August 29, 2015
Private family burial will occur prior to the service
at 1:30 PM, Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Calvary Christian Reformed Church
12:00 PM, Monday, August 31, 2015
Family present 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella Christian Grade School
June 5, 1921 - August 29, 2015
Cornelia Pieternella (De Jong) Tukker was born in Albia, Iowa, on June 5, 1921, to Frans and Wouterina (Soet) De Jong.
Cornelia met Elmer Tukker one Sunday evening in Pella when they were on a double date, but weren't paired with each other. They were married on October 19, 1941, in Lancaster, Missouri.
They worked for three farmers as married hired hands for $50 a month. June 15, 1943, their daughter Linda Lee was born. In March 1945, they rented the farm west of Otley, where Elmer was born and his dad had farmed for several years. They lived there for 13 years during which time their son Kenneth was born on October 1, 1948, and daughter Eileen Ann, August 22, 1951. The family attended Otley Christian Reformed Church. In March 1956, they moved to a farm south of Otley. In May 1958, Otley church closed and they joined Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella. They quit farming in 1967, and moved to West Third Street in Pella, on January 13, 1968. Cornelia started working at Rolscreen Co. on February 26, 1968, and retired on March 23, 1984. Cornelia always put her trust in the Lord and looked to Him for all her needs. She knew from experience that He provided abundantly. She was active in the Lamplighters, and the Coffee Break group where she delighted in working with children. Cornelia was also active in the Pella Historical Society, Work of Our Hands, and Hospice of Pella.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses: Linda Lee (formerly Olivier) and Lyle Hubbard of Kalona, Ken and Helene Tukker of Pella, and Eileen Ann and Richard Burns of Prairie City; eight grandchildren: Lowell Olivier-Shaw, Lana Corso, Scott Burns, Eric Burns, Kristopher Tukker, Jodi Tukker, Shane Tukker, and Jill Tukker; 4 step grandchildren: Dwight Hubbard, Marian Rice, Monica Hubbard, Duane Hubbard; 17 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Klazina Sterk, and sisters-in-law: Freda Vander Hart, and Elizabeth De Jong.
Cornelia was preceded in death by her husband Elmer in 1993, parents Frans and Wouterina (Soet) De Jong, parents-in-law John and Anna (Marinus) Tukker; siblings: Pieternella Ver Hulst, Hendrika Van Donselaar, Frans De Jong, Henry De Jong, and Johanna Buwalda; infant brother Hendrick, and infant sister Alida; and son-in-law, Larry Olivier.