Bertha Eckhoff, age 85, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the daughter of Hilko and Flossie Arends Van Dyk, Sr. on July 7, 1922, in Austinville, Iowa. She attended school near her home.
Bertha was united in marriage with Egbert Eckhoff on January 8, 1947, at Pastor Koenen’s home near Bethel Reformed Church, Aplington, Iowa. The couple made their home in Austinville, Ackley and Reinbeck. They later moved to Aplington and back to Reinbeck where Bertha worked at Plastronics in Grundy Center in the 1960’s. In 1987, they moved into their home in Parkersburg. Bertha cleaned homes in Cedar Falls and Reinbeck where she loved to visit and have coffee.
Bertha was a long-time member of First Reformed Church in Aplington where she attended faithfully. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, baking and cooking. She had made over 1,000 birthday cakes for family members through the years. Bertha lovingly made many quilts for the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved attending the sporting events in which her grandchildren took part. She also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and UNI Panthers.
Bertha died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, of injuries sustained in the May 25th tornado in Parkersburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Egbert Eckhoff, on January 3, 2005; her parents and two brothers, Hilko Van Dyk and Kenneth Van Dyk.
Bertha is survived by two sons, Alan (Cherie) Eckhoff, Reinbeck, Iowa and Alvin (Bonnie) Eckhoff, Robins, Iowa; four daughters, Shirley (Chuck) Wolf, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Sylvia (Judd) Lyons, Grundy Center, Iowa; Eunice Burkybile, Joplin, Missouri; and Esther (Brian) Mixdorf, Holland, Iowa; seventeen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Herm (Bernie) Everts, Parkersburg, Iowa and one sister-in-law, Alice Van Dyk, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7, 2008 at First Reformed Church in Aplington with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Parkersburg.
Visitation: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Parkersburg and one hour before services at the church (319) 346-1534.
Memorials may be directed to the family.