Agnes Koerselman Hinken

Agnes Koerselman Hinken, age 79, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her services will be 11:00am Saturday, January 18, 2014 from the Parkview Assembly of God Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Ken Snyder ~ officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa

Visitation will be after 2:00pm Friday, January 17, 2014 with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon is in charge of Arrangements
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Agnes Koerselman Hinken, the daughter of John and Hattie (De Boer) Meerbeek, was born August 8, 1934 on the family farm near Rock Valley, IA. She lived her childhood with one sister and two brothers on a farm near Rock Valley where she received her education in a country school through the 8th grade. As a young woman she lived with families to help with their children and that’s how she found the love of her life, Herman. She was united in marriage to Herman W. Koerselman on June 29, 1954 at the First Reformed Church in Matlock, IA. After their marriage the couple lived in the country near Matlock where Herm worked for area farmers. They then moved into Sheldon where Herm worked for Neal Chase until he passed away February 14, 1985. They raised five children, plus they always had room for one more child if they needed a home or a place to stay. Agnes always had an open heart. Agnes had worked at Urban’s Café, the Sheldon Motel and the Crown Fork. In addition Herm and Agnes enjoyed managing the Far Apartment for many of the NITC Students. On October 24, 1987, she was united in marriage to Larry L. Hinken in Sheldon, IA; he preceded her in death on January 30, 2013. Agnes had lived in the Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon for two years prior to her moving into the Good Samaritan Home in George, IA for the past two years. Agnes passed away at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, on January 15, 2014, reaching the age of 79 years, 5 months and 7 days.

She attended Parkview Assembly of God Church in Sheldon in her last years. While a member at the First Reformed Church in Matlock, she taught Sunday School, with great joy to teach the word of God to the children. She loved working with people of all kinds. She always had the biggest vegetable and flower garden in the neighborhood which was her passion and she shared the produce and the flowers with her neighbors and her children. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, doing projects for her children and grandchildren. But most of all she enjoyed her family and loved each one dearly.

Agnes is survived by her 5 children, Arlene Walgenbach of Hospers, IA; Harvey and (Sharon) Koerselman of Sheldon, IA; Jolene and (Dave) Kamies of Sheldon, IA; Gary Koerselman of Sheldon, IA; Donna and (Duane) Delp of Jefferson, IA; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, a sister, Carolyn Van Voorst and two brothers, Allen and John Meerbeek all of Rock Valley, IA; three sisters-in-law, Rose Koerselman Lode of Sheldon, IA; Josephine Lang of Rock Valley and Anna Mae Koerselman of Merrill, IA and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands’ and a son-in-law, Craig Steven Walgenbach.

Jeannie F. Theis

Jeannie F. Theis, 62 of Sioux City, IA passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Funeral Service will be Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hospers, IA with Rev. Terry Roder officiating.  Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery in Hospers, IA. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.  There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hospers. Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to

Jeannie was born Sept. 21, 1951, at LeMars, IA the daughter of Robert and Joan (Treinen) Bachmann. She was raised and educated in Granville and attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Spalding Catholic graduating 1969.

She married LeRoy Theis on Aug. 29, 1970. The couple made their home near Hospers where they farmed. Together they raised four sons. In the summer of 1982 she was involved in a car accident that left her a quadriplegic. She then stayed home and focused on raising her children. In 1997 she attended college at NITCC in Sheldon and then attended Briar Cliff in Sioux City receiving a degree in Social Work.

Jeannie loved to laugh, listen to music, spending time in the sun, she also loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and her dog Allie. She has overcome so many obstacles in her life and has been an inspiration to all that have met her.

Survivors include; her four sons, Jay (Monica) Theis of Sheldon, IA, Jerry Theis and his fiancé Michelle Dietrich of Laurel, NE, Larry (Rashelle) Theis of Johnston, IA; Terry (Carolyn) Theis of Sioux City, IA; nine grandchildren; her dog Allie; three sisters, Mary (Alvin) Wolf of Henderson, NV, Janet (Don) Loutsch of LeMars, IA, Joyce (John) Fuxa of Sioux City, IA; two brothers, Dennis (Kim) Bachmann, Thomas (Brenda) Bachmann all of Montpelier, VA.

