Obituaries

CLARA KOGELER

August 21, 1917 – June 22, 2017

Clara (Hanenburg) Kogeler, 99, of Avon, Ohio, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at St. Mary of the Woods, Avon, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at St. Mary of the Woods in Avon. Private interment.

Clara was born August 21, 1917, in Edgerton, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years.

She is survived by her children, Ellen (Phil) Schickel, Jeannette Kogeler, and Willem (Joyce) Kogeler; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ted (Jeanette) Hanenburg of Edgerton.

HAROLD SANKEY

November 27, 1935 – June 27, 2017

Harold Sankey, 81, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Tuesday, June 27.

Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls on Monday, July 3, at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Kevin Schneider from Good News Church. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Pallbearers were Mike Thoelke, Kevin Foley, Kelly Swanson, Eric Thoelke, Nicholas Thoelke, and Matthew Foley.

Harold had been in the poultry business for over 60 years. Harold worked as a Poultry Specialist and was instrumental in teaching the art of operating a successful egg production and processing company.

Harold is survived by his wife, Rosella, daughters, Debra (Mike) Thoelke, Sioux Falls, Barb (Kevin) Foley, Eagan, Minn., and Valerie Swanson, Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Willard, six sisters, Julie Schuur, Carolyn Peters, Jean Sebak, Evelyn Jordan, Erma Kladek, and Phyllis Moser and two sisters-in-law, Eileen Sankey and Carolyn Sankey.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Dennis and Ethel Sankey, a brother, Arnold Sankey, and four brothers-in-law, John Schuur, John Peters, Bill Jordan, and Bud Sebak.

 

ARNOLD WILLIS KREUN

June 8, 1926 – June 17, 2017

Arnold Willis Kreun died June 17, 2017, in Artesia Christian Home in Artesia, Calif., at the age of 91.

A memorial service was held Fri., June 23, 11 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church in Artesia, and Sat., June 24, 10 a.m. at Colonial Funeral Chapel in Edgerton, Minn. Burial was in Edgerton Hillside Cemetery.

Arnold was born June 8, 1926, near Leota, Nobles County, Minn. He was the eighth of nine children born to John and Johanna (Muilenburg) Kreun.

He grew up on the family farm and attended country school through eighth grade, later earning a GED. He was raised with a strong Christian faith and work ethic, along with a love of music.

He married Bertha “Boots” Krosschell on April 23, 1948, at Edgerton, Minn.

After working as a mechanic at the implement dealer, Arnold started his own mechanics shop in Edgerton. He was also a city police officer in Edgerton before accepting a position with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol in 1962. He moved his family to East Grand Forks, Minn., to take on that job, working his entire career there.

Arnold was active in the Community Christian Reformed Church and sang with the Greater Grand Forks Barbershoppers, of which he was a member for many years. He retired from the highway patrol in  November, 1985. He and Boots traveled in their motor home to California during the winters.

Boots died in September, 1998, and Arnold moved to Edgerton. He still wintered in California, where he met Norma Zylstra at church. They married August 24, 2002, at Lakewood, Calif.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Norma Kreun, Artesia, Calif.; sons Curt (Linda) Kreun, Grand Forks, N.D., Dennis (Ruth) Kreun, Manvel, N.D., Eliot (Gino Conconi) Kreun, Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Forest (Brenda) Kreun, Andover, Minn.; step-daughter Gloria Trittipo, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Erma Pool, Storm Lake, Iowa; and brother, Darwin (Marlene) Kreun, Edgerton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Boots; siblings, Nelson Kreun, Laurence Kreun, LeRoy Kreun, Margaret Beukelman, Esther Van Hulzen, and Geraldine Den Ouden; numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

BEVERLY TINKLENBERG

November 17, 1934 – June 19, 2017

Beverly Faye Tinklenberg, 82, of Spokane, Wash., passed away June 19, 2017.

A memorial service was held for her on June 22 in Spokane, and on Tuesday, June 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the Colonial Funeral Chapel, Edgerton, Minn. Burial was in the Edgerton Hillside Cemetery.

Congregational hymns were How Great Thou Art, God Will Take Care of You, Be Thou My Vision, and Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. Scripture and personal comments were given by sons Perry, Roy, and Jay.

Beverly Faye Tinklenberg, a loving mother, devoted wife, and faithful friend, was born to Peter and Eleanor Ten Cate in Edgerton, Minn., November 17, 1934. Beverly grew up in a family of four boys and two girls. She attended Edgerton Christian schools and married husband, Virgil Tinklenberg, March 2, 1954. After short stays at U.S. Army bases, Virg and Bev settled in Sioux Falls, S.D., where they raised their three boys. Over their 63 years of married life, Bev and Virg showed a commitment to one another and to family.

They enjoyed ministry, traveling, and hosting people in their home. Despite pain and illness due to Virg’s back issues and Bev’s exceptionally rare heart disease for which she became a research patient at the medical centers of the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, they maintained positive outlooks and a life of faith. Beverly did not allow heart disease to hinder her or take her life. Nearly everyone who met her experienced the open door of her heart and home. But on June 19, 2017, in Spokane, Wash., the Lord used pancreatic cancer to call her home just 9-1/2 weeks after diagnosis.

Beverly loved her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Church. She was passionate about attending or leading weekly Bible studies in Bible Study Fellowship or Coffee Break. Opportunities to reflect on mission trips to Mexico, Guatemala, Liberia, and especially China, made her glow. Being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren filled her with great joy.

Beverly is survived by husband Virgil, three sons and their wives: Perry and Kathy, Roy and Esther, Jay and Kathy; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives: Jim and Nancy Ten Cate of Sioux Falls, Robert and Sandy Ten Cate of Sioux Falls, and Orlin and Alyce Ten Cate of Grand Haven, Mich.

Oldest brother Harold Ten Cate, sister Yvonne Ganschow, and great-granddaughter Aliza Grace Lanser preceded her in death.

GERHARD FIKSE

February 5, 1938 – January 16, 2017

A memorial service for Gerhard Fikse, 78, of Gardnerville, Nev., was held February 3 at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville, and another service will be held in Steen on June 23 with Rev. LeRoy Christofeels officiating. Interment of ashes will be at the Eastside Cemetery in Steen.

Gerhard “Gary” Fikse was born February 5, 1938, to Dries and Henrietta (Christoffels) Fikse in Worthington. He was welcomed by his sisters, Lucille and Evelyn. His formative years were spent on a farm which was located on the edge of a little town of Ashcreek, Minn. He attended school there until the 8th grade. He attended Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, for one year. He moved with his family to a farm north of Luverne and completed his education at Southwest Christian School in Edgerton, Minn., graduating in 1956.

In 1963 he married Lois Schoeneman and they had three sons. They moved to Colorado, where he was employed in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning. In 1989 they moved to California, and  resided in both San Jose and Morgan Hill. Upon retirement, they relocated to Gardnerville.

Mr. Fikse was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed RV traveling with the Gilroy Elks Club. He was a member of the Carson Valley Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and sang in the choir.

On January 16, 2017, Gerhard passed away after a short illness at the age of 78.

Gerhard is survived by his loving wife, Bernadine; three sons, Gary (Melissa), Al (Kristi), and Greg (Vickie); four granddaughters; two step-sons, Michael Gibb, Brian (Andrea) Gibb; one step-daughter, Cheri (Jim) Hann; and two step-grandchildren; a sister Elaine (Andy) Steensma, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dries and Henrietta Fikse; two sisters, Evelyn and Lucille; and a grandson, Tyler.

MARTIN VAN RULER

February 6, 1923 – June 13, 2017

A memorial service
for Martin Van Ruler, 94, was held Monday, June 19, 2:00 p.m., at
the First Christian Reformed Church  in Edgerton with Pastor Aaron Gonzalez officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton.

Music was provided by
Ila Muyskens, organist, and
Carla Elgersma, pianist. The congregation sang
Blest Be The Tie That Binds, In The Garden, I Know Whom I Have Believed, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, 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.

Martin Van Ruler was born on February 6, 1923, in Leota Township, Nobles County, Minnesota, to Henry and Marjte (Buys) Van Ruler. He was raised and attended country school near Leota and Chandler, Minnesota.

On July 12, 1945, he was united in marriage to Jennie Wilhelmina Vander Haar at the Chandler Christian Reformed Church.  The two lived on a farm with his parents for half a year and then they moved to their farm near Woodstock, Minnesota. The first five years there they had no power and Martin farmed with horses for the first couple years. They lived on that farm for 45 years.

In 1990, they moved into Edgerton and in 2010 they moved into the Assisted Living in Edgebrook.  In January of 2014, Martin and Jennie moved into Edgebrook Care Center where he resided until his death on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the age of 94 years, four months, and seven days.

Martin was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton and formerly the Chandler Christian Reformed Church.  He was a deacon for four years and an elder for six in Chandler.  He and Jennie helped with disaster relief with the CRWRC throughout the years. The couple liked to take trips, especially to Holland; they went there seven times. Many will remember Martin trying to teach them Dutch words. He always enjoyed conversing in Dutch.  Martin liked to go fishing, gardening, and truly loved farming. He was a farmer at heart, doing field work and hauling corn until his eyesight finally failed.

Martin is survived by his wife, Jennie; children, Harvey (Marcia) Van Ruler, Eldon (Barb) Van Ruler, Leroy (Deb) Van Ruler, Greg Van Ruler, and Mark (Kathy) Van Ruler; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Martin was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe (Mary), John (Gertie), and Guys (Mildred); one infant brother, Guys; sisters, Jennie (Pete) De Kruif, Gertie; Eva (Henry) Van Dam, and Ann (Joe) Ruiter.

ALICE HOFF

January 15, 1934 – May 26, 2017

Funeral services for Alice Hoff, 83, of Sioux Center, Iowa, formerly of Rock Rapids, Iowa, were held Wednesday, May 31, 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Alice Mae Doppenburg was born on January 15, 1934, to Bert and Lena (Hofkamp) Doppenburg on a farm at Chandler, Minn. She was baptized at the Chandler Christian Reformed Church. Later her family moved to Leota, Minn., and joined the Leota Christian Reformed Church. Alice grew up in Leota and attended the Leota Christian School through the eighth grade. She then attended Southwest Christian High School for one year. Alice worked at the Leota Store one year, after which she lived and worked in Luverne, Minn., at the Council Oak Store.

On August 13, 1953, she was united in marriage to Calvin Hoff in Leota. She lived with her parents in Leota while Calvin served in the U.S. Army. In 1955, they moved to a farm near Rock Rapids. They lived there until 1986 when they moved into town.

