Luella Freeseman

Luella Henrietta Freeseman, age 88, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the daughter of Dirk and Bertha (Beekman) Boven, on July 15, 1932, in Marshalltown, Iowa. She graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1950.
On October 6, 1950, Luella was united in marriage with Melvin Ned Freeseman at the First Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center, Iowa. After their marriage, the couple lived on a farm in rural Holland. Luella enjoyed her role as farmwife, mother and homemaker. In 1986, Luella and Melvin move into Parkersburg.
Luella was an active member of the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church. She taught Sunday School, Catechism, and Vacation Bible School for many years. She also enjoyed attending the women’s groups at the church. Her hobbies included crocheting, quilting, cross-stitch, reading and working on puzzles. Luella loved family gatherings and trips to Minnesota to visit her sister. She enjoyed making Sunday dinners for the family and always had chocolate chip cookies in her home when anyone stopped in. Luella took joy in helping her grandchildren on their 4-H projects, especially when they involved sewing.
Luella died Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Creekside in Grundy Center, of natural causes. Luella is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Melvin, on October 4, 1996; one infant daughter, one grandson, Duane Huisman; two great granddaughters, Alexis Freeseman and Makaela Levis; her parents, Dirk and Bertha Boven; two sisters, Marjorie Arends and Emma Rewerts and two nieces, Kayleen Jacoby and Darlene Rewerts.
Luella is survived by five children, Judith Freeseman of Bethany, Missouri, Betty (Melvin) Van Waardhuizen of Marshalltown, Iowa David (Denise) Freeseman of Parkersburg, Marvin (Annette) Freeseman of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Jerry (Sara) Freeseman of Holland; 14 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Pleasant Valley Reformed Church in rural, Holland, with Rev. Rick Vollema officiating. Organist was Greta Cordes and she accompanied the congregation as they sang “How Great Thou Art”, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “We Shall See His Lovely Face”. Burial was held at Pleasant Valley Reformed Cemetery in rural Holland, with Luella’s grandsons, Austin Freeseman, Colin Freeseman, Jason Freeseman, Daniel Van Waardhuizen, Jeremiah Freeseman, Douglas Epperson and Darrel Epperson II serving as Casketbearers.
Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Redman Funeral & Cremation Services in Parkersburg. Memorials may be directed to the family. Redman Funeral & Cremation Services in Parkersburg was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at


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