Deloras H. Griffin


November 26, 1928—September 13, 2017

Memorial services for Deloras “Dee” Griffin, 88, of Willmar,   Minn., were held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Tripolis Lutheran Church near Kandiyohi. Interment was at Sparta Cemetery in rural Granite Falls.

Deloras Henrietta Griffin was born November 26, 1928, in Wheaton, Minn., the daughter of Axel and Julia (Anderson) Johnson. She grew up and received her education in the Sisseton, S.D., area, graduating from Sisseton High School in 1946. She then worked at the Wheaton Elevator as a bookkeeper, becoming their first female employee.

On May 15, 1949, she married John T. Hagberg and they made their home in Wheaton. In 1963 they moved to Appleton, where they operated the Gambles store. In 1972, they moved to Luverne, where Deloras worked at Cook’s Clothing. They moved to Willmar in 1982 and she worked at JC Penney. John died in 1991.  Deloras later met Arthur Griffin and they were married August 27, 1995, and remained living in Willmar.

Deloras was an active member of Tripolis Lutheran Church, where she was involved with circle, quilting, and many other church activities. She was also an active member of the Willmar Senior Citizens and greatly enjoyed square dancing. She was very talented with crafts and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, stamping, and making cards. Deloras also enjoyed puzzles and playing cards.

Deloras died Wednesday morning, Sept. 13, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Griffin of Willmar; four children, Victoria (and Keith) Sandberg of Granite Falls, Mark (and Teresia) Hagberg of Amarillo, Texas, Cindy (and Clark) Agnew of Lubbock, Texas, and Kirk Hagberg of Bellevue, Nebr.; eight grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; Arthur’s sons, Michael Griffin of Tyler, Darin Griffin of Clarkfield, and Todd (and Julie) Griffin and their son of Rice; many nephews and nieces; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Hagberg in 1991; eight sisters, Genora Johnson, Rosella Neuman, Ila-Mae Jacobs, Beverly Ann Johnson, JoAnn Benson, Bernice Alvera Johnson, Helen Anderson, and Carrol Loe; and three brothers, LeRoy Johnson, Waldo Johnson, and Myron Johnson.

Harriet Beckering


January 10, 1928–September 10, 2017

Memorial services for Harriet Beckering, 89, of Edgerton, Minn., were held on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017; 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton with Pastor Leroy Christoffels officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton.

Music was provided by organist Brenda Kooi; Bud Vis sang Until Then; and congregational hymns were What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Amazing Grace, and How Great Thou Art.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Harriet Ellen Beckering was born January 10, 1928, to William Arthur and Jennie (Beernink) Vander Beek in Elmer Township, Pipestone County, Minnesota. Harriet was baptized and made her profession of faith at the First Reformed Church in Edgerton. She grew up on the Vander Beek farm and attended District 42 country school and Edgerton Public School, graduating in 1946. She held various jobs working at the café and De Boer’s grocery store.

Harriet was united in marriage to Raymond “Rip” Beckering on August 26, 1948, at her parents’ home. Their union was blessed with five children and 69 years of marriage together. The couple first lived in Edgerton and then spent a short time living in Arizona from 1952-1955, and then returned back to Edgerton. Harriet enjoyed the work and care of the family and home, raising their family. In 1976, she became employed at Edgebrook Care Center working in the areas of the kitchen and laundry. She retired in 1990.

Harriet was a longtime member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. She served in the life of the congregation in Ladies Aid and as a catechism teacher. In her youth she played the organ at church. In her daughters’ younger years, she served as a Brownie Scout leader.

Harriet enjoyed sewing and embroidery, camping, fishing, working in her flower gardens, baking, wintering south, and especially the time spent with family. In 2014, they moved to Edgebrook Apartments and in 2017 entered the care of Edgebrook nursing home.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, Harriet became ill and was transferred to Pipestone County Medical Center. She died there early Sunday morning at the age of 89 years.

Harriet is lovingly remembered by her husband, Ray “Rip” of Edgerton; her children, Beth Vander Steen of Leota, Minn., Kathy (Phil) Menning of Edgerton, Trish (Dan) Dysthe of Slayton, Minn., and Dawn (Doug) Ossefoort of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 11 grandchildren, Rich Vander Steen, Deb Winzenburg, Travis Vander Steen, Becky Weber, Rachel Van Roekel, Laura Lunder, Jason Dysthe, Kayla Mihin, Kari Joldersma, Justin Ossefoort, and Jordan Ossefoort; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Jennie; son, Wes Beckering; son-in-law, Ron Vander Steen; two sisters, Mil Schoolmeester and Dorothy Vander Pol; and four brothers, Arnold, Melvin, Harold, and Ken Vander Beek.

