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Margaret Van Zante

September 7, 1925 ~ March 18, 2019 (age 93)


Margaret Luella Van Zante was born September 7, 1925, to Gradus and Bertha (Van Gilst) De Cook, in Pella, Iowa.  She passed away at The Cottages on March 18, 2019.

Margaret attended the North Porterville country school near Pella. She met Lawrence uptown on the square in Pella, and they were married June 12, 1947. They took a honeymoon to Denver, Colorado, and resided in the country outside Pella. To this union they were blessed with four children: Chuck, Linda, David and Denny.  Margaret was a housewife and started as a cook at Fair Haven in 1967. She worked there for many years and later became the head cook for them. She was known for her delicious fried chicken and homemade bread.

Margaret was a lifetime member of the Third Reformed Church, until her health would not allow her to attend. She was a cancer survivor who was given six months to live, but survived for more than 30 years. Margaret was a very patient person who was slow to anger, and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was a faithful wife of over 71 years and a loving mother. 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Henry De Cook, and her nephew Steve De Cook.

Those left to cherish her memory. . .


Chuck and Esther Van Zante, Pella

            Holly and Chad Brandt

                        Sage, Schaeffer, Tatum, McCaffrey

            Joel and Jessica Van Zante

                        Gavin, Vera

Linda and Scott Kilpatrick, De Soto, Kansas

            Brad Kilpatrick and Melissa Scheffler

                        Tayler Kilpatrick

           Bridget Brewer and Dennis Mertz

                        Ethan, Samantha, Morgan Brewer       

David and Teresa Van Zante, Mason City

            Allison and Ryan Dhabalt

            Austin and Mareah Van Zante

                        Celeste, Maximus, Noah

Denny and Barb Van Zante, Pella

            Jackie and Dave Parsons

                        Hendrix, Maddox

            Stacia Van Zante

            Kayla Van Zante

Margaret is also survived by her sister Wilma Rus of Grand Rapids, Michigan, her brothers: Art De Cook of Pella, Don De Cook of Indianola, and Rob De Cook of Pella.

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March 24, 2019

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Visitation With Family
March 24, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Funeral Service
March 25, 2019

10:30 AM
Third Reformed Church
708 East 13th Street
Pella, IA 50219

Interment following funeral service
March 25, 2019

Oakwood Cemetery
1308 Columbus Street
Pella, IA 50219


Third Reformed Church
Pella IA

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