Edith Moeller

Edith Moeller, age 86 of Rock Rapids, IA died Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Rock Rapids Health Centre.

Memorial service will be 11:00 AM Monday, August 6th at the United Congregational Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 5th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

Family and friends may gather at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids at 9:00 AM Monday morning and process to the Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids for burial.

Gladys McCroskey

Gladys McCroskey, age 97, of Hartley passed away on Monday July 30th at the Community memorial Health Center in Hartley.

Funeral services will be Monday, August 6, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hartley. Rev. Steve Campbell will be officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the church with the family present at that time.  Inurnment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 6th.

The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 97 year-old Gladys McCroskey of Hartley.

Johanna Wagenaar

Johanna Wagenaar, age 88, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at her home in Sheldon.

Funeral Services will be Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Carl Klompien officiating. Burial in East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 12 from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

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The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Johanna Wagenaar.

Peter De Jong

Peter De Jong, age 85, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, July 12, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Maurice. The Rev. Harlan De Jong will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Sherman Township Cemetery near Maurice. There will be a prayer service on Thursday, at 9:30am, at the church.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Mary Ann Orr

Mary Ann Orr, age 75 of Rock Rapids, IA, formerly of Laurens, IA passed away Monday, June 25, 2012 at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Monday, July 2nd at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating.

Burial is planned for 2:00 PM, Monday afternoon at East Side Cemetery in Estherville, IA.

Visitation will be Monday morning, from 9:00 AM until the hour of service at the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids.

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

Mary Ann blessed the world with her birth on April 15, 1937 in Estherville, Iowa, as the daughter of George Curtis and Kathryn Marie (Van Der Stoep) Vedder. She attended the Estherville Community Schools and graduated from high school in 1955. Her dream was to be a teacher so she continued her education at Estherville Junior College earning her teaching certificate. She began teaching in Mallard, IA, until August 2, 1959, when she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Jacobson at the United Methodist Church in Estherville. Two daughters were born to that union, Marilee Kay and Ann Marie. The family lived in various places, such as Graettinger, IA, Emmetsburg, IA and Urbandale, IA. Mary Ann continued teaching in the communities of Emmetsburg and Adel with her specialty being lower elementary and remedial reading. November 1969 the family was involved in a car accident which resulted in Kenneth’s death on November 29, 1969. Mary Ann married Robert M. Orr on March 31, 1972. They made their home in Laurens, IA, where she substitute taught and owned and operated the “Bargain Basement”. She also managed the Laurens Retirement housing Corporation for a couple years.

Mary Ann put her heart into every community she called home. She touched many lives through her dedication and volunteerism. As a member of Laurens United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school, was a youth group leader and a United Methodist Women’s officer. She served as president of the library board, was a member of the foundation board, head start board and an organizer of the pre-school in Laurens. She was a strong advocate and teacher for the GED program with Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, IA, where she once had a scholarship in her name. Being around children gave her joy and she delighted in portraying Mrs. Santa Claus at the holidays, and acting with the Downtown Drama Theatre Company. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and enjoyed following her grandchildren’s events. She looked forward to traveling with Bob, playing cards, and spending time with relatives and friends. Celebrating the holidays and milestones of family was her specialty. Mary Ann was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family more than anything and was truly proud of her Dutch heritage.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert M. Orr of Rock Rapids, IA; two daughters, Marilee (Dave) Schleusner of Rock Rapids, IA and Ann (Ryan) Westphal of Cheshire, CT; two granddaughters, Natalie Schleusner of Mankato, MN and Kendra Schleusner of Rock Rapids, IA; one brother Verlyn (Dorothy) Vedder of Estherville, IA; two sisters-in-law, Lois (Ralph) Torreson of Estherville, IA and Marjorie (Roger) Steward of Clear Lake, IA; two brothers-in-law, Lauren Orr of Emmetsburg, IA and Dale Orr of St. Louis, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by parents; her grandson, Alexander Westphal; two sisters, Mildred Huntsinger and Kathleen Higgins; and two brothers, George Jr. Vedder and Frank Vedder.


John May

John May, age 97 of Sibley, IA, formerly of Ashton, IA died Monday, June 25, 2012 at Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, June 30th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Fr. John Vakulskas as celebrant.

Visitation will be Friday, June 29th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.  There will be a Rosary at 4:00 PM and a Vigil service at 7:30 PM Friday evening.