Garden Chapel

Marjorie L. Van Gorp

July 14, 2013
Oskaloosa, Iowa

10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Leighton Christian Reformed Church
Leighton, Iowa

Beginning at Noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
with family present 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella, Iowa

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In Memory Of

Marjorie L. Van Gorp
Oskaloosa, Iowa
(Age 88)

November 4, 1924 - July 14, 2013

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Marjorie Louise Van Gorp was born on November 4, 1924, at the family home near Sully, Iowa. She was the third of twelve children born to Oney and Katie (Bruxvoort) Arkema. Marjorie passed away at the Oskaloosa Care Center on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the age of eighty-eight.

Marjorie received her early education at the Sully Christian School. On January 16, 1947, she was united in marriage with Freemon Van Gorp in Sully.  They were blessed with four children: Earl, Byron, Lorna, and Warren. The family farmed in the Sully, Oskaloosa, and Leighton area.

In 1955 Marjorie and Freemon became members of the Leighton Christian Reformed Church. Marjorie was an active member of the Mary Bethany Ladies Society. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and needlepoint. She was well known for helping family, friends, and neighbors in time of need. She also loved her family life and will be remembered as a loving and caring mother.

Those left to cherish her memory are her four children: Earl and Marcia Van Gorp, Byron and Paulette Van Gorp, Lorna and Carl Nunnikhoven, and Warren Van Gorp; eight grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; her siblings: Bernard and Cornelia Arkema, Betty and Earl Dykema, Alan Arkema, June Rozendaal, Hermina Rolffs, Grace and Harris Van Kooten, Lewis and Jean Arkema, and Edwin and Leona Arkema; the following sisters-in-law: Margaret Van Gorp, Ruth (Vernon) Ringenberg, and Dorothy Vander Pol; and two brothers-in-law: Verlan (Marilyn) Van Gorp, and Eugene (Luanna) Van Gorp.

Marjorie was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband in 1999; her siblings: John and Iva Arkema, Dormand and Beulah Arkema, Jr. Rozendaal, Henry Rolffs, and Nelson and Dorothy Arkema.


Earl and Marcia Van Gorp – Peoria, Iowa
Carla and Corwin Walhof
Jordan, Karissa, Allison
Duane and Dawn Van Gorp
Amber, Andrew, Alex
Emily and Lamont Bos
Kaleb, Kennedy, Luke, Logan
Valerie and Marlin Hoogland
Katlyn, Erica, Olivia, Elizabeth

Byron and Paulette Van Gorp – Pella, Iowa
Eric and MaryKay Van Gorp
Amy and Mike Rodwell
Makayla, Jenna, Lane

Lorna and Carl Nunnikhoven – Oskaloosa, Iowa
Staci and Mark Spoelstra
Kevin, Katie
Shelby and Marc Andreas
Addy, Connor, Lovely, Elly,
Jonah, Ivy, Willow

Warren Van Gorp – St. Louis, Missouri

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