VANDERLAS, Berend, Rev. 1824-1902
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/27/2017 at 19:50:22
Rev. B. VanderLas died at his home Tuesday night after a two weeks' illness with kidney trouble. Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church in this city at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and at 1:30 p.m. services will be held at the Drake church in Colfax township where burial will take place.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 13 February 1902, pg 5
A Pioneer Minister Passed Away
Berend VanderLas was born in Eibergen, Province Gelderland, Netherlands, April 30, 1824, and died in Grundy Center, Iowa, U.S.A., Feb. 11, 1902, aged 77 years, 9 months and 11 days.
In 1854 deceased emigrated to Freeport, Ill., and followed his trade, that of a tailor for some time, but feeling a call to preach the gospel he studied theology in Holland, Michigan, and was ordained to the ministry at Platteville, Wis., by the church of Dane in September, 1861. His first charge was the German Presbyterian church of Hazel Green, Ill., where he remained until January, 1864, when he went to Milwaukee, Wis., to the Holland Presbyterian church. Here he labored for eleven years, until called to the Presbyterian church in Colfax township, Grundy county, Iowa, where he remained from December 1874, to December, 1899, when he retired from active service as a minister of the gospel and made his home in Grundy Center.
Deceased was united in marriage to Miss Gerritje Geerlings on the 26th day of April, 1866, at Milwaukee. This union was blessed with nine children, seven of whom survived the parents, the wife and mother leaving her earthly home Feb. 17, 1863[sic].
The funeral was held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. The services at the Presbyterian church in this city were conducted by Rev. E. E. Hastings, after which the sad family and intimate friends followed the bier of their loved one to the Colfax Presbyterian church where Rev. VanderLas preached the gospel for twenty-five years. Here a large number of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute to the departed, who was dearly beloved by his people while pastor at that place. Rev. Drake and others assisted in the services, after which, all that was mortal of Rev. B. VanderLas was laid to rest beside his wife in the cemetery where he had often spoken comforting words to those of his flock who were called upon to part with their dearest friends.
Those who came from a distance to be present at the funeral were Rev. J. W. Everds, of Stephenville, Texas, Mrs. F. Hayunga, and Mr. B. F. VanderLas, Ackley, Mr. A. E. Bell, Dubuque.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 20 February 1902, pg 5
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