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 at a later date.

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

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

Funeral-male candlePaul 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.


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.

June 17, 2014 - 9:34 am - Posted in Obituaries

Linda Petersen age 65 of Sibley, IA died Monday, June 16, 2014 at Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA with Rev. Doug Noonkester, officiating.

Linda’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of visitation and continued fellowship at the Sibley VFW following the graveside services on Friday.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of the arrangements for 65-year old Linda Petersen of Sibley.

For a complete obituary, visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.

Linda Mae (Stanton) Petersen was born November 23, 1948, at Sibley, IA the daughter of Anna Mae (Holle) and Lloyd Stanton. Linda grew up in Sibley where she attended Sibley High School. On May 3, 1966, Linda was united in marriage to Larry Petersen. They made their home in Fayettville, NC, Storm Lake, IA, and Sheldon. Linda moved to Sibley in 1985… Over the years, Linda worked at Aalfs Manufacturing in Sheldon, Exo Pack in Sibley, and also at CCSI. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed her pets and in her spare time she enjoyed reading, knitting, cooking and spending time on her computer. After her stroke and several months in the hospital, she became a resident of the Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Derrick and Nadine Petersen of Sibley, IA; two grandchildren, Cody and Dalton Petersen of Sibley, IA; brother, Merlin (Mary Ann) Stanton of Sibley, IA and Marlys Marco of Bigelow, MN and special friend, Dennis Monier of Cloverdale, IA.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Anna Mae, and an infant twin sister, Konie Stanton.


June 16, 2014 - 11:07 am - Posted in Obituaries

Conrad KrugerConrad Kruger age 47 of Sibley, IA died Saturday June 14, 2014 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, KS.

Private family memorial service will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, IA with Rev. Irvin Van Leeuwen, officiating.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 19th from 3:00 – 6:30 PM with family present at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley, which is in charge of the arrangements for Conrad Kruger of Sibley.

Conrad Gilbert Kruger was born in Sheldon, IA on April 29, 1967 the son of Audra (Jones) and Lawrence Kruger. He was raised on the family farm east of Sibley. He graduated from Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in 1985. He attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, IA taking courses in law enforcement. He moved to Mesa, AZ in 1988 where he was a landscape engineer for several housing developments and golf courses. He moved back to Sibley in November of 2007 where he worked for NNIK Pork for the last several years. Conrad was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting deer, fowl, bear, prairie dogs, and fishing. He had many of his animals mounted and displayed. He was a member of the Osceola County Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed everything about the outdoors and wildlife. In recent years, Conrad shared these interests with his fiancé, Ann, and son Wyatt. He was a father and mentor to Wyatt and they spent many hours together. Conrad was amazing at teaching Wyatt new things. Conrad also enjoyed amateur photography and working with wood. He left a loving family and treasured friends.

Conrad is survived by his father, Lawrence Kruger of Sibley, IA; mother, Audra Burge of Mesa, AZ; sisters, Carol (Perry) Brinkman of Klemme, IA; Cory (Gordie) Wiertzema of Worthington, MN and their daughters, Sara and Jordan Wiertzema of Worthington, MN; Cary (Jason) Rueter of Sibley and their children, Skylar, Nicholas and Cora Rueter of Sibley, IA; brothers, Charles & Katha Kruger of Sibley, IA; their sons, Steve (Gloria) Kruger of Hartley, IA; Justin Kruger of Arkansas, son, Caison; Jesse (Cassie) Kruger of Sibley, IA their children, Brooklyn and Andyn of Sibley, IA; Mike (Jodi) Van Westen of Sibley, IA; their children Shaylee and Phillip Van Westen of Sibley, IA; niece, Nanetta Rodriguez of Worthington, MN nephew, Dan Hanson of Jasper, MN; fiancé, Ann Strouth and son Wyatt of Sibley, IA.

He is preceded in death by his brother & sister-in-law, Cecil & Gayle Hanson; sister, Cathy Kruger and his grandparents, Conrad & Lida Kruger and Gilbert & Golda Jones.

June 3, 2014 - 12:58 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Cynthia “Cindy” Harper age 59 of Sibley, IA died Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, with Father John Vakulskas as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.Visitation will be Wednesday, June 4th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley. There will be a Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer at 5:45 p.m. and a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.

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

Cynthia “Cindy” Louise Harper was born on June 21, 1954 in Hawarden, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Mary Margaret (Bell) Cox. She was raised in Hawarden and Sibley, Iowa. She attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School and graduated from Sibley High School in 1972. On February 23, 1973, Cindy was united in marriage to Bruce Harper at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley. The couple made their home in Sibley and to this union one son, Jaymie was born. Cindy worked as a Daycare provider from 1976 to 1991, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. or “Head Start” from 1991 to 2004, and had a home cleaning service from 2006 to the present. Cindy enjoyed life to the fullest and was an outgoing loving caring person. She loved to bask in the sun, boating at Lake Okoboji. She enjoyed taking her grandchildren to popcorn beach and never missed her grandchildren’s events. She looked forward to her and Bruce’s winter vacations in Mexico. She loved to shop for good buys. Cindy liked to communicate with her friends and family through Facebook and when anyone ever needed help with anything she would be there. Cindy will be greatly missed.

