Garden Chapel

Nellie Westerkamp

February 7, 2007
Pella, Iowa

10:30 A.M., Monday, February 12, 2007
Trinity Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

After 10:00 A.M., Sunday, February 11, 2007
Family will be present 3:00 - 5:00 P.M., Sunday
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella, Iowa

Pella Hospice Comfort House
Trinity Reformed Church - Pella

In Memory Of

Nellie Westerkamp
Pella, Iowa
(Age 97)

August 16, 1909 - February 7, 2007

Nellie Lurana Westerkamp was born to John F. and Maggie (Visser) Hiemstra on August 16, 1909, near Otley, Iowa. She passed away at the Pella Hospice Comfort House on February 7, 2007, at the age of ninety-seven years, five months, twenty-one days.

Nellie attended and graduated from Valley View Country School. At a young age, she made profession of faith at the Otley Reformed Church.

On February 15, 1933, Nellie was united in marriage with Peter H. Westerkamp at her parents’ home in Pella, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Francene, Mildred, Howard, and Norma.

Nellie and Pete farmed near Peoria, Iowa, for forty years and were members of the Peoria Christian Reformed Church. In 1976 they moved to Pella and became members of the Third Reformed Church. Nellie was currently a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Pella.

Nellie had many interests and while living on the farm she enjoyed gardening and flowers. She kept busy with various crocheting projects, quilting, making afghans and teddy bears. They loved to travel and she often talked about their visits to Holland. Nellie was able to read and write the Dutch language and kept the letters going between some of their Dutch relatives. Nellie felt the importance of family history and also wrote stories about her childhood. She loved having relatives and friends stay at her home and was always ready to visit over a cup of coffee.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses: Mildred and Clifford Vos of Reasnor, Howard and Bonnie Westerkamp of Pella , and Norma and Wayne Van Dyke of Pella; her sister, Leona (Mrs. John E.) TerLouw and her sister-in-law, Jeanette Esloo both of Pella; nineteen grandchildren; fifty-seven great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Peter H. on May 23, 1994; her daughter, Francene Pearl Rooda in 2005; one son-in-law, Gerrit Rooda in 2003; three brothers: Frank, Martin, John C.; six sisters: Tillie Poortinga, Emma Buwalda, Cornelia Vriezelaar, Mary Gosselink, Margaret Vogelaar, and Mabel De Jong.

Nellie will be missed by her family and her many friends.


Francene Rooda (deceased)
     Norma Kay Whitehead
          Adam Whitehead
          Megan Whitehead
     Gary and Linda Rooda
          Teneil and Jason Brinkman
          Trustin Rooda
     Grant and Sue Rooda
          Trisha Rooda
     Gayla and Scott Van Soelen
          Jeremy Van Soelen
          Justin and Jill Van Soelen
          Jarryd Van Soelen
          Jacie Van Soelen
     Fonda and Mike Rucks
          Channing Rucks
     Heidi and Cory Brand

Mildred and Clifford Vos
     Judson and Pam Vos
          Joel and Megan Vos
               Isaac Vos
          Jaron and Tasha Vos
               Atticus and Lydia Vos
          Janae and Trevor Vander Wilt
               Tyke Vander Wilt
          Jacie and fiancĂ© John Kramer,
          Jentri Vos
          Jaden Vos
     Clinton and Marla Vos
          Curtis and Candace Vos
               Brenden and Colton Vos
          Mindy and Ben Six
               Makenna Six
          Lindsay Vos
          Stacia Vos
     Meldon and Eloise Vos
          Mikayla, Marissa, Mariah, Meleisha, and Majesta Vos
     Weston and Terri Vos
          Trenton, Cale, and Carlie Vos
     Nolan and Karla Vos
          Natalie, Elijah, and Josiah Vos
     Neisha and James Horn
          Jarret, Elizabeth, Justin, and Cadence Horn

Howard and Bonnie Westerkamp
     Harris and Jacki Westerkamp
          Heath, Haley, Kelsey, and Keaton Westerkamp
     Bryce and Cherie Westerkamp
          Brandon, Camren, and Conner Westerkamp
     Vance and Stephanie Westerkamp
          Karson, Shanda, and Alexa Westerkamp

Norma and Wayne Van Dyke
     Ward and Sandi Van Dyke
          Jocelyn, Landon, Todd, and Kayleen Van Dyke
     Niles and Julie Van Dyke
          Karina, Brayton, Durant, and Trenner Van Dyke
     Wade and Trish Van Dyke
          Dylan and Rylan Van Dyke
     Natasha and Justin Plate
          Reegan and Kytilin Plate

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