Dorothy Mae Van Dyke

Dorothy Mae Van Dyke, age 87, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her services will be Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:00pm from Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Troy Van Beek ~ officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 6, 2012 after 4:00pm with the family present from 4:00 – 6:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Dorothy Mae Van Dyke, the daughter of Sam and Minnie (Kuiper) Mellema was born September 26, 1924 in Primghar, Iowa. She received her education in country school in the Melvin area. In June of 1946, she was united in marriage to Alvin Peter Van Dyke at the First Baptist Church in Sibley, Iowa. After their marriage the couple lived in Sheldon for nine years. In 1959, they moved to Sacramento, California. While in California Dorothy sold Tupperware and worked selling home interior items and gifts. Before her retirement she worked for the California Department of Motor Vehicles for eight years. The couple returned to Sheldon from California to make their home. They moved to the Christian Retirement Home in 2002. Al passed away on June 2, 2006 in Sanborn, Iowa. After Al’s passing Dorothy remained at the Christian Retirement Home. She later moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon and to the Sanford Health Center Senior Care in Sheldon. She passed away at Senior Care on Thursday, May 3, 2012 reaching the age of 87 years, 7 months and 7 days.

She was a charter member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon where she was currently a member. While living in Sacramento she attended Hope Community Reformed Church.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory her son, James and his wife, Lynda Van Dyke of Colorado Springs, Colorado; two grandchildren, Sharon, and James and his wife, Patty; two great grandsons, Clay and Cody; two brothers, Sidney Mellema of Sun City Arizona and Warren Mellema of Omaha, Nebraska; two sisters, Leona Eshuis of Lynden, Washington and Jeanette Davids of Sibley, Iowa; also other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four brothers, Clarence, Kenneth, John and Stanley Mellema and two sisters, Gertrude Bosma and Jeanette Mellema.

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Garry Wielenga

Mr. Garry Wielenga, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, May 8, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church Chapel in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Tuesday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the funeral home.

Garry was born on August 15, 1922, at Orange City, the son of Jacob L. and Grace (Kroeze) Wielenga. He was raised on a farm northwest of Orange City and attended a country school.

On September 20, 1951, he married Wilmina Jacoba Mantel at Orange City. They farmed northwest of Orange City until 1990, when they moved into town. He then mowed lawns in the Alton Parks. Wilmina passed away on April 9, 1996, in Sioux City.

In 2003, Garry moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City, and in 2007 , he transferred to the Heritage House.

He was a member of the First Reformed Church.

He enjoyed farming, gardening, and repairing things. He liked anything John Deere.

Survivors include his two daughters and their hubands, Neva and Robert Erickson, of Henderson, Nevada; and Marcia and Larry Van Oort, of Doon; five grandchildren and their spouses, Joshua and Nicole Erickson, Benjamin and Ceila Erickson, Rachel Van Oort, Katherine Van Oort, and David Van Oort; two great-grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Marietta and Henry B. Mulder; and a brother and his wife, Ernest and Jeanette Wielenga, all of Orange City; and two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Verdoorn and Barbara Mantel.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Louis N. and Josephine Wielenga.

Memorial may be directed to the First Reformed Church.

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Thomas Riley

Thomas Riley, 81, of Worthington, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, MN.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN, with Father Jim Callahan officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Worthington.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 4:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.

Thomas Delaney Riley was born Dec. 13, 1930 to Frank and Florence (Delaney) Riley. He attended Riley school District 117, then Sioux Valley High School graduating in 1948. His father died when Tom was 19 and he had to take over the farming operation.

Thomas was united in marriage to Catherine Theobald September 11, 1954 in Sherburn, MN. They settled on the Riley homestead in Round Lake Township where they lived until 1961. That year they moved to their own farm located outside Worthington where they raised cattle, hogs and grain. In 1984, he saw an opportunity in the John Deere business and bought his first store, Tracy Equipment in Tracy, MN. He subsequently bought two additional John Deere stores in Sheldon, IA and Slayton, MN. Catherine passed away January 25, 2006. He married Mary R. Royer in March 2008 in Mancos, CO. Thomas died on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington.

