CORNELIUS A. DE GROOT
Mr. Cornelius De Groot, age 86, of Alton, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
There will be a funeral service on Thursday, March 1, at 10:00am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. David Heilman will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Cornelius was born on August 22, 1920, near Doon, the son of Abraham and Jennie (Koel) De Groot. He was raised in rural Sioux Center, where he attended country school, and he received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy during World War II.
On January 26, 1949, he married Eleanor Jasper in Ireton. They made their home in Sioux County, where he enjoyed farming at Alton most of his life. He was also employed as a tractor mechanic.
“Cornie” was a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church, where he had served on the consistory as a deacon.
He liked reading and working with mechanical things. He loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of more than 58 years; four children, Larry De Groot, of Zeeland, Michigan; Rodney De Groot, and his wife, Sondra, of Orange City; Denise, and her husband Terry Plagman, of Runnells, Iowa; and Arlin De Groot, and his wife, Lisa, of Boise, Idaho; ten grandchildren, Lori, and her husband, Gordon Steenwyk; Rachael, and her husband, Kevin Kouw; Michael De Groot; Mark De Groot; Kim, and her husband, Brad Hettinga; Paula, and her husband, Ashley Mayland; Grant De Groot, and his fiance, Heidi Van Dam; Greg De Groot; Katie De Groot; and Erin De Groot; six great-grandchildren; a brother, John De Groot, of Orange City; and five sisters, Anna Kroon, of Orange City; Dirkje “Marie” De Weerd, of George; Lena Fedders, of Sioux Center; Gertrude Vis, of Rock Valley; and Edna Vande Broek, of Maurice.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Abraham, Jr., De Groot; and a sister, Jacoba De Weerd.
JEANETTE DE JONG
Miss Jeanette “Janet” De Jong, age 72, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.
There will be a funeral service on Thursday, March 22, at 2:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. Todd Zuidema will officiate. Interment will follow at the Sherman Township Cemetery, near Maurice. Visitation with the family will be the hour before the service on Thursday at the funeral home.
Jeanette was born on September 11, 1934, at Maurice, the daughter of Otto and Susie (Postma) De Jong. She was raised at Maurice, where she attended elementary school.
As an adult, she did housekeeping and helped her parents with their custodial duties at the First Reformed Church in Maurice. She enjoyed children and also did much babysitting.
After the death of her mother, she became associated with Hope Haven. There she became known as Janet and was employed in their sheltered workshops. She lived at the Residential Training Center in Orange City and later at a group home in Sioux Center.
On July 11, 2001, she moved to the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.
She was a member of the Hope Christian Reformed Church in Hull.
Survivors include her niece, Debra Dekker, of Bowie, Maryland; and a nephew, Wendell Dekker, of Hospers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister and her husband, Clarissa and Gerrit Dekker; and two brothers in childhood, Wendell and Laurence De Jong.
TENA DE JONG
Mrs. Tena De Jong, age 94, of Orange City, IA, passed away on Monday, May 21, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.
There will be a funeral service on Friday, May 25, at 2:00pm, 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.
Tena was the daughter of Walter and Martha (Wagenaar) Dragstra. She was born Trijntje Dragstra on April 22nd, 1913, in Oldeboorn, Friesland, The Netherlands, and emigrated to the United States with her parents at the age of 10 months. She was raised on farms in the Springfield, South Dakota area, and she attended country schools through the eighth grade. At the age of 20, Tena moved to Orange City and was employed as a housekeeper for various families.
In 1941, Tena became engaged to Tom I. De Jong of Orange City. While he was in the Army Air Corps during World War II, she relocated to Lynden, Washington, to be nearer to his base. She worked as an egg candler in Bellingham during this time. They were married in Orange City on December 5, 1945, shortly after Tom was discharged from the service.
During their 53 years of marriage, Tena was a homemaker and assisted with the family businesses, especially the Twi-Lite Motel and Tom's Apple House. Tena was an avid gardener, with a love for flowers and birds. She also loved music, and often sang hymns as she worked around the home or while traveling in the car. She greatly enjoyed regular family hymn sings around the piano. In addition, she was an avid reader throughout her life and a faithful letter writer. Her family valued her cooking skills, with her goulash, fried chicken, and apple pie being family favorites. A healthy sense of humor remained with her until her final days.
