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Sharolyn VanDerHart

September 4, 1942 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Sharolyn VanDerHart Obituary

Sharolyn Jeanne VanDerHart went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 20th, 2024. Sharolyn was born September 4, 1942, to Ralph H. and Netha M. (James) Shaffer in Douglas, Nebraska. She passed away at Valley View Village in Des Moines.

Sharolyn was a dedicated homemaker all her life, and was a devoted Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. Sharolyn faithfully attended church with those gathered in the Name of the Lord at 1812 Washington Street, in Pella.

Sharolyn met Harry Van Der Hart at church, and they were married in January of 1964, in Des Moines, Iowa. To this union they were blessed with two children: Sandra and Kevin.

Her family was the joy of her life. She was a stay-at-home Mom until her kids had graduated High School. She spent many hours creating using her love of quilting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Some of these creations were for her family, who have several of her quilts and baby blankets to keep and cherish, but many were also for others in need. She knitted many stocking hats and scarves that were donated to Hope Ministries in Des Moines. She then began working at the Pella Public Library, where she worked for many years. After retirement she enjoyed being able to create a close bond with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved spending time baking delicious treats and playing games with them.

Sharolyn is survived by her children: Sandra (Doug) Huston of Union, Iowa, and Kevin (Marla) VanDerHart of Pella; grandchildren: Kayla Huston of Pella, Kristin VanDerHart of Dubuque, Iowa, Gabriella and Macy VanDerHart of Pella, Casey (Sara) Huston of Winterset, Iowa, Anna (Alex) Doolaard of Steamboat Rock, Iowa, and Nikki (Brad) LaFratte of Mitchellville, Iowa; great grandchildren: Claire Campbell, Harrison and Tucker Huston, Bailey, Brody, Saige, and Sienna Huston, Ava, Emilia, Westen, and Colt Doolaard, Tyler and Grace LaFratte, and Ian Luetzelschwab.

Sharolyn is also survived by one brother, Richard Shaffer of Pocahontas, Arkansas; three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law: Frank (Lois) VanDerHart of Snohomish, Washington, Katherine Seekamp, Tom (Connie) VanDerHart of Pella, and Louis (Laura) VanDerHart of Newton, Iowa.

Sharolyn was preceded in death by her husband Harry, her parents, Ralph and Netha Shaffer of Des Moines, Iowa, a brother, Howard Shaffer of Pella, and a sister, Marilyn (Dan) Strange of Pocahontas, Arkansas.

Sharolyn will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

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Visitation With Family Present
January 24, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Private Committal

Oakwood Cemetery
1308 Columbus Street
Pella, IA 50219


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