Merlyn Richter

Merlyn Richter, age 74 of Hartley, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, IA on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Hartley. Inturnment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, IA at a later date. Rev. David Ericksen will be officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, March 2nd at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Merlyn Edwin Richter the son of Edwin and Lavina (Edwoldt) Richter was born at Granville, IA on December 6, 1937. He spent his youth living on a farm near Granville and attended school in Germantown and Paullina.

On October 4, 1964 Merlyn was united in marriage to Joyce Petersen at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, IA and to this union three sons were born; Kevin, Gary and Brian. Following their marriage they made their home in several towns including Cherokee, Germantown, Sutherland, Granville and then Hartley. During his working years Merlyn was employed in a number of different jobs which included; construction, truck driving, farm hand and the meat packing industry.

Merlyn passed away at Prairie View Nursing Home on February 29, 2012.

Merlyn’s special interests included listening to and collecting old time music and dancing. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hartley.

Merlyn is survived by his wife Joyce; three sons; Kevin (Janet) Richter of Hospers, IA, Gary (Jeanna) Richter of Hartley, IA, and Brian (Hope) Richter of Forreston, IL; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother Marlyn Richter of Granville, IA; one sister Marlys Richter of Hospers, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by both parents; a brother Virgil Richter and a sister-in-law Naomi Richter.


Theodore Pranger

Theodore Pranger, age 90, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating.

Burial will be at 9:30 A.M. Saturday at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, March 2, 2012, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan.

In Lieu of Flowers the family would like memorials directed to Alzheimer’s Research.

Theodore “Ted” Pranger was born on November 4, 1921 in rural Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of John and Jennie (Schwier) Pranger. He lived his youth in the Sibley, Iowa and Bigelow, Minnesota areas. In 1943, Ted moved with his parents to a farm in the Ocheyedan, Iowa area now known as the Willow Creek Park. He attended the same country school for all eight years of his education.
He was united in marriage to Sadie Smits of Round Lake, Minnesota, on October 26, 1944. They moved to their farm in rural Ocheyedan in 1946, where they continued to live and farm. Ted enjoyed traveling, gardening and tinkering in his shop.

He enjoyed working on his own machinery and also did electrical and plumbing work for his friends. He was the Wilson Township Clerk for 40 years. During the years of their married life, Ted and Sadie, read the entire Bible 58 times. Sadie passed away on November 12, 2002. Ted continued to live on the farm until October of 2005, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and moved to the Country View Manor in Sibley.

He was a member of the Christian Reformed Church of Ocheyedan where he served as an elder. He was a former member of the Christian Reformed Church of Bigelow, Minnesota where he served as a deacon. Ted also served as the Christian School Treasurer.

He passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Country View Manor of Sibley, Iowa.

Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter and son-in-law: Lorene and Ted Bruxvoort of Middleville, MI; two sons and daughters-in-law: John and Deb Pranger of Wyoming, MI, Bill and Renee Pranger of Ocheyedan, IA; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie, and his parents.


Marian Betten

Mrs. Marian Betten, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, March 3, at2:00pm, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon.  The Rev. Daniel Hart and the Rev. Keith Krebs will officiate.  Interment will be at the West Lawn Cemetery in OrangeCity.

Visitation will be after 4:30pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Marian Loretta (Juhl) Betten was born on October 19, 1923, on a farm in Plymouth County, near Remsen, the daughter of Christian and Mary (Mortensen) Juhl. She was baptized and confirmed in the Nazareth Lutheran Church (now Faith Lutheran) in Marcus. She attended a rural school and graduated from the Marcus High School in 1941.

Marian was united in marriage to Warren John Betten at the Nazareth Lutheran Church on March 21, 1943. They farmed in the Boyden area until 1961, when they moved south of Carnes. They retired to Orange City in December of 1999. Warren passed away on December 11, 2005, in Remsen, after 62 years of marriage.

On September 29, 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Betten became members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Esther Circle. In later years, she also worshipped at the American Reformed Church in Orange City, where their pastor called on her many times. She often prayed to the Lord for help, even when backing a load of grain into the machine shed when a storm was coming or hooking onto wagons.

Marian was a true farmers’ wife, always helping her husband, whatever the work would be, from going to the field with a tractor, to the barn with a shovel, to helping with livestock, and to mowing the lawn on her Dixon mower. Many stories were told about these jobs. She and Warren enjoyed working side by side, even bringing coffee along to the field.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, always ready to help anyone when needed, and doing it with a smile and a hug. Her family was the love of her life. Her daughter was her pride and joy and was taught to help with all the farm work. After moving to town and Warren’s death, to keep her hands busy, she started making quilts for her family and has completed one for each member.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and her husband, Sandra and Alvin J. Nibbelink, of Orange City; two granddaughters and their husbands, Rhonda and Dwaine Tiedemann, of Canton, South Dakota, and Lynette and Alan Lems, of Doon; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton Lems, and his wife, Brittany, and Sable Lems, all of Doon.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Bleasdell Riter, Della Gray, and Irma Garvin; and a brother, Howard Juhl.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice and the Health System Hospital.


Tillie Anema

Tillie Anema, age 94 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn. Rev. Daniel Donovan will be officiating.

Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd at the CHURCH with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening.  Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Tillie Anema, the daughter of John and Tillie (Hop) Dirksen was born at Lebanon, Iowa on August 12 1917. She grew up in various Sioux County communities and attended the Lebanon Christian School.

