July 25, 2014 - 1:23 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Terry Thies, aged 71, of Laguna Niguel, CA, formerly of Ashton, IA passed away at his home in Laguna Niguel, CA on Monday, December 9, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer.

A Memorial Mass will be 11:00 AM, Monday, August 4, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Father Al Reicks as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Village Unlimited NW, or Ashton Public Library

The Jurrens Funeral Home in George is in charge of arrangements for Terry Thies

Terry Lynn Thies was born on May 14, 1942 in Ashton, IA, the son of G.W. “Gus” and Anne (Jackley) Thies. He grew up in Ashton and attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic School. He then went on to college at Creighton University of Omaha, and later transferring to the University of Iowa in speech pathology. Terry received his Master’s Degree from California State University in Los Angeles, CA, and received the Alumnus of the Year award. He later received his Doctorate from USC. On August 6, 1964, Terry was united in marriage to Harriet Fleischer in Iowa City, IA. Following their marriage they both took jobs as itinerant speech therapists in the schools of Dubuque County, Iowa. Son Scott was born on January 1 of 1966 and at a few months of age was confirmed to have a profound bilateral hearing loss. This led to a comprehensive search for excellent education programs for deaf children and a move in 1969 to the San Gabriel Valley of southern California so Scott could attend the Alhambra public school program for deaf children.

Both Terry and Harriet continued work as itinerant speech-language pathologists in Los Angeles County. Terry had several accomplishments and as a member was awarded fellowships in the CSHA (California Speech Language & Hearing Association) and the ASHA (American Speech Language & Hearing Association). He retired as the Director of Special Education for L.A. County Schools.

Following their retirement Terry and Harriet spent ten years restoring Terry’s old family home in Ashton, IA and re-established friendships with many family members and friends in northwest Iowa.

Terry enjoyed traveling with his wife and they managed to visit all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Europe, South America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Africa. Terry was a former member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA and was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel, CA. Other hobbies and interests included photography, studying family history and gardening with his wife, Harriet.

He will be greatly missed by his surviving family including his son, Scott and wife Kimberly; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Harriet Thies on June 27, 2013; one sister, June Nearman; and two brothers, Junior Charles Thies and Orvalee Thies.

July 24, 2014 - 4:16 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Katherine Prins age 83 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 at First Reformed Church in Sibley with Pastor Luke Schouten officiating. Burial will follow at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, July 25th from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the First Reformed Church in Sibley.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Katherine Schram was born August 30, 1930 near Melvin, Iowa. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Daisy (Heil) Schram. She attended country school near Sibley.
     On April 10, 1951 Katherine was married to Henry S. Prins. Through the years Katherine and Henry farmed and raised livestock near Sibley and Reading, MN. In 1988 Katherine and Henry moved to a home in Sibley. Henry died on September 9, 2013.
     Katherine was an active member of the First Reformed Church in Sibley, serving as Sunday School and Catechism Teacher. She was known for her embroidery, knitting, crochet, and quilting; including making many baby quilts that she gave away. She had large vegetable gardens, a large strawberry patch, and hundreds of flowers and plants. She raised chickens and gathered many eggs. She baked many cookies, pies and other goodies. She enjoyed traveling, which included picnics and short drives through the State and National Parks. She also enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends and spending time outdoors.   She was proud of her children and grandchildren and loved her family very much.
     In April of 2009 Katherine entered Country View Manor due to failing health. She remained there until this past Wednesday, July 23, 2014, where she died at the age of 83.
     She is survived by her four children, Audrey (Larry) Harris of West Des Moines, IA, Jean (Bill) Kleve of Worthington, MN, LaVonne Prins of Sibley, IA and Gordon (Nancy) Prins of Rock Falls, IA; eight grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Don (Jen) Schram, Ray (Ellen) Schram and Harold (Lynn) Schram, all of Sibley, IA; one sister, Ann (Albert) Brouwer of Slayton, MN; a sister-in-law, Hanna Wiersma of Sibley, IA; a brother-in-law, John (Judy) Haren of Blaine, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Daisy Schram; and husband, Henry S. Prins.
July 22, 2014 - 10:15 am - Posted in Obituaries
Vakulskas-Mary-photoMary Vakulskas, 91, of Sioux City, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Nativity, with her son, the Rev. John A. Vakulskas Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Visitation will be 3:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, with a Catholic Daughters of Americas rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7:00 p.m., at Larkin Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home.

