May 10, 2011
10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 14, 2011
Trinity Reformed Church
After Noon, Friday, May 13, 2011
With family present 5:00-6:30 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Hospice of Pella
Wife: Marie Dieleman – Pella
Children: Eileen (Richard) Hiemstra – Pella
Duane (Sharyl) Dieleman – Arizona
John (Faye) Dieleman – Pella
James (Johnna) Dieleman – Florida
September 26, 1915 - May 10, 2011
Daniel E. Dieleman was born on September 26, 1915, to Daniel D. and Hattie (Roorda) Dieleman in rural Marion County. When Dan was only four years old, his mother passed away in childbirth. Dan was then raised by his step-mother Lena (Van Baale) Dieleman. Dan attended Davis County School until eighth grade.
Dan was united in marriage with Marie Vander Leest on February 26, 1941, in Pella, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Eileen, Duane, John, and James.
Dan and Marie farmed for many years until Dan had the opportunity to follow his dream of opening a restaurant. In 1963 he purchased the Central Park Café in Pella. Dan continued to follow his adventurous spirit which led him to owning a fabric shop, an insurance agency, and managing the Hilltop Manor in Pella. After retiring in 1981, Dan and Marie wintered in Arizona until deciding to live there year round. They returned to Pella in 2001, where they lived at Pella Manor. Dan was a charter member of Trinity Reformed Church in Pella.
Dan went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of ninety-five.
Dan will be missed by his wife of seventy years, Marie; his daughter, Eileen and Richard Hiemstra of Pella, and their children Rhonda and Dave Kermode, Russ and Shaun Hiemstra, and Amy Hiemstra and special friend Paul Damien and their families; his son Duane and Sharyl Dieleman of Florence, Arizona, and their children Tom and Linda Dieleman, and Dani Dieleman and their families; his son John and Faye Dieleman of Pella, and their children Angela and Todd Rempe, and Alicia and Rob Bruxvoort and their families; and his son James and Johnna Dieleman of The Villages, Florida, and their children Dawn Dieleman Hillman, Jeff and Ashley Dieleman, Jamie Dieleman and their families. Dan is also survived by his sister, Hattie (Dieleman) Van Wyk of Pella; and his sister-in-law, Willa Mae Bensink of Montezuma, Iowa.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother; his parents-in-law Richard and Maggie Vander Leest; his brothers Gerald Dieleman and Willis Dieleman; grandchildren Dana Marie Dieleman, Larry Dieleman, and Roger Dieleman; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Dan will be remembered as a provider for his family, his willingness to try a new adventure, and his loving personality.