ORANGE CITY -- Mrs. Sernelia Van Der Zwaag, age 82, of Orange City, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital.
Sernelia Sophia was born Aug. 3, 1921, in rural Orange City, the daughter of Frank and Johanna (Vander Wilt) Bomgaars. She was raised at Middleburg, Hull, and Sioux Center, where she graduated from high school. She also attended Westmar College in Le Mars and then was a teacher in country schools at Newkirk and Doon for five years.
On Dec. 22, 1943, she married Elmer Van Der Zwaag at Middleburg. They farmed near Middleburg, where "Sal" was a homemaker. In 1979, they moved into Orange City. Mr. Van Der Zwaag died Feb. 9, 1995, in Sioux City.
In 1997, she became a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Home and in the spring of 2002, she transferred to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community, both in Orange City. Since November 2002, she has lived at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.
"Sal" was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the women's organizations and the senior citizens group. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends. She also liked music and was a member of the bell choir at Pleasant Acres.
She and Elmer were always supportive of their children and grandchildren, attending all of their activities. Her great-grandchildren called her "Grandma-great".
Survivors include her four daughters and their husbands, Jurleen and Harlan Koele, of Miltona, Minn., Sharon and James Berkenpas, of Sioux Center, Francine and Leon Mouw, of Boyden, and JoLynn and Don Van Steenwyk of Milford; 10 grandchildren, Cristi Koele, and her husband, Craig Bauerly; Chad Koele, and his wife, Peggy; Terri Berkenpas, and her husband, Brad Kingsbury; Curt Berkenpas, and his wife, Mary; Tricia Berkenpas, and her husband, Mark Vermeer; Amy Mouw, and her husband, Matt Stark; Tami Mouw, and her husband, Dave Lund; Gina Mouw, and her husband, Beau Wells; Shahna Van Steenwyk, and her husband, Adam Janssen; and Tara Van Steenwyk, and her husband, Nathan Odegard; 20 great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Caitlin Bauerly; Hank, Hunter, and Hallie Koele; Kassandra and Savana Kingsbury; Tyron, Lucas, and Logan Berkenpas; Aftyn and Samantha Vermeer; Benjamin, Brett, and Kendra Stark; Brandon, Andrew, and Kristina Lund; Emma Sue Wells; and Levi Janssen; and two sisters and their husbands, Sophia and Clifford Top, of Orange City; and Arlene and James Cleveringa, of Sheldon.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a Koele grandson; and a two-year-old sister, also named Sernelia.
There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First Reformed Church in Orange City, with the Rev. Steven Vander Molen officiating. Interment will be prior to the service at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today (Thursday) with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are being directed to the Pleasant Acres Care Center.