April 28, 2014
11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 1, 2014
First Reformed Church
Beginning at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
October 26, 1919 - April 28, 2014
Sophia A. Swank, daughter of Andrew J. and Nellie Vos TerLouw, was born October 26, 1919, on the family farm north of Pella in the Sandridge neighborhood. She went to her heavenly home on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of ninety-four.
On September 28, 1944, Sophie Ann was united in marriage with Marvin Swank at the home of her parents in Marion County. It was a double wedding ceremony with Marvin's sister, Dorothy, who married Ralph Vander Kamp. Sophie Ann and Marvin were blessed with one daughter, Joyce.
The family moved to a farm south of Sully. They moved from their farm to Sully in 1979. Later, in 1999, they moved to Pella. Marvin and Sophie Ann entered the Griffin Nursing Center in 2007.
She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sully. Sophie Ann loved her church. She taught Sunday School for many years and sang in the choir.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her daughter, Joyce, and her husband, Byron C. Vander Molen of Pella; granddaughter Tammy (Don) Klynsma; grandson Russell (Mary) Vander Molen; granddaughter Robyn Vander Molen; great grandchildren Jeffrey, Dylan, and Sophie Klynsma, Mason, Jocelyn, and Tessa Vander Molen, and Blake and Zackery Vander Molen. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Leona TerLouw of Pella, Louise TerLouw of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Dorothy Vander Kamp of Sully.
Sophie Ann was preceded in death by: her husband, Marvin, on February 12, 2012; brothers, John E. TerLouw, Gerald (Nellie) TerLouw, Lester "Buck" TerLouw, brothers-in-law, Ralph Vander Kamp, Marion (Florence) Swank) and Lester Swank.