Alice became a CNA and worked at the Rock Rapids Health Centre. Later she owned and operated Flower Village with the help of loyal employees. After eleven years she sold the business and worked at Premier Estates part-time as a cook. She later volunteered at Dinner Date. Alice was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She also served on the Western Chapter Fair Booth and Library committee. She enjoyed reading, cooking, and sewing.

In 2014, she became a resident at Lyon Manor and after going home for a while, she became a resident of Royale Meadows in Sioux Center. On May 26, 2017, she passed away at Royale Meadows at the age of 83.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 63 years, Calvin Hoff of Sioux Center; four children, Connie (Doug) Julius of Orange City, Iowa, Vyron (Lori) Hoff of Rock Rapids, Anita (Barry) Hanenburg of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Curtis Hoff of Rock Rapids; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three siblings: Kathleen (Jim) Ludens of Sioux Falls, S.D., Gary (Donna) Doppenburg of Sheldon, Iowa, and Donna (Daryl) Hanenburg of Edgerton, Minn.; brother-in-law, Dallas (Carol) Apol of Sioux Center; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Lena Doppenburg; and a sister, Gladys Apol.

KATHRYN LINGEN

May 29, 1960 – May 31, 2017

Funeral services for Kathryn “Kathy” Lingen, 57, of Woodstock, Minn., were held Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. Martin Catholic Church in Woodstock. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Kathryn “Kathy” Ann Lingen was born to Jerome and Lelyth “Cutz” (McDonald) Thaler on May 29, 1960, in Slayton, Minn. She was raised in Hadley, Minn., and then on the family farm south of Hadley in Leeds Township, Murray County, Minnesota. She attended school in Slayton, graduating from Slayton High School in 1978. Upon completion of her education, she worked for Finley Engineering.

On October 24, 1980, she was united in marriage to Michael Lingen at St. Martin Catholic Church in Woodstock, with a great wedding reception at the Lingen farm afterwards. Following their marriage, they lived in Holland, Minn., before moving to their current residence in Woodstock in 1982. During this time, she was a daycare provider and a “mother to many” through this. She was also a Woodstock First Responder for many years.

In January, 2017, Kathy was diagnosed with colon cancer. On Friday, May 26, 2017, she entered the Pipestone County Hospice House where she died on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the age of 57 years and two days.

Kathy was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church in Woodstock. She loved being outside; she mowed the grass with perfectly straight lines, gardening, and sitting on the patio. She enjoyed a few random casino trips to plunk in a few coins (she always bet the max). She had a wonderful sense of humor, and occasionally had to be reminded to use her “inside laugh.” She liked planning to make a plan, but was also very laid back and easy going. Taking care of her family was her #1 priority. Babysitting her grandson Jaxon, whom she dearly loved, and family get-togethers, especially with her beloved nieces and nephews, were some of her greatest joys.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Mike Lingen of Woodstock; her daughter, Jessica (Cory) Schoep of Edgerton, Minn.; one grandson, Jaxon Schoep; five siblings, Rhonda (Steve) Wynia and Pam (Darwin) Johnson, both of Slayton, Mary Jo (Alan) Lingen of New Richmond, Wisc., Robert (Connie) Thaler of Foley, Minn., and Tom Thaler of South Naknek, Alaska; and her step-mother, Alice Beattie-Thaler of Slayton.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; and father- and mother-in-law, John and Gladys Lingen.

DOROTHY ESSELINK

March 16, 1925 – May 22, 2017

Funeral services for Dorothy Esselink, 92, of Leota, Minn., were held Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. Burial followed in the Leota Community Cemetery.

Dorothy Esselink was born on March 16, 1925, to Jon and Geeritje (Vande Pol) Mouw on the family farm near Beaver Creek, Minn. Dorothy spent her childhood years on the farm and attended the local country school and the Valley Springs Public School in South Dakota. She would have enjoyed continuing with school but her help was needed on the farm. During her teenage years she worked on the farm, cleaned houses, and was employed for a while at the Luverne Bakery.

She was united in marriage to Gerrit Esselink on March 6, 1946, at the Christian Reformed Church in Hills, Minn. The couple started farming near Beaver Creek. In 1960, they moved to a farm north of Leota. In 1993, they moved into the retirement house that Gerrit helped build for them in Leota. Gerrit, her beloved husband for over 61 years, preceded her in death on December 26, 2007.

Dorothy continued to reside in her home until transferring to Ridge View Estates in Pipestone, Minn., in 2010. On April 28, 2017, she moved into Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Minn. She entered hospice care at the Pipestone County Hospital on Friday, May 19, 2017. Dorothy passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 22, 2017, at the age of 92 years, 2 months, and 6 days.

Dorothy was a member of Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. In her years of service, she was a member of the Ladies Aid Society, Christian School Society, and also taught Sunday School. She kept busy with many hobbies and interests throughout her life. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidering, baking, oil painting, ceramics, reading her Bible and listening to Christian TV stations. She was an excellent baker and cook and was always ready to provide a meal or baked item to someone in need. She loved to visit no matter where she was. During their retirement years, Gerrit and Dorothy were able to enjoy spending many winters in Arizona and Texas.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Carol Guice of Sarepta, La., Sandra (Milt) Schonewill of Sioux Falls, S.D., Dianne (Dave) Prins of Pipestone, and Keith (Dawn) Esselink of Leota; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; her siblings, Ida Langstraat of Hawarden, Iowa, and Jan Skattum and her husband Mark of Northglenn, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Mouw of Sioux Falls.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerrit; her parents; her son-in-law, Clyde Guice; great-grandson, Wilson Arp; brothers, Joe Mouw and his wife Hilda and Edward Mouw; sister, Trudy Trailor and her husband Ray; brothers-in-law, John Langstraat, Gerald Thompson, Lance Esselink and his wife Jennie, Henry Esselink and his wife Kathleen; and a sister-in-law, Bertha Den Besten.

AUDREY BAKER

March 29, 1961 – May 16, 2017

Audrey Fay Baker, age 56, of Worthington, Minn., died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne, officiated by Pastor Jeanette McCormick. Burial was at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eastside Cemetery in Steen.

Audrey was born March 29, 1961, in Pipestone, to Fred and Gertrude (Vander Streek) Baker. She attended public school in Edgerton before graduating from Luverne High School in 1979.

Audrey moved to Worthington shortly after graduating high school. She worked briefly at the DAC in Worthington.

She enjoyed gardening, plants, and animals.

Audrey is survived by her six siblings, Gary (Thelma) Baker, Edgerton; Hattie (Elmer) Haak, Dell Rapids, S.D.; Bea (David) Sieps, Madison, S.D.; Freda (Greg) Nordstrom, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Marlene (Daryl) Akland, Beresford, S.D.; and Marilyn (Walter) Halbleib, Baltic, S.D.; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her infant great nephew, Evan Zeenbergen.

DEBRA SPRONK

January 27, 1957 – May 2, 2017

Debra Lynn Spronk, after running a race well run, left this earth for her eternal home on May 2, 2017.

Funeral services were held May 13, 11:00 a.m., at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Burial was in Old Woodlawn Cemetery.

Debra Lynn was born on January 27, 1957, to Nick and Cynthia De Boer in Luverne, Minn. She attended Leota Christian School and Southwest Christian High School. At Southwest, Deb met a quiet young man named Gordon. They dated, fell in love, and were married on July 28, 1978, an anniversary they shared with Deb’s parents.

Deb attended Dordt College and went on to receive her nursing degree at Mounds Midway School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minn. After finishing school, Gordon and Deb made their home in Pipestone, Minn., in 1981 with their newborn daughter Courtney. While living in Pipestone, they also welcomed their son Jordon and their daughter Morgan. Her children were her passion and her joy.

Her three grandchildren, Brody, Ryleigh, and Lincoln, were three great loves in her life. The Nana that she was to them is what every child should have in their life. Fun, silly, quirky, gentle, and loving, always willing to be there for them whenever they needed her.

Deb lived to love. Filled with a compassion to serve everyone around her, Deb was involved in Cornerstone Church and in her community. She volunteered at ATLAS for Life for over 11 years and wore many hats there, each one gratifying in its own way to her.

Deb loved to live. She traveled the world with Gordon, getting to see places most dream of. Her kitchen was her haven, always planning and prepping the next meal to bring her family together. She always had a song to sing, making a joyful noise to the Lord. She loved to play and had a spark that never seemed to burn out.

Deb lived a selfless love. She served with no expectations and ran her race holding steadfast to His promises. She laughed with a contagious, heavenly joy. She had the ability to see a need and meet it right there. Her gentle spirit could uplift the weariest of souls. Her many passion projects included turning old things into new. She could take things so broken and messy, things most would look at and call ‘junk’, and form them into beautiful treasures.

Those who anxiously await to be reunited with her again in glory: the love of her life, Gordon who she walked hand in hand with for almost 39 years; daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Tyler Schelhaas and their three children; son Jordon; and daughter and son-in-law, Morgan and Jordyn Vogt; her parents, Nick and Cynthia De Boer; her sister, Wendy (Ron) Krosschell, her brothers, Rod (Marcia) De Boer and Jeff De Boer; her in-laws Fern (Carl) Wiersum, Del (Jo) Spronk, Leon (Cynthia) Spronk, and Randy (Beth) Spronk, along with many nephews and nieces.

She joined Gordon’s parents, Henry and Alma Spronk, and nephew Clinton Spronk.

WILLIAM KUNERTH

December 17, 1941 – April 29, 2017

Funeral services for William Kunerth, 75, of Fulda, Minn., were held at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fulda at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, with Msgr. R. Paul Heiting celebrating. The pallbearers were his grandchildren. Interment was at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery in Fulda.

William “Bill” Kunerth, the son of Joseph and Esther (Eichstadt) Kunerth, was born on December 17, 1941, in Worthington, Minn. He grew up on a farm southeast of Fulda and attended country school. He graduated from Fulda High School in 1959 and served as President of the Fulda FFA Chapter.

