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April 5, 1925 ~ October 19, 2022 (age 97) 97 Years Old
Erma De Zwarte Steenhoek was born April 5, 1925, to James and Nettie (Verros) De Zwarte, on a farm south of Pella.
Erma attended Eureka Country School, through eighth grade. She worked for a few years at Pella Rolscreen before she married Gilford Steenhoek in Pella, on June 12, 1945. They made their first home together on a farm northeast of Pella. They were blessed with three children: Gary, Carol, and David. They farmed many years, and moved to Pella in 1976.
After moving to town, she was custodian of Pella National Bank and later the Third Reformed Church for 18 years. Erma and Gilford were members of Third Reformed Church where she taught Sunday School, and was involved in many activities.
Gilford passed away in October of 1988, after 43 years of marriage. Erma was also preceded in death by her parents James and Nettie De Zwarte, parents-in-law Simon and Winnie Steenhoek, sister Dorothy (Apollas) Terlouw, brothers Marvin (AnnaBelle) De Zwarte, Raymond (Mildred) De Zwarte, Jaybe (Ada) Steenhoek, Simon Jr. Steenhoek, two infant sisters, and great, great grandson Ryker Boender.
Those left to cherish her memory. . .
Gary (Linda) Steenhoek
Corey (Samantha) Steenhoek
Daniel, Logan, Madi
Jodi (Luke) Flory
Kaitlyn, Nicholas, Seth
Carol (Marvin) Rus
Julie (Bill) Boender
Matt (Megan) Boender
Austin, (Ryker), Titus
Hannah (Tony) Schering
Evelynn, Kingston, Kobeyana
Isaiah (Emily) Boender
Aaron (Madison) Boender
Andrew (Tennessee) Boender
Lisa (Matt) Hutchinson
Kruseman (Laura De Penning) Hutchinson
Mathis (Dani) Hutchinson
Alexa (Leng) Yang
Jennifer (Mike) Vroegh
Hudson, Gavin, Jovi
David (Sharon) Steenhoek
Kim (Dan) Koole
Joshua (Lindsey) Steenhoek
Erma is also survived by her brother Loren De Zwarte of Knoxville, and her sister-in-law Corinne Steenhoek of Pella, and many nieces and nephews.