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.


Robert Stallman

Robert Stallman, age 80 of Hartley, IA passed away at his home in Hartley, IA on Monday, February 27, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Hartley. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, IA. Fr. Tim Hogan will be officiating.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 1st 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. Thursday evening.

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Robert John Stallman, the son of Vincent and Margaret (Niichel) Stallman was born near Hospers, IA on November 29, 1931. He spent his younger years on a farm near Hospers and moved with his family to rural Everly, IA in 1944. He was drafted into the United States Army on November 4, 1953 and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged on November 3, 1955.

On November 22, 1961 he was united in marriage to Jennie TenBraak at Luverne, MN. To this union one son was born, Pete. Following their marriage the couple resided on a farm north of Hartley for 27 years where they were engaged in farming together. The couple moved to Hartley in 1988, but he continued to get up everyday and go back to the farm and spend time with his granddaughter. Robert passed away at his home on February 27, 2012 with his family by his side.

He had two special interests in life, one was farming and the other was his granddaughter Emily. He awoke early everyday to get started doing both. He loved being at the farm in the morning and watching Emily get on the bus to go to school.

Robert is survived by his wife Jennie of 50 years; one son Pete (Charlene) Stallman and their daughter Emily of rural Everly, IA; other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers: Arnold and Richard Stallman.

Eugene Te Grotenhuis

Eugene Te Grotenhuis, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, February 29, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Wednesday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the funeral home.

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Warren W. Van Denplas

Warren W. Van Denplas, age 88 of Rock Rapids, IA died Friday, February 24, 2012 at Royal C. Johnson Veteran’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 28th at Tabernacle Baptist Church in George, IA, with Rev. Bryan Anderson officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids, IA.

Visitation will be Monday, February 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Tabernacle Baptist Church in George.

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

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Maxine Ruyter

Maxine Ruyter, age 96, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

Funeral Services will be Monday, February 27, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon. Rev. Marvin Lindley officiating. Burial in Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, Iowa.

Friends may visit with the family from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M on Monday, prior to the Funeral Service.

Maxine Mildred Ruyter was born on July 13, 1915, in Hull, Iowa. She was the daughter of Frank A. and Maud F. (Shutter) Miller. She lived her youth in Hull, Iowa where she attended school.

She was united in marriage to Henry Ruyter of Boyden, Iowa on April 22, 1937 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They lived in Boyden, Iowa where Maxine was a homemaker. They later moved to Sheldon, Iowa. Henry and Maxine spent 22 winters in Texas. Henry passed away on September 27, 1997.

Maxine moved to Fieldcrest in Sheldon in 2004. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, Bingo, and being involved in the activities at Fieldcrest. When she was younger she enjoyed dancing and playing cards.

She passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children: Sharon and husband John Miller of Yulee, FL, Marilyn and husband James Koerselman of Boyden, IA, Diane and husband Rich Bailey of Sioux City, IA, Farrell Ruyter of Satsuma, FL, Brent Ruyter of Spirit Lake, IA; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, her parents, one grandson and her siblings.

Robert Heiliger

Robert Heiliger age 81 of Sibley, IA died Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, with Father John Vakulskas as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Monday, February 27th from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley. There will be a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.

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