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Bertha Beyer, 99, of Lynnville, died Thursday, November 2, 2017, at her home in rural Lynnville. She recently moved to Lynnville, after residing in Oskaloosa for 16 years. Bertha was born, Sunday, August 25, 1918, in Marion County, the daughter of John and Dena Witzenberg Steenhoek. Following school, she worked at home and did laundry and other chores for neighbors. On February 22, 1939, Bertha was united in marriage to Gerrit Beyer in Prairie City and Gerrit died in September of 2001. Bertha helped to run the dairy farm, bottle fed the baby calves until they were weaned, working in her garden, berry patch and orchard. She was a good cook; especially known for baking homemade bread. She and Gerrit moved to Oskaloosa in 2001. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, going to auctions, reading her Bible and was a lifelong follower of Christ. She attended Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She delighted in her family coming to the farm, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters: Donna R. (& James) Clousing of Ludington, Michigan and Navonne (& Glenn) Shultz of Lynnville; three sons: Arlo (& Carol) Beyer and Lavern (& Marlene) Beyer both of New Sharon and Dennis (& Vickie) Beyer of Barnes City; 15 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and a brother: Rueben Steenhoek of Pleasant Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a grandson and brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017. At 11:00 am at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa with Reverend Douglas Van Der Pol officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Pella. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Friday, November 17, 2017 after 12 pm in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 6 8 to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to Oskaloosa Christian School.
Published on November 13, 2017
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