Nettie  Van Zante
Nettie Van Zante was born June 23, 1923, at home by Taintor, Iowa to Paul and Johanna, "Josie" (Ryken) Simons. She graduated from the 8th grade at a country school in Madison Country School. She worked at Petra Grocery in Pella and stayed with Steve De Kock. When her dad passed she moved to Oskaloosa with her mom and worked at Greens Grocery.
Nettie met Lloyd at a skating party at Central College and they married on March 29, 1946, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. To this union they welcomed 2 sons: Bill and Rick.
Nettie lovingly raised her boys on the family farm in a Christian home and willingly helped Lloyd when he needed her. They built a home on the other farm in 1979, so their son Rick and his wife Joan could move to the home place. In their later years they moved to Midtown apartments. Nettie loved being able to walk her errands. Later they went to Vriendschap for a few years and ended up at The Friesland Cottage.
Nettie became a member of First Reformed Church in Pella when she married Lloyd. She taught many Sunday school classes, (catechism), enjoyed Circle, was a member of RCWA, a member of the choir and was part of many couples' Bible studies. Nettie taught 4-H for many years in Mahaska County, her group was the M&M Peppy Pals. She later judged at many county fairs. Nettie was very passionate about volunteering, she spent countless hours during Tulip Time all over Pella. Nettie had the gift of hospitality; she loved entertaining in the home she and Lloyd built. She spent countless hours playing cards with friends and family.
They traveled to many places in the US, also visited Switzerland, Holland and Europe. They spent part of winters in Florida with their son Bill and family.
Nettie is survived by her two sons: Bill and Sara Van Zante of St. Augustine, Florida, and Rick and Joan Van Zante of Pella; seven grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; her brother Paul Junior (Kathryn) Simons, and her sister Joey (Dale) Van Omen.
Nettie is preceded in death by her husband: Lloyd, her parents, her parents-in-law: Will and Angelina Van Zante, her brothers: Leonard (Norma) Simons and Herman (Virginia) Simons, and sisters-in-law: Clara (Hubert) Thorson, Ethel (Ray) Gosselink, Gladys (John) Van Dyk, and Freda (Jeff) Hoeksema.
Funeral services were held on September 14, at the First Reformed Church in Pella. Memorials may be given to Bethany Christian Services. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on September 12, 2019

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