Obituaries

Howard De Weerd

November 20, 1920 – November 14, 2017

A memorial service for Howard De Weerd, 96, of Edgerton, Minn. was held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017; 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton with Pastor LeRoy Christoffels officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton.

Music was provided by organist Vel Kooiman; special music by Priscilla Pater – I Can Only Imagine and How Deep The Father’s Love For Us. Congregational hymns were Amazing Grace, Abide With Me, and How Great Thou Art.

Pallbearers were Jason Jasper, Brandon De Weerd, Ross Jasper, Joel Addink, Garret Werkmeister, and Bruce Kreun.

Honorary pallbearers were Kelly Addink, Danielle Werkmeister, Renita Jasper, and Bethany Jasper.

Howard De Weerd was born November 20, 1920, to John and Jane (Swart) De Weerd in Hull, Iowa. He attended country school and worked on the family farm as well as other farms in the area before moving to California to continue his career with dairy cattle.

On June 8, 1956, Howard was united in marriage to Helen Jelgerhuis in Tinley Park, Ill. In 1958, the couple moved back to Edgerton where they ran the local meat market. Howard also continued to work with area dairymen and for MVBA. He also sold real estate and did tax assessing in Pipestone County, which he did until the age of 90.

On April 23, 2013, Helen preceded Howard in death and he relocated to the Edgebrook Estates. On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Howard passed away peacefully at Sanford Hospice Cottage at the age of 96 years, 11 months, and 24 days.

Howard enjoyed participating in programs that assisted those from other cultures to learn the word of the Lord and the English language with ESL, and teaching friendship class, while also supporting the work of the Luke Society and World Renew. He was an elder, a member of the men’s society at church, and was a part of the M2 Prison Ministry Program. Howard was a role model to his family with whom he loved spending time. He was an avid reader and kept himself up to date on current events and politics, as well as Twins baseball.

Howard is lovingly remembered by his children, Beth (Doug) Jasper of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Brian (Linda) De Weerd of Edgerton; five grandchildren, Kelly (Joel) Addink, Jason (Renita) Jasper, Ross (Bethany) Jasper, Brandon De Weerd, Danielle (Garret) Werkmeister; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; son Boyd; parents, John and Jane (Swart) De Weerd; siblings: Ida Korthals, Winnie Van’t Hul, Albertha Van Wyhe, Raymond De Weerd, Rowena Van Wyhe, Albert De Weerd, Annie Pennings, and William De Weerd.

Bernice Menning

June 5, 1918 – November 11, 2017

A memorial service for Bernice Menning, 99, of Edgerton, Minn., were held Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017; 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Edgerton with Rev. Mark Groen officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery at Edgerton.

Music was provided by organist Brenda Kleinjan; special music: The Lord’s Prayer by Curt Wassink, and The Old Rugged Cross by Peyton King. Congregational hymns were Amazing Grace and Because He Lives.

Casketbearers were Jeremy Lindahl, Perry King, Dan Lunder, Ken Weber, Dave Lindahl, Troy Van Roekel, and Chad Nuy.

Honorary casketbearers were Kristi King, Rachel Van Roekel, Laura Lunder, Katrina Lindahl, Becky Weber, Angie Kirst, and Amy Nuy.

Bernice Rosella Menning was born on June 5, 1918, to Edward and Alice (Vander Sluis) Bylsma on the family farm near Edgerton. She graduated from the Edgerton Public High School in 1935 and was employed as an accountant at the Edgerton Creamery for 7 years.

Bernice and Lawrence Menning were united in marriage in 1943 at the First Reformed Church of Edgerton. While Lawrence was in the service, she worked as a certified Civil Service accountant in Florida and Texas. In 1945, the couple returned to Edgerton and owned a family business known as Menning Transfer Freight Lines. Bernice and Lawrence retired in 1979, and spent 22 winters in Mesa, Arizona. He preceded her in death on December 10, 2002.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, Bernice passed away at the Edgebrook Care Center at the age of 99 years, 5 months, and 6 days.

Bernice was a lifetime member of the First Reformed Church of Edgerton where she was an organist for 50 years, and served for many musical activities of the community. She was a member of the Edgebrook and American Legion Auxiliaries and was a Boy and Girl Scout leader. In addition to participating in many community functions, Bernice also enjoyed reading, sports, and traveling.

Bernice is lovingly remembered by her children, Phil (Kathy) Menning of Edgerton and Debra (Terry) Sanderson of Balaton; 8 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lorraine Berghuis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; a son, David; and her parents.

Elizabeth Fransen

May 21, 1921 – September 22, 2017

Funeral services for Elizabeth Fransen, 96, of Alamosa, Colo., were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at the Alamosa Christian Reformed Church in Waverly, Colo. Burial followed services in the Alamosa Cemetery.

Elizabeth “Betty” Fransen was born on May 21, 1921, in East Holman Township, Iowa, to Roy and Rena (Lindhorst) Talsma.

She married John Frederick Fransen on February 22, 1940, in Chandler, Minn. She enjoyed embroidery, playing pool with the love of her life, John, spending time with her friends and family, gardening, baking, raising chickens, and tending to her flowers.

