Funeral services were held Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Carmel Reformed Church of rural Rock Valley, Iowa, for Jeanette Feekes, 81, Sioux Center, Iowa, who died Sunday, March 15 at Hillcrest Care Center in Hawarden, Iowa.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Jeanette was born Sept. 27, 1927 on a farm near Sioux Center to Ben and Jennie (Katze) Vonk. She received her education at a country school. She married John Feekes on Feb. 4, 1948. They began farming west of Sioux Center. Four years later they bought a farm near Carmel, where they farmed for 24 years. In 1977 they moved to Rugby, where they lived for the next 10 years. in 1987 they returned to the Sioux Center area. They lived in Arizona from 1996 to 2007.
She was a member of Carmel Reformed Church, where she was involved in the women’s circle. While living in Rugby she was a member of First Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband; seven children, Harlen Feekes, Modesto, Calif.; Nelva Petersen, Dunlap, Iowa; Mike Feekes, Irene, S.D.; Doug Feekes, Litchfield, Ariz.; Cheri Helfenstein, Mons, Belgium, Tami Feekes-Benedict, Marina, Calif.; and Verlyn Feekes, Elbert, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Vonk, Sioux Center, and Eugene Vonk, Ireton, Iowa; three sisters, Gertrude Van De Berg, Sioux Center; Kathy Vande Kieft, Orange City, Iowa; and Dorothy Van Bochove, Sun City, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Goldie De Jager; four brothers, Henry, Ben, Pete and Gerrit Vonk; and a grandson.
Arrangements by MFH Memorial Funeral Home.
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