Bill was united in marriage to Erma Roeder on February 5, 1966, at St. Kilian Catholic Church in St. Kilian, Minn. They lived and farmed in Graham Lakes Twps., Nobles Co, Minn, and in 1967, Bill began working for Production Credit Association until 1977. From 1978 to 1981 he worked as a farm manager for Farmers National Company. Bill took over the family farm in 1982 and retired from full time farming in 2008. In 2009 they moved to their home in Fulda. Bill passed away peacefully on April 29, 2017, at the United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., at the age of 75. He was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Fulda. He enjoyed fishing trips, wintering in Arizona, going out to eat, golfing, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and ultimately finding time for his passion of farming. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and for sharing stories with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Erma Kunerth of Fulda; 3 children, Mike (Dawn) Kunerth of rural Fulda, Mark (Sky) Kunerth of Malibu, Calif., and JoLynn (Al) Vander Lugt of rural Edgerton; and 8 grandchildren.

Bill was survived by his 6 younger siblings: Korrine (Don) Pawlitchek, Tresa Olson, Tom (Kathy) Kunerth, Ramona (Sam) Nelson, Pat Kunerth, and Rita (Steve) Welsch.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Joe and Esther Kunerth and infant son, Steven.

IVAN WOLTERSTORFF

August 1941 – April 23, 2017

Ivan Jacob Wolterstorff, age 75, of Grand Rapids Township, Mich., passed away peacefully of heart failure on Sunday April 23, 2017, at his home.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at St. Robert of Newminster Parish with Fr. Leonard Sudlik as celebrant.

Ivan was raised in Edgerton, Minn., and graduated from Southwest Christian High School, and Kendall School of Design. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid sportsman. Ivan was an accomplished craftsman of wood, leather, and stone. His roots gave him a strong appreciation of the Native American Culture and western art.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia (nee Murphy) Wolterstorff; children, Shawn (Carla) Wolterstorff, Heidi (Todd) Sturniolo, Matthew (Jessica) Wolterstorff; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Nicholas (Claire) and Cornelius (Leola) Wolterstorff; two sisters, Henrietta Hamersma, Joanne (Robert) Yonker; a sister-in-law, Nancy Murphy; a brother-in-law, Kevin (Rosemary) Murphy; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his uncle, Ted (Jeanette) Hanenburg of Edgerton, and aunt, Clara Koegler.

Mr. Wolterstorff was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Jennie (nee Hanenburg) Wolterstorff and granddaughter, Harper Sturniolo.

MARY ANN EERNISEE

December 22, 1952 – May 8, 2017

Funeral services for Mary Eernisse, 64, of Leota, Minn., will be held Thursday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church in Leota with Pastor Tom Voigt officiating. Burial will be in the Leota Community Cemetery.

Music was provided by organist Geraldine Blom and the congregation singing Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone), In The Garden, and God Will Take Care of You

Pallbearers were Tony Schumacker, Paul Rosenboom, Ross Brands, and Josh Eernisse.

Mary Ann (Rosenboom) Eernisse was born on December 22, 1952 to Helen (Von Busch) and Manual Rosenboom in Worthington, Minn. She was raised on a farm by Rushmore, Minn.

She graduated in 1970 from Worthington High School and obtained her CNA license after graduation. In 1980 she married her husband Steve Eernisse and they lived in Leota where they remained until the present time.

After having children, Mary went back to school and graduated in 1993 with her LPN license.  During her years as a nurse, she worked at the Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sioux Valley Hospice, and many years at the MN Veterans Home in Luverne Minn. She retired from work at the Veterans Home in 2015 due to the progression of her illness.

Other than her family, Mary kept busy with many activities inspired by her abundant creativity.  She loved to learn and try new things. She was an expert at sewing, dabbled in pottery, painted many canvases, created beautiful stained glass pieces, and loved to refurbish old treasures that she would spot antiquing. Her yard was always blooming with beautiful flower gardens and she even got the “old boys” at the Veterans Home involved when she created a memorial garden there.

Mary loved her family and her grandkids were her joy. She had such patience with the grandchildren and shared her stories, talents, and faith with each of them.

On Monday, May 8, 2017, Mary died at her home at the age of 64.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Eernisse; daughters, Carrie (Tony) Schumacher and Jennifer (Ross) Brands, and son, Joshua (Nicole) Eernisse; six grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Jeanie) Rosenboom, and a niece, Sara Rosenboom.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Carolee.

LENA MADISON

April 10, 1943 – April 14, 2017

Lena Joan Madison 74, Brandon, S.D., died Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical Center, in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life with family was held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home. A private burial will take place at a later time.

Lena Joan Schiebout was born April 10, 1943, to Henry and Bertha (Davelaar) Schiebout, on a farm near Sioux Center, Iowa.  She attended school at, and graduated from, Edgerton High School. She attended nursing training in Rochester, Minn., and worked at Luverne Community Hospital for 34 years. She married Charles Madison in 1964. They lived in Columbus, Nebr., in their early marriage and then made their home in Luverne, Minn., before moving to Brandon, S.D., in 1994. She saved a person from drowning after graduation from high school and received a Red Cross Award for her bravery.

Lena loved family. She spent much of her time traveling to see her grandchildren and children and hosting family gatherings.  She also enjoyed traveling with Charles on business trips around the USA in her working years. She played fast pitch softball for the IBP team.  She and Charles enjoyed winters in Arizona after retiring.  She had lifelong friends to walk, talk, and shop with and showed much kindness to people and animals.

Lena will be deeply missed by her husband, Charles; two children, Thomas (Jill) Madison, Kansas City, Mo., and Tamara Rowden, Ft. Collins, Colo.; two grandchildren; four siblings, John (Barb) Schiebout, Edgerton, Minn., Cora (Harold) Vander Ziel, Sioux Falls, S.D., Beth (Jerry) Wieman, Luverne, and Helen (Haru) Takeda, Los Alamos, N.M.; and one sister-in-law, Henrietta Schiebout, Milaca, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Lena was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Chris Schiebout.

CLARA BERGER

December 4, 1937 – April 25, 2017

Clara Berger, 79, of Worthington, Minn., died Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Crossroads Care Center in Worthington. Her funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Solid Rock Assembly, in Worthington, officiated by Pastors Scott Petersen and Verlyn Schaap. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Worthington.

Clara Berger was born December 4, 1937, in Worthington to Fredrick and Minnie (Van Dyke) Schaap. Clara worked as a nurse’s aide at Cashel’s Nursing Home in Worthington. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1955, and later from St. Mary’s Nursing College in Rochester with a degree in nursing.

Clara married Dennis Lee Berger on February 10, 1957, at the Assembly of God Church in Worthington. After their marriage, the couple lived in Rochester. They moved to Kansas for a short time while Dennis was in basic training at Ft. Riley in the United States Army. They then moved to Olympia, Washington, where Dennis served in the United States Army at Ft. Lewis. In 1961, they moved to Worthington. Clara worked as a nurse for over 30 years at the Worthington Regional Hospital and then Prairie House before retiring.

She was an active member of Solid Rock Assembly in Worthington, where she sang in the choir and loved to care for children in the church nursery. She enjoyed visiting residents at area nursing homes, artwork, and crafts. She especially enjoyed being a foster parent.

Clara is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dennis Berger, Worthington; four children, Charles Berger and Calvin (Pam) Berger, both of Worthington; Chris (Doreen) Berger, Brewster; and Caren (Scot) Westendorf, Cape Coral, Fla.; also Norma Vanden Berg and numerous other foster children; 14 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a great-grandchild to be born in September; foster grandchildren; one brother, Arthur (Lorraine) Schaap, Worthington; three sisters, Gertrude  Eckerson, Worthington; Mavis (Harley) Waltjer, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Marie (Paul) Derby, Spearfish, S.D.; brother-in-law Jack Stene, Sioux Falls; sister-in-law, Helen Schaap, Sioux City, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Joyce; brother, John Schaap; three sisters, Frieda Buss, Hermina Tripp and Martha Stene; and five brothers-in-law.

JOHNNY STUCKENBROKER

September 6, 1931 – April 25, 2017

Johnny Stuckenbroker, Hardwick, Minn., died on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage at the age of 85 years, 7 months, and 19 days after complications from burns received on April 10.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Trosky, Minn., officiated by Rev. Robert Moeller and Diane Westenberg, organist. The congregation sang Beautiful Savior, I Love To Tell The Story, and Abide With Me. Casket bearers were John Hanson, Matthew Hanson, Joseph Hanson, Thomas Hanson, Russell Aanenson, Jacob Van Overbeke, and Blake Van Dyke. Honorary casket bearers were Johnny’s granddaughters. Interment was in the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Johnny Henry Edward Stuckenbroker was born on September 6, 1931, to John and Elizabeth (Peters) Stuckenbroker in Denver Township, Rock County, Minnesota. He attended country school District 54 through the 8th grade.  Johnny entered the United States Army in July of 1952 and was sent to Korea in January of 1953.  He was there for one year and came home in April of 1954. He served in the Heavy Mortar Company 14th Regiment and attained the rank of Corporal.

On February 10, 1964, he was united in marriage to Helen Sik in Wilno, Minnesota. They became members of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne, Minn. In 1994, they became members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Trosky, Minn. Johnny and Helen lived on the farm where he was born and he retired from farming in 1993. After his retirement Johnny enjoyed gardening, going to auctions, playing cards, and watching western movies on TV. He liked listening to old time music and enjoyed dancing in his younger years.

Johnny is lovingly remembered by his wife, Helen of Hardwick; children, Angela (Karl) Hanson of Marshall, Minn., Michael (Lynn Reding) of Sioux Falls, S.D., Edward of Hardwick, Ronald of Luverne, Teresa (Kevin) Anderson of Sacred Heart, Minn., Laura (Melroy) Buys of Edgerton, and Sheila Aanenson of Luverne; 15 grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Buss of Lismore, Minn.; and one brother, Harry (Doris) Stuckenbroker of Pipestone.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents; one infant sister, Helen; one brother, Alvin in September, 1994; sisters, Arlene Sievert in April, 2005, Viola Schmuck in August, 2010, and Judy Hawes in January, 2017.

LESTER SCHOOLMEESTER

July 4, 1928 – April 27, 2017

Lester Schoolmeester, 88, of Edgerton, Minn., formerly of Chandler, Minn., died on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

A celebration of his life was held on Monday, May 1, at the Chandler Christian Reformed Church at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Josh Christoffels officiating. Burial followed at the Chandler Memorial Cemetery. Organist was Pat Holm.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Michael Schoolmeester, Alex Spronk, Ethan Spronk, Josh Koelewyn, Brady Hulstein, Kyle Claussen, Isaac Ossefoort, Ryan Bridgewater, Keifer Honey, and Tyler Juhl. Honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters, Kristin Schoolmeester, Bobbi Schoolmeester, Pam Ossefoort, Haylee Spronk, Brianna Bridgewater, Elizabeth Spronk, Lisa Honey, Amy Koelewyn, Sarah Koelewyn, Jessica Claussen, Tessa Hulstein, Cheyenne Hulstein, and Jamie Juhl.

