Garden Chapel

Cornelia Veenstra

June 12, 2009
Oskaloosa, Iowa

10:30 A.M., Monday, June 15, 2009
Peoria Christian Reformed Church
Peoria, Iowa

After 11:00 A.M. Sunday, June 14, 2009
at the Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Family will be present 2:00-4:00 P.M.

Peoria Christian School Endowment Fund

In Memory Of

Cornelia Veenstra
Taintor, Iowa
(Age 90)

June 14, 1918 - June 12, 2009

Cornelia Helena De Jong Veenstra, daughter of Martin P. and Marie Van Wyngarden De Jong, was born near Leighton, Iowa, on June 14, 1918.  She received her early childhood education at a country school near her home.

On December 5, 1940, she was united in marriage with Lambert Veenstra.  To this union seven children were born: John, Marvin, Charles, Bernie, Carrie Ann, Eddie, and   Marie Rose.

Cornelia and Lambert made their home on the farm east of Taintor where they raised their family.  Cornelia delighted in caring for her family and being a farmer’s wife.  She enjoyed baking, gardening, sewing, and crocheting. She made many many blankets for missions.  As her family grew and left home, she was particularly happy when they all came for dinner on Sundays.  She loved her family and her church.

Cornelia was a member of the Peoria Christian Reformed Church where she made profession of faith at an early age.  She was also a member of the Ladies Aid group all her life.  Cornelia passed away on Friday, June 12, 2009, two days short of her ninety-first birthday, at the Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; her brothers: Henry (Jeanetta) De Jong and Rev. Wilbur (Marilyn) De Jong; and one sister-in-law: Gretta Veenstra.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Lambert in 2003; their daughter, Marie Rose who died at the tender age of nine; her sister, Wilma who died in infancy; and her brother James De Jong and his wife Nellie.


John and Betty Veenstra – Taintor, Iowa
            Kimberly and Jeff Holton – Johnston, Iowa
                        Zachary and Lillianne
            Karen and Will Keuning – Knoxville, Iowa
                        Emma and Trenton

Marvin Veenstra – Pella, Iowa
            Krisanne and Michael Myers – Des Moines, Iowa
                        Lucas, Brendan, Ryan, and Joshua

Charles and Marlene Veenstra – Sioux Center, Iowa
            David and Joani Veenstra – Tinley Park, Illinois
                        Jessica, Matthew, and Hannah
            Steven Veenstra – Zeeland, Michigan
            Rachel and Ryan Kroll – Onalaska, Wisconsin
                        Abigail and Ethan
            Leann and Lance Nunnikhoven – Des Moines, Iowa
                        Noah and Landon

Bernie and Nella Veenstra – New Sharon, Iowa
            Karla and Keith Bowe – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
                        Alexis, Ethan, and Emily
            Dennis and Suzy Veenstra – New Sharon, Iowa
            Kenneth and Kari Veenstra – Pella, Iowa
            Julie and Jordan Hoogland – Maurice, Iowa
                        Brooklyn and Sydney

Carrie Ann and Phil Bloem – New Sharon, Iowa
            Missi and Jamie Bogaard – Crown Point, Indiana
                        Tyler, Isabella, and Andrea
            Lori and Ryan Eekhoff – Bigelow, Minnesota
                        Marissa and Wyatt
            Rochele and Brent De Ruyter – Lynden, Washington
                        Blake, Grant, Taya, and Jaydn
            Katie and Levi Nunnikhoven – New Sharon, Iowa
                        Josina and Lucas

Ed and Deb Veenstra – Otley, Iowa
            Amy and Shawn Smith – Knoxville, Iowa
            Jenny and Will Van Weelden – Pleasant Hill, Iowa

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