Betty Marco

Betty Marco

Betty Marco, age 76, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Sanford Hospice in Worthington, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley. Father John Vakulskas officiating. Burial in St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, February 15, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. Catholic Daughters of America Rosary will be at 5:00 P.M. with Scriptural Wake Service at 7:00 P.M. Family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

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The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and in charge of arrangements for Betty Marco.

Gwen Meester

Gwen Meester, age 43 of Ellsworth, MN died as the result of an extended illness Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at her home in Ellsworth, MN surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 at Bethel Reformed Church at Little Rock, IA with Rev. Matt Miller, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Bethel Reformed Cemetery at Little Rock.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 14th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

Gwendolen Denise Meester was born March 1, 1969 in Ft. Meade, Maryland to Wendell and Mildred (Gertsma) DeBeer. She was raised and educated in George, IA and graduated from George High School in 1987. On October 22, 1988 she was united in marriage to Larry Meester at Bethel Reformed Church. The couple first made their home in Rock Rapids and in 1989 they moved to George. In 1991 they moved to Ellsworth, MN. Gwen and Larry welcomed their daughter Samantha in 1993 and their son Riley in 1997. Gwen worked for K-Products, Chase Bag Company and upon moving to Ellsworth, she worked for Parkview Manor. After working at Parkview for 10 years she went back to school and earned her LPN degree. Gwen went to work for Rock Rapids Health Centre in October of 2002 as a Nurse/Social Services Director. She loved her work very much. It was a great fit for her because of the natural gift she had for hospitality, compassion and being a wonderful caregiver. She remained at the Health Centre until declining health forced her to stop working in December of 2012. She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church of Little Rock, IA. She enjoyed gardening, camping, games of many kinds, and especially card games. Gwen loved company and always looked forward to hosting friends and family in her home. This past Tuesday, February 12, 2013 she passed away at her home, surrounded by family. She will be greatly missed.

Gwen is survived by her husband of twenty-four years, Larry Meester of Ellsworth, MN; daughter, Samantha Meester and fiancé Gaje Sammons of Sioux Falls, SD; son, Riley Meester, of Ellsworth, MN; and honorary daughter, Anne Reschke of Berlin, Germany; parents, Wendell and Millie DeBeer of George, IA; sisters, Michelle (Scott) Timmer of Rock Rapids, IA; and Becky (Mark) Stueven of George, IA; parents-in-law Gary and Judy Meester of Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law Dawn (Michael) Van Den Top of Rock Rapids, IA; brother-in-law Dominic (James) Meester of Sioux Falls, SD; nieces Kate Timmer of Rock Rapids, IA; Ashley Stueven of George, IA; nephews, Jessy Stueven and Gregory Stueven, both of George, IA; Christopher Van Den Top of Edina, MN; and Jonathon Van Den Top of Sioux Falls, SD; and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Otto and Ida DeBeer and Harry and Grace Gertsma; and Uncle Dennis DeBeer.


Joanne Lopez

Joanne Lopez, age 75 of Marshalltown, IA and formerly of Hartley, IA, passed away at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA, on Monday, January  21, 2013.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11:30 a.m. at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley, with Rev. Jeff Filkins officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.  Inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley.

The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 75 year-old Joanne Lopez of Marshalltown, IA and formerly of Hartley, IA.

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Cheryl Ann Van Den Top

Cheryl Ann Van Den Top, age 63 of Doon, IA died Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA with Rev. Donald Baker officiating. Inurnment will take place prior to the service at the Doon Cemetery in Doon, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids, IA.

In lieu of flowers, family wishes memorials be directed to Lyon County Hospice and American Cancer Society.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, George Van Den Top of Doon, IA; son, Paul Van Den Top of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Missy (Jayd) Borman of Rock Rapids, IA; and Derek (Amy) Van Den Top of Sioux Falls, SD; 3 grandchildren, Reese Borman, Wyatt Van Den Top and Cameron Borman; sisters, Sandra Schar of Sioux Falls, SD and Linda Vogel of Sioux City, IA; brother, Dr. Randall (Cynthia) Stange of Orange City, IA; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Florence Van Zyl

Florence Van Zyl, age 95, of Orange City, entered the presence of the Lord on Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital following a brief illness.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 9, at 11:00am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers.  The Rev. David Powers will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Newkirk Cemetery.  There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:45am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday at the funeral home.  The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday after the service at the church.

Alvin J. Full

Alvin J. Full, 85 years old, of Alton, IA,died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Orange City Area Health System Hospital in Orange City.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton with Rev. Terry Roder officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Alton.  Graveside military honors will be conducted by Floyd Post 200 American Legion.  Visitation will be any time after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2012.  There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.  Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  Condolences may be sent online to

Alvin was born Oct. 27, 1927, at Taunton, MN, the son of Arthur and Clara (Bunkers) Full.  In March of 1928 he moved with his family to near Granville where he received his primary education at St. JosephCatholicSchool in Granville.  In 1942 they moved to near Alton where he received his secondary education at St. Mary’s Academy in Alton from which he graduated in 1945.  He was engaged in farming with his father.  On April 24, 1951, he entered the US Army, serving during the Korean War, being discharged April 8, 1953.  He then returned to Alton and farming.

On Aug. 23, 1954, he married Delores Berding at Marcus, IA.  They made their home near Alton where they farmed until retiring and moving into Alton in 1988.

Alvin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Floyd Post 200 American Legion.  Past member of St. Mary’s Church Board, Spalding School Board and Alton Co-op Elevator Board.

Survivors include: his wife, Delores of Alton; two daughters, Kathy (Pat) Beck of Spencer, IA, Christy (Harold) Harson of Everly, IA; four sons, Steve (Nancy) of Norfolk, NE, Tony (Kris), Jerry (Nichole) all of Alton, Dan (Diane) of Royal, IA; 20) grandchildren; 14) great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inez Reichle of Alton, Jane (David) Croatt of Sibley, IA; three sisters-in-law, Alberta Full of Canby, MN, Charlene Full of Owatonna, MN, Lana Full of Stewartstown, PA.

Preceded by: his parents, five brothers, Ferdinand, Raymond, Jim, Mark and Art, one sister, Barbara Langenhorst.

Casket Bearers will be Matt Beck, Eric Full, Jason Full, Brian Christianson, Riley Full, Austin Full, Brandon Full.