Pella Chronicle


January 24, 2014

Christina Verburg

Pella — Christina (Tiny) Swaan Verburg, daughter of Jan Swaan and Maria Elizabeth Hagenaar Swaan, was born April 23, 1927, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mevrouw Christina S. Verburg – Swaan grew up and was educated in Amsterdam, graduating on July 24, 1943.

Her teenage years were taken from her upon the Nazi invasion of Holland in May, 1940 until May, 1945.  She worked as a bookkeeper before pursuing further education in Pedicure and Voetkunde (Foot Science), graduating October 27, 1953. Christina married Goris (George) Verburg on May 9, 1953, in The Netherlands.   May 19, 1954, the first of four children was born, Jan Pieter (John) Verburg. Seven months pregnant, Mom and Dad immigrated to the United States in January, 1956, settling in Pella, Iowa.

George was born March 20, 1956; Theodore (Ted) Louis arrived March 1, 1958. Finally a daughter, Cornelia (Connie) Maria was joyously welcomed on February 14, 1961. Mom dedicated her life to raising four children to love and serve the Lord.

We lovingly remember Mom for supporting us no matter what the circumstance. Mom made all the bread and buns for the family, sometimes several times a week. She enjoyed handwork and knitted the first grandchild of each family a beautiful baptismal gown. Dad and Mom purchased the grocery store in Sully, Iowa where they worked side by side serving the Sully community (1978 – 1983). 

After nearly 44 years of marriage, Dad left his earthly home for eternity March 8, 1997. In 1999 Mom moved to DeMotte, Indiana to live near Connie and Ted and help with the 6 grandchildren.

She was involved in the grandchildren’s lives and they have many precious memories of her time in Indiana. (Just don’t ask them about her driving skills.) Mom moved back to Pella in 2006 where she resided at the Pella Manor, in a duplex on East Third Street, a house she purchased on Union Street, Hilltop Manor and finally, the Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Before moving to DeMotte and after returning to Pella, she found great joy in volunteering at Work of Our Hands.

She proudly served as a store manager for several years. Mom had passion for helping people less fortunate than herself. 

She peacefully left this earth on January 13, 2014. She attained the age of 86 years, 8 months, and 21 days. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her children and their families: John and Bonnie Verburg of Pella, IA, George and Bonnie Verburg of Tullahoma,TN, Ted Verburg and Connie and Keith Coffer, all of  De Motte, IN. Christina is survived by two sisters in The Netherlands, Kiek Swaan and Riet Poppe. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jan and Theo, her parents and her husband. 

Christina was a Christian from a young age and joined the Reformed Church in The Netherlands after her marriage to George. Upon arriving in America they joined First Christian Reformed Church in Pella.

In 1968 they became charter members of Faith Christian Reformed Church. When Christina moved to DeMotte she joined the United Methodist Church. After returning to Pella she transferred her membership to the United Methodist Church of Pella.

Christina’s family celebrates that she has been welcomed into her eternal home with a mind that is bright and a body free from pain.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Pella.  Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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