Edna Lucille Ozinga was born November 5, 1919, in Mahaska County on the County Line farm, six miles south of Sully. Edna was the second of ten children (three boys and seven girls) born to Neal and Hilda Grandia Van Wyk. When Edna was living, she was the oldest living descendent of Willem Van Wyk (1849-1917).
Edna attended Iron Clad country school in Jasper County and attended Sully High School for one year. She worked at Fowler Telephone Company in Pella, her favorite job, until moving to a farm near Pella to live with her brother Harold during the war years. In 1946 she married Jacob Ozinga at First Reformed Church, Pella. They were the parents of one son, Dennis James.
Edna and Jake began married life on the farm and after a few years moved to Pella. For several years Edna was employed at Boomsma Produce, and then worked at Pella Corp (Rolscreen) for seventeen years. After her retirement from Pella Corp and Jake’s retirement from Vermeer, they moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas, and later returned to Iowa. Edna said she was “a master at moving” as she moved twenty-four times in her life!
Jake died in 1998 when they were living in Oskaloosa. Two years later Edna moved to Fair Haven East in Pella. In 2010 she became a resident of Jefferson Place in Pella where she was well cared for and loved. This past November she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Edna enjoyed gardening, camping, and fishing. Later she enjoyed puzzles and reading.
Edna is survived by three grandchildren, Adam, Cole, and Sierra; several great-grandchildren; sisters Tressie Van Weelden, Artie Van Zee, and Elsie Blom; sisters-in-law Irene Van Wyk, Ila Ozinga, Ruth Ozinga, and Geraldine Ozinga; brothers-in-law Bill Lowe, and Wayne Vander Pol; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jake, her son Dennis; her parents, Neal and Hilda Van Wyk; sisters Freda Vande Wall, Phyllis Lowe, and Darlene Vander Pol; brothers Leonard, Harold , and Ross Van Wyk; sisters-and brothers-in-law Gretta Van Wyk, Betty Van Wyk Bandstra, Gilbert Vande Wall, Arie Van Weelden, Keith Van Zee, Don Blom, Jim Bandstra, Anna Mae and Frans De Jong, Harold Ozinga, Arnold Ozinga, and Melvin Ozinga.
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