WAYNE A. KOOIKER
Mr. Wayne Kooiker, age 50, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at his residence.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, April 28, at 10:30am, at the Protestant Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Steven Key will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation will be after 3:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the CHURCH. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Wayne Allen was born on February 18, 1957, at Hull, the son of William K. and Joyce K. (Mulder) Kooiker. He was raised on a farm just southwest of Hull. He graduated from the Hull Christian School and Western Christian High School in Hull.
Shortly before his high school graduation, he was involved in a traffic accident, which left him severely handicapped. He continued to live with his parents on their farm until 1997, when they moved into Hull. His mother, with the help of other family members, faithfully cared for him at their home for 32 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Protestant Reformed Church.
Wayne was a gifted artist and enjoyed animals. He often smiled at the actions of his nephews and nieces.
Survivors include his mother, Joyce Kooiker, of Hull; three brothers and three sisters, Karla, and her husband, Doug Kats, of Hudson, South Dakota; Kenneth Kooiker, of Hull; Aletha, and her husband, David Groeneweg, of Rock Valley; Lyle Kooiker, and his wife, Pam, of Green Acres, Florida; Nick Kooiker, and his wife, Janet, of Hull; and Tricia, and her husband, John Driesen, of Nathrop, Colorado; twenty nephews and nieces, and ten great-nephews and great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, William.
Memorials will be directed to the Sioux Center CHEARS, Home Health, and Hospice.
Mrs. Kate Kosters, age 94, formerly of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at North Point Assisted Living in North Mankato, Minnesota.
There will be a funeral service on Monday, March 12, at 10:30am, at the American Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Steven Bierly will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Kate was born on November 18, 1912 in Sioux Center, the daughter of John and Winnie (Bonnema) Kruizenga. She was raised at Sioux Center.
On November 19, 1930, she married Henry A. Kosters in Sioux Center. They farmed at Doon and Lebanon, Iowa, Hudson, South Dakota, and then at Middleburg, Iowa. Henry passed away on January 26, 1963, at Hull.
Mrs. Kosters then moved into Hull. In July of 2004, she moved to Mankato.
She was a member of the American Reformed Church, where she assisted with church dinners. She enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, and playing cards.
Those left to cherish her memories are four children, Alvin (Lorene) Kosters of Warrington, Missouri, Wineva (Marvin) Moret of Mankato, Hendrine Daniels of Columbia, Missouri, and Dennis Kosters of Downey, California; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin (Mary) Kruizenga of Hospers; three sisters, Alice Dolieslager of Hospers, Esther Schoneveld of Chino, California, and Maryann Wiarda of Rock Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth; a son-in-law, William Daniels; a granddaughter, Danielle Kosters; two great-grandsons, Michael Donahue and Cory Kosters; five brothers, Paulie, Pete, Johnny, Glenn, and Ben Kruizenga; and two sisters, Dena Van Ravenswaay and Winnie Coulander.
FRANCIS LE BLANC
Mr. Francis LeBlanc, age 69, of Alton, passed away on Thursday, June 21, at his residence.
There will be a family viewing at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Francis Peter was born on June 12, 1938, in Peabody, Massachusetts, the son of Peter and Catherine (Daly) LeBlanc. He was raised in Massachusetts, where he graduated from high school. He served in the United States Air Force.
On June 13, 1983, he married Connie Alvarez in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He lived in the midwestern United States most of his adult life, moving to Alton about four years ago.
Mr. LeBlanc was in the construction industry, often working as a foreman. He was employed by S. P. F. Builders and Anco Corporation in Mason City, Midwest Livestock in Beatruce, Nebraska, and for about two years at Construction Complete, Inc., in Alton.
“Pete” enjoyed sports, especially golf.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Brianna Le Blanc; a step-son, Jason Alvarez, and two grandchildren, Gavin and Taylor Alvarez, all of Silvis, Illinois.
Mrs. Luella Rens, age 81, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, April 27, at her residence.
There will be a funeral service on Thursday, May 3, at 10:30am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. David Heilman and the Rev. Paul Bakker will officiate. Interment will be at the Pilgrim Home Cemetery in Holland, Michigan, on Friday, May 4. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Luella Verna was born on September 3, 1925, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry William and Lillian Gertrude (LaHuis) Pyle. She graduated from Hope College in Holland, and became a school teacher.
On August 7, 1948, she married Harold Leonard Kammeraad, in Holland. She continued to teach for a short time and then became a full-time homemaker and pastor's wife. The Rev. and Mrs. Kammeraad served several churches, including the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock. He passed away on August 6, 1981, in Little Rock.
On December 26, 1990, she married Reyer L. Rens in Little Rock. They made their home at Orange City. “Roy” passed away on October 5, 1999, in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Mrs. Rens was a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church. She was active in the church, including participating in Coffee Break and being an Evangelism Prayer Partner. She was also involved in Bible studies for prisoners and in THEOS. In earlier years, she gave piano lessons and accompanied singers. She was currently the organizer of the Orange City Dinner Date program, and she was a faithful visitor to shut-ins.
Survivors include three sons, William Kammeraad, of Holyoke, Massachusetts; Robert Kammeraad, and his wife, Kathleen, of Gilford, New Hampshire; and Gary Kammeraad, and his wife, Natalie, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania; a step-son and his wife, Jacob and Sharon Rens, of Boring, Oregon; five step-daughters and their husbands, Grace and Dick Thomas, of Pella, Iowa; Margaret and Bob Schelling, of Orange City; Barbara and Paul Bettes, of Sparta, Michigan; Ruth and Ned Weitgenant, of Hills, Minnesota; and Carol and Jeff De Young, of Chenango Forks, New York; a step-son-in-law, Gordon Nyhof, of Gresham, Oregon; a grandson, Joshua; seventeen step-grandchildren, fourteen step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Troast, of New Jersey; a sister-in-law, Alice Van Dyke, of Wisconsin; and nephews and nieces.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Kammeraad; a step-daughter, Brendine Nyhof; and a brother, Wendell “Bud” Pyle.