Edward  Goemaat

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Edward John Goemaat was born February 1, 1930, to John and Evelina (Sneller) Goemaat, in Marion County, Iowa. He passed away at Pella Regional Health Center on April 8, 2019.
Ed was a 1948 graduate of Pella High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, attaining the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged in 1953.
On September 10, 1954, he was united in marriage to Viola Terpstra, at the Sully Christian Reformed Church. To this union they were blessed with three children: Dennis, Vicki and Brent.
Ed loved his family dearly and all of the wonderful times they spent together on weekend vacations, holidays, and just any time. He treasured his grandchildren, and got to hold all of his great grand babies. Ed enjoyed life to the fullest with Viola's family as well as his own. He was always there and available for his family. Ed would be the first there for any project or situation. He always had sound advice even if it was through a simple "roses don't bloom in snowbanks." His entire family has a great love for the parks, nature, fishing and God's beautiful creation.
He loved his community and Dutch heritage, often reading about past history and the people that make Pella great. He enjoyed woodworking and do-it-yourself projects.
Pella Corporation was very important to him. He was dedicated to his 46 years of fulltime work there, followed by 16 years part-time. He was a hard worker and a good provider.
Ed was baptized as an infant and in 1954, he made profession of faith and became a member of the Third Reformed Church. His church life and the church family were very important to him.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Viola of 64 years, and their family: Dennis and Kathy Goemaat of Marion, Vicki Goemaat of Pella, and Brent Goemaat of Pella; four granddaughters, and five great grandchildren.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents John and Evelina Goemaat, his maternal grandparents who raised him Gerrit and Kate Sneller, his sister Mary Whitlatch, and his aunts and uncles: Elizabeth Rozenberg, Peternella Leydens, Carrie Breen, Cornelia Sneller, Gerrit Sneller Sr., and Nickolas Sneller.
Funeral services were held on April 11, 2019, at the Third Reformed Church in Pella. Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Pella or the Third Reformed Church. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on April 11, 2019
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