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Jaybe Steenhoek

March 23, 1926 ~ June 25, 2019 (age 93)


Jaybe Cornelius Steenhoek was born March 23, 1926, to Simon and Wilhelmina “Winnie” (Mol) Steenhoek, in Pella.  He passed away on June 25, 2019, at Northern Mahaska Specialty Care in Oskaloosa.

Jaybe attended Flint Ridge Country School. On March 2, 1946, he was united in marriage to Ada De Haan in Pella. They shared the next 71 years together and were blessed with three daughters: Dixie Kay, Bonnie Jo and Jayni Sue.  They lived near Pella their whole lives. Jaybe and Ada joined Third Reformed Church shortly after they were married and have been members there ever since. He worked a short time for Rolscreen (now known as Pella Corp.), Gosselink Builders, John Van Arkel Trucking, as a farm hand, and for Oakwood Cemetery for 38 years before retiring in 1990. He owned the Steenhoek Monument Company for 65 years.

Jaybe and Ada loved traveling. They spent every winter in Florida for 20 years. Jaybe could never wait to get started. He would tell Ada, “just throw some stuff in a suitcase and let’s go.”

Jaybe is survived by his three daughters, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. 


Dixie and the late Earl Duinink, Pella

                    Jesse Duinink and Tesa Fleener, Pella

                                         Brayden, Courtney and Camden

                                         Shyann (Alaina), Gracie, Zach

                    Jayme and Stacey (McCombs) Duinink, Pella


Bonnie and Kermit Duin, Saint Joseph, Missouri

                    Joseph and Erin (McCamy) Duin, Broken Arrow, OK

                                         Hannah, Brett and Reed

                    Jay and Sarah (Combs) Duin, Saint Joseph, MO

                                         Toby (Swymeler), Tanner, Nolan and Wade

                    Jefferson and Annie (Wolford) Duin, Saint Joseph, MO

                                         Ada Marie


Jayni and Galen Van Wyk, Pella

                    Jennifer Sopher, Pella

                    Katherine Sopher, Des Moines

He is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Erma Steenhoek and Corinne Steenhoek of Pella, three nieces and six nephews.

Jaybe was preceded in death by his wife Ada, his parents Simon and Winnie Steenhoek, his parents-in-law Dingeman and Katherine De Haan, his brothers: Gilford Steenhoek and Simon Jr. Steenhoek, brother-in-law Jacob and Faye De Haan, infant twin great grandsons Mark and Terry Duinink, a great-granddaughter, Whitney Ann Duin at the age of 17 days. 

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Visitation With Family
July 2, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Funeral Service
July 3, 2019

1:30 PM
Third Reformed Church Chapel
708 E 13th St
Pella, IA 50219

Interment following funeral service
July 3, 2019

Oakwood Cemetery
1308 Columbus Street
Pella, IA 50219


Hospice of Pella
Pella IA

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