September 19, 2014 - 9:18 am - Posted in Obituaries

candleMr. Thomas Mulder, age 88, of Hull, passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a celebration of his life on Monday, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Carl Klompien, the Rev. Brent Mulder, and the Rev. Luke Wynia will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Monday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 3:30pm on Sunday, with the family present from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, at the funeral home.

September 10, 2014 - 1:25 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Shirley Petitt De Boer, age 85, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon. Rev. Craig Nissen officiating. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Alton, Iowa. Visitation will be Friday, September 12, from 3:30 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Shirley Petitt De Boer.

Shirley Frances De Boer was born on June 25, 1929 in Trent, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Anthony Rudolf and Rose Margaret (Schnee) Vonderharr. She lived her youth on a family farm in Trent, attended a country school and St. Mary’s Academy in Del Rapids, South Dakota, graduating in 1947.
She married Grover “Bud” Petitt of Sheldon, Iowa on March 26, 1949. To this union four sons were born. Shirley and Bud later divorced.

Shirley worked at home taking care of her four sons, later working at Ray’s Bowl Café, Alfs Manufacturing, East Elementary School in the lunch room, and Bogaard and Lyons Cleaners, retiring in 1993. She attended the Church of Christ in Sheldon.

She married Louis S. De Boer of Boyden, Iowa on February 14, 1975, they lived in rural Boyden until Louis became ill and then moved to Sheldon. Louis passed away on August 14, 1990. She attended the Presbyterian Church in Boyden.

Shirley enjoyed sewing, doing mending and alterations, quilting, and solving word find puzzles. She was very independent and enjoyed the simple things in life. Her family was very important to her.

She passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Those left to cherish her memories are her four sons: Gary and Donna Petitt of Sheldon, IA, Edward and Rhonda Petitt of Boyden, IA, Scott and Natasha Petitt of Sutherland, IA, Keith and Tiffany Petitt of Sheldon, IA; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Louis S. De Boer; her parents; brother: Anthony Vonderharr and sister: Darlene (Joe) Friedmann.

September 4, 2014 - 11:28 am - Posted in Obituaries

Miss Arnetta Vander Wilt, age 86, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, September 8, at 10:30 am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Monday, at 9:30 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

 Visitation will be after 3:00 pm on Sunday, with the family present from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Arnetta Mae was born on June 21, 1928, at Hull, the daughter of William J. and Nellie (Gunnink) Vander Wilt. She was raised at Hull, where she graduated from the public high school. She also attended the Nettleton Business College in Sioux City.

She was first employed at First Federal Savings and Loan in Sioux City. Later, she returned to Hull, where she was a secretary and office manager at the De Koster Law Office for many years.

In May of 2005, Arnetta became a resident of the Pleasant Acres Care Center. She transferred to the Sanford Memory Unit in Sheldon in January of 2009. In October of 2013, she returned to Pleasant Acres.

She was an active member of the First Reformed Church, where she served on many committees.

Survivors include a sister, Adriana Peacock, of Pensacola, Florida; a special friend, Bernie Wissink; several nephews and nieces, including Janyce Brunsting, of Hull, and Richard and Delores Vander Berg, of Orange City; and many friends. Janyce, Rick, and Lori helped care for her these last years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, John and Irene Vander Wilt; three sisters and their husbands, Henrietta and Ed Jouwstra, Sophia and Henry Koele, and Frances and Richard Vander Berg; and a sister, Carol Kruizenga.

Memorials will be directed to the church.

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

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

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, September 3, at 10:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. 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 in Hull.

Gertrude was born on February 19, 1928, in Rock Valley, the daughter of Edward J. and Alice (De Jong) Swier. She was raised at Rock Valley.

On May 2, 1947, she married Marion Gerald Bonestroo in Rock Valley. They made their home in various places until 1959, when they moved to rural Hull. In 1960, they moved into Hull. She became a resident of Pleasant Acres in July of 2013.

“Gert” was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the women’s organizations. She also belonged to the Wegman-Koele American Legion Auxiliary and she assisted with the Scouts.

