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September 15, 2009
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (STPNS) -- Jacoba Raak, age 86, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital. The funeral service was held on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City with The Rev. Dr. Perry De Groot officiating. Interment followed at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.
Jacoba was born on March 14, 1923, on a farm north of Carmel, the daughter of Jacob and Minnie (Oostenink) De Boer.
On December 16, 1942, she married Martin J. Raak in Roswell, N.M., while he served in the United States Air Force. After World War II, they farmed north of Orange City, where she was a homemaker and an active participant on their farm. In addition, she was employed as a chemical analyst at Harker's Meat Factory in Orange City for 27 years. In later years, they retired in Orange City, where more recently, they became residents of the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community.
Coba was an active member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the Ladies' Guild. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a sponsor of the Y-Teens, and served on the Tulip Festival committee for the queen and her court. She was a generous supporter of the Sioux County Museum, assisting her husband in many ways.
Her interests included traveling, camping and fishing, playing cards and games with friends and family, baking and cooking wonderful Dutch treats, bird watching, and flower gardening. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who brought much joy to her life.
Survivors include her husband of more than 66 years, Martin; four children and their spouses, Judith Raak and Rick Heuwinkel, of Washington D. C.; Shirley and Fred Frederes, of St. Joseph, Mo.; Raymond and Diane Raak, of Orange City; and Sandra Raak and David Milligan, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a sister, Dena Blankespoor, of Hull; and a brother-in-law, Albert Moss, of Luverne, Minn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, five sisters, and their spouses, Jerry and Sadie De Boer, Frank and Deana De Boer, Dick and Anna De Boer, John and Dorothy De Boer, Henry Blankespoor, Gertrude and Henry Vander Vliet, Hermina and Henry Bartles, Jeanette and John Wesselink, Henrietta Moss, and Geneva and Bernard Huisman.
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