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Harriett Koelman

Des Moines

Harriett Charlotte Elizabeth Koelman passed away August 17, 2014 at Valley View Village Health Center in Des Moines at the age of 99. She was born in Dallas County, Iowa on November 2, 1914 to Harry L. Leeper and Nettie A. Stanford Leeper. Her step-mother, Ethel Martin Leeper became a part of her life in 1928. Harriett grew up in Dexter and graduated from Dexter High School.

She married John W. Koelman in 1941. They moved to Valley View in 1990 where John preceded her in death. She married C.J. Vander Linden in 2003, who also preceded her in death.

Harriett was active in DM Women's Club and also was recognized for over 500 hours as a volunteer in mental health. She was a member of First Federated Church, had a generous heart and will be missed. She leaves two nieces, Caryl L. Horn and family of Lafayette, LA; Marilyn Glazebrook and family of Chesterfield, MO; a sister-in-law Ruth Thompson of Florida; and a longtime friend, Linda Killion Duffus of Columbia, MO.

Final resting place will be Merle Hay Mausoleum.


Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 24, 2014
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