September 1, 2014 - 11:50 am - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral-female1Mrs. Gertrude Bonestroo, age 86, of Hull, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

August 29, 2014 - 11:24 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mary Virginia NeumannMrs. Mary Virginia Neumann, age 86, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, September 5, at 10:00 am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Gary Hegstad will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

August 26, 2014 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Henrietta Alons, age 82, of Hospers, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, August 29, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Marvin Leese will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hospers Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

August 15, 2014 - 12:12 pm - Posted in Obituaries

joannMrs. JoAnn Huygens, age 77, of rural Hospers, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014, at her residence.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, August 19, at 10:30am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Monday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the CHURCH.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

JoAnn Gladys was born on a farm near Sheldon on July 6, 1937, to Clarence and Ann (Bruxvoort) Van Kalsbeek. She attended the Hospers Christian School and Western Christian High School in Hull. She then taught at the Sibley Christian School.

She married Clarence Marvin Huygens on June 9, 1955, at the Hospers Christian Reformed Church. They established a farm home near Newkirk, where they lived for 59 years. While raising a young family, she returned to college and earned a teaching degree, graduating magna cum laude from Northwestern College in Orange City. She then taught kindergarten and third grade classes in the Sheldon and MOC-FloydValley schools for thirty years, serving two generations of many families.

JoAnn loved the Lord and was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church all her married life. She served as a girls high school Sunday School teacher, choir member, and leader of the Bible League.

She lived life with high energy and a happy disposition. Her often repeated motto was, “I’d rather burn-out than rust-out”. She loved people and had an active volunteer life. After retirement, she volunteered with a children’s reading program at the Sioux Center Public Schools and at Village Northwest in Sheldon. She also assisted at Hands around the World in Orange City.

JoAnn loved music and also sang in the Sioux County Women’s chorus and the Senior Saints choir. She taught piano lessons as a young woman and encouraged all the children in her life to enjoy music. She was a Master Gardener and loved to work in her vegetable and flower garden.

She was a life-long learner, starting with a junior high spelling championship, representing Sioux County at the state spelling bee. She was an avid reader, always with two or more books in process. She attacked and enjoyed a crossword puzzle every day.

JoAnn loved traveling and enjoyed trips to all parts of the United States, as well as a bicycle journey across The Netherlands. She enjoyed spending winters with Clarence in Alamo, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Clarence; and three children and their spouses, Chuck and Sue Huygens, of Urbandale; Adri and Ron Smit, of Hospers; and Don Huygens, of Sioux Center. Her eleven grandchildren include Nicole Huygens, Mark and Jamie Huygens, Robyn (Jay) Carnes, Scott Smit, Jeremy (Amber) Smit, Heather Schoenrock, Daniel (HollyAnn) Huygens, Sarah Huygens, Ken Huygens, Kylie Huygens, and Jamie Huygens. Her six great-grandchildren are Bennett Huygens, Caleb Smit, Madeline Smit, Cameron Carnes, Cooper Carnes and J. J. Van Meeteren. She is also survived by five sisters, Ruth (Marley) Grotenhuis, of Sibley; Harriet (Gerald) Van Meeteren, of Sheldon; Carol (Ron) Oostra, of Sioux Center; Anita (Gary) Jeltema, of Orange City; and Laura Van Kalsbeek, of Rock Valley.

She was preceded in death by a grandson-in-law, Scott Schoenrock.

Memorials may be directed to the Bible League, a cause that JoAnn loved and pursued.

August 12, 2014 - 5:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Harriet Harmelink, age 84, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, August 15, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate.  Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.  Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Harriet was born on October 10, 1929, at Alton, the daughter of Herman J. and Hattie (Van Oort) Vander Maten. She was raised on a farm south of Boyden and attended the Capel Township Country School.

On September 17, 1948, she married Wilbur Gerrit Harmelink at Middleburg. They made their home on a farm northeast of Alton, where she was a homemaker. In 1972, they moved into Orange City. For 27 years they enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona. In November of 2011, she moved to the Heritage House Nursing Home, and later Prairie Ridge Care Center, both in Orange City.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the Mary Martha Circle, was president of the Women’s Guild, and taught Sunday School classes. She and Wilbur participated in many mission trips through the church.

