Henrietta Eekhoff

Henrietta Eekhoff, 88, of Kanawha passed away Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Kanawha Community Home.

Funeral services for Henrietta Eekhoff will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:30 am at the Kanawha Christian Reformed Church in Kanawha with Pastor Steve Schulz officiating.  Burial will be in Amsterdam Township Cemetery near Kanawha.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at the Ewing Funeral Home, 118 East Second Street, in Kanawha and continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Henrietta, the daughter of Kort and Alice Delger, was born April 22, 1923 on a farm south east of Kanawha.  She attended rural schools through eighth grade, attended Kanawha High School, and finished high school her junior and senior years in Corwith graduating in 1940.

After graduation she worked in Des Moines at Solar Aircraft as an acetylene welder during World War II.

She was married December 29, 1943 to Pete Eekhoff, son of Rev. Peter and Marie Eekhoff, at the Kanawha Christian Reformed Church.  They farmed a year at Corwith.  In 1945 they moved to a farm 2 ½ miles west of Kanawha, which they later purchased.  They were blessed with four children Judy, Janice, Perry and Kelvin.

In 1985 they moved to Kanawha and enjoyed many years together.

Henrietta loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren she loved to have them come home and enjoyed the happy times together around the dining room table while having a meal together.

Henrietta loved the Lord and was known as the “praying” Grandma.  She was very active in her church.  She taught Sunday school, catechism and she and her husband were Young People leaders for several years.  She loved teenagers and was the girls’ basketball chaperone for several years.  She was an active Ladies Aid member serving as Vice President and Secretary for several years.  She also visited Kanawha nursing home every week and shared her faith with them.

In 1999 her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Henrietta cared for him until he entered the Kanawha Community Home in 2005.  She enjoyed breakfast with him every morning after 63 years of marriage in their home.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was concerned for their spiritual welfare.

After the passing of her husband she relied completely on the Lord, read scripture everyday and had the assurance that He would be with her everyday.

Henrietta leaves behind her beloved children and their spouses: Judy and her husband Bruce Pollock, Janice and her husband Ken Eliason, Perry and his wife Ellie, Kel and his wife Barb.  She also leaves 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband Pete in 2007, her parents Kort and Alice Delger, Rev. Peter and Marie Eekhoff and brother Kort Delger, Jr.


Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Kanawha
118 East 2nd Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Kanawha Christian Reformed Church
129 East Third Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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