With family at her side, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, after a nine-month battle with illness, Angeline (Arends) Den Boer, 91, went into the loving arms of her faithful Savior Jesus Christ. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as a faithful disciple of our Lord, she demonstrated an ever-so-gentle, patient, kind, unselfish and loving spirit.
Born Feb. 28, 1919 in Grand Rapids, Mich., she was the second of seven children of Arnold and Jantina Arends. As a young child, she moved with her parents to western Washington, then briefly to Montana, before settling in Oak Harbor, where she received all of her schooling. In 1936 the Arends moved to Prosser.
Angeline and Leonard Den Boer met as young people at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church and married on March 15, 1945. Together they established their home in Grandview, raising their four children; John (Merrie Beth) Den Boer of Shelbyville, Mich., Evelyn (David) Jalbert of Yakima, Arnold (Cindy Tucker) Den Boer of Prosser and Larry (Joan) Den Boer of Sunnyside.
Angeline and Leonard were members of Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church throughout their lives together. In later years, Angeline joined Faith Community Church (CRC) in Zillah.
Angeline enjoyed traveling, taking the train to Michigan to visit John and Merrie Beth and children. She also enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens, especially her roses, and attending her grandchildren's sporting events.
She and Leonard believed in the importance of Christian education and were loving supporters of Sunnyside Christian School. Later in life, she visited shut-ins, offering her care and compassion.
She is survived by a sister, Ida Van Klinken; sisters-in-law, Myrtle and Bertha Arends; brother-in-law, Eithel Spradlin; numerous nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren, Lane (Anna) Den Boer, Stephen (Marisa) Den Boer and Coralin (Nicholas) Davelaar, Haley (Jeff) Lakey, Heather and Taylor Den Boer, and Lance and Chad Den Boer; and six great-grandchildren, Ethan Den Boer, Noah, Andrew and Millis Davelaar, Conner and Miley Lakey.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Leonard in 1992; her son, Arnold in 2002; and brothers and sisters, Reka Ramerman, Bill Arends, Jeanette Spradlin, Dick Arends and Marie Arends.
Many will long remember her love for others.
Visitation will be held today, Sept. 17, 2010, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at 8 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, followed by a service celebrating her life at Sunnyside Reformed Church, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Joe Kamphuis of Faith Community Church officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sunnyside Christian School.
Condolences can be sent at www.valleyhillsfh.com.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.