April 14, 2014 - 3:44 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Arlen Van Dyke, age 62, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, April 17, at 10:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City, with  Rev. Mark Haverdink, Rev. Jeffrey Whitt, and Kraig Van Dyke officiating.  Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City, which is in charge of the services for 62-year old Arlen Van Dyke of Orange City.

April 11, 2014 - 2:13 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Frances De Jong, age 89, of Alton, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, April 14, at 11:00 am, at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton, with The Rev. Scott Bonestroo officiating.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton.  There will be a family prayer service on Monday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 3:00 pm on Sunday, with the family present from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the funeral home.

The Oolman Funeral Home of Orange City is in charge of the arrangements for 89-year old Mrs. Frances De Jong of Orange City.

Frances Elizabeth was born on May 27, 1924, in rural Alton, the daughter of Gerrit and Mildred (Ruisch) Beltman. She was raised on the family farm near Alton, where she graduated from the Alton Public School. She also attended the Northwestern Junior College in Orange City for two years.

On October 12, 1945, she married Raymond Lester De Jong on the Beltman farm. Except for a short time in California, when he was serving in the military, they made their home in Alton. She was a homemaker and assisted her husband when he was the custodian at the Alton Reformed Church. Ray passed away on April 11, 2006, in Orange City, after more than sixty years of marriage and exactly eight years before Frances.

In September of 2006, Mrs. De Jong moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. Just recently, she transferred to the Careage Hills Care Center in Cherokee.

She was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where she participated in all the usual activities. She enjoyed playing card games, especially bridge, and liked solving word puzzles.

Survivors include her daughter and her husband, Mary and Mark Groher, of Cherokee; a son and his wife, Leon and Marilyn De Jong, of Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Michael Groher, and his wife, Sara, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Elizabeth, and her husband, Matthew Smith, of Cherokee; Jonathan De Jong, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Rebecca, and her husband Kevin Walters, of Omaha; six great-grandchildren, Elise, Reid, Adelia, and Maren Groher; and Genevieve and Truman Walters; and a brother and his wife, Orville and Marge Beltman, of Orange City.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene, and her husband, Bert Gesink; and Myrna Beltman; and a sister-in-law, Edna Beltman.

Memorials will be directed to the Pioneer Memorial Home and the Alton Reformed Church.

April 9, 2014 - 2:34 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Dennis Hofmeyer, age 60, of Hospers, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his residence.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, April 12, at 2:00pm, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Rev. Dr. Brian Janssen will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Newkirk Cemetery.

There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 1:15pm, at the church, with the Rev. David Powers officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Friday, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Dennis Dean was born on June 25, 1953, in Orange City, the son of Wallace Dean and Alma June (Roos) Hofmeyer. He was raised at Hospers and graduated from the Floyd Valley High School in Alton. He also attended Northwestern College in Orange City and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

On April 22, 1976, he married Linda Rae Huisman in Hospers. They made their home in the Hospers area. He was co-owner of Brunsville Quality Meats, Inc., which later merged with Beeler’s Pure Pork, Inc., in Le Mars. He was in charge of quality control and production, developing most of the bacon, ham, and sausage recipes, which are still being used today.

“Perp” was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, where he served on the consistory as both a deacon and an elder, taught catechism and Sunday school classes, and was a very active youth leader for many years. His love of music led him to sing in the church choir and as a part of quartets. He also spent many nights with family singing around the piano.

He was a devoted family man and adored his grandchildren. He also wrote poetry, often humorous, and was a true people person. He was known for sitting on the big front porch of his old house with a cup of coffee in hand, ready to talk to anyone who passed by.

Survivors include his wife of almost 38 years; two daughters and their husbands, Bridgette and Chad De Vries, of Hospers; and Lacey and Caleb Conant, of Seaford, Virginia; a son and his wife, Jesse and Marie Hofmeyer, of Orange City; three grandchildren, Shane De Vries and Jadyn and Beckym Hofmeyer; his parents, Dean and Alma Hofmeyer, of Hospers; and three sisters and their husbands, Sharon and Kenneth Van Donslear, Diane and David Bosma, and Dawn and James Huisman; and a brother-in-law, Mark Miller, all of Hospers.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Miller, on January 31, 2014.

Memorials will be directed to Siouxland PACE, Newkirk RCYF, and the Floyd Ventures 4-H Club.

April 1, 2014 - 11:06 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. LaVonne Van Surksum, age 84, of Omaha, formerly of rural Hospers, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

 There will be a funeral service on Thursday, April 3, at 11:00am, 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 6:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

LaVonne Ruth was born on April 3, 1929, at Sioux Center, the daughter of Ralph and Carrie (Ganzevoort) Van de Berg. She was raised in the Hospers, where she attended the Hospers Elementary School and graduated from the Hospers High School.

