WILLIAM C. REYELTS
Mr. William Reyelts, age 93, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, January 30, at 2:00pm, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull. The Rev. John Riggle will officiate. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
Wilhelm Claus Fredrick Reyelts was born on May 8, 1916, in rural Trosky, Minnesota, the son of August and Frieda (Funck) Reyelts. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church at Trosky and also attended county school there. As a teenager, his family moved to a farm northeast of Hull, which eventually became a Century Farm.
On September 30, 1941, he married Hendricka Scholten in Worthington, Minnesota. They farmed at Hull, where she passed away on August 4, 1980. On November 30, 1985, he married Marian Anderson Van Dyk at Hull. They continued to live at Hull, where she passed away on February 15, 2009.
Bill was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he served on the council as president, elder, trustee, and deacon. He was also a member of the education and cemetery committees. He had a strong faith throughout his life and was a prayer warrior and regular scripture reader.
In addition, he was a director of the Sheridan No. 4 rural school board.
In earlier years, he attended diesel mechanic school in Chicago, Illinois. He used those skills to repair farm machinery and restore his collection of tractors and antique gas engines. He enjoyed traveling to many areas, including Germany, Arizona, Virginia, and Indiana.
Survivors include five children, Donna (Joe) Gingras, of Rock Rapids; Glenda (Charles) Bryson, of Schleswig; Loren (Mary Ellen) Reyelts, of Hull; Lola Hindbjorgen, of Hendricks, Minnesota; and Marcia (Dennis) Orcutt, of Columbia City, Indiana; a son-in-law, Kenneth Stueven, of George; four step-children, Daryl Van Dyk and Loren Van Dyk, of Hull; Lloyd (Susan) Van Dyk, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Connie (Rigo) Mendez, of Boyden; sixteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Martha Zandstra, Arta Collins, and Arlyna Vande Griend.
In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Stueven; a son-in-law, Paul Hindbjorgen; a grandson, Darrel Stueven; and two sisters, Esther (Ewald) Georinger and Mildred (Alfred) Winter.
Mrs. Esther Scholten, age 85, of rural Hospers, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at her residence.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, January 30, 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 will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.
Esther was born on June 29, 1924, in Orange City, the daughter of Jacob and Katrina (Vander Stoep) Peters. She was raised at Hospers, where she attended a country school and graduated from the Hospers Christian School.
On October 18, 1945, she married Morris J. Scholten at her parents' home in Hospers. They first made their home in Newkirk and then Alton, but spent most of their lives in rural Hospers. There she was a homemaker and helped her husband farm, including bringing many dinners to the fields. She also gave piano lessons. Mr. Scholten passed away on April 24, 1998, in Sioux City.
Mrs. Scholten was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where she served as an organist for 61 years. Her sister taught her to play the organ, and she played at numerous funerals. She also belonged to the Golden Hour and Priscilla Societies there.
She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, and spending time with her family, especially babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was known for sending cards to others and bringing many meals to the sick.
Survivors include her daughter and her husband, Katie and Harlan Rouse, of Hospers; three sons and their wives, Leland and Arlene Scholten, of Boyden; Arlan and Marcia Scholten, of Orange City; and Darwan and Janice Scholten, of Boyden; thirteen grandchildren, Karre (Jay) Sexton, Mark Rouse, Sara (Travis) Gemberling, Joel (Amanda) Scholten, Kimberly (Wade) Heemskerk, Mikah (Mary) Scholten, Aaron (Dana) Scholten, Keith Scholten, Miranda (Don) King, Larissa Scholten, Sheresa (Rob) O'Neill, Brayden Scholten, and Alyvia Scholten; twenty great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Herbert and Theresa Peters, of Sheldon; Morris' family, Ed and Eunice Scholten, of Sioux Center; Jim Scholten, of Inwood; Harriet and Al Van Zanten, of Doon; Bernard and Anna Scholten, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Helen Scholten, of Rock Valley.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Ava Allison Scholten; two sisters and their husbands, Marie and Cornelius Moerman and Caroline and Gilbert Visser; and Morris' family, Greta Scholten, Irma Scholten, Hilda Scholten, and Andrew Scholten.
Memorials may be directed to the Back to God Hour or the church music fund.
RUSSELL B. TE GROTENHUIS
Mr. Russell Te Grotenhuis, age 92, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2009, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.
There will be a memorial service on Monday, December 28, at 2:00pm, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. David Ter Beest 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 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the funeral home.
Russell Bonnema was born on November 3, 1917, in Orange City, the son of Gerrit and Rena (Bonnema) Te Grotenhuis. He was raised on a farm two miles west of Orange City, where he first attended the Christian school and later the public school.
On August 23, 1943, he married Dorothy Margaret Boone at the home of her parents, Arie and Hattie Boone, in Orange City. They farmed the land where he was born for 26 years. In 1970, they moved into Orange City, where he was a service technician at Orange Motors. More recently, they moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. In November, he joined his wife at the Long Term Care Facility.
Mr. Te Grotenhuis was a member of the First Reformed Church, where he sang in the Men's Chorus. This summer, he decided to read through the complete Bible again. With his family, he loved to sing hymns in harmony.
He was a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau and served on the board of directors of the Sioux County Museum. He was creative and made everything from toys to wishing wells. He enjoyed playing pool, cards, and “Name that Tune” at the Long Term Care Facility.
Survivors include his wife of more than 66 years; a daughter and her husband, Donna Faye and Audley Van Peursem, of Orange City; a son and his wife, Duane and Evelyn Te Grotenhuis, of San Marcos, Texas; five grandchildren, Gregory Scott Van Peursem, and his wife, Donna, Michelle Lyn Grady, Zachary Duane Te Grotenhuis, Amy Allison Te Grotenhuis, and Alexander Dieters Te Grotenhuis, four great-grandchildren, Emily, Connor, and Parker Van Peursem, and Tiahna Grady; and a brother and his wife, Eugene and Leola Te Grotenhuis, of Orange City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Kurt Douglas Van Peursem; and two brothers and their wives, Arthur and Kate Te Grotenhuis and Milo and Gert Te Grotenhuis.
Memorials may be directed to the church organ fund.
JENNIE VANDE BRAKE
Mrs. Jennie Vande Brake, age 83, of rural Maurice, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at her farm home.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, November 21, at 1:30pm, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Dr. Perry De Groot will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Jennie was born on January 22, 1926, in rural Newkirk, the daughter of William C. and Jennie (Van Meeteren) Langstraat. She was raised near Newkirk.
On April 25, 1947, she married Eugene Vande Brake in Orange City. They made their home on a farm north of Maurice. She was a homemaker and partner with her husband, as they farmed and operated a repair shop.
Mrs. Vande Brake was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the women's activities. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader.
Survivors include her husband of more than 62 years, “Gene”; a son and his wife, Kenneth and Rose Vande Brake, of Alton; two daughters, Jolene De Boer, of Ireton; and Carol, and her husband, Randy Brown, of Chicago, Illinois; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a brother, Peter Langstraat, of Orange City; a sister, Angelina Torrenga, of Clinton, Wisconsin; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by six brothers, Cornie, Dick, William, John, Howard, and Walter Langstraat.
Memorials may be directed to CHEARS, Home Health, and Hospice in Sioux Center.