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Mary Vande Noord

July 7, 1952 ~ May 10, 2018 (age 65)

Mary J. Vande Noord was born July 7, 1952, to Ralph and Freda (Hoeksema) Wisse, in Pella, Iowa.  She passed away in Pella, on May 10, 2018, after a five month battle with cancer. 

Mary was a 1970 graduate of Pella Community High School.  She went on to earn her RN degree from Iowa Lutheran Nursing program in 1973.  On January 4, 1974, Mary was united in marriage with Don Vande Noord in Pella.  Together they moved to Kirksville, Missouri.  While there, she enjoyed playing softball for Earl’s Girls.  Later, they moved back to Pella where they welcomed three children:  Tracy, Todd and Tim.  

Mary was a nurse more than 35 years  in geriatric/long-term care.  The last several years she worked as a hospice nurse; she said this was the best job she ever had.  Mary enjoyed time with family watching kids play sports, and more recently watching her grandkids’ sports and activities.  She also enjoyed spending time at the lake, or just being outside, walking, and watching wildlife.

Mary was a member of First Baptist Church and was re-baptized and reaffirmed her faith in 1997.

Mary is survived by her husband Don and their children and families:

Tracy and Sok Sarin of Ankeny, Iowa

            Sophie and Tyler

Todd and Jill Vande Noord of Minburn, Iowa

            Reese, Field and Avery

Tim and Kari Vande Noord of Maxwell, Iowa

            Trevor, Brantley and Klay

Mary is also survived by her brothers John and Bev Wisse of Pella, and Chuck and Liz Plummer of Santa Cruz, California, sister-in-law Peggy Vande Noord, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Freda Wisse.

Donations may be made to:

Hope Lodge of Iowa City
Iowa City IA

First Baptist Church Deacon's Fund