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Miscellaneous Sioux County, Iowa Obituaries


Herman Van Donkelaar
Mr. Herman Van Donkelaar, age 84, of Sioux Center, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. There will be a funeral service on Monday, Oct. 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the chapel of the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center. The Rev. Arnold Punt will officiate. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 3:00pm to 5:00 p.m. at the Oolman Funeral Home in Sioux Center. Herman was born July 18, 1918, in rural Hull, the son of Gerrit and Dora (Meyers) Van Donkelaar. He was raised at Perkins and Sioux Center, where he attended school. On July 30, 1940, he married Christina De Koter at Maurice. During World War II, he served in the United States Army. They made their home in Maurice, where he was a carpenter for John Hoekstra. In 1958, they moved to Sioux Center, where he was employed by De Stigter Brothers Construction. During the 1970s, he and his wife also operated Herm and Chris' Cafe in Maurice. Mrs. Van Donkelaar passed away March 14, 1990, in Sioux City. In 1996, Mr. Van Donkelaar became a resident of the Pleasant Acres Care Center. Survivors include six children, Gerrit Van Donkelaar and his wife, Lylis, of Maurice; Carol and her husband, Junior VanĚt Hul, of Rock Valley; Nancy May of Spirit Lake; Debbie Van Donkelaar of Sioux Center; Bob Van Donkelaar and his wife, Del Rae, of Remsen; and Marcia and her husband, Steve Morphew, of South Boston, Va.; a son-in-law, Gerard Zeutenhorst of Rock Valley; 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Zeutenhorst, on Oct. 18, 1997; a grandson Nathan May; and three sisters, Kate Vander Stelt, Antonia Mulder, and Sena Altena.

John Schelling
John Schelling, 92, of Sioux Center died Friday, Oct. 18, at Sioux Center Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 21, at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center. The Rev. G.M. de Leeuw officiated. Mr. Schelling was born to Cornelius and Hendricka (Kastein) Schelling on April 12, 1910, west of Sioux Center. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in the Lebanon area. He married Hendrena Van Beek on Nov. 26, 1935, in Sioux Center. She preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1986. He was a member of the Netherlands Reformed Church of Sioux Center and served as a deacon for 12 years and an elder for 11 years. John was an avid reader. After retiring he did carpet laying and enjoyed woodworking and helped his sons on the farm. John is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gertrude and William Den Hoed of Canton, S.D.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Cornelius John and Esther Schelling of Hull, Albert and Sadie Schelling of Orange City and Harold and Wilhelmina Schelling of Sioux Center, 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Juliana Van Beek and Ella Marie Overeem, both of Sioux Center; sister-in-law, Edna Schelling of Sioux Center along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, John was preceded in death by an infant son, Cornelius J. Schelling; great-grandson, Logan James Maassen; six brothers, Rochus, B.D., William, Lane, Ralph and Paul Schelling; and three sisters, Emmetje Van Bochove, Fredrieka Vander Brink and Elizabeth Van Grootheest.

Nicholas Dean Kamminga
Nicholas Dean Kamminga, 69, of Dover, Del., formerly of Hospers, died of a heart attack on June 30, in Florida. He was on the first leg of a cross-country trip to visit relatives in Florida, Iowa and California. Mr. Kamminga was born March 27, 1933, in Maurice, the son of Garrett and Sya (Hulst) Kamminga. He was a graduate of Hospers High School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954. One year later, he married Joan Schouten of Rock Valley. He specialized in jet engine mechanic and completed several tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged after 20 years of service, achieving the rank of master sergeant. After that, he owned several service stations in Delaware and managed paper routes for the Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wilmington Journal. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey and his wife, Mickey, of Warwick, R.I., and Gary of Fort Myers, Fla.; a grandson, Lucus; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, in 1995; and a brother, Arnold, in 1986.

Harry Van Beek
Harry Van Beek, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley. The Rev. Jan Neels officiated. Harry Van Beek was born April 1, 1918, near Rock Valley, the son of Gerrit and Clara (Buma) Van Beek. He worked with his father on the family farm near Rock Valley. Harry attended country school in the Rock Valley area. He married Rena Den Boer on Nov. 3, 1944, in East Hudson, on the Den Boer farmstead. Together, they farmed north of Rock Valley for more than 50 years. They retired in 1989 and moved into Rock Valley. Surviving relatives include his wifeRena of Rock Valley; two sons, Gerald of Renner, S.D., and Allan and his wife, Colleen, of Rock Valley and their children, Tyler, Bryce and Cassie; three daughters and their husbands, Hildonna and Tom Vande Pol of Sioux Center and their children, Julie and her husband, Doug Post, and Philip and Monica; Carolyn and Ken Gacke of Brandon, S.D., and their children, Shannon and Shane; and Kris and Brian Vande Hoef of Rock Valley and their children, Meghan, Erica, Kensy and Kaylee; a great-granddaughter, Emily Post; and a sister, Everdena and her husband, William S. Koedam. Harry was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers Pete, Nick, Mease and Simon; and a sister, Agnes Blom.