John Evink

December 3, 1931 – September 5, 2017

A memorial service for John Evink, 85, of Leota, Minn., were held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017; 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church in Leota with Pastor Tom Voigt officiating. Interment was in the Leota Community Cemetery.

Music was provided by organists Harriet Kroontje and Geraldine Blom; special music, Mansion Over The Hilltop, by Marilyn Jasper and Nora Scholten and congregational hymns How Great Thou Art and One Day At A Time.

Pallbearers were Kristin and Eric Shultz, Jeff and Shayla Evink, Travis and Errin Evink, and Brianna and Peter Walvoort.

John Evink was born December 3, 1931, in rural Leota to Henry and Dena (Hofkamp) Evink. John was baptized at Bethel Reformed Church in Leota. He attended country school, District 99 east of Leota; and graduated from Leota Country School in 1945.

John married Esther Lubben on November 18, 1952, at the Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. John was drafted into the United States Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1953.

After returning from the service, John and Esther farmed on the Evink family farm. In 1991, the couple retired and moved to Leota. John did plumbing work until 1994. He became a resident of the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne in July of 2016.

He was a lifelong member of the Bethel Reformed Church where he had served the Consistory as an elder and deacon. John also served on the Township Board, the Fourth of July Board and was a member of the Edgerton American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and games with his grandchildren.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, John died at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the age of 85.

John is survived by his wife, Esther Evink, Leota; three sons, Jerry (Wendy) Evink, Edgerton; Ivan (Mary) Evink, Pipestone; and Doug (Valma) Evink, Arden Hills; four grandchildren, Kristin (Eric) Schultz, Edgerton; Jeff (Shayla) Evink, Bismarck, ND; Travis (Errin) Evink, West Fargo, ND; and Brianna (Peter) Walvoort, Blaine; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Geneva VandenBerg, Kalamazoo, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ted Evink; and two sisters, Henrietta (John) Veld and Lydia (Lester) Pronk.


January 2, 1932 – August 29, 2017

Funeral services for Mary Lou Osenga, 85, of Leota, Minn., were held Friday, Sept. 1, 2017; 1:00 p.m. at the Bethel Reformed Church in Leota with Del Bolluyt officiating. Interment was in the Leota Community Cemetery.

Music was provided by organist Geraldine Blom and the congregation singing Blessed Assurance, Nearer My God To Thee, and Blest Be The Tie That Binds.

Casketbearers were Ron Osenga, Bruce Osenga, Alyssa Osenga, Colton Osenga, Shane Osenga, Ben Osenga, Dustin Wetzel, Richard Bolluyt, and David Bolluyt.

Mary Lou Osenga was born January 2, 1932, in Chandler, Minn., to Marinus and Eugenia (Van Reulder) Bolluyt. She attended Leota Public School.

Mary married Cornelius “Case” Osenga on January 25, 1960, in Leota. The couple lived in Leota. Mary cleaned houses for area residents. In 1973 the couple moved to Luverne before retiring and moving back to Leota in 1997.

She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Leota; and loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017,  Mary died at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton at the age of 85.

Mary is survived by her two sons, Ronald (Lori) Osenga, Jasper, Minn., and Bruce Osenga, Sioux Falls, S.D., her daughter, Barbara (friend, Jesse Shafer) Osenga, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Dustin, Benjamin, Alyssa, Colton, and Shane; a brother, Larry (Ethel) Bolluyt, Revere; and a sister-in-law, Jean Bolluyt, Luverne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Case Osenga on December 14, 2007; two brothers, Jim Bolluyt and


February 18, 1921 – August 27, 2017

A memorial service for Dena Schnyders, 96, of Edgerton, Minn., was held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017; 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton with Pastor Leroy Christoffels officiating. Interment was in the Edgerton Hillside Cemetery.

Music was provided by organist Carla Elgersma; special music by the Jubilation Trio, and congregational hymns I Will Sing Of My Redeemer, The Old Rugged Cross, and How Great Thou Art.

Pallbearers were Josh Sandbulte, Scott Schnyders, Tony Schnyders, Daniel Schnyders, Andrew Schnyders, and Calvin Bratt.

Honorary pallbearers were Rachel Penkoff, Rebecca Gebbers, Julie Vander Laan, Jill Sandbulte, and Amanda Junkert.

