April 23, 2014 - 11:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

Steven Noble

Steven B. Noble, age 46, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at his home in Ocheyedan.

Funeral Services will be Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Steve Swenson officiating. Burial to follow at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 24, from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Steven B. Noble.

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April 20, 2014 - 2:08 am - Posted in Obituaries

Cynthia IedemaCynthia Sue Iedema, age 56 of Sibley, died, April 19, 2014, at her home near Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. April 23, 2014, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley with Fr. John Vakulskas and Fr. Tim Hogan as concelebrants. Inurnment will follow at St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be April 22, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home Walton Chapel of Sibley. There will be a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. and a Vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cynthia (“Cindy”) Sue Iedema was born August 20, 1957 in Sibley, IA to Robert and Beverly (Swalve) Nasers. She was raised on her family farm outside of Sibley. She attended Kindergarten through 7th grade at St. Andrews Catholic School in Sibley and graduated from Sibley High School. Cindy continued her education at Mankato State University, in Mankato, Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. She was a social worker for the Iowa Department of Human Services and retired in January 2013.

On September 29, 1979, she was united in marriage to Clark Iedema. The couple made their home on the farm north of Sibley, where they remained the entire 34 years of their marriage. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, a member of The Catholic Daughters of America, and regularly attended Bible study at St. Andrews. She loved attending sporting events for her daughters, Nicole and Kally, and also for her many nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed genealogy, country music and attending country music concerts, Broadway musicals, cross-country skiing, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

Important moments in her life included seeing her daughters graduate from college, Nicole and Nathan’s wedding, and family vacations. Most recently, in February of 2014, 16 members of the family traveled together to Cancun, Mexico. It was a wonderful and memorable time for all. In May of 2011, Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer, a battle that she fought for 3 years. Cindy passed away at her home surrounded by family at the age of 56. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Clark Iedema of Sibley, IA; daughters, Nicole (Nathan) Rockman of Sibley, IA and Kally Iedema (Brad Norwood) of West Des Moines, IA; her parents Robert and Beverly Nasers of Sibley, IA; sister, Deb (Jeff) Kohn of Harris, IA; brother, Greg (Michelle) Nasers of Sibley, IA; and brother, Scott (Mindy) Nasers of Sibley, IA; many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Cindy was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Roy and Genevieve Nasers; maternal grandparents, Edwin and Isabelle Swalve; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Martin and Thilda Iedema.

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April 17, 2014 - 12:07 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Evelyn Reiste, age 93, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. Visitation will be prior to the Memorial Service from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan.

Private Family Burial will be at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland, Iowa. Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Evelyn Reiste.

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March 27, 2014 - 9:14 am - Posted in Obituaries

Gerrit Van Der Plaats, age 82, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Bruce Wilderdink officiating. Burial to follow at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. Visitation will be Friday, March 28, 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 Gerrit Van Der Plaats.

Gerrit Van Der Plaats was born on August 5, 1931 in Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of Arjen and Sadie (Damstra) Van Der Plaats. He lived his youth in Sheldon, Iowa and attended Sheldon Christian Grade School. In his early teens Gerrit was employed by Millard McNut with farming until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1955 and was honorably discharged on February 24, 1955 after serving during the Korean Conflict.

He was united in marriage to Hattie Rens of Sioux Center, Iowa on August 8, 1956 in Sioux Center. After their marriage, they lived on farms in Primghar, Hospers and Ocheyedan, Iowa, before moving to Sheldon, Iowa, in 1992. After farming until 1970, Gerrit was self-employed in general construction until he retired in 1992. Upon retirement, he drove truck for White Wolf Web in Sheldon and American Beauty in Boyden. He completely retired in 2005, due to his health. Hattie passed away on March 10, 2007.
Gerrit was a former member of the Melvin Reformed Church, where he served as an elder. He was presently a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon.

The most important part of Gerrit’s life was his family. He enjoyed telling stories, playing card games and family reunions. Gardening, especially growing tomatoes, was something he was proud of also.

He passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Gerrit W. and Connie Van Der Plaats of Kentwood, MI, Ellen R. Korver of Sioux Center, IA, Arlen R. and Rebecca Van Der Plaats of Sheldon, IA, Harold G. and Laurie Van Der Plaats of Tarkio, MO, Lora B. and Jerry Kroon of Bellingham, WA, Lisa B. and Richard Schwanke of Rock Valley, IA; 16 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; one sister: Myrna and Courtney Elbers of Alvord, IA; one sister-in-law: Katherine Vander Plaats of Sheldon, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie; his parents; and 3 brothers: Harold, John and Wilton.

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March 24, 2014 - 9:41 am - Posted in Obituaries

Lucille Wessels age 89 of Sibley, IA died Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, with Reverend Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow in Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 26th from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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

Lucille Fern Wessels was born on August 11, 1924 near Rushmore, MN to John and Lovina (Moar) Odens.

