Sarah (Dolly) Reinsma

Mrs. Sarah (Dolly) Reinsma, age 91, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at the Prairie View Home in Sanborn.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, January 10, at 2:00 pm, at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City, with the Rev. Daniel Donovan officiating.  Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

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

Sarah Ann was born on March 13, 1922, in Alton, the daughter of Pier and Alyda (Kosters) Wiersma. She was raised mostly in Orange City, where she attended elementary school.

On August 24, 1943, she married Jurrian D. Reinsma in Orange City. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker. She also worked at the DX Coffee Shop and later operated Dolly and Jerry’s Coffee Shop, both in Orange City. “Jerry” passed away on December 11, 1996, in Orange City.

About 1999, “Dolly” became a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. In 2008, she transferred to assisted living at the Prairie View Home in Sanborn.

She was a member of the Redeemer United Reformed Church and an associate member of the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn. In earlier years, she participated in the women’s organizations at her church.

Mrs. Reinsma was also a member of the Birthday Club. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and playing dominoes.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Larry and Audrey Reinsma, of Wheaton, Illinois; a daughter and her husband, Lois and Frank Russell, of Shafter, California; a son-in-law, Richard Vanden Hoek, of Sanborn; nine grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Wilma Foreman and Helen Huizenga, both of Orange City; and a sister-in-law, Marie Wiersma, of Redlands, California.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Lyla Beth Vanden Hoek and Leann Biesecker; a sister, Darlene White; and a brother, Kenneth Wiersma.

John Vander Sluis

John Vander Sluis, age 81, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Promise Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

His services will be 10:30am Friday, January 10, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Kevin Gingerich officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa

Visitation will be after 2:00pm Thursday, January 9, 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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 John Gordon Vander Sluis, the son of John and Cora (Veldboom) Vander Sluis was born on May 19, 1932 in Orange City, Iowa.  He attended country school in Sanborn, Iowa and graduated from Archer High School in 1950. On July 16, 1951 John was united in marriage to Marlys Koepnick in Worthington, Minnesota. After their marriage the couple farmed by Archer until moving into Archer in 1987. They lived in Archer for twenty years and moved to Sheldon in 2006. The couple wintered in Mesa, Arizona for the past eighteen winters.  John passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Promise Hospital of Phoenix, Arizona reaching the age of 81 years, 7 months and 16 days.

John was a member of Archer United Methodist Church and currently a member of Sheldon United Methodist Church. He served on many boards which included: Archer Coop, REC, Handicap Village, Farmers Coop Oil, Security State Bank, Archer United Methodist Church and was the condo President in Sheldon.  He never knew a stranger as he always had a handshake for everyone. He never lost a bid playing cards. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, farming, his farm dog, Abby and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren; he loved everyone.

Left to cherish John’s memory is his wife of 62 years, Marlys Vander Sluis of Sheldon; children, Connie Schieber of Omaha, Nebraska; Randy and his wife, Pam Vander Sluis of Archer, Iowa; LuAnn and her husband, John Beckel of Des Moines and Becky Brown; eleven grandchildren, Jon Paul (Sarah) Schieber, Cori (Chris) Miller, Matt (Stacy) Schieber, Karrie Vander Sluis, Lorrie (Don) McDonald, Greg (Jenni) Vander Sluis, Adam (Angie) Beckel, Megan Beckel, Scott (Mandi) Koerselman, Nate (Cory) Koerselman and Ashley Irving; nineteen great grandchildren; brother, Les and his wife, Bev Douma of Orange City, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Phyllis and LaVonne Vander Sluis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold and Ron Vander Sluis.

William “Bill” Ferguson

William “Bill” Ferguson, age 87 of Hartley, IA, passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley on Sunday, January 5, 2013. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 9th at 1:30 p.m. at the Hartley United Methodist in Hartley. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church with the family present at that time. The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 87 year-old William “Bill” Ferguson of Hartley, IA. 

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William Clair Ferguson, the son of William Earl and Charlotte Elizabeth (Singbush) Ferguson was born December 23, 1926 at Estherville, IA. Two sisters, Ruth and Joan and a brother, Tom completed the family. He attended school in the Estherville, IA area. 

Bill served two years in the United States Army at Fort Riley, KS and Fort Lee, VA. He served 18 months in the Korean Conflict. While returning from Korea, Bill’s unit stopped in Japan, where he purchased wedding rings for himself and his bride-to-be, Karleen Hargrave. Following his honorable discharge, Bill and Karleen were united in marriage on January 17, 1953 at Jackson, MN. To this union, five children were born. The couple made their home on a farm near Gillette Grove, IA, and then moved to a farm south of Dickens, IA. They relocated to a farm west of Hartley, IA in 1970 which is where they raised their family. In 1982, Bill and Karleen retired from farming and moved into the town of Hartley. He then went on to drive truck for Rohlin Construction Co. and later Dave’s Sand & Gravel. Bill passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley on January 5, 2014 at the age of 87.

