SHELDON—Alvina J. Van Heuvelen, age 96, of Waukee, Iowa, and formerly of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Village At Legacy Pointe in Waukee, Iowa.

Her Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the American Reformed Church in Primghar, Iowa, with the Rev. Cory Grimm and the Rev. Dennis Hietbrink officiating.

Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa, with a family graveside service at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, June 8.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, with family present 5-7 p.m., at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Memorials may be directed to The American Reformed Church in Primghar and Shriners Children Hospital.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

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Alvina J. Van Heuvelen, the daughter of Fred and Eva (Van Oort) Wilts was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Matlock, Iowa. She received her education in area country schools. On June 21, 1945, she was united in marriage to Henry John Van Heuvelen in Newkirk, Iowa. The couple began farming near Archer, Iowa, and moved to what would be their family farm near Gaza, Iowa, in 1953. They farmed for a total of 54 years until retiring in 1999 and remained on the family farm until moving to Sheldon, Iowa, in 2007. Henry and Alvina enjoyed their home in Sheldon, remodeling the house and filling the yard with beautiful flowers and trees. During their later years they enjoyed traveling together and spent several winters in Mesa, AZ. Henry preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 2017. Alvina moved to The Village at Legacy Pointe in Waukee, Iowa, to be near two of her sons and there she passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, reaching the age of 96 years, 7 months and 9 days.

She was a member of the American Reformed Church in Primghar. She had a love for dolls which sprouted her side business, Country House of Dolls. She enjoyed baking, gardening flowers and singing, especially singing duets with her husband, Henry, at many services. Alvina’s family was very important to her.

Left to cherish her many memories are her sons, Ronald (Vicki) Van Heuvelen of Oskaloosa, Iowa; David (Judi) Van Heuvelen of St. Lawrence, South Dakota; and Wayne (Priscilla) Van Heuvelen of Urbandale, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Mary Van Heuvelen (Mike) Wheaton of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; eight grandchildren, Ann (Matt) Drummond, John (Whitney) Van Heuvelen, Dawne (Matt) Olson, David Jr. (Laura) Van Heuvelen, Joy (Bryan) Wedan, Matthew (Kaylene) Van Heuvelen, Melissa (Joe) Carrington, and James Van Heuvelen; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Joyce Johnson of Sun City, Arizona and Mary Reekers of Hawarden, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; a son, James Van Heuvelen; her parents; two sisters, Harriet Reimers and Evelyn Postma; and a brother, Fred Wilts Jr.