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Memorial/In Honor Gifts


Cornelia “Kee” Marie Buitenwerf was born October 22, 1928, to Jacob and Julia (Stursma) Van Wyngarden, at home in Pella.  She passed away at Jefferson Place on March 13, 2019, at the age of ninety.

Kee attended Pella Christian Grade School and was a graduate of Pella Christian High School in 1946. She enjoyed playing basketball as a guard in high school and helped out at the family’s green house. She was employed by Pella Rolscreen following high school. On August 17, 1949, she was united in marriage to Howard Wayne Buitenwerf, at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella. 

Kee and Howard moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Howard served in the Air Force and Kee worked at the Sandia Army Base for four years. While in Albuquerque they welcomed their first son, Alan Wayne in 1954. The following year they returned to Pella and in 1958, they welcomed their second son, Craig Steven to the family.

Kee was blessed to be a full-time mother until after the passing of Howard in November 1961. Kee had many part-time employment opportunities including teaching preschool, church secretary, working at Pella Glass, De Jong Floral and the Red Ribbon Antique Mall.

Kee moved from her house and called the Pella Manor home from 1992 until moving to Jefferson Place in the fall of 2018. She was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella where she was involved in her earlier years with the Ladies Aide.

Family was very important and she cherished times with them. 

In Memory of Cornelia “Kee” Marie Buitenwerf


To make a Memorial/In Honor Gift:

You can make a tax-deductible donation to Rehoboth Christian School as a gift in honor or in memory of someone. Memorial gifts are a thoughtful and tangible way to honor the life and memory of a beloved relative or friend. Gifts can also be made in special honor of celebrations such a milestone birthdays or anniversaries. All gifts made in honor or in memory are published in our quarterly newsletter. If you wish to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone, please make checks payable to Rehoboth Christian School and send to PO Box 41, Rehoboth, NM 87322. Also, please indicate in "memo" line on check who the gift is in memory/in honor of and if there is a *designation for scholarship/endowment. Gifts in honor of memory can also be made through paypal below. Please include name of individual in space available. 

*All non-designated gifts will go towards Rehoboth's Annual Fund.