November 27, 2014
10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Trinity Reformed Church
Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon,
Monday, December 1, 2014
with family present 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Trinity Reformed Church – GEMS and Cadets
April 27, 1925 - November 27, 2014
Erma May Roorda was born on April 27, 1925 and raised on the family farm northwest of Pella. She was the fifth child of Wigert and Reino (Borgman) Roorda. Erma attended Pella public schools and graduated from Pella Community High School in 1944. After high school she worked at the Co-op grocery store. Erma met Adrian Paul De Haan at a family birthday party and after Adrian was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, they were united in marriage on September 19, 1946.
Erma and Adrian moved to his family farm five miles southeast of Pella and began farming. To this union six children were born: Linda LaRue, Robert Adrian, Douglas Gene, Larry Trent, Stuart Kent, and Debra Lynne. Erma lived on the farm until shortly after Adrian was deceased on November 18, 1994. In the summer of 1995 she moved to a house in Pella. In February 2011 she moved to an apartment at Fair Haven East. In January 2014 she moved to the The Cottages in Pella where she enjoyed putting puzzles together, planting and watering flowers, sitting outside on the patio with the other residents, and talking Dutch to her care workers. Erma passed away on Thursday afternoon, November 27, 2014, at The Cottages in Pella after suffering a fall in early October. She was 89 years, 7 months old.
Erma helped Adrian with farming, while raising five children and tending a large garden. They enjoyed traveling, camping, hosting gospel singers in their home and attending many gospel sings. Erma assisted Adrian with the Annual All Day Country Gospel Sing held in July at the West Market Park in Pella each year from 1976 to 2000.
Erma was a faithful member of Trinity Reformed Church in Pella where she volunteered to teach children's Sunday School, helped in the nursery, assisted with GEMS, and was a member of Hope Circle. She also served meals in the church kitchen each May during Tulip Time.
Erma's hobbies included sewing, gardening, tending to her perennial blooms and outdoor flower baskets, was a member of the Pella Historical Society and made genealogy books for all five of her children. She loved and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren while they were growing up.
Erma was preceded in death by her sister, Esther Roorda; parents, Wigert and Reino (Borgman) Roorda; her parents-in-law, Tunis and Sarah (Van Steenis) De Haan; her daughter, Linda LaRue De Haan who died in infancy; her husband, Adrian De Haan; her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Eva Mae Roorda; her brother-in-law, Raymond Newendorp; her nephew, Ronald Newendorp; and her sister-in-law, Wilma (De Haan) Roorda.
Erma is survived by her five children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one niece and many nephews.
Robert and Twyla De Haan of Pella, Iowa
Dustin De Haan of Monroe, Iowa
Danielle (De Haan) and Brad Schippers of Monroe, Iowa
Douglas and LuAnn De Haan of Otley, Iowa
Daniel De Haan of Leuven, Belgium
Jonathan De Haan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Katelyn De Haan of Laurel, Nebraska
Larry and Elizabeth De Haan of Los Angeles, California
Louis De Haan
Stuart De Haan of Pella, Iowa
Steven and Sarah De Haan of Urbandale, Iowa
Michael and Amber De Haan of Centerville, Iowa
Ryann and Ethan
Timothy and Megan De Haan of Fridley, Minnesota
Rebecca (De Haan) Waters of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Matthew De Haan of Springfield, Missouri
Rachel De Haan of Urbandale, Iowa
Debra (De Haan) Gripenberg of Johnston, Iowa
Of her original family, Erma leaves two brothers and one sister: Walter Roorda of Pella, Clara Newendorp of Pella, and Carl Roorda of Rock Falls, Illinois.