Pella Chair Emerita Joan Kuyper Farver Dies

February 28th, 2017 by Editor

Pella Corp., chair emerita Mary Joan Kuyper Farver died on Monday morning. She was 97 years old and she passed away peacefully at her home in Pella, Iowa, with her family at her side.

Joan Kuyper Farver.

“Joan was an inspiration to all who knew her and she was well-known as Pella Corporation’s ‘First Lady.’ She cared deeply about her family, this Company, and the communities in which we employ people,” said Tim Yaggi, president and CEO of Pella Corp.  “Joan sincerely cared about people and often took the time to write personal notes or to visit with team members because she took an active interest in others. She was a quiet leader whose philanthropic contributions have made a lasting impact on the community of Pella, Iowa, and many other communities and causes that will leave a lasting legacy for future generations,” added Tim.

A website honoring her memory can be found at The more than 7,000 employees of Pella are honoring Farver with moments of silence, prayers and memorial lapel pins festooned with her favorite flower, a yellow rose.

A public memorial service will be held Saturday, April 22; details and arrangements continue to be finalized.

Farver was born in Pella, Iowa, on November  17, 1919, to Pete and Lucille Kuyper, who purchased what was then known as the Rolscreen Company in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1925. A year later, they moved the business to Pella, Iowa, where the company, now known as Pella Corp., has been headquartered ever since.

Joan and her husband, the late Paul Farver, made their home in Pella where they raised three children, Mary, Charlie and Suzanne. When Stu Kuyper, her brother and company president and CEO,  died unexpectedly in 1980, Joan Farver capably guided the company as it transitioned from family leadership to professional management leadership following her father Pete Kuyper’s death in 1981. Today, descendants of the Kuyper and Farver families maintain complete ownership of the privately held company.


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