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Gertrude Mae Van Zee was born September 30, 1931, to Marinus and Allie (Uitermarkt) Stravers at their home in Galesburg, Iowa.
Gertrude attended Galesburg Country School through the eighth grade. She grew up helping her dad on the family farm. On February 20, 1953, Gertrude was united in marriage to Lester E. Van Zee at the Sully Christian Reformed Church. Gertrude and Lester farmed together until 1957. They were blessed with five children: Daryl, Sharon, Ruth, Brenda and Brian.
Gertrude’s life revolved around her family, friends and music. She played the accordion with Notes of Harmony instrumental group in Pella. She was very supportive and caring of her family. She baked bread and rolls and crocheted afghans for all her grandchildren. Gertrude was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church and went to Cary, Mississippi, for mission trips for eleven years. She and Lester enjoyed trips to Florida together in the winter.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents Marinus and Allie Stravers, and her step-mother Bessie (Hulsbos Van Klaveren) Stravers.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Lester, and their children and their families:
Daryl and Judy Van Zee of Pella
Byron and Clarissa Van Zee
Asher, Annika, Ara
Tony and Sarah Van Zee
Grant Van Zee
Sharon and Tom Walker of Pella
Taylor, Carmen, Isaac
Daniel and Danielle Walker
Xavia, Haylee, Madison, Corbin, Jaxson
Joseph and Brandy Walker
Ruth Hartgers of Pella
Amber Hartgers and Victor Cordoza
Brenda and Charlie Bottorff of Adel, Iowa
Chad and Ashley Bottorff
Zander, Deagan, Eowyn
Kendra Bottorff and John Curran
Brian Van Zee and Kristie Keller of Knoxville
Brooke Van Zee
Brady Van Zee and Courtney Marsh
Casey Pyle and Kim Woolley
Nevaeh Love, Brianna Jo
Kelli and Tanner Salsberry
Cary Christian Center