Greta Van Voorst
Greta Van Voorst, 76, of Sioux Center died Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Sioux Center Community Nursing Facility. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 25, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. The Rev. Jan Neels of Heritage Reformed Church, Hull, officiated. Mrs. Van Voorst was born to Tunis and Libbie (Van Den Brink) Van Der Weide at Kanawha, on Feb. 23, 1926. She was united in marriage to James Van Voorst in Sioux Center on Jan. 11, 1946. Throughout their married life, Greta and James farmed in the Sioux Center and Hull area. They were blessed with 10 children. Greta also felt especially blessed by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Over the years she loved to crochet a baby blanket for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After her children were raised, Greta did housekeeping for others for many years. She also lovingly looked after her husband of 56 years. She and Jim recently moved from their own home to Crown Pointe in Sioux Center. In addition to being survived by her husband James Van Voorst of Sioux Center, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Lois and Alvin Zomer of Sioux Center, Shirley and Adrie "Dutch" Born of Sioux Center, and Lavonne and Harvey Spaans of Hull; five sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Carol Van Voorst of Sioux Center, Arlin Van Voorst and special friend, Vicky Coy of Adrian, Mo., Doug and Diane Van Voorst of Marionville, Mo., Tom and Annette Van Voorst of Maurice and Kevin and Angie Van Voorst of Newport, Minn.; two daughters-in-law; Audrey (Perry) Raman of Hull and Shirley Van Voorst of Rock Valley; 34 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Greta is also survived by her sister-in-law, Esther Tromp of Pella, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Greta in death were two sons, Alvin and Timothy Van Voorst and an infant son, James Van Voorst, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Virginia Van Voorst; grandson-in-law, Clifford Vanden Berg; her parents and brother, William Van Der Weide. Memorials may be directed to Chears Hospice and Home Health of Sioux Center or Heritage Reformed Christian School in Hull.

JACOB HUFFMAN
Anthon – Jacob "Jake" Huffman, 23, of Anthon died Thursday, Feb. 6, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Anthon. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 10, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Anthon with the Rev. William Schreiber officiating. Jake was born Aug. 24, 1979, in Kenosha, Wis. He moved to the Anthon area at the age of 4, where he attended Woodbury Central School. Later, he went to Anthon-Oto School and then River Valley High School, where he graduated in 1998. He married Niki Rensink, formerly of Boyden, in August 2001. He was employed with Dixon Construction in Correctionville since his graduation from high school. He loved to fish, hunt, play pool and golf. He was an Iowa State fan and loved to be with his many friends. Survivors include his wife, Niki; his parents, Stan and Kerry Huffman of Correctionville; a sister and her husband, Kate and Greg Schrage of Lenexa, Kan.; a brother, Steve at home; his grandparents, Bob and Florine Huffman of Anthon, and Ellen Cavanaugh of Sioux City; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Leonard Cavanaugh; and an uncle, Dan Cavanaugh.

EVELYN MARRA
Mrs. Evelyn Marra, 90, of Hull, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 13, at First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Carl Klompien officiated. Evelyn was born March 24, 1912, at Hull, the daughter of Charles and Hilda (Brouwer) Kroese. She was raised at Hull. In 1934, she married Wilmar P. Marra. She lived in Hull and was a decorator at Quality Home Sales in Sioux Center for over 25 years. In 1997, Mrs. Marra became a resident of Pleasant Acres. She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, watching television, and shopping. Survivors include three sons and their wives, Thane and Bette Marra of Hull, Warren and Diane Marra of Sioux Center and Wayne and Adrianna Marra of Orange City; a daughter-in-law, Diana Marra of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; 14 grandchildren, Randy Marra, Dennis Marra, Barb Draayer, and Brenda Anderson; Kevin Marra, Kent Marra, Kalen Marra, Kris Marra, and Keith Marra; Mark Marra, Bruce Marra, Dawn Wynia, and Rhonda Robyn; and Leslie Lindblom; 32 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann Wielenga of Hull, and a sister-in-law, Lavonne Kroese of Hull. She was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Marra; a great-grandson, Brent Marra; six brothers, Joe, John, Peter, Ivan, William and Charles Jr. Kroese, and four sisters, Jesse Stienstra, Gertrude Van Otterloo, Wilma Miersma and Nellie Kroese.

