North English- Geraldine "Jerry" P. Van Dee was born September 26, 1930 in Holbrook, Iowa, the daughter of Carl Joseph & Daisy Marie (Cobb) Johnston. She attended Parnell High School.
On February 23, 1949 Jerry was united in marriage to Donald Joseph Van Dee in Holbrook. They lived in Armah, Green Valley, Kinross and the North English communities. Together they farmed and owned and operated Don & Jerry's Café in North English. She enjoyed bowling, playing softball, dancing, camping and spending time with her family. Jerry died on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Oskaloosa Care Center at the age of 87 years.
She is survived by her children Connie Greene of Cedar Rapids, Debbie Bombei of Oskaloosa and Terry "Butch" Van Dee of North English; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded by her parents; husband Donald; and an infant daughter Barbara.
Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. Pastor Luke Caster will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Little Creek Cemetery, near Kinross. Visitation will be on Saturday, from 2-5 pm at the funeral home. A general memorial fund has been established. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com
Jerry had the most infectious laugh! I can remember walking into the cafe with a neighbor lady for morning coffee and smelling Jerry's lunch specials cooking away- ALWAYS made me so hungry! I've often wondered how many burgers she's flipped and baskets of fries she's dropped in her lifetime. Connie, Debbi and Terry, you have my condolences. Rita Northup, Bussey IA
My mother, Rita Tippie Posey, always thought a lot of Jerry. Mom would always visit Jerry when she came home from Texas. My sympathy...cherish the memories! I do. Sandy Bivens, Milan, IL
We’re saddened to hear of your loss and wanted to send our deepest condolences to you all. May the God of all comfort grant you peace and continue to give you the strength to endure. You’re in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Revelation chapter 21 verse 4.
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