Obituaries

Tillie Bork

May 10, 1919 – January 5, 2018

Funeral services for Tillie Bork, 98, of Luverne, Minn., were held Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Luverne Christian Reformed Church. Burial was at the Hillside Cemetery in Doon, Iowa.

Tillie Bork was born on May 10, 1919, to William and Hendrieka (Wallenburg) Termaat on the family farm near Rock Rapids, Iowa. She was raised and attended country school in Cleveland Township near Rock Rapids. Upon completing her schooling, she remained on the farm to help her family.

On January 25, 1940, Tillie was united in marriage to Herman Bork at her parents’ home. Following their marriage the couple resided on a farm south of Holland, Minn., for three years. They returned to a farm west of Doon, Iowa, for seven years and then moved north to a farm on the state line, near Steen, Minn. Five years later, they moved to a farm on the east edge of Luverne, Minn., where they continued to farm until they retired in 1981 and moved into town. Tillie was a homemaker and later worked for the cleaning department at the Luverne Community Hospital for 12 years before her retirement.

Herman preceded her in death on December 5, 2007. Tillie continued living in her apartment until moving to the Oaks in May 2010. In July 2015, she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne, where on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, Tillie passed away peacefully at the age of 98 years, seven months, and 26 days.

She was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. She enjoyed cooking, crafting, crocheting, cleaning, and working in her flower garden. She bowled for many years and participated in a league. She was even still bowling at almost 90 years old. For much of Tillie’s life, the highlight of her week was the tradition of having family together for lunch after church service.

Tillie is lovingly remembered by her four children, Orville and Barbara of Luverne, Wallace and Linda Sue of Rapid City, S.D., Harley and Linda Kay of Jasper, Minn., and Don and Marcia of Beaver Creek, Minn.; sister-in-law, Florence Termaat of Rock Valley, Iowa; a sister, Evelyn Huisman of Holland, Mich.; 12 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and other family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Herman; two grandchildren, Susan Bork and Brian Bork; parents; two brothers, Jack Termaat and William Termaat, Jr.; five sisters, Winnie Visser and Gert Van Engen, Christine Van Tol, Coba Mulder, and Henrietta Oostra.

Rose Mary Gunnink

April 21, 1958 – January 13, 2018

A memorial service for Rose Mary Gunnink, 59, of Sioux Falls, S.D., was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Falls with Rev. Steven Anthes officiating. Inurnment will be in the New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone.

Rose Mary Gunnink was born in Duluth, Minn., on April 21, 1958, and she was adopted by Bert and Etta Mae Gunnink on January 13, 1959, at 8-1/2 months old. She was baptized in the Pipestone Christian Reformed Church and made a confession of her faith as a teenager. She attended Jasper grade school and high school. After she graduated she attended Hair Styling and Cosmetology School in Austin, Minn.  She then worked at Hiawatha Manor where she worked with special needs adults in Pipestone, Minn.

She moved to Sioux Falls and worked at Citibank for many years and enjoyed her job. She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she enjoyed playing hand bells and singing in the choir.

She is lovingly remembered by her parents, Bert and Etta Mae Gunnink; two brothers, Gary and Tim (Barb); a sister, Gloria; nieces, Brittany Gunnink, and Dacia and Rolo Celis; a great niece, Ettalia; uncles and aunts, Pete and Betty Vos and Arnold and Connie Gunnink, and many nieces and nephews.

James Blom

July 27, 1923 – January 6, 2018

Funeral services for James Blom, 94, of Pipestone, Minn., were held Wednesday, Jan. 10, 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Pipestone with Pastor Tim Ouwinga and Pastor Jerry Blom officiating. Interment was in the New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone.

Pallbearers were all of his grandchildren.

James Jacob Blom was born on July 27, 1923, to Albert and Catherine (Van Nieuwenhuyzen) Blom at home in Chanarambie Township, Murray County, Minnesota. He received his eighth grade education in rural Country School District 81. He worked on the farm with his father until October of 1943 when he entered into the Army Air Force and served in the 8th Air Force as a waist gunner on B24 bombers. He flew 12 missions, serving through to the end of the war in Germany. He was honorably discharged on December 20, 1945. He went to school in Kansas City, Missouri, to learn watch repair, engraving, and jewelry repair.

