December 17, 2014 - 9:09 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Henry A. Boender, age 93, of Hospers, IA, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, December 19, at 2:00pm, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Milton Sikkema will officiate. Interment will follow in the Hospers Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be after 1:00pm on Friday, with a family prayer service at 1:45pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

December 9, 2014 - 7:47 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Angeline Korver, age 86, of Alton, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 13, at 10:30am, at the Alton Reformed Church. The Rev. Scott Bonestroo and Pastor Matthew Wassink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton. There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 9:30 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Angeline Dena was born on August 28, 1928, at Carmel, the sixth child of fourteen children of William and Rebecca (Wesselink) Sandbulte. She was raised on a farm west of Carmel and attended the Carmel Country School and the Sioux Center High School.

On January 12, 1951, she married Calvin Marvin Korver at the Carmel Reformed Church. They made their home on a farm by Struble for a year and then moved to a farm south of Alton, where they lived until 2008. Calvin passed away on October 16, 2008, in Orange City, after 56 years of marriage. She then lived in the Pioneer Memorial Home and the Heritage House Nursing Home, both in Orange City, and she spent the last year in the Prairie Ridge Care Center.

Mrs. Korver was an active member of the Alton Reformed Church, teaching Sunday school classes, serving on the building committee, and participating in Circle and Guild. She was also a member of the Northwestern College Women’s Auxiliary and the Orange City Area Health System Auxiliary.

Angeline was employed at the First National Bank in Sioux Center before she was married and then became a homemaker and worked alongside Calvin on the dairy farm. She was also a Certified Nurse’s Aide at the Heritage House, after her children were grown.

She had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed opening her house and serving delicious meals to anyone who stopped. There was nothing she loved more than having her grandchildren stay overnight, making special meals for them, and attending their events. Her faith in God was tremendous, and she was very dedicated to teaching her children and grandchildren the Word.

Survivors include five children and their spouses, Miriam and Dave Hector, of Le Mars; Debra and Cornie Wassink, of Alton; Carlois Mirpuri, of Palm Bay, Florida; Martin and Molly Korver, of Alton; and Eileen and Terry Johnson, of Milford; twelve grandchildren, Karlton (Chelsi) Hector; Craig Hector; Pastor Matthew (Hannah) Wassink; Ryan (Kari) Wassink; Sharina Mirpuri; Shivani Mirpuri; Shalini Mirpuri; Seth (Michelle) Korver; Dane Korver; Clark Johnson; Olivia Johnson; and Milan Johnson; ten great-grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Howard (Bernice) Sandbulte; Iola Statema; Fonda Kooistra; Glen Sandbulte; Laura (Jim) Westra; and Rodney (Carol) Sandbulte; a sister-in-law, Bernice Tilstra; and a brother-in-law, Ed Kats.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Korver; seven brothers and sisters, Hermina (August) Ykema; John (Hermina) Sandbulte; Henrietta (John) Draayer; Lloyd Sandbulte; Duane Sandbulte; Sharon Kats; and Henry Bernard in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, the Rev. Richard Kooistra, and Frank Statema.

Memorials may be directed to the Calvin and Angeline Korver Scholarship fund for Northwestern College students in hardship situations.

December 6, 2014 - 8:41 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. John Van Surksum, age 87, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of rural Hospers, passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Brookestone Village in Omaha.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, December 10, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Duane Tinklenberg will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hospers Cemetery. Visitation will be after 6:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

John William was born on March 29, 1927, in rural Hospers, the son of Gerrit and Agnes (Kreykes) Van Surksum. He was raised at Hospers and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull. He then served in the United States Army during World War II.

On March 11, 1948, he married La Vonne Ruth Van de Berg in Hospers. They made their home on two of the family farms near Hospers, until they retired into Hospers. In 1998, they moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon. In August of 2008, they moved to Silverridge Assisted Living in Gretna, Nebraska, and then in 2012, they transferred to Brookestone Village, to be closer to their children. La Vonne passed away on March 29, 2014, in Omaha, after more than 66 years of marriage.

John was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers, where he served as a deacon on the consistory. He loved the life of being a farmer, watching his crops grow and milking his dairy cattle. He and La Vonne travelled extensively throughout the United States in the early years of their retirement.

