Zoe Ann Madsen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAZoe Ann Madsen, age 62 of Merritt Island, FL and formerly of George, IA, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, FL.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA. Rev. Dr. Paul Soderquist will officiate. Burial will be at the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Friday, at the church.

The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.


Cecil Huss

Cecil Huss

Cecil Huss age 93 of Sheldon, IA, formerly of Ashton, IA died Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, February 28th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Father John Vakulskas as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 27th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton. Also there will be a 4:00 PM Rosary and 7:00 PM Vigil services at the church Wednesday evening.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Ashton is in charge of arrangements.


Ed Meerdink

Ed Meerdink, age 84 of Hartley, IA, passed away at the Avera McKenan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, on Thursday, February 21, 2013.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hartley, with Rev. Steve Campbell officiating.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley.

The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 84 year-old Ed Meerdink of Hartley, IA.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sanborn-hartleyfuneralhomes.com


Delbert Haht

Haht, DelbertDelbert Haht, age 92, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:00pm at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Craig Nissen ~ officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa, with Military Graveside Services by the American Legion Mc Glothlen-Cowie Post #145 of Sheldon.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm Saturday, February 23rd with the family present from 6:00 -8:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com
Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Delbert Henry William Haht, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth (Thomas) Haht was born December 10, 1920 in Paullina, Iowa. Delbert was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith as a child living in Paullina where he also received his education. Delbert served in the United States Army during World War II. On July 11, 1946, he was united in marriage to Anna Muriel DeZeeuw in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa and the couple made their home in Sheldon, Iowa. Delbert worked for AMPI in Sanborn, Iowa, for 37 years; where he hauled milk and was a mechanic. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Muriel Haht on January 12, 1998. Delbert remained in his home before moving into the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon where he passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 reaching the age of 92 years, 2 months and 10 days.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the American Legion Mc Glothlen-Cowie Post #145 all of Sheldon. He enjoyed fishing in his younger years.

Delbert is survived by his daughter, Marcia and her husband, Rod De Boer of Leota, Minnesota; a brother and his wife, Henry and Kathryn Haht of Sutherland, Iowa and a sister, Bernice Herra of Custer, South Dakota; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a sister, Mildred Darr and two brothers, Melvin and William C. Haht.


Ronald L. Vander Sluis

Vander Sluis, Ron1Ronald L. Vander Sluis 82 of Primghar passed away on Monday February 18, 2013 at the Primghar Care Center in Primghar, Iowa

Services Will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday February 23, 2013 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland, Rev. Leroy Riemer will officiate with burial in the Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland.

Visitation will be after 3 P.M. Friday with the family present from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar.

Ronald Lee Vander Sluis, was born October 26, 1930 in Orange City, Iowa to John and Cora (Veldboom) Vander Sluis. He was baptized in the American Reformed Church in Orange City and lived there until the age of six, when his family moved to the Archer area. He received his education in the Archer school district and worked at the Farmer’s Coop in Sheldon before joining the army. He was stationed in Korea from 1951 to 1953. On October 25, 1953, he married Phyllis Mehrens, from Gaza. They lived in Linn Grove initially; Ron worked as a plumber’s assistant and Phyllis taught 5th grade. The couple rented farmland in the Gaza area for several years, before moving to the Mehrens family farm in 1965.When they retired from farming in 1991; they purchased a home in Primghar. Ron worked as an insurance agent for Farmer’s Mutual Insurance of O’Brien County and served on their Board of Directors from 1973-2004. He served as the Chairman of that Board from 2002-2004. He later worked for several years as a hail adjuster for Farmer’s Mutual Hail of Des Moines, Iowa. For twelve years, starting in 1994, the couple spent winters as “snowbirds” in Mesa, Arizona. Ron was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed doing Suduko, computer Mahjong, and jigsaw puzzles and regularly outfoxed the rest of the family in bridge. He will be missed by his family and friends, including his regular breakfast companions at Shorty’s Pit Stop and his coffee buddies at Pro-Go. Ron passed away on February 18, 2013 at the Primghar Care Center reaching the age of 82 years, 3 months and 23 days.

     Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Phyllis; two sons—Steven of Plainview Texas and Gary of Sutherland; two daughters—Rhonda of Portland, Oregon (and partner, Cyndi Rosene) and Jolene of Omaha, Nebraska; two brothers, John Vander Sluis (and wife, Marlys) of Sheldon and Les Douma (and wife, Bev) of Orange City; a sister-in-law, Lavonne Vander Sluis of Sheldon, and two step-grandchildren, Alison Syndergaard of Sutherland and Shawn Syndergaard of San Diego, California.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Harold.


Wayne Vander Schaaf

Wayne Vander SchaafWayne Vander Schaaf, 73, of Orange City, IA died Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Heritage House Care Center in Orange City.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8PM with family present from 5- 7PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Tuesday at 1PM at the First Reformed Church of Boyden, Iowa with Rev. Matthew Draffen officiating. Interment will follow the prayer service in Sheridan Township
Cemetery of Boyden.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30PM at the First Reformed Church of Orange City, Iowa with Rev. Mark Haverdink officiating.

Funeral arrangements are being completed with the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.