Harriet enjoyed bowling, painting, writing poetry, baking, playing board games and cards, walking with friends, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of more than 65 years, Wilbur; three children and their spouses, Dave and Sandy (Bertelsen) Harmelink, of Alton; Deb and John Blom, of Arnolds Park; and Sher and Gene Hiemstra, of Sioux Center; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Cristi (Harmelink) and Reese Kelch, of Orange City; Nikki (Harmelink) and Dave Heying, of Granville; Jeremy and Morgan Blom, of Fleming Island, Florida; Amber (Blom) and Ben Younan, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Carli (Blom) and Spencer Black, of Grimes; and Kim Hiemstra and Kyle and Traci Hiemstra, all of Sioux Center; seventeen great-grandchildren; seven siblings and their spouses, Jenieva Kastein, of Rock Rapids; William and Ann Vander Maten, of Hull; Lucia and Chap Vander Ploeg, of Hospers; Hermina and Gene Beernink and Kaye and Herb Kuyper, all of Sioux Center; and Herman and Marilyn Vander Maten, of Surprise, Arizona; a sister-in-law, Millie Vander Maten, of Orange City; Wilbur’s siblings and their spouses, Jean and Joe Muyskens, of Homewood, Illinois; Barbara Harmelink, of Peoria, Arizona; and Dennis and Nellie Harmelink, of Olathe, Kansas.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings and their spouses, Allie and Mike Korver; Hans Vander Maten; Gert and William Huisman; and John Vander Maten; and two brothers-in-law, Peter Kastein and Cliff Harmelink.

Memorials will be directed to the Campus Crusade for Christ for Kim Hiemstra.

August 11, 2014 - 2:06 pm - Posted in Obituaries

14-29-PictureJeanette Netten, 86, of Hawarden, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden.

Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am Wednesday at the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley, Iowa with Rev. Garry Nyenhuis officiating. A Prayer service for family and friends will begin at 10:00 am Wednesday at the church then processing to the Valley View Cemetery for burial.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm Tuesday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:30 pm at the Hawarden Community Church in Hawarden. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Jeanette (Ravenswaay) Netten was born February 24, 1928 at Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of Arie and Jacoba (Vanden Hoorn) Ravenswaay. Jeanette was raised on the family farm near Ireton and attended country school.

On July 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to Peter Netten on the Ravenswaay farm near Iteton. Together they farmed near Ireton, Sioux Center, and Doon. After farming, they retired to Rock Valley. In September 2010 they moved to Fellowship Village in Inwood, Iowa. Peter passed away there December 7, 2010. Jeanette then moved to the Pioneer Home in Orange City, Iowa. Due to declining health, she moved to Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden, Iowa in December 2012, where she passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014. She was 86 years of age.

Jeanette was a faithful member of the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley and previously in Doon and Ireton. She thoroughly enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and having her entire family over for Sunday dinner and holidays. In earlier years she and Pete had fun square-skipping. They also spent time visiting with friends and relatives. She kept a journal through the years that she updated faithfully and did dozens, possibly hundreds, of Word Find books. She also spent time volunteering at Justice For All and gardening. Her grandchildren especially loved her homemade jam.

Jeanette is survived by her eight children in whom she instilled a strong faith and work ethic: Dennis Netten and special friend, Connie, of Alvord, Iowa, Arnold Netten of Ames, Iowa, Duane Netten of Hull, Iowa, Verlyn (Carla) Netten of Orange City, Iowa, Rodney (Lil) Netten of Rock Valley, Iowa, Robert (Rhonda) Netten of Boyden, Iowa, Larry (Melissa) Netten of Orange City, Iowa and Deann (Marlin) Anderson of Hawarden, Iowa; 48 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; along with four sisters, Anna Van Bruggen of Hawarden, Iowa, Arlene De Bruin of Lyndon, Washington, Bernice De Kock of Hawarden, Iowa and Dorothy (Harlan) Tiedeman of Beresford, South Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 62 years, Pete; daughter-in-law, Bev Netten; grandson, Caleb Netten; great-granddaughter, Makayla Smith; sister, Gert Vander Ploeg; and brothers-in-law, Albert Van Bruggen, Jake De Bruin, Marion De Kock; and a twin infant brother and sister.