Survivors include his four children and their spouses, Terry and Mary Jean Van Surksum, of Omaha; Roger and Mary Ann Van Surksum, of Pensacola, Florida; Shari and Steven Slater, of Papillion, Nebraska; and Gary and Lynn Van Surksum, of Gardner, Kansas; eleven grandchildren, Jonathan Van Surksum; Christopher Van Surksum, and his wife, Kelly; Scott Van Surksum; Jason Van Surksum, and his wife, Kara; Kari, and her husband, Derk Hair; Heather, and her husband, Farid Torabi; Christopher Slater, and his wife, Tacy; Jacqui, and her husband, Dave Lawrence; Brad Waltrip; Krystal Van Surksum; and Chase Van Surksum; fourteen great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Bill and Marge Van Surksum; two sisters and their husbands, Wilma and Marv Vink and Ella and Mart Hortjus; a brother-in-law, The Rev. Richard Venema; and two sisters-in-law, Lois Van de Berg and Elizabeth Van de Berg.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carrie Venema, an infant brother, William John Van Surksum; and seven brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Megdalene and James Van Berkum, Harold Cyril Van de Berg, Angeline and Pete Zwagerman, Helen and Clifford Monson, Harriet and Ted Van Zandbergen, Harold Van de Berg, and Kenneth Van de Berg.

Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers and Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs.

December 4, 2014 - 9:54 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Clarence Heidebrink, age 95, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, December 8, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate. There will be a graveside service on Monday at 1:00pm at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock. Visitation will be the hour before the service on Monday at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Clarence was born on July 10, 1919, at Doon, the son of Henry and Anna (Schroeder) Heidebrink. He was raised on farms in the George and Little Rock area.

On March 12, 1941, he married Jeanette Den Hartog. He then served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946. He operated a grocery store in Little Rock for seventeen years, after which he was a meat cutter for several businesses. He retired in 1983. They lived in Luverne, Minnesota, for a while, and in later years, they made their home in Hull. Just recently, they moved to Pleasant Acres.

Mr. Heidebrink was a member of the First Reformed Church and the Wegman-Koele American Legion Post in Hull. He enjoyed yard work and feeding birds.

Survivors include his wife of more than 73 years, “Jean”; a brother and his wife, Dale and Marlys Heidebrink, of Abilene, Kansas; a sister-in-law, Emma Crouse; and many nephews and nieces.

Memorials will be directed to the church.

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December 3, 2014 - 8:49 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Sandra Van Der Zwaag, age 62, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Sioux Center Health.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, December 8, at 10:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

Visitation with the family present will be on Sunday, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Sandra Kay was born on August 15, 1952, in Tyler, Minnesota, the daughter of Wyman and Lois (Hurley) Foote. She was raised at Bigelow, Minnesota, and later moved to Sibley, where she worked at the truck stop.

On October 26, 1979, she married Jake Anthony Van Der Zwaag in Sibley. They made their home east of Hull, where she was employed at the Foreign Candy Company, the Countryside Drive-In, and the Cenex Convenience Store. Jake passed away on January 28, 2000, in Sioux Center.

Sandy was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church. She also belonged to the Wegman-Koele American Legion Post Auxiliary in Hull, where she served as president for many years.

She enjoyed baking, canning, crocheting, embroidering, gardening, and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her four children, Kenneth Van Der Zwaag, and his wife, Rhonda, of Hull; Darcy Mulder, of Hull; Jay Foote, of Hull; and Amy, and her husband, Chad Cleveringa, of Alton; ten grandchildren, Joshua Techen, Kody Foote, Kyle Techen, Cassandra Van Der Zwaag, Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag, Jacob Foote, McKenna Cleveringa, Kaylor Cleveringa, Braleigh Cleveringa, and Ryden Cleveringa; two brothers and their wives, Jerry and Diane Foote, of Des Moines; and Bryon and Julie Foote, of Worthington, Minnesota; and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

November 30, 2014 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Obituaries

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Mr. Dwayne Alons, age 68, of Hull, entered into the arms of his Lord and Savior, by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Sioux Center Health.

There will be a family prayer service on Wednesday, December 3, at 9:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, at 10:15am, at the Sheridan Township Cemetery near Boyden, with a Gideons circle and military rites, to which all are welcome. There will be a public memorial service on Wednesday, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church. The Rev. Randall Widbin will officiate.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Dwayne Arlan was born on October 30, 1946, in Hull, the son of Gerrit and Henrietta “Hattie” (Tensen) Alons. He was raised in the Boyden-Hull area. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at Northwestern College in Orange City in 1968 and a Master’s Degree in management from the University of Arkansas in 1974. He served in the United States Air Force in Texas, Arizona, West Germany, and Pennsylvania for seven years.

