Louise DeVries

Louise DeVries, age 90 of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Sanborn, passed away at her son’s home in Mesa on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Sanborn.  Rev. Gary Hegstad will be officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is assisting the family with the arrangements for 90 year-old Louise DeVries of Mesa,AZ, formerly of Sanborn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Banjo Martin Kruger

Banjo Martin Kruger, age 87, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Country View Manor of Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. Burial in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

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The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Banjo Martin Kruger.

Erika Place

Erika Place, age 84 of Sibley, IA, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, November 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Burial will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 3rd at Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, IA. Family and friend will gather at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley at 1:30 PM to travel in procession to the cemetery.


Norma Joyce Firkins

Norma Joyce Firkins, age 88, of Washburn, WI and formerly of Alta Vista, Iowa, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. She was born October 10, 1924 in Sheldon, Iowa, the daughter of Herbert Otto & Ida (Harms) Saupe.

Norma graduated from Archer Consolidated High School in Archer, Iowa in 1942 and later graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, with a BS degree in Dietetics in 1946. She married George Firkins on June 16, 1946. Norma had a lifelong interest in music and often accompanied high school students with their instrumental solos. For nearly 50 years she was the church organist for five different churches while they lived in Iowa and Illinois. In 1972, Norma began oil and watercolor painting and later taught oil painting. She also enjoyed being a homemaker, bird watching and she always had a beautiful flower garden. She even won several awards for both her flowers and her oil paintings.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Tim) Kane – Washburn, a son, George (Sherry) Firkins – Westlake Village, Calif., 2 granddaughters, Katherine and Christine Firkins, a sister, Donna (Carl) Struve- Sheldon, IA, a brother, Paul (Betsy) Saupe – Solon, IA, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Randall Firkins, a sister, Carol and a brother, Donald.

A memorial service will be held 1:30 PM, Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, 309 Harriman Ave. Archer, IA. Pastor Cory Flanigan will officiate.

The Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn, WI is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista, IA or to your local food pantry.

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Corinne A. Philiph

Corinne A. Philiph age 80 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday October 23, 2012 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, with Reverend James Berka officiating. Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 25th from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley.

Corinne Ann Philiph was born in Sioux City, IA on January 19, 1932, the daughter of Darrel and Helen (Fields) Putnam of Ponca, NE. She grew up in Ponca, NE and attended and graduated from Ponca High School in 1949. After graduating she went to Wayne State Teachers College for two years. Following her teacher training she taught school in Correctionville, IA for a couple years and then moved to Sibley, IA, where she taught third grade. While teaching in Sibley Corinne then met Eugene Philiph and they were later married on August 15, 1954 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ponca, NE. To this union four children were born, Jeffrey, Douglas, SueAnn and Darcy. Corinne was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley and was very active as a Sunday school teacher and the church circle. She very much enjoyed bowling, golfing, going to Music and Theater Productions, and attending her grandchildren’s activities. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years, Eugene Philiph of Sibley; four children, Jeffrey (Ann) Philiph of St. Louis, MO, Douglas (Marcia) Philiph of Des Moines, IA, SueAnn (Thomas) Jankowski of Clinton, IA, and Darcy (Robert) Ney of Sibley; eight grandchildren, Hannah and Rachel Philiph of St. Louis, MO, Amanda and Samantha Philiph of Des Moines, IA, Sean, Isaac and Jacob Jankowski of Clinton, IA, and Christina Loverde of Sibley; three great-grandchildren, Arianna, Brenna and Bentley of Sibley; brother, Thomas (Julie) Putnam of Seattle, WA; sister, Sallie (Lonny) Book of South Sioux City, IA; sister-in-law, Sonja Putnam of Norfolk, NE; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marcia and her husband John Peterson; and a brother, Dr. Jon Putnam.

In lieu of flowers memorial are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.


Joan M. Whitsell

Joan M. Whitsell, age 48, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at her home in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her service will be at 10:30am Monday, October 15, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. David Brower ~ officiating. Burial with will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00pm with the family present from 2:00 – 4:00pm at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

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Joan Marie Whitsell, the daughter of James E. and Helen M. (Ables) Short was born on January 14, 1964 in Sheldon, Iowa. Joan attended school in Sheldon and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1982. She went onto attend Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and graduated with a degree in education in 1986. On July 26, 1986, she was united in marriage to Barry Whitsell in Sheldon, Iowa where they made their home. In the fall of 1986, Joan became employed with the Sheldon Community School where she was currently a 4th grade teacher. During this time, she also worked as a consultant for Everyday Learning Mathematics. Joan passed away on October 11, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family, reaching the age of 48 years, 8 months and 27 days.

She was active in the ministry of First Reformed Church in Sheldon, where she sang and played piano with the Praise Team. She was also a member of TTT and the Northwest Iowa Reading Council. Joan enjoyed reading, music, singing, playing the piano, and attending her children’s school activities. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Joan leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Barry; and their three children; Megan, Jordan and Tanner all at home; her father, James Short and his wife, Ann of Sheldon, Iowa; three sisters and their spouses, Jean and Leonard Linn of Iowa Falls, Iowa; Janet and Luis Mora of McAllen, Texas; Jill and Jeff Ptacek of Prescott, Wisconsin; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Short and an infant sister, Julie Dee Short.