Ruth Janet Reekers

Ruth Janet Reekers, age 80, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her service will be 1:00pm Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Fr. Allan A. Reicks ~ officiating.  Burial with will be in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Monday, May 7, 2012 with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon. A Scripture Wake Service will be at 7:00pm and a Rosary lead by the St. Patrick’s Ladies Guild will be at 7:30pm on Monday at the Church.

In Lieu of flowers the family wishes that all Memorials be directed to St. Patrick Catholic School. Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Ruth J. Reekers, the daughter of Charles and Hilda (Dittman) De Roos, was born March 2, 1932 in Hull, Iowa.  She lived and attended school in Sanborn until she was 12 years old, she then moved with her parents to Sheldon where she continued her education.  Ruth was united in marriage to Herbert Reekers on April 19, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Ruth worked at several jobs in her earlier years which included, M&M Grocery, Johnson Café, Hollanders Five & Dime Store and Urban’s Corner Café. She also enjoyed helping her husband with the farm work and volunteering at St. Patrick’s Catholic School. Ruth passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon reaching the age of 80 years, 2 months and 2 days.

Ruth was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, the Ladies Guild and of the Missionary Association. She was a Foster Grandparent; she enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, embroidering, bird watching, doing arts and crafts for St. Pat’s School, being in the country and most of all she enjoyed her family.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Herbert of 62 years; and their three children, Barb and her husband, Mike Davis of Sheldon, Iowa; Clark and his wife, Roxie Reekers of Lake Park, Iowa and Linda and her husband, Dan De Jager of Sanborn, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, Herbert and Jessica Heien, Garrison and Libby Reekers, Stacie and Tad Hoeschen, Lori Lewis and her friend, Jamie Johnson, Curt and Mati De Jager, Chris De Jager; step-grandchildren, Shannon and Chet Hofman and Deric and Leeann De Jager; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Brinkman of Sheldon, Iowa and a brother and his wife, Dale and Carolyn De Roos of Washington; a sister-in-law, Lucy De Roos of Algona, Iowa; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a great-grandson and a brother, Dewain De Roos.

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Arlin Driesen

Arlin (A.J.) Driesen, age 55, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Kevin Muyskens officiating.

Burial in East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Monday, May 7, 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.

Arlin (A.J.) Driesen was born on October 18, 1956 in Sioux Center, Iowa. He was the son of Henry J. and Harriet (Gerritsen) Driesen. He lived his youth in rural Hull, Iowa where he attended Hull Christian Grade School and Boyden-Hull High School, where he graduated.

He married Sheri Driesen of Boyden, Iowa on October 21, 1983 in Hull, Iowa. They lived in Hull for two years and then moved to rural Sheldon, where they raised their five children. They later divorced.

Arlin was an over-the-road truck driver. He owned his own trucking business and drove for Van-Hof Trucking, for many years, finishing his career transporting livestock.

Arlin enjoyed spending time with his children. They enjoyed canoeing, cookouts and tent camping together at the Lakes, Yankton, and Paullina.

He cheered for the Green Bay Packers and was an avid stock car and drag racing fan.

Arlin will be remembered as an easy going person who took pride in his business and children and was content with life.

He was a member of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon.

He died Friday, May 4, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Adam Driesen of Sheldon, IA, Alex Driesen and fiancée Meagan Van Engen of Omaha, NE, Andrew Driesen of Sioux Falls, SD, Shelby Driesen of Sioux Falls, SD, Shea Driesen of Sheldon, IA; his mother: Harriet Driesen of Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center, IA; one sister: Wilma and husband Bob Brink of Sheldon, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Driesen.

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


Evelyn Kamstra

Evelyn Kamstra  age 84 of  Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her services will be 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. David Brower ~ officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be Monday, May 28, 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.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com. Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

 


Teagen Carey

Teagen Carey, infant son of Ty Carey and Robin Terhaar of George, Iowa was delivered stillborn on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Doug Noonkester officiating.

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


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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