Irene V. McAlpine

Irene V. McAlpine, age 86, of Sheldon, Iowa,  passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her services will be Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:30am at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Fr. Allan Reicks ~ officiating. Burial will be in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 3, 2013 after 2:00pm with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa. A Scripture Wake Service will be at 6:30pm and a parish rosary will be prayed at 7:00pm at the funeral home. The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

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

Irene Verna McAlpine (Haraldson) was born on January 14, 1926 to Olaus Haraldson and Alvina Bjerke in Jasper, Minnesota. She was raised on a farm near Jasper. As a young girl Irene attended the Rosedell Lutheran Church where she was confirmed. In 1943, she graduated from the Jasper High School. She attended Rasmussen Business College in Sioux Falls graduating in 1944. During World War II she was employed by the Department of Defense, working out of Las Vegas, Nevada. On August 16, 1946 she was united in marriage to Harold (Midge) McAlpine in Luverne, Minnesota. They made their home in Sheldon, Iowa except for a one year period (1957) in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Irene was a member of St. Pat’s Catholic Church since 1946. She was also a member of St. Pat’s Ladies Guild and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Irene was a person of extreme faith and she shared that faith with her children. Irene enjoyed all sort of crafts including knitting, crocheting, sewing and ceramics. She so enjoyed making something special for her children, grandchildren and friends. These special gifts will always be cherished. Irene enjoyed baking and decorating cakes. Irene also enjoyed making traditional Norwegian treats during the holidays. Her “lutefisk” and “lefse” were high on her list of favorites – not sure her children acquired her taste for the “lutefisk”. She enjoyed camping, planting flowers and most of all visiting and spending time with her 10 children, the many grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. She always had the coffee on, served with a smile and warm hug.

Irene is survived by three daughters; Patricia (Mrs. Craig) Den Hartog of Sheldon, Iowa, Susan (Mrs. Gary) Behrens of Lincoln, Nebraska, Mary Ruyter of Spirit Lake, Iowa; seven sons; William (Bill) McAlpine of Sheldon, Iowa, Patrick McAlpine of Sheldon, Iowa, David (his wife Jan) McAlpine of Omaha, Nebraska, Michael (his wife Jean) McAlpine of Sioux Center, Iowa, James (his wife Lynette) McAlpine of Sheldon, Iowa, Daniel (his wife Cheryl )McAlpine of Omaha, Nebraska and Robert (his wife Erica) McAlpine of Hull, Iowa. Irene is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, her two sisters Pearl Koopman and June Wood of California, three sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Irene is preceded in death by her husband (Midge), her parents, four sisters and two brothers.

Margaret Snuttjer

Margaret Snuttjer age 85 of George, IA died Monday, December 31, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in George, IA.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2013 at Tabernacle Baptist Church in George with Pastors Bryan Anderson and Oryn Meinerts, officiating.  Burial will be in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery at George.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday at Tabernacle Baptist Church of George.

Marrgaret is survived by her four children: Larry (Shirley) Snuttjer of Sioux Falls, SD; Jean (Larry) DeClercq of Sioux Falls, SD; Randy (Denise) Snuttjer of Bennett, CO and Lori (Tim) Eiesland of Minneapolis, MN; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to: Alzheimer’s Association.  Jurrens Funeral Home of George is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Marcene Kroeze

Mrs. Marcene Kroeze, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, January 3, at 2:00pm, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Donald Lenderink and the Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.  There will be a prayer service on Thursday, at 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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



Kenneth De Jong

Funeral-male (1)Mr. Kenneth De Jong, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012, at the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.

Due to his wife being ill, the service date has not been set at this time.

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

Daniel Schutte

DANIEL SCHUTTEDaniel Schutte, age 79, of Rushmore, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the American Reformed Church in Worthington, Minnesota. Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen officiating.  Burial to follow at Sunset Rest Cemetery in Rushmore, Minnesota.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013, with the family present from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the American Reformed Church at 1720 Burlington Avenue in Worthington, Minnesota.

Memorials may be made in care of the family for future designation.  Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Daniel Schutte.

Harold Potter

Harold Potter, age 77 of Sibley, IA died Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 3rd at United Church of Christ Congregational in Sibley, IA, with Rev. Larry Laskie and Pastor Doug White officiating.

Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA, with full military honors.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Harold Arlyn Potter was born July 24, 1935 at Worthington, Minnesota, the son of Harold E. and Dorothy E. (Emerson) Potter. He was raised in the Worthington area attending school and playing football in high school. On October 23, 1952 Harold entered the United States Navy. While serving on the USS Grady he worked as a boiler operator, fireman and welder. He received his honorable discharge on July 19, 1956 and returned home and was united in marriage to Anna Jean Van Beest on May 25, 1956 at the Church of Christ in Worthington, MN. They moved to Oakland, CA where he continued his education at Oakland Senior College and worked at a paper mill. He then began working for a Ford Dealership in the body shop department. While working there he continued his education through the Ford Motor Company School. In 1990 Harold and Anna Jean moved to Sibley, IA and Harold worked at Ace Hardware. On June 10, 2007 Harold’s wife Anna Jean died after 51 years of marriage. After his wife’s death he remained active in the community. He was a member of Christian Church of Worthington and was a member of the Osceola County Color Guard. He enjoyed model airplanes, electronics, hunting, fishing with friends and playing guitar at family get togethers.

In early December he was diagnosed with cancer and was admitted to Osceola Community Hospital this past Friday, where he remained until December 30, 2012 when he died at the age of 77.

He is survived by his four children, Siena Potter of Sibley, IA, Harold A. Potter of Manteca, CA, John M. Potter of Fremont-Newark, CA and Patrick H. (wife Patty) Potter of San Jose, CA; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Burdell O’Darisen of Worthington, MN, Ethel Van Beest Linden, MI, Leah Hiereonimus of Worthington, MN and Janet Ward of Houston, TX; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Potter; and parents, Harold and Dorothy Ethel Potter.