Cornelia's Story

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Cornelia (De Jong) Den Adel was born on January 23, 1928, the second daughter of Flor and Agnes (Huyser) De Jong at their farm in rural Sully, Iowa. She attended the Chester Country Grade School and graduated from the Sully High School.
On August 21, 1946, she was united in marriage with Donald LeRoy Den Adel at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Corliss Kay, Judith Ilene, Kayla June and Harlan Jay. For 47 1/2 years they lived on the family farm north of Pella, Iowa and in 1993 they moved into a duplex at 1118 Boone Street.
Cornelia worked for several years and later became manager of the laundry department at the Pella Community Hospital for 2 ½ years before she retired. She then became a volunteer for the Hospital Auxiliary helping in the then gift shop/snack bar. She also was involved with the auxiliary at North Hilltop and was a member of the Christian Opportunity Center Auxiliary, who provided food for farm sales and helped canning food for the residents at the Christian Opportunity Center.
Cornelia was a faithful member of the Third Reformed Church where she made profession of her faith in 1947. She sang with the women's chorus, helped in the children's nursery and was chairwoman of the funeral committee for 15 years.
In the most recent years Cornelia enjoyed making charity quilts with the Knotty Ladies Quilting Group. She also made and hand quilted many quilts in her spare time at home for her family and friends.
As Don's health needs continued to require more assistance than Cornelia was able to provide, he became a resident at The Cottages in Pella on October 6, 2016. On October 31, 2016, Cornelia was moved to the Hospice of Pella Comfort House where Don passed away on March 13, 2017, at the age of nearly 92 years. Cornelia and Don shared their lives together for over 70 years and Cornelia continued to reside at the Comfort House where she also passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the age of 89 years.
Those left to cherish her memory are her four children and their families. They are: Corliss (Charles) Hareng of Franklin, Wisconsin; Judy and Gerald Roose of Pella, Iowa; Kayla and Chasty (Butch) Goben of Lacona, Iowa; Harlan and Charon (Kane) Den Adel of Pella, Iowa. Of her original family Cornelia leaves her younger sister, Lucille and her husband, George Sjaardema of Reasnor, Iowa; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law: Ruth (Peter) Fazio of Indiana, Fern and Kenneth Uitermarkt of Pella; and many nieces and nephews.
Cornelia was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Den Adel; her son-in-law, Charles Hareng; her parents, Flor and Agnes De Jong; her older sister, Elizabeth and her husband, Ivan Renaud; her parents-in-law, William and Johanna (Van Engelenhoven) Den Adel; and a sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law: Joyce and Robert Brown and Peter Fazio.
Funeral services were held on September 18 at Third Reformed Church in Pella, Van Dyk- Duven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on September 18, 2017
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