August 6, 2014 - 9:47 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. James Vander Kooi, age 93, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, August 8, at 6:30pm, at the American Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Steven Bierly will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Friday, at 3:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

 Visitation will be after 5:00 pm Thursday, with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

James was born on August 31, 1920, in Hull, the son of Benjamin and Theresa (Boogerd) Vander Kooi. He was raised at Hull, where he attended the Christian elementary school and graduated from the public high school. He also attended Northwestern College in Orange City and the Mankato Commercial College in Minnesota.

He served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. In 1944, his B-24 bomber was shot down over Austria, and he became a prisoner of war in Germany. In 1945, he was liberated and honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant.

On October 22, 1943, Jim married Velma Beth Koele in Sioux City. They made their home in Hull, where he was the owner and operator of the Vander Kooi Freight Line, retiring in 1983. Velma passed away on September 13, 2009, in Sioux Center.

He later became a resident of Pleasant Acres.

Mr. Vander Kooi was a member of the American Reformed Church, where he served on the consistory as an elder and a deacon and taught Sunday school and catechism classes. He also belonged to the Wegman-Koele American Legion Post in Hull and served on the boards of directors of the Community Betterment Corporation and Hope Cemetery.

He enjoyed sports as a player, as well as a spectator. He played basketball in high school and college; he was the center-fielder for the Hull Orphans All-Star Team for fifteen years; he bowled on the Hull Dairy Bowling Team for over 25 years; and he was an avid golfer. He was a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Northwestern Red Raiders, Boyden-Hull-RockValley Nighthawks, Boyden-Hull Comets, Minnesota Twins, and Minnesota Vikings.

Jim’s legacy is his deep spiritual faith, his patriotism, and his servant heart.

Survivors include his son and his wife, Dr. Bruce and Helen Vander Kooi, of Storm Lake; two daughters and their husbands, Bette and Terry Boote, of Hull; and Becky and Oots Altena, of Sioux Center; seven grandchildren, Dr. Jeff Vander Kooi, of Ballwin, Missouri; Dr. Andy (Amy) Vander Kooi, of Arvada, Colorado; Megan (Austin) Lorenzen, of Waverly; Courtney (Adam) Boone, of Orange City; Abbie (Wade) Vander Maten, of Hull; Erin (Shane) Smith, of Sheldon; and Katie Getting, of Des Moines; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gert Scholten, of George.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Bill and Grace Vander Kooi; three sisters and their husbands, Agnes and Wilfred Wortman, Sally and Jake Timmer, and Josie and Jake Van Berkum; and a brother-in-law, Gene Scholten.

Memorials will be directed to the American Reformed Church Building Fund and Pleasant Acres.

July 25, 2014 - 9:42 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Dale Schmith, age 74, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Dale Schmith, age 74, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania.

There will be a celebration of his life on Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Monday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Dale Arthur was born on August 17, 1939, at Doon, the son of Arthur F. and Amy Ruth (Techen) Schmith. He was raised at Doon, Granville, and George, graduating from the Doon High School. He was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

On January 9, 1960, he married Elizabeth Haveman in Hull. They made their home in Hull, where he was the parts manager of D & S Chevrolet for 35 years. He then worked as a stock manager at the Pella Corporation in Sioux Center for five years. In semi-retirement, he drove a head start bus part-time.

Mr. Schmith was currently a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where he participated in a fellowship Bible study and a men’s morning Bible study. He also belonged to the William Monster American Legion Post in Boyden.

For more than twenty years, he was a very active member of the Gideons International, serving in all offices of the Northwest Camp. He was currently the President of the Iowa Gideons. For over thirty years, he participated in the M-2 prison ministry at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Dale enjoyed camping, horses, motorcycles, and tractors.