She grew up in the Little Rock, IA and Rushmore, MN area and graduated from Sibley High School in 1942. On August 23, 1942, Lucille was united in marriage to Heye Wessels at the Presbyterian Church Parsonage in Ashton, IA. To this union two sons were born, Dennis and Daniel Wessels. The couple farmed near Sibley until they retired and moved into Sibley. Throughout her life Lucille worked at a couple different places such as Sibley Egg & Poultry and the Sibley Care Center (now the Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center). She enjoyed crocheting, baking, cards, reading, listening to country music, watching cooking shows and word search books. She was there for her family and ready to do whatever was needed. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and their families. The family felt they were so blessed to have her be with them for so many years. She will be greatly missed.

Lucille is survived by her two sons: Dennis (Sharon) Wessels of Balaton, MN and Daniel (Betty Jo) Wessels of Sibley, IA; five grandchildren, Douglas Wessels, Susan (Dennis) Fields, Sheila (Jason) Szczawinski, Rebecca (Chet) Stofferan and Danelle (Joseph) Williams; eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Rena) Odens of Gretna, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Heye on September 28, 1984; parents, John and Lovina Odens; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence (Irene) Odens and Ben (Lois) Odens; two sisters, Laura Christians and Mae Wessels.

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March 20, 2014 - 9:29 am - Posted in Obituaries

Edward Loetscher, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley. Rev. Luke Schouten, officiating. Burial to follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, Iowa. Visitation will be Saturday, March 22 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 in Sibley.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Edward Loetscher.

Edward Anno Loetscher was born on September 7, 1931 in Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of Alfred and Matilda (Prins) Loetscher. He lived his youth in Sibley where he attended a country school.

He was united in marriage to Charnell Reverts of Little Rock, Iowa on December 12, 1951. They lived in Sibley where Ed drove a livestock tractor trailer and hauled canned milk. He was later employed by A.M.P.I. hauling cheese, retiring at the age of 65. Charnell passed away on June 30, 2010.

Ed liked to help his kids with 4-H and fairground activities. He enjoyed teaching his boys how to hunt and fish and was involved in following their activities. His grandchildren remember being allowed to drive his old cars.

Later in life Ed enjoyed visiting and going to auctions. He was interested in antiques, guns, toys, and coins. He also liked to work in his shop and take care of the house, yard and large garden. His beautiful flowers and gladiolas were noticed by many.

He passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Donna C. Basile of Westminster, CO, Dennis W. and Krista Loetscher of Aurora, CO, Doreen L. and Dennis Hatting of Ashton, IA; 8 grandchildren: Gregory Basile, Michelle Loetscher, Christina (David) Whetstone, Rachel Loetscher,Edward Loetscher, Christopher Loetscher, Emily Loetscher, Amanda Hatting (Josh); 3 great-grandchildren: Eric Loetscher, Tyler Loetscher, Ahlyssa Loetscher; one sister: Barbara P. and Harry Blau of Sibley, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife Charnell, son Duane Loetscher, and his parents.

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March 18, 2014 - 11:04 am - Posted in Obituaries

Raymond Dirksen, age 87, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley. Rev. Terry Simm officiating. Graveside Services and Burial will be at 1:30 P.M. at Good Hope Cemetery in Titonka, Iowa. Visitation will be Saturday, one hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Raymond Dirksen.

Raymond Herman Dirksen was born on July 28, 1926 in Kanawha, Iowa. He was the son of Reinhardt and Adele (Heesch) Dirksen. He was baptized in the German Lutheran Church in Titonka, Iowa. Ray lived his youth in Kanawha where he attended school, and at the age of 12, started helping his father in their hardware store and with farm chores. He graduated from Kanawha High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War 11, as an Electrician aboard ship and in Guam, attaining the rank of Petty Officer, he was honorably discharged. Ray attended Iowa State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. He moved to Sibley in 1955 and worked as a County Extension Director of Iowa State University. In 1970,Raymond worked at First National Bank as Vice President and with farm loans, for 15 years. He also sold farm and residential property and was an appraiser working as Dirksen Agriculture Consulting.

Ray was a member of the Methodist Church in Sibley and later the Presbyterian Church in Sibley. He was a member of Kiwanis for over 30 years, holding several offices. He was an American Legion member for over 60 years, where he served as Chaplain. He judged the corn and vegetable competition at the Little Rock Corn Show. Ray served on the Hospital Board, Sibley School Board, and also on the Economic Development Committee. He was very community oriented. He received the Distinguished Service Award from U.S.D.A.
Ray will be remembered as a person who enjoyed helping others. He volunteered at the hospital and nursing homes.
He passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter, Ila (Ric) Benzing of Monona, IA; two sons, Ray E. Dirksen of Worthington, MN and Hal D. Dirksen of W. St. Paul, MN; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother, Mervin Dirksen of Clear Lake, IA; one sister, Serena Helton of Des Moines, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law.

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March 17, 2014 - 2:42 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Bonnie M. Bangert, age 91, of Sanborn, Iowa and the Ashton area,  passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date with a Memorial Celebrating Bonnie’s Life.

