Gertrude Vander Ploeg was born June 12, 1918, to Peter and Tryntje (Ploegstra) Stegenga near Hull. She was raised on a farm near Rock Valley. She received her education through 8th grade in Rock Valley. She did housework for several people and also worked in the Rock Valley bakery for several years baking cookies.
On Aug. 19, 1955, she married Theodore Vander Ploeg in Rock Valley. They farmed near Sioux Center until retirement in 1981 when they moved to Sioux Center. Theodore died March 16, 1981.
Gertrude remained in her home until moving to Franken Manor Assisted Living in August 2009. She moved to Plymouth Manor two weeks before her death. Gertrude was a member of First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. She was a member of the Ruth and Naomi Circles. She babysat for the MOPS group, volunteered at the local elementary school and at the community hospital.
Her interests included embroidery, baking, visiting with people, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include: one daughter, Carol (Greg) Law of Remsen; and one son, Mark (Julie) Vander Ploeg of Manteno, Ill.; 10 grandchildren: Sarah (Darren) Johnson, Sylvia (Tim) Larson, Dan (Tamara) Law, Isaac (Emily) Law, Ben (Amanda) Law, Susan (Nate) Langel, Justin, Marissa, Ashley, and Elisa Vander Ploeg; four great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Theresa Vander Ploeg of Sioux Center, Gert Vander Ploeg of Hull, and Bobbie Vander Ploeg of Lynden, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her her husband, Theodore; parents; two brothers and their wives: Otto (Alice) Stegenga and Richard (Wilmina) Stegenga; two sisters and their husbands, Lena (Shirk) Jouwstra and Jess (John) Mulder; and three brothers-in-law, Lawrence, Donald, and Elmer Vander Ploeg.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. today (Monday) at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with the Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Interment followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center. A visitation was held Sunday from 2-8 p.m., with the family present from 2-4 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
The Vander Ploeg family prefers memorials to Sioux Center Community Hospital Foundation or Northwestern College.