Wendell Rensink

Wendell Rensink, 84, of Boyden, IA died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Orange City Health System.

A visitation will be held Friday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the First Reformed Church of Boyden.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30AM at First Reformed Church of Boyden with Rev. Matthew Draffen officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service in Sheridan Township Cemetery of Boyden.

Wendell Harvey Rensink, Sr., son of Iva (Stoehr) and Leonard Rensink, Sr. of Boyden, Iowa was born at home on November 23, 1927. He grew up on the Ash Shade Dairy Farm north of Boyden, Iowa and graduated from Boyden High School. He worked as a dairy farmer and later as a banker.

Wendell met his future wife Caroline Beermann at the Sheldon roller skating rink. They married at the Calumet Lutheran Church on June 18th, 1950. Following marriage they farmed on the Rensink family farm north of Boyden. Later, Wendell went into banking. He worked at Farmer’s Savings Bank in Boyden, then in 1964, he moved to the Dixon office of the First Trust and Savings Bank and later was promoted to the main office in Wheatland, Iowa. In 1975, they moved back to Boyden where the couple acquired ownership of the Farmer’s Savings Bank. Wendell and Caroline established many close friends in each town they lived in.

Wendell was the Chief Executive Officer in the bank and was active in the Boyden Foundation, his church and many civic activities. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, boating on the river and spending time with family. His greatest legacy and joy was his family and he handcrafted many beautiful pieces of furniture and other wooden items for his children and grandchildren. He and Caroline loved to take people out on their boat, the Caroliner, and enjoyed the beauty of the river.

He is survived by his children: Cynthia and Douglas Webb of Las Vegas, NV, Anita and Garth DeWulf of Wheatland, IA, Melanie and Tom Huibregtse of Fort Collins, CO, Wendell and Donna Rensink of Elbow Lake, MN and Grace Liu of Boyden, IA; 15 grandchildren: Douglas Webb Jr., Matthew and Tania Webb, Betheny and Joe Perez of Las Vegas, Megan and Dan Ross of Boyden, IA, Aaron and Candice DeWulf, Rachael and John Looney, Ariell and Matt Connelly of Wheatland, IA, Rebecca and Adam Wilhelm of Calamus, IA, Heath Rensink of Fargo, ND, Brent and Sarah Rensink of Grand Forks, ND, Lauren and Marie Huibregtse of Fort Collins, CO, Gini, Tina, and Peter Liu of Boyden, IA; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leland Rensink of Brandon SD and one sister, Anona Boone of Claremore, OK.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline; infant son, Eber Brent Rensink; brother, Leonard (Bud) Rensink, Jr. and his parents: Iva and Leonard Rensink, Sr.

Condolences may be sent at www.MFHonline.com.


Mrs. Arlyna Vande Griend

Mrs. Arlyna Vande Griend, age 85, of Hull, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, April 25, at 11:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

On April 20, 2012, after a sudden, brief illness (our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother), Arlyna Vande Griend went home to be with her heavenly Father (Lord and Savior).

Arlyna Harriet was born on December 28, 1926, the daughter of Adrian and Aartje (Mouw) Scholten. She grew up in Hull, and on September 25, 1947 she married Henry James Vande Griend.

Arlyna and Henry moved to their farm southeast of Hull, where Arlyna enjoyed homemaking, taking care of her family, working on the farm, gardening, and watching goldfinches and other birds. She also enjoyed travelling to visit her many relatives and friends. Arlyna continued to enjoy farm life, even after Henry passed away in 1993, until just 10 days before God took her home.

Arlyna is survived by four children and their spouses, Larry and Marina Vande Griend of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Linda and Wilson Brouwer of Raymond, Minnesota,; David and Betty Vande Griend of Hull; and Jason and Jennifer Vande Griend of George; a son-in-law, Eugene McCarty of Hartley; nineteen grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Martha Zandstra of Michigan; and a sister-in-law, Bernice Vande Griend of Hull.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Beverly McCarty; and three brothers and seven sisters, Jennie Berkenpas, Pauline Bliek, John Scholten, Cornelia Berkenpas, Morris Scholten, Hendrika Reyelts, Adrian Scholten, Arta Collins, Marie Sneller, and Marie Scholten.

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


Mrs. Hermina Borgman

Mrs. Hermina Borgman, age 94, of Orange City, formerly of Sioux Center, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, April 21, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church Chapel in Sioux Center. The Rev. Roger Voskuil will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:45am, at the church, led by Mrs. Ardith Wynja.

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

Hermina was born on December 9, 1917, in Orange City, the daughter of Timen and Elizabeth (Huisman) Rens. She was raised in rural Orange City, where she attended a country school.

On September 24, 1936, she married Russell Vande Brake in Orange City. They made their home in Orange City. Many years later, that marriage ended, and he has passed away.

In December of 1979, she married Melvin Borgman in Santa Maria, California. In 1980, they moved to Sioux Center, and in 1990, they moved to Orange City. “Mel” passed away on September 29, 1996. She continued living in Orange City and more recently became a resident of the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center.

Hermina enjoyed fishing, reading, playing cards, photo album displaying, and traveling. She and Mel wintered in Arizona for several years, and she had many good times with her friends and family. She was a faithful friend and a loving mother and grandmother.

Those left to cherish her memory include a son and his wife, Norlyn and Sandra Vande Brake, of Okoboji; a daughter and her husband, Twila and Kenneth Netten, of Orange City; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Vande Brake, of Sheldon; three step-children, Dean Borgman, and his wife, Karen, of Payson, Arizona; Margaret Wielenga, of Santa Maria, California; and Mary, and her husband, John Jenezic, of Tucson, Arizona; a step-daughter-in-law, Gail Borgman; five grandchildren, Troy Vande Brake, and his wife, Rachel; Steven Vande Brake, and his wife, Mary; Gail Dorn; Kyle Netten, and his wife, Jackie; and Kurt Netten; nine step-grandchildren, including Scott and Sheryl Moret, Joe and Ronda Moret, and Cody and Jennifer Moret; fifteen great-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, John and Gert Rens, of Artesia, California; and Gerald and Audrey Rens, of Escondido, California; two sisters, Helene Jasper, of Seal Beach, California; and Lois, and her husband, Virgil De Vries, of Lakewood, California; and a sister-in-law, Coba Rens, of Orange City.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Virgil Vande Brake, on October 20, 2010; a daughter-in-law, Colleen Vande Brake; a step-son, Jim Borgman; a step-son-in-law, Enno Wielenga; two grandsons, Kel and Scott Vande Brake; a step-grandson, Patrick Borgman; a brother, Bill Rens; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Jasper.

Memorials will be directed to Juvenile Diabetes and the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.

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


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.