H. JOHN VAN LEEUWEN
Mr. John Van Leeuwen, 76, of Hospers went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Feb. 9. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Duane Tinklenberg officiated. John served in the United States Army at the close of World War II and was stationed in Japan. He and Evelyn were married in Sheldon on July 28, 1948, and made their home together in Hospers 54 years. He was employed by Vogel Paint and Wax Company in Orange City as a truck driver for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Pat (Gordon) Bruxvoort of Orange City, Barb (John) Van Vugt of Hospers, Mary (Ron) Jansen of Dorr, Mich., Joel (Doris) Van Leeuwen of Paullina, Emily (Darwin) Boer of Boyden and Tom (Jodi) Van Leeuwen of Hull. This kind-hearted grandfather is sadly missed by 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also mourning are siblings, Kay (Bill) Beltman of Hospers, Joan (Andy) Miedema of Alton, Betty (Tess) Van Schepen of Hull, Corkie Van Leeuwen of Hudsonville, Mich., and Jim (Gladys) Beltman of Sheldon. He was preceded in death by daughter, Linda; parents, Al and Agnes; wife's parents, Peter and Mary Swets; brother, Jake, and sister, Joyce Beltman. Memorials are being directed to Sioux County Hospice.

HERMINA VAN WYHE
Mrs, Hermina Van Wyhe, 81, of Hull passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 13, at Oolman Funeral Home in Hull. The Rev. Verlyn Boone officiated. Hermina was born June 17, 1921, in Iowa, the daughter of Hans and Sadie (Burgraaf) Kiel. On June 27, 1944, she married Edward Van Wyhe in Wisconsin. He passed away Feb. 25, 1971, in Hull. In 1973, she became a resident of The Abbey in Le Mars. Mrs. Van Wyhe was a member of the First Reformed Church in Hull. She enjoyed sewing and reading, Survivors include her daughter, Sadie Van Wyhe of Rock Rapids; a sister, Jennie Klarenbeek of Sheldon, and two sisters-in-law, Gert Van Roekel of Boyden and Lillian Klarenbeek of Sioux Center. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Margaret Jane; a sister, Anna Klarenbeek, and two brothers, Steve and Arie Kiel.

JAMES VAN VOORST
James Van Voorst, 77, of Sioux Center, died Thursday morning, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 17, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Pastor Jan Neels officiating. James Van Voorst was born near Sioux Center to Jacob and Jeanette (Vande Hoef) Van Voorst on Aug. 13, 1925. He was raised on the family farm and attended country school. On Jan. 11, 1946, he was united in marriage to Greta Vander Weide in Sioux Center. She preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 2002. Following their marriage Jim and Greta farmed near Sioux Center, Ireton and Hull. In 1972 they moved to their home in Sioux Center after Jim became disabled. Most recently Jim made his home at Crown Pointe in Sioux Center. Jim was a member of Heritage Reformed Church of Hull. For many years he volunteered to record audio tapes for use by members of the Netherlands Reformed Church of Sioux Center and Heritage Reformed Church of Hull. Jim is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Lois and Alvin Zomer of Sioux Center, Shirley and Adrie "Dutch" Born of Sioux Center and Lavonne and Harvey Spaans of Hull; five sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Carol Van Voorst of Sioux Center, Arlin Van Voorst and special friend, Vicky Coy of Adrian, Mo., Doug and Diane Van Voorst of Marionville, Mo., Tom and Annette Van Voorst of Maurice and Kevin and Angie Van Voorst of Newport, Minn.; two daughters-in-law, Audrey (Perry) Raman of Hull and Shirley Van Voorst of Rock Valley; 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his brother, Maurice Van Voorst of Rock Valley; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Bill Van Den Top of Rock Valley; brother-in-law, George Vonk of Sioux Center; four sisters-in-law, Alice Van Voorst of Sioux Center, Jennie Van Voorst of Rock Valley, Jeanette Van Voorst of Orange City and Esther Tromp of Pella, along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Greta, Jim was preceded in death by two sons, Alvin and Timothy Van Voorst; an infant son, James Van Voorst Jr. daughter-in-law, Virginia Van Voorst; grandson-in-law, Clifford Vanden Berg; his parents; six brothers, Jacob, Sam, John, Harry, Henry and William Van Voorst; three sisters, Gertrude Hoogendoorn, Henrietta Vonk and Marie Vander Stouwe, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Tunis and Libbie Vander Weide.

Lisa Johnson, 54
Funeral services were held Monday at Tabernacle Baptist Church in George for Lisa Johnson of Rock Valley. She died Thursday (July 10, 2003) at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. She was 54. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery in Albert City.

