ORANGE CITY—Mrs. Arlene Vander Pol, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at her residence.
There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Rev. Harlan De Jong and the Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be at the Newkirk Cemetery prior to the memorial service. There will be a family prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Monday, at the church.
Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Arlene Nellie was born on Aug. 11, 1930, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the age of 3, she was adopted by Jacob and Fannie (Harmelink) Hofmeyer and was later raised by Garret and Gertrude (Hofmeyer) Vander Schaaf on their farm north of Newkirk. She graduated from the Newkirk Consolidated School.
On June 30, 1948, she was united in marriage to Arthur Jean Vander Pol in Newkirk. They made their home, and farmed, on the Vander Pol Family Century Farm north of Newkirk. In 1988, they moved to a home in Newkirk, and in 2003, they moved to Orange City. Arthur passed away on Aug. 15, 2012, in Remsen after more than 64 years of marriage. On Aug. 29, 2015, Arlene moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City.
Mrs. Vander Pol was a lifelong member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Missions Fellowship. In earlier years, she and Arthur spent their winter months doing volunteer mission work. She and one of her friends also started the Floyd Farm Bureau Group.
Arlene enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, sewing and crocheting. She also liked to watch the local school’s girls’ volleyball, softball and basketball games.
Survivors include her three children and their spouses, Lyle and Karen Vander Pol of Newkirk; Harold “Harry” and Lora Vander Pol of Orange City; and Roberta and Mark Brightman of Earlham; a son-in-law, Lance Klein of Frisco, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Kyle Vander Pol, and his wife, Sarah; Kelly, and her husband, Jonas Kaminskas; Kristin, and her husband, Josh Christenson; Matthew Vander Pol, and his wife, Terri; Brooke, and her husband, Adam Brinkmeier; Brittney, and her husband, Dave Meyer; Travis Klein, and his wife, Robin; Taylor Klein; Arianna, and her husband, Bryton Voss; Marina Brightman; and Malachi Brightman; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Carol Vander Pol of Orange City, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her adoptive parents and foster parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Jewel Klein; a foster sister, Joyce, and her husbands, Edward Van Zanten and Lester Haspels; a brother-in-law, Harvey Vander Pol; a sister-in-law and her husband, Gertrude and Frank De Graaf; her grandparents, John and Nellie Visser and Herman and Dena Hofmeyer; and her parents-in-law, Harry and Johanna (Oolbekkink) Vander Pol.
Memorials may be directed to the Newkirk Reformed Church.
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