Lester Charles Schoolmeester was born on July 4, 1928, to Charles and Mae (Kleinjan) in Pipestone County. He was baptized in the First Reformed Church of Edgerton. He graduated from Edgerton High School. After graduating he worked at the creamery and for a local plumber.

Les joined the Army for two years and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. He was discharged in March of 1953.

On June 9, 1953, he married Wilma DeVries in Edgerton. They moved to a farm outside of Chandler where they lived for 55 years, until October of 2008 when they moved into Chandler where he lived until he moved to Assisted Living in Edgerton.

While living on the farm they were members of the Chandler Christian Reformed Church. He served as a deacon, elder, and on the Chandler Christian Grade School board. When not working on the farm he enjoyed fishing and going south in the winter.

The day before his wife’s birthday, Les left his earthly home to live with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 88 years.

Les is lovingly remembered by three daughters, LuAnn (Arwin) Spronk of Edgerton, Darla (Fred) Koelewyn of Plano, Texas, Lorna (Jeff) Hulstein of Chandler; two sons, Glen (LeAnne) of Chandler, and Dean (Wendy) of Pipestone, Minn.; 23 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Lee (Jean) DeVries of Middleville, Mich.; four sisters-in-law, Alvina Schoolmeester of Edgerton, Loreen DeVries of Chino, Calif., Helen DeStigter of LeMars, Iowa, Linda (Jack) Northouse of Freeport, Mich., and Donna (Ted) Weerstra of Holland, Mich., and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mae; wife, Wilma; daughter, Karen; step-mother Vena; parents-in-law, Evert and Martha DeVries; brother, Orvin; and brothers-in-law Albertus DeVries and Jerry DeStigter.

BERNICE HENDRICKS

April 4, 1920 – April 17, 2017

Funeral services for Bernice Hendricks, 97, of Edgerton, Minn., were held Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Edgerton with Pastor Mark Groen officiating. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton.

Music was provided by organist Diane Westenberg and congregational hymns Amazing Grace, The Old Rugged Cross, and Now I Belong To Jesus.

Casketbearers were Perry Krosschell, Scott Krosschell, Joshua Liemer, Zebulun Liemer, Matthew Sankey, Kevin Hendricks, Mike Hendricks, and James Hendricks. Honorary casketbearers were Nicole Johnson and Bethany Olson.

Bernice Alyda (Westenberg) Hendricks was born on April 4, 1920, to John and Clara (Muilenberg) Westenberg in Edgerton, Minn. She attended Edgerton Public School and High School, graduating in 1937.

On December 27, 1940, she was united in marriage to Adrian Hendricks in Edgerton. For a time the couple farmed near Edgerton and then near Jasper, Minn. They moved into Edgerton in 1960 to the home she resided in for many years. Adrian preceded her in death on February 27, 1988, and Bernice continued to reside at home. Around 2005, she moved into the apartments at Edgebrook and then into Edgebrook Care Center on February 1, 2016.

Within the last two weeks she had bronchitis and on Easter Sunday she had a massive stroke. She was admitted into the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the age of 97 years and 13 days.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Edgerton where she was a member of the Ladies Circle. She enjoyed making pigs in a blanket with the other ladies. Bernice was an avid card player: playing pinochle, hand and foot, and many other games. She loved to read books, do word searches, and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed crocheting and making items for family members. Family was very important to her and she knew each and every one of her grand and great-grandchildren’s birthdays.

Bernice is lovingly remembered by her son, Ron (Margrit) Hendricks of Marietta, Ga.; three daughters, Norma (Ed) Krosschell of Orange City, Iowa, Darlene (Bruce) Leimer of South Haven, Minn., and Donna (Scott) Olson of Jackson, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adrian; one infant great-granddaughter, Chloe Krosschell; two brothers, Stanley (Helen) Westenberg, and Dick (Martha) Westenberg; and two sisters, Nellie (Pete) Tolsma, and Alvina (Dewey) Den Ouden.

OTTO BOUMA

May 21, 1924 –  April 18, 2017

Funeral services for Otto Bouma, 92, of Luverne, Minn., were held Saturday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors followed at Eastside Cemetery near Steen, Minn.

Otto Bouma was born May 21, 1924, to Peter and Rolena (Baker) Bouma. He was born the third of 12 children. He grew up near Hull, Iowa, on farms his parents rented until they bought a farm four miles east of Edgerton, Minn., in 1942. As a young man, he enjoyed going to Valhalla Roller Rink by Lake Shetek and square skipping at the Edgerton Memorial Hall. Otto continued to help on his parents’ farm until his younger brothers were able to handle the work. In 1946, he headed out to find work in California for the year. He returned home to Edgerton and worked at A.R. Wood’s Manufacturing in Luverne, Minn.

In 1948, he was drafted into the United States Army Reserves. When he returned home from training he was set up on a blind date with a young lady by the name of Bernice Baker. The couple dated and on September 7, 1950, they were united in marriage at the Steen Reformed Church in Steen, Minn. Following a honeymoon to Niagara Falls, the newlyweds lived on an acreage near Steen. In October of 1950, Otto was called upon to serve our country. His orders sent him to Pusan, South Korea during the Korean War. He served for 10 months and upon his honorable discharge, Otto returned home to his bride and found work at Hanson Silo in Luverne and John Morrell in Sioux Falls, S.D. In the spring of 1952, Bernice and Otto moved onto a farm two miles north of Steen, which they purchased in 1956. Here the couple made their home and raised their two children, Gwenlyn and Larry. Throughout the years, they farmed the land along with raising dairy cows, pigs, and feed cattle. In 1988 they decided to sell the animals and simply farm the land. Otto and Bernice farmed for 38 years before buying a house and moving to Luverne in 1990. Even in retirement, Otto loved heading back out to the farm to help with the planting, harvest, and various odds and ends.

Otto and Bernice were members at the Steen Reformed Church and later at the American Reformed Church in Luverne where they enjoyed Bible study. In December of 2014, Otto lost his beloved wife of 64 years. Otto continued to reside at their home in Luverne. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, while at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage, Otto went to be with his Lord, at the age of 92 years, 10 months, and 28 days.

Otto is survived by his two children, Gwen Mulder (Kevin Klooster) of Luverne, and Larry (Sally) Bouma of Sioux Falls; three grandchildren, a great-grandson and a great-grandchild on the way; siblings, Elvira Corbin of Edgerton, Merle Bouma of Livingston, Mont., Ken Bouma of Grandville, Mich., and Elaine Joy DeGroot of Denver, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; and parents, Peter and Rolena Bouma; and siblings, Angeline Osterhouse, Tracie Lobbezoo, Henry Bouma, Julie Bolt, Mildred VanderLaan, Lowell Bouma, and Marvin Bouma.

ALBERTHA BROEK

January 9, 1928 – April 4, 2017

Funeral services for Mrs. Albertha “Berdie” Broek, 89, of Sioux Center, Iowa, were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Faith Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center with Rev. Bob Pollema officiating. Interment followed the service at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center.

Albertha Bernice, the daughter of Raymond Sr. and Della (Gritters) Hulstein, was born on January 9, 1928, in Sioux Center, the first of thirteen children. She was raised in the Hull and Sioux Center areas.

On Feb. 11, 1948, she married Cornelius Broek in Hull. Through the years they lived on several farms, until building a house and chicken farm west of Sioux Center. In 1973, they moved into Sioux Center. Besides being a homemaker, she also worked at the Dordt College Book Store, and from 1975 to 1991, she and her husband operated Sam’s Variety Store, both in Sioux Center. They then enjoyed wintering in Arizona. Cornie passed away on May 14, 2005, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

In September of 2016, Berdie became a resident of Crown Pointe Independent Living, and in January of this year, she transferred to the Royale Meadows Care Center, both in Sioux Center.

She was a charter member of the Faith Christian Reformed Church, where she was an active supporter. She enjoyed playing games with friends, fixing puzzles, watching Dordt basketball and volleyball games, crocheting, and baking for others.

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Berdie died at the Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center at the age of 89.

Survivors include her four daughters, Judy Nibbelink; Fonda, and her husband, Warren Post; and Diane, and her husband Arlin Van De Berg, all of Sioux Center; and Kathy, and her husband, Loren Velgersdyk, of Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lavonne Hulstein, Arlene Hulstein, Marge Mesman, Ray Hulstein Jr., Leonard and Jean Hulstein, Delmar and Faye Hulstein, Garneth and Harold Van Surksum, Lee and Faye Hulstein, Sharon and Pete Struiksma, Iva Hoogeveen, and Karon and Lee Blom; and Cornie’s sister, Chris Schouten; and sister-in-law, Gert Broek.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Harv Nibbelink; two grandchildren, Angie Post and Justin Van De Berg; a great-grandson, Dylan Nibbelink; siblings, Gary Hulstein, Ed Hulstein, Lois Buyert; and in-laws, Arvin Mesman, Teen Hulstein, Barney Buyert, and Jim Hoogeveen.

NICKLOS VOS

April 21, 1925 – March 7, 2017

Nicklos John Vos, 91, of Arnolds Park, Iowa, was reunited with his late wife and love of his life Jennie on March 7, 2017.

Visitation will be held at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford, Iowa, on Friday April 21, from 5 to 7 including a Masonic service. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park on Saturday, April 22, at 11:30 followed by a luncheon. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake.

Nick was born on April 21, 1925, in Edgerton, Minn., to Cecelia (Heidgerken) and John Vos. He was the oldest of 5 siblings. Nick joined the Army on January 31, 1946. He served as paratrooper in the 82st Airborne stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., and was assigned as an automotive mechanic. Nick achieved the rank of Private First Class and was discharged on March 29, 1947, decorated with a World War 2 Victory Medal.

He met Jennie Jesperson when he was discharged from the service and instantly fell in love. They married on January 31, 1949. The young couple lived in Walker, Minn., and later Milbank, S.D., and Huron, S.D. They moved to Brainerd, Minn., in 1951 where their daughter Vicki was born. In 1954 they moved to Arnolds Park where son Gary and daughter Diane were born. Nick worked for Barnes Plumbing and Heating and eventually acquired the business changing the name to Vos Plumbing and Heating. Nick served as a security officer at the Roof Garden during the summers, was a volunteer fireman, a member of the Masons and American Legion, and also served on the Arnolds Park City Council. Nick and Jennie spent 29 winters in Mission, Texas, where Nick volunteered in a colony, built a church in Mexico, and helped make their parks annual floats. Nick enjoyed tinkering on his lawn, attending sprint car races, keeping his vehicles spic and span, doing word search puzzles, and making wood crafts. Nick will always be remembered for his sense of humor, the practical jokes he played on people and his generous heart. He was well respected and touched many lives. Nick loved spending time with family and friends. Nick was a devoted husband and took exceptional care of Jennie as her health failed, a true testament of his never ending love.