Bertha Jonker-Docter, 96
Funeral services were held last Monday at First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City for Bertha Jonker Docter of that city. Mrs. Docter died Thursday (July 24, 2003) at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City. She was 96. A memorial service was held with Rev. Timothy Ouwinga officiating. Bertha Docter was born Oct. 27, 1906, in Tzummaren, Friesland, The Netherlands, the daughter of Fred and Agnes (De Jong) De Beer. She came to America when she was four-years-old. She married Henry A. Jonker Jan. 27, 1927 in Orange City. He passed away Dec. 20, 1961. On June 27, 1972, she married Andrew Docter in Orange City. He passed away Dec. 23, 2000. She was employed at DeVries Interiors and in later years she was a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. Since 1997, she lived at the Heritage House. Survivors include her five children, Arthur Jonker, and his wife, Carolyn, of Orange City; Elaine, and her husband, Bernard Hietbrink, of Bella Vista, AR; Wilfred Jonker, and his wife, Gertrude, of Rock Valley; Faye Pluim, of Sioux Center; and Terry Jonker, and his wife, Jan, of Plano, TX; a step-daughter and her husband, Della and Alvin Jelgerhuis, of Orange City; 14 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kenneth Pluim; a granddaughter, Gina Jonker; two sisters, Stella Bomgaars and Martha Schuller; and a brother, John De Beer. Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Christian School.

John J. Driesen, 87
Funeral services were held Friday at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley for John J. Driesen of that city. Mr. Driesen died of a heart attack last Monday (July 28, 2003) at his residence. He was 87. John Driesen was born Oct. 7, 1915 near Alvord, the son of James and Henrietta (Everboer) Driesen. He worked for his father until he married Nellie Gerritsen on March 5, 1937 in Orange City. The couple lived southwest of Rock Valley, where he worked at Fred Dirks farm. They later lived in Rock Valley, where he worked for W.P.A. They also resided in California before starting his trucking business in 1953 in Rock Valley. He retired in 1978. Mr. and Mrs. Driesen also worked as janitors at First Christian Reformed Church for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Nellie; three sons and their wives, Jim and Etta of Rock Valley, Alfred and Kathy of Mohave Valley, AZ, and Junior and Aleatha of Ripon, CA; three daughters and their husbands, Mina and Herb Bliek and Linda and Tim Rens, all of Sioux Falls, SD, and Hester and Herb Caswell of Le Mars; a brother, Ed Driesen of Remsen; two sisters, Jen Buma of Bellflower, Calif., and Tena Gerritsen of Chino, CA; 16 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Harriet Driesen of Sioux Center, Winnie Wielenga of Orange City, and Gladys Gerritsen of Spencer. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and a brother.

Marge Van Berkum, 64
Funeral services were held Tuesday at First Reformed Church in Rock Valley for Marge Van Berkum of that city. Mrs. Van Berkum died Saturday (Aug. 2, 2003) at Hegg Memorial Hospital. She was 64. Rev. Mike Van Hamersveld officiated the service with burial in Valley View Cemetery. Marge Van Berkum was born June 2, 1939, at Ireton, the daughter of John and Grace (Zwaan) Bouma. She graduated from Western Christian High School in 1958 and attended Stewart's School of Hairstyling in Sioux Falls, SD. She married Harold Van Berkum on March 10, 1961, at Rock Valley, where she owned and operated Marge's Beauty Nook for 43 years. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Vicki Barnes of McColl, SC, Kristi Moore of Rock Valley, and Mrs. Dan (Kelli) Groeneweg of Rapid City, SD; her mother, Grace Bouma of Rock Valley; two brothers, Leonard of Sioux Falls, SD and John of Hudsonville, MI; four sisters, Grace Vanden Heuvel and Mrs. Larry (Brenda) Eichmann, all of Sioux Falls, SD, Gerdena Dirksen of Sanborn and Mrs. Harlan (Betty) Groeneweg of Rock Valley; and eight grandchildren.

Ed Driesen, 80
Funeral services were held Monday at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City for Ed Driesen of Alton and formerly of Rock Valley. Mr. Driesen died Friday (Aug. 1, 2003) at Happy Siesta Nursing Home in Remsen. He was 80. Rev. C. Orville Kool officiated the private family service with burial in Valley View Cemetery in Rock Valley. Edward J. Driesen was born Feb. 12, 1923, at Rock Valley, the son of James and Hendrikje (Everboer) Driesen, and was raised in Rock Valley. He married Elsiena Kooima on Jan. 27, 1942, at Dakota City, NE and they farmed near Rock Valley until 1971, when they moved to Marcus, where he was employed as a salesman for Gross Implement. Mrs. Driesen died in 1984. On May 22, 1987, he married Blanche Ann Mulder Vrieze at Alton, where they made their home. In 2001 he became a resident of Happy Siesta. His second wife died in January 2003. Survivors include nine children, Jim and Jean Driesen of Hawarden, Sam and Joan Driesen of Rock Valley, Harlan and Priscilla Driesen of Doon, Ted and Arlene Driesen of Rock Valley, Joann and Larry Bauder of Hawarden, Duane and Sonja Driesen of Washta, Glenn and Cindy Driesen of Aurelia, Arlo Driesen and Lyle Driesen, both of Alton; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lee (Florence) Vink of Rock Valley; 29 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jen Buma of Bellflower, CA and Tena Gerritsen of Chino, CA. He was preceded in death by his wives, one son, three brothers and five sisters.

