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MEINDERS, Hilkea 1871-1960


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/11/2016 at 20:41:59

Obituary of Mrs. Hilkea Meinders

Hilkea Borchers Meinders was born January 25, 1871 in Driever, Germany. At the age of 11 she came to America with her parents and settled near Ackley, Iowa.

She was married to Brunko Meint Meinders on February 12, 1903 and moved to a farm south of Aplington until the year 1936 when they took up their residence in the town of Aplington.

While living on the farm Mr. and Mrs. Meinders were members of St. Peters Evangelical and Reformed Church of Wellsburg and it was in this church that Mrs. Meinders made confession of her faith in Jesus Christ. While her membership was in this church she was an active member in the Ladies Aid Society. She was also a member later in the Ladies Aid Society of the First Reformed Church in Aplington and when the aid was replaced by the Women's Guild she joined its fellowship even though infirmities kept her from being active.

Mrs. Meinders lived her life in a quiet manner, showing her Christianity more in her actions than in words. After her husband's death on March 21, 1956 her physical condition was weakened and in January of 1959 a fracture of her arm confined her to the limits of her home. Towards the close of life she often testified to those nearest her of how she anticipated the future life with her Saviour and Redeemer.

Death came on June 16, 1960 at the home in Aplington. She was preceded in death by six sisters. She is survived by three children, two sons: Martin of Aplington, Edward of Toledo, Ohio; and one daughter, Marie, also of Aplington. Five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many friends and relatives also mourn her passing.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 20, 1960, at the Aplington Reformed Church with Rev. Voss and Robert Vander Schaaf officiating. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery, Wellsburg.

Mrs. Herman Hemmen was organist and vocal music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. H. H. Voss, Mrs. Fred Waalkes, Sherman Frey and George Meyer. Pallbearers were Fred Sents, Tom Biermann, Edd Finger, Leonard Birley, Wm. Boelman, and Hilko Van Dyk.

--The Aplington News (Aplington, Iowa), 23 June 1960, pg 1


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