She enjoyed doing needlework, especially crocheting and knitting. She made hundreds of afghans and baby blankets for many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, other family members, and friends. She liked flowers and had a “green thumb”.

Survivors include her husband of more than 67 years, Gerald; four children, Erwin Bonestroo, and his wife, Janet; Ronald Bonestroo, and his friend, Peggy Steinmetz; Janice, and her husband, Lyle Van Voorst; and Douglas Bonestroo, and his wife, Judy; fifteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren; and four brothers and four sisters, Fan DeJoode, Grace Teunissen, Lorance (Rose) Swier, Bernard Swier, Viola (Bernard) Elgersma, Clarence Swier, Ruth (Kenneth) Beukema, and Edward J. (Lynn) Swier.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Buys; a son, Kenneth Bonestroo; and two brothers Cornelius and Fred Swier.

Memorials will be directed to the Legion Auxiliary and the church building fund.

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.

Mary Virginia was born on December 2, 1927, in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of John W. and Stella K. (Scott) Prather. She was raised at Ames.

On November 5, 1950, she married Dr. Arlo John Neumann at the First Methodist Church in Ames. She then joined him in Orange City, where she was a homemaker and also the office manager for “Doc’s” veterinary practice. In March of 2013, she became a resident of the Heritage House Nursing Home, and in October of 2013, she transferred to the Prairie Ridge Care Center, both in Orange City.

Mrs. Neumann was a member of the American Reformed Church. She liked assisting in the church kitchen. She also belonged to the Eastern Star and was active in the restoration of the Century House in Orange City.

She enjoyed collecting antiques and interior decorating. She traveled the world with her husband, in his work with draft horses, and she met many distinguished people on those trips.

Survivors include her husband of more than 63 years; three children, Linda Neumann, of Portland, Oregon; David Neumann, and his wife, Barbara, of Libby, Montana; and Penny Neumann Alley, and her husband, Martin Alley, of Vass, North Carolina; seven grandchildren, Corey, Stephanie, and Lindsey Trimble; Greta, and her husband, Andrew Jensen; and Kristin, Erich, and Niklaus Neumann; two sisters-in-law, Barbara and Hazel Prather; and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cybil Neumann; and three brothers, John “Jack”, James “Jim”, and Joe Prather.

Memorials will be directed to the church kitchen fund and the Century House.

 

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.

Henrietta Gertrude was born on August 21, 1932, in Saranac, Michigan, the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Cleveringa) Duistermars. At the age of seven, her family moved to Sioux Center and eventually, Orange City, where she attended the Christian School and graduated from the Public School.

On March 27, 1951, she married Daniel L. Alons at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. They made their home by Hospers, where she was a homemaker. She also worked as a telephone operator and as a cook at the Hi-way Café in Hospers.

Mrs. Alons was a member of the Hospers Christian Reformed Church, where she belonged to the Golden Hour Circle and served on the flower committee and as a Sunday school teacher.

She was a woman of many talents, including cake decorating, sewing (especially wedding dresses), crocheting (blankets for the grandchildren), oil painting, and playing the piano. She enjoyed reading mystery novels, watching Lawrence Welk, cooking, baking, and flower and vegetable gardening (roses).

Survivors include her husband of more than 63 years, Dan; six children, Gail, and her husband, Randy Grotenhuis, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Loren Alons, and his wife, Reena, of Hospers; Cheryl Morrison, and her friend, Steve Artz, of Doon; Daryl Alons, and his friend, Patti Graeber, of Sioux Falls; Lynn Mark, and her fiancé, Lloyd Webb, of Sheldon; and Ruth, and her husband, Russell Coons, of Ireton; 23 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry Van’t Hof; and a brother and four sisters, Katie Lems, Clarence Duistermars, Ruth Wilson, Wilma Franken, and Dorothy Coats.

Memorials will be directed to the church elevator fund and Campus Crusade for Christ for Robyn and Dan Van Roekel.

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.