On March 11, 1948, she married John W. Van Surksum at Hospers. They made their home on two of the family farms near Hospers, until they retired to town. In August of 2008, they moved to the Fieldcrest Assisted Living Community in Sheldon. Then in 2012, they moved to Silverridge Assisted Living in Gretna, Nebraska and then to Brookestone Village in Omaha, to be closer to their children.

She was an active member of the First Christian Reformed Church throughout her life. LaVonne enjoyed singing in the Sioux County Choir and the Easter cantadas, collecting and making dolls, cooking and sewing.

Survivors include her husband of more than 66 years; 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 and thirteen great grandchildren. Grandchildren include 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; and Jacqui, and her husband, Dave Lawrence; Brad Van Surksum; Krystal Van Surksum; Chase Van Surksum; two sisters-in-law, Lois Van de Berg and Elizabeth Van de Berg; and John’s brothers and sisters and their spouses, Bill and Marge Van Surksum; Wilma and Marv Vink; Ella and Mart Hortjus; and The Rev. Richard Venema.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her seven brothers and sisters and their spouses, Megdalene and James Van Burkum; Harold Cyril Van de Berg; Angeline and Pete Zwagerman; Helen and Clifford Monson; Harriet and Ted Van Zandbergen; Harold Van de Berg; Kenneth Van de Berg; and John’s sister and brother, Carrie Venema and William Van Surksum, in infancy.

March 29, 2014 - 6:10 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Margaret MeenderingMrs. Margaret Meendering, age 94, of Hull, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, April 1, at 11:00 AM, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Tuesday, at 10:00 AM, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00 PM on Monday, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.

Online memorial condolences may be left at oolman.com. The Oolman Funeral Home in Hull is in charge of the arrangements for Margaret Meendering.

Margaret was born on February 3, 1920, at Rock Valley, the daughter of Albert and Alice (Snieder) De Wit. She was raised on a farm, helping her father in the fields and attending country schools. After graduating from the Western Christian High School in Hull, she attended one semester at the Western Union College in Le Mars. She then taught many grades in country schools, where it was her responsibility to operate the wood burner stove. She especially liked teaching penmanship and math, and she kept many diaries and journals over the years. Later she was a monitor at Western Academy (Western Christian High School).

On December 29, 1943, she married John Meendering at Hull. They made their home in Hull, where she was a homemaker. She sewed many clothes, quilts, and curtains and enjoyed working outside, giving away much garden produce. After John’s retirement, they traveled to the many states where their children resided. She loved helping with newborn grandchildren and enjoyed their visits later in life. John passed away on February 7, 2014, in Sioux Center. Margaret then became a resident of Crown Pointe in Sioux Center.

She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where she led the Calvinette (Gem) program, taught Sunday school classes, belonged to the Ladies Aide and the Christian School Circle, and decorated the church bulletin board. She had a heart for giving and kept in touch with many missionaries. Keeping the Sabbath day holy was important to her.

She will be missed by seven children, Albert Meendering, and his wife, Trudy, of Kansas City, Missouri; Alice Parker, of Rapid City, South Dakota; Phyllis, and her husband, Doyle Van Sant, of Phoenix, Arizona; Donna, and her husband, Bob Bonestroo, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Marvin Meendering, and his wife, Kim, of Sioux Center; Daryl Meendering, and his wife, Paula, of Hull; and Nora, and her husband, Jerry Vanden Bos, of Rapid City; thirteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stephena Vander Werff and Betty Vander Griend; two brothers-in-law, Ed Dokter and George Meendering; and two sisters-in-law, Tress De Wit and Catherine De Wit.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two infant children, Harold and Marilyn Meendering; two daughters-in-law, Rachel and Laurel Meendering; two brothers, John Elmer and S. Harold De Wit; and a sister, Adrianna Dokter.

March 24, 2014 - 9:36 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Marius Evertse, age 90, of Hull, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, March 26, at 10:30am, 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 Wednesday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:30pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

The Oolman Funeral Home in Hull is in charge of arrangements for Marius Evertse.

Marius was born on January 19, 1924, in Haamstede, The Netherlands, the son of Cornelius and Mina (Slager) Evertse. He was raised in The Netherlands. During World War II, he was forced into slave labor in Nazi Germany.

On April 29, 1949, he married Lena Johanna Dykgraaf in The Netherlands. They immigrated to the United States in September of 1950. They settled at Hull, where he was a carpenter.