Dena Schnyders was born on February 18, 1921, to James and Hattie (Bleyenburg) VerHey near Steen, Minn. The oldest of six children, she went to school through eighth grade and then helped with the family, and other families.

She worked locally before marrying Daniel Schnyders in the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton on May 11, 1952, while he was in the Air Force. They raised three children: Jerry, Melinda, and Kevin. Dena was a loving wife and mother. She supported Dan and the children in all their involvements. She loved to cook for her family and was a wonderful hostess. Dena was a beautiful seamstress and helped out in 4-H sewing. She had a beautiful alto voice. She liked to have a good laugh with her sisters and friends. Like Dan, she loved Edgerton, where they lived their entire lives. Dan and Dena had many beloved friends and relatives with whom they traveled and had fun times. She worked at the Edgebrook Care Center, then she later resided there in her final years.

Dena passed to glory at the Pipestone County Medical Center on August 27, 2017, at the age of 96 years, six months, and nine days.

Dan passed just last November 11, 2016. Dena was also predeceased by her parents; her sister, Adriana Hofstee, and two brothers, Art VerHey and Arie VerHey; and a great-grandson, Trygve Schnyders.

She is survived by her three children, Jerry (Sheila) Schnyders of Worthington, Minn., Melinda (Calvin) Bratt of Lynden, Wash., and Kevin (Clara) Schnyders of Belle Plaine, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Scott, and Tony Schnyders, Rachel Penkoff, Rebecca Gebbers, Julie Vander Laan, Jill Sandbulte, Daniel and Andrew Schnyders, and Amanda Junkert; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ann Miersma of Rock Valley, Iowa, and Jeanne Jabaay of Yucaipa, Calif.



Edward Van Dam

January 6, 1933 – August 3, 2017

Funeral services for Edward Van Dam, 84, of Edgerton were held on Monday, August 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton with Pastor Leroy Christoffels officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton.

Carla Elgersma was the organist. The congregation sang Rock Of Ages, I’ve Got A Mansion Over The Hilltop, Old Rugged Cross, and How Great Thou Art.

Pallbearers were Corey Reker, Chad Reker, Clay Austin, Ron Van Dam, Rick Van Dam, and Christian Van Dam.

Edward John Van Dam was born on January 6, 1933, to Gerhart, Sr., and Henrietta (Roghair) Van Dam on the family farm west of Chandler, Minn. The family moved to a farm north of Edgerton, Minn., in 1942. He began his education at country school and then attended Edgerton Christian School. Following his education he went to work full-time and began his career in farming.

On September 1, 1953, Ed married Carol De Vries at her parents’ home in Pipestone, Minn. The young couple moved onto Ed’s parents’ farm, where the couple continued the operation and resided for over 60 years. They were also blessed with two children. Along with farming his entire life, Ed worked various part-time jobs, including at Hanson Silo, Edgerton Rendering Works, Chuck Top’s at the sale barn, and Hemet De Groot with silage. Ed kept busy as he also did a lot of custom work for area farmers. In his later years of life, Ed remained busy helping his nephews with their farming operations.

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, while residing at the Edgebrook Care Center, Ed went to be with his Lord at the age of 84 years, six months and 27 days.

Ed was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton, where during his younger years he belonged to Men’s Society. He also belonged to the milk producer’s organization. His professional life was very simply stated, the farm. However, more than the farm, Ed’s life was devoted to his family and friends. Along with farming, he enjoyed camping and fishing. He looked forward to the family’s annual trip where later in life, he loved spending time with his grandsons. He always made sure to have fun and would always go the extra mile for his family and friends.

Ed is lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 64 years, Carol; a daughter, Joan (Larry) Reker of Worthington, Minn., and their children, Chad and Corey (Alicia) Reker; a son, John (Sheila) Van Dam of Sioux Falls, S.D., and their children, Clay (Stephanie) Austin and son, Owen, and Jennifer (Eric) Lovro and children, Cole, Brittany, and Gavin; four siblings, Henry (Velva) Van Dam of Chandler, Gerhart, Jr. (Evelyn) Van Dam of Edgerton, Arvin (Nancy) Van Dam of Sioux Falls, and Rosella (Bob) Prinsen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a brother-in-law, Paul Van Der Wege of Orange City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Henrietta Van Dam and Geraldine Van Der Wege.


August 27, 1923 – August 4, 2017

A memorial service for Lauretta Vander Lugt, 93, of Edgerton, Minn., will be held Wednesday, August 9, 2017; 10:30 a.m., at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton with Pastors Leroy Christoffels and Aaron Gonzalez officiating. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton.

