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John Van Bemmel

Mr. John Van Bemmel, age 92, of Orange City, passed away Friday, March 23, at the Sioux Center Community Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City. Rev. Ralph A. Pontier officiated.

John was born June 7, 1908, in Barneveld, Gelderland, the Netherlands, the son of Hendrik and Maria (Van Hill) Van Bemmel. He came to America with his parents at the age of 9, and they settled at Rock Valley.

On Feb. 22, 1934, he married Gertrude De Jong at Le Mars (Carnes). They made their home in Orange City, where John was a barber for 58 years. Mrs. Van Bemmel passed away Sept. 26, 1989, in Orange City.

In January of 1993, Mr. Van Bemmel became a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. In April of 1999, he transferred to the Sioux Center Community Nursing Home.

Currently, he was a member of the Redeemer United Reformed Church. He was a former member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, where he had served as a deacon, elder, Sunday school superintendent, and men's society leader for many years.

Survivors include his son and his wife, Harold "Sonny" and Thelma Van Bemmel, of Orange City; daughter and her husband, Jennie "Snooks" and Donald Pluim, of Hull; six grandchildren and their spouses, Dave and Laura Pluim; Verla and Alvin Hoogland, Ruthann and Kevin Haverhals, Karen and Mike Bosma, Lora and Kevin Ten Napel, and Jeffrey and Wanda Van Bemmel; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Glenn Pluim; three brothers, Al, Joe, and Henry Van Bemmel; and four sisters, Hattie (Boon) Vink, Gert Hoekstra, Cornelia Haak, and Jeanette Peterson.

Jennie A. Miller

Jennie A. Miller, 84, of Hawarden died suddenly Wednesday, March 21, at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden. Rev. Dean Shelly officiated.

Mrs. Miller was born Nov. 7, 1916, in Rock Valley, the daughter of Peter and Jennie (Buitenhuis) Smit. She married Russell H. Miller on Aug. 14, 1941, in Sheldon. He died Feb. 21, 1965. She moved to Hawarden in 1983. She moved to Hillcrest Health Care Center in 1986.

She enjoyed needlepoint, bingo and playing cards. She sold Avon products while living in the nursing home.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hawarden.

Survivors include two sons, Russell Miller of Canton, S.D., and Wayne Miller and his companion, Marlyn Lohr, of Hawarden: two daughters and their husbands, Elsie and Gene Evans of Cedar Rapids, and Kathryn and Willis Den Boer of Sioux Falls; two daughters-in-law, Bonnie Miller of Hawarden and Diana Miller of Canton; 18 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Harvey Lloyd Miller and Peter Calvin Miller.
 

Ruth Ann Johnson

Ruth Ann Johnson, 55, of Sunrise Manor Nursing HOme in Sioux City, formerly of Craig, and Le Mars, died Tuesday, March 20, in Sioux City.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig. Rev. Pete Petersen officiated.

Ruth Ann Johnson was born Jan. 20, 1946, in Le Mars, the daughter of Chris E. and Hazel Tullis Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig. She graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1964.

She lived with her parents in Craig while she worked at the Truck Haven Cafe in Le Mars for 18 years. The family moved to Le Mars in 1976. Miss Johnson moved to an apartment in Le Mars when her mother died in 1982.

She later moved to the Casala House in Le Mars and worked at Plymouth Pride. In June of 1998 Miss Johnson moved to the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Sioux City. She enjoyed bowling. 

Survivors include several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.
 

Lois Van Den Berg

Lois Van Den Berg, 79, of Doon died Saturday, March 24, at Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the First Reformed Church in Doon. Rev. Don Baker officiated.

Mrs. Van Den Berg was born April 23, 1921, in Brent, Ala., the daughter of Ottie and Adeal (Fulford) Whaley. She married Clarence Van Den Berg on July 13, 1947, in Killeen, Texas. They moved to Sioux Center, before moving to Doon in 1956, where they opened Doon Feed and Produce and later became part owners of Doon Elevator Company.

She was active in school, community and church activities. She was a member of First Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and catechism.

