Sadie DeBoer, 1922-2018

Published 1:00 am Saturday, August 11, 2018

A celebration of life for Sadie P. DeBoer, 96, of Albert Lea will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a brief service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Edgewater Bay pavilion in Albert Lea. Bart DeBoer will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at

Sadie DeBoer

Sadie died Monday, June 11, 2018, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

Sadie P. DeBoer was born June 7, 1922, in Bole, Montana. Her parents Richard and Marie (Middel) VanderPloeg emigrated from Holland the year prior. In 1925, Sadie and her family relocated to Crookston. Once her family grew, they relocated to Clarks Grove, where she attended District 5 school. They attended Hollandale Christian Reformed Church.

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In 1940 the family attended a church party at Grandma Louters’ home. It was there that William DeBoer winked at Sadie during a game of winkum. The couple soon married and made their home in Worthington.

In 1946 the young family moved to Hollandale, where they farmed and raised their four children.

Sadie loved to garden, crafts — including crocheting and embroidery, and loved being at home until their retirement. They then traveled across the U.S. yearly, visiting their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those annual trips created a special bond between Sadie and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The couple made several trips to Holland, visiting extended family, and they traveled to the Holy Land.

Sadie was a member of the Gideons Auxiliary, was a devoted church member and had a very strong faith.

Sadie is survived by her children Marie DeBoer, Arnold (Virginia) DeBoer, Burton (Kay) DeBoer and Jane (Don) Errett; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Winifred Meelker; sisters-in-law Kathleen VanderPloeg and Sadie VanderPloeg; and many nieces and nephews.

Sadie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; daughter-in-law, Jean DeBoer; three brothers; one sister; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.