LAWRENCE J. BALTZER
Mr. Lawrence Baltzer, age 77, of Hospers, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.
There will be a funeral service on Thursday, March 4, at 10:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Milton Sikkema will officiate. There will be a graveside service on Thursday at 2:00pm, at the Rosehill Cemetery in Scotland, South Dakota. Visitation will be the hour before the service on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Lawrence Jerome was born on September 19, 1932, in Kaylor, South Dakota, the son of John T. and Nathalie (Mogck) Baltzer. He was raised in South Dakota, where he graduated from the Scotland High School. He also attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, earning a Master's Degree in music. In addition, he served in the United States military from 1956 to 1958, after the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of Specialist Fourth Class.
He started his teaching career at the Hospers Public Schools and then served as band instructor at the Floyd Valley High School in Alton, Iowa, for nine years. For the next thirteen years, he was co-owner of De Vries Interiors in Orange City, Iowa. He then became a financial service specialist for the American State Bank. He worked in their Hospers, Iowa, office for four years and in their Sioux Center, Iowa, office for ten years, retiring in 1993.
In May of 2008, “Larry” became a resident of Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon, Iowa, and in December of 2009, he transferred to the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, Iowa.
He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Hospers, where he served as a deacon on the consistory and sang in the choir. He also served on the board of directors of the Sioux County Arts Council.
Survivors include two brothers, Dr. Donald J. Baltzer, and his wife, Claudine, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Delyle Baltzer, of Alexandria, Louisiana; a sister-in-law, Ella Baltzer, of Garretson, South Dakota; and six nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Baltzer, a nephew, and a niece.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.
Mr. Peter Bylsma, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, September 16, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.
There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, September 19, 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 Monday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Peter was born on March 16, 1917, in Friesland, The Netherlands, the son of Arie and Jenny (Elsinga) Bylsma. In 1921, he came to America with his family, and they settled at Hull. During World War II, he served in the United States Army, including 27 months as a Prisoner of War.
On June 27, 1945, he married Jeannett De Jong in Orange City. They made their home in Orange City, where he was a carpenter and farm hand. He then operated the Bylsma Blacksmith Shop in Orange City for 33 years.
Mr. Bylsma was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where he served on the consistory as both a deacon and an elder, served as a Sunday school and catechism teacher, and belonged to the Men's Society. He also taught Friendship Bible classes, participated in M-2 prison ministries, led services at the Sioux City Gospel Mission, delivered bulletins to and visited shut-ins, regularly wrote letters to missionaries, and gave many people rides to church.
“Pete” was also a member of the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post, and he provided holiday flag service for the Orange City businesses for 36 years. Besides volunteering, he enjoyed meeting people, especially inviting college students into their home. He also liked walking, boating, reading, traveling, and taking home movies.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years; 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; a sister and her husband, Irene and Harry Sheng, of Redlands, California; a brother and his wife, Percy and Alice Bylsma, of Sioux Center; a sister-in-law, Berdena Bylsma, of Hull; and a foster son and his wife, Jerry and Mary Owings, of Sioux City, and their family.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mina Gerritsen; and three brothers, Lawrence and Adolph Bylsma, and Adam in infancy.
Memorials may be directed to Orange City Home Health and Hospice or the Sioux City Gospel Mission.
NELLIE DE HAAS
Mrs. Nellie De Haas, age 99, of Hospers, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Nicholas Davelaar will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hospers Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be the hour before the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Nellie was born on October 30, 1910, in rural Hospers, the daughter of Dick and Jacoba (De Bruyn) Vanden Berg. She was raised at Hospers, where she attended a country school and the Christian School. She graduated from Western Christian Academy in Hull, where she played basketball.
On March 4, 1944, she married Nick De Haas at Boyden. They lived at Boyden and Sheldon. Nick passed away in 1958.
Mrs. De Haas then moved into Hospers, where she made her home with her sister, Magdalene. Around 1998, she moved to the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon, and in September of 2008, she transferred to Sanford Senior Care.
In earlier years, she taught school in South Dakota and Wisconsin, was a clerk at the Council Oak Store in Sheldon, and was a cook at the Sheldon Hospital. She enjoyed reading and needlework.
Nellie was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where she belonged to the Golden Hour and Priscilla Societies for many years. She also helped develop and maintain the church library. In addition, she volunteered at the Hospers Christian School's S. O. S. program.
Survivors include several nephews and nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers and two sisters, Greta Vander Hoeven, Cornelius Vanden Berg, Magdeline Vanden Berg, and Jack Vanden Berg.
Memorials may be directed to the church library.
HOWARD W. ERICKSON
Mr. Howard Erickson, age 101, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2010, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 20, at 4:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
The Rev. Jeffrey Keady will officiate.
Interment will be at the Wild Rose Union Cemetery in Wild Rose, Wisconsin.
Visitation with the family present will be the hour before the service on Saturday at the funeral home.