Survivors include her husband; two sons and their wives, Gary and Lori Van Den Berg, and Jeff and Laurel Van Den Berg, all of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren; four sisters, Polly Oakley, Mert and her husband, Joe Peeks, all of Humboldt, Tenn., Minnie and her husband, Ed Brown of Randolph, Ala., and Carolyn and her husband, Gerald Smitherman of Birmingham, Ala.
 

Eugene C. Mulder

Mr. Eugene Mulder, age 84, of Orange City, passed away Saturday, March 24, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. Rev. Harlan Van Oort and the Rev. Robert Wallinga officiated.

Eugene Charles was born Aug. 6, 1916, at Orange City, the son of Charles R. and Grace (Pranger) Mulder. He was raised at Orange City, where he attended Northwestern College. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps.

On Aug. 11, 1939, he married Gladys Viola Bloemendaal at Orange City. They made their home in Orange City, where he was employed by the Sioux Rural Electric Cooperative from 1938 to 1983, serving as manager since 1939. He oversaw the tremendous growth of the REC locally and was active in their local, state, and national associations.

In the summer of 1987, Mr. and Mrs. Mulder moved to Des Moines. Later they moved to Iowa City. For many years, they wintered in Clearwater, Fl. In December of 2000, they returned to Orange City, where they became residents of the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community.

He was a member of the American Reformed Church, where he served on the consistory and sang in the choir. He served as president of the Sioux County Concert Series and was a member of the Ramblers, the Lions Club, and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter and her husband, Pamela and Vince Nelson, of Iowa City; and a sister, Genevieve Dahlke, of Williamston, Mich.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ryan B. Mulder and Harlan Mulder. 

Memorials are being directed to Landsmeer Ridge. 
 

Alice Van Citters

Mrs. Alice Van Citters, age 90, of Orange City, passed away Monday, March 26, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital Long Term Care Facility.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. Rev. Harlan Van Oort officiated.

Alice Louise was born Nov. 8, 1910, in Madison, Neb. the daughter of the Rev. Henry and Cornelia (Oline) McClenahan. She graduated from the Hastings, Neb. High School in 1928 and from Hastings College in 1932. She also attended the University of Nebraska.

On July 19, 1947, she married Aernout Constantyne "Ollie" Van Citters at Hastings. They made their home in Orange City. Mr. Van Citters passed away July 22, 1992, in Sioux City.

In late 1997, Mrs. Van Citters became a resident of the Long Term Care Facility.

Alice was a teacher in Doniphan, Dawson, Coleridge, and Harington High Schools in Nebraska, and the public and Northwestern Classical Academy in Orange City.

She was a member of the American Reformed Church and Reformed Church Women. She taught Sunday school classes for twenty years.

Survivors include nephews and nieces.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Elvan and James McClenahan, and a sister, Joyce McClenahan.

Memorials may be directed to the church building fund.
 

Richard Vande Hoef

Richard "Dick" Vand Hoef, 61, of Ireton, and Hawarden area died Tuesday, March 27, at Oak Park Care Center in Sheldon.

Services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Associated Church in Hawarden. Rev. Charlotte Fillingsness officiated.

Mr. Vande Hoef was born July 25, 1939, in Hawarden, the son of Evert "Ed" and Agnes (Vander Mei) Vande Hoef. He lived with his parents until moving to the Hope Haven Training Center in Orange City, in 1986.

He was then employed at Hope Haven Work Center in Rock Valley. He entered Oak Park Care Center in Sheldon two years ago.

He enjoyed his pet dogs.

Survivors indluce a brother and his wife, Tony and Mary of Denver, Colo.; five sisters, Cathy Bowden of Dwight, Neb., Joann Winterfeld of Ireton, Edna and her husband, Eugene Kleinhesslink of Hixson, Tenn., and Charlene and her husband, Dean Lill of Hawarden; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Adrain Harold and a brother in infancy.
 

Harold A. Bomgaars

Harold A. Bomgaars, 79, of Sioux City died Monday, March 26, at a Sioux City retirement home.

Services were 10 a.m. Friday, March 30 at Morningside Reformed Church. Rev. Merrill Muller and Henry Muller officiated. 

