Rosella Alons, age 79, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral Services will be Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Rev. Troy Van Beek officiating. Burial in Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn, Iowa.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 22 from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.
Rosella Alons was born on July 17, 1932 in Osceola County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Herman and Nancy (Fransen) Rook. She lived her youth in rural Osceola County and attended Melvin Community School. She also attended Sheldon Community School where she graduated from high school.
Rosella was united in marriage to Lester E. Doorenbos of Boyden, Iowa in March of 1954. Lester died in August of 1956.
Rosella was united in marriage to Arthur Alons of Sheldon, Iowa on November 5, 1975 at the Congregational Church in Sheldon. They lived in Sheldon.
Rosella worked at Bell Telephone for a few years before she was married to Lester. She later worked for the Sheldon Public School for many years and then J.C. Penney’s in Sheldon for many years, retiring in the early 1980′s.
She enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, cooking, baking, traveling, and especially gardening. Arthur and Rosella went to Texas in the winter for 15 years, where they learned to square dance, which they really enjoyed.
She passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Those left to cherish her memories are her husband: Arthur Alons of Sheldon, IA; her son: Steven Dean and Diane Doorenbos of Owatonna, MN; her daughter: Sandra Sue and John Mahosky of Currie, NC; step-children: Dianna and Calvin Van Beek of Sheldon, IA, David and Naty Alons of Las Vegas, NV, Edward and Sheryl Alons of Sheldon, IA, Dawn Kreck of Eagle Grove, IA; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; one twin brother: Robert and Phyllis Rook of Sheldon, IA; one sister-in-law: Tillie Rook of Rock Valley, IA; one brother-in-law: Sylvester “Bud” Harmelink of Melvin, IA.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Lester Doorenbos; her parents; 2 brothers: Henry Rook and Wilbur Rook; one sister: Nancy Harmelink.
Mr. Otto Bouma, age 90, of Hull, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2007, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.
There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, April 18, at 11:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Paul Hansen and the Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a prayer service on Wednesday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, at the funeral home.
Otto was born on February 14, 1917, at Hull, the son of Bert and Mary (Gritters) Bouma. When he was a teenager, his family lived at Martin, South Dakota, for a few years. Otherwise, he was a lifetime resident of Hull.
On December 18, 1940, he married Harriet Marie Koele at Hull, where they farmed most of their life. In 1963, they moved into Hull. Harriet passed away on April 5, 1996, in Sioux Center.
In February of 2005, Mr. Bouma became a resident of Pleasant Acres.
He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where he had served on the consistory. He had also been on the board of directors of the Hull Christian Elementary School.
Otto thoroughly enjoyed farming, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his son and his wife, Loren and Gaylene Bouma, of Hull; five grandchildren, Lynnae Bouma, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Stephanie, and her husband, Sean Baccam, of Hull; Alisa, and her husband, Todd Visser, of Rock Valley; Kara Bouma, of Edgerton, Minnesota; and Brian Bouma, of Hull, and his fiance', Shannon Huitsing; five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Logan, and Braden Baccam; and Madison and Teagen Visser; and a sister, Hattie Te Grotenhuis, of Sioux Center.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Marla Bouma; two brothers, Peter and John Bouma; and four sisters, Della Krommendyk, Bertha Van Surksum, Gertrude Moss, and Jeanette Van Beek.
Memorials may be directed to the Hull Christian Elementary and Western Christian High School Foundations or Hope Haven.
Mrs. Jeannett Bylsma, age 87, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.
There will be a funeral service on Friday, March 16, at 10:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Timothy Ouwinga will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Jeannett was born on August 27, 1919, in rural Hull, the daughter of Ike and Grace (De Zeeuw) De Jong. She was raised at Perkins and Orange City, where she graduated from the Christian School.
On June 27, 1945, she married Peter Bylsma in Orange City. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker. She also did housekeeping and was employed at the De Jong Hatchery, Dutch Oven Bakery, Hope Haven Residential Training Center, and Twilight Motel. In June of 2006, they became residents of the Heritage House, where he passed away on September 16, after more than 61 years of marriage.
Mrs. Bylsma was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where she participated in the Faith, Hope, and Love Society. She also belonged to the Monica Society and the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Auxiliary.
Mr. and Mrs. Bylsma were faithful visitors to the sick and shut-ins. She assisted her family in providing holiday flag service for the Orange City businesses for many years.
She enjoyed crocheting, boating, traveling, working puzzles and puzzle books, and growing plants and flowers. She also liked spending time at their lake cabin.
Jeannett will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and friend. She gave a piece of her heart to all she met.
Survivors include her six children, Arlin Bylsma, and his wife, Lorna, of Orange City; Gloria, and her husband, Dennis Alberta, of Caledonia, Michigan; Marilyn Alcantar, of South Sioux City, Nebraska; Merlin Bylsma, and his wife, Holly, of Belgrade, Montana; Edith, and her husband, Donald Owens, of Hospers; and Yvette, and her husband, Randy Feekes, of Archer; 27 grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nelle Hengeveld, of Sioux Center; and Irene, and her husband, Henry Smeenk, of Grandville, Michigan; two sisters-in-law, Tena De Jong and Retta De Jong, both of Orange City; and a foster son and his wife, Jerry and Mary Owings, of Sioux City, and their family.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Henrietta, and her husband, Jake Mantel; Elsie, and her husband, Tim Bruxvoort; and Gertrude De Jong; two brothers, Tom De Jong and Gilbert De Jong; and a brother-in-law, Ted Hengeveld.
Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice and the Orange City Christian School.