Mrs. Ann Meekma, age 89, of Orange City, Iowa, formerly of Randolph, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, from 12:00noon to 1:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Visitation with the family will also be on Sunday, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, at the Randolph Community Funeral Home. There will be a funeral service on Monday, January 25, at 10:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Randolph. The Rev. Ben Bruins will officiate. Interment will follow at the Randolph Cemetery.
Ann was born on May 15, 1920, in the Friesland, Wisconsin, area. She was the oldest daughter of Dewey & Minnie (Vander Wal) Braaksma. She spent the early part of her childhood in the Cambria, Wisconsin, area, where she attended a country school thru the seventh grade.
On September 12, 1940, she married Sam Meekma in Friesland. Sam and Ann farmed west of Randolph for many years and found a wonderful partnership together. She milked cows, baled hay, and worked hard, side by side with Sam. She was also a fantastic homemaker and absolutely loved serving people food and providing fellowship for family and friends at the farm. In addition, she was well known for making wedding cakes. She truly was an artist in decorating cakes. Ann also worked as a clerk in the local pharmacy and as a cook at the school. She was active in church, as part of the Ladies Aid and singing in the choir for decades.
Sam and Ann moved to Orange City in April of 1997, and enjoyed being with their children and grandchildren and seeing them in their activities. They also thoroughly enjoyed golfing together, until health prevented them from doing so. They were also active volunteers for the Tulip Festival in Orange City. Sam and Ann had a wonderful life, enjoying over 67 years together, until Sam passed away on January 10, 2008, in Remsen, Iowa.
Ann became a resident of the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen, on September 2, 2008. She loved her time at Happy Siesta and often remarked how nice the people were and how well they treated her. She enjoyed getting “dressed up” for every meal and always wanted to look her best. She also reveled in spending time reading her Bible and reflecting on how blessed she was. Indeed, Sam and Ann always set a great example for their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to follow.
Ann is survived by a daughter, Sandra, and her husband, Wilfred Schantl,of Spring Hill, Florida; two sons, Terry Meekma, and his wife, Rachel, of Orange City; and Wayne Meekma, and his wife, Lisa, of Omaha, Nebraska; and a son-in-law, Frank DeVries, of Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
In addition to her husband, Ann was preceded in death by a daughter, Alice DeVries.
Ann is also survived by eleven grandchildren, John Schantl, and his wife, Kim, of Spring Hill; Jason Schantl, and his wife, Karla, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Mike DeVries, of Callehorn, Wisconsin; Michelle Mieke, and her husband, Alan, of Burlington, Iowa; Marilee DeVries, of Elkhorn; Jess Meekma, and his wife, Lisa, of Omaha; Tara Meekma Frizzi ,and her husband, Andrea, of Denver, Colorado; Ashley Saras, and her husband, Chris, of Orange City; Tyler Meekma, and his fiancé, Khristine Farrington, of Orange City; and Seth Meekma and Jordyn Meekma, both of Omaha; and five great grandchildren, Payton, Isabel,and Alex Meike, and Sophie and Hannah Meekma.
In addition, Ann is survived by one sister, Betty Jane Denure, of Rio, Wisconsin,;two brothers, Marvin Braaksma, and his wife, Fran, of Clear Water, Florida; and Pete Braaksma, and his wife, Helen Ann, of Aurora, Colorado; a brother-in-law, Ted Meekma, and his wife, Evelyn, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; and two sisters-in-law, Tillie Vander Werff, and her husband, Alfred; and Alice Tamminga, all of Randolph.
Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice or Haiti Relief c/o the First Reformed Churches in Orange City or Randolph.
WILMA J. NIBBELINK
Mrs. Wilma Nibbelink, age 70, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2009, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
There will be a memorial service on Thursday, October 29, at 1:30pm, at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Todd De Rooy will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Thursday, at 12:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the funeral home.
Wilma Joan was born on February 8, 1939, at Alton, the daughter of William and Florence (De Jong) Smit. She was raised at Alton and Orange City, where she graduated from the Christian School. She also graduated from the Western Christian High School in Hull. She then went on to the Lutheran School of Nursing in Sioux City for three years, graduating with her registered nursing degree.
On November 14, 1961, she married William Nibbelink in Orange City. They first made their home in Orange City and several other Sioux County towns. Then they moved to Waterloo and just last year returned to Orange City.
She spent one year as a missionary nurse in Rehoboth, New Mexico. Her first employment was at the Orange City Municipal Hospital, and then she was a homemaker, raising her family. Later, she worked in several nursing homes and hospitals, wherever the couple lived. With a special place in her heart for children, she particularly liked her time assisting at a day care center in Waterloo.