One of Nick’s proudest moments was going on an Honor Flight to Washington DC. He was very proud of the American Flag and those that fought for our country.

Nick was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park.

He is survived by daughter Vicki (Les) Milverstedt of Hastings, Minn.; son Gary (Marilyn) Vos of Arnolds Park; daughter Diane (Jeff) Haedt of Savage, Minn.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Nori Pool, sisters-in-law Sharon Jesperson and Ardy Vos; many nieces and nephews; and family friend Peggy (Dan) Williams of Boone, Iowa.

Nick is preceded in death by his wife Jennie, parents and siblings, Eileen, Doris, and George.

JAMES VELDKAMP

October 17, 1934 – April 11, 2017

Funeral services for James G. Veldkamp, 82, of Luverne were held Saturday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the American Reformed Church in Luverne with Pastor Mike Altena officiating. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

James Gordon Veldkamp was born on a farm near Valley Springs, S.D., on October 17, 1934, to Arend and Angie (Achterhoff) Veldkamp. He attended grade school in Valley Springs and Hills, Minn. The family moved to a farm near Hills, where his father passed away at a young age leaving his mother, Angie, to raise their large family by herself. In 1948, his mother purchased a farm near Chandler, Minn., and moved the family, where Jim then completed his education.

On June 7, 1955, Jim was united in marriage to Frances Bruxvoort in the Chandler Reformed Church. Jim worked as a farm laborer near Iona, Minn., where their first son, Daniel James, was born. The following year the family moved to the Luverne area where Jim also held a farm laborer position. In 1956 the family moved into Luverne and over the next years Jim worked at various car dealers and service stations. Jim and Frances added a second son, Jody Allen, to the family in 1959. In 1965 Jim purchased a service station located on South Highway 75. In the early 1970s he earned his GED certificate. A five-year-old daughter, Penni Marie, joined their family in 1977. Jim’s business grew from only gasoline service into a car repair shop, 24-hour towing service, and a used car dealership over the next 33 years. In 1988, part of the business was sold. Jim retained the car sales portion of the business, operating it until he retired in 2000. Jim remained active in his retirement years, driving clients to New Life Treatment in Woodstock, Minn., and volunteering wherever he was needed.

As a result of his health and care needs, Jim became a resident at the Good Samaritan Communities in Luverne in February 2016. On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, while at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage, Jim went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 82 years, five months and 25 days.

Jim was baptized in the Valley Springs Reformed Church and later made his profession of faith in the Chandler Reformed Church. He was currently a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne, where he had served as a deacon. Jim enjoyed his hobby of restoring old tractors until his health would no longer allow. He lived a life of quiet faith by loving and providing for his family and serving his customers with quality service and friendship.

Jim is lovingly remembered by his wife, Frances; two sons, Daniel (Linda) Veldkamp and Jody (Lori) Veldkamp all of Greenwood, Ind.; three grandchildren; five siblings, Clazina (Henry) Van Wyhe of Brandon, S.D., Grace (Lou) Charette of Sioux Falls, S.D., Marvin (Leona) Veldkamp of Brandon, Alvin (Shirley) Veldkamp of Sioux Falls, and Arlene (Norman) Haak of Oakes, N.D.; two sister-in-laws, Caroline Veldkamp of Dell Rapids, S.D., and Hendrene Van Wyhe of Hills; and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Penni Damon; three grandchildren, Mandi, Cody and Katie Vande Kieft; parents, Arend and Angie Veldkamp; four siblings, Alice Van Hill, Engbert “Bert” Veldkamp, Marcus “Mike” Veldkamp, and Arnold Veldkamp.

HAROLD BRANDS

September 17, 1942 –  April 13, 2017

A memorial service for Harold Brands, 74, of Edgerton, Minn., was held Monday, April 17, 2017; 11:00 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton with Rev. Douglas Kuiper officiating. Interment was in Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton.

Music was provided by organist Teresa Kuiper and congregational singing Psalter 60, Psalter 281, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, and Psalter 278.

Pallbearers were Daryl Brands, Phillip Kleyn, Jonathan Brands, Bob Knecht, Shawn Brands, and Jeremy Brands

Honorary pallbearers were Ron Brands and Bob Brands.

Harold Bertus Brands was born on September 17, 1942, in rural Edgerton to Bert and Dorothy (Bleyenburg) Brands. He was the seventh of nine children. He attended grade school in Edgerton and high school at SW Christian High School. After high school he attended two years at Northwestern College in Iowa, living those years by the Gritters. In 1969, he purchased a farm north of his parents and that became his lifetime vocation. A run-down farmhouse was his first nursery, and by hard work he eventually built a modern farrowing house and nursery. At the age of 33, Harold married Carol De Jong and God blessed the union with nine children. After retirement he continued to raise feeder pigs until December of 2016.

On January 9, 2017, he entered into the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone where he passed away after a 17-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the age of 74 years, six months, and 26 days.

Harold loved most outdoor activities. The children swap stories of fishing exploits, sports in the hayfield, hunting, bird-watching, and running. He was also a keen observer of Minnesota sports teams. Harold had a deep reverence for the God of his salvation. Everyone who knew him sensed his sincere faith. This was evident also in the many years spent as a board member of the Free Christian School and in his often-perfect attendance at Bible Society. He was also a deacon and then an elder at the Edgerton Protestant Reformed Church.

Harold is lovingly remembered by his wife, Carol, of Edgerton; eight children who travelled great distances to spend precious time with Harold in his last illness, Daryl (Cathy) Brands of Jenison, Mich., Kristin (Phillip) Kleyn of Grand Rapids, Mich., Jonathan Brands of Holland, Mich., Alyssa (Bob) Knecht of Hawley, Minn., Shawn Brands of Texas, Jeremy Brands of Missoula, Mont., Monica Brands of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Tricia Brands of Madison, S.D.; 13 grandchildren; three siblings, Hennie Gritters of Hull, Iowa, Ron (Sandy) Brands of Edgerton, and Bob (Phyllis) Brands of Loveland, Colo.; Carol’s 15 siblings and their spouses; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Janelle; and five siblings, Gerrit Brands, Art Brands, Evert Brands, Elberta (Bernard) Hop, and John Brands.

GERRIT VANDER ZIEL

December 16, 1933 – March 9, 2017

Gerrit Vander Zeil, 83, of Poway, Calif., died on March 9, 2017.

He was born to George and Bessie Vander Ziel of Edgerton, Minn., on Dec. 16, 1933. After high school, Gerrit entered the armed services and served in the Korean Conflict.

He married Wilma Tesselink of Holland, Minn., on January 29, 1955. They farmed for a while and then Gerrit attended the DeVry University in Chicago, Ill. They moved to California where he worked in radio communications.

Gerrit and Wilma were blessed with one son and four daughters. Ben Vander Ziel, who passed away in 2016, Julienne and Andy Mulconnery, Lisa and Mike Legg, Sharon and Jim Hand, and Dee and Curt Ramon.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma, of Poway, four daughters, six grandchildren, and siblings: Richard (Nancy) Vander Ziel, Harold (Cora) Vander Ziel, Berdina Buys, Greta (Nick) deWolf, Kathy Vander Grift, and Betty Lotterman.

Gerrit is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Henry and Bernard, and his son Ben.

REV. JOHN BROUWER

September 7, 1934 – April 3, 2017

John Edwin Brouwer, 82, died Monday, April 3, 2017 at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., due to complications related to burn injuries.

John was born in Inwood, Iowa, on September 7, 1934, the son of Jorienus and Artie (Brands) Brouwer. In 1946 he moved to Edgerton, Minn., with his family. John married the sweetest girl in town, Florence Schmidt, on June 6, 1958.

He graduated from Western Theological Seminary in 1962. He was a pastor in Dell Rapids, S.D., Corsica, S.D., Randolph, Wisc., Altoona/Hallie, Wisc., and Neillsville/Granton, Wisc. From there he and Florence retired to their hobby farm near Osseo, Wisc. In retirement, up until his death, he pastored at Rockland United Methodist Church.

John enjoyed gardening, woodworking and hunting. Anyone who knew John appreciated his fruits and vegetables, along with his famous rhubarb juice.

One of John’s favorite Bible verses was Matthew 25:21, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

John is survived by his wife Florence of 57 years; his 5 children; Darwin (Pat) of Mesquite, Texas; Ivan (Nancy) of Swartz Creek, Mich.; Karen (Kevin) Gunvalson of Alexandria, Minn.; Gwendolyn Brouwer of Elko, Nev.; Evonne (Joshua) Cash of Waunakee, Wisc.; 8 grandchildren; 3 brothers, and 5 sisters.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jasper and Joe.

NOI MEKSAVANH

September 2, 1955 – April 3, 2017

Funeral services for Noi Meksavanh, 61, of Edgerton, Minn., were held Saturday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m. at the Colonial Funeral Home in Edgerton with Rev. Timothy Brown officiating.

Music was provided by organist Jean Brown, special music by Howard and Sommer Schaap, and congregational hymns How Great Thou Art and This Is My Father’s World.

Noi Meksavanh was born September 2, 1955, to Chalath and Yang Aleuxay in Thailand. She grew up in Thailand and helped her father grow and sell vegetables in the market. While in Thailand she met Bounsom Meksavanh and they were blessed with two children, Inty and Phet. In 1980, the couple moved to Edgerton through a resettlement program of the U.S. Government with the help and sponsorship of the First Christian Reformed Church. They were blessed with two more children, Phou and Pam, and Noi was a busy homemaker caring for their family. With the children in school, she went to work at Fey Industries as a machine operator. She worked the night shift at Fey’s for thirteen years.

In September 2006 Noi suffered a stroke which left her with limited physical abilities. She retired from Fey Industries and continued to work and enjoy her vegetable gardens. She enjoyed daily walks around Edgerton and spent many hours cooking in her kitchen. She was known for her egg rolls.

On Monday, April 3, 2017, while out on her morning walk, Noi died as the result of an accident at the age of 61 years.