Left to cherish his memory are his children and their families: Sherry (Wayne) Souer of Delta, IA, Stan (Sherrie) Ferguson of Charter Oak, IA, and Bob (Sheila) Ferguson of Bunnlevel, NC; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Zelinsky of Terill, IA; sister-in-law, Arlene Hargrave of Dickens, IA; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Preceding Bill in death were his parents; wife Karleen of 54 years; two sons: William Michael Ferguson and Ben Thomas Ferguson; daughter-in-law, Janet Ferguson; sister, Joan (Harry) Hansen; brother, Tom (Nola) Ferguson; brother’s -in – law, Bill Hargrave; Wilbur Zelinsky and Fred “Bud” (Arlene) Hargrave 

Donna Kreber

Donna Kreber, 51 years old, of Granville, IA, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, after a long courageous fight with cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Sat. Jan. 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with Rev. Tim Hogan officiating and Rev. Terry Roder concelebrating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Granville.

Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, there will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. all at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville.

Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen, IA. Condolences may be sent online to

Donna was born March 7, 1962, at Sheldon, IA, the daughter of Dennis and Shirley (Wimmer) Krogman. She was raised and educated in Sheldon. She attended both St. Pat’s Elementary and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1980.
On March 17, 1984 she married Alan Kreber at St.Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers, IA. Over the years Donna worked at Babcock Locker in Alton, she cooked at both Spalding Catholic School in Granville and Staples in Orange City.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and church guild. She enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping, the Vikings and especially her grandkids.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Alan of Granville; her son Adam Kreber and his special friend Emily Potts of Sutherland, IA; her daughter Angela (Derek) Plagge of Primghar, IA; four grandchildren, Jaden and Kaylin Kreber, Raegan and Aria Plagge; her seven siblings, Ron Krogman and his fiancé Tammy Kruse of Germantown, IA, Larry (Brenda) Krogman of Ashton, IA, Sharon Krogman of Sheldon, IA, Carol (Terry) Jungers of Hospers, IA, Wayne (Jeanne) Krogman of Sibley, IA, Charlotte Roos of Hospers, IA, her twin sister, Darla (Wayne) Strampe of Germantown, IA; 23 nieces and nephews; 50 great nieces and nephews.

Preceded by: three infant siblings, Linda, Lane and Glen, her mother and father-in-law, Clarence and Hilda Kreber, her sister-in-law, Marianne Jochum, her brother-in-law, Dennis “Punk” Roos, her niece Heather Krogman, and her nephew, Cody Krogman.
Casket bearers will be Kurt List, Rich Gaul, Chris Gesink, Dale Jungers, Jeff Jochum, Jason Kreber.

Honorary bearers will be Jayne Balch, Amber Hohbach, Brittany Koerselman.

Donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.

Lambertus “Bert” Gnade Jr.

Lambertus “Bert” Gnade Jr. 94 of Paullina passed away on Sunday January 5, 2014 at the Prairie View Retirement Home in Sanborn, Iowa.

Services will be 11:00 A.M.Saturday January 11, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Paullina. Rev. Gregg Johnson will officiate, with burial at a later date at the Prairie View Cemetery in Paullina.

Visitation will after 4 P.M. Friday with the family present from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

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Sylvia Lubbers

Mrs. Sylvia Lubbers, age 101, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, January 10, at 11:00 am, at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth and the Rev. Randal Lubbers 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 Friday, at 10:00 am, at the church.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Sylvia was born on March 9, 1912, at Hull, the daughter of Henry Peter and Nellie (Van Wyk) Vos. She was raised north of Hull, where she graduated from high school. She then earned a teaching certificate and taught in a country school.

On June 16, 1933, she married Edward John Lubbers at Doon. They farmed near Orange City, where she was a homemaker. About 1968, they moved into Orange City, and in 1999, they became residents of the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community there. “Ed” passed away on June 23, 2005, in Orange City, after more than 72 years of marriage.

In April of 2012, Mrs. Lubbers transferred to the Hertiage House Nursing Home and later the Prairie Ridge Care Center, both in Orange City.

She was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church, where she participated in all the women’s organizations. She also belonged to the garden division of the Orange City Women’s Club.

She enjoyed sewing and flower gardening.

Survivors include her son and his wife, J. Charles “Chuck” and Arlene Lubbers, of Orange City; two daughters, Phyllis Nelms, of Long Beach, California; and Laura, and her husband, Rod Mulder, of Estes Park, Colorado; eight grandchildren, who called her “Ome”, Randy Lubbers; Dan Lubbers, and his wife, Kavita; Karen Lubbers; David Nelms; Matthew Nelms, and his wife, Isabel; Curt Mulder, and his wife, Carrie; Linda, and her husband, Greg Smith; and Jane, and her husband, Derek Brouwer; sixteen great-grandchildren, John Charles Lubbers III, and his wife, Steph; Elyse Lubbers; Luke Lubbers; Steven Lubbers; Sunita Lubbers; Stephanie Van Ommeren; Michelle, and her husband, Scott Van Wyngarden; Elisabeth, and her husband, Heath Reichle; Katherine Nelms; Harrison Nelms; Steven Mulder; Kelsie Mulder; Margaret Smith; Andrew Smith; Derek Brouwer III; and Jeremy Brouwer; and five great-great grandchildren, Lorelei Lubbers, Alison Van Wyngarden, Nathan Van Wyngarden, Lyla Reichle, and Keller Reichle.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter-in-law, Carolyn Lubbers; three brothers and eight sisters, who called her “Todd”.

Memorials will be directed to the Trinity Reformed Church Building Fund.