Mr. Evertse was a member of the First Reformed Church. He enjoyed camping, dancing, Dutch singing, fishing, spending time with his family, and wood working.

Survivors include his wife of more than 64 years; a daughter and her husband, Evelyn and Larry Lyman; and a son and his wife, Ken and Ida Evertse, all of Hull; seven grandchildren, Shawn Lyman, and his wife, Jamie; Tim Lyman, and his fiancé, Chrysti Crane; Jay Lyman, and his wife, Leanne; Mitchell Evertse, and his wife, Jenni-Lee; Austin Evertse; Stephen Evertse, and his wife, Laurel; and Erin, and her husband, Doug Alaimo; fifteen great-grandchildren; and three sisters, a sister-in-law, and a brother-in-law, all in The Netherlands.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three brothers-in-law.

March 20, 2014 - 12:01 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Verena E. Pottebaum, 102 years old, of Alton, IA, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton with Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. & a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.

Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.

Verena was born Dec. 15, 1911, at rural Granville, IA, the daughter of Math & Anna (Mousel) Konz. She was raised in the Granville and Alton area and went to country school and St. Mary’s Academy in Alton. When she was 13 her mother passed away and she stayed at home to take care of her 7 younger siblings.

On Jan. 17, 1938 she married Edmund Pottebaum at Alton. The couple farmed near Alton until moving into Alton in 1972. Edmund passed away Nov. 16, 1988. She became a resident of Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Dec. 2008.

Verena was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, church guild and St. Mary’s Rosary Society.

Survivors include: her three children, Marvin (Annette) Pottebaum of Remsen, Diane (Bob) Alesch, Pat (Tony) Newman both of Alton; 14 grandchildren, 27, great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Esther Konz of Alton.

Preceeded by: her parents, one granddaughter-in-law, Emily Pottebaum, her seven siblings, Magnus (Honey) Konz, Martin (Loretta) Klein, Leonard Konz, Norbert (Rose) Wolf, Robert (Marion) Kinney, Lester and LeRoy Konz; seven brothers-in-law, Joe (Matilda) Pottebaum, George and Edward Pottebaum, Herman (Clara) Pottebaum, Otto (Irene) Pottebaum, Levern & Arthur Pottebaum; five sisters-in-law, Josephine Pottebaum, Elenora (Arnold) Pins, Clara Pottebaum, Viola (John) Sullivan and Emma Pottebaum.

Casket bearers will be Dave and Dale Pottebaum, Jeff and Linda Alesch, Ryan and Matt Newman.
Honorary Bearers will be Greg, Brian and Steve Pottebaum, Jean Christiansen, Dave, Lisa and Nikki Newman.

March 19, 2014 - 11:48 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Henry Huitink, age 92, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Orange City Area Health System in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, March 22, at 11:00am, 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 4:30pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

The Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City is in charge of arrangement for Henry Huitink

Henry William was born on February 23, 1922, in rural Orange City, the son of William and Dena (Huisman) Huitink. He was raised in rural Orange City, Newkirk, and Middleburg, where he attended country schools through the eighth grade.

On October 12, 1944, he married Viola Jasper at Orange City. They made their home on the Huitink family farm near Newkirk for 35 years. In 1990, they moved to Orange City. Viola passed away on February 21, 2008, in Remsen.

In April of 2008, Henry moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. He transferred to the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen in July of 2012, the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility in March of 2013, and the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City in October of 2013.

Henry was a farmer, did custom baling, and worked as a distributor for McNess. He enjoyed watching old time TV shows and game shows, listening to gospel music, hot chocolate and bread pudding at Nederlanders, and spending time with his family.

He was a lifetime member of the First Reformed Church, where he was baptized and made confession of faith.

Survivors include his six children and their spouses, Carol and Jack Oolman and Leona and Jerry De Boer, all of Orange City; Wilson and Marilyn Huitink, of Sloan; Jim and Lorri Huitink, of Hospers; Diane and Marlin Vollink, of Orange City; and Harlan and Nelva Huitink, of Hospers; grandchildren, Kathy and Tony Fedora, Terry and Beth Oolman, Dan and Heidi Oolman, Mark and Aggie De Boer, Maria and Quenton Nelson, Jonathon Huitink, Jeanette and Alvin Diaz, Kerri and Jim Mertz, Eric and Jessie Huitink, Wade Vollink, Joshua Vollink, Mikayla Vollink, Heath Huitink, Paige Huitink, and Bryce Huitink; fifteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Mina De Smit, of Orange City; six sisters-in-law, Elsie Meendering, of Sioux Center; Harriet Sprik, of Platte, South Dakota; Helene Jasper, of Seal Beach, California; Clara Jasper, of Ontario, California; and Betty Jasper and Eunice Huitink, both of Orange City; and many nephews and nieces, including Linda De Smit of Orange City.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Arie De Smit, and Viola’s brothers and sisters and their spouses, Jessie and John Jeltema, Jim and Henrietta Jasper, John and Kate Jasper, Arie and Bernice Jasper, Rena and Tony Huizenga, Alice and Clarence Haarsma, Ray and Eleanor Jasper, Hermina and Ray Terpstra, Marion and Wilma Jasper, George Jasper, Vernon Jasper, Vera and Clarence Huitink, Gertrude Tucker, Clarence Jasper, Henry Sprik, and Albert Meendering.

