June 5, 2017
1:00 – 7:00 P.M, Friday, June 9, 2017
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
9:00 – 10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 10, 2017
With family present
First Christian Reformed Church
10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 10, 2017
First Christian Reformed Church
Hospice of Pella
Husband: The late John J. Kamerick
Julia Emma Kamerick was born on May 19, 1908, to Gerrit and Elizabeth (Verros) Uitermarkt. She was born in Otley, one of seven children. She had two brothers and four sisters. Julia passed away at Vriendschap Village on June 5, 2017, at the age of 109. She was Marion County’s oldest resident.
She grew up on a farm near Otley, where she remembers helping her mother with a big garden, canning food and helping her father with chores on the farm. “We had to do everything. We lived on the farm….that was our job and we just did it automatically,” Her father did not have modern farm machinery, and used a horse and plow to plant the crops. Julia said. Her brothers hunted with her father. Meanwhile, she and her sisters would help their mother around the house with cleaning and cooking. Julia said, “I always helped my mom cook. That’s the only way I learned, was by doing things.”
Julia graduated from the eighth grade from Pleasant Grove, a one-room schoolhouse near her home in Otley. She and her siblings walked to school every day. As a teenager, Julia and her friends went to Monroe to enjoy the bands that would come to town to play – but they were not allowed to dance. “That’s where we had our fun. We’d walk around and walk around,” Julia said. “We thought we had fun anyway. Kids wouldn’t think that today, but we did.”
Growing up, Julia remembers looking forward to going to church. She made profession of faith at an early age at Otley Christian Reformed Church and later became a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Pella when she married John, and has continued to be a member there since. She and her siblings were regularly quizzed by their mother to make sure they knew their lessons for catechism. In those days, all the women sat on one side and the men on the other. Julia enjoyed embroidery, quilting and crocheting. Her work was always precise, clean and beautiful.
On November 29, 1934, Julia married John J. Kamerick at his parents’ home in Pella. John and Julia made their home on a farm south of Pella where she helped him with the farming. She worked side by side with John on the farm, driving tractor, putting in fence, throwing hay bales, and daily farm chores. Julia and John enjoyed A/C Tractors. She could be quoted saying, “they purred as they went through the field.” Shortly after they were married, they built a house in the Red Rock area. Due to construction of the dam, they moved that house to their current farm in 1960.
Julia lived in her own home until January 2015, and drove her own car until she was 102. She enjoyed having people visit and she never wanted anyone to leave hungry. She baked homemade buns well past 100 years old and baked pies every week. Julia was always willing to help others, but it brought tears to her eyes if someone helped her.
When asked what was the secret to living such a long life, Julia replied that she did not know why she has lived so long, but credits her longevity to the grace of God. “For some reason I’ve lived this long because God has a purpose for me on earth.”
Julia leaves behind one step sister-in-law Sylvia Langstraat, and many nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.
Julia was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her parents-in-law Martenis and Evadena (Schut) Kamerick, and her siblings: Matthew Uitermarkt, Dorothy (Otto) Van Essen, Harriet (Harold) De Penning, Floyd (Margaret) Uitermarkt, Gertrude (Henry) Vanden Heuvel, and Leona (Clarence) Ver Meer. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law: Henrietta (Layton) Mathes and Henry De Bruin, Bertha (Clifford) Mathes, Effie (George) De Witt, Walter (Billie) Kamerick, Martenis (Josephine) Kamerick, Marie (Tony) Langstraat, Muriel (Abe) Goemaat, and Jennie (Pete) Bogaards.