencer. She marr

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • KIM KIEFER JULY 28, 1962 -- APRIL 12, 2014 NEW SHARON -- Kim Kiefer, 51, of New Sharon, died on Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was born July 28, 1962, in Los Angeles, Calif. She moved to Oskaloosa in 1990. In 2000, Kim and her family moved into the home of Elmer and Carolyn Veldhuizen. E

    April 15, 2014

  • Marvin Feaster obit photo MARVIN FEASTER JULY 15, 1944 -- APRIL 13, 2014 OSKALOOSA -- Marvin Feaster, 69, of Oskaloosa passed away Sunday night, April 13, 2014, at his home in Oskaloosa. Marvin Lee Feaster, son of Roy and Hattie (Bell) Feaster, was born, July 15, 1944, in Oskaloosa. He attended Oskaloosa Schools and then

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alvin Goemaat obit photo 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

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jack Stout obit photo JACK STOUT JUNE 28, 1942 -- APRIL 10, 2014 OSKALOOSA -- Jack L. Stout, 71, of Oskaloosa, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his home in Oskaloosa. Jack Lee Stout, son of Elbert and Elsie Juanita (Roberts) Stout, was born June 28, 1942, in Taintor. He was a 1960 graduate of New Sharon H

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • MELBA JOB OCT. 15, 1922 -- APRIL 9, 2014 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Melba M. Job, 91, of Cape Girardeau, died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Auburn Creek Assisted Living Facility in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Oct. 15, 1922, in Diehlstadt, Mo., to Clarence and Helen Gist Moore. She married

    April 11, 2014

  • Harlan Caves obit photo HARLAN CAVES MAY 23, 1940 -- APRIL 10, 2014 FREMONT -- Harlan L. Caves, age 73, of Fremont, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away April 10, 2014, at the Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 13, open after 12 p.m. at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with t

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Oskaloosa Shopper
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Photo reprints