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“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
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“Sorry for your loss. Keep the memories close. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Melhus - Knoxville, TN

“My condolences for your loss. Wishing your family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your...Read More »
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“To Connie and Vicky--I'm so sorry to hear that your mother has passed. I have many wonderful memories of Sunday afternoons at your farm (back in the...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Bonnie Welsh - West Des Moines, IA

“Just heard about the passing of Laverna. I enjoyed working with her so much at Cigna. We knew so many of the same people. I really enjoy her...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Connie Slaughter - waukee, IA

“Please accept my condolences. My thoughts are with your family. Please take comfort in John 11: 25, 26. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“May the God of all comfort strengthen the entire family during this time of sorrow. Those who have died, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: T V

“" I am truly sorry on the passing of Mrs. Aalbers. May you find comfort in knowing our Heavenly Father has given us a real hope, of being reunited...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Be comforted in knowing that God is with you during this difficult time and that there are friends that also share your sorrow with you. I find...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Connie & Vicky and family,My deepest condolences on your loss. Your mom and grandma was such a joy to be around and to know. She will be sorely...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Melissa Reedy - ankeny, IA

“Both your mom and dad were Godly role models to us when we were young. Their faith was strong and their love for the Lord was evident. Your mom was...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Harold and Eunice Grandia - IA

“I am sorry for your families loss of Laverna. May her memories bring you comfort and prayers from family and friends strengthen you as our Heavenly...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss I am sure that Laverna will be missed. God's peace be with you during your time grief. John 6:4 ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Theresa

“May the "God of all comfort" comfort you all at this time. (2 Cor 1:3) ”
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Laverna Rouwenhost Aalbers, age 85, was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior on December 5, 2016 while living at MillPond in Ankeny, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8th, also at the funeral home.

Laverna was born November 4, 1931 in Prairie City, Iowa to Everett and Jennie De Graff Rouwenhorst. She graduated from Prairie City High School in 1950. On November 22, 1950, she was united in marriage to Don Aalbers. To this union were born 2 daughters, Connie Jo and Vicky Sue. Laverna was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She continued to be a homemaker and Don was co-owner of the Colfax Livestock Auction. They faithfully attended Bethany Reformed Church in Des Moines. Later, she attended Meredith Drive Reformed Church. Don passed away suddenly on January 20, 1976.

Laverna was a wonderful Christian example to her family and friends. She faithfully read her Bible and prayed each night for every one of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings by name.

Her earthly pride and joy were her daughters and their families. Many wonderful memories were made going to Adventureland, camping, going to motels and celebrating holidays and birthdays. The great grandchildren lovingly called her Mamo and Memo.
Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, infant granddaughter, Katie Ann Peter, sisters Louise Kane, Norma Schuttinga and brothers-in-law Beryl Kane, Bill Vande Lune, Gerald Schuttinga and Art Schuttinga.

Those left to celebrate her life are her are her two daughters: Connie (Cliff) Marlow of Pella and Vicky (Terry) Peter of Ankeny; six grandchildren: Scott (Christina) Marlow of Shawnee, KS, Wendy (Josh) Visser of Pella, Tracy (Mike) Redman of Pella, Mandy (Justin) Vogel of Polk City, Laura (Kent) Patterson of Ankeny and Tammy (Rob) Simms of Ankeny; fourteen great-grandchildren: Payton, Cadynce and Beckym Marlow, Jamison and Audika Visser, Zane, Elim and Alaina Redman, Brooklyn and Tyson Vogel, Kael, Kylee and Kase Patterson and Huston Simms; three siblings Leona Vande Lune of Altoona, Maxine Schuttinga of Altoona and Melvin (Ann) Rouwenhorst of Pella; and one brother-in-law: Bob (Esther) Aalbers of Altoona and her many nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart.

Our sincerest thanks goes out to all who lovingly cared for her at MillPond, Lutheran Hospital and the Taylor House. In lieu of flowers, memorials made be made to MillPond or Meredith Drive Reformed Church.

To God be all the glory and honor and praise now and forever.