Noi is lovingly remembered by her children, Inty (and Hugh) Maxey of Edgerton, Phet Meksavanh of Orlando, Fla., Phou (and Tiffany) Meksavanh of Edgerton, and Pam Meksavanh of Sioux Falls, S.D.; six grandchildren; four sisters, Nom Khamchanh, Sai Aleuxay, Ann Aleuxay, Pany Aleuxay, a  brother, Thai Alexuay; a sister-in-law, Keo, and her children, Ting, Teng, Pong, Sy, and Ly; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bounsom, in 2006 and her parents, and her mother-in-law, Mouth.

JOHN BOTHOF

February 5, 1921 – April 4, 2017

Funeral services for John Bothof, 96, of Slayton, Minn., were held Monday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Slayton, with Rev. Aaron Punt officiating. Interment was at Slayton Memorial Gardens in Slayton.

Music was provided by organist Viola Hoekman with special music by his grandchildren Jolene Groen, Jason Groen and Julie Groen-Sherman.

The pallbearers were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mike Meyer, Suzy Bothof-Stout, Leslee Bothof, Matthew Nord, Nathaniel Nord, Kendra Reese, Cassandra Groen, and Chantel Groen.

John Bothof was born on February 5, 1921, on the family farm south of Chandler, Minn., to John G. and Hattie (Van Surksum) Bothof. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school.

On December 18, 1941, he and Johanna Ruiter were married at the Ruiter family home. Following their marriage they farmed near Chandler and in 1954 they purchased an interest in the Southwest Sale Barn in Worthington, Minn. In 1959 they moved to Slayton and purchased the Slayton Sale Barn and operated it until 1978. John continued doing farm and estates sales until 1986 when he retired. Johanna passed away on November 21, 2010. John then moved to Westside Apartments in Slayton until 2014 when he became a resident of the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda. John passed away there on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the age of 96.

He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Slayton where he served as elder and deacon.  John volunteered at Meals on Wheels and also at the Murray County Food Shelf. John enjoyed fishing and helping John Groen during harvest. John found his greatest joy watching and following his grandchildren and great-grandchildren sporting activities.

Survivors include four children and their spouses, Harlene and Richard Meyer of Bella Vista, Ariz., Delwin and Marie Bothof of Hilo, Hawaii, John E. and Debra Bothof of Omaha, Nebr., and Kenneth and Carrie Bothof of Butler, Ky.; two sons-in-law, John Groen and his wife, Marcella, of Chandler, and Malcolm Nord of Marietta, Ga.; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great–grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Edith Bothof and Angie Ruiter, both of Minneapolis, Minn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Johanna, two daughters, Joanne Groen and Eloyce Nord, two grandsons, Christopher R. Bothof and John H. Groen Jr., six siblings, and their spouses, Peter and Cora Bothof, Gerritt and Johanna Bothof, Henry and Trace Bothof, Cornie Bothof, Johanna and John VandeBrake, and William and Antoinette Bothof.

JOAN VANT HOF

January 14, 1937 – April 5, 2017

A memorial service for Joan Vant Hof, 80, of Edgerton, Minn., was held Saturday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Edgerton.

Joan Katherine Vant Hof was born January 14, 1937, to Dick and Hattie (Lyftogt) Jeffer in Sheldon, Iowa. She attended elementary school in Matlock, Iowa, and graduated from Sheldon / Edgerton High School in 1955 and moved to a farm near Leota, Minn.

On January 17, 1956, she was united in marriage to John Vant Hof in Leota. The couple moved to California for several years and then returned to Luverne, Minn., where Joan worked for State Farm Insurance. Following the graduation of their children, the couple moved to Brainerd, Minn. Joan became an LPN and continued her education at Bemidji State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She worked at Brainerd State Hospital and upon her retirement, she moved to Edgerton.

On April 5, 2017, Joan entered the care of Sanford Luverne Hospital for a procedure. After complications occurred, she was transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls where she died at the age of 80 years.

Joan was a member of First Reformed Church in Edgerton. She was active in the life of the congregation serving in circle, bible study, and book club. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, knitting, crocheting, traveling, camping, and watching Loren, Morgan, and Joni ride horses.

She is lovingly remembered by her children, Dawn (and Dennis) Vander Beek of Edgerton, and Terry (and Tammy) Vant Hof of Red Lake Falls, Minn.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, a brother, Joe (Wilma) Jeffer of Luverne, Minn.; and a sister, Helen (and David) Nordgren of Cross Lake, Minn.; and her constant companion, Zena the cat.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Hattie; a son, Dale Vant Hof; and a sister C.H. Kolleen.

ROZALIND RAE HENRY

November 2, 1956 – March 25, 2017

Rozalind Henry was born in November 2, 1956, in Minneapolis, Minn., to John and Constance Dady Henry. She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from high school there. In 1988 she met Duwayne LaValley who would become the love of her life. Rozalind and Duwayne moved to Iona, Minn., in 1993 when Fey Industries transferred them to the Edgerton plant. Rozalind later worked at the Co-op Convenience Store in Edgerton, Chandler Grocery Store in Chandler, and Loops Dollar Store in Slayton. She then took the job as city clerk for Iona.

Rozalind passed away at her home in Iona on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the age of 60. She enjoyed spending time with Duwayne and their cats, time on the computer, camping, music, and animals.

Survivors include her partner, Duwayne LaValley of Iona, one brother, Don Henry of Corona, Calif.; several nieces and nephews and their families as well as Duwayne’s family. She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Patrick Henry. Interment will be private.    

A gathering time for family and friends will be on Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton from 4 to 7 p.m.

ELMER JOHN VELDHUIZEN

January 12, 1925 – March 30, 2017

Funeral services for Elmer Veldhuizen, 92, of Edgerton, Minn., were held Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church in Woodstock, Minn., with Paster Chris Schaefer and Rev. Ed Veldhuizen officiating. Burial followed in the Woodstock Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Veldhuizen, David Veldhuizen, Brian Vander Lugt, Ryan Veldhuizen, Nick Schwalbach, and C.J. Veldhuizen. Honorary pallbearers were Luke Veldhuizen and Aaron Veldhuizen.

Elmer John Veldhuizen was born to Willem Christiaan and Hattie (Zwart) Veldhuizen on January 12, 1925, in Rock County, Minnesota. As a young boy, he attended school in Rock County.

Elmer married Marie Vander Steen on February 12, 1948, in Edgerton, Minnesota. He farmed his whole life and loved the outdoors. He was a charter member of the American Reformed Church of Woodstock, Minn. He entered into his eternal rest on March 30 at the age of 92 years, 2 months, and 18 days.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marie; children: Chris (Clare), Brenda Vander Lugt, Bev (Jim) Schwalbach, David (Christine); ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Bernice Doornbos, Bill (Audrey) Veldhuizen, Rev. Ed (Janice) Veldhuizen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Peter Vander Lugt, sisters: Norma Veldhuizen and Wilma Kruisselbrink; brothers-in-law: Joe Rysdam, Hank Doornbos, and Howard Kruisselbrink.

ABELENE SCHUUR

September 12, 1917 – March 31, 2017

Funeral services for Abelene Schuur, 99, of Chandler, Minn., were held on Monday, April 3, 1:30 p.m. at the Chandler Reformed Church in Chandler with Pastor Nathan Huisman officiating. Burial was in the Chandler Cemetery

Abelene Schuur was born on September 12, 1917, on the family farm in Moulton Township of Murray County Minnesota to Leonard and Jennie (Lolkus) Vander Burgh, Abelene was the 7th of 8 children and the youngest daughter. She was named after her grandfather, Abel Vander Burgh, and was baptized and made profession of faith in the Chandler Reformed Church. She graduated from 8th grade at District #83 school and then worked on the family farm milking cows and other chores and learning household arts.

Abelene married Henry (Hank) Schuur on January 26, 1939, in the same house she was born in and they started their life together on a farm near Lake Wilson. In 1946, Henry, Abelene, and their sons, Harlan and Rodney, moved to Chandler where he operated Schuur Implement on Main Street. The family increased with the addition of Milton, Sharolyn, Clark, and Curtis with an 18-year span from oldest to youngest. In 1958, the family moved to a farm south of Chandler. They retired to Chandler in 1987 where Henry passed away on August 28, 1998 after nearly 60 years of marriage. Her sadness was doub Services will be held on Monday, April 3 at 1:30 PM at the Chandler Reformed Church in Chandler. led when her oldest son, Harlan, passed away on January 20, 1999.

Abelene enjoyed a full and active life and had many talents and interests.  She loved being a homemaker and was known as a skilled baker, seamstress, and hairdresser. As was the norm in those days, she grew her own vegetables, raised chickens, and preserved all for the winter use. She and Henry were faithful members of the Chandler Reformed Church. They were custodians and Abelene was active in Girl’s Circle, Ladies’ Aid and RCW, and enjoyed working in the kitchen.

The Schuurs enjoyed traveling, and went to the Netherlands three times together, and Abelene went for the final time in 2002. People were always more important to them than sightseeing, and they made a point to visit people on their travels. Abelene enjoyed family gatherings with her extended family. She showed her love with food and every visitor was served at least a snack.

On February 13, 2017, Abelene was hospitalized with a respiratory illness, and was then admitted to Edgebrook Care Center on February 21 and then to Hospice of Murray County House in Slayton on March 16 where she passed away on March 31, 2017.

Left to cherish her memory and her remarkable influence are her daughter, Sharolyn (Duane) Achterhoff, Chandler, her sons, Rodney Schuur, Slayton, Milton (Daris) Schuur, Clark (Darcy) Schuur, Curtis (Faye) Schuur, all of Chandler, her daughter-in-law, Sophie Schuur, Claremont, Fla., 10 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Abel Vander Burgh, Hemet, Calif., sister-in-law, Julia Schuur, Luverne, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.

Going on ahead were her husband, Henry, son, Harlan, daughter-in-law, Audrey Schuur, granddaughter, Vickie Schuur, her parents and parents-in-law, her brother, John (Margaret) Vander Burgh, sisters, Hattie (Hillie) Beckering, Johanna (John) De Groot, Emma (Steve) Pool, Alida (John) De Boer, Bertha (Peter) Youngsma; in-laws, Henrietta (Felix) Kluis, Alice (Klaas) Groen, Nellie (Arie) Olivier, Gilbert (Sylva) Schuur, John Schuur, Jennie  (Hilko) Grimmius;  several nieces and nephews.

