Garden Chapel

Betty Van Weelden

April 15, 2009
Pella, Iowa

10:30 A.M., Monday, April 20, 2009
Heartland Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Beginning at noon., Sunday, April 19, 2009
Family will be present 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella, Iowa

Heartland Reformed Church
Benevolence Fund

In Memory Of

Betty Van Weelden
Pella, Iowa
(Age 80)

December 2, 1928 - April 15, 2009

Betty Jean Van Weelden was born December 2, 1928 in Pella, Iowa to Herman and Katherine Rus Notting.  She attended Webster Grade School and Pella High School, graduating in 1946.  She spent her younger days with her aunt and uncle, Leona and William C. Stursma and their family, as both of her parents worked.

Betty married Henry William Van Weelden at the Protestant Reformed Church parsonage on January 22, 1948.  She made confession of faith and was baptized at the Protestant Reformed Church in 1949.  Henry and Betty later joined the First Christian Reformed Church and then became charter members of Calvary Christian Reformed Church.

Betty worked at Fowler Telephone Company after graduating from high school.  After her marriage she went to work with Henry at Pella Block and Tile Company, (later changed to Van Weelden Construction) until Henry’s death in 1980.  During those years she helped raise her two grandchildren, Anthony John and Gayley Ann Ver Meer.

Henry and Betty spent the 1970’s wintering in Florida where they both enjoyed fishing.  Betty enjoyed buying and selling real estate in her spare time.  At the time of Henry’s death they owned three properties, which she later sold.  She was a member of Pella Garden Club, Pella Chamber of Commerce, and Pella Historical Society.  She retired from Van Weelden Construction in 1990 and sold the business to her son, Randol Van Weelden.

After her retirement Betty became a member of Heartland Reformed Church.  She served on the building committee and was church secretary for several years.  Betty traveled extensively, enjoyed her grandchildren, horses, crafts, and sewing.

Betty is survived by her son, Randol, and her daughter, Sandra; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

Betty’s family:

Sandra and Robert Arendt – Ottumwa, Iowa
            Tony and Kelly Ver Meer
                        Lisa Brummel
                                    Hilary Brummel
                                    Dylan Brummel
                                    C.J. Smith
                        Lindsay Hill
                        Kelsey Ver Meer
                        T.J. Ver Meer 
            Gayley Ver Meer and friend, Lola Young

Randol Van Weelden – Pella, Iowa
            Mathew and Teresa Van Weelden
                        Elizabeth Van Weelden
                        Isaac Van Weelden
            Katherine Van Weelden
            William and Jenny Van Weelden

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