On July 15, 1967, he married Clarice Elaine Ahlers in Yankton, South Dakota. After 1975, they farmed by Boyden. In 1991, they moved into Hull. He also worked part-time in the Air National Guard in Sioux City, where he flew fighter jets. He retired from the Guard in 2002, as a Brigadier General.

In November of 1998, Mr. Alons was elected representative for Iowa House District 5, which became District 4, a position he still held at his death.

He was a member of the Christ Community Church in Sioux Center, the Gideons International, and the William Monster American Legion Post in Boyden. He also belonged to the Hull Kiwanis Club, the Sioux County Farm Bureau, and several other agricultural organizations.

Survivors include his wife of more than 47 years; four children and their spouses and fourteen grandchildren, Kevin and Ngu Alons, of Salix, and their children, Ashley, Andrew, and Anna; Kyle and Kristie Alons, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and their children, Kylee, Mackenzie, Caleb, Josiah, and Grace; Kristin and Craig Hoftyzer, of Boyden, and their children, Isaac, Jacob, and Chloe; and Karena and Brian Topf, of Wellington, Colorado, and their daughters, Genevieve, Annalise, and Josephine; and two sisters and their husbands, Marcia and Bob Mantel and Glenda and John De Koster, all of Hull.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials will be directed to the Gideons International.

November 21, 2014 - 4:34 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Harvey Vander Pol, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, November 24, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink and the Rev. Timothy Breen will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Newkirk Cemetery in rural Hospers. There will be a family prayer service on Monday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the funeral home.

Harvey Eldon was born on April 25, 1926, in rural Hospers, the son of Harry and Johanna (Oolbekkink) Vander Pol. He was raised in the Newkirk area, where he graduated from high school.

On October 11, 1945, he married Carol Faye Sipma, in rural Alton. He then served in the United States Army at the end of World War II. They farmed in the Newkirk area until 1990, when they retired into Orange City. In June of this year, he became a resident of Royale Meadows.

Mr. Vander Pol was currently a member of the First Reformed Church. In earlier years, he belonged to the Newkirk Reformed Church, where he participated in Men’s Brotherhood. He was also a member of the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post, and he enjoyed golfing.

Survivors include his wife of more than 69 years; five children and their spouses, Linda and Mike Vrieze, of Sioux City; Shirley and Bob Mouw, of Alton; Rhonda and Con Van Heuvelen, of Alton; Jim and Emily Vander Pol, of Hospers; and Cara and Dave Mouw, of Underwood; fourteen grandchildren, Todd Vander Pol, Heather (Randy) Howard, Dawn Vrieze, Jennifer (Jeremy) Lacefield, Gina (Mike) Schuetz, Rob (Kris) Mouw; Benjie (Tory) Van Heuvelen, Maryssa Van Heuvelen, Braden Van Heuvelen, Michelle (John) Adams, Michael (Brittany) Vander Pol, Crisinda (Brian) Tooker, Sara (Tony) Morris, and Samantha Mouw; nineteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Arlene Vander Pol, of Orange City; his wife’s step-siblings, Bob (Rachel) Van Roekel, of Orange City, and Shirley (Dan) De Ruyter, of Sioux Center; and extended family friends, Shirley and Art Vogel, of Orange City.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Harvey Dean Vander Pol; two siblings, Gertrude (Frank) De Graaf and Arthur Vander Pol; his father-in-law, Sip Sipma; his step-mother-in-law, Arabella Spijker; two siblings-in-law, Marjorie (Bill) Roghair and Bill Sipma; and a granddaughter-in-law, Kimberly Mouw.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.

November 20, 2014 - 10:19 am - Posted in Obituaries

Delores Adele Winter, age 76 of Boyden, Iowa who passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon. Her services will be Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. from St. John Lutheran Church in Boyden, Iowa with Pastor Daniel R. Hart ~ Officiating.

Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Boyden, Iowa.

Visitation will be after 3:00 P.M. Sunday, November 23, 2014 with the family present will be 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden, Iowa

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Boyden, Iowa.

Delores Adele Winter, daughter of Henry and Minnie (Hollander) Stueven was born January 17, 1938 in Lyon County, Iowa. She was baptized January 30, 1938 and confirmed March 25, 1951 at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Boyden where she was a life-long member. She attended St. John Christian Day School. In 1948, she moved with her parents to a farm northwest of Sheldon, Iowa. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1955.

