ALVIN L. WESTRA
Mr. Alvin Westra, age 70, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
There will be a funeral service on Friday, March 5, at 10:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Mr. Tom Hydeen will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday at the funeral home.
Alvin Lee was born on December 22, 1939, in rural Maurice, the son of Henry and Clarine (De Vries) Westra. He graduated from the Sioux Center High School and served in the United States Marines, during the Vietnam Conflict.
He made his home in Orange City, where he was a carpenter for Kepp Construction, which later became Krull Construction.
Mr. Westra enjoyed racing, especially NASCAR, reading, and fishing. He liked spending time with his sister and niece and special cousins, Hope and Rick Cameron.
Survivors include his sister, Karen Brunemeier, and a niece, Carissa Brunemeier, both of Orange City.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be directed to the Heart Fund or the Cancer Society.
PHYLLIS I. VAN WYK
Mrs. Phyllis Van Wyk, age 84, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.
There will be a funeral service on Friday, February 5, at 10:30am, at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton. The Rev. Michael Hardeman and the Rev. Elizabeth Hardeman will officiate. Interment will follow at the Nassau Township Cemetery, near Alton. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Phyllis Irene was born on February 15, 1925, in rural Seney, the daughter of Ed and Hattie (Ruisch) Sorgdrager. At the age of four, her family moved to a farm by Alton.
On February 22, 1949, she married Gerrit Van Wyk at Alton. They made their home on the Sorgdrager farm, where she was a homemaker. In later times, she was also a ward secretary at the Orange City Municipal Hospital for 23 years. In 1994, they retired to Orange City. She moved to the Oak Park Care Center in Sheldon in 2004, and in May of 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Van Wyk both became residents of the Long Term Care Facility. Gerrit passed away there on July 12, 2009, after more than sixty years of marriage.
Phyllis was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where she participated in the women's organizations. She also belonged to the Floyd American Legion Post Auxiliary.
She enjoyed music, especially playing the piano, doing yard work, and going to travelogues. She looked forward to quality time with her grandchildren and spent many hours caring for them.
Survivors include her six children, Harlan Van Wyk, and his wife, Jocelyn, of Des Moines; Stanley Van Wyk, and his wife, Nancy, of Marshalltown; Ronald Van Wyk, and his wife, Connie, of Alton; Lila, and her husband, Brad Goslinga, of Orange City; Gordon Van Wyk, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Roger Van Wyk, and his wife, Kristie, of Sergeant Bluff; seventeen grandchildren, Michelle Davis, Sarah Quang, Dan Van Wyk, Natasha Billow, Nathan Finestead; Lindsey and Ryan Van Wyk; Jesse, Joshua, and Andrew Van Wyk; Brett, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Jason Goslinga; Haley Tomlinson, and Tanner and Jayden Van Wyk; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edith Rozeboom, of Sheldon.
She was preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Harriet and Theodore Feekes, and a brother-in-law, Lammert Rozeboom.
DICK VANDER VEGTE
Mr. Dick Vander Vegte, age 78, of Peoria, Arizona, formerly of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Hospice of Arizona in Peoria.
Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
LYLE W. STANGE
Mr. Lyle Stange, age 83, of Hull, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010, at the Sioux Center, Iowa, Community Hospital.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, March 6, at 2:00pm, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Hull. Pastor Jeremy Winter will officiate. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Lyle William was born on May 20, 1926, at Doon, Iowa, the son of William R. and Mary I. (Wagner) Stange. He was raised near Doon, was baptized and confirmed at St Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull, and attended country school in Lyon County. After graduation, he farmed with his father.
On June 6, 1947, he married Eileen Evelyn Kosters at Sioux Center, Iowa. They farmed northeast of Doon for three years, later moving to a farm northeast of Hull, where they lived until 1970. He then pursued a career as a long-distance truck driver, retiring from the Teamsters Union after 23 years. They made their family home in Sioux City, Iowa, and later in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Lyle and Eileen then chose to make a life of leisure and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eileen passed away there on January 20, 2006, after more than 58 years of marriage.
Lyle then returned to his roots and became a resident of the Pleasant Acres Care Center and St Paul Lutheran Church, both of Hull.
Many of his adventures included traveling, fishing, hunting, and visiting his children.
Survivors include his four children, Virginia Linneman, of Hull; Laura, and her husband, Todd Vershowske, of Lake Wales, Florida; Michael Stange, and his wife, Rose, of San Antonio, Texas; and Meri Jo Wood, of Aztec, New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Leigh Vershowske, Tanya Vershowske, Jennifer Hebel, Jason Stange, Carla Stange, Amanda Wood, and J. Lyle Wood; four great-grandchildren, Aliyah, Makaylah, and Shaylah Hebel, and Robert Lyle Stange; two nephews, Wayne Strampe and William Stange; and two nieces, Jeanette Wissink and Carol Dierksen.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Mike Linneman; a brother and his wife, Edward and Frances Stange; and a sister and her husband, Luella and Orlynn Strampe.
Memorials may be directed to the church or Pleasant Acres.
Mrs. Kathryn Rensink, age 85, of Hospers, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at the Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, November 15, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Milton Sikkema and the Rev. Harlan De Jong will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hospers Cemetery. There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:30am, at the church.
Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the CHURCH. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Kathryn was born on May 4, 1923, at Sheldon, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Brouwer) Swets. She was raised in the Newkirk area and attended the Hospers Christian School.
On January 31, 1947, she married Gilbert John Rensink in Hospers. They farmed east of Hospers all their married life. In later years, they moved into Hospers. In 2006, they became residents of Royale Meadows. Gilbert passed away on July 8, 2007, in Sioux Center, after more than sixty years of marriage.
Mrs. Rensink was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in a circle and volunteered in the library. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary in Hospers.
She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and stitching.
Survivors include her six children, Carol, and her husband, Don Kohlstedt, of Wichita, Kansas; Glenda, and her husband, the Rev. Harlan De Jong, of Aplington; Judy, and her husband, Leon Rowenhorst, of Orange City; Robert Rensink, and his wife, Karen, of Denver, Colorado; Laura, and her husband, Arlin Roskam, of Sioux Center; and Philip Rensink, of Hospers; seventeen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Della, and her husband, John Kreykes, of Sheldon; and Evelyn Van Leeuwen, of Hospers.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Roskam; and two sisters, Nell Vanden Berg and Wilma Mouw.
Memorials may be directed to the church library.