Survivors include his wife of more than 54 years; a daughter and her husband, Linda and Kevin Roozing, of Hull; two sons and their wives, David and Linda Schmith, of Danville, California; and Darrell and Beth Schmith, of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren, Matt Roozing, and his wife, Jennilee; Kendra, and her husband, Keith Van Nyhuis; Courtney Roozing, and her fiancé, Ryan Schmidt; Madison Schmith; Alyssa, and her husband, Mitch Chitwood; Zachary Schmith; and Makenzie Schmith; and three brothers and a sister, Dean Schmith, and his wife, Ladonna, of Boyden; Ken Schmith, and his wife, Rosalie, of Fredricksberg; Lila Hatting, of Sibley; and Wes Schmith, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Connie Schmith.

July 6, 2014 - 11:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Elinor Noteboom, age 84, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, July 9, at 11:00 am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. John Klompien will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service on Wednesday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the  Oolman Funeral Home of Orange City, which is in charge of the arrangements for Elinor Noteboom.

Elinor was born on March 4, 1930, in Orange City, the daughter of John and Angeline (Mouw) de Blauw. She was raised at Orange City, where she graduated from the Northwestern Junior College. She also earned her bachelor’s degree and studied for her master’s degree. For two years, she was a teacher at the Kalamazoo, Michigan, Schools.

On July 24, 1951, she married Thomas Noteboom in Orange City. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker and a teacher, developing the art departments at the Christian School and Unity Christian High School, both in Orange City. She was also a prolific artist. A highlight of her career was being in Kyoto, Japan, Des Moines’ sister city, where she received inspiration for the Tranquility Series, her last major work. In November of 2009, she and Tom became residents of the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. He passed away on October 28, 2010, in Orange City, after more than 59 years of marriage.

Mrs. Noteboom was a lifelong member of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church (formerly Second Christian Reformed) and she belonged to the Christians in the Visual Arts organization. She enjoyed working on projects with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter and her husband, Lucinda and Mark Huizenga, of Orange City; two sons and their wives, Michael and Renee (Faber) Noteboom, of Orange City, and Thomas II and Brenda (Obbink) Notebom, of Johnston; eight grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Ver Hage, of Randolph, Wisconsin.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Betty Boss, Trudy Muyskens, Audrey Van Zanten, and Laura Vermeer; and a brother, John de Blauw, Jr.

June 30, 2014 - 11:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. George Huizenga, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

 There will be a funeral service on Thursday, July 3, at 10:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Gary Hegstad will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

George was born on August 26, 1925, in Orange City, the son of Jacob and Agnes (De Vries) Huizenga. He was raised at Orange City. In 1943, he entered the United States Army, serving overseas. He was honorably discharged in 1946, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.

On August 20, 1948, he married Thelma Jean Van Bruggen in Ireton. They made their home in Orange City, where he was employed at the Punt Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership, first as an automobile technician and then as their service manager.

Later, George was the senior vice-president of Store Start-up for Hot Topic, where he managed new store openings, traveling to all 48 contiguous states.

More recently, Mr. and Mrs. Huizenga resided at the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. Since October of 2013, they have lived at Prairie Ridge.

He was a member of the American Reformed Church and the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post in Orange City. For many years, he was a volunteer fireman, some of them as chief, and he was a part-time policeman, all in Orange City.

He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of more than 65 years, Jean; a daughter and her husband, LeAnn and Orval Madden, of Santa Barbara, California; a son and his wife, Jay and Jane Huizenga, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two granddaughters and their husbands, Jessica and Matthew Smith, of South Pasadena, California; and Megan and Matthew Sage, of Sioux Falls; three great-grandchildren; Jacob George Smith, Emmalyn Jane Sage, and Everett Matthew Sage; and two sisters-in-law, Joan (Huizenga) Spronk and Arlys Feenstra, both of Orange City.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Otto Huizenga, Ann Van Steenwyk, and Bernard Huizenga.