Bertha Bomgaars, 98
Bertha Bomgaars, 98, of Hull passed away Monday, Sept. 29, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Verlyn Boone officiated. Interment followed at Hope Cemetery in Hull. Bertha was born in Hull on July 1, 1905, the daughter of Gerrit and Johanna (Haveman) Van Der Zwaag. She was raised in rural Hull. On June 14, 1928, she married Henry N. Bomgaars at her parents' home. She and her husband farmed near Hull until 1965, when they moved into Hull. Mr. Bomgaars passed away March 22, 1978, in Sioux Center. Mrs. Bomgaars was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the women's organizations. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and fishing. Bertha also liked doing handwork and gardening. Survivors include her nephews and nieces, as well as Percy and Alice Bylsma and their family. Percy made his home with Bertha and Henry when he was a teenager and a young man. In addition to her husband, Bertha was preceded in death by her brother, Clarence Van Der Zwaag; and her sister, Helena Van Veldhuizen.

Anna Mae Goeringer, 83
Anna Mae Goeringer, 83, of Sheldon passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. There was a memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull. The Rev. Brian Keepers officiated. Anna Mae was born Nov. 29, 1919, in rural Hull, the daughter of Harry H. and Grace (Shaffer) Wallinga. She was raised in Hull. On April 1, 1939, she married Clarence "Tyne" Bos at Hartley. They farmed in the Hull and Boyden areas until Mr. Bos passed away in 1966. Anna Mae then moved to Sheldon, where she was a nurse aide at the hospital. On July 24, 1972, she married Arthur Goeringer at Nashua. They made their home in Sheldon. Mr. Goeringer passed away in 1996 in Sioux City. On Aug. 7, 2001, Mrs. Goeringer became a resident of Pleasant Acres. She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon and a volunteer at the Oak Park Care Center in Sheldon. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and being outdoors. Survivors include a granddaughter and her husband, Laurie and Gregory Pitzer of Houston, Tex.; two brothers and their wives, Donald and Verna Wallinga of Hospers, and Arnold and Shirley Wallinga of Hull; a sister-in-law, Marie Wallinga of Hull; and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her son, Merlyn, at age 32; and two brothers, Harold and Henry Wallinga. Memorials are being directed to the Bethel Reformed Church.

Wilmer Fluit, 70
Wilmer Fluit, Sr., 70, of rural Rock Rapids died Saturday, Sept. 20, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Netherlands Reformed Church in Rock Valley. Survivors include his wife Sylvia; sons Harlan and Larry of Inwood, Dwaine of Marshfield, Mo., and Wilmer Jr. of Doon; daughter Mrs. John (Sandra) Bakker of Hull; brothers Clarence of Luverne, Minn., and John of Inwood; sisters Mrs. Ladell (Anna Marie) Kaster of Hull and Mrs. Greg (Joyce) Heitrick of Mountain Lake, Minn.; and sisters-in-law Liz Fluit of Lynden, Wash., and Deana Fluit of Rock Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to NRC School.

Bernice De Groot, 81
Bernice De Groot, 81, of Rock Valley died Sunday, Sept. 28, at Valley Manor Nursing Home in Rock Valley. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley, with the Rev. Paul Bakker officiating. Bernice was born Jan. 23, 1922, near Rock Valley, the daughter of Bert and Winnie (Hubers) Vanden Berg. She married Reuben De Groot on June 4, 1942, at Rock Valley. After World War II, Bernice and Reuben lived in Rock Valley where they owned and operated a Standard Oil Business. Bernice was a lifelong member of the First Christian Reformed Church and was active in the Ruth Circle. In her spare time, Bernice enjoyed visiting with the residents at Valley Manor and homebound friends. Reuben died Jan. 11, 1978. Bernice moved to Valley Manor on Jan. 10, 2003. Survivors include three sons and their wives: Dwaine and Linda of Rock Valley, Roger and Mary of Hull, and Kevin and Diana of Rock Valley; a daughter and her husband, Wanda and Fred Woelber of Sheldon; two sisters, Gertrude De Ruyter of Rock Valley, and Winifred and her husband Dick Altena of Ireton; sisters-in-law Marie and her husband Don Ver Hoeven of Inwood, and Priscilla Lockhorst of Ireton; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Reuben; brother Gerrit Vanden Berg; and two sisters, Celia Vande Kamp and Johanna Altena. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sioux County Hospice.

