Jean Neinoord, 94, Hollandale

Published 7:39 pm Saturday, May 18, 2013

A service celebrating the life of Jean Nienoord, age 94, of Hollandale will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hollandale Christian Reformed Church. The Rev. Mike Bentley will officiate. Private family interment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Jean Nienoord

Jean Nienoord

Jean (Godeke) Nienoord went to her eternal heavenly home on Friday, May 17, 2013. She died peacefully in her sleep with family at her bedside.

Jean was born March 19, 1919, to Albert and Grada (Borghuis) Godeke in Pease, where she attended seven years at the local Christian school. At age 14 she was sent to Hollandale to work in homes and for area farmers. There she met Engel “Doc” Nienoord and on Nov. 15, 1940, they were united in marriage. Jean worked for Northern Valley Potato Company where her husband was also employed. On Oct. 9, 1961, her husband passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Jean started interior decorating and began her own business of painting, wallpapering and staining. She worked throughout many homes in the surrounding communities of Albert Lea and Hollandale. She gained multiple friends and also taught her trade to her children, grandchildren and many others. She loved to sing and was an active member of the Ladies Aid and taught Sunday school at the Hollandale Christian Reformed Church, which she enjoyed. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing, mending, feeding and watching the birds, gardening, flowers, reading her Bible and participating in the Crossroads Bible Institute prison ministries program. She also thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Engel; brothers Bernard, Gerrit, John and Albert; sisters Gladys Roelefs, Dena Bekius and Lydia Rossendahl.

Survivors include son Roger (Betty) Nienoord of Albert Lea; daughter Eileen (Darrell) Christenson of Albert Lea; brother Bill (Lois) Godeke of Albert Lea; sister Freida DeJong of Artesia, Calif.; sister-in-law Viola Schweertman of Albert Lea; grandchildren: Brandon (Darla) Nienoord, Melanie Greengo, Lenette (Jason) Baron, Jamie (Rebecca) Christenson, Brent Christenson; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A private family internment will be at the Hollandale Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Hollandale Christian School.