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Henrietta Korthals
(April 29, 1917 - October 16, 2013)

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Henrietta Korthals




April 29, 1917
 Sheldon, Iowa

October 16, 2013
Sheldon, Iowa



1:30 P.M. Sunday, October 20, 2013

First Reformed Church; Boyden, Iowa

Rev. Matthew Draffen ~ Officiating

 Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Saturday with the family present from 4-6pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden, Iowa.


“It Is Well With My Soul”

Sung by: David McLeod

“Grace Greater Than Our Sin”

Sung by: Mary Jo Huls, Marilyn Maurer

 and Colleen Niemeyer


“Blessed Assurance”

“Amazing Grace”

“When We All Get To Heaven”

Organist: Leila Moret



Lonny Van Schepen               Chris Van Schepen

Mark Korthals


Mike Korthals                                 Mark Korthals

Bruce Reimers                                Bryan Korthals

Jesse Korthals                                  Brad Korthals

Chad Van Schepen                   Clint Van Schepen



Sheridan Township Cemetery

Boyden, Iowa


After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited

 to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.


Arrangements under the care of the

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Boyden, Iowa



     Henrietta Bos Korthals, age 96, passed away on October 16, 2013, at Sheldon Sanford Health.  Henrietta was born on April 29, 1917, to AJ & Harmtje (Boer) Bos in Sheldon, IA.  She grew up on a farm and went to country school in Steen, MN.  Henrietta and her eight sisters and two brothers created many memories growing up together.  Henrietta recalled picking corn by hand and getting into mischief with her sisters. 

     On February 27, 1941, Henrietta married Gerrit Korthals on a farm near George, IA.  The two met on some of the many trips that Henrietta’s father made to George on Saturday nights to get groceries.  Together, Henrietta and Gerrit had five children. 

     In her younger years, Henrietta worked by cleaning houses for others.  After she married Gerrit, she retired from cleaning other’s homes and began the very busy job of being a farmer’s wife.  In her spare time, Henrietta enjoyed sewing, fishing, gardening, cooking, and singing with the Senior Saints.  Henrietta also remembers the many trips she and Gerrit took.  They have visited California, Florida, Hawaii and even Holland.  She said she liked going to California to see her brother and sister the best because she loved the weather there.  In 1994, Gerrit & Henrietta moved from their farm into Boyden where they lived for 18 years. 

     Henrietta and Gerrit both moved to Prairie View in Sanborn in August of 2012.  She loved it when her family members came to visit and they could play Spinner. 

     Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 72 years, Gerrit, and five children:  Leon & his wife Carolyn of Boyden; Arlen & his wife Carla of Garretson, SD; Arlys and her husband Fred Reimers of Sheldon; Stanley and his wife Marlys of George; and LaVonne and her husband Clark Van Schepen of Boyden.  She also loved her 19 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Johanna Freerks of Long Beach, CA and sisters-in-law Lorraine Bos of Missouri, Frances Freerks, Catherine Krull, and Cornelia Van Westen, all of George. 

     She is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Dena Klarenbeek, Bertha Bliek, Minnie Klarenbeek, Gerrit Bos, Gertrude Siebrands, Alice Koele, Lena Groen, Carrie Koele, Gerrit John Bos, and 4 children who died in infancy.



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