Memorials may be directed to the Orange City Christian School or the Kids Connection at First Reformed Church in Orange City.

March 16, 2014 - 1:55 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Hilda Vander Meide, age 95, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.

 There will be a memorial service on Friday, March 21, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink 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 Friday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Hilda was born on June 13, 1918, at Orange City, the daughter of Nick and Minnie (Huitink) Huisman. She was raised at Orange City.

On November 20, 1942, she married Harvey Jean Van Der Meide at Orange City. They farmed northwest of Orange City, where she was a homemaker. “Harv” passed away on April 29, 1964, at Orange City.

In 1968, Hilda moved into Orange City, where she was employed at the Orange City Municipal Hospital, a coffee shop, and at Northwestern College. In 1998, she moved to the Pioneer Court and in 2011, she transferred to the Pioneer Memorial Home, both in Orange City. On February 4 of this year, she became a resident of Royale Meadows.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the Mary Martha circle. She also did quilting with other women from the church.

She enjoyed traveling with the Frontier Club, crocheting afghans for her family, playing cards (belonging to several clubs), and going out for coffee, especially to Hardees.

Survivors include two children and their spouses, Ron and Carol Van Der Meide, of Cedar Falls; and Twila and Jeff Achterhof, of Homer Glen, Illinois; five grandchildren, Ryan Van Der Meide, and his wife, Shelley; Kelly, and her husband, Josh Shull; Drew Achterhof, and his wife, Colleen; Blake Achterhof, and his wife, Val; and Kyle Achterhof; eight great-grandchildren, Hayden and Lila Van Der Meide; Hudson and Kimbal Shull; and Riley, Dylan, Lennon, and Graysen Achterhof; and two sisters-in-law, Geraldine Huisman, of Orange City; and Evelyn Huisman, of Holland, Michigan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Verlyn and Leroy Van Der Meide; three brothers, Henry, Alvin, and infant Lloyd Huisman; and two sisters and their husbands, Marie and John Bergsma; and Dorella and Joe R. Kleinhesselink.

March 16, 2014 - 1:52 am - Posted in Obituaries

Miss Adriana Boender, age 89, of Sheldon, formerly of Hospers, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, March 19, at 2:00pm, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers.  The Rev. Milton Sikkema will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Hospers Cemetery.  Visitation with the family present will be the hour before the service on Wednesday at the church.  Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

Adriana was born during threshing time on July 14, 1924, at Hospers, the daughter of Joe and Rena (De Boer) Boender. She attended a country school in Lynn Township and graduated from the Hospers Public High School in 1942 and the Northwestern Junior College in Orange City in 1944.

She began her career teaching first and second grade in Lake Park and then at the Hospers Public School for three years. In 1952, she graduated from the Fort Wayne Bible College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Adriana then taught fourth grade in Kentucky, at Saylerville and at the Annville Bible Institute. She spent a year teaching missionary children in Chiapas, Mexico, and then moved to Salix, where she taught remedial reading from 1971 to 1975. She continued teaching in the fourth grade at the Prairie Hills Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, until 1990.

She then returned to Hospers, making her home with her sister, Lucretia.

In 2009, she moved to the Christian Retirement Home and in October of 2011, she became a resident of the Sanford Senior Care, both in Sheldon.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she was involved with Bible study groups. She also volunteered with Bibles for Missions, the Bible League, and the Reuter American Legion Auxiliary in Hospers.

She leaves behind two brothers and two sisters, Henry Boender, and his wife, Anna, of Sibley; Arlene Ver Hoek, of Estelline, South Dakota; Josephine Van Oort, of Denver, Colorado; and the Rev. John Boender, and his wife, Ruth, of Sheldon; and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, another John in infancy and Claude Boender, and his wife, Lucy; a sister, Lucretia Boender; and two brothers-in-law, Gerrit Ver Hoek and Jean Van Oort.