John B. Strack

John B. Strack, age 93 of Pocahontas, formerly of Paullina, passed away on Thursday, March 22 at the Arlington Place of Pocahontas, Iowa.

Funeral service will be Monday March 26th at 11am at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Pocahontas, with Pastor Paul Bengtson officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Pocahontas.

John Benson Strack was born May 28, 1918, in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He was the son of Jacob and Anna (Benson) Strack. He graduated from Paullina High School in 1936. John enlisted in the U.S. Army – Air Core during WW II, where he served as a flight instructor. Following his military service, John attended the University of Iowa where he earned a Master of Arts Degree. On June 16, 1949, John married Marilyn Weems in Paullina. The couple lived in Manchester for 3 years where John taught all levels of school art. In 1953, they moved to Primghar. In O’Brien county, John pioneered a county wide teaching program where he traveled to 22 rural and 10 town schools, teaching elementary and junior high art courses. In 1977, John and Marilyn moved to Paullina and in 1979, John retired from teaching art after 26 years of service. Marilyn passed away in 2003.

John was a member of the Paullina Presbyterian Church, American Legion and Lions Club. He served on the Paullina Library Board and the O’Brien County Conservation Board. He enjoyed painting and traveling with Marilyn with their camper and RV. John especially enjoyed his grand and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughter, Patricia (Perkins) Patton of Las Cruces, NM; sons, Steven (Michelle) Strack of Papillion, NE and William (Kirsten) Strack of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Travis (Holly) Strack, Tiffani Strack, Elizabeth (Douglas) McGraw; Nicole (Brian) Tjaden and Kyle (RaeAnn) Strack; great-grandchildren, Jacob & Madison Strack; Katelyn, Ashley & Joseph Strack; Cierra, Amelia & Kaydence McGraw; Cade & Ava Tjaden, and Bentley Strack and a sister, Marian DePoister of Chandler, AZ.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marilyn

Powers Funeral Home of Pocahontas is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences and obituaries, visit


Bertha H. Vander Stoep

Mrs. Bertha Vander Stoep, age 96, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, March 26, at 3:00pm, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 2:00pm, 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.

Bertha Henrietta was born on June 1, 1915, in rural Orange City, the daughter of Henry and Dena (Reinders) Vellinga. She was raised in the Carnes and Middleburg areas.

On February 15, 1937, she married Roy Arthur Vander Stoep in Middleburg. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker. Roy passed away on August 19, 1994, after more than 57 years of marriage.

In 2008, she moved into the Heritage House, after spending some time at both the Pioneer Memorial Home and Landsmeer Ridge Assisted Living, both in Orange City.

Mrs. Vander Stoep was a very active member of Trinity Reformed Church and the community. Throughout her life she was an avid reader, and she enjoyed discussing world events and politics. She was an excellent seamstress and made many clothes for her daughters, herself and others. She treasured every moment spent with the family. For over 50 years she was a member of the Birthday Club, whose focus was good desserts, good coffee, and great friendships.

Survivors include her two daughters and their husbands, Francine and Marvin Muilenburg, of Orange City; and Diane and Dr. Tim Daniels, of Storm Lake; five grandchildren, Lacey and Matt Jones, of Vernal, Utah; Cora and Matthew Brumlow, of Chicago, Illinois; and Caleb and Amy Vander Broek, Renee Vander Broek, and Michael Vander Broek, and his fiancé, Hannah Bus, all of Orange City; nine great-grandchildren, Sean Muilenburg, Patrick Muilenburg, Kayden and Avery Jones, Cole and Kendall Vande Brake, and Taylor, Christian, and Jaxon Vander Broek; two brothers and their wives, Rodney and Irene Vellinga, of Orange City; and Robert and Mona Vellinga, of Texas; two sisters-in-law, Mary Vellinga and Joy Vellinga Kreykes; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Thomas Vander Broek; a grandson, Matthew Muilenburg; two brothers, John and Harvey Vellinga; and three sisters, Wilma Klopfenstein, Nell Mouw, and Helen Korver.

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Peyton Marie Block

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Peyton Marie Block, age 3 of Sibley, IA passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Mass Of The Holy Angels will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, March 23rd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Father John Vakulskas and Father Tim Hogan concelebrating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 22nd from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, with a Vigil service starting at 7:30 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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Peyton Marie Block was born September 13, 2008 at The Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Brad and Lisa (Thiesse) Block. Peyton lived in Sibley, IA. She was very well known by her pretty blue eyes and her long eye lashes. She could brighten anyone’s day by her presence in the room. She loved going for walks feeling the breeze across her face, listening to music, watching and listening to her puppy “Remi” play outside, playing dress-up with mom’s help, and going to pre-school this year by “skyping” on the computer with her friends. For such a little girl who endured many obstacles in her life she made a great impact on many of our lives in such a short time. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends on many occasions.

After many health complications Peyton passed away this past Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the age of 3.

She is survived by her parents, Brad and Lisa Block of Sibley, IA; grandparents, Mike and Andrea Block, Shari and Tony Batcheller, Lavonne Thiesse, Ron and Connie Thiesse, great-grandparents, Irven and Judy Block, Erma Winter, Colleen Holtrop, Eugene Holtrop; great-great-grandma, Mary Holtrop; aunts and uncles, Matt and Crystal Block, Kelly and Sally Forrester, Paige and Parker Edgington, Bridget, Brooke, Megan, Michaela, Michael Block, Laura Thiesse, Steve Swart, Lindsey, Cody, Marco and Lacey Thiesse, Special friends Karen Johnson, Kay Wynia and Kylee Zinn; and many other extended family.

Richard Van Meeteren

Richard Van Meeteren, age 87, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon.

Memorial Services will be Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. David Brower officiating. Graveside Service will be 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 21, at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 20, 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.

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Irene De Young

Irene De Young age 89 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Sunday, March 18, 2012.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 21st at 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Melvin. Rev. Al Honken will be officiating.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20th at the Sanborn Funeral home Chapel with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.   Inurnment will be at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin at a later date.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 89 year old Irene De Young of Sanborn.

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Harlyn “Doc” Raymond

Harlyn “Doc” Raymond age 86 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sanborn. Rev. Gregg Johnson will be officiating.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19th at the Sanborn Funeral home Chapel with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening.  Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 86 year old Harlyn “Doc” Raymond of Sanborn.

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