The Oskaloosa Herald
Albert Martin Pleima was born on Aug. 29, 1922, to Martin and Regina De Jong Pleima at the family farm in the Lower Grove area near Pella.
He passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of 90.
Albert received his early education at the Rider School in Jasper County. He met his future wife, Lenora Mae Blom, at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella. They were married Feb. 19, 1948, at the home of Lenora’s parents, Antonio and Josie Ver Ploeg Blom. To this union five children were born: Linda Jean, Duane Allen, Randal Lee, Marcia Joan, and Arvin Martin.
Albert and Lenora farmed for 31 years, first on a farm in the Pella area and later south of Leighton. Albert was also employed at Brummel Brothers Feed for 10 years, Veenstra Construction in Tracy for two years, Harvey Van Kooten for two years, Pleima Trenching, Mahaska Rural Water for 20 years, janitor of Leighton Christian Reformed Church for 25 years, and served two terms as mayor of Leighton.
Albert was a member of Leighton Christian Reformed Church where he served as deacon, elder, and janitor prior to becoming a member of Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella where he faithfully worshipped.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Lenora; four children; Linda and Laverne Roose, of Pella, Randal and Kathy Pleima, of Oskaloosa, Marcia and Keith Brink, of Fremont, and Arvin and Cheryl Pleima, of Pella; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his brother, Nelson Pleima; two sisters: Alice Zylstra and Effie Groenendyk.
Albert was preceded in death by his son, Duane, on Aug. 31, 1974; two grandchildren: Brian Roose and Melinda Roose; his parents, Martin and Regina Pleima; and his brother, Dick Pleima.
He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, for being a friend of everyone, for showing integrity and faith, for caring for others, and for being a generous and loving man.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday at the Garden Chapel Funeral Home with family present 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery near Leighton. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Pella or the Second Christian Reformed Church. The Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.