July 16, 2014 - 4:05 pm - Posted in Obituaries

June Hartwig2June Hartwig, age 77, of Melvin, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her home in Melvin.

Funeral Services will be Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin. Rev. Judy Johnson officiating. Burial in Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin, Iowa. Visitation will be Friday, July 18, from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. prior to the funeral service, at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for June Hartwig.

June Mae Hartwig was born on July 24, 1936 in Sibley, Iowa. She was the daughter of Harry and Irene (Wietzema) Willemssen. She lived her youth in rural Sibley, where she attended a country school. When she was young she liked to trick ride on her horse.

She married Emmett Hartwig of Ocheyedan, Iowa in February of 1952. They lived and farmed by Ocheyedan. They went to Las Vegas a couple of times and enjoyed dancing in Sioux Valley at the Coliseum. In 1983, they divorced.
June purchased the bowling alley in Melvin.

She enjoyed going to flea markets with her special friend, Maynard Hanson. She also liked to watch people, visit with her friends, play slot machines and scratch tickets.

June thought the world of her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing Yahtzee, cards and Slap Jack with her grandchildren. She liked to cook and teach her kids to cook. Her favorite was fried chicken. She always had time for coffee and visiting.

She passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her home in Melvin.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children: Judy Wolterstorff of Melvin, IA and special friend, Paul Wimmer, and her son, Joshua Wolterstorff and his son, Izik; Peggy and Llyn Sorensen of Melvin, IA and their children, Jennifer and Adam Douma and their children, Abigail, Caden, and Brady of Ashton, IA, Lucas Sorensen of Cedar Falls, IA, Brittany and Brandon Elgersma of Sanborn, IA; Dan and Kelly Hartwig of Ocheyedan, IA and their children, Amie and Steve Elser of Ocheyedan, IA and their children, Keytin and Kyler, Rachael Votrobeck and special friend, Jeff Smith, and her children, Aubrey and Cooper of Hartley, IA, Caleb Hartwig; Connie Riedemann of Ritter, IA and her son, Niel Riedemann of Des Moines, IA; Sherry Hartwig of Spirit Lake, IA.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Hartwig; her parents; one brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Ruth Willemssen.

July 13, 2014 - 10:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

S KrugerShirlee Kruger, age 79, of Sibley, Iowa passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Sibley. Rev. Doug Noonkeester officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. and at 7:30 P.M. and following, with fellowship and lunch at the First Baptist Church in Sibley.

In life Shirlee gave of herself and in death she is donating her body to science.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Shirlee Kruger.

n life Shirlee gave of herself and in death she is donating her body to science.

Shirlee Rae Kruger was born on July 16, 1934 in Cloverdale, Iowa. She was the daughter of Lee and Hattie (Feldkamp) Helmers. Shirlee lived her youth on a farm in the Cloverdale and Melvin, Iowa area, where she attended a country school and Melvin High School, graduating in 1952.

She was united in marriage to George Kruger of Harris, Iowa on May 28, 1954 at the First Baptist Church of Sibley, Iowa. They lived on a farm north of Harris, Iowa for 19 years before moving to a farm near Little Rock, Iowa where they lived for 25 years and then moved to Sibley, Iowa.

The hallmark of Shirlee’s life was volunteering in the community, her children’s schools and church. She volunteered at Country View Manor, Sibley Nursing and Rehab, New Beginnings Thrift Store and Village Northwest Unlimited. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Little Rock and various other organizations. She served with the Music Boosters and the Parent Teacher Association at Harris and Little Rock. She volunteered at the After School Chat Room in the Sibley-Ocheyedan School.
Shirlee was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Sibley where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years and served on various committees. Bible study was important to her.

Shirlee will be remembered as a loving and encouraging mother and wife and for the unconditional love, support and hospitality she gave to her family and friends.

She passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.
Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 60 years: George Kruger of Sibley, IA; her five children: Janet and Glenn Dykstra of Sibley, IA, Kelvin and Patti Kruger of Clinton, IA, Rae Jean and Dana Yost of Forest City, IA, Michael Lee Kruger of Sibley, IA, Aimelia and Steve Fisher of Sioux Falls, SD; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister: Ruth White of Sioux City, IA; and one sister-in-law: Ruth Helmers of Sibley, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister: Mary Louise “Liz” and husband Delbert “Dutch” Kruger; brother: Wendell Helmers; and brother-in-law: Ken White.

July 5, 2014 - 5:08 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Elizabeth M. Grote age 98 of Sibley, IA died Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sibley.

Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, with Reverend Terry Simm officiating.  The Grote family will be handling the service.
Elizabeth Mary Grote was born November 14, 1915, in Ellsworth, MN.  The first of 15 children to Frank and Gertrude Meester, she grew up in Ellsworth and attended school there.  She married and lived near Ellsworth and then near Little Rock, IA, until she moved to Sibley in 1966 having retired from farming.  Elizabeth worked at the Sibley Post Office until 1981 and loved her job.
She was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday school and Bible School, was a 4-H leader, and belonged to the Women’s Club in Little Rock and to Church Circle groups.  Elizabeth loved traveling and took many bus trips throughout the U.S.  She bowled for over 50 years until 2005.  She loved sewing, quilting, crocheting, and flower gardening.  She moved to Arizona to live with her daughter in 2009, and then moved back to Sibley in 2013.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Stefaniak , Glendale, AZ; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; sisters Margaret Odenbrett (Jim) of Adrian, MN and Connie Wendt of Petersburg, TN; brothers Gordon Meester (Elaine) of Ivanhoe, MN, Dennis Meester (Barbara) of Bradenton, FL, and Gary Meester (Judy), Sioux Falls, SD; daughter-in-law, Shirlene Grote of Sibley, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Henry Grote, her sons Franklin and Lawrence (Bud), sisters Gertrude Williams, Doris Kramer, Katherine Flynn, Delaine Gronewold, and Joanne Meester, brothers Jacob Meester, Henry Meester, Frank Meester, and Burdell Meester.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit:www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

July 4, 2014 - 4:50 am - Posted in Obituaries

Paul Heiller, age 68, of Spencer, Iowa and formerly of Round Lake, Minnesota died July 3, 2014 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Memorial services will take place Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.

Visitation will take place Monday, July 7, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

The Sliefert-Smith Funeral Home in Webb, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Heiller was born December 21, 1945 in Sibley, Iowa the son of Floyd and Ruby (Fink) Heiller. Growing up, he lived with his family on the family farm near Ocheyedan, Iowa.

While growing up on a farm, Paul enjoyed swimming in the sand pit and fishing where he even won an all-age fishing competition as an 8 year old.  He was so proud for catching the most and the biggest fish.

Paul was confirmed at age twelve in the Zion Lutheran Church, MSLC near Ocheyedan.

He graduated from Ocheyedan High School in 1964, where he enjoyed playing football, even after an injury that cost him part of his left ring finger.

Paul was united in marriage to Jackie Snell.  To this union daughters, Deb and Deanna were born.

Paul inherited his father’s butcher business in Ocheyedan and ran the business for several years.  He was a professional meat cutter for 28 years. After retiring from that, he enjoyed many other forms of employment including ride attendant at Arnolds Park amusement park, driving cars for an auto exchange, and currently at Menards in Spencer.

He lived many years in Round Lake, Minnesota, where he was a member of the Worthington and NWIA singles group.  Helping plan and organize singles dances and social events was his greatest pleasure.

He loved 50s and 60s Rock and Roll, Country, and Southern Gospel music. He was a life time member of the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association and a faithful long-time volunteer at Iowa Rock and Roll Museum in Arnolds Park, Iowa where he enjoyed the privilege of meeting many of the artists and the friendship of other volunteers. He also had fun giving family and friends tours of the museum and explaining some of the artifacts displayed.