On July 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Baartman at her parents’ home. In 1950 he moved to Pipestone and worked for Schmidt Jewelers for 4.5 years. He had various jobs until he started Blom Jewelers in 1959. In 1975 he retired and continued to live in Pipestone. In 1993 he was preceded in death by Cynthia.

On July 1, 2000, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Cramer at the United Church of Christ in Estelline, S.D. The couple moved into Falls Landing and Dorothy preceded James in death in 2014. After her passing James moved into Ridge View Estates in Pipestone. In May of 2017, he moved to Colonial Manor in Balaton, Minn., and on December 29, 2017, he entered the Pipestone County Hospice House where he passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the age of 94 years, five months, and nine days.

James was an active member of the Pipestone Christian Reformed Church, serving as a deacon and an elder. He was also a charter member of the Pipestone Ambulance Association.

James is lovingly remembered by his four sons, Jerry (Verla) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Allen (LaVonne) of Pipestone, Steve (Lynette) of St. Cloud, Minn., Dan (Lucinda) of Fairview, Tenn.; two daughters, Connie (Calvin) Tinklenberg of Chandler, Minn., and Cynthia Coffee of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one step-daughter, Wanda Tyler of White, S.D.; one step-son, Roger Cramer of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Cynthia and Dorothy; one granddaughter, Lisa Tinklenberg; one grandson, Erik Blom; four brothers, Albert, Jillis, Henry, and Garrit; two sisters, Angie and Gertie; and one son-in-law, Jeff Klein.

Kenneth Bolkema

July 29, 1925 – January 4, 2018

Funeral services for Kenneth Bolkema, 92 of Leota, Minn., were held Monday, January 8, 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church  in Leota with Pastor Joseph Vanden Akker officiating. Burial was prior to the service at the Leota Community Cemetery.

Music was provided by organist LaVonn Hulstein; special music, How Great Thou Art, by Makayla Kortleever; and congregational hymns Nearer, My God, To Thee, Precious Lord, Take My Hand and By The Sea Of Crystal.

Casket bearers were Paul Brouwer, Todd Bolkema, Doug Brouwer, Justin Feikema, Jason Bolkema, and Shane Feikema. Honorary casket bearers were Jill Kortleever, Amber Holtberg, Becky Brouwer, Nikki Bosma, Jody Haverhals, and April Nieuwsma.

Kenneth Bolkema, age 92, of Edgerton, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living in Edgerton. He was born July 29, 1925, in Sheldon, Iowa, to John and Winnie (De Boer) Bolkema. He attended grade school in a country school near Hartley, Iowa. His family moved to a farm near Ruthton, Minn., where he attended grade school and high school. His family moved back to a farm near Rock Valley, Iowa, where Kenneth helped on the farm. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 18. He served his country during WWII in combat on Luzon in the Philippines Islands; he later was sent to occupy Japan until the end of WWII.

On February 12, 1947, Ken married Lucy Jacobsma at Rock Valley Christian Reformed Church.  He worked for a farmer near Inwood, Iowa, for two years and also for a farmer near Alvord, Iowa, for two years. They rented a farm near Larchwood, Iowa, for nine years. In 1960 they moved to a farm south of Leota and farmed there for thirty-two years. They moved into Leota in 1992. In April of 2016 he moved to Edgebrook Estates in Edgerton.

Kenneth was a member of Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota and was a supervisor of the Leota Township Board for 32 years. He enjoyed reading and in his younger years, playing horse shoes.