Tom and Tena were members of the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Faith, Hope, and Love Society and the Thy Kingdom Come (Uw Koningrijk Komen) Society. She was also an active supporter of Christian missions and Christian education and was a member of the Monica Society of the Orange City Christian School and the Unity Ladies' Auxiliary. Her life and words were a constant witness of her love for the Lord and a testimony of the faithfulness of God's grace and mercy in her life.
Tom's stroke in 1982 lead to a new focus in her life, as she cared faithfully for him at home for 13 years. After Tom went to be with the Lord on May 2nd, 1998, Tena continued to live in the family home until November, 2006, enjoying her hobbies and visits from family, especially sisters and sisters-in-law and special friends, including Frances Kohl and Florence Driesen. Due to failing health, she became a resident of the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility in Orange City, until the time of her death.
Survivors include one daughter, Marla and her husband Gene Koning of Orange City; four sons, Irwin and his wife Judy of Orange City, Will and his wife Lavonne of Port Orchard, WA, Cal of Orange City, and Paul of Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates; fifteen grandchildren, Gena (Todd) Bloemendaal of Lakewood, CO, Kimberlee (Greg) Vegter of Ft. Atkinson, WI, Krista (Brian) Krygsman of Grand Rapids, MI, Kara (Alan) Miller of Sioux Center, IA, Shelly De Jong of LeMars, IA, Thomas I. (Amber) De Jong of Greeley, CO, Sherry (Trent) Johnson of Sioux City, IA, Daniel De Jong and Nathaniel De Jong, both of Orange City, Scott De Jong and Steven De Jong, both of Port Orchard, WA, Shannon De Jong of Pasadena, CA, Thomas A. De Jong of Kingsville, TX, Melanie De Jong of Orange City, and Amy De Jong of Cape Cod, MA, and two great-grandchildren, Trever Vegter and Jaidyn De Jong of Tom and Amber.
Surviving siblings include a sister, Grace Vander Veen, a brother, Joe (Jennie) Dragstra, sister-in-law Rena Dragstra, brother-in-law, Orville (Marge) Beltman, and sisters-in-law, Nellie Hengeveld, Retta De Jong, and Irene (Henry) Smeenk.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Tillie (John) Wallenburg, sister Edna Beltman; brother Theodore (Hermina) Dragstra, brother Chris Dragstra, and brother-in-law Joe (Grace) Mesaros. She was also preceded in death by in-laws (by marriage to Tom) Jake and Henrietta Mantel, Tim and Elsie Bruxvoort, Ted Hengeveld, Peter and Jeannett Bylsma, Gertrude De Jong, and Gilbert De Jong.
Memorials will be directed to Christian education.
ALICE J. DOLIESLAGER
Mrs. Alice Dolieslager, age 92, of Hospers, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2007 at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.
There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Milton Sikkema will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hospers Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Monday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Alice Jeanette was born on September 10, 1914, at Sioux Center, the daughter of John and Winifred (Bonnema) Kruizenga. She was raised at Sioux Center, where she did housekeeping for area farmers.
On November 16, 1935, she married Arie Dolieslager. They made their home at Moneta for a year and then moved to Artesia, California, where they operated a dairy business. About 1950, they moved to Hospers, where they farmed. Arie passed away on October 15, 1970, in Sheldon.
In 1972, Alice moved into Hospers. On February 14 of this year, she became a resident of Pleasant Acres.
She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the womens' activities, especially the Lydia Circle. She was devoted to missions and made several trips delivering clothing to projects in other states. She loved the Lord and often encouraged people to pray.
Mrs. Doelieslager made many afghans. She was a dedicated wife and homemaker, who was a good cook. She was known for her fried chicken and serving tea. She also liked animals, especially her cat, Stormy.
Survivors include a brother and his wife, Melvin and Mary Kruizenga, of Hospers; two sisters, Esther Schoneveld, of Chino; and Maryann Wiarda, of Rock Rapids; and many nephews and nieces.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Paulie, Pete, Johnny, Glenn, and Ben Kruizenga; and three sisters, Dena Van Ravenswaay, Winnie Coulander, and Kate Kosters.
Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.