SHIRLEY K. VANDE HOEF
Mrs. Shirley Vande Hoef, age 79, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
There will be a memorial service on Thursday, January 28, at 2:30pm, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Newkirk Cemetery. There will be a prayer service on Thursday, at 1:30pm, at the church.
Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Shirley Kathleen was born on June 5, 1930, in Orange City, the daughter of Henry and Dena (Roos) Verdoorn. She was raised at Newkirk, where she graduated from high school.
On November 3, 1948, she married Robert Dale Vande Hoef at Newkirk. They farmed at Boyden for thirteen years and then moved to an acreage in Newkirk, where they lived for forty years. In 2002, they retired into Orange City.
Mrs. Vande Hoef was a homemaker, as well as a supportive assistant to her husband in raising bees and sheep. Over the years, she gave many presentations to students about bees. She also held a few other positions and especially liked serving as a nurse's aide at the Orange City Municipal Hospital.
She had an extensive doll collection and exhibited in two booths at antique malls at the Iowa Great Lakes. There she was able to use her extensive knowledge of antique dolls to do appraisals for others.
She also enjoyed her spinning and weaving group, and Shirley had a special love for her two great-granddaughters, Abbigail and Kaylee.
She was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, where she belonged to the Golden Hour Society and the Mission Fellowship. She also taught Sunday school and Bible school classes.
Survivors include her husband of more than 61 years, Bob; four children, Kerry, and her husband, Norman Nieuwenhuis, of Orange City; De Ann Vande Hoef, of Orange City; Peggy, and her husband, Chuck Merriam, of Ringle, Wisconsin; and Scott Vande Hoef, of Hospers; two grandchildren and their wives, Erik and Jenilyn Nieuwenhuis, of Sioux City; and Seth and Jill Nieuwenhuis, of Omaha, Nebraska; two great-granddaughters; a brother and his wife, William and Ginny Verdoorn, of Lake Park; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Cornelia and Craig Camarigg, of Sanborn.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.
DR. PAUL W. VANDER KOOI
Dr. Paul W. Vander Kooi, age 70, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2010, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City, following a long illness.
A service celebrating his life will be on Saturday, January 9, at 11:00 a.m., at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth and the Rev. Raymond Weiss will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, with the family present from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the funeral home.
Paul Willis was born on February 2, 1939, in Clifton Springs, New York, the oldest child of the Rev. Willis J. and Jennie (Keuning) Vander Kooi. He lived with his family in Ontario, New York, Chancellor and Amherst, South Dakota, and Herman, Minnesota. He graduated from the Herman High School in 1957.
He attended Central College in Pella, graduating in 1961, magna cum laude, with a degree in chemistry. A graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine in 1965, he was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
He married Marilyn Kolenbrander, whom he met at Central College, on June 29, 1962, in Middleburg, Iowa. They resided in Minneapolis while he finished medical school. Following an internship in general practice medicine at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, he was drafted and served two years in the United States Public Health Service on the Papago (Hohokam) Indian Reservation in Arizona.
Dr. Paul, as he was known to patients and staff, joined the Orange City Medical Clinic in 1968, where he was a general practitioner and anesthesiologist. He found his greatest satisfaction and joy in caring for his patients. He served on the hospital board of directors beginning in the early 1970s through 1987, retiring from medicine in 1994. He was a member of the Sioux County Medical Society and a life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He was a member of Trinity Reformed Church where he served as an elder, and taught adult Sunday school and youth Catechism classes. He was an active member of the Lion's Club and a charter member of the Dutch Heritage Boosters.
Dr. Paul was widely-read, especially enjoying history, philosophy and science. Every family vacation included a visit to a university book store to stock up on textbooks. He liked to play and watch sports, including slow pitch softball, volleyball, and golf. He played Bridge, gardened extensively, and liked to travel. He taught himself the Dutch language and Morse code, and listened to nightly Dutch broadcasts on a shortwave radio he built. He also repaired small appliances for patients and co-workers. He was particularly interested in the history associated with the Dutch Heritage Boosters, and researched and wrote articles on Orange City history.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Marilyn; his two daughters, their husbands, and four grandchildren: Annette and William Minnick, and children, Noah Vander Kooi and William Paul, of Orange City; and Sara and Kevin Huyser, and children, Nathan Paul and Elizabeth Anna, of Papillion, Nebraska; as well as his father, the Rev. Willis J. Vander Kooi, of Broomfield, Colorado; and brothers, sisters, and their spouses, John (Verna), of Akron, Ohio; Jane, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Carl (Mary), of Cedar Falls; Lois (Neil), of Broomfield; and Ruth (Steve), of Louisville, Colorado. He and his youngest sister, Ruth, share the same birth date, 21 years apart.
His mother, Jennie Keuning Vander Kooi, preceded him in death.
Memorials may be directed to the patient's library at the Orange City Area Health System or a charity of the donor's choice.
KARLA B. VANDER WILT
Mrs. Karla Vander Wilt, age 55, of Hospers, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2009, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
There will be a funeral service on Thursday, November 5, at 10:00am, at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Robert Drenten will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation with the family present will be on Wednesday, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the CHURCH. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Karla Beth was born on March 1, 1954, in Orange City, the daughter of Paul and Marge B. (Caswell) Visser. She was raised in several towns, including Racine, Wisconsin, and New Holland, South Dakota, and finally Orange City, where she graduated from Unity Christian High School.
On June 29, 1973, she married Arthur Jay Vander Wilt in Orange City. For the first three years of their marriage, they lived in San Diego, California. They have since made their home on a farm near Hospers, where she was a homemaker. There, she also operated Red Roof Refinishing, working on furniture for others.
Karla was a member of the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, where she was involved in many activities and served on several committees. At home, she enjoyed golfing, gardening, her dogs, home decorating, and especially, being with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of more than 36 years, Art: four daughters and their husbands, Rashelle and Larry Theis, of Reno, Nevada; Sabrina and Randy Smit, of Clear Lake; Tabitha and Joel Van Soelen, of Anaheim, California; and Amanda and Scott Van Andel, of Denver, Colorado; a son, Jonathan Vander Wilt, of Hospers; ten grandchildren, Emma, Sydnee, and Carsen Theis; Caleb, Chloe, and Anna Smit; Jonah and Isabelle Van Soelen; and Devon and Klara Van Andel; her mother, Marge Visser, of Orange City; four sisters, Belinda, and her husband, Dan Pluim, and Valerie, and her husband, Randy Droog, all of Orange City; Carol, and her husband, Doug Bootsma, of Sanborn; and Donna Vander Linden, of Cerritos, California; and a brother, Paul Visser, of Orange City.
She was preceded in death by her father.