Wilmer Altena, 74
Wilmer Altena, 74, of Sioux Center, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital. A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Carmel Reformed Church of Carmel. The Altena family requests memorials be directed to the New Horizon Fund, c/o Carmel Reformed Church. Wilmer Altena was born Aug. 11, 1929, to Sam and Grace (Heynen) Altena near Maurice. Wilmer was raised on the family farm near Sioux Center. He attended country school through third grade and completed his elementary education at the Sioux Center Christian School. He graduated from Western Christian High School in 1947. Wilmer married Kathleen Franken in Sioux Center at the First Reformed Church on Jan. 18, 1950. They made their home in Carmel until June 1988. Since then, they have lived in Sioux Center. Wilmer loved being a mechanic. He was employed by the Franken Garage, Niessink and Kempers, and Hi-Way Chevrolet. He retired in 1994. Wilmer was a member of the Carmel Reformed Church. He served on the consistory, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Men's Brotherhood. Wilmer enjoyed shooting pool with family and friends, bowling, golfing, gardening and attending his grandchildren's events. He loved reminiscing, and was an animated story-teller. His kind voice and hearty laughter will be missed by all. Survivors include his wife Kathleen (Franken) Altena of Sioux Center; daughter Rose Altena of Kansas City; daughter and son-in-law Deb and Elson Schut of Sioux Center; son and daughter-in-law Dan and Sandi Altena of Sioux Center; son Dave Altena of Sioux City; and 11 grandchildren: Aaron Lubach, Joe Lubach, Amber Schut, Katelyn Schut, Courtney Schut, Dustin Altena, Mick Altena, Jaime Altena, Niki Altena, Som Altena and Kaida Altena. Wilmer is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Stan and Elaine Altena, and Mark and Ardith Altena, all of Sioux Center; a sister and brother-in-law, Julie and John Calsbeek; and two sisters-in-law, Joanne Altena of Ireton and Nellie Altena of Sioux Center. Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wayne and Senard; sister Julene Shirley; and infant daughter Kathy Altena.

Richard Van Zee, 78
Richard H. Van Zee, 78, of Sioux Center, died Thursday, Dec. 11, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Free Grace Reformed Church of Middleburg, with the Rev. Stephen Breen officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center. The Van Zee family requests memorials be directed to the Free Grace Reformed Church Building Fund. Richard H. Van Zee was born on May 15, 1925, to Dick and Sarah (Te Paske) Van Zee in Sanborn. Richard received his education through the eighth grade in area country schools. He married Lucille Vanden Hull on Nov. 4, 1948. The couple had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with their children. Richard lived in Middleburg where he owned and operated his own trucking business known as Van Zee Trucking for 28 years. Richard also farmed and raised livestock over the years. After retirement, Richard and Lucille had moved to Sioux Center. Richard loved life; he loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For the past 13 years he worked part-time driving for Sioux Automation in Sioux Center. Richard enjoyed driving around the countryside, drinking coffee and playing cards with friends. Richard was a member of Free Grace Reformed Church of Middleburg for many years. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; three sons and daughters-in-law: Ronald and Thelma, and Duane and Beverly all of Sioux Center, and Robert and Nancy of Orange City; along with his 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Richard is also survived by his sister, Arta Behrens of Marshall, Minn.; brother and sister-in-law, Ervin and Dora Van Zee of Sioux Center; three sisters-in-law: Wilma Van Zee of Glenwood, Minn.; Josephine Van Zee of Browerville, Minn.; Doris Van Zee of Boonville, Ind., and numerous nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Elizabeth Skoff; three brothers: Edward, Henry and Sylvester Van Zee; and four grandchildren.

Ella Loverink, 90
Ella Loverink, 90, of Rock Valley died Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. Services were held Saturday, Dec. 13, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley, with the Rev. Roger Sparks officiating. Burial was at Valley View Cemetery. Ella Loverink was born March 15, 1913, to Peter and Lizzie (Travoli) Boer, in Rock Valley. She was united in marriage to Hubert Loverink on Feb. 1, 1945, in Rock Valley. She farmed with Hubert until his death April 27, 1977. She then worked as a foster grandparent at Hope Haven for 25 years. She was well known as the "Sloppy Joe Lady" at Green Acres. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Reformed Church. She was active in circle and ladies aid. She enjoyed visiting with people, the morning coffee crew, playing UNO with the residents at Hope Haven and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time with Harold Boer and Betty Boer. She is survived by a son, John (Suzan) Loverink of Rock Valley; a daughter, Lavina (Gerald) Brands of Inwood; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a niece, Betty Boer of Rock Valley; and a nephew, Harold Boer of Sioux Center.

Joe Van Veldhuizen, 81
Joe Van Veldhuizen, 81, of Burlington, formerly of Rock Valley, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa. Services were held on Monday, Dec. 15, at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley. Burial was at Valley View Cemetery, with military rites.

