September 7, 2015
Private family burial will occur prior to the service 10:30 AM, Friday, September 11, 2015
Otley Reformed Church
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
June 21, 1927 - September 7, 2015
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
Jan and Dave Erickson, Pella
Jonathan and Justine Erickson
Amanda Erickson and fiancé Brandon Simon
Barb and Craig Maasdam, Sully
Monica and David Nikkel
Katelyn, Alivia, Colton Nikkel
Shelby and Drew Shinkle
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.