Garden Chapel

Irene Vander Leest

November 15, 2015
Pella, Iowa

10:30 AM, Saturday, November 21, 2015
Sully Community Church
Sully, Iowa

1:00 P.M., Friday, November 20, 2015
With family present 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Sully Community Church

Sully Community Church Building Fund
Wesley Life Hospice
Hospice of Pella

In Memory Of

Irene F. Vander Leest
Sully, IA
(Age 100)

February 14, 1915 - November 15, 2015

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Irene Fern Vander Leest was born to Paul and Gertie (Van Genderen) Vander Kamp, on February 14, 1915, near Sully, Iowa.  She attended country schools in the Sully area through the eighth grade.

On March 15, 1934, she was united in marriage to Walter Vander Leest in Sully. To this union, five children were born:  Arland, Merlyn, Duane, Sandra, and Warren. Irene and Walter lived their entire married life in Sully. Irene helped Walt in the trucking business and handled the bookwork for him even into her later years. Irene loved traveling and going out to eat, and she was also a great cook who was known for her fried chicken and potato salad.  She was an avid Hawkeye fan, even though six of her grandchildren attended Iowa State! Irene enjoyed spending time outdoors doing yard work and gardening.  Irene loved and cared for her family especially the little grandchildren, great grandchildren and her great-great grandchildren. Irene was a dedicated wife who visited Walt in the nursing home every day. 

Irene accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior at a young age and was in happy fellowship with those gathered to the name of the Lord at rural Sully and in her later years attended the Sully Community Church.

In addition to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Irene is survived by her siblings: Ruby (Ralph) Van Wyk of Sully, Vernon Vander Kamp of Sacramento, Neva Lanser of Sully, and sister-in-law Jeanette Vander Kamp of Newton.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 2002, parents, daughter-in-law Karen Vander Leest, brothers:  Cleo Vander Kamp, Milo Vander Kamp, and Floyd Vander Kamp; sisters-in-law Velma Vander Kamp, Maurine Vander Kamp; and brothers-in-law LaVerne Van Zante and Harry Lanser. 

Arland and Arlene (Laverman)Vander Leest of Sully
                    Randy and Joyce Vander Leest
                                        Neal and Jody Vander Leest
                                        Amy and Kevin Navrkal
                                                             Jude and John
                                         Adam and Lori Vander Leest
                                                             Colt and Reed
                    Brent and Sheila Vander Leest
                                        Jamie and Mat Wyngarden
                                                             Blake and Brodie
                                         Tyler Vander Leest
                    Kirk and Maggie Vander Leest
                                         Greta Vander Leest
                                         Olivia Vander Leest
                                         Jacob Vander Leest
                                         Owen Vander Leest

Merlyn and Dorothy (Vande Krol) Vander Leest of Pella
                    Mark Vander Leest
                                         Joshua Vander Leest
                                         Paige Vander Leest
                                         Drew Vander Leest
                    Lori and Doug Wenzel
                                         Karl Wenzel
                                         Piper Wenzel
                                         Jack Wenzel
                    Craig and Sara Vander Leest
                                         Kate Vander Leest
                                         Benjamin Vander Leest
                                         Ryne Vander Leest

Duane and the late Karen (La Benne) Vander Leest of Sully
                    Susan Abbott
                                         Samantha Abbott
                                         Karina Abbott
                    Troy and Michelle Vander Leest
                                         Alexa Vander Leest
                                         Taylor Vander Leest
                                         Gage Vander Leest

Sandra and Daniel Vande Krol of Sully
                    Scott and Kris Vande Krol
                                         Nicholas Vande Krol
                                         Annika Vande Krol
                    Lisa and David Jansen
                                         Caleb Jansen
                                         Holden Jansen
                                         Korrine Jansen

Warren and Mary (Caster) Vander Leest of Sully
                    Justin and Christa Vander Leest
                                         Maci Vander Leest
                                         Jace Vander Leest
                    Angela and Mark Van Roekel
                                         Henry Van Roekel
                                         Cason Van Roekel
                                         Cora Van Roekel

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