William Hesebeck

William Hesebeck, age 51, of Orange City, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Memorial services will be at 10:30am Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Daniel Hart officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be at 9:00am Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2012 after 3:00pm with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

William Lee Hesebeck, the son of Albert and Dorothy (Blackmore) Hesebeck was born July 31, 1960 in Sheldon, Iowa, where he received his education. Bill drove truck for Smoken Lux/Meerdink Inc. out of Middleburg, Iowa for several years. He passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa reaching the age of 51 years, 8 months and 10 days.

He was a past member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon. He was an active member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his three children, a son and his wife, Josh and Annie Hesebeck of Granville, Iowa; and two daughters, Heather Hesebeck and her fiancé, Erice Franke of Sheldon, Iowa and Traci and her husband, Jeremy Simich of Alton, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, Austin, Aidan, Issac, Izabelle, Lucian, Layla, Jaccob, Erika, Landon, Blake, Andrew, Cayden John and Keagan; a sister, Catherine Lode of Fort Worth, Texas; a brother and his wife, Michael and Brenda Hesebeck of Springfield, Missouri and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Dennis, Lennis and Robert Hesebeck; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.vanderploegfunerals.com

Fred Boer

Fred Boer, age 85 of Sanborn, IA passed away at Spirit Lake, Iowa on Monday, April 9, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 13th at 10:30 a.m. at the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn.

Rev. Daniel Donovan will be officiating. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12th at the church with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City, IA.

Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Frederick Allen Boer was born to Jacob and Ethel Holtrop Boer on January 8, 1927 at Doon, IA. The Lord called him home to glory on April 9, 2012 while he was doing what he loved, fishing.

He received his elementary education at country school near Doon, IA and at the Doon Christian School. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in Guam and the South Pacific until the end of World War II. After returning from military service, he began farming near Sheldon, IA.

On May 6, 1949 he was united in marriage with Gerry Van Bruggen. God blessed this union with seven children, 22 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. This family was led through the joys of life, as well as the difficult times by his unwavering faith in his Savior.

He delighted in spending time with family and friends, especially when it involved being outdoors in God’s beautiful creation hunting or fishing.

Nothing pleased him more than taking care of his family and his wisdom and counsel were always appreciated. He continued to work in his disc sharpening business until his death, when not fishing or helping his family.

He was a former elder in the Sanborn Christian Reformed church and was an active member of the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn, IA.

Looking forward to a blessed reunion in glory are his wife, Gerry; four sons, Gary, and wife Lou Ann, Sioux Falls, SD; Jeff, and wife Jeannie, Hialeah, FL; Dave, and wife Cheryl, Sioux Falls, SD; Mike, and wife Sherry, Long Beach, CA; and two daughters, Judy Van Engen, and husband Allen, Inwood, IA and Sue Koele, and husband Terry, Littleton, CO; six brothers, Henry, and wife Corina; Jeen, and wife Joan; Ed, and wife Fran; Harlan, and wife Joan; Dale, and wife Karen, and Roger; three sisters, Myrtle Bootsma; Alvina Hiemstra; and Phyllis Steensma, and husband Andy; twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in being called to glory were his parents, Jacob and Ethel; his brother-in-law Ralph Bootsma; his brother-in-law Gary Hiemstra; a son, Mark; and a grandson, Kirk Van Engen.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.sanborn-hartleyfuneralhomes.com

John L. Mammenga

John L. Mammenga, age 78 of Little Rock, IA died Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center in George, IA.

Funeral service will take place 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at First Baptist Church, George, IA with Rev. Stephen May officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in George, IA.

John Loren Mammenga was born August 4, 1933 in George, IA to William and Minnie (Thiele) Mammenga. He was raised and received his education in George. John entered the United States Army and served 2 years before his discharge in December of 1955. On September 28, 1957 he was united in marriage to Alvira Mae Dreessen. To this union six children were born. The couple and family made their home primarily in the Sibley/Little Rock area and spent several years in Eden, South Dakota. A carpenter by trade, John spent the bulk of his career self-employed. He could easily be described as a Jack-of-all-trades and could fix almost anything. He was also fond of fixing and operating old gas single piston engines, baking, canning and gardening. But his true passion of a pastime was fishing. He spent many happy hours in search of the ‘big one’. His family will remember him fondly. He will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his children, Bill (Marilyn) Mammenga of Rock Rapids, IA, Marge Smith of Troy, MO, Cindy Wilgers of Sioux Falls, SD, Loren (Melissa) Mammenga of Little Rock, IA, and Vonda Macklin of Galena, KS; special nephew, Dennis Mammenga; brother, Orval (Pat) Mammenga of Prescott Valley, AZ; sisters, Mick (Donald) O’Conner of Ft. Dodge, IA, Margaret Leask of Battle Creek, MI, Luella Davis of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Helen Biedit of Waterloo, IA; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Alvira; son, Johnny Mammenga; twin brothers, Louis and Levi; sisters, Francis Brandma and Clara Garrett; brothers, William Mammenga and William Mammenga.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Glen A. Jorgensen

Glen A. Jorgensen, age 83, of Paullina passed away on Sunday April 8, 2012 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa,

Services will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina.  Rev. Daniel Wagner will officiate with burial in the Prairie View Cemetery in Paullina

Visitation will be after 3 P.M. Wednesday April 11, 2012 with the family present from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

Glen Alfred Jorgensen, the son of Louis and Annie (Nielsen) Jorgensen was born August 26, 1928 on the family farm near Marcus, Iowa. He received his education at Marcus schools and graduated from Marcus High School in 1946. On July 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Helen Mertens at her parent’s home near Germantown, Iowa. After their marriage Glen farmed in the Germantown area and had a heating and plumbing business. In the 1960’s the couple moved to a farm near Paullina farming until 1982 when they moved to a farm near Cleghorn, Iowa. The couple retired from farming in 1992 and moved into Paullina for their retirement years. He passed away on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center reaching the age of 83 years, 7 months and 12 days.

