ROCK VALLEY -- Nellie Driesen, 86, of Rock Valley, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at Valley Manor in Rock Valley.
Nellie was born May 29, 1918, at Orange City, the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Hubers) Gerritsen. She was united in marriage to John J. Driesen on March 5, 1937, at Orange City. The couple lived in Rock Valley and Bellflower, Calif., and returned to Rock Valley in 1953. Nellie was a housekeeper before she and John became custodians of First Christian Reformed Church, a position they held for 27 years.
Nellie moved to Valley Manor in July 2001. John died July 28, 2003.
She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church where she was active in the Martha Circle.
Survivors include three sons, Jim and Etta Driesen of Rock Valley, Alfred and Kathy Driesen of Mohave Valley, Ariz., and Junior and Aleatha Driesen of Ripon, Calif.; three daughters, Mina and Herb Bliek of Sioux Falls, S.D., Hester and Herb Caswell of Le Mars, and Linda and Tim Rens of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 16 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; sisters, Harriet Driesen of Sioux Center and Winnie Wielenga of Orange City; sisters-in-law, Gladys Gerritsen of Spencer, Tena Gerritsen of Chino, Calif., and Florence Gerritsen of Sioux City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; brothers, Albert, Henry, John, Pete and Bill Gerritsen; and sisters, Hattie Vande Kamp, Ida DeJager, Alice Lems, Anna Roelofs and Minnie Roelofs.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley with the Rev. Paul Bakker officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery at Rock Valley. Visitation will be Thursday at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m.