On a cold wintry but beautiful January 30, 2011, after many years of bachelorhood, Paul married his beloved, Joyce Smith of Spencer, Iowa, whom he had met at one of the singles dances. Joyce had also been single for many years. As newlyweds they dove into a very active life which included new part time jobs and traveling to many places. Paul was always ready to go, it did not matter where. They loved mentoring others through Divorce Care Ministry. Together, they attended both Spencer’s First English Lutheran Church LCMS and Hope Reformed Church. Paul loved the Lord Jesus and joined Joyce in the Christian Motorcyclist’s Association (CMA) ministry, sharing the love of Christ wherever they were asked to serve. In order to become more involved in this ministry,    Paul was inspired to get a motorcycle trike and discovered the amazing thrill of riding. He and Joyce enjoyed many miles of riding together this summer.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce of Spencer, Iowa; daughters: Deb (Ron) Martin of Sheldon, Iowa; Deanna (Don) Mejia of Clear Lake, Minnesota; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters: Judy Wills of Cloquet, Minnesota; and Kathryn Smith of Middletown, Delaware; brother, Mike (Patsy) Heiller of Ocheyedan, Iowa; nieces and nephews; Joyce’s children; grandchildren; and great grandchildren; extended family and many friends.


Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Constance Heiller.

June 26, 2014 - 12:08 pm - Posted in Obituaries

candleT. Robert Nelson, age 93 of Spencer, Iowa, formerly of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at a nursing home in Spencer.

Memorial Services will be Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Sibley. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating.Private family burial at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for T. Robert Nelson.

Theodore Robert Nelson was born on November 22, 1920 in Boone, Iowa to Paul and Violet (Ericson) Nelson. He attended country school until the age of 10 when the family moved to Sibley, Iowa. He graduated from Sibley High School in 1938.

Upon graduation Bob worked for the Sibley utility crew for a summer and was a Civil Service Postal employee as a city carrier. He then entered Iowa State University in 1941 until enlisting in the Air Force in August of 1942.

Bob was married to Jean Yappen in December of 1942 and was called to military service in February 1943. Upon entering the service he trained to be a pilot and flew a B-24 Bomber for 50 missions with the 14th Air Force being stationed at Manduria, Italy; flying his missions over Europe and the Balkin countries. He was group leader in the last 25 missions while becoming a Captain. He was honorably discharged in August of 1945, having spent 11 months overseas.

Upon his discharge for the service Bob returned to Iowa State College. He taught in the Engineering Department in his senior year. He accepted a position at the Sibley State Bank for 4 years and then was partner in the Ford garage in 1951 where he spent the next 11 years. Bob went back in the Sibley State Bank in 1962 and stayed for 13 more years. He worked for Mauch Oil in 1976 as a salesman for farm tires until 1987.

Bob and Jean had three children, Stephen, Deborah and William.

Real Estate was something he really loved and will be remembered for the many buildings he remodeled or built during his life in Sibley. He also loved horses and raised and boarded them for a number of years.

Bob was a member of the Sibley Methodist Church since 1930 and served on the Administration Board and sang in the choir. Bob and Morris Snow purchased and planted all of the evergreen trees at the current Methodist Church. He was active in community affairs, belonged to the Rotary Club and served as President of the School Board for 6 years.

In 1987 he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he worked at the Tournament Players Club golf course for 10 years as a ranger and worked for Safeway Grocery Store for the next 7 years. He also did handy man work for lots of senior citizens. In 2004 he moved back to Spencer, Iowa and worked for Ace Hardware for 3 years assembling furniture, etc.

Bob is survived by daughter, Deborah Eckerman RN (Lindsay) of Forest City, IA, son, WilliamNelson DDS (Diane) of Larkspur, CO, daughter-in-law, Westy Nelson of Council Bluffs, IA, 7 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, one sister, Anita Billings of Scottsdale, AZ, friend, Elaine Orthmann of Spencer, IA, and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Violet Nelson, a son, Dr. Stephen Nelson, brothers, Norman Nelson and Dean Nelson, and sisters, Imogene Tillotson and Joan Lane.

