Mrs. Brenice Van De Griend

Mrs. Bernice Van De Griend, age 96, of Hull, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, April 30, at 11:30am, 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 prayer service on Monday, at 10:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

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

Bernice Henrietta was born on August 1, 1915, at Hull, the daughter of Charles and Johanna (Hofmeyer) De Boer. She was raised on a farm southeast of Hull and graduated from the Hull High School, where she played softball and basketball.

On December 2, 1938, she married Andrew Van De Griend at Hull. They made their home and farmed ½ mile east and ¾ mile south of Hull, from 1942 to 1960. Bernice kept busy with five young children, helping her husband on the farm, canning many jars of fruits and vegetables from her large garden, and making delicious meals for her family. When her oldest children were in high school, the family moved to Sheldon, where they operated Andy’s Handy Grocery. In 1968, they moved to Hull, where they were custodians at the Western Christian High School, and spent many summers readying the facility for another school year.

In retirement, Andrew and Bernice continued to live in Hull. They enjoyed visiting their children, helping out where needed, taking care of the grandchildren, and getting the family together most Sundays for dinner. The grandchildren have fond memories of the good meals at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, eating apples from their tree, and playing together. Bernice will be remembered for her strength in caring for “Andy” after his stoke for 13 ½ years, until his death on May 3, 2000. He received the best care possible from his best friend. Her simple faith mandated that she care for her husband as long as she was able.

Bernice later moved to the Franken Manor in Sioux Center. More recently, she returned to Hull, where she became a resident of the Pleasant Acres.

She was currently a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull but had also been a member of the Christian Reformed Churches in Middleburg and Sheldon.

Mrs. Van De Griend enjoyed sewing and quilting, making bedspreads for her children and crib blankets for her grandchildren. She also liked watching sports.

Survivors include her five children and their spouses, Alvin and Marcia Van De Griend, of Visalia, California; Roger and Betty Van De Griend, of Hastings, Michigan; Irma and Bernard Fedders, of Orange City; the Rev. Kenneth and Wanda Van De Griend, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Lyle and Lois Van De Griend, of Orange City; eighteen grandchildren, Scott (Christine) Van De Griend, Penny Aberson, Tim (Desi) Van De Griend, Randy Van De Griend, Holly Yavanian, Russell (Janna) Van De Griend, Angela (Brad) Todd, Nicholas (Sonja) Van De Griend, Andy (Rebecca) Van De Griend, Kristen (Phil) Dorhout, Brenna (Mark) Walters, Tom (Cheryl) Van De Griend, Jeanie (Jim) Heethuis, Cory (Angela) Van De Griend, Michael (Jocelyn) Van De Griend, Rebecca (Neil) Graves, Philip (Kristin) Van De Griend, and Sarah (Dan) Bonnema; 45 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister, August, Clarence, Dowie, Gerrit, and Gilbert De Boer, and Ellen De Leeuw.

Bernice was the last surviving member of her generation in both the De Boer and Van De Griend families.

Memorials may be directed to Leadership Resources International, an organization for which Ken and Cory currently work, to train pastors in third world countries.

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Earleen D. Schroder

Earleen D. Schroder, age 90, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Sanford Sheldon Hospital in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her services will be 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Daniel Hart officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, Iowa.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, 2012 after 3:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

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Earleen Dorothy Schroder, the daughter of Chris and Mattie (Blumeyer) Staufacker, was born March 22, 1922 on the family farm in rural George, Iowa. She attended Wheeler #6 country school and later graduated from George High School in 1939. After graduation Earleen attended Northwestern College in Orange City from 1939 to 1941 earning her Associate Degree in Education. She furthered her education and training at Westmar, Augustana and the University of Colorado. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Education in 1972 from the University of South Dakota. Earleen taught 1st and 2nd grades in Maurice, Iowa from 1941 to 1943, taught 2nd grade in Freeport, Illinois from 1943 to 1945 and from 1945 until her retirement in 1987 she taught at Sheldon, Iowa. On August 21, 1948, Earleen was united in marriage to Vernon Schroder Jr. on the Staufacker family farm. The couple rented an apartment and home in Sheldon before Vernon custom built their home for Earleen in 1957. She passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Hospital in Sheldon reaching the age of 90 years, 1 month and 5 days.

