Dorothy Van Voorst

Dorothy Van Voorst

Dorothy Van Voorst

Cedar Rapids

Dorothy Van Voorst, 94, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at The Views Senior Living of Marion, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the Carmel Reformed Church of rural Rock Valley, Iowa, with Stefan Van Voorst and Mark Van Voorst officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Carmel church cemetery. A time of visitation and refreshments will be held prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carmel Reformed Church. Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorials to Sioux County Cancer Board, Smile Train (cleft palate) in memory of Melissa Groen.

Dorothy Van Voorst 94 years old, passed away Jan. 15, 2023, at The Views of Marion, Marion, Iowa. Dorothy Van Voorst was born June 17, 1928, at the Florence Crittenton Home in Sioux City, Iowa. She was adopted by Gerrit and Johanna Feekes and raised on a farm north of Carmel, Iowa. On Aug. 23, 1945, Dorothy was joined in marriage to Richard H. Van Voorst at the Sioux Center Town Hall. They resided in Hastings, Neb. where her husband, Richard, was stationed at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot. Dorothy accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the First United Methodist Church in Hastings, Neb. After her husband was discharged from the United States Marine Corps, they made their home east of Carmel, Iowa.

Dorothy was an active member of the Carmel Reformed Church. Dorothy taught Sunday School and Catechism at Carmel Reformed Church. She also helped prepare crafts for VBS. She shared with us that the most enjoyable time of her church life was when the Carmel church family decided to build the new church building. She was grateful to be a part of God’s family working together. Dorothy worked at K-Products for 18 1/2 years. Dorothy served on the Sioux Center Hospital Board and the Sioux County Cancer Board. Dorothy was a member and past president of the Sioux Center VFW Auxiliary.

Dorothy is survived by her six children, Henry (Pam) Van Voorst of Sioux City, Iowa, Joanne Randall of Munith, Mich., Alicia (Dale) Bream of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gary (Ann) Van Voorst of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lyle (Janice) Van Voorst of Hull, Iowa, and Sandra (William) Grebe of Granite City, Ill.; a special companion/niece, Jan De Jong, Carmel, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jacob Van Voorst of Inwood, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; granddaughter, Natasha Dee Wilson; daughter-in-law, Mary (Henry) Van Voorst; sisters and spouses, Tracy De Jong (Tony)-Vermeer (Henry) and Bernice (Howard) Loewen; and brothers/sisters-in-law, Hermina “Minnie” (William) Van Bochove; John (Tillie) Van Voorst; Gertrude (Henry) Van Beek; Henrietta “Hattie” (John) Rus; Freda Van Voorst; Gerrit (Johanna) Van Voorst; Marie (John) Bakker; and Priscilla (Jack) Dibbet.

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