Robert Rohwer

A Memorial Service for Robert Rohwer, age 94, of Indianola, IA, formerly of Paullina, will be held Thursday, April 5th at Paullina Friends Meeting in rural Paullina, at 11:00 AM, with the family available for visitation at 10:00 AM.

Harold Van Zandbergen

Mr. Harold Van Zandbergen, age 86, of Newkirk, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012, at the George Community Good Samaritan Center.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, April 5, at 11:00am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Newkirk Cemetery.

There will be a prayer service on Thursday, at 9:45am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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

Harold Forrest was born on June 22, 1925, in Orange City, the son of Arie and Trina (Hoffs) Van Zandbergen. He was raised in rural Newkirk, where he attended the Consolidated Schools. He served in the United States military during the Korean Conflict.

On January 15, 1960, he married Eldora Van De Berg in Sioux Center. They farmed at Newkirk, where he operated a corn shelling business and was also a gunsmith, owning Zandy’s Repair. Eldora passed away on July 5, 2000, at Newkirk.

On January 20, 2001, he married Carol (Van Wyk) Mulder at Newkirk. They continued to live at Newkirk, until February of 2011, when they moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. In November of 2011, he transferred to the Good Samaritan Center.

Mr. Van Zandbergen was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, the Reuter American Legion Post in Hospers, the National Rifle Association, Pheasants Forever, and the Sioux County Cattleman’s Association.

He enjoyed hunting, especially with “The Hounds”, fishing, going to gun shows, collecting guns, trap shooting, and playing cards and games. He looked forward to spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his second wife, Carol; Harold and Eldora’s five children and their spouses, Mikell and Ali Rabih, of Denver, Colorado; Mavis and Jim Schipper, of Hospers; Robert and Robin Van Zandbergen, of Orange City; Martha and Darren Hulst, of Hospers; and Maria and Chad Schwartz, of Primghar; eighteen grandchildren, Aussy Rabih, Mirian Rabih, Ahmad Rabih, Adam (fiance, Haley Williams) Rabih, Dora Rabih, and Layla Rabih; Crystal (husband, Ryan) Steffen; Melissa (husband, Bo) Ryan, Matthew Schipper, and Nathan Schipper; Chris Van Zandbergen, Kevin (wife, Katrin) Van Zandbergen, and Keith Van Zandbergen; Danielle Hulst, Zachary Hulst, and Josiah Hulst; and Braden Schwartz and Caleb Schwartz; four great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Marion and Ruth Van Zandbergen and Adrian and Carol Van Zandbergen, all of Orange City; a special grand-nephew, Mark De Kock; a few nephews and nieces, several step-children, and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by his first wife’s parents, Henry and Della Van De Berg; a nephew, Ward Van Zandbergen; and a niece, Sarah Van Zandbergen.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital and Home Health and Hospice.


Cleo Winkel

Cleo Winkel age 88 of Ashton, IA died Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 4th, at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Ashton, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Ashton, IA.

Cleo Wubbena Winkel was born March 8, 1924 at Ashton, IA to Ben and Lena Wubbena. She attended Gilman #4 Country School and graduated from the Ashton Public School in 1941. Cleo married Merton Winkel on February 7, 1945 at the Presbyterian Church in Ashton. Cleo and Merton were blessed with a daughter Rosann on December 7, 1947. Rosann lives in Seattle, WA with her husband Jack Fontaine. Cleo was a member of the Ashton Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder for a number of years. Both she and her husband were very active in the church. Cleo worked for over 35 years at the clinic in Sheldon as a lab technician. She loved working with people.

Cleo leaves to mourn, her daughter, Anne and Jack Fontaine of Seattle, WA; brother Merle Wubbena of Sibley, IA; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Merton and her parents.


Ronald “Ron” L. Brinkman

Ronald L. Brinkman, age 83, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at his residence in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:30pm from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Daniel Hart ~ officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be at 12:15pm on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the Greenwood Cemetery in Matlock, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, March 30, 2012 after 2:00pm with the family present from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Memorials may be directed to the Sheldon Trails Committee and or the Matlock Town & Country Club.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: www.vanderploegfunerals.com.  Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon,  Iowa.

Ronald Leo Brinkman, the son of Gerrit and Ruth (Kreulen) Brinkman was born January 28, 1929 in Matlock, Iowa. He received his education in Matlock and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1946, he also attended Sheldon Junior College and AIB Business School in Des Moines, Iowa. Ron served in the Iowa National Guard as a M/Sgt from 1948 – 1949 in Sheldon. On August 18, 1953, he was united in marriage to Donna Rolston at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa; the young couple lived in Orange City for a year before moving to Sheldon in 1954. Ron started out working in the family business, Brinkman Produce; Egg and Poultry as the bookkeeper and General Manager for 22 years. He also worked for Kooistra Insurance Agency for 9 years; the Executive Director of Industrial Development for the Sheldon Chamber of Commerce for a year; Donohue’s Ltd. in Sheldon and Sioux City for 7 years; he also sold realty for ARI for 20 years, retiring in 2008. He passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at his home in Sheldon, reaching the age of 83 years and 2 months.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, serving as a Luther league Sponsor, Sunday School Teacher, church council and was on the building committee, he had also served as the President of the Northwest Iowa Realtor Association. He enjoyed his family, ice cream cones with his granddaughter, crossword puzzles, cooking, golfing and playing cards.