Earleen was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma on December of 1967, ISEA and a lifetime member of NEA

Left to treasure her memory, a brother, Ivan Staufacker of George, Iowa; sister-in-law, Lois Staufacker of Tracy, Minnesota; eight nieces and nephews and their families, Steven and his wife, Pauline Staufacker of Rapid City, South Dakota; Craig and his wife, Mary Staufacker of Garvin, Minnesota; Kristi and her husband, Ron Krause of Lake Benton, Minnesota; Janine Staufacker and her husband, Steve Albrecht of Maplewood, Minnesota; Kerry and her husband, Chris Harrelson of Columbia, South Carolina; Michael Staufacker of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jennifer and her husband, Kyle Hansen of Irene, South Dakota and Eric Staufacker of George, Iowa; also other relatives, friends and dear friends, Phil and Pam Grove, Rick and Lori Cannoy, Rex and Rita Weber and their families.

Earleen was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon in 1982; a brother, Glennis Staufacker and a sister-in-law, Irene Staufacker.

Irene Leinen

Irene Leinen, age 87 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, April 30, 2012 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 Sunday, April 29th from 2-6 PM with the family present from 4-6 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.  There will be a rosary at 3 PM and a vigil service at 5:30 PM Sunday evening.

Irene Mary Leinen was born on August 7, 1924, the daughter of Emil and Margaret (Gaul) Hansen in Lismore, MN. She attended grade school in Oyens, Iowa. On September 9, 1947, she was united in marriage to Florian Stoffel and following his death in 1972 she married Walter Leinen on February 19, 1982 in Sibley, Iowa. Irene worked as a daycare provider out of her home for a while, then worked for Sibley Egg & Poultry and later Merrick Printing (now Keith M. Merrick Company) and retired from there after seventeen years. She was a member of the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, where she was active in the Catholic Daughters and Women’s Guild. Irene was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. Irene had an extremely strong faith and met all of life’s challenges without fear. She was a hard worker and always seemed to be busy doing something. Irene really enjoyed people, loved to fish, travel, and garden; do word puzzles, weave rugs and crochet.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Nancy (Arthur) VanBruggen of Boyden, IA, Jean VandeGarde of Katy, TX, Becky (Stan) McAndrews of Ames, IA and Nick (Debbie) Stoffel of Inola, OK; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jerome Hansen of LeMars, IA, Emil Hansen Jr. of Slayton, MN, Mary Ann Streff of Slayton, MN, Rita Pottebaum of Yuba City, CA, Mildred Gearke of LeMars, IA, and Sister Margaret Hansen of Auburn Hills, MI; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Florian Stoffel; second husband, Walter Leinen; very special adopted grandson, Samuel Harris Kruger; and seven siblings, Cletus Hansen, Alfred Hansen, Gerald Hansen, Lawrence Hansen, Ambrose Hansen, Leonard Hansen and Delores Ludwig.

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Jean Pruismann

Jean Pruismann, 85, of Sioux Center, Iowa died peacefully on Wednesday, April 25 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

A visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2PM at the Te Paske Theater located in the Sioux Center Community High School. Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.

In lieu of flowers the Pruismann family prefers memorials be directed to the Sioux Center Public Library.

Jeannette Florence Doornink was born January 25, 1927 to Dick W.A. and Fannie (Faber) Doornink. Jean attended Country School #1 and high school in Sioux Center, later graduating from Excelsior Union High School in Norwalk, California in 1945. She attended St. Joseph College of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa, receiving her RN degree in 1948.

Jean married Marvin Pruismann December 22, 1949. To that union 5 children were born; Kent (Sylvia) Pruismann, Rock Valley, Iowa, Kirk Pruismann, Sioux Center (Charlene Pruismann, Central City, Iowa), Karen (Dan) Mulder, Orange City, Iowa, Kevin Pruismann, Sioux Center and Kay (Jim) Kosters Sioux Center. Marvin and Jean made their home and raised their children on a farm near Rock Valley. They retired and moved to Sioux Center in 1995.

