Lois Odens

Lois Odens, age 91 of Little Rock, IA died Friday November 2, 2012 at Country View Manor Nursing Home in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, November 6th at First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, with Reverend Scott Burdsall officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Monday, November 5th from 2-8 PM with the family present from 6-8 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Little Rock.

Lois Iris Odens was born on April 21, 1921, the daughter of Louis and Velva (Folkers) Larson. She grew up in Ashton, IA and graduated from Ashton High School in 1938. On February 24, 1941, Lois was united in marriage to Ben Odens in the parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, IA. Following their marriage Lois and Ben farmed in the Little Rock area living on farms in Iowa and Minnesota. To this union four children were born, Connie, Bonnie, Rodney and Kathy. Lois was a life member of the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. She enjoyed keeping everything clean, cooking, baking (cookies with real butter), embroidery and talking on the phone.

Lois is survived by her three daughters, Connie (Wendell) Harms, Bonnie (Ronald) Venenga of Little Rock, IA and Kathy (Mark) Perkins of Ellsworth, MN; daughter-in-law, Joleen Odens of Little Rock, IA; grandchildren, Rochelle (Curt) Van Tilburg, LaRae (Robert) Elliott, Terry (Lisa) Harms, Natalie Harms, Chad (Alissa) Harms, Gregory Venenga, Ronda (Ryan) Pottebaum, Carmen Venenga, Derek (Tara) Venenga, Jennifer (Aaron) Greve, Ryan Odens and Nicholas (Vanessa) Odens; great-grandchildren, Trevor Van Tilburg, Kaitlyn Van Tilburg (fiancé, Kelly Top), and Allie Van Tilburg, Robert and Karissa Harms, Oliver and Adeline Harms, Kaden and Jorgen Pottebaum, Lauren and Reese Venenga, Emily, Tyler and Carter Greve, and Taryn and Gracie Odens; step great-grandchildren, Bodie Osborn and Bretton Urban; brother, Don (Verla) Larson of Sibley, IA; sisters-in-law, Lucille Wessels of Sibley, IA and Irene Odens of Ellsworth, MN; brother-in-law, Larry (Rena) Odens of Gretna, NE; many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben Odens; son, Rodney Odens; sister, Nina Trei and brother, Elgin Larson.


Banjo Martin Kruger

Banjo Martin Kruger, age 87, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Country View Manor of Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. Burial in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Banjo Martin Kruger.

Dale Kraai

Mr. Dale Kraai, age 92, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital in Sioux Center.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, November 3, at 3:00pm, at the American Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Steven Bierly will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.  There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 2:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at the funeral home.


Erika Place

Erika Place, age 84 of Sibley, IA, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, November 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Burial will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 3rd at Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, IA. Family and friend will gather at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley at 1:30 PM to travel in procession to the cemetery.


Ruth De Vries

Mrs. Ruth De Vries, age 86, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, November 3, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate.  Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.




Norma Joyce Firkins

Norma Joyce Firkins, age 88, of Washburn, WI and formerly of Alta Vista, Iowa, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. She was born October 10, 1924 in Sheldon, Iowa, the daughter of Herbert Otto & Ida (Harms) Saupe.

Norma graduated from Archer Consolidated High School in Archer, Iowa in 1942 and later graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, with a BS degree in Dietetics in 1946. She married George Firkins on June 16, 1946. Norma had a lifelong interest in music and often accompanied high school students with their instrumental solos. For nearly 50 years she was the church organist for five different churches while they lived in Iowa and Illinois. In 1972, Norma began oil and watercolor painting and later taught oil painting. She also enjoyed being a homemaker, bird watching and she always had a beautiful flower garden. She even won several awards for both her flowers and her oil paintings.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Tim) Kane – Washburn, a son, George (Sherry) Firkins – Westlake Village, Calif., 2 granddaughters, Katherine and Christine Firkins, a sister, Donna (Carl) Struve- Sheldon, IA, a brother, Paul (Betsy) Saupe – Solon, IA, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Randall Firkins, a sister, Carol and a brother, Donald.

A memorial service will be held 1:30 PM, Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, 309 Harriman Ave. Archer, IA. Pastor Cory Flanigan will officiate.

The Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn, WI is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista, IA or to your local food pantry.

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