He was baptized on September 25, 1928 and later confirmed on August 30, 1942 and was currently a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina. He had been a member of the Germantown Fire Department and had served his church as a trustee. He enjoyed playing cards and woodworking. His family was especially important to him.

Glen leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Helen of Paullina; children, Cindy and her husband, Barry Whitehill of Grundy Center, IA; Linda and her husband, Rich Ratka of Hutchinson, MN; Jerry and his wife, Dawn Jorgensen of Orange City, IA; Craig and his wife, Amy Jorgensen of Jackson, MN; daughter-in-law, Deb Jorgensen of Cherokee, IA; 17 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren; a brother, David and his wife, Jeannette Jorgensen of Lakefield, MN; a sister and her husband, Elna and Ron Mortensen of Ft. Myers, FL; sisters-in-law, Betty Wilcoxon of Spencer, IA; Marlene Mertens of Sioux City, IA; Evelyn Selzer of Portland, OR; Ruth Mertens of Milwaukie, OR; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Klatt of Linn Grove, IA also other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry on May 12, 2010 and his parents.


Mary Ann Antionette Penning

Mary Ann Antionette Penning, 94 years old, of Granville, Iowa died on Saturday April 7, 2012 at Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Granville with Rev. Richard Ball officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Granville. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m., and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Granville. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen.

Mary Ann was born July 25,1917, in Granville,IA. She was the daughter of Jacob & Cecelia (Goebel) Klein. Mary Ann was raised in the Granville area and received her education at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Granville.
On June 3, 1941, she married Julius J. (Jule) Penning in Granville. The couple farmed in the Granville area until 1970 and moved into Granville in 1986.

Mary Ann was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and church guild, Catholic Daughters of America & Catholic Order of Foresters.
Survivors include her thirteen children, Joellen (Jo) Penning of Omaha, NE, Stanley D. of Clinton, IN, Thomas J. & his wife Nancy of Owatonna, MN, Alan H. of Watertown, SD, Duane E. & his wife Teresa of Granville, Conrad L. & his wife Mickey of Sumas, WA, Judith, Kirschbaum & her husband Frank of Rockford, IL, Mary Kay Fry & her husband Steve of Gunnison, CO, Julius H. of Houston, TX, Junell Grady & her husband Steve of Archer, IA, Pamela Plathe & her husband Kevin of Alton, IA, Therese Jungers & her husband Kenneth of Hospers, IA, Suzanne Plathe & her husband Reed of LeMars, IA; 41 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Sister Tresa Klein O.S.F. of Dubuque, IA, two sisters-in-law, Lucille Bueltel of Sioux City, IA & Kitty Penning of Granville, IA.

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jule, March 23, 1992; her son, Merlin, in 2002; her granddaughter, Martha Mary Penning (infant daughter of Merlin).

Casket bearers will be her sons, Stanley, Thomas, Alan, Duane, Conrad & Julius

Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Granville, Orange City Hospice & Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City, IA.

Online condolences may be made at: http://www.fischfh.com/


Erna Winter

Erna Winter, age 95, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Jasper, MN, died Friday at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, MN.

Funeral service is Monday, April 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jasper.

Burial is in East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon, IA, Monday at 4:15 PM. Visitation is Sunday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Hartquist Funeral Home, Foster Chapel in Jasper, MN.

Erna Maurine Winter was born to Ernest G. and Elizabeth M. (Halterman) Corbett on July 9, 1916 at Sheldon, Iowa where she was raised and received her education. After her graduation from Sheldon High School in 1934, she became employed as an operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company Sheldon. On October 8, 1938, she was united in marriage to Wilson R. Winter at Lake Andes, South Dakota. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed in the Sheldon area, and Erna continued to work for the telephone company for another year. In March, 1959, they moved to a farm near Jasper, Minnesota where they lived, farmed, and continued to raise their children. In 1972, when they semi-retired from farming, they began spending their winters in Harlingen, Texas and their summers on East Lake Okoboji, Iowa. In the fall of 1992, they moved to Pipestone, Minnesota and lived there until the fall of 1996 when they moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Wilson preceded Erna in death on April 25, 1997. After his death, Erna continued to live in Sioux Falls. On December 28, 2010, she became a resident of the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Minnesota where she died on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the age of 95 years, eight months and 27 days.

Erna was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. When she was younger, she taught Sunday School and served on various church committees. She enjoyed knitting and made many sweaters, scarves, Baptismal blankets and afghans for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing bridge, golfing and dancing.

She is lovingly remembered by her three children, Sheryl Baerenwald and her husband Loren of Jasper, Minnesota, Gary Winter and his wife Judy of Apex, North Carolina, and Maurine Bisson and her husband Peter of Garretson, South Dakota; ten grandchildren, Lisa Houg, Kara Duncan, Joel Baerenwald, Beth Ramm, Doug Winter, Debi Buchanan, Stephanie Winter, Joshua Winter, Chad Bisson and Sara Taubert; and 18 great-grandchildren, Allison Houg, Ryan Houg, Adam Houg, Lauren Houg, Kirsten Houg, Samantha Duncan, Mitchell Duncan, Brett Baerenwald, Rose Baerenwald, Joshua Baerenwald, Logan Ramm, Elizabeth Ramm, Margo Buchanan, Sylvia Buchanan, Wilson Buchanan, Braylon Bisson, Kaela Taubert and Emma Taubert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson; her son, Steven; her parents; one brother, Elwyn, who died as an infant; and three sisters, Deloris and Maxine, who died as infants, and Helen Corbett.