Nellie Brink, 99, passed away at Edgebrook Care Center on Friday, December 30, 2022. Family graveside services were held on Monday, January 2. A memorial service will be held at Bethel CRC on Friday, January 6.
Nellie was born on March 24, 1923 to Harm J. and Alice(Koedam) De Groot. She grew up on the family farm near Edgerton and attended country school. For one year she attended Edgerton Christian Elementary School where she graduated from the 8 th grade. On November 17, 1942 she married Marion Brink. She was a mother and homemaker as well as an accomplished seamstress and quilter. Crocheting and embroidery were hobbies she enjoyed. She also enjoyed gardening with both flowers and vegetables. She was a self-taught pianist who spent many hours at the piano in her home. She enjoyed and appreciated music, and she and her sisters sang together for many occasions. Nellie volunteered many hours at Bethel CRC, where she was a charter member, and at ECES and SWCH where her children, and many of her grandchildren, attended school.
Nellie lived in the Edgerton area her entire life. In 1972 she was widowed when her husband, Marion, suffered a fatal heart attack. She lived in the home they built together until 2006 when she moved into Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living and later into the nursing home there.
She is survived by her children Daryl (Sharon), Cheri (Cal) Groen, Donna (George) Fox, Loren (Jennifer), Brenda (Kevin) Kleinjan, daughter-in-law Jan Brink, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, sisters Mayme (Art) Spronk and Vonnie (Al) Walhof. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion, and her son, Jerry, siblings Hemet, Grace(Clares) Roskamp, Bertus(Lucy) , Alice(Bud) Jasper, Frank(Dorothy), and one infant grandson, Kent Groen.
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