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Harriett Brand

July 30, 1922 ~ October 10, 2018 (age 96)

Harriett Evelyn (Stek) Brand went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 10, 2018 at the age of ninety six.

Harriet was born on July 30, 1922 to William and Gertie (Heslinga) Stek on a farm southeast of Lacey, Iowa.  She attended Johnson No.5 country school, about 1.75 miles from her home.  It was there that a teacher added a second “t” to the end of her name to distinguish her from another student with the same name.  Her name became Harriett from then on.  After graduating from Oskaloosa High School in 1941, she received nurse’s training at the Mercy Hospital in Oskaloosa and began her career there. 

Harriett met her husband, Raymond Brand, when he became a patient at the hospital.   He recovered quickly, asked her for a date and they were married on April 18, 1945.  After marriage they farmed on Raymond’s family farm near Sully before purchasing a hilly, 120-acre farm southwest of Lacey.  Through hard work, perseverance and the grace of God, they established a successful dairy farm and lived there until they retired. 

In 1982 Raymond and Harriett sold their farm and moved to a house in Pella.  In retirement, they found joy in woodworking, travelling, and volunteering.  Three years after Raymond’s death in 2012, Harriett moved to Vriendschap Village and then to The Cottages.

Like the woman of Proverbs 31, Harriett was a caring, hardworking and generous mother whose hands were rarely idle.  She enjoyed the beauty of creation, and turned many natural things into works of art.  She freely gave away garden produce and beautiful knitted and crocheted items to family, friends and charitable causes. 

Her faith and perseverance were shaped in part by the birth of her youngest brother Gordon who was severely disabled with cerebral palsy.  As a child, she carried him on her hip until he became too heavy to be carried. Despite the difficulties of meeting his needs, she and her family testified that God had sent Gordon into their lives to strengthen them and to teach them many valuable lessons.  For the rest of her life, Harriett had a special empathy for those who are disabled.   

Harriett is survived by her children, Joyce (Marvin) Van Haaften, Carolyn (Alvin) Ver Meer, Ivan (Ruth) Brand, Gordon (Beth) Brand, Mary (Darrel) Kraayenbrink, 21 Grandchildren, 35 Great-grandchildren, 4 Great-great-grandchildren and her sister and brother-in-law, Clarissa and Gerald Rozenboom.

Preceding her in death were: her parents; husband Raymond; brother John H. Stek and wife Nadine; brother Gordon Stek; sister Kathryn Van Gilst and husband Edward; Raymond’s Family Irene (Brand) and Ernest Graham; Vera (Brand) and William Vos and Carroll and Patricia Brand. 


Harriett’s  family:

Husband: the late Raymond Brand


Joyce and Marvin L. Van Haaften – Pella, Iowa

            Sharon and Timothy Van Roekel

                        Ryan (Erin) Van Roekel

                                    Brantley and Haley Van Roekel

                        Renee and Rachel Van Roekel

            David and Patty Van Haaften

                        Zachary Van Haaften

                        Barry and Kelsie Van Haaften

                                    Addison and Emmalea Van Haaften

            Lois and Jeff Vroom

                        Josie and Nicholas Vroom

            Mary Van Haaften and Darren Richard

                        Ava and Madeleine Richard

            Esther and Brent Vander Waal

                        Lewis and Lauren Vander Waal


Carolyn and Alvin Ver Meer – Pella, Iowa

            Steven Ver Meer

            Brian and Denise Ver Meer

                        Nathan, Alex, and Daniel Ver Meer

            Anita and Kory Fischer

                        Jaci, Brandon, and Carlee Fischer


Ivan and Ruth Brand – Holland, Michigan

            Rachel Brand and Jonathan Cohn

                        Willem and Gerrit Cohn

            Deborah and Neal Hansel

                        Megan, Noelle, Lauren, and Grace Hansel

            Thomas Brand and Carrie Vander Zwaag

                        Theo and Cierra Brand

            Andrew and Rebecca Brand

                        Alyssa, Madison, and Seth Brand


Gordon and Beth Brand – Newton, Iowa

            Heidi and Andrew Dunham

                        Lincoln, Elizabeth and William Dunham

            Elizabeth and Theo Mobach

                        Inga Mobach

            Heather Brand and Tyler Van Schepen


Mary and Darrel Kraayenbrink – Platte, South Dakota

            Nathan and Briana Kraayenbrink

                        Fiona and Scarlett Kraayenbrink

            David Kraayenbrink

                         Sarah, Eli and Bailey Kraayenbrink

            Athena Kraayenbrink

                       Honorae Kraayenbrink

Donations may be made to:

Wesley Life Hospice