Mr. Bomgaars was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Hull, the son of William H. and Tena (De Velder) Bomgaars. He attendad grade school in Sioux City and graduated from Central High School in 1940. He attended Morningside College. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. He later graduated from the University of Iowa School of Business in 1947.

He married Mary Jane Bates on March 28, 1948, in Holland Mich.

After completing college, he entered into his father's business, "Bomgaars Auto Supply" as a wholesale automotive parts territory salesman. In 1952, the Bomgaars family entered the farm store style of business expanding into general merchandises over the years.

He was a member of Morningside Reformed Church, Landmark Lodge 103 A.F. and A.M., Abu Bekr Shrine Temple, where he was in the Jesters and White Horse Mounted Patrol.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and traveling.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Roger and his wife, Jane of Sioux City, William and his wife, Anne of Monument, Colo., and Joseph of Girard, Kan.; three daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Senator John Redwine of Sioux City, Sandra and Dr. James Wilkins of Bonne Fin, Haiti and Angela and Mike Jansons of Aurora, Colo.; and 13 grandchildren.

Memorials in his name may be directed to the "Bomgaars Center for Cancer Care" at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center.
 

Dalaine Joy Pfeil

Dalaine Joy Pfeil, 38, of Sioux City died unexpectedly Friday, June 29, 2001, at a Sioux City hospital.

Services were Tuesday, July 3, at Morningside Reformed Church. The Rev. Verlyn Schaap officiated.

Mrs. Pfeil was born April 9, 1963, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the daughter of Daryl and Maris (Hager) Vander Kooi. They moved to Sioux Center where she attended Christian School. She graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull. She attended Dordt College and also Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, where she studied interior decorating and design. She was employed at Lefko Kitchen and Supplies before moving to Grand Rapids, where she worked at Gorman Furniture. She returned to Sioux City and was employed in sales and design for HOM Furniture.

She married Derrick Pfeil on Sept. 15, 2000, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

She attended Morningside Reformed Church and was a member of the Siouxland Y.

Survivors include her husband; her parents of Sioux Center; a brother and his wife, Shane and Kristi Vander Kooi of Sioux Center; a sister and her husband, Michelle and Tom Hoefling of Viborg, S.D.; her paternal grandparents, David and Erna Vander Kooi of Hudsonville, Mich.; her husband's parents, Dean and Ruby Pfeil of Sioux Center; and two brothers-in-law, Kent and his wife, Kristin Pfeil of McKinney, Texas, and Daniel Pfeil of Sioux Center.

Memorials may be directed to the Morningside Reformed Church Endowment Fund.
 

Ben Vonk

Ben Vonk, 75, of Chandler, Ariz., formerly of Sioux Center, died Sunday, July 1, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Services were Tuesday, July 3, at New Life Reformed Church in Sioux Center. The Rev. Carl Boersma and Wayne Van Regenmorter officiated.

Mr. Vonk was born March 4, 1926, the son of Ben and Jeanette (Katje) Vonk. He was raised in the Sioux County area and served in the Armed Forces from 1945 to 1946.

He married Winnie Van Regenmorter on March 7, 1952. He farmed near Sioux Center, Inwood and Rock Valley. Following his retirement, he was employed with Hope Haven for 18 years, where he worked with the handicapped and drove bus. He moved to Chandler in 1994, and recently to Mesa, Ariz.

He was a charter member of New Life Community church and a member of Bethany Community Church in Tempe, Ariz. He enjoyed Bible study groups, bicycling, and playing pool and cards.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Dennis of Le Mars, and Virgil of Gilbert, Ariz.; a daughter, Beverly Ohman of Ames, four grandchildren, Allison and Ashley Vonk and Jeff and Jennifer Ohman; four brothers, Henry of Mount Lake, Minn., George, Pete and Eugene, all of Sioux Center; and five sisters, Jeanette Feekes and Dorothy Van Bocove, both of Sun City, Ariz., and Gertrude Van De Berg, Goldie De Jager and Kathy Vande Kieft, all of Sioux Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gerrit.
 

Alfred C. Van Schepen

Alfred Van Schepen, 85, of Orange City, died Monday, July 2, at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 5, at First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Timothy Ouwinga officiated.

