Gertrude Joan Zylstra

April 2, 2013 • Obituaries


Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at Redeemer Christian Fellowship Church, for Gertrude Joan Zylstra, 79, of Roswell, who passed away on April 1, 2013. The Rev. Timothy Hammons of Redeemer Christian Fellowship Church, will officiate, with interment to follow in South Park Cemetery.

Gertrude was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Haledon, N.J., to John and Tinnetta Faber Jr., who preceded her in death. She was predeceased [auth] also by two sisters, Wilma and Henrietta; and two brothers, Everet and John Faber III.

Gertrude and Marvin met as classmates at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., graduating in 1955. They married after Marvin’s two-year military obligation on May 29, 1957, in Patterson, N.J. He survives her at the family home.

Gertrude is also survived by two sons, Gerben John, of Roosevelt, N.J., and David Alan, of East Point, Mich.; three daughters, Wilma Miley and her husband Jewell Ray, of Roswell, Marie Anne Zylstra, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Carol Joy Rouse and her husband William, of Elgin, Texas; one brother Jay Faber, of Midland Park, N.J.; six grandchildren, Emily Reese, Billy Sarris, Marjie D’Angelo, Joshua and Jacob Miley and Kailin Rouse; and three great-grandchildren, Stevie D’Angelo, Logan Lupico, and Emir Wilson.

Gertrude was a homemaker. She enjoyed music, knitting, crossstitch, playing the piano in church, teaching Sunday School and tutoring.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800, Chaves County Citizens for Life, c/o Chris Goodyear, 2405 N. Grand Ave. No. 13, Roswell, NM 88201, or the charity of your choice.

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Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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