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Grace Bertha De Jong De Hamer
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Birth: May 31, 1913
Marion County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 2009
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA

Grace Bertha De Jong was born on May 31, 1913, near Pella, Iowa. She was the fourth of nine children that were born to Peter G. and Antonetta Dykstra De Jong. In 1921 the family moved to a farm north of Leighton, Iowa. Grace attended the Black Oak No. 6 Country Grade School from which she graduated. On August 27, 1935, she was united in marriage with Peter J. De Hamer at the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. To this union three children were born: Marilyn Jean, John Leroy and Ronald Eugene, who was stillborn on April 14, 1950. Grace and Peter farmed all their married life in the Pella, Harvey and Eddyville, Iowa areas. Grace enjoyed cooking and doing yard work and together she and Peter enjoyed camping and traveling. Following their retirement, they moved into Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1962. During this time Grace was employed in the food department at the Camair Convalescent Home for 13 years. In June of 2001, they moved to Pella for their assisted living needs. Peter became a patient at the Pleasant Park Estates in Oskaloosa in October, 2001, and passed away there on February 12, 2002, at the age of 90 years. Following his death Grace became a patient at the New Sharon Nursing Home in New Sharon, Iowa and in 2007 was transferred to the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. Grace was cared for the remainder of her life and passed away on Thursday afternoon, November 12, 2009, at the advanced age of 96 years, 5 months and 11 days. Those who will cherish her memory are her daughter, her son and daughter-in-law and their families. They are: Marilyn J. (Gerald J.) De Jong of Pella, Iowa;Cyndi and John Keen of Scottsdale, Arizona, Carissa, Lauren, Ryan and Sarah Keen; Scott and Leann De Jong of Ankeny, Iowa,Emily, Brittany and Zachary De Jong; Renee and Kent Ferguson of New Sharon, Iowa,Nolan, Hannah and Maggie Ferguson:John J. and Marjorie (Bokhoven) De Hamer of Eddyville, Iowa; Mary Lou and Rick Doty of Oskaloosa, Iowa,Leasa Doty,Emma, Savanna Simmons; Kristin and Sherwin Plate,Natalie Plate;Arlene and Randy Vonk of Oskaloosa, Iowa,Greg, Brandon, Amber and Jennifer Vonk; Teresa and Dan Augustine of Rose Hill, Iowa,Emily, Ryan Augustine: Larry and Barb De Hamer of Eddyville, Iowa,Megan, Joslyn De Hamer. Of her original family Grace leaves two sisters: Charlotte De Jong and Esther (Leonard) Vande Lune both of Pella; her only brother, Gilbert De Jong of Leighton, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Cornelia (De Hamer), Mrs. Henry Van Whye of Oskaloosa, Iowa. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Peter J. De Hamer; her stillborn son, Ronald Eugene De Hamer; her son-in-law, Gerald J. De Jong; her parents, Peter G. and Antonetta De Jong; her parents-in-law, John K. and Janna De Ruiter De Hamer; five sisters: Pearl (De Jong), Mrs. Merle Van Steenis, Clara De Jong, Nina De Jong, Mabelle (De Jong) and her husband, Russell Van Arkel, and Ada De Jong; her sisters-in-law: Dorothy (Gilbert) De Jong and Mary Lou, Mrs. Merle Van Steenis; her brothers-in-law: Merle Van Steenis and Leonard Vande Lune; and the following sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Lavina (De Hamer), Mrs. Henry Van Whye, Jennie (De Hamer) and Gerrit Wielard, Mary (De Hamer) and Robert Vande Kamp, Margaret (De Hamer) and Floyd Uitermarkt, and Henry Van Whye. Grace was baptized and made profession of her faith at the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton, Iowa. In later years she became a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa where she was a member at the time of her death.

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  Peter J De Hamer (1911 - 2002)*
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Oak Wood Cemetery
Marion County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Diane Zabel
Record added: Dec 29, 2010
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Grace Bertha <i>De Jong</i> De Hamer
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