June 25, 2014 - 4:26 pm - Posted in Obituaries

WILDEMAN, Janet picJanet Wildeman, age 58 of Sibley, IA died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 27th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, with Rev. Barb Kopperud officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation will be Thursday June 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

For a complete online registry and obituary please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Janet Wildeman was born November 29, 1955 in Sibley, IA to Charlie and Jean (Dammenn) Behrens. She was raised and received her education in Sibley, graduating from Sibley High School in 1973. She continued her education in secretarial studies at Sheldon. On May 31, 1975 she was united in marriage to Jerry Wildeman at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley. Janet worked as the secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley for 20 years. She then returned to school in Sheldon and studied Medical Transcription. Janet traveled to the Spirit Lake hospital and worked as a transcriptionist for 18 years. For the last several years she was able to work that same job from home. She enjoyed making greeting cards for her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards and baking. Her family was most important to Janet. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her family will cherish many special memories of her. This past Wednesday Janet passed away unexpectedly at the Osceola Community Hospital at the age of 58. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Wildeman of Sibley, IA; her children, Chris (Wendy) Wildeman and their children Caitlin and Michael of Linn Grove, IA; Craig Wildeman of Brandon, SD; Brad Wildeman of Brandon, SD; and Tracy (John) Mburu of Eden Prairie, MN; sister-in-law, Marsha Behrens of Shakopee, MN; brother, Ryan (Libby) Behrens of Northfield, MN; Glenn (Carol) Behrens of Northfield, MN; and Kathy (Darren) Akrie of Centennial, CO; nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Jean Behrens; and brother, Larry Behrens.

June 23, 2014 - 9:35 am - Posted in Obituaries

Bernadine Den Hartog, age 91, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon. Mr. Cory Grimm and Rev. Tim Truesdell officiating.

Burial to follow at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 24, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 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 Bernadine Den Hartog.

Bernadine ”Berdie” Den Hartog was born on February 14, 1923 in Sanborn, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Gertrude (De Boer) Kooistra. She lived her youth in Sanborn where she attended Sanborn Christian Grade School. When Berdie was 15 years old, she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and worked with the World War II effort and later as a nanny. She contracted rheumatic fever and returned home. She then attended Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, graduating in 1945. She taught geography at Rock Valley Christian School for a half year before moving back to Sanborn, Iowa. During World War II Berdie began a letter writing courtship with Robert Den Hartog of Sheldon, Iowa while he was serving in Europe. They were united in marriage on November 27, 1946, in the Sanborn Christian Reformed Church. They lived and farmed south, north, and northeast of Sheldon. They retired in 1986 and moved to town.

Berdie had a passion for sewing, making baby blankets and over a hundred quilts. In the last few years she sewed over 3000 items that were sent to Haiti. She enjoyed music and sang with the Senior Saints for 25 years. She volunteered at the Village Treasure Chest for 27 years.

A charter member of Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, she was a Sunday School, Bible School and Catechism teacher, and active in choir, Bible Study and Women’s Guild. She was a member of Farm Bureau Women and the Christian Retirement Home Auxiliary.
Berdie will be remembered by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for her love of family and her strong Christian faith.

She passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota surrounded by family members.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 67 years, Robert Den Hartog of Sheldon, IA; her 8 children: Lorna Neerhof (Lee) of Neenah, WI, Gayle Roelfs (Bruce) of Sheldon, IA, Jim Den Hartog (Eloise) of Boyden, IA, Marlys Grimm (Norm) of Newton, IA, Karen Alderink (Tim) of Holland, MI, Brenda Krahling (Jeff) of Sibley, IA, Mary Ginn of Jewell, IA, Tim Den Hartog (Gail) of Canton, SD; 29 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; one sister: Jackie Tuinstra of Jenison, MI; two brothers: Sid Kooistra (Joanne) of Jenison, MI, Jim Kooistra of Eldorado, CA; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Anne Homkes (Judd), Gert Bloomer (Harold), two brothers: Clarence Kooistra (Effie) (2nd wife, Anne) and Jake Kooistra; two brothers-in-law: Arnold Bruinsma and Mike Tuinstra.