Alice Groenewold Redeker

Date of Death: Sep 30, 2015
Alice Groenewold Redeker
[highlight_text]1918-2015[/highlight_text] Alice Groenewold Redeker, 97, of Waupun, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Prairie Ridge Assisted Living in Waupun.


[leftcolumn] Alice was born August 16, 1918 in Chicago the daughter of Albert and Jenny Werkman Van Der Laan. On August 28, 1941 Alice married Rev. John Groenewold in Chicago. During their marriage the couple resided in Pipestone MN, Detroit, MI, Fulton, IL, and in 1971 moved to Waupun where John was pastor of First Christian Reformed Church. On July 28, 1975 John passed away. On September 3, 1976 Alice married Otto B. Redeker in Waupun. The couple resided in Waupun all their married lives. On August 15, 1996 Otto passed away. Alice was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Waupun and its Mary-Martha Circle. As a minister’s wife, Alice enjoyed going on home visitations with her husband and also entertaining church members.

Alice is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Robert) Bille of Waupun; a son, Jim (Lois) Groenewold of Fox Lake; daughter-in-law, Donna Groenewold of Morrison, IL; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; step-children: Larry (Ruth) Redeker of Hartford, Janet DeVries of Waupun, and Eileen VantHoff of Waupun; and several nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her husbands; two sons: John Groenewold, Jr. and Karl Groenewold; a grandson, Travis Groenewold; daughters-in-law: Ruth Ann Groenewold and Frances Groenewold; step-sons-in-law: Marvin VantHoff and Mel DeVries; four brothers; and six sisters.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Alice Redeker will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Craig Van Hill officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Memorial Contribution: [/highlight_text] Memorials may be directed to Central Wisconsin Christian Schools in Waupun.



  1. Rich and Marilyn Says: October 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Jim and family
    Kathy and family
    Donna and family
    We extend our sincere sympathy to all of you. Since I don’t have
    addresses for each of you – I ‘ll send this along. It’s not possible
    for us to come for the funeral – would love to see everyone again.
    Such great memories of all the VanderLaan relatives!!
    Praying the Lord will fold you in His arms of comfort and love in
    the days ahead. In Christ, Rich and Marilyn

  2. Laura Yff Kofsky Says: October 2, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    To Cousins Jim Groenewold and Kathy Bille & Families:

    Was sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. But like you said, she is in a better place. I always liked your Mom. I still remember when Aunt Alice and Uncle Otto and Aunt Tracy came to my house for dinner ( a long time ago). My parents were here, too. I have a picture of us all sitting around the picnic table.

    That picture of all eleven children with Grandpa and Grandma is really something. What wonderful people they brought into the world!

    Anyway, our sympathy to you all.


    Laura & Rick

  3. Esther Yff-Prins Says: October 5, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I remember Aunt Alice as a woman of dignity and elegance. She loved pretty things in her home and always dressed beautifully. She had an inner creative spark about her that was very endearing.
    I remember how she came to my husband’s funeral in August of 1975, just a week after Uncle John died. She had a certain admirable resilience about her that I very much admired.

    I send my sympathy to you and will always remember your mother with fondness and admiration.

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