Ron is survived by his wife, Donna of Sheldon; two children, a daughter, Shawn and her husband, Karl Knudsen of Boise, Idaho and a son; Kurt Brinkman of West Jordan, Utah; one granddaughter, Emily Knudsen of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Gerald Brinkman of Sun City, Arizona and a sister and her husband, Ruth and Donald Lenderink of Orange City, Iowa and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Lt. Elmer P. Brinkman MIA 1943, Lloyd Brinkman in 2005.


Betty Storm

Betty Storm age 79 of Sanborn, IA passed away at her home near Sanborn on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn. Rev. Jesse Burns will be officiating.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st at the church with the family present from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Inurnment will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at a later date.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 79 year old Betty Storm of Sanborn. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials be given in Betty’s name to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn.

Betty Faye Storm, the daughter of Edward and Louise (Neumann) Schirmer, was born on January 23, 1933 in Sanborn, IA. She was baptized on June 11, 1933 and confirmed on May 29, 1949. Betty grew up in the Sanborn area and received her education at Sanborn Public School.

She was united in marriage to Vernon Kenneth Storm on October 1, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn, IA. To this union four children were born, Edward, Leslie, Rodney, and Anita. Betty lived with her parents in Sanborn while Vernon proudly served his country in the Korean War. Following Vernon’s return home the couple moved to the family farm west of Sanborn where they were engaged in farming together for over 60 years. Betty passed away unexpectedly at their farm on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the age of 79.

Betty was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sanborn where she taught Sunday school for many years. She volunteered her time at the Archer Public Library and East Elementary School. She always enjoyed having coffee with her friends. She dearly loved the time spent caring for her grandchildren, taking them to their various activities. She was a people person and no one was a stranger to her. Family and friends could always count on Betty to send a card for many different occasions. Her hobbies and special interests included cooking, baking, and gardening. She collected anything to do with owls and was a huge Elvis Presley fan.

She is survived by her husband Vernon of 61 years; children: Edward Storm and his wife, Cindy, of Sioux City, IA, Leslie Storm and his wife, Janice, of Sanborn, IA, Rodney Storm and his wife, Pauline, of Sanborn, IA, and Anita Heitritter and her husband Todd of Archer, IA; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lillian Schirmer of Sanborn, IA and Betty Schirmer of Washta, IA; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, four sisters, and a great grandson.


Janet F. Wielenga

Mrs. Janet Wielenga, age 66, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, March 31, at 10:00am, at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton. The Rev. Scott Bonestroo will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Janet Faye was born on September 16, 1945, at Orange City, the daughter of Harold and Christine (Pott) Menning. She was raised in the Newkirk and Orange City areas, where she graduated from the Maurice-OrangeCity High School.

On June 25, 1965, she married Lawrence Andrew Wielenga in Newkirk. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker. Beginning as a teenager, she worked at several businesses in Orange City. Janet and her daughter, Dawn, also owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Orange City. In addition, she worked with her daughter, cooking and baking at the Tri-State Livestock Auction Café in Sioux Center. Most recently, she was a clerk at the Fareway Store in Orange City.

Janet was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where she was involved in many of their ministries, including a Bible study.

She enjoyed caring for people, especially her husband and daughter, and she liked spending time with her grandchildren, with whom she would often bake. She was known for bringing food to people and never missed an opportunity to help others. Her favorite saying was, “Smile, you don’t know who is watching”.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Dawn Renae Hanson, of Alton, and her special friend, Tony Beegle; four grandchildren, Zachary Michael De Haan, of Alton, and his friend, Kimmi Fuller; Tanya Nicole De Haan, of Orange City, and her friend, Todd Reis; Coleton Lawrence Hanson, of Alton, and his friend Kelsy Stewart; and Carter James Hanson, of Alton; two great-grandchildren, Dawson Andrew Reis and Dakota Rae-Lois Reis; her mother, Christine Menning, of Orange City; a brother and his wife, Stan and Sharon Menning, of Dawson, Minnesota; two sisters, Darlene, and her husband, Randy Immeker, of Sioux Center; and Charlene Palsma, of Alton; and several Wielenga brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her father; Lawrence’s parents, Andrew and Tina Wielenga; a brother-in-law, Lee Palsma; and several Wielenga brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.