Marie Loerts

Marie Loerts age 84 of Ocheyedan, IA died Sunday November 11, 2012 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley with Reverend Terry Simm officiating.  Burial will follow in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, IA.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 13th from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Albert Helmers

Albert Helmers, age 93, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012, at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sibley. Rev. James Berka and Rev. Ben Rucker officiating.  Burial in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 14 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Albert Helmers.

Julia McGee

Mrs. Julia McGee, age 68, of Orange City, formerly of Cherokee, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, November 17, at 10:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Julia Kay was born on June 26, 1944, in Lehigh, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Margaret (Smith) Aringdale. She was raised in Marathon.

On December 8, 1963, she married Paul Mc Gee. They lived most of their married life in Cherokee. She was hard working, until Parkinson Disease took over in 2007. In October of 2008, she became a resident of the Heritage House.

Julie was a member of the Meriden Evangelical Free Church, where she helped lead the AWANA group. She will be remembered for her faith in God, for her selfless giving and caring, and for her beautiful smile.

Besides being a homemaker, she had her own Home Interiors business for ten years, with her business card stating, “Have hammer, will travel.” She earned the title of queen of her division for northwest Iowa many times. Through this work, she got to know many women in the area.

Mrs. McGee had a green thumb and always had a garden and large flower beds. She enjoyed volunteering with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

She was a vibrant, outgoing person, who was devoted to her family, loving every second she spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her former husband and his wife, Paul and Dorothy Mc Gee, of Cherokee; a son and his wife, Troy and Tracy Mc Gee, of West Des Moines, a daughter and her husband, Tonya and Daniel Venema, of Orange City; and five grandchildren, Gabe and Mason Mc Gee, and Cara, Brooke, and Cole Venema.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Duane Aringdale; and a sister, Jan Schmillen.

Memorials will be directed to the future Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

Jake Vande Griend

Mr. Jacob Vande Griend, age 95, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, November 15, at 9:30am, at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Donald Lenderink and the Rev. Robert De Boer will officiate.  Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Walter R. Hansen

Walter R. Hansen, 62, of Alton, IA, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Orange City Area Health System Hospital in Orange City, IA, after a brief illness with cancer.

Funeral Service will be Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Mary Catholic Church in Alton, IA with Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.  There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alton.  Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.  Condolences may be sent online to

Walter was born Sept. 9, 1950, at LeMars, IA, the son of Joseph and Judith (Streff) Hansen. He was raised in the Alton area and graduated from Spalding Catholic High School in 1968. He then entered the 185th Air National Guard at Sioux City, IA, and after completing six months duty, was employed at the Sioux City Airbase. After leaving the guard, he was self- employed as a carpenter, worked for Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. at Remsen and then Advance Brands at Orange City, IA.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church at Alton. He enjoyed helping on the family farm, attending auctions, fishing and boating and collecting antique tools. He was a supportive uncle, attending the various activities of nieces and nephews in the area. 

Survivors include 3 brothers and 2 sisters: James Hansen of Austin, TX and his children, Jennifer and Holly; JoAnn Hansen of Scottsdale, AZ; Edward and his wife Audrey Hansen of Alton and their children, Mark (Rita) Hansen, Kris (Paul) Althouse, Matthew (Tammy) Hansen, Lisa (Benjamin) Whitmore, Jenna (Craig) Anthofer; Carol Hansen and her husband Tom Dusbabek of Scottsdale, AZ and their children Joe and Aaron; Bob and his wife Brenda Hansen of Greenfield, IA and their children, Ross, Stephen, Tim and Lizz.

Preceded by: his parents, 2 sisters, Shirley and Debbie both in infancy and a nephew, Raymond Hansen in infancy.

Casket Bearers:Mark, Matthew, Stephen and Tim Hansen, Craig Anthofer, Paul Althouse.

Memorials may be directed to Orange City Home Health and Hospice.



Louis A. Kitchenmaster

Louis A. Kitchenmaster, age 95 of Rock Rapids, IA died on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Rock Rapids Health Care Centre.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, Nov. 14th at Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Mark Hansen officiating.

Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery near Steen, MN.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 13th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church or charity of choice.

Louis Albert William Kitchenmaster was born April 4, 1917 in Allison Township, Lyon County, Iowa, the son of John and Emma (Lauck) Kitchenmaster. He was raised on the family farm near Steen, Minnesota and attended the Allison Township #2 school. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, at Steen, MN. After his education he remained on the family farm helping with the daily operation. At the age of 24, Louis’s father suddenly died leaving Louis to assume the responsibility for the farm duties. He was a proud farmer working the land for several years. He retired in 1980 and moved to a home in Rock Rapids, IA.

Louis enjoyed playing cards, car rides through the country side, family gatherings and watching the Minnesota Twins. His family will remember Louis as a kind and gentle man. This past Sunday, November 11th Louis died at Rock Rapids Health Care Centre at the age of 95.

He is survived by his siblings, Florence Kitchenmaster, Nora Ranschau, Norman Kitchenmaster, all of Rock Rapids, IA; Doris (husband, Pete) Stegenga of Sioux Falls, SD; eight nieces and nephews; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Emma Kitchenmaster; two sisters, Ella Weber and Edna Kitchenmaster; two brothers-in-law, Harold Weber and Carl Ranschau; and sister-in-law, Margaret Kitchenmaster.