BOYDEN—Edith Sietstra, 95, of Boyden, IA, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Whispering Heights Care Center, of Rock Valley, Iowa.
A memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 30, at First Reformed Church of Boyden, with the Rev. Matthew Draffen officiating. Interment was in Sheridan Township Cemetery of Boyden.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center and complete obituary available at www.MFHonline.com.
Edith Darlene Sietstra was born on Nov. 25, 1917, to Pleun and Lillian (Van Putten) DeZeeuw in Sioux Center, Iowa. She was raised in Sioux Center and graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1936.
As a young lady, Edith stayed busy working at downtown Sioux Center businesses. During World War II she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she worked at a defense plant. Edith married Herman Sietstra on Feb. 5, 1948, at her parents’ home in Sioux Center. After their marriage, Edith faithfully helped Herman on the farm and was proud to be a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a member of the Boyden First Reformed Church and was active in women’s Bible studies and various other activities.
Edith’s greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting blankets and other gifts for her children and grandchildren. She looked forward to spending time with her five sisters, which she lovingly called “Sister Day.” Tuesday Card Club and Thursday Dominoes with her friends were always a highlight for her over the years.
She is survived by her children: John (Linda) Sietstra of Springfield, MO, Philip (Marcia) Sietstra of Sioux Falls, SD, Larry (LaVonne) Sietstra of Boyden, Iowa, Karla (Dave) DeJongh of Rock Valley, IA, Dale (Lila) Sietstra of Sheldon, IA, and Cheryl (Dennis) Rodger of Storm Lake, IA; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Frances Schuiteman of Sioux Center; brother-in-law, Adrian Punt of Sioux Center; sister-in-law, Reka Sietstra of Jenison, MI; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martin (Joyce) Sietstra of Pella, IA, Peter (Lois) Sietstra of Boyden; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; sister, Gertrude Punt; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Herman Harmelink, Joan and Andrew Brenneman, and Freda and Peter G. Mouw; brother-in-law, Arthur J. Schuiteman; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tillie and Gelf Vander Boon.