June 30, 2014
10:00 A.M, Thursday, July 3, 2014
Second Christian Reformed Church
Beginning at Noon Wednesday, July 2, 2014
with family present 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Christian Opportunity Center
December 19, 1946 - June 30, 2014
Janice Ione Hoksbergen was born on December 19, 1946, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Ray and Johanna Hoksbergen; she was the youngest of seven siblings. She had Down Syndrome and lived with her parents until the age of seven where she was cherished and doted on. Her parents cared deeply about her upbringing and education and in 1953 sacrificed greatly to send her to the Children's Retreat in Michigan; she came home for holiday and summer visits. When she reached the age of 24, she declared, "I'm done with school now" and returned to Pella, Iowa, to live with her mother.
In 1974, Janice began working at Christian Opportunity Center's sheltered workshop; she thoroughly enjoyed working there and considered the COC staff and friends as her family. She delighted in the various activities, especially the Special Olympics and was excited and proud to show her numerous ribbons. A yearly highlight was summer camp and horseback riding.
In 1981, COC built a Residential Care Facility--Janice moved in and made that her home. Later she moved into the supervised apartments. In 2000, Janice moved into the COC Big Rock group home and continued to work part- time. She enjoyed having people visit her and was proud to show her immaculate home and extensive dolphin collection to all who came. She was hospitable and would ensure visitors shared a 3 o'clock coffee time of tea and a snack. She participated in and savored Friendship Bible Hour. In 2012 she moved to Long Term Care at the Pella Regional Health Center and Gelderland Cottage in early 2014.
Janice was known for making and gifting yarn covered hangers. To the delight of her siblings, nephews and nieces, she always remembered the date of each loved one's birthday and would cut flowers and pictures out of magazines to make personalized cards, always with her signature--in all capital letters. Janice liked to color and watch television and looked forward to each issue of TV Guide, even though she knew when her favorite programs aired. She spent many hours perusing albums filled with photos, always pointing to the person while emphatically stating their name. When a family member would come to visit, Janice would squeal with delight or a 'woo-hoo'.
Janice faithfully attended Pella II Christian Reformed Church with her sister, Dorothy Rus. She had a simple, yet profound faith and a love for Jesus which she displayed to all who knew her. She delighted in singing and you could often hear her renditions of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" or "Jesus Loves Me"; she openly worshipped her Lord and Savior with a freedom unmatched by many believers. Her favorite verse was Psalm 23:1 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," but she could easily recite the entire 23rd Psalm. She would say with conviction, "I read my Bible and pray before I go to bed at night; Jesus is in my heart--He's my friend."
Janice was special to her family and she adored them and time together, so her siblings set up a schedule to take turns having her into their homes for Sunday dinner. They also took several short trips and had weekly get-togethers. So, it was only fitting that on Monday, June 30, 2014, Janice was surrounded by her doting family members as her earthly life journey ended and her heavenly one began. She was welcomed into heaven at the age of 67 years 6 months and 11 days.
Her family includes: Ralph Hoksbergen (deceased) and Lois Klyn of Pella, Iowa; Harold and Clazina Hoksbergen of Pella; Lois (Hoksbergen) and John Klyn of New Sharon; Dorothy (Hoksbergen) and Jake (deceased) Rus of Pella; Alma (Hoksbergen) and Loren Witzenburg of Pella; Theresa (Hoksbergen) and Don Bruxvoort of South Haven, Michigan; numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces.