January 20, 2011
11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 22, 2011
First Christian Reformed Church
Will begin at 9:00 A.M. Saturday
until the time of service, with family present
at the First Christian Reformed Church
Hospice of Pella
Pella Christian Grade School
December 19, 1912 - January 20, 2011
Elizabeth Bastiaantje Schep, daughter of Jacob and Bastiaantje Rozendaal Schep, grew up on a farm in Willege Langerak, Holland. She was born into a family of twelve children--two full sisters and two full brothers and five half brothers and three half sisters. Elizabeth attended the Gereformeerde Kerk in Ziest and made profession of faith in 1934.
On April 25, 1940, Elizabeth was united in marriage with Willem (Bill) Hendrik Kroes in Schoonhoven, Holland in a ceremony performed by Rev. Joseph Kroes, Willem's brother. To this union five children were born: Evert, Jaap, Tena, Jan, and Bill.
In 1956 Bill and Elizabeth made the decision to move to America seeking a better life for their five children. At the age of forty-four Elizabeth and her husband, Bill, said goodbye to their Dutch family, packed their belongings with their children, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. They settled in Pella, Iowa, with the help of Harold and Pauline Mathes. Elizabeth worked as a housekeeper for the Pella Nursing Home and Hilltop Manor North for many years.
When Bill passed away on February 25, 1998, they had been married for almost fifty-eight years. Elizabeth and Bill enjoyed taking trips every year. They were able to see much of the United States and return to visit the Netherlands four times. During these trips Elizabeth kept a journal recording all the great things they experienced on these vacations. She especially enjoyed going to see her brother, Gerrit Schep, and his wife, Gerda, in California.
Over the years Elizabeth enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, and walking. She has made many afghans and crocheted doilies that she shared with family and friends. Her favorite pastime was playing card games and she so enjoyed playing with her friends and family on a weekly basis. Elizabeth was an active member of the First Christian Reformed Church. After church services every week she enjoyed the company of her family that visited on Sunday mornings. She treated them with her delicious baked goodies.
Elizabeth is survived by her five children: Evert (Barbara) Kroes, Jaap (Jeri) Kroes, Tena (Vernon) Vanden Hoek, Jan (Doug) Van Wyk, Bill (Gae) Kroes; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Willem Kroes; her parents; and all her brothers and sisters.