Marcine R. DeJong
Marcine Ruth (Muilenburg) DeJong passed from our arms to her steadfast Lord’s on January 3, 2011 after six years battling blood cancer, Osteoporosis and Parkinson’s. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 4 to 8 PM at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City, Iowa. Services will be held at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM.
Marcine was born to Dick and Rieka (Visser) Muilenburg on December 9, 1928 in Orange City, Iowa. She went to Northwestern College in Orange City, then Hope College in Holland, Michigan, becoming a teacher. She married Conrad Keith DeJong on June 25, 1952 at Trinity Reformed Church. After several teaching jobs in Iowa and Michigan, (music for Keith and elementary for Marcine) they went to the rainy hills of Kodaikanal, South India in March of 1957 through the Reformed Church in America to teach in what was at that time a boarding school for missionary children. Each denomination sponsored teachers for missionaries’ children to get the education needed for American college life.
Over time, as the school transformed into a Christian International School, Marcine transformed the town with her brainchild CORSOCK (Coordinating Council of Social Concerns in Kodaikanal), an interfaith group of people distressed by the poverty and suffering many townspeople endured. Handouts of sweaters sent by the generous church groups started riots, didn’t solve the problems Marcine saw, so she went to work with a typewriter, many carbons, a hot cup of water every evening and a lot of prayer. We went to sleep each night to the tickety –tack of her speedy typing out in the dining room.
She first created sewing and craft jobs for women, international costume dolls, clothing and other "American" items that the growing Indian tourist population wanted to buy. She was an ace at delegation. When she saw someone with talents or resources to offer, she took them up on it and created a venue for them.
Keith and Marcine retired to the USA and Tucson, Arizona in 1993 after 36 years of service to the school and local community. Along with all the Kodai School students she affected with her part-time teaching and Christian youth group activities (not to mention the largest American comic book collection in southern India!), Mom as CORSOCK’s president, left 3 sales centers that generated products for local tourists and boutiques abroad. The money they made ran the Mercy Home for the elderly indigent, health aides for area villages, a new wing on the hospital, prosthetics for the lame, roofs, books, sweaters, school supplies and evening classes for the poor, over 150 jobs for the "unemployable" like unwed mothers and widows as well as "reg’lar folk" formerly with no recourse but begging to survive. If someone admired her efforts and outcomes, she would dismiss them in her brusque way with, "It’s just the Lord at work through me and others. Anyone want a Tic-Tac?"
Marcine was home every day at 4:00 with tea ready for any of us that got home before sports or ballet. She loved Scrabble, playing tag and basketball (a couple of years ago!), ice cream, teaching Sunday School, a good Christian book, her husband and family, a few close friends, singing and prayer. Her prayer list is legendary, pages of people with needs she’d bring each day to her Lord.
Marcine is survived by her husband of 58 years, Keith, her sister Lee Roos, her sons and their wives Garry (Suzanne Smith) DeJong, Bruce (Tamar Ulrich) DeJong, James (Dawn Reynolds) DeJong, her daughter and her husband Dorothy DeJong (Jeff Jarvis), her grandchildren Terah, Hans, S. Ketsa, Leif, and Andry DeJong, Noelle and Annelise DeJong, and Hunter DeJong-Caron, her in-laws David and Dorothea (Essebaggers) DeJong, G. Edward (Mary Lindquist) DeJong and their families, many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ivan (Winifred) Muilenberg, brother-in-law Alan Roos.
Let us rejoice with her that she is safely Home. Many thanks to everyone for their prayers and exemplary cares, particularly staff of District One Hospital, Cannon Valley Clinic, Traditions of Waterville and Good Samaritan Care Center of Waterville. In lieu of flowers, please support your local hospice program.
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Name: Gladstone Peters
Date: Sunday September 14, 2014
We will be missing Mrs. DeJong very much, unsurpassed was her care and commitment to the welfare of the local community and always looking for a way to contribute to society. I have a lot of pleasant memories of her including a Bible and sweater she personally gave me.
Name: Mona Sinha
Date: Tuesday April 12, 2011
I was privileged to have met Marcine in Kodaikanal in 1986,on a visit there.Based on that one meeting,we became friends and thus started a long friendship,sustained by letters and parcels of books from Marcine.I just happened to type in her name into google today, to find her email/facebook acc as I had not heard from her for sometime.I chanced on the obituary.She was truly a very faithful and caring person,and touched so many lives.I know she is at peace but will be missed so much,not only family,relatives and friends,but also by people like myself.May the Lord's strength and peace be with you all.
Name: Dorothy Durand Peterson
Date: Tuesday January 11, 2011
This quiet wintry evening I FINALLY took time to read today's "Daily News" and noted the obituary for your dear mother. (What an exquisitely beautifully written account)! It is never easy to say "goodbyd" - I know. May memories of happier days comfort you and your family. My thoughts and love are most surely with you. Dorothy
Name: Herb and Ruth Hickey
Date: Tuesday January 11, 2011
Jeff and Dot, So sorry to hear of the loss of Dot's mom.She was quite a lady.She has touched so many lives.I am sure you will miss her so.Our thoughts and prayers are with you..May you rest in God's arms with comfort during this time of loss.Take care. Sincerely Ruth and Herb Hickey
Name: Janie Hansen
Date: Tuesday January 11, 2011
Dear Dorothy: I'm sorry to hear about your mom's passing. It sounds like she was a wonderful, talented woman. Now I can see where you inherited your talents. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Janie
Name: Cassie Hammitt
Date: Saturday January 08, 2011
Dorothy, I'm not very good at this kind of stuff but here goes... First off I'm sorry for your loss. She's in a much better place and isn't in pain anymore which is good. I enjoyed working for your mom at traditions. She was one of the highlights of my day. She always had a smile ready and we would joke about the barking spider that came to visit every day before supper. Your mom was a wonderful lady and we miss her at traditions (me the most though cuz I love her like she was my other grandma) You're all in my thoughts and prayers and if you need anything I'm here for you. Love, Cassie
Name: Kelley Watts
Date: Friday January 07, 2011
Dorothy, I am saddened by your loss & I'm sure your dad has a hole in his heart too! Please know that you are in my thoughts through this hard time.