Alfred Christian was born Dec. 10, 1915, at Ireton, the son of Fred and Johanna (Guysen) Van Schepen, Jr. He was raised at Ireton.

On April 22, 1955, he married Alice Verbrugge at Edgerton, Minn. They farmed southwest of Ireton until 1987, when they moved into Ireton. In December of 1998, he moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City, where his wife joined him. Mrs. Van Schepen passed away Aug. 25, 1999, in Orange City.

On May 4 of this year, Mr. Van Schepen transferred to Pleasant Acres.

He was currently a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. For most of his life, he was a member of Ireton Christian Reformed Church, where he served on the consistory as a deacon and participated in the Men's Society.

Alfred was a foster grandparent at Hope Haven in Rock Valley for many years, and he belonged to the Crossroads Bible Institute, where he assisted prisoners with Bible studies. In earlier times, he had been a member of the Christian Farmers Association. He enjoyed reading.

Survivors include his two sons, Fred, his wife, Laura, and their children, Amanda and Marshall, of Orange City; and Marlin, his wife, Karen, and their children, Matt, Brent, and Tyler, of Edgerton. Minn.; two brothers, John, of South Holland, Ill., and Paul, of Burnsville, Minn.; two sisters, Ethel Schiebout, of Pella, and Eileen "Lee" De Vries, of De Motte, Ind.; and nephews and nieces.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Goslinga, and another Eileen in childhood; and a brother, George.

Memorials may be directed to the foster grandparents program at Hope Haven.
 

Otto E Goeringer

Otto E. Goerginger, 85, of Bellevue, Wash. died Thursday, June 21, at his home.

Private services were June 26, with a military burial at Tahoma National Cemetery at Kent, Wash.

Survivors include his wife, Viola; three children, Jan (husband George) Johnson of Bellevue, Wash., two sons; Merle of Rapid City, S.D., and Ken of Bellevue, Wash.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ewald and Walter Goeringer of Hull, and one sister, Viola Ackerman of Bismarck, N. D.

Elizabeth Kruid

Elizabeth Kruid, 93, of Sioux Center, formerly of Ireton, died Thursday, Nov. 8, at Sioux Center Community Health Center.

Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Christian Reformed Church in Ireton. The Rev. Ron Sprik officiated.

Mrs. Kruid was born to Gerrit and Allie (Busser) Boone on April 5, 1908, near Maurice. She married James Kruid Sr. on Dec. 12, 1928. The couple lived in Carnes and Ireton, and later at the Franken Manor before going to the Sioux Center Nursing Home.

Elizabeth was a member of Christian Reformed Church in Ireton and Ruth Circle. She enjoyed crocheting and attending dinner date in Ireton.

She is survived by three sons, Gerrit and his wife, Cynthia of Sioux Center, Adrian and his wife, Greeta of Hawarden, and Elmer of Ireton; seven daughters, Gretta and her husband, Richard Huenink of Crete, Neb., Evelyn Kamstra of Glendale, Ariz., Elaine and her husband, Lee Hofland of Orange City, Geraldine of Ireton, Esther and her husband, Warren Willis of Frazier Park, Calif., Arlene and her husband, Ted Driesen of Rock Valley, and Geneva Jansen of Spencer, two daughters-in-law, Gertrude Kruid and Linda Kruid Bockelman, both of Hawarden; a son-in-law, Menzo Regnerus of Fargo, N.D.; two sisters, Jeanette Biesbrock and Alice Remmers; 43 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
 

Christine Nibbelink

Christine Nibbelink, 90, of Orange City died Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Orange City Municipal Hospital.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Paul Bakker officiated.

Christine was born Feb. 6, 1911, in Pella, the daughter of George and Grace (Vander Linden) Engbers. She was raised on a farm near Pella. In 1928, she moved with her family to Orange City.

On Sept. 1, 1932, she married Gerrit W. Nibbelink in Orange City. They farmed northwest of Orange City. Mr. Nibbelink passed away July 28, 1961, in Orange City. In October 1964, Mrs. Nibbelink moved into Orange City. She became a resident of Pioneer Memorial Home in January 1986. In November 1999, she transferred to Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community.

