Rosella Alons

Rosella Alons, age 79, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Rev. Troy Van Beek officiating. Burial in Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn, Iowa.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 22 from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Rosella Alons was born on July 17, 1932 in Osceola County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Herman and Nancy (Fransen) Rook. She lived her youth in rural Osceola County and attended Melvin Community School. She also attended Sheldon Community School where she graduated from high school.

Rosella was united in marriage to Lester E. Doorenbos of Boyden, Iowa in March of 1954. Lester died in August of 1956.

Rosella was united in marriage to Arthur Alons of Sheldon, Iowa on November 5, 1975 at the Congregational Church in Sheldon. They lived in Sheldon.

Rosella worked at Bell Telephone for a few years before she was married to Lester. She later worked for the Sheldon Public School for many years and then J.C. Penney’s in Sheldon for many years, retiring in the early 1980’s.

She enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, cooking, baking, traveling, and especially gardening. Arthur and Rosella went to Texas in the winter for 15 years, where they learned to square dance, which they really enjoyed.

She passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband: Arthur Alons of Sheldon, IA; her son: Steven Dean and Diane Doorenbos of Owatonna, MN; her daughter: Sandra Sue and John Mahosky of Currie, NC; step-children: Dianna and Calvin Van Beek of Sheldon, IA, David and Naty Alons of Las Vegas, NV, Edward and Sheryl Alons of Sheldon, IA, Dawn Kreck of Eagle Grove, IA; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; one twin brother: Robert and Phyllis Rook of Sheldon, IA; one sister-in-law: Tillie Rook of Rock Valley, IA; one brother-in-law: Sylvester “Bud” Harmelink of Melvin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Lester Doorenbos; her parents; 2 brothers: Henry Rook and Wilbur Rook; one sister: Nancy Harmelink.

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


Helen H. Reekers

Helen H. Reekers, age 99, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her service will be 10:30am Saturday, April 21, 2012 at United Methodist Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Marvin Lindley ~ officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be prior to the service on Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Sheldon.

Helen Harriett Reekers, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Frohwein) Hosch was born October 27, 1912 on her parent’s farm in Sheldon, Iowa. She received her education and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1928, at the age of 15. She went on to attend Sheldon Junior College for two years and then taught at country school in Floyd Township. On August 18, 1933, she was united in marriage to William (Bill) Reekers in Trenton, Missouri. After their marriage the couple lived in Detroit, Michigan for two years before moving to Hospers, Iowa to start farming. The couple farmed for 13 years and after their two children were born, they moved to Denver, Colorado for their special education. After twelve years in Colorado, they returned to farming, moving back to Sheldon, to the family farm northeast of Sheldon, where they remained for the rest of their lives. Her husband preceded her in death on October 14, 2007 in Sheldon. Helen remained on the family farm and had made her home at Fieldcrest Assisted Living and for the past few months at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon. She passed away at Senior Care on Saturday, April 14, 2012 reaching the age of 99 years, 5 months and 17 days.

She was a loyal member of the United Methodist Church in Sheldon. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, playing bridge and spending quality time with her expanding family.

Those left to cherish her memories are a daughter, Karen Peter of St. Charles, Missouri; a son, Merle and wife, Susan Reekers of St. Louis, Missouri; five grandchildren, Cindy Walker, Marita Schuler, Scott and David Reekers, Mark and wife, Jeriann Peter, five great grandchildren, Jessica (Walker) and husband, Coleman Mallicoat, Brandon Walker, Coleton Schuler, Alexandria and Andrew Peter, one great-great granddaughter, Madison Mallicoat; also other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: www.vanderploegfunerals.com


Dorothy Smook

Dorothy Smook, age 81 of Doon, IA died Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 17th at United Methodist Church in Doon, IA, with Rev. Steven Swensen officiating.

Visitation will be Monday, April 16th 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.

A complete online obituary is available at www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.


Margaret M. Boone

Margaret M. Boone, age 86, of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Prairie View Retirement Home in Sanborn, Iowa.

Her service will be 11:00 A.M.  Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Boyden, Iowa with Rev. Matthew Draffen ~ officiating.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10:15 A.M. at the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden.

Visitation will be Monday, April 16, 2012 after 4:00pm with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Margaret Marie Boone, the daughter of Jacob and Anna (De Koning) De Zeeuw was born December 27, 1925 on the family farm near Sheldon, Iowa. She received her education at a Sioux County country school. On February 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Erwin K. Boone at his parent’s family farm home in Sioux County, Iowa. They made their home on a farm southeast of Boyden. They retired from farming in 1991 and the couple moved into Boyden. Her husband preceded her in death on December 13, 1999 in Sheldon. Margaret continued to make her home in Boyden and moved to the Prairie View Retirement Home in Sanborn in January of 2012. She passed at Prairie View on Friday April 13, 2012, reaching the age of 86 years, 3 months and 16 days.