Betty was an active member of the Alamosa Christian Reformed Church and especially enjoyed having her family gathered for morning coffee before church on Sunday. Betty had a heart for the Lord and loved to give of her time and talents. Before moving to the San Luis Valley, she gave of her gifts to help start a Christian school in Minnesota and helped the school be successful. She was also a member of the Waverly Ladies Aide and together with her husband they were very active in the Alamosa Senior Citizen Center.

On September 22, 2017, she passed away at the age of 96.

Betty is survived by her children, Gilbert (Barbara) Fransen of Alamosa, Trudy Moden of Fort Worth, Texas, Duane (Cheryl) Fransen of Alamosa, Eunice (Albert Jr.) Claunch of La Jara, Colo., son-in-law Gary Rutgers of Alamosa, a brother, Dick Talsma of Edgerton, and two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Vander Kooi and Tracy Fransen, as well as 17 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, two sisters and two brothers, her daughter, Rena Rutgers, son, Rodney Fransen, grandsons, Richard Fransen and Gilbert Fransen, Jr., and great-grandsons, Chad Fransen and Darren Prins.

Rev. Arthur J. Besteman

Funeral services for Rev. Arthur J. Besteman, 84, of Caledonia, Mich., were held Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 11 a.m. at Bethany United Reformed Church in Wyoming, Mich., with his dear friend Rev. Wybren Oord and Rev. Casey Freswick officiating. Interment was in the Grandville Cemetery.

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Lord called home his good and faithful servant, Rev. Arthur J. Besteman from Caledonia to his heavenly home.

Art was a loving dad and grandpa that treasured his family. He was blessed with a servant’s heart, and used that gift to serve many congregations throughout his ministry.

Rev. Besteman received his B.D. from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1958 and did one year of graduate study at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He had hoped to serve a small church somewhere, but was led to accept the largest church from which he received a call – Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota, Minn. The congregation included over 100 families and had been without a minister for nearly two years.

For his first five years in Leota, Rev. Besteman was a bachelor.  He married Audrey Hondred in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1964. He subsequently served congregations in Michigan: Messiah in Hudsonville from 1964-1972, then North Street in Zeeland until 1986, when he accepted a call to the Beverly CRC in Wyoming. He retired in 1999, at the age of 66. He gave up regular preaching at age 80.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Debra and Earl Boeve, Diane and Naun Estrella, Arthur David and Gail Besteman, and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Audrey; and his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Elmer Postma.

Darlene B. Jacobsen

December 30, 1935 – October 26, 2017

Funeral services for Darlene Jacobsen, 81, of Isle, Minn., will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Wahkon Presbyterian Church with Pastor Tony Oltmann and Justin Halbersma officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the church.

Music is being provided by Lisa Sicora. Burial will be at Edgerton Cemetery at a later date.

Darlene was born December 30, 1935, in Inwood, Iowa, to Jorienius and Artie (Brands) Brouwer. She was the seventh of eleven children. In 1946, her family settled on a farm outside of Edgerton, Minn., where she lived until age 24. She did many jobs in the area.

The summer of 1960 was a highlight for her when she spent the summer working at a resort in Glacier National Park. On November 19, 1960, she married John Jacobsen. They lived in Minnesota, Illinois, and numerous towns in Eastern Iowa. From approximately 1966-1970, they operated D & J Rubbish Removal.

In the fall of 1971, they moved to Dakota City, Nebr., where she had a carpet cleaning business from 1972 – 1990. During this time she made deep connections with many of her customers. She was an active member of the Dakota City United Methodist Church.

In November of 1990, she moved to Ruthton, Minn., living close to a number of her sisters and brothers, nieces, and nephews. She worked in the kitchen at Tyler Health Care from 1990 – 2006. She started as a prep/dishwasher and moved to cooking breakfast and dinner. While living in Ruthton, she hosted many family dinners/gatherings. She was a member of the Ruthton Methodist Church until it closed, then she started attending the American Reformed Church in Woodstock, Minn.

In October 2006, she made her last move to Isle to be closer to grandchildren. She lived in the Isle View Apartments until passing away. At the apartments, she enjoyed coffee time and once-a-month potlucks in her building. She took over posting resident birthdays monthly along with making coffee most Thursday mornings. Her schedule always worked around XYZ potlucks the 2nd Thursday of the month, first at Opstead Baptist Church then Isle Evangelical Church. She was an active member at Wahkon Presbyterian Church providing Sunday morning coffee treats, quilting, and participating in the Wahkon Presbyterian Women’s group.

She enjoyed gardening everywhere she lived, loving all the fresh vegetables and fruits. She also enjoyed camping, cooking, baking, sewing – she was a pro at mending – and playing all sorts of games. Family and friends were a big part of Darlene’s life. She had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior, who brought her safely to her heavenly home.

Darlene died on October 26, 2017 in Isle at the age of 81.

She is survived by her daughter, Tura Eye of Isle; grandchildren Andrea and Adam Eye; sisters Jeanette Schelhaas of Ruthton, Rena Halbersma of Clarissa, Minn., Angeline (Alvin) Buysman of Ruthton, and Maxine (Jim) Johnson of Jasper, Minn.; brothers Gerrit (Esther) Brouwer of Carthage, Mo., Pete (Elsie) Brouwer of Valley Springs, S.D., and Albert (Ann) Brouwer of Chandler, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents Jorienius and Artie; husband John; son-in-law Jeffrey G. Eye; brothers Jasper, John, and Jorienius; nephew Rodney Schelhaas, and great-nephew William Sietsema.

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