Nell Boterhoek, 97
Mrs. Nell Boterhoek, 97, of Hospers, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City. There was a memorial service on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the First Presbyterian Church in Hospers. The Rev. Brian Janssen officiated. Nell was born Feb. 7, 1906, in Ede, Gelderland, the Netherlands, the daughter of Gysbert and Aartje (Vander Sanden) Van Veldhuizen. She came to America when she was 2 years old. She lived at Sioux Center, Hull, Middleburg, Bigelow (Minnesota), Allendorf and Sanborn. On Feb. 25, 1931, she married Herbert J. Nieuwenhuis at Hospers. She helped her husband on the farm until his death on Nov. 4, 1942, at Hospers. On Sept. 10, 1952, she married Neal Boterhoek at Hospers. They first resided on Nell's farm and then moved into Hospers. Neal passed away on Sept. 16, 1976, at Primghar. In 1997, Nell became a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. Since November of 2002, she lived at the Heritage House. Mrs. Boterhoek was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was a faithful servant in her church and community. Survivors include her son and his wife, Eugene and Evelyn Nieuwenhuis of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; her daughter and her husband, Arlene and Dennis Punt of Orange City; a step-daughter, Mathilda Harmelink of Arvada, Colo.; a step-son and his wife, Henry and Harriet Boterhoek of Hospers; seven grandchildren and their spouses, 13 great-grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and their spouses, 29 step-great-grandchildren, nine step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Johanna Prins of Sanborn; two sisters-in-law, Josina Van Veldhuizen of Sheldon, and Margaret Van Veldhuizen of Northwood; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Evert, John, Garrett, Henry, Gysbert, and Ben Van Veldhuizen; a sister, Martha Kuiper, a step-daughter and her husband, Myrtle and Ben Lamfers; and a step-son-in-law, Robert Harme-link. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church or Hope Haven.

Alice De Goei, 92
Mrs. Alice De Goei, 92, of Orange City, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital. A memorial service was held on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the First Reformed Church Chapel in Orange City. The Rev. David Ter Beest officiated. Interment was prior to the service at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. Alice, along with her twin sister, Johanna, was born March 8, 1911, at Sioux Center, the daughter of Gerrit G.A. and Hattie (Vande Berg) Van Roekel. She was raised in Sioux Center, where she graduated from high school. She then attended Normal Training Classes and exercised her passion for teaching children in rural schools. On June 15, 1933, she married Art De Goei at Sioux Center. The couple made their home in the rural areas of Sioux Center, Rock Rapids and Middleburg. They also spent one year in California. In 1952, they moved to Orange City, where she was employed at the Municipal Hospital, the Dutch Oven Bakery, and the Pioneer Memorial Home. Art passed away on July 14, 1987, at Orange City. Alice spent 10 wonderful years living at the Pioneer Memorial Home, and the last seven years at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City, where she greatly appreciated Dr. Kamstra and the nursing staff. Mrs. De Goei was a member of the First Reformed Church. She was as an avid reader, and enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was known for her lovely knitting and crocheting, donating many items to the hospital bazaars. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren, and was looking forward to her 18th great-grandchild, due in February. She is survived by four children: Gilbert De Goei and his wife, Shirley, of Sheldon, Delores "Dee" and her husband, Bob Van Driel, of Minneapolis Minn., Alyce Faye Vander Stoep of Orange City, and Arthur Dale De Goei and his wife, Mary, of Springdale, Ark.; 13 grandchildren: Scott De Goei of Sheldon; Gail Vander Hamm of Ireton; Cory Van Driel of Isle, Minn.; Troy Van Driel and Wade Van Driel, both of Minneapolis; Sarah Dean of Hudson, Wisc.; Jack Vander Stoep of Columbus, Ohio; Jill Pluim of Orange City; Alyson Vander Stoep of Seattle, Wash.; Emily Vander Stoep of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Heath De Goei, of Irvine, Calif.; and Hilarie Glass and Travis De Goei, both of Omaha, Neb.; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, John G.A. Van Roekel of Sioux Center; a sister, Jean Mieras of Boyden; and a sister-in-law, Irene Van Roekel of Sioux Center. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Junior, in 1940; a son-in-law, Donald Vander Stoep; two brothers, Abe and Gerrit Van Roekel; and three sisters, Mina Kroon, Jeanette Kraayenbrink and Johanna Klein.

