Garden Chapel

Gerdena Roorda

September 7, 2015
Pella, Iowa

Private family burial will occur prior to the service  10:30 AM, Friday, September 11, 2015
Otley Reformed Church
Otley, Iowa

12:00 PM, Thursday, September 10, 2015
Family present 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to:
Otley Reformed Church or Wesley Life Hospice Care

In Memory Of

Gerdena M. Roorda
Pella, Iowa
(Age 88)

June 21, 1927 - September 7, 2015

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Gerdena Mae Van Hemert was born in Jasper County on June 21, 1927, to Ed C. and Gertie (De Penning) Van Hemert.  She was raised in the Otley area where she attended school through the eighth grade.

She married Forrest Roorda on December 16, 1948, at her mother's home.  Forrest and Gerdena were members of Otley Reformed Church where she was active with many of the church's organizations.  She participated in the Girls League, Banner Bearers Circle, Dorcas Circle, Sunday School, and the church choir.  Gerdena was also a Campfire Girls Leader.  Gerdena enjoyed sewing and baking, especially bread.

Gerdena is survived by her husband Forrest, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild, her sister Verna (Merlin) Van Dyk of Pella, and her sisters-in-law Nellie Van Hemert of Waverly and Shirley (Walt) Ward of Pella.

Gloria and Ken Van Zee, Pella
                Steve and Tiff Van Zee 
                                Caleb, Ethan, Anna, Tori Van Zee
                Teresa and Travis Thompson
                                Courtney, Candace Thompson
                Tim and Sara Van Zee
                                BreElle, Reese, Zach, Sarae, Albear Van Zee

Marcia and Ron Schut, Pella
                Jeff and Beth Schut
                                Austan, Kjierstan and Weston Witzenburg (and son Jamesan), Josalan,
                               Paytan,Lauran, Londan, Calvan Schut
                Rodney and Emily Schut
                                Morgan, Addy, Niko Schut
Doug and Ruth Roorda, Lake Ozark, Missouri
                Adam Roorda
                Ashley Roorda

Jan and Dave Erickson, Pella
                Jonathan and Justine Erickson
                Kyle Erickson
                Amanda Erickson and fiancé Brandon Simon

Barb and Craig Maasdam, Sully
                Curtis Maasdam
                Monica and David Nikkel
                                Katelyn, Alivia, Colton Nikkel
                Shelby and Drew Shinkle 

Darel Roorda

Gerdena was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers: Elmer and Ray Van Hemert.

She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. 

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