Preceded by: her parents, two brothers, Christopher in infancy and Roger Bachmann.

Casket Bearers will be Josh Fuxa, Mark Loutsch, Lee and Eric Harpenau, Ross and Austin Budden.

Donations may be given to Three Rivers Independent Living Center in Sioux City, IA.

Luella Streit

Luella Streit, age 84 of Sibley, IA died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley with Fr. John Vakulskas and Fr. Tim Hogan as concelebrants. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home Walton Chapel of Sibley, IA. There will be a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. and a Vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Luella Helen Streit was born July 25, 1929, on the family farm near Hospers to Edward and Mary (Jungers) McGrath. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1948 and furthered her education in the clerical program at Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon.

On May 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Leonard Streit at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon. They were married for nearly 64 years and raised a family of five children. Luella was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. The family was blessed with nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Luella was involved in activities at St. Mary’s Church in Ashton, including serving as a CCD Teacher, a member of the Catholic Daughters and as a participant in church circles. She served on the Board of the Ashton Public Library for many years.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Susan) Streit of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Mary (Noel) Lais of Sioux Falls; son, John (Jenny) Streit of Village of Lakewood, IL; and daughter, Nancy (TR) Franklin of Kansas City, MO; 9 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Stephen) Ham, Andrew (Brooke) Lais, Cory (Mathew) Thompson, Thomas (Faron) Lais, Aaron Lais, Michael Streit, William Streit, Rebecca Lais, Stuart Streit; 3 great-grandchildren, Emma Thompson, Ava Thompson and Andrew Lais Jr.

Luella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; son, Craig Streit; and sisters, Laura Poss and Marian Honkomp.

Luella’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Country View Manor for their kind and loving care and support.

Memorials to the Osceola Community Hospital and the Ashton Public Library are suggested.

Sadena Nagel

Sadena Nagel, age 96 of Little Rock, IA died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Parkview Manor in Ellsworth, MN.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at Bethel Reformed Church rural Little Rock, IA with Pastor Matt Miller officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 4:00 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 of Little Rock, IA.

 Sadena Nagel was born on February 18, 1917 to Diedrich and Aleida (Meyer) Groen in Midland Township, Lyon County, IA. She was raised on the family farm northeast of Rock Rapids and attended Midland Country School.

On February 14, 1940, she married Henry Nagel at Bethel Reformed Church of Ellsworth, MN. Following their marriage, Sadena and Henry farmed near Adrian, MN, then near Allendorf, IA. In 1957 they moved close to Little Rock, IA and later to the Groen family farm. In 1972 they moved back to Little Rock. Over the years, Sadena worked various jobs including Priebe’s and Sons in Sibley, IA and Little Rock Community School.

Sadena and Henry both served as custodians for over 25 years at Bethel Reformed Church. She was a member of the RCWM and taught Sunday school for many years. Sadena enjoyed spending her free time making quilts, caramel corn, and “grandma soup” for her family and having coffee/tea with her family and neighbors. On December 29, 1992, she lost her beloved husband Henry after 52 years of marriage. Sadena remained living in her home until April of 2009, when she entered the Parkview Manor in Ellsworth, MN. She remained there until this past Friday, January 10, 2014, when she died at the age of 96.

Surviving family members are her children: Clarence (wife, Linda) Nagel of Marathon, IA, Lynda (husband, Gordon) Schmidt of Spencer, IA and Geraldine (husband, LeRoy) Hassebroek of Little Rock, IA; 8 grandchildren, Jerlynn (Darwin) Svuba, Jill (Joe) Larson, Joel (Shawn) Nagel, Jody (Kevin) Yeager, Sheila (Brent) McAnally, Shawn (Patty) Schmidt, Carol Hassebroek and Katie Hassebroek; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Syliva Gruis; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul Muyskens

 Mr. Paul Muyskens, age 87, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

 There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, January 14, at 11:00am, at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service on Tuesday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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

Paul Eugene was born on April 13, 1926, on a farm south of Alton, the son of Henry and Dena Johanna (Rexwinkle) Muyskens. When he was a year old, his family moved to their farm southeast of Orange City, where he was raised. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Philippines and Korea from 1944 to 1946.

Upon his return, he attended Northwestern College in Orange City and earned his Bachelor’s degree at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Later, he received a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

On August 2, 1950, Paul married Patricia Carol Oelrich in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They made their home in Sioux Center, where he was a teacher and basketball coach at the high school. In 1959, his team won the Iowa State Basketball Championship, and he received many honors.

Northwestern College then recruited him to coach basketball. He remained at the college for 29 years, wearing many different hats. Because of this, his dedication to Northwestern, and his work there, he was often referred to as “Mr. Northwestern”.

Mr. Muyskens was also active in the Orange City community, serving two terms on the City Council, participating in the Tulip Festival, serving as past president of the Lions Club, belonging to the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post, and as a member of the Gideons. For many years, he refereed both football and basketball games. During summers and after retirement, he worked as a crop adjuster. He was also instrumental in marketing the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community during its construction.

His faith was most important to him throughout his life. He served as a deacon at the Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center and as an elder and Sunday school superintendent at the Trinity Reformed Church.

Survivors include his wife of more than 63 years, “Pat”; two daughters, Paula Gagne, of Austin, Texas; and Debra and her husband, Bob Adams, of Lake Forest, Illinois; five granddaughters, Jessica, and her husband Matthias Mathaes, of Austin, Texas; Britt Gagne, of Des Moines; Courtney Adams, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Kelsey and Mackenzie Adams, both of Lake Forest; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Nickolas Paul Mathaes; a brother and his wife, the Rev. Joe and Jean Muyskens, of Homewood, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Linda Oelrich; and many nephews and nieces;

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and their husbands, Harriet and the Rev. John Maassen and Lois and the Rev. Robert Hector; a brother-in-law, George Oelrich; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Oelrich.

Memorials will be directed to the Paul Muyskens Scholarshp Fund for Third World Students at Northwestern College.

Warren Consoer


Warren Consoer, age 92, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Lake Park Care Center in Lake Park, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Township, Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Neil Wehmas officiating.  Burial in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Horton Township, Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 12, from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Warren Otto Consoer was born on June 30, 1921 in Ocheyedan, Iowa. He was the son of Henry and Martha (Leckband) Consoer. He lived his youth on a farm north of Ocheyedan in Horton Township. He attended school at Lone Star Country School, Zion Lutheran Parochial School and Ocheyedan Community High School, graduating in 1940.

He was united in marriage to Phyllis Dorr of Marcus, Iowa on May 1, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Marcus. They lived on their farm north of Ocheyedan, where everyone knew it as “the place with the house on one side and the barn on the other side of the road”.

Warren enjoyed farming, visiting, tossing horseshoes and playing cards. When he was younger he enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting trap and skeet.

Warren was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Horton Township. As a youth he was involved in Zion’s Walther League. In later years, Warren served as an elder and offering collector, was an active voting member, and on the cemetery committee. God gifted Warren with a wonderful singing voice. Being in the church choir brought him great joy and he loved singing praises to his Savior. His talents included playing piano, guitar, and baritone horn.

He was on the Board of Directors at the Round Lake Cooperative Elevator.

Warren passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Lake Park Care Center in Lake Park, Iowa.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 68 years, Phyllis Consoer of Ocheyedan, IA; his children: Roger Consoer of St. Charles, IA, Catherine (Bill) Kaufmann of Burlington, WI, Milton (Sandy) Consoer of Ocheyedan, IA, James (Glenda) Consoer of Sioux Falls, SD, Constance (Robert) Brons of Lake Park, IA, Brenda (Eugene “Dinger”) Wunderlich of Harvard, IL; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Leslie (Marilyn) Consoer of Ocheyedan, IA, Paul (Lorraine) Consoer of Payson, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one son-in-law, John Zeuner.