October 7, 2012
1:30 P.M., Thursday, October 11, 2012
First Reformed Church
Beginning at Noon, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to
Words of Hope or Hospice of Pella
April 3, 1921 - October 7, 2012
Johanna Wilma De Haan, ninety-one, born April 3, 1921, was the first of two children born to Teunis and Sarah Van Steenis De Haan at the family farm east of Pella in Mahaska County. Wilma received an eighth grade education at Black Oak Center School in Mahaska County. She was a baptized member of the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella where she made her confession of faith on October 22, 1939. She was a member of the First Reformed Church for sixty-seven years. She was a faithful follower of Christ and had read through the Bible ten times and was working on the eleventh at the time of her death.
On November 7, 1945, Wilma was united in marriage with Robert Walter Roorda at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Two children were born into the family: Lois Eileen and Donald Wayne. The family made their home on the Roorda Farm northwest of Pella for a number of years and then on Broadway Street in Pella. The last few years Walter and Wilma resided at Grandview Apartments and Fair Haven East.
Before marriage, Wilma was employed at a seed corn plant and Pella Corporation, then called Rolscreen Factory. She also did domestic work in family homes. After marriage, she was employed at the home of Pella Corporation President Stu and Mrs. Fran Kuyper for twenty years. She enjoyed sewing, sending greeting cards, refinishing furniture, genealogy and doing women's work in the church. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was her priority. Walter and Wilma enjoyed traveling and camping.
Wilma was preceded in death by: her parents, Teunis and Sarah Van Steenis De Haan; her brother, Adrian De Haan; her parents-in-law, Wiegert and Reino Borgman Roorda; sister-in-law, Esther Roorda; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Eva Mae Roorda; and brother-in-law, Raymond Newendorp.
Wilma is survived by her husband; her two children and their spouses; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Husband: Robert Walter Roorda of Pella
Lois and Lawrence Van Heukelom of Des Moines
Eric and Libby Van Heukelom of Des Moines
Prior and Penn
Matt and Mary Van Heukelom of Des Moines
Anna and Luke
Josh and Brenda Van Heukelom of Urbandale
Ashley, Addison, and Aaron
Donald and Dixie Roorda of Pella, Iowa
Brad and Kim Roorda of Pella
Bryan and Lacey Roorda of Leighton
Becky Roorda of Pella
Andrew and Paige Burkland
Wilma leaves two sisters-in-law, Clara Newendorp of Pella and Erma De Haan of Pella; and her brother-in-law, Carl Roorda of Rock Falls, Illinois.