Thomas is survived by his nine children: Frank (Chris) Riley, Worthington, MN; Mary Catherine Riley, Bloomington, MN; Dan (Jan) Riley, Round Lake, MN; Peter (Vanessa) Riley, Hartley, IA; Dr. Ann Riley (Dr. Mike Gmurek), Tahlequah, OK; Patrick Riley (Teresa Owens -special friend and her children Coral, Jasmine, Ashley & Calah); Colleen (John) Bowman, Algona, IA; Michael (Christy) Riley, Brewster, MN; Dr. Rose Riley (Steve Dennison) Sioux Falls, SD and eight grandchildren: Officer Mark Riley (Worthington) Leah Riley (Marshall, MN), KC Riley (Worthington), Vincent Riley (Worthington), Amanda and Katie Murek (Tahlequah, OK), Gabriel Riley (Hartley, IA), Annette Dennison (Sioux Falls, SD). He is also survived by his wife, Mary Rene, sister, Sally Fairchild Nordstrom, Terril, IA and brother, Jim, Salt Lake City, UT.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine, his father, mother and a brother, Phillip.

Online condolences my be sent to:  www.bensonfh.com


Gertrude Waalkes

Gertrude Waalkes, age 92, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Valley Center, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley. Rev. Marvin Leese officiating.  Burial in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, May 4, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Gertrude Waalkes, daughter of Gerrit and Gertie (Groendyke) Vander Meulen, was born March 31, 1920, near Ocheyedan, Iowa. She lived in Osceola County during her youth and began to teach in the Osceola County Schools in 1938.

She was united in marriage to Lammert Waalkes on February 17, 1956, in Sanborn, Iowa. They lived all of their married life in Sibley.

Gertrude worked as a telephone operator, a teacher, Deputy Recorder for Osceola County and worked in the Assessor’s office. She retired from employment in 1982.

She was a member of the Sibley Christian Reformed Church.

Gertrude enjoyed her family and traveling to serve her family when she could. Lammert and Gertrude visited their children and grandchildren when it was possible and Gertrude spent her time serving her family in any way she could. Even into her advanced years, serving was what she did. She enjoyed mission work, volunteering time at prolife ministries and ministering to the underprivileged.

She passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at her son’s home in Valley Center, Kansas, at the age of 92 years, one month and one day.

Those left to cherish her memories are: three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Yvonne Waalkes of Springfield, Colorado, Gary and Veronica Waalkes of Bear, Delaware, and LaVerne and Doris Waalkes of Valley Center, Kansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Gwenyth Waalkes and Chris Bochmann of Maxwell, Iowa; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Geraldine Vander Meulen of Sibley; one sister-in-law, Jennie Beers of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and one brother-in-law, George Bents of Rushmore, Minnesota; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lammert, her parents, 4 brothers, Horton Vander Meulen, Ray Vander Meulen, Neal Vander Meulen, and Fred Vander Meulen, and 5 sisters, Bessie Zevenbergen, Belle Peters, Nellie Vander Meulen, Ella Iedema and Kathryn Dykstra, and one grandson, Matthew Waalkes.

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

 

 


Mrs. Alice Langstraat

 

Mrs. Alice Langstraat, age 87, of Orange City, formerly of Hospers, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, May 4, at 2:00pm, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers.  The Rev. David Powers will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, at the church.

Alice was born on July 29, 1924, to Henry and Dora (Mantel) De Haan. She attended school in Newkirk and Hospers.

She was united in marriage to Lester “Ted” Langstraat on January 18, 1945, at the home of her parents in Hospers. They made their home on a farm north of Newkirk, where she helped with the farm work, raised chickens, had a huge vegetable garden, and enjoyed her beloved flower garden, being particularly fond of roses. They moved to Hospers in 1977. Ted passed away in June of 1991.

Mrs. Langstraat moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City in February of 2009 and became a resident of the Long Term Care Facility in December of 2010.

She was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, where she belonged to the Mission Society. She was a founding member of the Golden Hour Society and sang in the Woman’s Chorus.

Alice enjoyed cooking and baking and was a cook at various cafes for many years. She also liked to make crafts, do embroidery, make quilts, play cards, and tend to her flower garden. While at Long Term Care, she was a faithful member of the bell choir.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Faye and Fred Ahlers, of Remsen; a granddaughter, Ann Heerde, of Rockford, Michigan; a grandson, David Heerde, of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Ida De Haan, of Artesia, California; a brother-in-law, Herman Langstraat, of Sheldon; a sister-in-law, Anna Rensink, of Sheldon, and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Don Heerde; a brother, John De Haan; a sister and her husband, Elizabeth and Elden Boone; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Peter and Tracy Langstraat, Bernard Rensink, Grace Langstraat, Winifred Langstraat, Lawrence and Johanna Den Hartog, Nellie Langstraat, and Elmer and Harriet Zorgdrager.

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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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