SIOUX CENTER—Jean Peters, 87, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Sioux Center, Iowa, died Monday, May 9, 2022, at Mesa.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, with Pastor Keith Hoekstra officiating.

Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.

A visitation with family present will be 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

The funeral service will be livestreamed on the Memorial Funeral Home website on Wednesday afternoon.

Jean (Ledeboer) Peters was born on March 24, 1935, to Albert and Clara (Zuidema) Ledeboer of Prinsburg, Minnesota. Jean grew up on the family farm near Prinsburg; graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa; and attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned her teaching certificate. She served as an elementary teacher at Rock Valley Christian School and later at Hull Christian School in the same capacity.

Jean and her husband, Joel Peters, were married July 26, 1956, in Prinsburg, Minnesota. They initially lived in Hull, Iowa, where Joel had started a grocery store. They later moved to Sioux Center and established their residence and grocery store there. They were blessed with four daughters within the first 10 years of their marriage. Jean and Joel relocated in 1986 to Mesa, Arizona, and later to Escondido, California, before retiring to Mesa in 2000.

Jean served as librarian at Escondido Christian School. Her love for books and reading was evident throughout her life; her extensive collection of Bibles and religious commentaries evidenced this passion. Over the years, she was actively involved in church ministries and Bible Study Fellowship. Jean treasured her family for whom she prayed faithfully. Those who knew her were blessed by her kind and gracious spirit.

Her children and family were the joy of her life. She is survived by her husband of more than 65 years, Joel, of Mesa, Arizona; four daughters, Janice (Brent) Assink of Pasadena, CA, Cathleen (Everett) Hoekstra of Suwanee, GA, Laura (Marvin) Leusink of Escalon, CA, and Amy (David) Groen of Dallas Center, IA; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; siblings Harriet (Robert) Hasper of Grand Rapids, MI, Connie (Daryl) Berghuis of Alexandria, MN, and Alvin (Charlene) Ledeboer of Kamiah, ID; and sister-in-law Harriet De Stigter of Redlands, CA.

In addition to her parents and her husband’s parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and their husbands, Luella (Melvin) Swart and Beatrice (Luverne) Kleinhuizen; brother-in-law Roger De Stigter; and one stillborn great-grandchild.

Memorials may be directed to Dordt University ( or Bible Study Fellowship (