Arlene Meerdink

Obituary of Arlene Meerdink

    Arlene Pals was born December 17, 1931 in Hull, Iowa to Emery and Charlotte (Otten) Pals. She was the second daughter of four girls and was her Dad’s “farm hand”. She attended country school and then graduated from high school in Hull. On March 5, 1952, Arlene was united in marriage to Edwin Meerdink, her own farmer. They started farming near Hull but soon bought their first farm near Hartley, Iowa. Arlene was truly the “good farm wife”, helping in the field, raising poultry, keeping garden, raising hogs and later sheep. This union was blessed with seven children: Ken, Ron, Denny, Bob, Rick, Charla and Kim. 

    Arlene and Ed attended the Christian Reformed Church in Hartley and were active members. They became members of the Hartley Methodist Church after the Christian Reformed Church closed its doors. Arlene also was a lifetime member of the Women’s Farm Bureau. Arlene loved to travel, and they were able to take many trips throughout their married life. One of the highlights was traveling to The Netherlands and visiting the original Meerdink farm. 

    Arlene discovered a new interest when they began raising sheep in the late 1970’s.  She saw a spinning demonstration and wanted to learn. She became a very accomplished spinner and weaver. She gave many demonstrations for area groups.  She was a member of the Little Sioux Spinners and Weavers Guild. This group gave her much joy. She entered many projects at the Clay County Fair and was proud to win with her handspun and woven shawl. She also loved flowers and took many displays to the O’Brien and Clay County Fairs. Arlene was a member and past president of the Clay County Federated Garden Club. Ed and Arlene were active members of the Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers and manned the booth at the Clay County Fair for over ten years.

    When Arlene was 60, she decided to “go to town to work”. She was employed at the Community Memorial Health Center as a CNA and med aide. She so enjoyed working with the residents. She later did home care and private home care. Arlene had a generous and giving heart. She later became a resident of the Community Memorial Health Center and enjoyed the activities greatly. Even when her eyesight was failing, she continued writing family letters, sending copies to all the children and grandchildren. She was social media before there was social media!

    Survivors include children: Ken (Terry) Meerdink of Federal Way, WA, Bob Meerdink of Canadian, OK, Rick (Cheryl) Meerdink of Redondo Beach, CA, Charla (Steve) Pearce of Hartley, IA, Kim (Dee) Meerdink of Hawarden, IA; daughter-in-law, Joan (Jim) Thompson of Primghar, IA; sisters: Bernice (Jim) DeBoer of Orange City, IA and Wilma Grevengoed of Hull, IA; brother-in-law, Marvin (Betty) Meerdink of Hull, IA; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great- great-grandson; other relatives and friends.   

    Arlene is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed; sons: Denny and Ron Meerdink; and sister, Adrianna Van Iperen.

Friday
13
December

Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, December 13, 2019
Hartley Funeral Home
830 2nd St. N.E.
Hartley, Iowa, United States
Family will be present for the entire visitation.
Saturday
14
December

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Unitd Methodist Church
361 North 8th Avenue West
Hartley, Iowa, United States
Saturday
14
December

Final Resting Place

10:00 am
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Pleasant View Cemetery
680 S. Central Ave.
Hartley, Iowa, United States
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