Jean practiced as a Registered Nurse from 1948 through 1991 Nursing was not just a profession for Jean, it was a way of life. She was a caregiver at heart. The door to their home was always open. They took in individuals that became part of the family for months or even years if need be. There was always room in their home and at their table for just one more. Each person she knew had a special place in her heart. Her life was a testimony of what she believed. She will lovingly be remembered for her caring, gentle, quiet and generous spirit.

Jean is survived by her husband of 63 years, her 5 children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, Tom (Kay) Dye, Rock Rapids, Iowa and Joanne Foreman, Hospers, Iowa who were like a son and daughter to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister and brother.

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Ruth Sterk

Ruth Sterk, age 84 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, IA on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Sanborn. Rev. Gary Hegstad will be officiating.

Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27th at the Sanborn Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening.   Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn, IA at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Ruth A. Sterk, the daughter of Marinus and Jeanette (Van Dyke) Harthoorn was born June 5th, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. She received her grade school education at Roseland Christian Elementary School in Chicago and attended Sheldon High School. She was united in marriage to William Sterk on October 27, 1944 in Sheldon, Iowa in her parents home. Soon after they were married, they moved to California while Bill served in the Navy. After his discharge, they farmed northeast of Sheldon until 1962. They then moved to a farm near Hartley and continued farming there till 1990. After they retired, Bill and Ruth moved to their home in Sanborn. Shortly after Bill passed away in 2005, Ruth took up residency at the Prairie View Nursing Home. On April 25, 2012 Ruth went to be with her Lord and Master.

Ruth was a member of the First Reformed Church of Sanborn for the last 50 years of her life. She enjoyed playing both the piano and the organ for the church and the nursing home during those years. She was very active in the Sunday School program, Woman’s RCWM, Bible School, Woman’s Circle and was highly involved in numerous Bible studies. She also sang or played the piano for the church choir, and accompaniment for the school music small group contests. Ruth always had a strong spiritual faith and it continuously showed in her daily life.

She loved music, flowers, silk flower arranging and camping with her husband Bill in their camper. She and Bill loved to travel and once traveled to their ancestral country of Holland. She was a real people person and cherished all of her friends. She thrived on her family and absolutely cherished her grandchildren.

Ruth was a devoted wife and a loving mother of five children, and had one brother. Those left to cherish her memory are her three sons; Denny and his wife Bunny from Windsor, Colorado; Ron and his wife Cherie from Hartley, Iowa; Dave and his wife Julie from Garfield, Minnesota and 2 daughters; Sue and her husband John Hengeveld from Sanborn, Iowa and Nancy and her husband Verlyn Fast from Bingham Lake, Minnesota. Her brother, Ken Harthoorn and his wife Judi are from Melvin, Iowa. Also left behind to cherish her memory are 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren along with many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents and her younger sister Marilyn.

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Russell Steinbeck

Russell Steinbeck, 75, of Hartley passed away on  Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be 3:00 P.M. Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the American Reformed Church in Primghar, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Hietbrink  officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar, Iowa

There will not be a time of visitation.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Sanford Home, Health and Hospice in Sheldon, Iowa.

Russell Maris Steinbeck, the son of Lester and Vera (Merry) Steinbeck was born August 9, 1936 in Primghar, Iowa. He attended Country School Highland #6 and later Sutherland High School graduating in 1954. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1958. On January 26, 1958, he was united in marriage to Margie Orthmann. To this union three children were born. After their marriage the couple farmed in the Hartley and Primghar area. Russell farmed for many years until his retirement in April of 2010. Russell passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa, reaching the age of 75 years, 8 months and 15 days.

He thoroughly enjoyed farming and being on the farm. He also enjoyed his family, riding his motorcycle, polka music and going to dances.

Russell is survived by his three children, Steve Steinbeck of Casselberry, Florida; Lanell and her husband, Rich Vossler of Vail, Colorado and Lonna and her husband, Terry Boltjes of Primghar, Iowa; grandchildren, Lauren Mirani-Steinbeck Huntington Beach, California; Max Avery of Chicago, Illinois; Allison, Nick, Kristin, Lauren Vossler of Vail, Colorado; Alisa Boltjes of Iowa City, Iowa and Zach Boltjes of Sioux City, Iowa; one sister, Elaine Orthmann of Spencer, Iowa and one brother, Allen and his wife, Ann Steinbeck of Fort Myers, Florida; also other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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