Henry George Vander Ziel

November 10, 1940 – March 18, 2017

Henry George Vander Ziel, 76 of Lowell, Mich., went home to be with his Savior on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Ada Bible Church in Ada, Mich.

Henry was born on November 10, 1940, to George and Bessie Vander Ziel of rural Edgerton. He was a 1958 graduate of Southwest Christian High School.

Hank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He farmed in the Lowell area for almost 40 years. Hank fought a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by family and his constant companion, his dog Brandi.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Yvonne; children, Paul (Annmarie) Vander Ziel and Steve (Joan) Vander Ziel; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold (Cora) Vander Ziel, Richard (Nancy) Vander Ziel; sisters, Berdena Buys, Greta (Nick) deWolf, Kathy Vander Grift, and Betty Lotterman;and sister-in-law, Wilma Vander Ziel.

DOROTHY M. BUYS

June 22, 1938 – March 21, 2017

Funeral services for Dorothy Buys, 78, of Hardwick, Minn., were held Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne, with Pastor Mike Altena officiating. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Dorothy Mae Buys was born on June 22, 1938, to Raymond and Florence (Terpstra) Harms at their home on the farm south of Valley Springs, S.D. When Dorothy was young, the family moved for a short time to Larchwood, Iowa, and then Inwood, Iowa, where Dorothy attended country school. She went to high school in Inwood where she graduated with the class of 1956. Following graduation, she took nursing classes at the local college. While taking classes, she also helped her dad on the farm who was dealing with health issues from his polio. She took a position at Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids, Iowa, where she worked in the nursery, attending to the newborns. While at the roller rink in Rock Rapids, a fellow roller skater caught her attention, Herman Buys.

Dorothy and Herman were married on October 25, 1963, at the First Reformed Church in Inwood. The couple settled into life on a farm in rural Hardwick where they raised their children and made their home for over 52 years together. Dorothy stayed busy with life on the farm. She gardened, took care of the calves, milked the cows, drove tractor, and helped with all aspects of farming.

In February of 2016, Dorothy entered Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton. Dorothy died there peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the age of 78 years, eight months, and 29 days.

Dorothy was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, and was a member of circle. She also volunteered as a 4-H leader and was a member of the Hardwick Community Club. She enjoyed baking bread, making applesauce, traveling to auctions, and listening to the South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers.

Dorothy is lovingly remembered by her husband, Herman; children, Leann (David) Hoogland of Hardwick and Melroy (Laura) Buys of Edgerton; five grandchildren, Chelsey (Alex) Huisken, Cole Hoogland and Jessica, Miranda and Kayla Buys; and one great-grandchild, Beckett Huisken.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

RAYMOND H. BECKERING

January 8, 1924 – March 22, 2017

Funeral services for Raymond H. Beckering, 93, of Pipestone, Minn., will be held Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Hartquest Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel at 11 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday, March 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the Hartquest Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. Burial will be prior to the funeral service on Friday at Hillside Cermetery in Edgerton at 9:30 a.m.

Raymond Henry Beckering was born to John and Lydia (Sheerhorn) Beckering on January 8, 1924, in Sheldon, Iowa. When he was a year old, he moved with his parents to a farm by Trosky, Minn., where he attended school. In 1937, he again moved with his parents to a farm near Edgerton, Minn. He attended Edgerton High School and graduated from there in 1942. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After his discharge from the service in 1946, he returned to Edgerton where he drove truck and worked as a mechanic.

On March 22, 1952, he was united in marriage to Marion Petersen at First Presbyterian Church in Edgerton. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed near Hatfield, Minn. In 1961, they moved to Jasper, Minn., and Ray worked as a mechanic for Roelof International Dealership in Edgerton for 25 years. After his retirement in 1991, they enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona. On July 4, 2011, Marion preceded him in death. After her death, he continued to reside in Jasper. Around 2013, he moved into Falls Landing in Pipestone and resided there until 2015 when he moved into the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone. Ray resided there until his death on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the age of 93 years, two months, and 14 days.

Ray was a member of the United Methodist Church in Jasper. He was also a member of the Oscar Iverson American Legion Post 133 in Jasper. He and his wife loved to travel, and they traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Hawaii. When he was younger, he enjoyed reading and playing cards. He especially enjoyed his daily coffee at McDonalds.

He is lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Lori Cocking and her husband Gary of Excelsior, Minn., and Debra Winrow and her husband Dennis of Chanhassen, Minn.; two grandchildren, Kim Winrow and Alec Smith; and two sisters, Mona Kleinjan of Edgerton, and Lois Jean Klumper of Pipestone.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter, Sheree Smith; his brother, Merlyn; and two brothers-in-law, Elmer Kleinjan and Gerrit Klumper.

DOUGLAS VANDER BEEK

June 1, 1942 – March 24, 2017

Douglas Vander Beek, 74, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Friday, March 24, 2017, at Sanford Cottages in Sioux Falls. A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, at Community Reformed Church in Sioux Falls. Committal services were held prior to the service (10 a.m.) at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Douglas Vander Beek, son of Harold and Elizabeth (Bakker) Vander Beek, was born June 1, 1942, in Pipestone, Minn. He attended school at Edgerton Public, graduating with the class of 1960. Following graduation he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis where he earned his degree in architectural drafting. He started his lifelong career in the lumber business with Lampert Lumber Company in St. Peter, Minn., following college. In 1964 he began his time in the United States Army before being honorably discharged in 1966. It was after his time in the service that he was united in marriage to Maryann Mesman in Edgerton, Minn., on June 25, 1966. To this union three children were born: Steve, Jill, and Craig. The couple would call the Twin Cities home for the next 14 years. In 1980 they moved the family to Edgerton where he was a managing partner in Tinklenberg Lumber. A move to Sioux Falls in 1994 placed him under the employ of Scott’s Lumber, where in just a short two years he would become manager. He held this position until retirement in 2006. Not one to slow down, Douglas was in the first group trained to volunteer at the Avera McKennan Cancer Center in Sioux Falls.

Throughout the years he contributed to all of the churches that he belonged to. For many years he taught Sunday School, and held numerous positions on church committees and boards. He was also the chair of the Community Reformed Church building committee in Sioux Falls. He was a volunteer EMT for the city of Edgerton. He also was on the Edgerton School Board for many years.  A true family man, nothing made Douglas happier than spending time with his family. His favorite times were spent watching his children and grandchildren in school events. He also enjoyed simpler times just enjoying their company over a meal. Some of his personal hobbies included fishing, hunting, and playing golf.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Maryann of Sioux Falls; children, Steve (Tammi) Vander Beek, and their children Cole and Cara, of Brandon, S.D., Jill (Loren) Bleyenburg, and their children Trent and Micah, of Edgerton, and Craig (Aleta) Vander Beek, and their children Don and Luke of Harrisburg, S.D.; and sister, Lavonne (Greg) Samlaska of Cottage Grove, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Elizabeth (Bakker) Vander Beek.

BETTY FABER

December 21, 1946 – March 25, 2017

Betty Lou Faber, 70, of Harrisburg, SD, died Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2017, at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017 also at the church.

Betty Lou Faber, daughter of Albert and Henrietta (De Boer) Moss was born December 21, 1946, in Sioux Center, Iowa. The family lived by Carmel, Iowa, until Betty was six. They then moved to Luverne, Minn. She graduated from Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton. It was at a church group function in Pella, Iowa, that she met Larry Faber and after some persistence on his part, eventually agreed to go on a date with him. On May 24, 1966, she took his hand in marriage, and they were blessed with 50 years together. To this union three children were born: Jody, Jeff, and Joel. Soon after being married she followed Larry’s United States Navy service to San Diego, Calif., for 6 months before returning home upon his deployment overseas. When Larry returned they made their home in Sioux Falls for many years. They moved to Michigan for 10 years, returning once more to Sioux Falls in 1998.  Betty worked for Ameristar Realty as administrative assistant.

Her loving and caring heart was allowed to shine through her numerous involvements in church activities. She was a lay shepherd and volunteered extensively through the Stephen Ministry. She either led or attended bible studies for many years in all of her churches. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, playing cards or watching Sioux Falls Christian sporting events, especially basketball and volleyball. Her favorite events to watch through the years were the ones her children and grandchildren were involved in. She also enjoyed simply getting to be hostess and prepare a meal for her family to enjoy and share each other’s company.

She is survived by her husband, Larry of Harrisburg; sons, Joel (Cassie) Faber of Walnut Creek, Calif., Jeff (Christy) Faber of Nicaragua; daughter, Jody Kooiman of Harrisburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Katie (Joel Woudstra) Faber of Sioux Center, Iowa, Stacey, Branden, and Rachelle Faber all of Nicaragua, and Ethan, Addison, and Carson Faber all of Walnut Creek; siblings, Thelma (Gary) Baker of Leota, Minn., Linda Vollan of Brookings, S.D,. Neal (Char) Moss of Luverne, Minn., and Jake (Cheryl) Moss of Luverne; brothers-in-law, Marvin (Deanna) Faber of Alvord, Iowa, and Gordon (Sue) Faber of Rock Rapids, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Dawn Moss of Luverne, Alvina (Howard) Krikke of Sheldon, Iowa, and Lynda Faber of Worthing, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bradley Moss; son-in-law, Stacey Kooiman; brothers-in-law, John Vollan and Wendell Faber; and sister-in-law, Noreen Moss.

ELDA VANDER SCHAAF

February 23, 1944 – March 13, 2017

A memorial service for Elda Vander Schaaf, 73, of Middleburg, Iowa, was held Thursday, March 16, at 11:00 AM at the Free Grace Reformed Church of Middleburg with Rev. Stephen Breen officiating. Interment was in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center, Iowa.

Elda Faye (De Kam) Vander Schaaf was born February 23, 1944, the daughter of Elbert and Nelvia (Prins) at Luverne, Minn. She grew up in the Leota and Edgerton, Minn., area. Elda received her education from Southwest Christian High School and then went on to graduate from Dordt College in Sioux Center.  After college she taught at Sibley Christian School in Sibley, Iowa.

Elda was united in marriage to Delbert Vander Schaaf on July 20, 1967, at the Worthington Christian Reformed Church. They made their home on their farm near Middleburg and she worked for the Sioux Center Christian School. Later after her children were grown she worked at Royal Meadows nursing home in Sioux Center. For many years she worked for Myron Toering Law.  She was a member of the Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church where she was active with children’s and music ministries and the women’s guild.  In her spare time she enjoyed music, playing piano, reading, sewing, or crocheting.

On Monday, March 13, Elda  died at the Sioux Center Hospital in Sioux Center at the age of 73 years, 0 months, and 18 days.

