Funeral services will be held
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:30 am
First Reformed Church, Sully, Iowa
Interment will follow in the Sully Cemetery at Sully
Visitation will begin after 2:00 pm Monday at the First Reformed Church in Sully where the family will be present Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Memorial contributions are suggested for
Bethany Christian Services or Many Hands for Haiti.
Thelma Louise Jansen was born on February 5, 1943, near Kellogg, Iowa. She was one of five children that were born to Henry G. and Cora (Harthoorn) Jansen. Her parents later moved north of Lynnville, Iowa and Thelma graduated from Lynnville-Sully High School in Sully, Iowa. During high school she played basketball and was named a Future Farmers of America sweetheart. Thelma was introduced to Glenn Edwin Vanderpol and they dated for two years. On August 31, 1961, she and Glenn were united in marriage at the Sully Christian Reformed Church in Sully. Thelma and Glenn lived northwest of Sully for 15 years and moved to their present location in 1976. During this time she was a cook at the Sully Christian School and cleaned houses for several years. Most importantly she was a devoted homemaker and farmer’s wife to her husband, Glenn. Glenn and Thelma retired from farming in 1998. She used her domestic skills as a witness to her family and friends in an unassuming way. Her handwork consisting of quilts, afghans, and crocheting items was shared with many people. She made profession of her faith at the First Reformed Church in Sully where she had served as a Sunday School volunteer, youth choir director, choir member, participated in sewing days and remained a faithful, active member. Thelma encountered eye problems for many years, eventually losing sight in one eye, battled cancer for four years and most recently was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma in March, 2017. On Thursday evening, May 11, 2017, she passed away at the Comfort House in Pella, Iowa at the age of 74 years. Those who will cherish her memory are her faithful husband, Glenn; three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They are:
Michael Wayne Vanderpol of Sully, Iowa;
Carrie Beth Vanderpol and Randy Vander Weerdt of Searsboro, Iowa;
Matthew Allen and Trisha Vanderpol of Clive, Iowa.
Thelma leaves 100 year old mother, Cora Jansen, a resident at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, Iowa; her brother, Donald Jansen and his wife, Karen of Grinnell, her sister, Jan and her husband, Ryk De Goey of Sully; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law: Verna and Kenneth Hackert, Wanda and Melvin Lanser all of Lynnville, Iowa; along with several nieces and nephews. Thelma was preceded in death by her father, Henry G. Jansen; her brother, Gene Jansen, who was killed in 1971 and her sister, Marjorie Jansen; twin granddaughters, Madison and Mariah Vanderpol who died infancy; and her parents-in-law, J. Arthur and Wilma (Van Wyk) Vanderpol. She was a loving, caring person who will be missed by many people.