Evelyn Ravenhorst, Hollandale

Published 9:11 am Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Funeral services for Evelyn Ravenhorst will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hollandale Reformed Church. The Rev. Neal Ooms will officiate. Interment will be at the Hollandale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Evelyn died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at her home.

Evelyn was born Sept. 19, 1927, to Bert and Gertrude Draayer in Hollandale. She attended school in Hollandale. On Aug. 17, 1948, Evelyn was united in marriage to Gerrit Ravenhorst at the Hollandale Reformed Church. Evelyn spent many years being a homemaker. She was a member of the Hollandale Reformed Church, Church Women’s Circle and Homemakers Club. Evelyn volunteered for Bible schools, Sunday school and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed embroidery, gardening, canning, cooking and baking. Coffee time with family was very important to her. Most of all Evelyn enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and family.

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Survivors include her husband, Gerrit Ravenhorst; son, Allan (Pauline) Ravenhorst; daughters: Karen (Dave) Vanderploeg, Paula (John) Heijerman and Paulette (Paul) Heijerman; grandchildren: Michael (Betsy) Ravenhorst, Jeffrey (Stacie) Ravenhorst, Daniel (Holly) Ravenhorst, Amy (Adam) Wacholz, Julie (Patrick) Krommendyk, Ryan (Janelle) Vanderploeg, Jenny (Dustin) Veldkamp, Brian Heijerman, Greg Heijerman (Amber Burkart), Sarah Heijerman, Heather (Aaron) Brack and David (Heather) Heijerman Robert Heijerman; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Wilbur (Patricia) Draayer; sister, Betty (Leonard) Boysen; half brother, David (Pam) Draayer; half sisters: Susan (Bruce) Tabor, Carolyn (Vince) Pieper, Gertie Draayer and Barb (Don) McCollar; sisters-in-law, Darlene Casterton, Doris Draayer, Marvel Beiser, Shirley Anderson, Bev Diercks and Alice DeBoer; many nieces, nephews, cousins and three unborn great-grandchildren.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother Jessie Draayer; granddaughter, Michelle Heijerman; brothers: Henry, James, Robert, John and Raymond Draayer; half brother, Donald Draayer; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Harko DeBoer, John (Louella) Ravenhorst, Doug (Gert) Peak and Arlene Draayer.

Memorials are preferred to the Hollandale Christian School or the Hollandale Cemetery Association.