He is lovingly remembered by his four children, Helen Brouwer, Worthington; Jay (Dorothy) Bolkema, Orange City, Iowa; Robert (Vonnie) Bolkema, Edgerton; Wanetta (Brent) Feikema, Lismore; twelve grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren; two brothers, John (Betty) Bolkema, Hull, Iowa, and Norm (Bess) Bolkema, Chandler, Ariz; four sisters-in-law, Nina Bolkema, Sheldon; Elaine Bolkema, Rock Valley; Mary Jacobsma, Brandon, S.D.; and Carol Jacobsma, Jenison, Mich.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arie and Darlene Bliek, Larchwood; Bernie and Kathy Jacobsma, Luverne, Minn.; and Harold and Glenda Jacobsma, Luverne; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lucy in February 2009, two brothers, Marvin and Leroy; two sisters, Lucille Veltkamp and Johanna Van Gelderen, and several other relatives.

Clara Rozeboom

March 14, 1932 – December 31, 2017

Funeral services for Clara Rozeboom, 85, of Leota, Minn., were held Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church, Leota. The officiating pastor was Pastor Steve Pomp. Burial was in the Leota Community Cemetery. Clara died on December 31, 2017.

Glenda Van Hill was the organist. The congregation sang Lord, Through All The Ages, The Lord My Shepherd Holds Me, I Will Sing Of The Mercies Of The Lord, How Great Thou Art, and By The Sea Of Crystal.

Pallbearers were Paul Witzel, Scott Witzel, Brent Kuik, Andy Pomp, Bryce Witzel, Jon Pomp, Jared Kuik, and Isaac Van Essen. Honorary pallbearers were Paula (Kuik) Kester, Sarah (Pomp) Erholtz, Mardelle De Jong, Ashley Anderton, Mackenzie Witzel, TeAna Witzel, Madison Witzel, and Eliza Van Essen. Interment was in the Leota Community Cemetery, Leota.

~ Written by Clara Rozeboom

I was born March 14, 1932, to John and Johanna (VerMeer) Kooiker near Middleburg, Iowa. I helped on the farm, attended and graduated from country grade school. I took piano lessons from Teneva Koerselman for fifty cents a lesson and Teneva came over with an older car, too. I then had two years at Western Christian High, in Hull, Iowa. I then moved with my parents to a farm west of Hardwick, Minn. and graduated from Luverne High School in 1949. I was secretary at the A.A. Anderson Real Estate and Insurance Office at Luverne for two years. I also took organ lessons from A.C. Hartog and played organ at First CRC Edgerton where my family were members.

I married Harvard “Bud” Rozeboom on June 20, 1951, in Edgerton. We farmed on several farms before moving to the farm east of Leota in 1960, until the farm was totally destroyed by an F5 tornado on June 16, 1992. The lives of seven were spared. Bud and I then moved down the hill closer to Leota, still on our land, where we built our home. I helped on the farm yet, worked at Mouw’s Hatchery, and for nearly nine years was a CNA at Edgebrook Care Center. I also gave piano lessons to area students. I played organ at Ebenezer for nearly fifty years and a new Allen organ at Ebenezer was installed in 1989. Music was a big part of my life and I enjoyed playing for congregational singing the most. I am a member of Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church. I liked playing my piano and organ, reading, watching the Minnesota Twins and other sports, and have a special gift of sending cards. Bud and I did make some nice trips to Lynden, Wash.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Marathon, Fla.; and Gull Lake at Tenstrike, Minn., and Grand Rapids, Mich.

I am survived by my four daughters, Joyce (Steven) Pomp, Tenstrike; Connie (Witzel) Ron DeBoer, Hawarden, Iowa; Sharon (David) Kuik, Leota; and Beth Van Essen, Sioux Falls, S.D.; twelve grandchildren; twenty two great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Sherry) Kooiker, Hull; two sisters, Cynthia Lundberg, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Louisa De Boer, Leota; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Kooiker, Luverne; Beverly Kooiker, Caledonia, Mich.; and Harriet (John) Vander Haar, Edgerton; a brother-in-law, Marvin Rozeboom, Leota; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

I was preceded in death by my parents; husband, Bud on November 12, 2010; son-in-law, Greg Witzel in 2005; three brothers, Herman, Jake, and Willis Kooiker; a brother-in-law, Don De Boer; and several other relatives.

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