Mrs. Nibbelink was a member of the Redeemer United Reformed Church, where she enjoyed Christian fellowship. She appreciated the simple things in life, such as God's nature and being with family and friends. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.
Survivors include her husband of almost 48 years, “Bill”; five children and their spouses, Kim and Tim Foreman, of Sioux Center; Bill and Nina Nibbelink, of Cedar Falls; Heidi and Howard Van Wyhe, of Hills, Minnesota; Chad and Sara Nibbelink, of Lino Lakes, Minnesota; and Angie and Mark Den Besten, of Boyden; fifteen grandchildren; two sisters and their husbands, Karen and John Anema and Darlene and John Van Ee; and a brother and his wife, Ron and Twila Smit.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
KATHRYN W. ZOET
Mrs. Kathryn Zoet, age 87, of Hull, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2009, at the Fellowship Village in Inwood.
There will be a funeral service on Thursday, February 12, at 2:30pm, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Verlyn Boone will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Kathryn Willemina was born on May 2, 1921, at Orange City, the daughter of Pleun and Jennie (Wiersema) De Zeeuw. She was raised in the Middleburg and Boyden area, where she attended the Capel No. 9 country school.
On May 2, 1946, she married Johan Andrew Zoet in Middleburg. They farmed at Hull, where she was a homemaker and assisted her husband. She was also employed at the Pleasant Acres Nursing Home in Hull and served as a foster grandma at Hope Haven in Rock Valley. “Joe” passed away on July 22, 1989, in Rock Valley, after more than 43 years of marriage.
Mrs. Zoet moved into Hull in November of 1989. She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she belonged to their ladies aid. She enjoyed reading, raising flowers, embroidering, and babysitting her many grandchildren.
Survivors include four children and their spouses, Harrietta Niemeyer and Philip and Karen Zoet, all of Hull; and Lisa and Mark Van Der Brink and Lori and Steve Reintsma, all of Rock Valley; nineteen grandchildren and their spouses, Paula and Mike Steffes, Joel and Pam Niemeyer, Kim and Jeff Hoogendoorn, Michael and April Niemeyer, Michelle and Bob Reisch, Melanie Beech, Brady and Lori Bakker, Kristie and Tim Van Leeuwen, Heather Bagshaw, Heidi Bakker, Nicholas Van Der Brink, Joseph Van Der Brink, Sarah Van Der Brink, Matthew Reintsma, Rebecca Reintsma, Tyler Reintsma, Amanda Swearingen, Nick Swearingen, and Adam Schultz; and twelve great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janith Faye Schuldt; three grandchildren, Jason Bakker, Katie Reintsma, and Monica Zoet; a grandson-in-law, Ben Bagshaw; and a sister and her husband, Ann and Peter Leusink.
Memorials may be directed to the Foster Grandparents at Hope Haven and Fellowship Village.
Mr. Lloyd Woudstra, age 75, of Sheldon, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2006, at the Orange City Area Health System.
There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, November 14, at 11:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Duane Tinklenberg 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 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Lloyd Dale was born on June 14, 1931, near Hospers, the son of Ike and Willemina (Reinsma) Woudstra. He was raised at Hospers, where he attended the Christian school. He graduated from the Western Christian High School in Hull.
On June 19, 1951, he married Gertrude Marlene Ennema at Hospers. They made their home in Hospers, where he was involved in the meat packing business. In June of 1978, they moved to Sheldon. He was in the cattle feeding business at the Sioux Center Cooperative Feedlot until his death. He courageously fought his battle with cancer to the end.
Mr. Woudstra was a lifetime faithful member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. He had been a member of the board of directors of the Hospers Christian School.
His major goals in life were to raise a Christian family and to be a loving and caring husband and father. He felt blessed to have his family, and he enjoyed spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. Lloyd was known for his sense of humor by all who knew him. The three most important things in his life were his faith in God, his family, and cattle feeding.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Trudy; six children, Linda, and her husband, Roger Tiedeman, of Hull; Ila Johnson, of Sheldon; Sharon, and her husband, Hank Coulander, of Sheldon; Wayne “Butch” Woudstra, of Le Mars; Shirley, and her husband, Merlin Ryks, of Sioux Center; and Bonnie, and her husband, Glen Bonnema, of Ireton; sixteen grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, a step-great-grandchild; a sister and her husband, Gwen and Bernie Bousema, of Sheldon; and a brother and his wife, Irv and Marlene Woudstra, of Hospers.
Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.