She was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church in Boyden and was active in her church by teaching catechism, Sunday school and singing with the Senior Saints. She volunteered at Village Northwest and enjoyed spending time with her family and gardening.

Margaret is survived by four children and their families; Dianne and her husband, Tom Mathias of Flagstaff, Arizona and her children, Angi Hasenbank  and her son, Kaine Rolbiecki, Jason and Lucas Hasenbank; Sherry Schomaker of Sheldon, Iowa and her children, Brian and his wife, Wendy and their daughter, Alyx; Matt and his wife, Dawn and Amber and her husband, Travis Martin and their children, Elli and Gage; Renee and her husband, Galen Van Velzen of Sheldon, Iowa and their children, Nicole Van Velzen and Hilary and her husband, Daniel Engelsman and their children, Blake, Reese and Josie; Ken and his wife, Linda Boone of Sheldon and their children, Michelle and Ross Boone; brothers and sisters, Kathryn Oldenkamp, Lorraine and his wife, Hermina De Zeeuw; Joyce and her husband, Pete Smit; Ken and his wife, Elaine De Zeeuw and Cliff and his wife, Arleen De Zeeuw also other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, son-in-law, Bruce Schomaker; her parents, brothers and sisters, Paul De Zeeuw, Klaas De Zeeuw, Jacob De Zeeuw Jr., Delia Van Zee, Ann Blumeyer, Howard De Zeeuw, Kathryn in infancy and two infant brothers.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com


Tillie Roskam

Tille Roskam, age 92 of Rock Rapids, IA died Friday, April 13, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 17th at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Dan Haggar and Rev. Katie Van Veldhuizen officiating.

Burial will follow at the River View Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Monday, April 16th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the First Reformed Church of Rock Rapids.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

Tillie Edna Roskam was born October 8, 1919 at Estelline, South Dakota, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Jonker) Schoeneman. At the age of five years she moved with her family to Ellsworth, MN. She started school there and later moved to various rural areas and attended country schools. In 1935 the family moved to Rock Rapids where she graduated from Wilson High School in Rock Rapids, IA.

Tillie was united in marriage to Dick Roskam on May 1, 1940 in Rock Rapids, IA. She was employed at Vander Wilt Hospital, Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, and Rock Rapids Health Care Centre. She helped her husband on many moving jobs and bookkeeping for Roskam Transportation.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church, active with Dorcus Circle and adult Sunday school. She was a member of “The Golden Age Club” and helped deliver “Meals on Wheels” for several years. She enjoyed general sewing, playing Dominos and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband and traveling with family. She will be remembered as a strong, loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Dean (Mary) Roskam of Red Wing, MN and Harvey Eugene (Nettie) Roskam of Rock Rapids, IA; seven grandchildren, Richard (Denise) Roskam of Rock Rapids, IA, Dawn (Mike) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD, Lee (Annette) Roskam of Newark, DE, Janelle (Garrett) Jaenke of Iowa Falls, IA, Katy Roskam of Woodbury, MN, Molly (Monty) Nelson of Bend, OR and Noelle Roskam (fiancée, Sean Bibus) Great Falls, MT; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mavis Herman of Luverne, MN; and many other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Roskam; parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Schoeneman; two brothers, Harvey and Dick Schoeneman; and one sister, Grace DeBeer.

A complete obituary is available at www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.


William Hesebeck

William Hesebeck, age 51, of Orange City, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Memorial services will be at 10:30am Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Daniel Hart officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be at 9:00am Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2012 after 3:00pm with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

William Lee Hesebeck, the son of Albert and Dorothy (Blackmore) Hesebeck was born July 31, 1960 in Sheldon, Iowa, where he received his education. Bill drove truck for Smoken Lux/Meerdink Inc. out of Middleburg, Iowa for several years. He passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa reaching the age of 51 years, 8 months and 10 days.

He was a past member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon. He was an active member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his three children, a son and his wife, Josh and Annie Hesebeck of Granville, Iowa; and two daughters, Heather Hesebeck and her fiancé, Erice Franke of Sheldon, Iowa and Traci and her husband, Jeremy Simich of Alton, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, Austin, Aidan, Issac, Izabelle, Lucian, Layla, Jaccob, Erika, Landon, Blake, Andrew, Cayden John and Keagan; a sister, Catherine Lode of Fort Worth, Texas; a brother and his wife, Michael and Brenda Hesebeck of Springfield, Missouri and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Dennis, Lennis and Robert Hesebeck; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.vanderploegfunerals.com