Pella Chronicle

Obituaries

December 13, 2013

Doris Van de Voort

Pella —

Doris Genevieve Brokaw was born on May 2, 1918, in Somerville, New Jersey, the first child of J. Raymond and Jessie (Streng) Brokaw. She began her education in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School in 1936. 
During the summer of 1936 her family came to visit their cousins in Iowa and during that time she met George William Van de Voort.  Education continued to be a priority for Doris as she continued her education at the New Jersey College for Women in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which was a part of Rutgers University,  and graduated from there with a major in mathematics and a minor in physics on June 1, 1940. While in college Doris performed a senior organ recital and earned Phi Beta Kappa Key honors. Following her graduation she and George were united in marriage on June 19, 1940, at the Second Reformed Church in 
Somerville. Following their marriage they made their home on the Century family farm east of Pella, Iowa where George was born. Doris and George raised their seven children there: Jessie Lou, George William Jr., Glen Brokaw, John Albert, Alice Jeanne, David Alan and Lee Douglas; and provided advanced education for all of them. In addition to being a devoted mother and encourager, she continued to use her talents in various and multiple ways playing the piano and organ for church and other organizations in the Pella community. 
They were members of the First Reformed Church in Pella until the family became part of a new congregation, the Trinity Reformed Church. Doris was active in the church activities there including Adult Choir, Ladies Guild, and the children’s education programs. She was active in the Central College Auxiliary and the Pella Community Hospital Auxiliary, of which she had served as president for a time. 
On August 23, 1983, her husband, George, passed away at the age of 74 years. During her retirement years Doris accompanied the Sonshine Children’s Choir and served as an Elder at the Trinity Reformed Church. She remained active doing volunteer work for Work of Our Hands, and  for Literacy Army for the Pella Community Schools. Doris resided in Pella on  Peace Street until becoming a resident of the Pella Manor, Fairhaven East and then Jefferson Place. On Saturday morning, November 30, 2013, she passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 95 years.

Text Only
Obituaries
Features
Facebook
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Obituaries