Beverly (Vander Ploeg) Romick, age 75, passed away on Feb 26, 2021, due to cancer. Bev was born on Sept 26, 1945 to Edwin and Cornelia Vander Ploeg. Bev was raised on her family farm between Monroe and Otley, Iowa. She is the eldest of her three siblings: sister Dale Kingery, sister Ruth McConeghey, and brother Lynn Vander Ploeg. Bev attended and graduated from Monroe High School in 1963. She then went on to attend the University of Northern Iowa and studied in education, and subsequently taught various grades in secondary school for several years. Bev married James Romick in 1966. She had a 30-year career as a representative at the Social Security Administration Teleservice Center at the Des Moines Federal Building She is survived by her two beloved children: Michele Smith (spouse Robert) of Eagle, Idaho, and Ben Romick (spouse Liat) of Walnut Creek, California. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Andrew Smith (27) of Kuna, Idaho; Tyler Smith (24) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kelsey Smith (19) of Boise, Idaho; Eitan Romick (14); Eli Romick (11); and Estee Romick (9) of Walnut Creek, California. Bev’s greatest joy was spending time with her children, their families, and her grandchildren. She dedicated her life as a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother, and spent much of her time travelling to spend time with them and then loved to share her stories and pictures with family and friends upon her return to Iowa.
In addition to her family, Bev had many great friends and was beloved by her co-workers at the Teleservice Center. She also had a deep love for animals and enjoyed gardening. In her later years she took pride in managing the affairs of the family farm (Vander Ploeg Farm LLC) which has been in the family since 1896. Bev volunteered throughout her life. In her retirement years, she continued to volunteer her time regularly in children’s ministry at Monroe, Iowa, First Baptist Church and at the Bibles for Missions Thrift Center in Pella, Iowa. Bev had the gift of caretaking and was always thoughtful of others. She will be dearly missed by her beloved family and friends. Her final resting place will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Pella, Iowa, next to her parents Edwin and Cornelia and her sister Dale. There is no immediate funeral service planned, though a memorial service will be held in the future to honor her life.
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