Christine was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church, where she participated in Harmony Circle. In earlier years, she taught Sunday School and catechism. She enjoyed doing volunteer work.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Dr. Donald and Elsie Nibbelink of Lindsdale, Pa.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Lynne and Robert Kvinnesland of Center Valley, Pa.; Brian Nibbelink of Burlington, Vt., Kevin and Christy Nibbelink of Fort Collins, Colo., and Bruce and Jean Nibbelink of Leesburg, Va.; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Leona Kooistra of Jenison, Mich.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Erwin Lee on Oct. 14, 1996; a brother, Albert Engbers; and a sister, Freda Heynen.

Memorials are being directed to Hope Haven in Rock Valley.
 

Arvilla M. S. Breuer

Arvilla Breuer, 91, of Hull died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Sioux Center Community Hospital in Sioux Center.

Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull. The Rev. Gerald Aamot officiated.

Arvilla was born Sept. 3, 1910, in rural Hull, the daughter of Albert and Martha (Schlossin) Techen. She attended country school northwest of Hull and was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

On Jan. 22, 1930, she married Henry "Hennie" Breuer at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They farmed northeast of Hull, living on the same farm for 46 years. In September 1975, they moved into Hull. Henry passed away April 17, 1976, in Sheldon.

Arvilla was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

She was a homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, especially flowers, and did a lot of hand work.

She liked spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include three children and their spouses, Marvin and Marcella Breuer of Sioux Center, Dorothy and Willis Van Kley of Sanborn, and Ronald and Karen Breuer of Le Mars, five grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Arlie Techen of Hull; and a sister, Leona Scheerhorn of Sanborn.
 

William H. Kosters

William H. Kosters, 87, of Orange City, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Valley Manor Nursing Home in Rock Valley.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at First Reformed Church, Orange City. The Rev. Steven Vander Molen officiated.

William Henry was born Feb. 16, 1914, in Lincoln Township, the son of Henry W. and Grace (Van't Hul) Kosters. He was raised in the Hull area and served in the United States Navy during World War II.

On Feb. 28, 1941, he married Sadie Rikkers at Hull. On Sept. 17, 1977, he married Lois Rensink at Sioux Center.

For most of his life, "Bill" made his home in Orange City, where he was a carpenter. On Sept. 6, 1996, he became a resident of the Valley Manor.

He was a member of First Reformed Church, where he has served on the consistory as a deacon and was a Stephen's minister. He also belonged to the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post in Orange City, and he was a former Gideon.

Survivors include his four children and their spouses, Tylene and Allen Zevenbergen of Sioux City; Harold and Lila Kosters of Orange City; Shirley and Alton Harrell of Omaha, Neb.; and LaVonne and Peter Hoekstra of Sioux Center; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters and their husbands, Fanetta and John De Wild, of Rock Rapids; and Margaret and the Rev. Alvin Hospers, of Grand Haven, Mich.

Fred Bonestroo

Fred Bonestroo, 76, of Sheldon, died on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at his residence in Sheldon. 

Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Sheldon. Dr. Emmanuel Dass officiated.

Fred William Bonestroo, the son of Egbert "Bert" and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Korthals) Bonestroo, was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Hull. He grew up in Perkins and the Hull area. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He was proud to serve his country and remained very patriotic throughout his life. On Oct. 28, 1943, Fred was united in marriage to Clara Dirksen in Perkins. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Fred worked in the Ford garage in Rock Valley until moving to Sheldon in 1956 working in a distributing business until retiring. Fred and Clara enjoyed traveling to California and Texas for many years.

He was an active member of United Methodist Church. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7354, serving as Quartermaster for 35 years and resigning only after becoming ill. Fred was instrumental in helping to organize the Avenue of Flags. He was one of eleven World War II veterans to receive his high school diploma this past May with the Sheldon High School Class of 2001. This was something that he always wished for and was very proud of.

For the past three years, Fred and his wife were part-time house-sitters at the Christian Retirement Home. He thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent there with the residents.

Fred will be remembered as a gentle and caring man of great character who loved his family, as well as his church and country. 

