Freda VanDerHart, age 95 of Prairie City, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Park Centre in Newton. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church, with burial following at Waveland Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church - World Renew or the Gideon's. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The daughter of John and Anna (Marinus) Tukker, Freda was born on April 9, 1923, in rural Otley, Iowa. She attended country school thru the 8th grade. Following her education Freda worked in the grocery store/post office in Otley where she met her future husband Harold Lee VanDerHart. They were united in marriage on February 9, 1950 at the Christian Reformed Church minister's house in Otley. They made their home in rural Monroe, where they farmed until 1991 when they moved to Prairie City. While on the farm, Freda raised chickens and was in charge of the garden. Freda was a member of the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church, where she was involved with the Helping Hands Society and also the church library. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crocheting, knitting and quilting.
Those left to honor her memory include her two children, Larry VanDerHart of Monroe and Elaine (Verlan) Struik of Leighton; seven grandchildren, Brian (Jen) VanDerHart, Brad (Jenny) VanDerHart, Greg (Sarah) VanDerHart, Kyle (Courtney) VanDerHart, Jeff (Ashley) Struik, Joel Ara Hatfield) Struik, and Andrea (Ekow) Addo; and 17 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters-in-law, Evelyn Van Dusseldorp, Doyle (Opal) VanDerHart, and Francis (Joyce) VanDerHart. Preceding Freda in death were her parents; husband in 2013; a daughter-in-law, Wilma VanDerHart, Father and mother-in-law, Walter and Ruth VanDerHart; step mother-in-law, Leola VanDerHart; her siblings, Cornie (Florence) Tukker, Marie (John) Davis, Angeline (Henry) Ryke, Gertrude (John) Weyers, Elmer (Cornelia) Tukker, Elizabeth (Fay) Wagner and Kathy (Don) Holt; and brothers-in-law, Francis Van Dusseldorp and Donald and Marie VanDerHart.
Sorry to hear the passing of Aunt Freida. She was one tough cookie. I remember the times that her and Uncle Harold would drive to San Antonio to visit her sister, grandma. I also remember us getting together when I would come visit with my grandparents during the summer, stay in Pella, but we all got together. I hate that I nor my Mom, Diane can make it. Please know that ya'll are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Kim (Shipton) Hoffman, Diane's Daughter.
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