Paul T. Plehall

Paul T. Plehall age 84 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Country View Nursing Home in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, February 4, 2013 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, with Father Timothy Hogan as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 from 2-8 PM with family present from 6-8 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley. There will be a rosary at 5:00 PM and a Vigil service at 7:30 PM Sunday evening at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

Nadine Dykstra

Nadine Dykstra age 55 of George, IA died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Funeral service will be 1:30 PM Friday, Feb. 1st at Hope Reformed Church in George, IA, with Rev. Dave Poppen officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 31st from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Hope Reformed Church in George.

Jurrens Funeral Home of George is in charge of services.

Nadine Sue (De Groot) Dykstra was born on April 5, 1957, the daughter of John and Evelyn (Schroder) De Groot in Sibley, IA. She grew up on a farm east of George, IA. She attended school in George and graduated from George High School in 1975. Following her graduation she was united in marriage to Kenneth Jay Dykstra on June 25, 1976 at the Hope Reformed Church rural George. To this union three children were born, Jennifer, Brad and Todd. The couple lived on a farm for a time and then moved into George in 1986. Nadine worked as a daycare provider for a while and managed the George pool for several years. She recently worked as a librarian at the George Little Rock Public School and the George Public Library. She was a member of the Hope Reformed Church, where she was active in the ladies circle and the church library. Nadine served on the George pool committee and was a member of a book club. She enjoyed reading and baking sweets for her family and friends. She loved spending time with her family and especially loved spoiling her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

Nadine is survived by her three children, Jennifer (Dan) Helkenn, Brad Dykstra and Todd Dykstra and fiancé, Kim Krull all of George, IA; four grandchildren, Matthew, Garrett, Benjamin and Amelia Helkenn; four siblings, Darrell (Twyla) De Groot of Sheldon, IA, Dale De Groot of Prospect, KY, Carol (Arthur) Hovey of Seward, NE and Douglas (Kathy) De Groot of George, IA; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Evelyn De Groot and husband, Kenneth.

Sena Dietz

Sena “Auntie” Dietz, age 96 of George, IA died on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Friday, Feb. 1st at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Rev. Paul Soderquist officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 31st from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

Sena Dietz was born January 11, 1917 at the family farm in Lyon County, IA, near Edna, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Ann (Hilbrands) Sprock. She lived on a farm and attended country school through the 8th grade. At age of 9 Sena’s mother died leaving Sena and her sister, Marie responsible for the house hold duties. For entertainment Sena and her siblings enjoyed playing music, so they formed a band and played for barn dances in the area. She played piano and accordion, which she played by ear.

On February 2, 1938 Sena was united in marriage to Jacob Lubertus Dietz at the Hope Reformed Church Parsonage near George. They lived in George and Sena worked at the “White Shop” and the “George Locker” for many years. Later in life she helped her husband with his trucking business. On March 22, 1994 Sena’s husband Jake died after 56 years of marriage.

After her husband’s death Sena spent most of her time with her sister, Marie. She was a very talented seamstress and enjoyed needlework and crafts. She also enjoyed watching basketball, volleyball and golf on TV. She was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George. Most of all she was devoted to her family, which she treasured family gatherings.

This past Monday, January 18, 2013 Sena passed away at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, Iowa at the age of 96. Left to cherish her memory are three nieces, Carol Verhoef of Rock Rapids, IA, Janice Mahler of Aurora, CO and Donna DeBoer of George, IA; a nephew, Daryl (Glenda) Hollander of Hollister, MO; and many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ann Sprock; her husband, Jake Dietz; a sister, Marie Hollander; and two brothers, John and “Hank” Sprock.

Lubbert Niessink

Lubbert Niessink, age 93 of Rock Rapids, IA passed away January 28, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Services will be held in the spring and will be announced at a later date.


Tillie Tensen

Mrs. Matilda Tensen, age 96, of Hull, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull   The Rev. Harlan De Jong and the Rev. Douglas Tensen will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.  There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:45am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

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

Art Vos

Art Vos, age 94, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be 11:00am Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa with the Rev. Dale Lint ~ officiating. A Private Graveside Service will be held in East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 2, 2013 with the Family present from 9:00 – 10:00am at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

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

Arthur Vos was born in Boyden, Iowa on July 9, 1918 to William and Mina (Tott) Vos. He graduated from Boyden High School and married Ruth Van Houte on June 29, 1940 in Rock Rapids, Iowa. They lived for a time in San Diego, California, then to Mora, Minnesota, Sheldon, Sibley and Rock Rapids, Iowa. Art was a brick layer and a lifetime member of SDADC (Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The couple returned to Sheldon and remained there for the last 31 years. Ruth preceded him in death on June 18, 2006. Two years after her death Art moved into Fieldcrest Assisted Living where he passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 reaching the age of 94 years, 6 months and 18 days.

Art enjoyed visiting with his many friends, playing cards and fishing.

He is survived by his daughter, Sue and her husband, Wayne Kooiker of Orange City, Iowa; five grandchildren, Mary and her husband, John Tobin of Yorba Linda, California, Bruce and his wife, Linda Larsen of Cedar, Minnesota, Chris Larsen and his fiancé, Tracy Coelho of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Carol and her husband, Pip Fisher of Granger, Iowa and Will and his wife, Heather Kooiker of Colonial Heights, Virginia; five great grandchildren, Kristen Tobin, Jeffrey and his wife, Tara Kaye Tobin, Aubrie and Easton Kooiker and Lincoln Fisher; one great-great granddaughter, Aubree Tobin; and many nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth of 64 years, his parents, a daughter, Bonnie Larsen, sister, Caroline Jacobsma and brother, Billy Vos.