Pella Chronicle


April 4, 2014

Harriet Dykstra

Pella — Harriet Joan Meinders was born on September 1, 1913, near Leighton, Iowa. She was the first child born to Nick and Anna Groenenboom Meinders and grew up with her two younger brothers, Bernard and Clarence Meinders, near Leighton. As a young girl Harriet worked as a maid and later married Ebern Dykstra. To this union two daughters were born: Carolyn Ruth and Karen Ann. Harriet was a devoted Mother and a stay at home Mom. She always enjoyed cleaning her own home and after the girls got older, took on cleaning jobs to keep busy. She also was a care giver for the elderly, staying with them at night to make sure they were safe. She was fervent in her prayer life and reading the Bible and lived a rather solitary lifestyle. In July 2006, she became a resident in the Long Term Care Unit at the Pella Regional Health Center in Pella, Iowa. On Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, she passed away at the advanced age of 100 years, 6 months and 25 days at The Cottages in Pella. She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. They and their families are: Carolyn and John Burke of Fernadena Beach, Florida and their three sons: John Burke, Jr. and his daughter, Lindsey, of Fernadena Beach, Florida, Scott and Kristina Burke of Charlotte, North Carolina, David and Sarah Burke of Cortez, Colorado; Karen and Henry Bokhoven and their two children: Jacqueline and Russell Zondervan and their two children: Justin and Kara, Jeffrey Bokhoven and his two children: Dakotah and Lindy all of Pella, Iowa. Of her original family Harriet leaves a sister-in-law, Martha (Clarence) Meinders of Ottumwa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nick and Anna Meinders and her two brothers: Bernard Meinders and his wife, Dorothy, and Clarence Meinders. Harriet was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa.  Funeral services were held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Trinity Reformed Church in Pella.  Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.   

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