Tillie was united in marriage to Fred Anema on March 5, 1939 at the Lebanon Christian Reformed Church in Lebanon, Iowa. Following their marriage they lived and farmed in several communities including Ireton, Sanborn, Sheldon, Melvin and Sibley. They retired in Sanborn in 1981 and moved together to Prairie View in April 2004. Fred passed away April 25, 2004. Tillie went to her heavenly home peacefully on February 29, 2012.

Tillie is survived by her 11 children: Kathryn and Charles Vaandrager of Sheldon, IA., John and Karen Anema of Sanborn, IA. , Paul and Trudy Anema of Sanborn, IA. , Thresa and Harlyn Jacobsma of Orange City, IA. , Vernon (Vern) and Sharlene Anema of Sioux Falls, S.D., Frederick (Fred) and Faye Anema of Sanborn, IA. , Robert (Bob) and Marsha Anema of Sanborn, IA. , James(Jim) and Jane Anema of Sioux Center, IA. , Marvin (Marv) and Carol Anema of Sanborn, IA. , Jeffrey (Jeff) Anema of Alton, IA. , and Sandra and Patrick Ferrie of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 46 grandchildren; 98 great- grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 4 step- great-grandchildren; one sister Hermina and Bud Jansma of Seal Beach, CA. ; one brother William(Bill) and Ila Dirksen of Ripon, CA.; two sister-in-laws: Minnie Dirksen of Ripon, CA. and Josie and Ben Mulder of Pella, IA. and brother-in-law Clarence Anema of Ireton, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, parents, 7 brothers, 4 sisters and 1 great-grandchild.

Tillie was a member of the Cornerstone United Reformed Church of Sanborn, IA. She was active in Church and Christian School activities. Tillie delighted in her children and grandchildren and they in turn loved her.

Tillie’s home had an “open door” policy. Many friends and family over the years found a warm and welcome place to visit because of her hospitality. Her warmth did not end there. Over the years she made many friends because of her loving and caring nature.


Lorene Hartmann

Lorene Hartmann, age 96 of Hartley, IA passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, IA on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, IA. Rev. Jeff Filkins will be officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, March 2nd at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Lorene (Riessen) Hartmann the daughter of Paul and Agnes (Dittmer) Riessen was born on August 27, 1915 at Hartley, Iowa. She spent her childhood years living on a farm in Lincoln Township and attended country school, which was located about two miles from her home, through her eighth grade year. She then attended Hartley High School where she graduated in 1933. Following her graduation she continued to live at home with her parents and held jobs which included cleaning homes in Hartley, working at Meiske’s Produce, and then later keeping books for Worthmore Produce in Hartley.

On January 15, 1944 she was united in marriage to Amos Hartmann in the Everly Lutheran Church Parsonage. Following their marriage they lived on a farm located northeast of Hartley. In 1953 they purchased a farm which is now owned by Ray and Donna Ahlers, on which they lived and raised their two sons Terry and Rick. In 1969 they moved to Hartley where Lorene continued to live until 2003 when she entered Community Memorial Assisted Living.

She passed away at Community Memorial Health Center on February 28, 2012. Lorene was an excellent card player and particularly enjoyed the games of bridge, 500 and Benny. She was a longtime member of the United Church of Christ in Hartley.

Lorene is survived by her two sons Terry (Carol) Hartmann and Rick (Deb) Hartmann both of Minneapolis, MN, five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Amos, sister Luverna Meehlhause, and brother Raymond Riessen.


Joan M. Hansmann

Joan M. Hansmann, age 75, of George, IA, died Monday, February 27, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in George, IA with Rev. Tony Metz officiating.

Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 1st from 2 – 8 p.m. with family present from 6 – 8 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home in George, IA.

Joan Marie Hansmann was born September 12, 1936 near George, IA the daughter of Ida (Schoonhoven). She was raised near George and attended Country School and graduated from George High School. She was baptized at Zoar Presbyterian Church. On February 14, 1956 she was united in marriage to Marlyn Hansmann at Zoar Presbyterian Church. She later joined the Immanuel Lutheran Church. They lived on the family farm north of George. The couple was blessed with four children. Marlyn passed away in 1984 and Joan moved to town in 1988. After Joan’s children were raised and gone from home she began working and held several positions in the community including the Tarko Doll Company and cleaning at the George State Bank. She enjoyed her retirement keeping up with family and friends. Just a few months ago, Joan moved from her home in George to Premier Estates in Rock Rapids. As a result of declining health, she moved to Good Samaritan Center in George. This past Monday Joan passed away at the hospital in Rock Rapids at the age of 75. She loved her church and she loved her family dearly. She enjoyed visiting with her children and grandchildren very much. Her grandchildren will always remember the many cards and letters she wrote to them. She will be greatly missed.

Joan is survived by son, Darvin (Karel) Hansmann of Thornton, CO; daughters, Marla (Randy) Van Briesen of George, IA and Debra Allen of Sheldon, IA; and son, Mark (Darcy) Hansmann of George, IA; 10 grandchildren, Jason and Jared Hansmann, Adam, Nathan and Mitchell Van Briesen, Kristin and Kayla Allen, Dana, Emily and Joshua Hansmann; and great-grandson, Jaxson Hansmann.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ida Schoonhoven; her husband of nearly 30 years, Marlyn; special aunt, Tillie Schoonhoven; father-in-law, Alfred Hansmann; mother-in-law, Alvina Hansmann and sister-in-law, LaVonne Molitor.