ROCK VALLEY—Ann Miersma, 98, of Rock Valley, Iowa, entered her heavenly home on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Hull Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa, with the Rev. James Laning officiating. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2TaJlAxb5CSHuFi7viFmhQ.
Private family burial will be held prior to the service at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley.
Public viewing, with no family present, will be held 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity Christian High School Music Department.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Ann (Egbertje Ver Hey) Miersma, daughter of James and Hattie (Bleyenberg) Ver Hey, was born April 5, 1923, at the family home near Edgerton, Minnesota. She attended and graduated from the eighth grade at the Edgerton Christian grade school. Ann worked in various homes and in a bakery prior to getting married. She married Henry Miersma on March 10, 1944, in Edgerton and they celebrated 58 years together. They started their married life on a farm near Valley Springs, South Dakota, until 1945, farmed near Edgerton until 1965 and then moved to a dairy farm near Rock Rapids, Iowa. They retired from the farm in 1987 and moved to Rock Valley, Iowa. Henry passed away on Oct. 11, 2002. Ann moved to Four Seasons in 2004 and lived there until she moved to Whispering Heights nursing home in 2017. Ann was a member of the Hull Protestant Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa.
Ann worked hard as a farmer’s wife, helping her husband milking cows. She always had a huge garden, and loved flowers and plants. She had numerous hobbies, such as, sewing, macramé, rock painting, cash for trash, making naughty dolls and collecting dolls. Ann loved music and was a church organist for more than 60 years, starting at age 14. She had a contagious laugh and loved to have fun. Ann treasured spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by seven children, the Rev. Rodney (Sharon) Miersma of Hull, Velerie Kuiper of Jenison, Michigan, DaVonna (Gary) Holstege of Hudsonville, Michigan, Nona (Wil) Postma of Raymore, Missouri, Alvern (Fran) Miersma of Redlands, California, Daris (Gene) Van Bemmel of Rock Valley, and Carlyle (Marcia) Miersma of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 30 grandchildren; 90 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanne Jabaay of Redlands; and two sisters-in-law, Elsie Ver Hey of Edgerton, and Dorothy Miersma of Merced, California.
Preceding Ann in death were her parents; parents-in-law; husband, Henry; son-in-law, the Rev. Dale Kuiper; two brothers, Arie and Art Ver Hery; two sisters and their husbands, Dena (Dan) Schnyders, and Adrianna (Everett) Hofstee; three brothers-in-law and their wives, Paul (Jennie) Miersma, Tunis (Alda) Miersma, and Harry (Dorothy) Miersma; brother-in-law, Berdahl Miersma; sister-in-law and her husband, Henrietta (John) Rubingh; and sister-in-law, Winifred Miersma.