January 21, 2014

ELEANOR 'ELLIE' VELDHUIZEN MAY 19, 1938 -- JAN. 19, 2014

OSKALOOSA — Eleanor Veldhuizen, 75, of Oskaloosa, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital in Oskaloosa.

She was born May 19, 1938, in Oskaloosa the daughter of Edward and Bernice Brummel Goemaat. She graduated from Rose Hill High School with the class of 1956. Following high school, she worked at the old Continental Overall Factory in Oskaloosa. On Jan. 25, 1957, Eleanor was united in marriage to Melvin Veldhuizen at Oskaloosa. To this union Debra and Dennis were born. Following their marriage, Eleanor stayed home to care for her family and home. She worked as a cook at the Cedar School and later Eddyville Community Schools. Later Eleanor and Melvin parted. Last, she worked at Christian Opportunity Center, retiring from there after many years of service. She was a lifelong member of Central Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. She enjoyed reading, decorating her yard and traveling. She would always find rocks to bring home to her yard from places she had visited. She delighted in spending time with her family. She was also an excellent cook.

Her family includes her two children and their spouses, Debra and Daryl Six, of Oskaloosa, and Dennis and Jil Veldhuizen, of rural Oskaloosa; six grandchildren, Derek (and Sarah) McClure, of Baltimore, Md., Afton McClure (and fiancée, Kerry Keovongsach), of Ottumwa, Taner McClure, of Cedar Falls, Mandy (and Curt) Johnston, of Eddyville, Abby (and Scott) Canfield, of Ankeny, and Dr. Dustin (and Megan) Veldhuizen, of Oskaloosa; two step granddaughters, Brook (and Austin) Blackwell, of Oskaloosa, and Paige (and Joe) Pierson, of Oskaloosa; several great-grandchildren with more expected soon; a brother and his wife, Don and Glenda Goemaat, of rural New Sharon; a sister and her husband, Lois and Cornie Hol, of Oskaloosa; a brother-in-law, Roy Poe, of Oskaloosa; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Carol Goemaat in infancy and Dolores Poe.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel with Pastor Trenton Hol officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Open visitation will be held on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel. Memorial may be made to Christian Opportunity Center.

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