AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Jeanette J. DeYoung, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the St.Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 82 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Lewis Lake Covenant Church with Pastor Joe Reed officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00- 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.
INTERMENT will be at Graceland Cemetery.
Jeanette Jane De Young (Van Gunst) died on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at St Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 82 years old.
She was born on May 5, 1935, in Ogilvie to Ike and Clara Van Gunst (Robyn), the fifth of 6 children. She grew up on the family farm in the Ogilvie area, spending her entire life in Kanabec Township. She was part of the Dutch community in Ogilvie, with the Christian Reformed Church being the central institution holding everyone together.
After graduating from Ogilvie High School in 1953, Jeanette married Jake De Young on April 30, 1954. They made a life together on the farm, where mom engaged fully in the work of milking, working the crops, cutting wood, feeding 4 very hungry boys, processing deer, and maintaining a comfortable home for her family. Getting together with her extended family and the local neighbors was one of the main forms of entertainment enjoyed in those early years.
In 1970 Jeanette went to work at the Sunshine Villa Nursing home as a CNA. She went on to get her LPN degree and continued to work for the “Villa” for 38 years, moving to the Villages assisted living facility in 1986. Her strong work ethic and her compassion for people made her a solid employee and turned her time at the Villa into something more than a job. Jeanette finally retired from the “Villa” in 2008, at the age of 74. Having lost her husband Jake to cancer in 1985, Jeanette went on to fight the battles of life with the help of her larger family and friends.
Jeanette was a simple person who enjoyed the blessings of family, Church and fulfilling work. She loved to travel with family, enjoying trips to Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Toronto, Michigan and many other miscellaneous destinations. Jeanette also found a great deal of pleasure in feeding and watching her birds from the dining room table, telling animated stories about the occasional visit from the bear. Being on the farm with her beloved dogs Max, Bear, Jayda and Pepper brought her more delight than one could ever imagine. She even got into bowling with the ladies of the bowling league, while still employed at the Villa. She was also very blessed to stay in touch with her high school classmates, co-workers, and the Church ladies. Between her career of 38 years, and her end of life care, the “Villa” was where she spent the bulk of her years and energy.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents Ike and Clara, her sister Jenny, her brothers Harry and Louie, her husband Jake.
She is survived by her children, Robert (Sandy), Clifford, Walter (Luann), and Jeff (Lori); grandchildren, Jerianne (Terry), Jesse, Beau, Bryce, Danica, Brandie (Brad), Nicole (Casey), Jamie (Matt), and Sarah (Trent); many great grandchildren; sisters, Bertha Roelofs, Harriet Harp; and many other relatives and friends.