Music was provided by organist Carla Elgersma, the congregation singing How Great Thou Art, I Lift Up My Eyes To The Mountains, What A Friend We have In Jesus, and Amazing Grace. The processional was the Hallelujah Chorus, recorded by Archie Nibbelink.

Pallbearers were Brian Vander Lugt, Cory Vander Lugt, Douglas Kamphuis, Chad Vander Lugt, and Alisa Vander Lugt. Honorary pallbearers were her beloved grandchildren

Lauretta Vander Lugt, daughter of Fred J. and Minnie (Kling-hagen) Slagter, was born on her grandfather’s farm north of Clara City, Minn., on August 27, 1923. At a very young age she moved with her family to Prinsburg, Minn. She went to country school and graduated from Prinsburg Christian School. She worked various jobs including factory work and clerking in grocery stores.

On March 30, 1954, Lauretta married Peter H. Vander Lugt at the Prinsburg Christian Reformed Church. After their marriage they moved to a farm two miles west of Edgerton. In 2002, the couple moved into Edgerton.

On Friday, August 4, 2017, while at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., Lauretta went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 93 years, 11 months, and eight days.

Lauretta enjoyed classical music and singing hymns and psalms in church choirs. She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Bible study group. She worked with and served as “Key Lady” with the Bible League and worked for years at the thrift store in Worthington. She was a Proverbs 31 woman, enjoying being the mother of five healthy children, gardening, canning, sewing and mending, reading Bible stories, and helping her family learn catechism and Sunday School lessons. Prayer was very important to her.

Lauretta will be remembered by her husband of 63 years, Peter; five children, Alvin (Joyce) Vander Lugt, Marianne (Al) Meijer, Kevin (Bev) Vander Lugt, Glenn (Pearl) Vander Lugt, and Ruth Vander Lugt; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren (with two on the way); a sister, Frances VanAalsburg; and extended family. \

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Sophia Tebben, Anna Wieberdink, and Selma Dirksen; and two brothers, John Slagter and Calvin Slagter.


January 3, 1945 – July 24, 2017

Douglas V. Pool, 72, of Apple Valley, Minn., passed away peacefully on July 24, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A memorial was held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. .at Peace Reformed Church, Eagan, Minn. Another memorial service was held on Monday, July 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Chandler Community Center followed by interment at Chandler Memorial Cemetery in Chandler, Minn.

Doug was born on the family farm near Chandler on January 3, 1945, to Dan and Vera (Mapes) Pool. He attended school in Chandler for 12 years, graduating in 1963. He then attended Mankato State University and graduated with majors in accounting and economics.

On December 17, 1966, he married Arlyss Achterhoff in Chandler and they spent the 50 years of their marriage in St. Paul, Eagan and Apple Valley.

Doug was a CPA and spent the majority of his working life at Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis where he was vice president and controller. He served six years in the Minnesota National Guard. He was a deacon and served as treasurer for many years at Peace Reformed Church in Eagan. He participated in mission trips to Honduras, Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, and Iowa mainly doing construction work.

Doug loved spending summers at their cabin on Thunder Lake near Longville, Minn. There was nothing he enjoyed more than a boat ride on the lake with friends and family or playing with his grandchildren. He and Arlyss also enjoyed traveling around the United States and abroad and particularly enjoyed visiting historical sites. He was an avid reader of history and biographies and always enjoyed going to coffee with the guys. He spent many joyous falls helping his nephew harvest corn and beans. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Doug is survived by his wife, Arlyss; daughter, Michelle Pool (fiance, Page Workman) of Apple Valley and Kerri (Kevin) Foss of Aberdeen, S.D.; grandchildren, Madelin Pool (fiance, Quentin Micheyl) and Joran and Esten Foos; great-granddaughters, Lily and Aria; siblings, Jim (Brenda) Pool, Mary Mesner, and Robert (Ann) Pool and brother-in-law, Duane (Sharolyn) Achterhoff.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Vera (Mapes) Pool, and brothers-in-law, Ron Mesner and Gary Achterhoff, and sister-in-law, Betty Achterhoff.


February 29, 1924 – July 23, 2017

A memorial service for Jennie Van Ruler, 93, of Edgerton, Minn., was held Friday, July 29, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton with Pastor Aaron Gonzalez officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton.

Music was provided by pianist Carla Elgersma, special music by the grandchildren, When Peace Like a River, and the congregation singing To God be the Glory, In The Garden, and How Great Thou Art.

