SANBORN—John Anema, age 79, of Sanborn, IA, passed away at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn, with the Rev. Dan Donovan officiating.

Visitation with no family present will be 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the church. Only 15 people are allowed in building at one time; masks are required.

A private family burial will take place prior to the service on Wednesday at Roseland Cemetery near Sanborn.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Frederick Anema was born Feb. 10, 1941, in Hudson, SD, to Fred and Tillie (Dirksen) Anema. During his childhood, he grew up on farms near Ireton and Sanborn, IA, as the second of 11 children. He graduated from Sanborn Christian School and Western Christian High School at Hull, IA. As a teenager, he professed his faith in Jesus Christ and was a member of the Sanborn Christian Reformed Church.

John was united in marriage to Karen Smit on Nov. 7, 1962, in Hull, where they lived until moving to Sanborn in 1964. There he owned and operated John’s Market. In 1970, he incorporated with Sanborn Foods, which he jointly owned until 1997 when the effects of rheumatoid arthritis forced him to sell his share and retire.

During his working years, John enjoyed meeting customers, making specialty sausages, beef jerky, and other custom meat products. Together with his seven brothers, they formed a fast-pitch softball team that included brothers-in-law and friends. During his retirement, he enjoyed doing farm work, cutting meat, driving school bus and driving truck. For the past 25 years, he was an active member of the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn.

John loved his family. When the kids were younger, they enjoyed family vacations and camping. As they grew, he valued having his children work with him in the meat market. In recent years, John and Karen looked forward to traveling out of state to visit their children. They often seized the opportunity to watch their grandchildren in their activities. He loved to sing hymns at mealtimes when the family gathered for reunions. Throughout his years of suffering, he treasured the tender care of his dear wife.

Those left to cherish his memory are his faithful, loving wife of 58 years, Karen; his five children: Barbara (David) Bousema of Kansas City, MO, Kenneth (Renee) Anema of DeMotte, IN, Susan (Kevin) Harthoorn of Sanborn, IA, Janet (Todd) Kooiman of Bellingham, WA, and Joni (Jonathan) Bras of Lowell, MI. He dearly loved his 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; 10 siblings: Kathryn Vaandrager, Paul (Trudy) Anema, Thresa (Harlyn) Jacobsma, Vernon (Sharlene) Anema, Fred (Faye) Anema, Robert (Marsha) Anema, James (Jane) Anema, Marvin (Carol) Anema, Jeffrey (Deb) Anema, Sandra (Patrick) Ferrie; a sister and brother-in-law, Darlene (Jan) Van Ee; and a brother and sister-in-law, Ron (Twyla) Smit.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; brother-in-law, Chuck Vaandrager; and a brother and sister-in-law, William and Wilma Nibbelink.