Bertha Roozeboom


Bertha Wilhelmina Schimmel was born on July 11, 1922, near Tracy, Iowa. She was the youngest of four daughters that were born to John and Gerritje (Gertie) Vande Weerd Schimmel. Bertha attended the Union Country School. On February 16, 1944, she and Marion Roozeboom were united in marriage at her parents’ home and to this union two children were born: Kenneth John and Joleen Kay. Marion and Bertha continued farming his parents’ farm in Marion County near Bussey, Iowa until they moved into Pella, Iowa in 1988. The farm always remained a part of Marions’ life and for many years they spent winters in their motor home traveling to Florida. They were privileged to have observed their 70th wedding anniversary just prior to Marions’ death on February 28, 2014. . Bertha enjoyed gardening and raising flowers and had an appreciation for music; and her main focus was her family. In 2007 she became a resident at Vriendschap Village in Pella where she passed away on December 27, 2017, at the age of 95 years. Bertha is survived by her two children, seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. They are:

Kenneth and Darlene (Boender) Roozeboom of Downers Grove, IL

Paula and Dr. Richard Scholfield of Grand Rapids, MI

David and Deanna Roozeboom of Elmhurst, IL

Samuel, Sara, Shane

Wayne and Diana Roozeboom of Naperville, IL

Allison, Renee

Joleen (Ken) Iburg of Waukee, IA

Kristen and Vince Meyer of Lakeland, MN

Gabriel, Pierce

Kevin and Ali Iburg of Roberts, WI

Elliana Iburg

Cale, Cade Anderson

Kendra and Mark Snook of Alta Loma, CA

Emma, Wyatt, Kennedy

Robin and Tom Marcinik of Grinnell, IA


Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Marion; her son-in-law, Kenneth Iburg, on December 12, 2011; her parents, John and Gertie Schimmel; a brother, Gerrit John Schimmel, who died at the age of six years, her three sisters and their husbands: Grace and Wm. H. Vande Voort, Elizabeth and Anthony Synhorst, Johanna and Ernest Veerman; her parents-in-law, John and Lavena (Fannie) Franje Roozeboom; and the following sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Jeannette and Pete Van Weelden, Evadena and Wilbur Roose, Margaret and Jacob De Ronde, Henry and Jennie Roozeboom, Peter and Freda Roozeboom. For many years Bertha and Marion were members of the Tracy Christian Reformed Church in Tracy, Iowa and at the time of her death she was a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed in Pella where she remained a faithful member until the time of her death.

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