Jeanette Miedema was born to Case and Rena (Terpstra) Maliepaard on February 19, 1922 at Inwood, IA. She attended grade school in the Sioux Center area. Jeanette married Henry Miedema on January 31, 1945. She was a farm wife when the family lived at Maurice-Hawarden, IA. In 1959 the family moved to South Dakota. Jeanette was a nurse’s aide at the Methodist Hospital for several years. Following that she kept the books for Miedema Sanitation. In her retirement she did volunteer work for the RSVP at the Thrift Store which she loved. She liked helping people and was awarded Volunteer of the Year from the First Reformed Church for taking several ladies to church each Sunday.
Jeanette is survived by her four children: Jan (Lyle) Bruinsma of Stickney, SD, John (Pam) Miedema of Mitchell, SD, Beverly (Darrel) Wolff of Columbia, IL, Phil (Kathy) Miedema of Mitchell, SD; one brother, Gary (Delores) Maliepaard of Grand Rapids, MI; nine grandchildren: Kurt Bruinsma, Keith Bruinsma, Kris Bruinsma, Kyle Bruinsma, Jeff Miedema, Mandy Buck, Kim Beyer, Travis Denison and Drew Denison; two step-granddaughters: Megan Wolff and Kayla Compton, eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; four sisters-in-law, Henrietta (Doug) Ribbens, Thressa Cleveringa, Dorothy (Leroy) Kleene, Frieda Bierma and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Henry (June 8, 1985), sisters and brothers-in law: Nell Vander Veen, Hattie, Pearl (Eilert) Bloemendaal, Tena (Leonard) De Kruyf, Kay (Chuck) Spoelhof, Trudy (Ken) Split, Ida (Rich) Van Donge, Bill Bierma and Nelson Cleveringa.