In 1956, Delores married Norven Winter at St. John Lutheran Church and they made their home on a farm northwest of Sheldon prior to moving to Boyden.

Delores’ life is exemplified by her service to her family, her church and her community. She taught Sunday school, played the organ, was Dorcas president and conference chairperson of the Northwest Iowa Women of the ELCA. She sewed quilts and made kits for Lutheran World Relief. She was honored to write and give radio talks with Christian Woman Speaks in Spencer.

In her retirement, Delores enjoyed golfing, bowling and her work at the Sheldon sale barn. She and Norven spent many years traveling the country and world with family and friends.

This past Thursday, November 20, 2014, Delores passed away at Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon at the age of 76 years, 10 months, 3 days.
Delores is lovingly remembered by her husband, Norven and her six children, Bonnie (Rod) Drenkow of Waverly, IA, Denise (Bill) Heskin of Chaska, MN, Carla (Brad) Okrina of Omaha, NE, Paul (Kim) Winter of Sheldon, IA, Janice (Brian) Dye of Eden Prairie, MN and Karen (Scott) Bailey of Minneapolis, MN; 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; one brother, Loren (Judy) Stueven.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Minnie Stueven; a brother, Wayne Stueven.

 

November 18, 2014 - 8:40 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Elroy Altena, age 78, of Hull, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014, at Sioux Center Health in Sioux Center.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, November 20, at 2:00pm, at the Hull Protestant Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. James Laning will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the CHURCH. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Elroy was born on December 1, 1935, at Maurice, the son of Jake and Sadie (De Vries) Altena. He was raised on a farm near Maurice, where he attended a country school through the eighth grade. He also graduated from the Western Christian High School in Hull.

On June 17, 1955, he married Chalice Jonker at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. They lived in Orange City a short time, but most of their married life was spent on a farm northwest of Hull. In addition to being a farmer, he was a contractor, specializing in steel bins and buildings. In 2000, they retired into Hull.

Mr. Altena was a member of the Hull Protestant Reformed Church. He enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife of more than 59 years; four children and their spouses, Deanna and Rob Wynia, of Sioux Center; Donna and Allen Kroeze, of Alton; Dennis and Cindy Altena, of Fairview, South Dakota; and Lorri and Lyle Meendering, of Visalia, California; thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and his twin brother, Leroy Altena, of Maurice.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Sentner and Aubrey Altena.

Memorials will be directed to the Trinity Christian High School in Hull and the Northwest Iowa Protestant Reformed School in Doon.

November 15, 2014 - 12:17 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Sondra Francis, age 47, of Hull, passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at her residence.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, November 19, at 1:00pm, 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 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the CHURCH. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Sondra Fay was born on December 20, 1966, in Sheldon, the daughter of Richard and Carole Ann Brunsting Ten Braak. She was raised at Hull, where she graduated from Boyden-Hull High School in 1985. She also graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City in 1989, where she received an elementary education degree, with a reading endorsement and a business minor. During college she was a nanny in New York City, New York.

On May 28, 1988, she married William “Bill” Dean Francis in Hull. She taught classes at the Twin Rivers School in Bode and the Boyden-Hull Schools. She also taught part-time at George Elementary and Hull Christian Elementary Schools.

“Son” was a member of the First Reformed Church. She enjoyed family vacations, walking, attending her sons’ sporting events, spending time at the Hull swimming pool, shopping, and baking sweets for the boys.

Survivors include her husband of more than 26 years, “Bill”; four sons, Taylor (age 21), Riley (age 18), Carter (age 14), and Dylan (age 10) Francis, all of Hull; her mother, Carole Ten Braak, of Sheldon; two sisters, Laura Sue De Jong, of Laramie, Wyoming; and Wandy (Darrel) De Jong, of Sheldon; three brothers, Cal (Donna) Ten Braak, of Rozet, Wyoming; Dale Richard Ten Braak, of West Des Moines; and Andy (Sue) Ten Braak, of Loveland, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by Bill’s family, his parents, Leo and Lavon Francis, of Palmer; three brothers, Alan (Deb) Francis, Brian (Joann) Francis, and Roger Francis, all of Pocahontas; a sister, Connie (Scot) McDonough, of Sac City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and a nephew, Travis Francis.