Berdella DeBoer

Berdella De Boer age 95 of Hills, MN died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, MN.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday July 26, 2012 at United Reformed Church in Hills, MN with Rev. Doug Barnes officiating.

Burial will follow at United Reformed Church Cemetery in Hills.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 25 from 2 to 8 P.M. with family present from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, MN.

Berdella Vander Meulen was born October 31, 1916 at Orange City, IA to Edward and Alice Vander Meulen. Berdella grew up in the Sioux Center, Orange City, Alton and Ocheyedan areas. She worked at home and helped pick corn by hand, milking and housework. Berdella married Frank De Boer on February 20, 1940 at her parents’ home. They began their married life at Rock Rapids, IA and moved to Sanborn, Ocheyedan and back to Sanborn. In 1944 Frank and Berdella began farming and lived on farms by Harris, Round Lake and Lake Park before moving to Hills, MN. Berdella worked at the Tuff Memorial Home to help pay for Christian School tuition. She moved to the Tuff Village in April 2002 and entered the Tuff memorial Home in March 2006. While at the nursing home Berdella made many friends, welcomed new residents, read the Bible and prayed with the residents. She passed away July 22, 2012.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Charles (Rheta) De Boer of Hills, MN, Erwin (Faith) De Boer of Hills, MN, Mary (Allen) Van Raalte of Sioux Falls, SD, Alma (Erwin) Kooistra of Rock Valley, IA, Burdett (Butch)De Boer of Alvord, IA, Mina Brandt of Remsen, IA, Carmen (Greg) Dougherty Valley Springs, SD; 24 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Alan (Norma) Vander Meulen of Ocheyedan, IA; sister, Louise (Ervin) Smidt of Artesia, CA; several foster children including, April Anderson of Worthington, MN and Joel McKnelly of Sioux Falls, SD; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; two brothers, Roy Vander Meulen and Edward Van der Meulen; and two sisters, Nelvina Bergsma and Mildred Eversdyke.

In lieu of flowers family wished donations be directed to the Hills Christian School.

Mr. Donald Raak

Mr. Donald Raak, age 91, of Hospers, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, July 23, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Milton Sikkema will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hospers Cemetery. There will be a prayer service on Monday at 10:00am at the church.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

A complete obituary is available at

Henry “Hank” Steensma

Henry “Hank” Steensma, age 88 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, IA on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn. Rev. Todd DeRooy will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24th with the family present from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 88 year old Henry “Hank” Steensma of Sanborn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Agnes O. Jackley

Agnes O. Jackley, 98 of Duarte, CA, formerly of Watertown, SD and Ashton, IA, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Santa Teresita Manor in Duarte, CA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2012 St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service at the church.

Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ashton.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of Ashton, Iowa is handling services.

Helen Schroder

Helen Schroder, age 92, of Sibley, IA died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012 at First Reformed Church in Sibley, IA with Rev. Gary Van Heukelom, officiating. Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery at Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 18th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Robert “Bob” Doherty

Robert “Bob” Doherty, age 53 of Larchwood died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Sanford Hospice Foundation Cottage in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, with Father Jeff Schleisman as celebrant. Burial will follow at Larchwood Cemetery in Larchwood, IA.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood.  There will be a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. that evening.  The Jurrens Funeral Home of Larchwood is handling arrangements.