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Jennie Van Ruler

February 29, 1924 ~ July 23, 2017 (age 93)

Jennie Van Ruler was born on February 29, 1924 to Evert and Cornelia (Vader Braak) Vander Haar in Lunteren, Netherlands. Her family immigrated to the United States in September 1936 and made their home in Chandler, Minnesota. To improve her English, Jennie attended country school at the eighth grade level for one year. On July 12, 1945, Jennie was united in marriage to Martin Van Ruler at the Chandler Christian Reformed Church. The two lived on a farm with Martin’s parents for half a year and then they moved to their farm near Woodstock, Minnesota. The first five years there they had no power and Martin farmed with horses for the first couple years. Along with being a homemaker, Jennie helped often with the farm work. She and Martin spent 45 years living on the farm. In 1990, they moved into Edgerton and in 2010 they moved into the assisted living facility at Edgebrook Care Center. In January of 2014, Martin and Jennie transitioned to the Edgebrook Care Center. On June 13, 2017, Martin passed away. On July 23, 2017, Jennie passed away at the Edgebrook Care Center at the age of 93 years, four months and 23 days.


Jennie was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton and formerly the Chandler Christian Reformed Church. She participated in Women’s Bible Study and was a member of the Southwest MN Christian High School Circle where she helped quilt many quilts. Jennie enjoyed sewing and quilting. Her children, grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren were blessed with afghans, quilts, and crocheted baby blankets. Throughout the years, Jennie helped with disaster relief with the CRWRC. The couple liked to take trips, especially to Holland; they went there seven times.


She is lovingly remembered by her sons and their families:

Harvey (Marcia) Van Ruler

Denise (Brad) Gravenhof: Makayla, Jordyn

Keri (Chad) VanSchepen: Bryce, Ethan

Dave Van Ruler: Kelsey, Kacee

Elden (Barb) Van Ruler

Kevin (Nicole) Toby: Laura

Jason (Amy) Toby: Jackson, Layne

Bob (Geri) Van Ruler

Amy (Paul) Ross: Laura, Jacob

Michael (Nancy) Van Ruler: Emily, Lindsey, Kaylie

Daniel (Stephanie) Van Ruler: Amayah, Addisyn, Kadrian

Leroy “Lee” (Deb) Van Ruler

Alan (Janel) Van Ruler: Abigail, Micah

Andrea (Jim) Fisher: Samuel, Elise

Aaron (Sadee) Van Ruler

Greg Van Ruler

Andrew Van Ruler

Kaitlin (Trey) Van Essen

Miranda Van Ruler

Mark (Kathy) Van Ruler

Logan Van Ruler

Kaleb Van Ruler


She is also survived by her brothers Albert (Henrietta) and John (Harriet) Vander Haar. Sister-in-Law Carolyn (Harry) Van Dam.


Jennie was preceded in death most recently by her husband, Martin and by her parents, Evert and Conelia; and her brother, Evert Vander Haar, Jr., sister-in-law Jo Vander Haar.


Memorials may be directed to the Edgerton First Christian Reformed Church Radio Fund.

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