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Carol Joyce Jutting was the daughter of August and Harmina (Albers) Jutting. She was born on August 16, 1936 in Buffalo Center, Iowa.
She started on her life passion of music by learning to play the piano and clarinet at a very young age. She played the piano for her home church services starting in her early teenage years. In 1953 she used her musical talent and was crowned Miss Winnebago. Carol graduated in 1954 from Buffalo Center High School. The following fall, she enrolled at Central College in Pella, Iowa where she met Robert James De Young while singing in the A Cappella Choir. Carol continued to develop her love of music while at Central and studied voice under Edith Sedrel Le Cocq and organ under Lawrence Grooters.
On June 9, 1959, she and Robert were united in marriage in Buffalo Center. Soon Bob answered the call into ministry and enrolled at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Carol supported Bob through seminary and then followed him to Garden Grove, California and Chicago, Illinois before ending up in Bellevue, New York. In 1965 the couple was called to start a new church in Clifton Park, New York. Bob was called as the Minister of Word & Sacrament and the church asked Carol to fill in as the organist and choir director until they could find a fulltime one. The congregation never looked for another musician and named her as the Minister of Sacred Music. Carol directed the churches four choirs, a hand bell choir and was the organist for her 38 years of service. Carol and Bob were known to have made all important life decisions together. In this capacity, the De Youngs charted a firm path and a rich legacy for the congregation of Christ Community Reformed Church. During their tenure, their two children were born: Thomas Jay in 1965 and Dawn Noel in 1968. Carol also served as a substitute school music teacher, accompanist for an elementary school choir, babysat several infants during the school year and taught private piano lessons for up to 49 students a week.
In 2002, the De Youngs retired and left behind a vital congregation and a beautiful summer home that they built in the Adirondack Mountains and moved to Pella, Iowa where they designed and built their new home. While in Pella, both Carol and Bob remained active sharing their talents and often enjoyed singing and playing instruments together. They participated in the College Community Choir, played in the city band and volunteered at the Vermeer Windmill. Carol enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, knitting, collecting candles, bird watching, playing games, putting together puzzles, and spending time in nature.
On Tuesday morning, June 20, 2017, Carol passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of 80 years. As partners in ministry, the late Rev. Robert De Young and Carol Joyce De Young are survived by their two children and their families: Thomas and Tina (Couch) De Young and their three children: Rebecca Dawn, James Robert, and Zachariah Adam De Young of Pella; Dawn (De Young) and David Pakkebier and their two children: Bailea Elizabeth and Matthew Jay Pakkebier of Aurora, Illinois; sister-in-law, Janice (De Young) and her husband, Neal Dykhuizen of West Chester, Ohio and brother-in-law, Paul De Young and his wife, Patricia, of Holland, Michigan. Carol was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, August and Harmina Jutting; her sister, Lillian and her husband, Fred Waalkes and her brother, Ike Jutting and his wife, Arlene; her parents-in-law, Jay and Cornelia (Gelderloos) De Young; and a sister-in-law, Julia De Young. Carol will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and passionate musician.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 24, at 2:00 pm at the Second Reformed Church. Van Dyk - Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on June 22, 2017
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