Alice Krueger

Alice Krueger, age 94, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sibley. Rev. James Berka officiating. Burial at 1:00 P.M. at the Lakefield Cemetery in Lakefield, MN.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, prior to the Funeral Service from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley in charge of arrangements for Alice Krueger.

Rose Godbersen

ROSE E. GODBERSEN, 79, of rural Quimby, Iowa, passed away Tuesday morning, November 20, 2012 in the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 24th, at 10:30 a.m. at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Don Meyer will officiate. Burial will be in the Quimby Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

Visitation will be on Friday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. Online condolences can be left at

Frances L. Bruggom

Frances L. Bruggom, age 88, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.

Memorial service will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Sheldon United Methodist Church in Sheldon, with Rev. Marvin Lindley officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be held at 9:30 A.M. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar, Iowa.

Visitation will be after 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 20, 2012 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:
Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Frances Lavonne Bruggom, the daughter of Harry and Alma (Idso) Johnson was born on April 3, 1924 on the family farm in Baker Township, O’Brien County, Iowa.

She received her education in rural O’Brien County Schools and graduated from Archer High School in 1941. She continued her education receiving her BA from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Frances was united in marriage to William Bruggom on November 27, 1946, in the Little Brown Church of Nashua, Iowa. The couple made their home on a farm south of Sheldon. Frances was a teacher as she taught in the rural schools for three years and then taught in the Sheldon School District for fifteen years retiring in 1975. The couple moved to Sheldon in 1975. Bill preceded her in death on November 11, 2001. In 2006 Frances moved to the Christian Retirement Home. She passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Prairie View Nursing Home after a brief illness, reaching the age of 88 years, 7 months and 16 days.

She was a member of the United Methodist church in Sheldon. She enjoyed playing golf, bridge, traveling and spending time with her family.

Frances is survived by a daughter, Laurie and her husband Walt Pruiksma of Sheldon and a son, Mark and his wife Glenda Bruggom of Everly, Iowa; five grandchildren, Erin and her husband Jay Whitcanack, Katie Pruiksma, Megan and her husband Peter Jaques, Marcus and Micah Bruggom; five great grandchildren; one sister, Audrey Johnson of Urbandale, Iowa, other relatives and friends.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two brothers, Marvin Johnson and in infancy, Gordon Johnson.



Ronald J. Fylstra

Ronald J. Fylstra, age 72, of Lexington, Kentucky and formerly of Hull, Iowa passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012.

His visitation will be Friday, November 23, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa. Burial will be in the Hope Cemetery in Hull, Iowa.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

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

Ronald J. Fylstra was born June 2, 1940 in Hull, Iowa to Dorothy (Warntjes) and Orie Fylstra. Ronald graduated from High School in Hull, Iowa in 1957. Mr. Fylstra did active service in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1963. While in the Navy he attended San Diego State University. On August 8, 1964, he was united in marriage to Iva Jean Koele at Matlock, Iowa. There were no children born to this union.

After serving in the Navy, he worked in banking and served in various corporate managerial positions and as an Executive Director, MFA Insurance Services, Columbia, MO and as CEO of Agway Financial Services, Syracuse, NY. After his corporate career, Ronald and his wife, Iva owned and managed, Mainland Insurance Group and CMS Insurance in Kentucky, the Southeastern U.S. and in Las Vegas, NV.

Ronald served on various corporate boards, as well as on the Board of Milligan College, Johnson City, TN; Sayre Christian Village, Lexington, KY and as an Elder and Ministry Leader of churches in Lexington, KY and Las Vegas, NV.

Ronald passed away on November 18, 2012, reaching the age of 72 years, 5 months and 16 days.

He is survived by his wife, Iva; a sister, Jeanne Miersma of Palm Desert, CA; along with a nephew and many nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marilyn Jacobsma.

Lavonne Lupkes

Lavonne Lupkes, age 75 of Rock Rapids, IA died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Sanford Merrill Hospital Rock Rapids.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Father Jeff Schleisman as celebrant. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

There will be a Vigil service at 7:00 PM at the funeral home.



Benjamin “Benjy” Goldhorn

Benjamin “Benjy” Goldhorn, age 34 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA on Thursday, November 15th.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sanborn.  Rev. Gregg Johnson will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th with the family present at that time. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, November 19th prior to the memorial service.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 34 year-old Benjamin “Benjy” Goldhorn of Sanborn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: