Gerrit Van Aartsen

Gerrit Van Aartsen, age 80, of Luverne, Minnesota, formerly of Rock Rapids died on Wednesday (2/15) at Sanford Hospital in Luverne.

The funeral will be on Saturday (2/18) at 10:30 AM at the First Reformed Church of Rock Rapids.

Visitaiton with the family present is this afternoon and evening (2/17) from 4 until 8 PM at the Hartquist Funeral Chapel of Luverne. Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Online expressions of sympathy may be left at

The Hartquist Funeral Home, Luverne Chapel in charge of arrangements for Gerrit Van Aartsen.

GERRIT VAN AARTSEN was born to Henry and Jenny (Roelofs) Van Aartsen on May 20, 1931 in Matlock, Iowa. They lived near Hull Iowa and moved in 1942 to Rock Rapids. His father died in 1944. Gerrit attended country school near Hull and Rock Rapids. He graduated from Rock Rapids high school in 1948. Following his schooling, Gerrit began his career in construction working for Glen Foltz. He enlisted into the United States Army Corps of Engineers in November of 1951. Gerrit was stationed with the 59th Engineer Construction Co. in Alaska until his honorable discharge in October of 1953. He then returned to northwest Iowa and continued his job with Foltz Construction. While attending the roller skating rink at the Lyon County fairgrounds, Gerrit met his future bride, Mary Ann Akkerman. The couple was united in marriage on July 2, 1956 at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, Minnesota. The couple made their home in Rock Rapids for a short time. They then moved two and half miles south of Luverne in 1957. Here they raised their four children while Gerrit continued to work construction. He then partnered with Vernon Van Wyhe for a short time. In 1975, Gerrit went to work for Virgil Christiansen and was a part of building some of Luvernes landmarks such as the Centennial Apartments, St. Catherines Catholic Church, and the Tri-State Insurance building. In the fall of 1979 Gerrit went out on his own and began Van Aartsen Construction. His son, Darrel, joined him in 1980. The pair worked alongside of one another for the next 28 years. Gerrit transferred ownership of the company to his son in 1991. Gerrit formally retired in 2008, but remained active in handyman projects for those who called. On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Sanford Luverne Hospital, Gerrit went to be with his Lord at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 25 days.

Gerrit was an active member of the First Reformed Church of Rock Rapids where he professed his faith, served as Elder, Deacon, and directed the church choir. His love of music led him to establish church choirs in both the Steen Reformed Church in Steen, Minnesota and the American Reformed Church in Luverne. The faith Gerrit had in God was very important to him and he made sure to pass this gift on to his family. His zeal for singing was his gift from God which he shared with many happy listeners over the years at weddings, anniversaries, funerals, and on area stages. Gerrit was also a part of several singing groups over the years, including The Reformers, The Messengers Quartet, Sheldon Chord Masters, The Dialtones Barbershop Quartet, River Valley Players, Green Earth Players, and In His Service. A special love in Gerrits life was his family. In his later years, Gerrit seldom ever missed an opportunity to be with his family, especially his 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Gerrit’s wonderful smile and great wit will be greatly missed.

Gerrit will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann; four children, Darrel and his wife LaDonna Van Aartsen of Luverne, Peggy and her husband Vince Gacke of Luverne, Bonnie and her husband Randy Muller of Jasper, Minnesota, and Kathy and her husband Kevin Jacobsma of Luverne; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Jane Albers of Rock Rapids, Iowa; three brothers, Bernie and his wife Tillie Van Aartsen and John and his wife Ruth Van Aartsen, all of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Henry and his wife Marlys Van Aartsen of Orange City, Iowa; and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Jenny; one infant brother; a sister, Hermina Boote; and two brothers-in-law, John Boote and Marv Albers.

Dolores M. Poss

Dolores M. Poss age 84 formerly of Sibley, IA died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Brookestone Village Nursing Home in Omaha, NE.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Sibley, with Father John Vakulskas as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery at Sibley.

Visitation will be Monday, February 20th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley. There will be a rosary service at 5:00 p.m. and a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.

Edith V. Rozeboom

Edith V. Rozeboom, age 94, of Sheldon, Iowa who passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her service will be 10:30am Monday, February 20, 2012 at Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Troy Van Beek officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm Sunday, February 19, 2012 with the family present from 5:00- 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.


Marilyn Glade

Marilyn Glade, age 77, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at her home in Ocheyedan.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Russell Anderson officiating. Burial in Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 14, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. all at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ocheyedan.
Marilyn Alice Glade was born on November 30, 1934, in Ocheyedan, Iowa. She was the daughter of Ottomar and Edna (Ostermann) Leckband. She lived her youth in the Ocheyedan area and attended Zion Lutheran Parochial School and Ocheyedan High School where she graduated. She attended one year of college.

She was united in marriage to Richard Glade of Ocheyedan on July 9, 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church in Ocheyedan. They lived in rural Ocheyedan. Richard passed away on July 9, 1997.
Marilyn was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ocheyedan.

She enjoyed having her family around, gardening, rocking on her porch, playing piano, solving cryptograms, watching game shows, sewing, her coffee club friends and spending time with her classmates. She enjoyed trips to Alaska, Cancun, a riverboat ride down the Mississippi and bus trips.

Marilyn passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at her home in Ocheyedan.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children: Kerry and Karen Glade of Ocheyedan, IA, Kim and George Hiveley of Lake Park, IA, Kris Glade of Ocheyedan, IA, Kelly and Dan Hartwig of Ocheyedan, IA, Lisa and Dale Carrigan of Lake Park, IA, Dwight and Mitzi Glade of Ocheyedan, IA, Tony and Laurie Glade of Ocheyedan, IA, Michael and Elise Glade of Sioux Center, IA, Dana and Terry Butler of Spirit Lake, IA; 25 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother: Larry and Vonna Leckband of Ocheyedan, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Richard; her parents; two sons: Kevin Glade and Darren Glade; one great-grandson: Christian Brockshus.

Larry A. Dykstra

Larry A. Dykstra, age 65, of Bigelow, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Sanford Worthington Hospital in Worthington, Minnesota.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at First Reformed Church in Sibley. Rev. Gary Van Heukelom and Rev. Ron Lammers officiating. Burial will be at 1:45 P.M. Saturday at Worthington Memorial Gardens in Worthington, Minnesota.

Visitation will be Friday, February 17, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Larry A. Dykstra.

Wilma Zevenbergen

Mrs. Wilma Zevenbergen, age 87, of Alton, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, February 16, at 2:30pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Pastor Dennis Sohl will officiate. Interment will follow at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton.

Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, from 12:00noon to 2:15pm, at the funeral home.

Wilma Joyce, who was nicknamed “Wimp”, was born on December 6, 1924, at Alton, the daughter of Sebastian and Jennie (Mulder) Kuyper. She was raised at Alton.

On January 23, 1945, she married Peter “Bob” Zevenbergen in Hospers. They made their home in Alton, where she was a homemaker, opening her home and her heart to every child and stray dog who needed love.

Wilma was a long time member of the Alton Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school classes.

She was known for her baking, especially her pies. She also enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles, and playing cards with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Peter and Cindy Zevenbergen, of Kansas City, Kansas, and Keith and Diane Zevenbergen, of Sioux City; a daughter and her husband, Holly and David Drees, of Spencer; eight grandchildren, Matt (Sheri) Zevenbergen, Sara Zevenbergen, Robert Zevenbergen, Jennie (Jeff) Davis, Jill (Jason) Paulsen, John (Brandi) Zevenbergen, Zachary Drees, and Nate Drees; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Minten, of Orange City; a brother and his wife, Harold and Marni Kuyper, of Boise, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant son, Steven.

Memorials may be directed to the Floyd Valley Hospital and the Orange City Area Health System.