WILLEMINA J. JANSEN
Mrs. Willemina Jansen, age 91, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
There will be a memorial service on Monday, March 22, at 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. Donald Lenderink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 12:00noon, at the funeral home.
Visitation will be after 6:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the funeral home.
Willemina Johanna was born on October 21, 1918, in Zelhem, The Netherlands, the daughter of Gerrit and Johanna (Wolsink) Rietman. She was raised in Zelhem, where she graduated from the 't Loo elementary school.
On May 9, 1941, she married Wilhelm Jansen in The Netherlands. In August of 1956, they and their children moved to the United States, where they settled in Orange City. There she was a homemaker, and she assisted her husband in the operation of the Wooden Shoe Factory. She painted the shoes and also served as a salesperson. Mr. Jansen passed away on June 4, 1984, in Orange City.
In February of 2009, Mrs. Jansen became a resident of the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.
She was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. She enjoyed cleaning and going out to dinner.
Survivors include her daughter and her husband, Ann and Jerry Rathman, of Sergeant Bluff; a son and his wife, John and Helen Jansen, of Orange City; five grandchildren, Tami Bliven, Sandi Reynders, Dale Jansen, Chad Jansen, and Sherry Davis; several great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herman Rietman, in the The Netherlands.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gerrit; and three sisters, Gerda, Dinnie, and Jans.
Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Reformed Church building fund.
DR. RODNEY G. JISKOOT
Dr. Rodney Jiskoot, age 70, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2010, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Arizona.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 13, at 11:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Keith Krebs and the Rev. Harlan Van Oort 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 10:00am, at the CHURCH.
Visitation with the family present will be on Friday, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the CHURCH. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
DARLENE E. KIERNAN
Mrs. Darlene Kiernan, age 76, of 4 Rebecca Lane, Savannah, Georgia 31411, formerly of Orange City and Sioux Center, Iowa, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2006, at her home, with her husband and children at her side.
Darlene Elva was the daughter of Peter Vanden Berge and Jennie (Reitveld) Vanden Berge. She was born in Orange City on September 28, 1929. Her family moved from their farm home to Orange City in 1944. Darlene was involved in area events and served as the Queen of the annual Tulip Festival at age 16. She enjoyed performing in a number of local theatre productions, and graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City. She taught elementary school students in Orange City and Le Mars, Iowa; Vermillion, South Dakota; and Bangor Maine.
On June 9, 1951, Darlene married Thomas E. Kiernan, who was a student at the University of South Dakota. Throughout their married life, she remained very supportive of Tom's medical practices in Sioux Center, Iowa City and Newton, Iowa. She was a member of the Iowa State Medical Auxiliary and was active in the Jasper County and Skiff Medical Center Auxiliaries. Darlene was a member of the Newton YMCA Board of Directors, Theta Chi, and the Newton Country Club.
Darlene and Tom enjoyed wintering at their home in the Cayman Islands and made many good friends from both the United States and Canada, over the years.
Survivors include her husband of more than 55 years; her daughter, Jane, and her husband, James Kray, of Wheaton, Illinois; her son, James Kiernan, and his wife, Rita, of McHenry, Illinois; five grandchildren, Thomas and Jennifer Kray; and Mallory, Bridget, and Delaney Kiernan; a brother and his wife, Peter and June Vanden Berge, of Orange City; a sister and her husband, Ruth and Frank De Vries, of Orange City; a brother and his wife, James and Judy Vanden Berge, of Traverse City , Michigan; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Vanden Berge, in World War II, and a sister and her husband, Jean and Richard Hawkins, of LeMars.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 26, at 10:30am, at the Alton Presbyterian Church, 311 Twelfth Street, Alton, Iowa 51003. Mr. Ronald Brink, C. L. P., will officiate. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, at 10:00am, at the Nassau Township Cemetery, near Alton. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Alton Presbyterian Church building fund or to Hospice of Savannah, Post Office Box 13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416.
Miss Nellie Langstraat, age 91, formerly of Newkirk and Des Moines, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.
There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, November 24, at 1:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be the hour before the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Nellie was born on November 10, 1918, in rural Sheldon, the daughter of Henry P. and Anna Marie (Scholten) Langstraat. She was baptized in the Newkirk Reformed Church on January 17, 1919. She was raised on the family farm north of Newkirk, where she attended a country school and the church's Sunday school. Later, she moved to Sheldon with her parents.
As a deaf woman, she moved to Des Moines to attend a rehabilitation training center. During her first year there, she met Geraldine Armel, who was also deaf. They started a friendship which lasted the rest of their lives.
On April 12, 1956, Nellie became employed at the Lindfelt Glove Factory in Des Moines, which later changed to the Champion Glove Factory. She sewed many types of gloves, but specialized in stitching batters' gloves. She retired on November 1, 1983, after 27 years of service.
She also became a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Des Moines, where she faithfully worshipped. She enjoyed playing card games, such as Flinch and Hearts, with other church members and her brothers and sisters. She also liked sewing and making crafts.
Due to declining health, Nell and “Geri” moved to the Prairie View Manor in Sanborn in October of this year. They transferred to the nursing home there in November.
Survivors include a sister, Anna Rensink, of Sheldon; a brother, Herman Langstraat, of Orange City; a sister-in-law, Alice Langstraat, of Orange City; several nephews and nieces, and her dear friend, Geraldine.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Peter and Tracie Langstraat; a brother-in-law, Bernie (Anna) Rensink; two sisters-in-law, Grace and Winifred (Herman) Langstraat; two sisters and their husbands, Johanna and Lawrence Den Hartog and Harriet and Elmer Zorgdrager; and a brother, Lester “Ted” (Alice) Langstraat.
Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf.