Mary De Zwarte

April 6, 1938 ~ March 11, 2022 (age 83)


Mary Lou De Zwarte was born April 6, 1938, to Gerrit L. and Jennie Grace (De Bruin) Vis, at her parents’ home in Sully, Iowa. She was the youngest of three children. Mary passed peacefully on March 11, 2022 at the Pella Comfort House, surrounded by her family.


When Mary was four years old, her family moved to Pella where her father opened a barber shop.  Mary attended Webster Elementary School and graduated from Pella Community High School. On March 11, 1955, she was united in marriage to Marvin De Zwarte at her parents’ home. To this union they were blessed with three children: Michael Eugene, Gayle Lynn, and Sandra Kay.


Mary was a home health aide for many years. She worked for Marion County Home Health Care and retired in 1999.  She was a member of Covenant Reformed Church where she was faithful in attendance. She enjoyed doing CBI Bible lesson review for prisoners for over 15 years.


Mary enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Mary was known for showing her affection with warm embraces. She enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family and friends in need. Mary touched many lives as she provided loving care for others.


Mary was preceded in death by her parents Gerrit and Grace Vis, her parents-in-law Abe and Jacoba De Zwarte, her sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Donald Toom, and brother-in-law Gerald Van Sant, her son Mike De Zwarte, and her granddaughter Emily Schippers.  


Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Marvin and their family:

Mike (1955 – 2018) and Melissa De Zwarte and her fiancé Ron Rupprecht

            Julie Keegel and Mike Vander Hoek

                        Taylor and Bryce Wursta

                         Madison Keegel

            Jayne De Zwarte

                        Jawnica Long

                        Launa Edwards

                        Allie Van Wyk

                        Kylie De Zwarte

            Amy and Matt Johnson

                        Amber Johnson

Gayle and Roger Wyma

            Luke and Corrine Wyma


            Andrew and Christina Wyma

                        Kyper, Kenly and Hayslee

Sandy and Mike Schippers

            Brett and Keri Schippers

                        Brayden, Parker and Kinslee

            Emily Schippers (1988-2022)

            Megan Schippers and Tyler Jenkins

Mary is also survived by her brother Carroll Vis and his wife Rita of Eldridge, Iowa; and her siblings-in-law: Marilyn Van Sant of Tracy, Iowa, Connie and Jerry Rowe of Pella, Linda and Pat Brown of Knoxville, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Pella. 


To send flowers to Mary's family, please visit our floral store.


March 13, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Covenant Reformed Church
2805 Fifield Road
Pella, IA 50219

Private interment prior to the memorial service
March 14, 2022

1:00 PM
Oakwood Cemetery
1308 Columbus Street
Pella, IA 50219

March 14, 2022

2:00 PM
Covenant Reformed Church
2805 Fifield Road
Pella, IA 50219


Hospice of Pella
Pella IA

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