February 14, 1941 – September 1, 2013
Gloria J. Bandstra, 72, of Des Moines died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Wesley Acres Retirement Community after courageously enduring many years of recurring illness. Her family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 6 at Iles Funeral Homes –Westover Chapel. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7 at Westover Chapel. Cremation has taken place.
Gloria was born on February 14, 1941 in Taintor, IA to the late Paul and Mildred (Verhey) Bandstra. She was a 1959 graduate of Pella Christian High School and a 1963 graduate of Calvin College with a BA in Education. She taught for 40 years, most of that time in Wyandotte High School of Kansas City, KS and Chick Elementary School of Kansas City, MO. She moved to Des Moines in June. Gloria loved reading and theater. She enjoyed travel and was a lifelong Democrat.
Gloria is survived by her six siblings, John (Sheila) Bandstra of Iowa, Andy (Connie) Bandstra of Arizona, Jeanne (Allen) Wells of Park Ridge, IL, George (Mary Lou) Bandstra of Clive, Mary (Mark) DeJong and Stuart (Karen) Bandstra all of Pella as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Memorial contributions may be directed to WesleyLife Hospice.
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