December 3, 1939 – November 14, 2012
Donna Verploegh, 72, of Oskaloosa, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born December 3, 1939, at Eldon, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Anna Fridley Essary. She graduated from the Farson High School with the class of 1958. On March 11, 1962, she was united in marriage to Wilbur “Willie” Verploegh at Eldon, Iowa. Early on she stayed home with her two sons. Once they had both started school, she went to work for the Oskaloosa Herald and stayed there for over 20 years. She also worked at Kid’s Corner, Pella Senior Meals, the Elks Lodge, and County Life Health Center. Lastly she worked the lunch shift at Julie’s Café in Oskaloosa. She was a very active member of the Oskaloosa Eagles Auxiliary #276, she served as state president from 1973-1974. Early on Donna enjoyed bowling. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, scratch tickets, Sudoku puzzles, and BINGO. Donna will be remembered as a fantastic cook.
Her family includes her husband of over 50 years Wilbur “Willie” Verploegh of Oskaloosa; two sons and their wives: Dennis and Gayle Verploegh and Doug and Nancy Verploegh all of Oskaloosa; a grandson: D.J. Verploegh of Oskaloosa; a brother: Albert “Billy” Essary of Arkansas; six sisters: Rachel (& Russ) Wehr of Yuma, Arizona, Alberta (& Charles) Cubbage of Douds, Iowa, Jane Rowe of Bloomfield, Iowa, Nancy (& Bill) Cloke of Burlington, Iowa, Peg (& Steve) Conte of Douds, and Barb (& Charlie) Neill of Ottumwa; and many nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter in law: Angel Verpleogh.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Elder Steve Conte and Reverend Dave Childers officiating. As was Donna’s wish her body has been cremated. Visitation will begin Friday after 1 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5-7 Friday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Donna Verploegh Memorial Fund.