Fred was a member of United Methodist Church, the Sheldon Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post #145 of Sheldon. He was also a member of the Avenue of Flags.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 58 years, Clara of Sheldon and their four daughters and son-in-laws; Arlene and Bob Sterler, Lynn and Dean Seivert, all of Sheldon, Pat and Larry Snyder of Fremont, Neb., and Pam and Darrell Kruger of Tea, S.D.; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald and his wife, Gert Bonestroo of Hull, Leonard and his wife, Henrietta Bonestroo of Sheldon, a sister; Albertha Rozeboom of Sioux Falls, S.D., and four sister-in-laws; Anne Bonestroo, Agnes Bonestroo and Betty Bonestroo, all of Hull, and Frances Oldenkamp of Doon, and many, many friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and 6 brothers, Egbert, Henry, Ben, Alvin, Tom and Edward in infancy; a brother-in-law, Herm Rozeboom and a sister-in-law, Nellie Bonestroo.
 

Nellie Franken

Nellie Franken, 83, of Sioux Center died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Kosgrove Estates in Sioux Center.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday at Carmel Reformed Church in Sioux Center. The Rev. Mark Heijerman officiated.

Mrs. Franken was born May 26, 1918, on a farm near Sanborn, the daughter of John and Elsie Broek. She attended country school two miles east of Carmel through the eighth grade.

Nellie married James Franken on May 26, 1939, at her parents' home. Jim and Nellie lived on various farm acreages in the Sioux Center area. They moved to Sioux Center, where they resided for 26 years. Nell was employed at Schouten's Grocery and Hy-Vee. She also was involved with milking while living on the farm.

Nell was a member of Carmel Reformed Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, and Ladies Aid. She enjoyed quilting, embroidering, crocheting and visiting nursing homes as a "friendly visitor." Jim and Nell enjoyed 24 winters in Conquistador in Mesa, Ariz.

Nell is survived by her husband, Jim; a son and his wife, Art and Eldean of Sioux Center; a son-in-law and his wife, Gerrit and Helma Davelaar of Inwood; a son and his wife, John and Phyllis of Mesa, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives, Bill and Ina of Orange City, Cornie and Bridie of Sioux Center, and John and Gert of Tea, S.D.; five sisters, Margaret DeKoter of Orange City, Mathilda and her husband, John Van Beek of Ireton, Bertha and her husband, Clarence Klein of Orange City, Elsie and her husband, Gaynor Te Grotenhuis of Sioux Center, and Chris and her husband, Pete Schouten of Ireton; and two sisters-in-law, Cornelia Broek of Rock Valley and Cora Broek of Sioux Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Eleanor; two brothers, Dave and Arend; and a grandson, Brian Franken.

Ted Doorenbos

Ted Doorenbos, 89, of Boyden died Thursday, Dec. 6, at George Good Samaritan Center in George. The Rev. Kenneth MacLeod officiated.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m. from the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden.

Theodore Doorenbos, the son of John and Winnie (Bleeker) Doorenbos, was born April 11, 1912, on the family farm near Boyden. He attended Capel Township #1 Country School. On February 17, 1937, he was united in marriage to Olive Schafer in rural Boyden. After their marriage, the couple farmed near Boyden until Ted retired in 1978 and they moved to a different farm house near Boyden. Ted was a resident of the George Community Good Samaritan Center in George, for one week.

He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Boyden and the Calvary Baptist Church of Sheldon. He enjoyed fishing trips with his family and loved traveling and had visited all of the 50 states and a number of foreign countries. He was a faithful supporter of a number of mission projects.

Ted leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Olive, and their ten children: Donna and her husband, Ray De Vilbiss of Palmer, Alaska, Leland and his wife, Ella Doorenbos of Boyden, Arlen and his wife, Linda Doorenbos of Boyden, Carolyn Doorenbos of Longmont, Colo., Sharon and her husband, Gary Hollatz of Garner, Elwin and his wife, Lisa Doorenbos of Boyden, Kenneth and his wife, Sue Doorenbos of Boyden and Linda and her husband, Rick Korthals of George; twenty-three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Gerald Dykstra of Bellflower, Calif.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; six brothers: William, Walter, Lawrence, Jacob, Alfred and Richard; and two sisters: Evelyn Visser and Winifred Dykstra.
 

