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Reka Engels

July 16, 1934 September 1, 2019
Reka Engels
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Reka Janet Engels, 85, transitioned into glory from this earth to be with her Heavenly Father and Savior on Sept. 1, 2019 at the Christian Health Care Center.

She was born in Hospers, IA on July 16, 1934 to William and Elizabeth (VanHofwegen) Mouw. She is survived by her dear and faithful husband Herman Engels, and their 5 children; Michael (Sally) Engels, Craig (Mary) Engels, Terence (Sharon) Engels, Janele (Bruce) Haan, Michele (Shawn) Davey their 17 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; Reka’s brothers and sisters, William (Ila) Mouw, Art (Lois) Mouw, Ada (Dave) Groen, Betty (Corliss) Smidt and preceded in death by her sister Harriet (James) Vogel.

Reka graduated from Bellflower Christian High School in 1952. She worked at California Bank in Bellflower, CA and Bellflower Escrow Co. combined for 2 years before attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where she met her husband. During that time and as an exemplary student and Reka was granted a teaching certificate after 2 years. She was married on Oct. 25, 1955 and started teaching at Walker Christian School, in Walker MI in a classroom combined of first, second and third grade children. Reka had a heart for children, music and ministry and after establishing roots in Escondido, CA she started a child evangelism study; inviting unchurched youth in to her home to teach them about God's love through songs and scripture. While in California, Reka and Herman started their family. She also did the bookkeeping for her husband’s plumbing business and ironing for members of the church.
In 1971 they moved to WA where they had their fifth child, and Reka managed apartments that her husband had built along with their three sons. She lived a full and blessed life, filled with love and vigor and is now resting peacefully in her heavenly father's arms; singing her favorite scripture, Psalm 34.

“O magnify the lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.” Psalm 34:3-5.

Any gifts or donations can be made to Christian Health Care Center on Reka’s behalf. Thank you for your loving care.

You are invited for visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Gillies Funeral Home. The family only will continue to the graveside committal at 1:15 p.m. at Monumenta Cemetery. Family and friends will then rejoice in Reka’s homecoming memorial service at 2 p.m. at United Reformed Church of Lynden on the Benson Rd. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


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Visitation

Monday

9

Sep

10:30 AM 9/9/2019 10:30:00 AM - 12:30 PM 9/9/2019 12:30:00 PM
Gillies Funeral Home

202 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Gillies Funeral Home
202 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

Private Family Graveside

Monday

9

Sep

1:15 PM 9/9/2019 1:15:00 PM
Monumenta Cemetery

1980 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Monumenta Cemetery
1980 Front Street Lynden 98264 WA
United States

Service

Monday

9

Sep

2:00 PM 9/9/2019 2:00:00 PM
United Reform Church of Lynden

8650 Benson Road
Lynden, WA 98264

United Reform Church of Lynden
8650 Benson Road Lynden 98264 WA
United States
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