Johanna VerStraate, of 215 South 10th Street, Oostburg, died peacefully on Wednesday morning, August 1, 2007 at Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center with her family at her side.
Johanna was born on April 21, 1925 in the Town of Alto, in Fond du Lac County, the daughter of the late John and Winnie (Searvogel) Riel. On June 10, 1949 she married Kenneth VerStraate in Waupun. Johanna worked at Tolibia Cheese in Oostburg for 19 years before her retirement.
She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Oostburg and participated in the Women’s Missionary Society, Bible Coffee Groups, and the Young at Heart. She also attended the Oostburg Senior Citizens. Johanna enjoyed doing puzzles and crafts. She was a devoted homemaker to her family.
Johanna is survived by her husband, Kenneth; a daughter, Sharon (Jim) Dekanich of Sheboygan Falls; a son, Glenn (Shari) VerStraate of Howards Grove; six grandchildren, Matthew Dekanich, Kimberly (Dale) Porter, Angela Dekanich, Laura, Jill and Eric VerStraate; one great grandson, Isaac Porter; two sisters, Angeline Abel of Fond du Lac and Haleta (Cliff) Otte, of Sheboygan Falls; two brothers, Walter (Catherine) Riel and Wilbert (Joyce) Riel, both of Waupun; a sister-in-law, Alice Riel of Waupun; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Janet (Peter) Streekstra and Katherine Riel; and four brothers, James, Clarence (Margaret), Garret (Johanna), and Marvin Riel.
Funeral services will be held at the First Reformed Church in Oostburg on Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 10 am with the Rev. Brian Taylor officiating. A family service will precede at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. Burial will take place at Oostburg Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg on Friday from 4-8 pm, and on Saturday, at church, from 9 am until the time of service.
Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
A memorial fund is being established in her memory for the First Reformed Church of Oostburg.
The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the VerStraate family.