Kathryn  Braafhart
Kathryn Mae Braafhart was born January 10, 1924, to Gysbert and Ethel (Van Engelenhoven) Menninga, at their home north of Otley.
Kathryn attended Valley View school through eighth grade. She met Nicholas Braafhart, Jr. while working at Rolscreen. They were united in marriage on May 31, 1947, at her parents' farm near Otley. To this union they were blessed with five children: James, Rodger, Joel, Robert and Kristi. Kathryn raised her children and later worked as a bookkeeper for their family business.
Kathryn enjoyed bowling with her lady friends, motorcycle trips with Nick, and camping at the state fair. Kathryn was a wonderful home-maker! She kept a neat house, was a great cook and baker. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, handiwork and painting later in life. She was a faithful wife, easy-going mother and grandmother, and was accepting of all.
She has been a faithful member of Third Reformed Church since marriage, and was a member of Ladies Aid serving at funerals for many years.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Jim and Barb (Kuiper) Braafhart, Rodger and Sherry (Stursma) Braafhart, Joel and Debra (Kooyman) Braafhart, Robert and Rebecca (Miller) Braafhart, and Kristi and Mike Van Ee; fifteen grandchildren; and 32 great grandchildren. Kathryn is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Clarence (Irene) Menninga, Alvin (Leanne) Menninga, Gys (Sylvia) Menninga, Arlan (Joann) Menninga, Larry (Mary Jo) Menninga, and Phyllis (Ray) Klapwyk.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas Braafhart, Jr., parents, Gysbert and Ethel Menninga; parents-in-law Nicholas and Clara Braafhart; grandson Caleb Braafhart; great granddaughter Naomi Braafhart; sisters: Arlene in infancy, and Elizabeth Van Dusseldorp; and brothers: Setrith (Jean) Menninga, and Bernie (Grace) Menninga.
Funeral services were held on February 13, at the Third Reformed Church in Pella. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Pella. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 12, 2020

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