Catherine Vos
Catherine Vos, 82, of Sioux Center died Sunday, April 4, at Sioux Center Community Hospital. Services were held Thursday at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, with the Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery Tryntje "Catherine" Vos was born May 26, 1921, near Hull,. to Henry and Tryntje "Kate"(Vis) Leusink. She was raised near Hull where she attended nearby country schools. She was united in marriage to Alfred "Bill" Beukelman on Feb. 21, 1945, in Middleburg. The couple lived in Sioux Center, where he was employed as a truck driver. They were blessed with two children. On Nov. 29,1948, Bill preceded her in death after a truck accident took his life.. She married Steven Vos on Jan. 18, 1952, in Sioux Center. The couple each blended their families of two children and shortly after their marriage moved to Lakewood, Calif. In Lakewood, she worked as a cook in a school kitchen. In 1980, they returned to Sioux Center and in recent years she enjoyed working as a greeter at the Sioux Center Wal-Mart. In her spare time, she liked working on crochet, beadwork and quilting projects. She was a member of the First Reformed Church. Surviving is her husband of 52 years, Steve Vos of Sioux Center; a daughter and her husband, Karen and Chuck Baumbusch of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; a son and his wife, Arnold and Cheryl Beukelman of Sioux Center; a stepdaughter and her husband, Janice and Phil Cohen of Riverside, Calif.: a stepson, Harvey Vos of Orange County, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hattie Berghorst of Hull, and Jeanette Leusink of Sioux Center; three sisters-in-laws, Genevieve Leusink, Greta Kooi and Tena Leusink, all of Sioux Center; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Gerrit J. William and Johnny Leusink; brothers and their wives, Peter and Ann Leusink and Gerrit H. and Gertrude Leusink; a sister, Grace De Weerd; and sisters and their husbands, Henrietta and John Driesen and Gerti and Abraham Beukelman Jr.

Gertrude Leusink
Gertrude Jeanette Leusink, 77, of Sioux Center died Wednesday, March 31, at the Orange City Health System. A funeral service was held Saturday, April 3, in the sanctuary of First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Interment followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center. The Leusink Family requests memorials be directed to CHEARS Hospice & Home Health. Gertrude was born June 8, 1926 to Clarence and Rena (Wissink) Den Herder on the family farm five miles west of Sioux Center. Gertrude grew up on the family farm, attending country school nearby. On January 21, 1948 she married Gerrit Henry Leusink in her parent's home. Gerrit preceded her in death on February 27, 1990. After living in Sioux Center for two years, Gertrude and Gerrit moved on to Gertrude's family farm. In 1955, they moved their family to a farm west of Orange City. After Gerrit's death, Gertrude moved to her new home in Sioux Center in 1993. Gertrude was a member of First Reformed Church in Sioux Center where she participated in Naomi Circle and Quilters Group. In recent years, Gertrude was a dedicated volunteer for CHEARS Home Health & Hospice and MOPS. She always enjoyed getting together with her lady friends on Friday nights and Sunday evenings. She was extremely grateful for the wonderful care she received from the Kosgrove staff in the past few weeks of her life. Surviving are her three sons and daughters-in-law: Henry and Karen, Ron and Lisa, Glen and Julie all of Orange City; her daughter, Mary Harris of Sioux City and daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Rick Rook of Doon along with her 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Gertrude is also survived by two sisters: Genevieve Leusink of Sioux Center and Arlene Wynia of Luverne, MN; four sisters-in-law: Hattie Berghorst of Hull, Catherine Vos and her husband, Steve, Tena Leusink, and Jeanette Leusink all of Sioux Center and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Margaret J. Klaassen
Margaret J. Klaassen, age 83, of Boyden, passed away on Saturday, May 29, in the Lyon Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids,following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1, at the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden, with Rev. Randal Nicholas officiating. Margaret June Klaassen was born June 1, 1920, in rural Little Rock, Iowa to Albertus and Mary (Vogt) Kruger. She was raised in the Little Rock area and graduated 8th grade from the Little Rock School. On September 7, 1938, she was united in marriage to William Klaassen in Little Rock, Iowa. They resided in and around the Boyden area during their 65 years of marriage. Margaret was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden. Where she was active in the UPWO; having served as various officers; taught Sunday School and served as Director of Bible School. For forty years Margaret and Bill were the custodians of the United Presbyterian Church, She was also a member of Farm Bureau women's group. Margaret and Bill were also the caretakers of the Sheridan Township Cemetery close to fifty years. She was also employed by the Vander Ploeg Funeral Homes as the custodian of the Boyden Chapel. She is survived by her husband, Bill Klaassen of Boyden; also six children, Burdell and his wife, Judith Klaassen of Sheldon; Arlys and her husband, John Smid of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Myron and his wife, Karen Kiasesen of Sanborn; Sharon and her husband, Arlen Van Der Wilt of Boyden; Mavis and her husband, Jude Gravenhof of Worthington, Minn.; Rhonda and her husband, Ed Petitt of Boyden; a daughter-in-law, Donna Klaassen of George; 23 grandchildren; 39 great- grandchildren; 1 brother, Martin (Banjo) Kruger of Ocheyedan; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert (Martha) Kruse of Sibley; and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons, Joel and Richard; 3 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Inez Broesder.


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