Cindy is survived by her husband of forty-one years, Bruce Harper of Sibley, IA; son, Jaymie (Kelly) Harper of Sioux Center, IA; three grandchildren, Cassie, Shelby and Blake Robert Harper; sister, Diana Sue (Cox) Whidden (Gary) of Cleburne, TX; nieces, nephews and many other extended family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Robert and Mary Margaret Cox.

June 2, 2014 - 10:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

MARCO, SCOTTScott Joseph Marco crossed the doorway to heaven on June 1 to be with Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Sally, children, Jasmine Marco Lansdowne, Jasmine Johnson (Dylan), and Jordache Johnson, and grandchildren, Jacie Lansdowne and Jaxson Lansdowne. He is also survived by his father, Mark, brothers Rocky (Lois), Joel (Connie), and Duke (Stacy), and 10 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his Mother, Betty and his Grandparents.

A memorial service will be held on June 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Port Aransas, TX followed by a Celebration at Roberts Point Park (Small Pavilion) in Port Aransas, TX from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (BYOC-Bring your own chair!) In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Welding Program Scholarships, Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend, Attn: Marta Castaneda, 7433 Leopard St., Corpus Christi, TX 78409

Scott Joseph Marco, or Marco as known by Sally and many of his friends, was born on November 26, 1957 in Worthington, MN to his lucky parents, Mark and Betty Marco. They resided in Ocheyedan, IA on their family farm with brothers, Rocky, Joel and Duke. He was the second oldest son. He attended Sibley, IA schools and graduated from Sibley High School in 1976. He attended Sheldon Community College during High School studying welding. He received his BA from Big Sky Bible College in Lewiston, MT in 1982. His daughter, Jasmine was born in 1981. After attending Bible College, he became a Pastor serving in Colorado and Sibley, IA. He graduated from Tulsa Welding School in 1986. He resumed his welding career doing both welding, tube welding and also as a welding inspector. He traveled throughout the United States, including Deadhorse (North Slope), Alaska , to the Virgin Islands and to Aruba with his welding career.

Marco became a Christian in 1977. This was a life changing event. One week later he was in a construction accident where he spent 6 months regaining his health. During this time he spent many days studying the Bible. Marco continued to spread the Gospel during his work in the Church and during his welding career. Carl Manitz, a fellow welder, played a big part in Marco’s salvation.

Marco dated Sally McDermott in High School. After High School they went their separate ways. Both were married and had families. (Marco has a daughter, Jasmine, and Sally has a daughter, Jasmine and a son, Jordache.) Twenty two years later they reconnected. They believe God brought them back together. They were married in Eureka Springs, AR in 1998 on Easter and in 1999 relocated to Port Aransas, TX. They were married on Easter, as this was a new beginning, and continued to celebrate their anniversary on Easter each year. Marco continued his welding career while Sally opened her gift shop, Gratitude in 2003.

They have lived a full life together. They liked to travel to new places, such as New Orleans, Key West, Eureka Springs, the Bahamas, Puerto Vallarta, Las Vegas and Costa Rica. However, they often agreed that living in Port Aransas by the beach is like being on vacation!

Marco loved people, had a quick wit and great sense of humor. He could tell stories! He liked to ride his motorcycle, enjoyed hunting in Montana, and liked to garden, especially growing his tomato plants. He also continued to study the Bible and share with others.

When Marco was in the hospital earlier this year and the Doctor shared with him that he had Pancreatic Cancer, the nurse said to him that he probably felt like he had been hit by a hurricane. Marco told him no, that he was fine as he is a Christian and knows where he is going.

Send cards to: Sally Marco
1128 Sea Secret
Port Aransas, TX  78373

May 14, 2014 - 1:12 pm - Posted in Obituaries

James Faurot age 93 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 20th at the United Methodist Church in Sibley, with Pastor Shannon Pascual officiating. Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church. Memorial may be directed to the United Methodist Church of Sibley.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of services.

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

James Lyle Faurot was born November 20, 1920, on a farm in Faulk County, South Dakota, the son of John Calvin and Clara Anna (Geese) Faurot.

In the fall of 1936, he went to live with his uncle and aunt in Sharpsburg, IA, where he completed his high school education. After graduation, he worked for a short time in San Diego, CA, before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve in June of 1942. During World War II, he served his tour of duty in the South Pacific Theatre, in the Naval Air Force. He received his Honorable Discharge in December of 1945, attaining the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class.

On January 20, 1946, he was united in marriage to Geneva M. Holmes at Sharpsburg, IA.

After one year of Commercial School in Des Moines, the couple came to live in Sibley, IA. In February of 1947, Jim was employed by the Osceola Electric Cooperative, Inc., where he worked until his retirement in February of 1983. He retired as Manager of the Cooperative.

During his life in Sibley, he was a member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, American Legion, and Sibley Rotary Club. He also served on the Sibley City Council from 1964 to 1969. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling and being outdoors. Jim felt very blessed to have spent his life with Geneva and the many trips they shared together. On June 23, 2009 James’s wife, Geneva died after 63 years of marriage. He remained living at his home in Sibley and continued his participation with various community activities. On April 21, 2013, Jim entered Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where he lived until this past Tuesday, May 13th when he died at Osceola Community Hospital, at the age of 93.

He is survived by one brother, Bill C. Faurot of Salem, OR; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents, John C. and Clara A. Faurot; loving wife, Geneva M. Faurot; three sisters, Marie LaRue, Irene Hutchens and Lois Hessenflow; and two brothers, Owen Faurot and John “Cal” C. Faurot.