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.

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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.

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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. 

Norman Van Otterloo

Mr. Norman Van Otterloo, age 75, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at his residence.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, April 9, at 10:30am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth and the Rev. Donald Lenderink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 3:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at the funeral home.

Norman Lloyd was born on December 4, 1936, in Sioux Center, the son of Steven and Anna (Van Otterloo) Van Otterloo. He was raised at Orange City, where he attended the Christian School. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959.

On September 12, 1963, he married Linda Jean Vander Meer at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. They made their home in Orange City, where he was employed at Silent Sioux for sixteen years and at K-Products for twenty years.

Mr. Van Otterloo was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church and the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post, both in Orange City.

He enjoyed playing and watching baseball and softball games, especially when his children and grandchildren were playing. From 1977 to 1982, he managed the Pantry Café men’s fast pitch softball team, and since age 14, he has been an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Norm” made many bird houses and squirrel feeders, and he looked forward to watching his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of more than 48 years; a daughter and her husband, Leann and Thomas Steinhauer, of Sioux City; a son and his wife, Jeffrey and Angela Van Otterloo, of Sergeant Bluff; three grandchildren, Alex Steinhauer and Zachary and Zoey Van Otterloo; a brother and his wife, Stanley and Muriel Van Otterloo, of Orange City; a sister and her husband, Audrey and Jim Mouw, of Buffalo, Wyoming; a sister-in-law, Arloa Van Otterloo, of Colorado; a brother-in-law, Robert Groen, of Sibley; and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Albertus “Bud” and Leon Van Otterloo; and three sisters, Joyce Roskamp, Arlys Groen, and Linda Joan Van Otterloo, in infancy.


Chris Kannegieter

Chris Kannegieter, age 28 of Little Rock, IA died unexpectedly, Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Monday, April 9th at the First Reformed Church of Rock Rapids, with Rev. Dan Haggar and Rev. Katie Van Veldhuizen officiating.

Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 8th from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids. The Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

Christopher James Kannegieter was born on January 13, 1984 in Worthington, MN, the son of James E. and Linda K. (Thiesse) Kannegieter. Chris attended school in Little Rock and graduated from George Little Rock High School in 2002. During his school age years he enjoyed GO-CART racing and snowmobiling. Following his graduation he worked for the Little Rock Elevator and later Exopack in Sibley, IA for a time, and then in 2005 he began working for Demco in Boyden, IA. On November 8, 2008, he was united in marriage to Michelle L. DeBuhr at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA. The couple made their home in Little Rock and to this union two children were born, Ava Lynn and Cole James Kannegieter. He was a member of the Little Rock Fire Department. He valued the time spent with his Dad, as a partner in their business called “Gator Cleaners”. In his spare time he participated in the Figure 8 races at the Heritage Days Celebration and Lyon County Fair. He also enjoyed spending time with friends at Lake Shetek in Slayton, MN. Chris was a very hard worker and enjoyed helping the farmers in the area during the harvest season. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, grandson and friend. His family will miss his great sense of humor and easy smile.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Michelle Kannegieter and their two children, Ava and Cole of Little Rock, IA; his parents, James and Linda Kannegieter and brother, Austin Jon Kannegieter of Little Rock, IA; paternal grandmother, Marge Kannegieter of Little Rock, IA and maternal grandmother, Joanne Thiesse of Little Rock, IA; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Lori DeBuhr of Rock Rapids, IA; sister-in-law, Tracy (husband, Eric) Breuer and their daughter, Teeghan of Rock Valley, IA; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jr. John Kannegieter and maternal grandfather, William Dale Thiesse.