Jeanette was born May 31, 1917, at Sioux Center, the daughter of Jacob and Fannie (Schutt) Den Herder. She was raised at Maurice, where she graduated from high school. She also attended Northwestern College in Orange City.
On July 14, 1937, she married Wilbur J. De Jong at Maurice. For 37 years, they farmed between Orange City and Maurice, where she was a homemaker. In 1974, they retired into Orange City. Wilbur died June 17, 1985, in Orange City, after 48 years of marriage.
In July of 2003, Jeanette became a resident of the Long Term Care Facility.
She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Maurice until 1974, when Mr. and Mrs. De Jong transferred to the First Reformed Church in Orange City. She taught Sunday school and catechism classes for many years and participated in the Women's Guild and circles.
She also belonged to the Orange City Federated Women's Club, where she was active in their garden and needlework groups. She enjoyed doing handwork, especially knitting, and she was an avid gardener, particularly of flowers and specifically roses.
Survivors include her six children, the Rev. Carl De Jong, and his wife, Beth, of Oak Forest, Ill., Linda De Jong, of Lakewood, Colo., Earl De Jong, and his wife, Carol, of Belle Plaine, Kaye Lamb, of Lakewood, Daniel De Jong, and his wife, Rita, of Sioux City, and Joel De Jong, and his wife, Lorraine, of Le Mars; 10 grandchildren, Jon De Jong, and his wife, Susan; Elizabeth, and her husband, the Rev. Andrew De Braber; Kim, and her husband, Steve Sargent; Michelle Sleezer; Tim Lamb; Josh Lamb; Maria De Jong; Lewis De Jong; Kaitlin De Jong; and Mackenzie De Jong; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys De Pree of Sioux Center and Myra Vlieger of Orange City; and a brother and his wife, George and Trudy Den Herder, of Luverne, Minn.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, David De Jong; a son-in-law, Michael Lamb; and two brothers-in-law, Kenneth De Pree and James Vlieger.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Dr. Perry De Groot will officiate. Interment will follow at the Sherman Township Cemetery, near Maurice. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today (Friday), with the family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials may be directed to Northwestern College.
You may express your sympathy at www.oolman.com.