October 25, 2013
10:30 A.M., Monday, October 28, 2013
Covenant Reformed Church
Beginning at 11:00 A.M. Sunday, October 27, 2013
with family present from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella Christian Grade School
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
January 14, 1918 - October 25, 2013
Aletta Johanna Hiemstra was born on January 14, 1918, to Cornelius (Neil) and Jennie (Van Ryswyk) Rus near Runnells, Iowa. She passed away Friday, October 25, 2013, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of ninety- five.
Aletta grew up west of Pella and attended the Valley View Country School. On February 16, 1939, she was united in marriage with Andrew Hiemstra at her parent's home. Andrew and Aletta started farming near Otley soon after their marriage. They later moved to a farm near Monroe, then Prairie City, and in 1948 moved to a farm near Pella where they lived until 1988 when they moved to Pella. They were blessed with seven children: Ronald, Richard, Norma, Barbara, Mark, David, and Lila Joy who died in infancy.
Aletta was a faithful member of the Covenant Reformed Church in Pella. She was active with various church groups, volunteered with Hospice, enjoyed knitting, painting, and socializing. Aletta's church and family were very important to her.
Those left to cherish her memory in addition to her six children are: her brother, Peter D. Rus of Pella, sister, Alma Vos of Pella, and sister-in-law, Wilma Rus of Michigan.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Andrew, October 15, 2009; her daughter, Lila Joy; her sons-in-law, Larry Vander Werff and Paul Vos; her great-grandaughter, Jenna Hiemstra; and her siblings: sister, Evalena Witzenberg and brother, Dick J. Rus.
Ronald and Norma Hiemstra – Des Moines, Iowa
Douglas and Ellen Hiemstra
Aletta, Emmet, Henry, James Hiemstra
Jill and Charlie Reiter
Paul and Leslie Hiemstra
Bryce and Joel Hiemstra
Richard and Eileen Hiemstra – Pella, Iowa
Rhonda and David Kermode
Josh and Jenny Hamre
Hartley and Tyce Hamre
Wade and Malory Hamre
Russell and Shaun Hiemstra
Mitchell and Jaret Hiemstra
Amy Hiemstra and Paul Damien
Norma and the late Larry Vander Werff – Newton, Iowa
Karla and Mark De Cook
Jessica and Josh Vander Molen
Krista and Kent Long
Kathy Vander Werff
Kelly and Chad Bender
Barbara and the late Paul Vos – Pella, Iowa
Gina and David Stansell
Bendert, Willa, and Dora Stansell
Brian and Becky Vos
Emma, Benjamin, and Aletta Vos
Mark and Christine Hiemstra – Tucson, Arizona
Ron and Mandi Sharpe
David and Nancy Hiemstra – Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Kirsten and David Vaca