Gerrit Postma

Gerrit Postma, 84, of Sioux Center died Sunday, Dec. 9, at his residence.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Christian Reformed Church in Ireton. The Rev. Ron Sprik officiated.

Mr. Postma was born March 2, 1917, in Rock Valley, the son of Richard and Jennie (Abma) Postma. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II for three and a half years in the Aleutian Islands, New Guinea and the Philippines.

He married Josephine Heersink on June 27, 1947, in Alamosa, Colo. The couple farmed in the Rock Valley, Inwood and Ireton areas.

He was a member of Ireton Christian Reformed Church. He served on the church council in Rock Valley and Ireton. Gerrit served on the Ireton Christian and Unity Christian School boards and did volunteer work at Hope Haven. He greatly enjoyed socializing with friends, including frequent visits with the sick and elderly.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years; two sons and their wives, Duane and Shelley of Sioux Center, and Gerald and Rhonda of Ireton; four daughters, Joanne and her husband, Gary DeArment of Atlantic, Esther and her husband, Paul Potter, and Joyce and her husband, Lyle Vermeer, all of Sioux Center, and Lori Wassenaar of Orange City; 16 grandchildren; six brothers; and five sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lawrence; a sister, Margaret Bolkema; a granddaughter, Rachel Potter; and two brothers-in-law, John Bolkema and Dick Van Maanen.

Robert Konz

Robert F. Konz, 75, died Monday, Dec. 10, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rock Valley. Father Eugene Murray officiated.

Robert F. Konz was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in Alton, son of John P. and Theresa (Mousel) Konz. He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic Academy in Alton. Robert joined the U.S. Army after graduation in 1945. After being discharged from the service, Robert returned home to farm with his father. Robert married Bernice Hoffmann on Jan. 8, 1953, in Hospers. Together, they moved to Alton, where Robert worked for the Farmer's Elevator for 5 years. They then moved to the Heningfield farm near Rock Valley, where they farmed for 8 years. In 1966, they moved to the McNamara farm near Rock Valley and farmed there till their retirement into Rock Valley in 1989.

Surviving relatives include his wife Bernice of Rock Valley; one son, Donald Konz of Woodstock, Conn.; one daughter, Kathy Konz of Rock Valley; 3 grandchildren, Jeremy, Kristen and Kelly Konz; 2 great-grandchildren, Dominic and Zachary Konz; 4 brothers, Cletus Konz, Francis and wife Agnes Konz, Ronald Konz, Peter and wife Delores Konz, all of Alton; 2 sisters and their husbands, Margaret and Wally Lehnertz of Redmond, Ore., and Vi and Ray Krier of Remsen.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Leola; one sister-in-law, Mary.
 

Henry Obbink

Henry "Hank" Obbink, 84, of Sioux Center died Wednesday, Dec. 12, at a Sioux City hospital.

Funeral services were 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. 

Henry was born to John and Rennie (Andringa) Obbink on Sept. 24, 1917. He was educated in several different country schools through the eighth grade.

On Sept. 24, 1937, he married Marie Vander Helm in Hawarden. They lived in Ogilvie, Minn., for 23 years, then moved to Hawarden where they farmed for nine years. In 1974, they moved to Sioux Center. In 1997, Marie passed away.

On June 20, 1998, Henry married Dorothy (Kooistra) Poat and they have lived in Sioux Center since.

He was presently a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church and served as elder at previous churches he attended. He was active on school boards in Ogilvie, Hawarden and Western Christian High School in Hull. Henry enjoyed woodworking, visiting friends and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three sons and their wives, Harold and Joyce of Boyden, Roger and Jo of Hawarden and Gary and Linda of Sibley; three grandsons, Michael and his wife, Sandra and T.J. and Adam; two granddaughters, Becky and Kari; three stepsons, Stan, Mark and Dale and their families; two sisters, Anna Vander Lugt and Emma Dirksen; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Dolores Hoekstra

Dolores Hoekstra, 80, of Rock Valley died Friday, Feb. 1, at Valley Manor in Rock Valley.

Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at First Reformed Church in Rock Valley.

Mrs. Hoekstra was born June 17, 1921, in Rock Rapids, the daughter of Fred and Ann (Baxter) Stubbe. After graduating from Wilson High School in 1939, she worked at Joyce Lumber Company and Lyon Rural Electric until 1945. She married John E. Hoekstra on May 16, 1946, in Rock Rapids. Together they lived in Rock Rapids until moving to Bellevue, Neb., in 1968, and then to Rock Valley in 1972.

She was a member of First Reformed Church.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Joan Freeman of Bellevue, and Paula and her husband, Arvin Altena of Sioux Center; a brother, Roger Stubbe of Sioux Falls; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Stubbe of Salt Lake City, Utah; two grandchildren, Jill and her husband, Dan Hruskocy, and Rhonda Stygstra; and three great-grandchildren, Meghan Hruskocy, David and Joseph Stygstra.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Frederich Stubbe.

Ruth Schar

Ruth Schar, 88, of Rock Rapids died Monday afternoon, Jan. 4, at Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Rapids. Rev. Henry Thorberg officiated.

Ruth Elizabeth Schar was born Sept. 21, 1913, at Ft. Collins, Colo., the daughter of Rev. John G. and Emma (Hertlein) Baumgaertner. She started her education in Colorado and in 1924, her family moved to George. Ruth often would recall this moving trip with her family in the model T touring car. Many of the trials or this move made it very memorable. She graduated from George High School and attended Milwaukee School of Nursing, graduating with honors in 1935. On Nov. 28, 1939, she was united in marriage to Warren Schar at George. Following their marriage they lived in Hull, until 1968, when they moved to Rock Rapids. While living in Hull, she worked in the Hull Hospital, the Sheldon Hospital and for Dr. Keith Swanson in Hull. When they moved she started working at the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley until her retirement in 1975. While living in Rock Rapids she became active in Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Order of The Eastern Star. In her spare time she enjoyed needlepoint, playing bridge, cooking and baking, singing especially in high school, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren. On Feb. 17, 1998, Warren died ending their marriage of 58 years. After his death Ruth continued to live in their home. After a brief illness she was admitted to the Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-laws, Stephen and Ann Schar of Columbia, S.C., and Curtis and Laura Schar of Rock Rapids, and daughters, Madelon Schar and Deb Burns of Beloit, Wis.; four grandchildren, Daniel Schar of Los Angeles, Calif.; Pamela Schar of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Matthew Schar of Rock Rapids; and Kara and Justin Kruger of Chandler, Ariz.; along with one sister, Magdalyn Akre of Pasco, Wash.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, John and Emma; her husband, Warren; one sister, Hedwig Steinburch; and one brother, Adelbert Baumgaertner.
 

Gertie Van Engen

Gertie Van Engen, 86, of Ireton died suddenly Wendnesday, Feb. 6, at Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Christian Reformed Church in Ireton. Rev. Ron Sprik officiated.

Mrs. Van Egen was born April 19, 1915, in Rock Valley, the daughter of William and Hendrika (Wallenburg) Termaat. She married John H. Van Engen on Dec. 12, 1940, in Doon. They farmed in the area until retiring in 1978. John died Aug. 14, 1993. She moved to Valley Manor in Rock Valley in Nov. 2001.

She was a member of Christian Reformed Church in Ireton and active with Foster Grandparent Program of Hope Haven.

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Howard and Dorinda of Hawarden, Wil and Linda of Hudson, S.D., Bruce and Lana of Sanborn; four daughters and their husbands, Rita and David Busse of Doon, Marge and Arlin Van Driel of Ireton, Kathy and Dale Nussbaum and Debra and Kim Nagel, all of Brookings, S.D.; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, William "Bud" and Floss Termaat of Rock Valley; five sisters, Christine Van Tol of Rock Valley; Winner Visser of Grand Rapids, Mich., Coba Mulder of Rock Valley, Tillie and her husband, Herman Bork, of Luverne, Minn., Henrietta and her husband, Ralph Oostra of Holland, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Angie Termaat of Rock Valley.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack Termaat, and a great-grandson, Ethan Van Driel.


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