The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com

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

 Bonnie Muriel Bangert, the daughter of William and Tina (Olson) Murray was born on February 7, 1923 in Sioux City, Iowa. Bonnie attended school in Sioux City, graduating from East High School in 1941, she then went on to graduate from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Bonnie was united in marriage to Richard W. Bangert on May 26, 1945 in Sioux City, Iowa and the couple made their home on a farm near Ashton, Iowa. Bonnie raised her family and taught in the Ashton Public School and the Sheldon Community School Districts for many years retiring in 1988. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in March of 1992 in Weslaco, Texas. Bonnie remained in Ashton until 2008, when she moved into Fieldcrest in Sheldon, Iowa and in October of 2013 Bonnie became a resident of the Prairie View Home in Sanborn, Iowa. She passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa reaching the age of 91 years, 1 month and 10 days.

Bonnie was active in the Ashton Community for 60 years. She was a member of the Sibley United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, a 50 year member of the Eastern Star, and the Ashton Federated Women’s Club. After retiring she spent her summers volunteering for the Oak Park Care Center in Sheldon and her winters, volunteering for HOSTS and the Knapp Memorial Hospital in Weslaco, Texas. Bonnie never lost her love for dancing and enjoyed many hours on the dance floor.

She leaves to cherish her memory her four children, Muriel and her husband, George Caswell of Enid, Oklahoma; Ruth and her husband, Russ Vigstol of Harlingen, Texas; Richard Bangert of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Laura and her husband, Mark Kruger of Ashton, Iowa; 8 grandchildren, Amy, Molly, Grant, Tina, Andy, Charles (Chuck), Allison, Joe and Jessie; 11 great-grandchildren, and other nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, Willard; her parents, a brother, William Murray and a sister, Naomi Authier.

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March 17, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Nelva DeBoer, age 95, of Sibley, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.at the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Roger Bouwman officiating.

Graveside Services will be at 10:15 A.M. on Friday, March 21 at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 20 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Nelva DeBoer. 

Nelva DeBoer was born on January 14, 1919 in Prinsburg, Minnesota. She was the daughter of John and Gertrude (Hoogeveen) Strootman. She lived her youth in Prinsburg where she attended school and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to William DeBoer of Sibley, Iowa on March 22, 1937 in Rock Rapids, Iowa. They lived in Rock Rapids until 1937 when they moved to Sibley. Nelva worked as a grocery store clerk for Red Owl, later known as Sibley Super Foods, for 25 years. She also did a lot of housework for people in the community, ironing clothes etc. Bill and Nelva were the custodians for the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley for 39 years. Bill passed away on July 22, 2010.

Nelva was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley, where she enjoyed being active in Ladies Aid.

She loved to bake and watch the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Twins play. She was very diligent about remembering the grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities.

Nelva entered Sibley Nursing and Rehab in 2004, where she passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the age of 95.
Those left to cherish her memories are two sons and daughters-in-law: Jan and Connie DeBoer of Sibley, IA, Willis and Linda DeBoer of Spirit Lake, IA; one daughter and son-in-law: Glenda and Larry Reinke of Spirit lake, IA; one daughter-in-law: Esther DeBoer of Sanborn, IA; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; one brother: Gerald Strootman of Galt, CA; one sister: Geneva Bonnema of Wilmar, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, William “Bill” DeBoer; her parents; one son, Charles J. DeBoer; and one sister, Joanne Brouwer.

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March 10, 2014 - 3:04 pm - Posted in Obituaries

John Bates, age 90, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, at South Shore Care Center in Worthington, Minnesota.

Memorial Services will be Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. Burial of cremains to follow at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 12, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for John Bates.

Mervin John Bates was born on March 3, 1924, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He was the son of Fred and Minnie H. (Akkerman) Bates. On April 24, 1924, he was baptized at his parents’ home. He lived his youth in Ashton and Ocheyedan, where he attended a country school and graduated from Ocheyedan High School. John served in the United States Navy as Seaman 1st Class and was honorably discharged in August of 1946.

He was united in marriage to Elnora Petersen of Ocheyedan, Iowa on December 16, 1949, at the Fred Bates’ home. John made a good life for his wife and six children for 50 plus years, farming in Osceola County. He worked for ASCS for 10 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan and a member of the American Legion Post #326.

His passion was spending time in his woodworking shop building many keepsakes. You would often find him enjoying playing cards with friends and family. John and Elnora celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1999. In 2000, they went on a cruise to Alaska with their family. They enjoyed traveling around the United States visiting children and sightseeing with friends. Johnattended the Honor Flight 2010. Even with his declining health, John would still talk to, joke with, and tease anyone near him. He was known for being a real softy to his grandchildren.

He passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, at South Shore Care Center in Worthington, Minnesota.

He will be missed by his wife, Elnora; his children, Mervin W. (Mary Kay) Bates of Okoboji, IA, Ray A. Bates (Lorrain Bremer) of Kalispell, MT, Barbara J. (Gary) Schahn of Rockford, MN, Linda C. (Dean) Garner of Spencer, IA, Steven J. (Kristin) Bates of Welches, OR, Jim L. (Serina) Bates of Ocheyedan, IA; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and their spouses, and one brother.

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