Norma June Van Waardhuizen was the daughter of John Van Genderen and Elizabeth ‘Bertha’ Jansen and born on a farm near Sully, Iowa on June 8, 1932. She passed away November 20, 2021 at the age of 89, surrounded by family at the home of Garry and Linda.
A visitation for Norma will be held on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. with family present to greet friends and relatives.
On July 12, 1950, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa wedding vows were exchanged by Norma and Harris Arthur Van Waardhuizen. She was the first child to “leave the nest” as noted in the family’s genealogy. To this union four children were born: Garry, Robert, Karla, and Randy. The couple farmed south of Prairie City until 1960. Then they purchased a farm west of Knoxville where they remained into retirement, spending summers camping at Robert’s Creek and returning home during the off-season.
Those left to cherish her memory include children: Garry & Linda Van Waardhuizen of Knoxville; Robert & Deb VanWaardhuizen of Pleasantville; Karla & Dan Fox of Crystal Lake, Illinois; and Randy Van Waardhuizen of Pleasantville; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; plus a great great granddaughter, Kylee.
She is also survived by siblings and spouses: Genevieve Dop of Newton, Lois (Carroll) Van Gorp of Reasnor, Lila De Kruyff of Otley, and Ronald Van Genderen of Monroe.