She is survived by her husband, Delbert of Middleburg; their children, Lisa Vander Schaaf of Marquette, Mich.; Lyle and Connie Vander Schaaf of Marquette; Lana Vander Schaaf of Marquette; Lori and Jesse Frederick of Ames, Iowa, and Lloyd and Chelsea Vander Schaaf of Marquette; seven grandchildren, her siblings, Gerald (Jane) De Kam of Corvallas, Oregon; Nellie Ann Kruger of Worthington, Minn.; Clarice Wixon of Marion, S.D.; Beverly (Norman) Gravenhof of Worthington; Gertrude (Thede) Bakker of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Geneva (John) Van Dorp of Wiarton,  Ontario; Wesley (Barb) De Kam of  Arizona, and Darla De Kam of Worthington.

Elda was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Nelvia; brothers-in-law, Alvin Habben, Merlin Kruger, Carroll Wixon, James Vander Schaaf, Wayne Vander Schaaf, Bud Vander Broek, and Ed Zommermand.

VERLYN BURGERS

September 13, 1954 – February 24, 2017

Funeral services for Verlyn Burgers, 52, of Sunnyside, Wash., were held Friday, March 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside.

Verlyn Dean Burgers, 62, was born on September 13, 1954, to the late Gerrit and Jessie (Vander Werf) Burgers in Sioux Falls, S.D.  He grew up on the farm with two brothers and three sisters near Colton, S.D. He graduated from Southwest Christian High School in 1972. After graduation he went to vocational school in Mankato, Minn., to study agriculture.

He married Darlene Faye Vande Brake on March 5, 1976. The couple lived near Edgerton, Minn., for ten years while farming, and moved to Svea, Minn., in 1986 where they remained for nearly 18 years. During that time Verlyn held multiple occupations in the dairy, sales, and trucking industries.  His interests in agriculture took Verlyn and his family to Sunnyside where they have lived for 14 years. During Verlyn’s time in Sunnyside he has worked in the agricultural services industry while also caring for his own cherries, grapes, and other varietals.

Verlyn was very involved in the church and surrounding community. He held roles in the church including deacon, elder, and chairperson of the Iglesia Evangélica committee. His passions were agriculture, his grandchildren, and socializing. Verlyn loved collecting old farm equipment, camping with family and friends, hunting, exploring the countryside, Saturday morning breakfast with the guys, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren. Verlyn took great pleasure in socializing with others and sharing a laugh. He influenced the lives of many and was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all.

On February 24, 2017, Verlyn died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

Those blessed to be a part of his life include his true love and wife, Darlene (Vande Brake) Burgers, four children: Nathan (Wendy) Burgers, Darin Burgers, Anita (Derek) Van de Graaf, and Justin Burgers; five grandchildren, Carson, Landon, and Colton (Derek and Anita) and Genevieve and Francesca (Nate and Wendy); a brother, Ron, and three sisters, Elaine (Warren) Boogerd, Phylis (Warren) Groen, and Linda (Arlin) Van’t Hof, and several nieces, nephews, and other loved ones.

He is preceded in death by his parents Gerrit and Jessie, and his brother Bob.

DORIS BLOM

April 23, 1934 – February 27, 2017

Funeral services for Doris (Deragish) Blom, 82, of Luverne, Minn., were held Friday, March 3, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne with Pastor Mike Altena officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery in Hills, Minn.

Doris Louise (Deragisch) Blom was born on April 23, 1934, to Carl and Rose (Berger) Smith on the family farm in Erwin, S.D., where she was raised. In 1952, she graduated from high school in Arlington, S.D.

On May 24, 1953, Doris was united in marriage to Dean Deragisch in Arlington. The couple first made their home in Arlington. In 1958, they moved their family to Hills, Minn. Dean preceded Doris in death on January 9, 1973. At the time the couple had six children, Debbie, Donna, Dan, Dave, Doug, and Dawn. Along with raising their children, Doris worked over the years at Central Plains Clinic, Family Drug, and Priebe Chiropractic Clinic. She volunteered as a book ‘n’ buddy at Luverne Public Schools and also volunteered wherever else she could, whenever she was able.

On July 12, 1982, Doris was united in marriage to Henry Blom. The couple made their home in Luverne, Minn. Henry preceded Doris in death on November 22, 2000.

Doris formally retired in 2006. She remained connected to her community and friends. On Monday, February 27, 2017 Doris died peacefully in her home at the age of 82 years, ten months and four days.

Doris was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne. She was a humble woman and welcoming to everyone she met. She enjoyed attending Christian music groups and often travelled great distances to hear them. Doris was an avid fan of all Minnesota sports teams. She enjoyed traveling all over and golfing with her husband, Hank. She remained very young throughout life and was even pretty active on Facebook during her later years. Doris was committed to her family and never forgot an important date. She will be remembered for her devotion to prayer and the importance of receiving Christ in one’s heart.

Doris is lovingly remembered by her children, Deb (Mark) Emery of Luverne, Donna (Steve) Schneider of Fargo, N.D., Dan (Lola) Deragisch of Eagan, Minn., Dave (Lori) Deragisch of Luverne, Doug (Danette) Deragisch of Marshall, Minn., and Dawn (Art Crain) Deragisch of Stillwater, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Johnson of Duluth, Minn.; and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dean Deragisch and Henry Blom; parents, Carl and Rose Smith; and a sister, Audrey Thomas.

PEARL NELSON

June 23, 1936 – March 3, 2017

Funeral service for Pearl Arlene Nelson, 80, of Burnsville, Minn., will be held Friday, March 10, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville.

Pearl was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and dear friend. She possessed an abundance of beautiful traits: she was thoughtful, a great listener, creative with a flare for decorating and flower gardens, and she loved to laugh. But most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

On March 3, 2017, Pearl died surrounded by family.

Pearl is survived by her husband, Robert Nelson; four children, Brad (Cindy) Haugen, Michael (Claudia Battaino) Haugen, Patricia (Thomas) Wright, Jodi Haugen, two stepchildren; Tammy Kucera and Bruce Nelson; 11 grandchildren; and a brother, Arthur Zylstra.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Artie Zylstra, and four siblings; Jacob, John, Jean and Shirley.

JEANE VAN LANT

May 11, 1930 – March 2, 2017

Funeral services for Jeane Van Lant, 86, of Leota, Minn., were held Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Bethel Reformed Church in Leota with Pastor Mark Groen officiating. Interment was in the Leota Community Cemetery.

Music was provided by organist Geraldine Blom, and pianist Harriet Kroontje, Doug Van Peursem singing God On The Mountain, and congregational hymns Whispering Hope, Saved By Grace, and God Be With You Till We Meet Again.

Pallbearers were Michael Netjes, David Vander Vliet, Tyler Van Lant, Cory Vander Vliet, Adam Irish, and Brett Vander Vliet.

Jeane Van Lant was born May 11, 1930, in Hull, Iowa, to Jake and Minnie (Scholten) De Jong. She attended school in Hull.

Jeane married Cornie Van Lant on September 28, 1950, at Bethel Reformed Church in Leota. The couple farmed north of Leota where they still resided.

She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Leota. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, baking, camping, and especially spending time with her family.

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Jeane passed away at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Jeane is survived by her husband, Cornie Van Lant, rural Leota; four children, Verna (Warren) Netjes, Andover, Minn.; Brad (Deb) Van Lant, Linn Creek, Mo.; Brenda (Dwayne) Vander Vliet, Luverne, Minn.; and Diane Irish, Sioux Falls, S.D.; thirteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter on the way in April; a brother, Leroy (Joyce) DeJong, Oak Harbor, Wash.; and a sister, Arla (Dick) Ruiter, Leota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Joyce Shultis in 2007; and three siblings, Esther Landhuis, Don De Jong, and Jackie Pronk.

WILMA VAN’T HUL

October 11, 1923 – March 4, 2017

Funeral services for Wilma Van’t Hul, 93, of Leota, Minn., were held  Wednesday, March 8, at Ebenezer Chrsitian Reformed Church in Leota with Pastor Joe Vanden Akker officiating. Interment was in the Leota Community Cemetery.

Wilma Van’t Hul was born on October 11, 1923, to Sander (Sam) and Wilhemina (Minnie) De Zeeuw in Maurice, Iowa, and grew up on a farm near Rock Valley, Iowa, with her family. Wilma eventually met Gerben and the couple was married at her mom’s home on May 29, 1945, while Gerben was home on a weekend leave from the United States Navy. Gerben was based in California. Wilma and Gerben lived there until his departure for overseas duty. Following his return, the couple lived in Hull, Iowa. Gerben worked as a mechanic before farming with his dad on a farm by Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Wilma worked as a homemaker to their children and helped in various areas on the farm. Over the next number of years they farmed near Luverne, Minnesota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Edgerton, Minnesota, before finally purchasing a farm south of Leota, Minnesota. Through those years they continued to crop farm as well as work with dairy, hogs, beef cattle, and poultry. Wilma and Gerben were blessed with four children and 44 years of marriage.

Gerben passed away in January of 1990 and in November of 1992, Wilma moved to a home in Leota. On May 5, 2011 Wilma moved into the Edgebrook Estates where she resided until she became a resident at the Edgebrook Care Center on August 13, 2015. Five days after suffering a stroke, Wilma passed peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the age of 93 years. She looked forward to the day when she would see her “Daddy” again, who had passed away of cancer when she was only 16 years old.

Wilma was a faithful member of Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Leota. Throughout her life Wilma enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. She sewed many clothes for her children as they were growing up. She faithfully attended her Women’s Bible study. For 20 years she sold Fuller Brush products and took pleasure in visiting as she stopped by people’s homes with her merchandise. She enjoyed music and often spoke fondly of singing with her siblings as they grew up together. Through the years Wilma enjoyed crafting various yarn projects. Many quick breads and cookies were brought to those in need.

Wilma is lovingly remembered by her children, Sharon Vander Waal of Oostburg, Wisconsin, Roger (Donna) Van’t Hul of Pipestone, Minnesota, Linda (Leland) Vanderaa of Edgerton, and Nancy (Milo) Van Dyke of Leota; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; and one brother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerben; son-in law, Wayne Vander Waal; great-grandson, Riley Bosma; parents, Sander and Wilhemina; brothers, Gilbert and Stanley De Zeeuw; and sisters, Harriet Vugteveen, Alice Stegenga, and Cynthia Feekes; an infant sister; and several much beloved, but miscarried, great-grandchildren.