Dorothy (Derkje) Schinkelshoek, 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

Dorothy, an identical twin, was one of four daughters born to Hendrick Uulders and Eef Vowinkel in Ommen, Netherlands on Aug. 14, 1927.

She married Gerrit Schinkelshoek on Dec. 20, 1951. Shortly thereafter they immigrated to the United States.

Their oldest son, Henry, was born in Iowa in 1955. One year later they moved to Sunnyside and in 1959 welcomed their second son, Willis, into the family and daughter, Marlene, in 1964.

In 1970 they established an 80-acre farm north of Prosser, growing potatoes, beans, grapes among other crops, including gladiolus flowers. Dorothy or "The Glad Lady" as she was also known took pride in her hard work ethic and never let a flower shop or customer down delivering glad's from early dawn to dusk from Selah through the Valley, all the way to Walla Walla until her and Gerrit retired from the farm in 2001, and moved back to Sunnyside.

Dorothy was greatly known for her award winning afghans, quilts, baby sweaters and booties. Wherever she was her knitting was with her, needles going a hundred miles a minute. She was also known for her cooking and baking, the butter and almond cookies, lemon meringue pie and yummy soups and casseroles.

Dorothy enjoyed doing volunteer work, donating her knitting crafts to kids and troops overseas and singing weekly at the local nursing home. She loved to entertain friends, play cards, talk on the phone but mostly play with her great-grandchildren. She loved singing and teaching them old Dutch lullabies.

She was a devoted and loving wife, sharing nearly 60 years with her best friend. It was also very evident Dorothy was a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She had a loving and giving spirit and was loved by all who knew her.

She was a member of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church.

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband, Gerrit Schinkelshoek of Sunnyside; one daughter, Marlene (Kurt) Grafius of Maple Valley; two sons, Henry (Sharon) Schinkelshoek of Prosser and Willis Schinkelshoek of Pasco; two granddaughters, Briann (Nathan) den Hoed of Grandview and Ashley (Ryan) Calhoun of Tacoma; three great-grandchildren, Ava and Rebekah den Hoed and Cash Calhoun; and two sisters, Jenny Schinkelshoek and Wilhelmien Schinkelshoek, both of The Netherlands.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, April 15, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Dorothy's on-line memorial book may do so at Those wishing to honor Dorothy's memory may contribute to Life Options, Sunnyside Christian School or to The Warrior Foundation.

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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