Mrs. Verla Smit

Mrs. Verla Smit, age 53, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, March 20, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City.  Pastors Mark Haverdink and Nick Koenig will officiate.  Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

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


Lucy Kix

Lucy Kix, age 82 of Rock Rapids, IA, died Thursday March 15, 2012 at Lyon Manor Nursing Home in Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m.Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA with Pastor Dan Haggar and Pastor Katie Van Veldhuizen officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Monday, March 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

Scott Griese

Scott Griese, age 49 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn. Rev. Daniel Donovan will be officiating.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel with the family present from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Burial will be at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 49 year old Scott Griese of Sanborn.

Viola “Ole” Wasmund

Viola “Ole” Wasmund, age 90 died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 17th at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley,IA, with Father John Vakulskas and Father Clair Boes as celebrants.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, March 16th from2:00 to8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.  There will be a Rosary service at 5:00 PM and Vigil service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home Friday night.

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George Braaksma

George Braaksma, age 94 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center in Sibley,IA.

Family and friends will gather at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley at 12:15 PM Monday afternoon, March 19th and process to the Holman Township Cemetery for committal.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM, Monday, March 19th at the Sibley Senior Citizen Center in Sibley,IA.  Time for food and fellowship will follow the service.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 18th from4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Glenn De Berg

Glenn De Berg, 65, of Britt passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012 at his home in Britt.

Funeral services for Glenn De Berg will be held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Britt Christian Reformed Church, 569 Main Avenue North, in Britt with Pastor Joel DeBoer officiating. Burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.

Visitation for Glenn De Berg will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 5 until 7 PM at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West, in Britt and will continue one hour prior to the service.

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Glenn, the first of nine children, was born in Sibley, Iowa on February 8, 1947 to Alvin & Frances (Mulder) DeBerg. Being the big brother to so many siblings helped Glenn develop the leadership and management skills that would prove useful throughout his working life. He graduated in 1965 from Sibley High School, and worked at several auto and construction-related jobs. Glenn always had an interest in horses, cars, and motorcycles, and you could usually find a restored or modified classic car or truck, or a sweet Harley Davidson in his garage. Glenn even owned a car dealership in the late 1980’s where he bought and sold Corvettes.

Glenn’s career in concrete and construction took him to many locations and provided clients with highly skilled labor and a first-rate product. He owned and operated “B&G Construction” where his workmanship was envied by many and appreciated by everyone who used him. Glenn made many close friends wherever he worked or lived, especially in Britt, Iowa where he has resided since 1995. He spent last winter in southern Texas where he enjoyed the beautiful weather and developed many new, loving friendships.

Glenn lived a bold and content life. Although he spent most of his adult life doing things his way, he believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age. And in spite of his strong, independent attitude, a desire to learn and grow in Christ had been rekindled in recent years. To some degree “a blessing in disguise,” the sickness that took Glenn’s life was a humbling experience, which allowed meaningful reunions, and loving bonds to be re-established with friends and family members, for which we are all grateful.

Glenn was married to Ramona Anderson in 1966. Their children are: Kent DeBerg of Spencer, Kevin DeBerg of Spirit Lake, and Koreen DeBerg of Washington, DC.  He was married to Darla Frerk in 1975 and their children are: Jill DeBerg of Primghar and Ryan (Dawn) DeBerg also of Primghar, and Lora (Jim) Pierce of Spencer. His six grandchildren are: Kasey, Dillon, Devin, Jacob, Reyna and Suri. Glenn has spent the last 17 years of his life with his loving companion, Bettie Vega of Britt.

Glenn leaves behind his mother, Frances DeBerg Harms of Boyden, two brothers:  Arlyn (Kris) DeBerg of Phoenix, Arizona and Ardell (Kris) DeBerg of Vergas, Minnesota, and six sisters:  Marlys (Stan) Korthals of Boyden, Helen Kaye (Les) Broek of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mary Jane (Larry) Klaahsen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Colleen (Ardell) Niemeyer of Boyden, Marilyn (Lem) Maurer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Caroline (Shaun) Hatfield of Lewiston, Idaho. Glenn has two bonus brothers:  Doug (Jeanette) Harms of Johnston and Steve (Judy) Harms of Slayton, Minnesota, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Glenn to Glory was his father, Alvin DeBerg in 2003 and his bonus Dad, Johnny Harms in 2011.

The DeBerg family would like to thank all of those who helped make Glenn’s last few months very meaningful and comfortable. We cherish his memory together, and look forward to a joyous heavenly reunion when we, like Glenn, can say that we are “Finally Home.”