Pallbearers were Alan Van Ruler, David Van Ruler, Aaron Van Ruler, Michael Van Ruler, Daniel Van Ruler, Andrew Van Ruler,  Logan Van Ruler, and Kaleb Van Ruler.

Jennie Van Ruler was born on February 29, 1924, to Evert and Cornelia (Vader Braak) Vander Haar in Lunteren, Netherlands. Her family immigrated to the United States in September 1936 and made their home in Chandler, Minn. To improve her English, Jennie attended country school at the eighth grade level for one year.

On July 12, 1945, Jennie was united in marriage to Martin Van Ruler at the Chandler Christian Reformed Church. The two lived on a farm with Martin’s parents for half a year and then they moved to their farm near Woodstock, Minn. The first five years there they had no power and Martin farmed with horses for the first couple years. Along with being a homemaker, Jennie helped often with the farm work. She and Martin spent 45 years living on the farm. In 1990, they moved into Edgerton and in 2010 they moved into the assisted living facility at Edgebrook Care Center. In January of 2014, Martin and Jennie transitioned to the Edgebrook Care Center. On June 13, 2017, Martin passed away. On July 23, 2017, Jennie passed away at the Edgebrook Care Center at the age of 93 years, four months and 23 days.

Jennie was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton and formerly the Chandler Christian Reformed Church. She participated in Women’s Bible Study and was a member of the Southwest MN Christian High School Circle where she helped quilt many quilts. Jennie enjoyed sewing and quilting. Her children, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren were blessed with afghans, quilts, and crocheted baby blankets. Throughout the years, Jennie helped with disaster relief with the CRWRC. The couple liked to take trips, especially to Holland; they went there seven times.

She is survived by her children, Harvey (Marcia) Van Ruler, Eldon (Barb) Van Ruler, Bob (Geri) Van Ruler, Leroy (Deb) Van Ruler, Greg Van Ruler, and Mark (Kathy) Van Ruler; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert (Henrietta) Vander Haar and John (Harriet) Vander Haar, and a sister-in-law, Carolyn (Harry) Van Dam.

Jennie was preceded in death most recently by her husband, Martin, her parents, Evert and Cornelia; her brother, Evert Vander Haar, Jr., and sister-in-law, Jo Vander Haar.



August 12, 1942 – July 19, 2017

Alger Henry Smith was born to Albert “Al” and Elsie (Tubergen) Smith on August 12, 1942, in Pipestone, Minn. He was baptized and made his profession of faith at the Holland Christian Reformed Church in Holland. He was raised in rural Verdi, Minn., and attended grade school at Holland Christian School. He graduated from Verdi High School in 1960. He then joined the South Dakota National Guard where he served for six years, based out of Flandreau, South Dakota.

On September 23, 1966, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Spronk at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minn. Following their marriage, they lived in Sioux Falls, S. D., where he was employed at Warren Supply. In 1969, they moved to Pipestone, Minn. Over the years he worked a variety of jobs, including Stoeber Marine, Bayliner, CHS, and was a John Deere mechanic for over 20 years. His true passion was farming and spending time at the farm tinkering with various projects. Upon returning from a two week “bucket list” trip through the western U.S., he fell ill and was taken by ambulance to the Pipestone County Medical Center where he died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the age of 74 years, 11 months and seven days.

Alger was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Pipestone, where he served as a deacon and on the building committee. He was very mechanically inclined and could fix, repair, or weld anything. Things that most people considered “work” he just enjoyed doing. In the wintertime, he could always be found with a jigsaw puzzle in his sunroom. In the past few years, he enjoyed working farm shows for Abilene Machine. Most of all, Alger was a helpful person, never passing up an opportunity to assist friends and neighbors.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marilyn Smith of Pipestone; three children, Tamara (Chris) Tureson of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Torre Smith of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alissa (John Arneson) Smith of Overland Park, Kansas; three grandchildren, Brianna Rieck, Hailey Snyder and Braeden Rieck; two siblings, Nancy Johnson of Lake Benton, Minnesota, and Gary (Evie) Smith of Paynesville, Minnesota; his father-in-law, Henry W. Spronk of Edgerton; in-laws, Glenda and Norm Van Dyke of Edgerton, Bill and Carol Spronk of Sioux Falls, S. D., and Dave Spronk of Denver, Colo. He was preceded in death by one son, Jason Smith; his parents, Al and Elsie Smith; his mother-in-law, Henrietta Spronk; and one brother-in-law, Steve Johnson.