Margaret Esther De Zwarte was born February 14, 1927, on a farm south of Pella, Iowa. She was the third of four children born to John and Marie (Goemaat) De Zwarte. Margaret received a grade school education at the Pleasant Grove Country School near her birthplace south of Pella. On February 14, 1947, she was united in marriage to Vernon D. Menninga, son of John S. and Margaret (Den Burger) Menninga. To this union seven girls were born: Twylah Sue, Marla Jean, Laura Beth, Lila Joy, Cynthia Lynn, Verla Ruth and a still born girl (Anita). Following their marriage they farmed the Menninga family farm northwest of Pella. They lived on the farm until 1993 when they moved to their home in Pella.
Margaret loved to visit friends in their homes and in the nursing home. She could be seen walking through most of Pella well into her upper 80’s to visit the “old people” in the nursing home. She was a volunteer at Work of our Hands, cut lace for Heritage Lace, and made longtime friends with the ladies she assisted in keeping their homes clean. She loved to garden, knit and crochet, and spending time with her family.
Margaret was a member of Covenant Reformed Church, where she had participated in an adult Bible study group.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Vernon of 74 years, and their family:
Twylah (Henry) Van Roekel
Gary (Tricia) Van Roekel
Kate (Nick) Kruzich
Jesse Crozier (Abi Salazar fiancée)
Lindsie (Matt) Schacherer
Nick Crozier, Elizabeth, Colton
Meghan (Dillon) Ponder
Dakota Jones, Jasmine Jones, Levi Jones
Gwen Van Roekel
Suzanne (Nick) Lenters
Stephanie (Daren) Van Kooten
Sean Franje, Kaden, Abigail
Marla (Chuck) Vander Waal
Tricia (Dan) Vermeer
Brant (Kelsey), Isaac, Jack, Ella
Todd (Emily) Vander Waal
Teagen, Anna, Nathan
Crystal (Jeff) Namminga
Jasmine, Sydney, Addison, Andrew
Laura (Arvin) Vos
Dale (Jennifer) Vos
Brenda Vos (Derek Moyer fiancé)
Elizabeth Thomas, Beckett Moyer, Finley Moyer
Lila (Stanley) Boender
Alexander, Luke (Kylie Shullaw fiancée)
Justin (Michelle) Boender
Everleigh, and baby on the way
Scott (Crystal) Boender
James (Sara) Boender
Cynthia (Mike) Arndt
Jeremy (Corissa) Arndt
Angie (Dennis) Parker
Verla (Greg) Bigbee
Heather Vander Heiden
Gage, Brady, Kjersten, Jace
Dustyn (Molly) Menninga
Henry, and baby on the way
LaCosta (Jeremy) Van Dyk
Zarah, Ariana, Madyson, Alexander, Josiah, Izabella
Margaret is also survived by her brother Verlan (Betty) De Zwarte of Chariton, and her brother-in-law Arvan (Betty) Menninga of Pella.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter in infancy, grandson Wayne Van Roekel, great grandson Samuel Boender, grandson-in-law Rusty Grubbs; sisters: Jennie (Henry) Van Essen, and Dorothy (Tudor G.) Ver Meer; and her sister-in-law Janet (Arie) Van Waardhuizen.
Thank you for the exceptional care given by the staff of the Oskaloosa Care Center.
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