Freda VanDerHart, 95 of Prairie City, died Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Park Centre in Newton. A funeral service was Monday, June 4 at the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church, with burial following at Waveland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church – World Renew or the Gideon’s. Condolences maybe left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The daughter of John and Anna (Marinus) Tukker, Freda was born April 9, 1923, in rural Otley. She attended country school thru the eighth grade. Following her education Freda worked in the grocery store/post office in Otley, where she met her future husband Harold Lee VanDerHart. They were united in marriage Feb. 9, 1950, at the Christian Reformed Church minister’s house in Otley. They made their home in rural Monroe, where they farmed until 1991, when they moved to Prairie City. While on the farm, Freda raised chickens and was in charge of the garden.
Freda was a member of the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church, where she was involved with the Helping Hands Society and also the church library. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crocheting, knitting and quilting.
Those left to honor her memory include her two children, Larry VanDerHart of Monroe and Elaine (Verlan) Struik of Leighton; seven grandchildren, Brian (Jen) VanDerHart, Brad (Jenny) VanDerHart, Greg (Sarah) VanDerHart, Kyle (Courtney) VanDerHart, Jeff (Ashley) Struik, Joel (Ara Hatfield) Struik and Andrea (Ekow) Addo; and 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters-in-law, Evelyn Van Dusseldorp, Doyle (Opal) VanDerHart and Francis (Joyce) VanDerHart. Preceding Freda in death were her parents; husband, in 2013; a daughter-in-law, Wilma VanDerHart; father and mother-in-law, Walter and Ruth VanDerHart; step-mother-in-law, Leola VanDerHart; her siblings, Cornie (Florence) Tukker, Marie (John) Davis, Angeline (Henry) Ryke, Gertrude (John) Weyers, Elmer (Cornelia) Tukker, Elizabeth (Fay) Wagner and Kathy (Don) Holt; and brothers-in-law, Francis Van Dusseldorp and Donald and Marie VanDerHart.