Artie Van Roekel

Artie Van Roekel, age 95 of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Friday May 18, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Home in George.

The funeral service will be 1:30 P.M. Tuesday May 22, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Boyden, Rev Matthew Draffen will officiate. Burial will be in the Sheridan Township Cemetery near Boyden.

Visitation with the family present will be from 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. on Monday May 21, 2012 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Artie Van Roekel, the daughter of Peter and Effie (Vander Aarde) Van Zee was born December 3, 1916 in Boyden, Iowa. She received her education in Sioux County schools. On July 5, 1938, she was united in marriage to Abraham “Abe” Van Roekel at her parent’s home in Boyden. After their marriage the couple settled in the Boyden area where Artie stayed at home and raised their three children. After the children were raised she was employed for a couple of years at Smit and Sons in Boyden. Her husband preceded her in death on February 1, 2000 in George. During her husband’s illness Artie lived in George and later moved to the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon for several months. After leaving the Christian Retirement Home she moved to the Good Samaritan Center in George in May of 2007. She passed away at Good Samaritan on Friday, May 18, 2012 reaching the age of 95 years, 5 months and 15 days.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Boyden. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially at the trailer at the Lakes, where the family enjoyed fishing.

Artie is survived by her three children, Norlan and his wife, Roxa Deane Van Roekel of Boyden; Merle and his wife, Ginger Van Roekel of Boyden and Marla and her husband, Grant Krahling of George; eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; also other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a granddaughter, Lori Krahling; her parents and one sister, Geneva.

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Frances Riebeling

Frances Riebeling, age 91, formerly of Inwood IA, died Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 24th at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Inwood, IA, with Reverend John Wolf, officiating.  Burial will take place prior to the service private for family in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Hull, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 23rd from 2:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

Frances Dorthea Elise (Walter) Riebeling was born November 28, 1920 near Boyden, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Marie (Kruse) Walter. She was baptized on December 15, 1920 and confirmed on March 25, 1934 at the St. John Lutheran Church near Boyden. She attended parochial school through the eighth grade. After graduating from eighth grade she worked as a hired girl until getting married to Elmer Riebeling on June 26, 1941 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hull, IA. They were married for thirty-six years when Elmer passed away on September 3, 1977. They farmed in the George and Rock Rapids area until moving to Inwood in 1960. She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Inwood, IA, belonged to BLWC, circle, served on the Altar Guild, parish Education Board, and Luther League advisor and taught Bible school. She enjoyed having a garden and canning the goods. She was a great cook and baker of breads, rolls and pies. She raised ducks, geese and chickens, and spent a lot of time reading her Bible. She was very supportive to her family and friends.

Surviving are Jan Riebeling of St. Michaels, MN, Betty (Ron) Gruis of Rock Rapids, IA; grandchildren, Michelle Riebeling of St. Michaels, MN and Lisa (Clark) Citene of St. Michaels, MN, Jennifer (Jason) Holt of St. Michaels, MN, Pam (Lyndon) Johnson of Mitchell, SD, Joel (Nicole) Gruis of Colton, SD, Tim (Liz) Gruis of Westmoreland, KS; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Warner of Sioux Falls, SD, Delores Nachtigal of Ankeny, IA; two sisters-in-law, Nona Walter of Jasper, MN and Elizabeth Riebeling of Alvord, IA; one brother-in-law, Alfred Wagner of Glendale, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, an infant son, her son John, great-grandchild Isabelle Gruis, brothers, John and Carl Walter; sisters, Helen Diedrich, Viola Schroeder, Irene De Vries, Arlene Herman and Darlene Wagner.

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Wilma Hibbing

Wilma Hibbing, age 83 of Hartley, IA passed away at her home in Hartley, IA on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hartley.  Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, IA.  Rev. David Ericksen will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, May 20th starting at 3:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel inHartley,IA.

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Arthur Reekers

Mr. Arthur Reekers, age 87, of rural Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, May 21, at 2:00pm, at the Free Grace Reformed Church in Middleburg.  The Rev. Stephen Breen will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Capel Township Cemetery, near Middleburg.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Arthur Arie was born on March 12, 1925, in rural Sheldon, the son of Joseph and Martha (Nagel) Reekers. He was raised at Sheldon.

On June 24, 1947, he married Angeline Van Oort at Matlock. They made their home at Sheldon, Primghar, and California, where he farmed and also drove truck. About 1978, they settled at Middleburg.

He was a member of the Free Grace Reformed Church. He enjoyed mowing lawn and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of almost 65 years, Angie; two daughters and their husbands, Beverly and Henry Dunn, of Severville, Tennessee; and Aletha and Wade Haarsma, of Newkirk; a son and his wife, Allen and Karen Reekers, of Alton; six grandchildren, Roger Smith, Chad Smith, Renee Smethurst, Laura Van Voorst, John Reekers, and Jessica Reekers; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother and his wife, Merle and Jeanette Reekers, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Reekers, all of Sheldon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Reekers.

Memorials will be directed to the church.

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Dixon L. Nagel

Dixon L. Nagel, age 76 of Little Rock, IA, formerly of Rock Rapids, IA died on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Friday, May 18th at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA, with Marcus Ditsworth officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 17th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

Dixon Lee Nagel was born December 11, 1935 at his parents’ home in Rock Rapids, Iowa, the son of John J. and Alma (Siebsen) Nagel. He attended the community schools and graduated from Rock Rapids High School in 1955. He also worked for Phil Hess in the bakery. He entered the U.S. Navy for a short while, receiving a medical discharge in 1956. He returned to Rock Rapids and was united in marriage to Nancy Lea Morgan on August 13, 1960. He rejoined the bakery until 1962 when he and Nancy moved to Spirit Lake, IA where he worked for Glen’s Bake Shop. He then purchased the Bakery in Houston, MN. In 1970 he returned to Rock Rapids and worked for Lambert Van Olst and later Dave Dreesman at Golden Crust Bakery in Rock Rapids. In 1996 Dixon suffered a stroke and soon after was diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the lungs.

Dixon enjoyed fishing, and camping at Marble Beach, Newton Hills, Lake Pahoja, and especially Island Park. He had several dogs through the years and adored each of them. He loved old cars and was a charter member of the car club Accelerators of Rock Rapids.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Nagel of Little Rock, IA; five children, Clark (Tammy) Nagel of Davenport, IA, Monday (Dan) Durrence of Rock Rapids, IA, Shannon “Tuzz” (Sheila) Nagel of George, IA, Heather (Don) Blom of Inwood, IA and Cory (Rita) Nagel of George, IA; thirteen grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alma Nagel; one brother, Leo Nagel; and two sisters, Florence Menage and Isabel Ross.

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Alyssa Marie Zamarron

Alyssa Marie Zamarron, age 10 of Worthington, MN passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, following injuries sustained in an accident.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, rural George, IA, with Reverend Stephen May officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 16th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Alyssa Marie Zamarron was born on May 22, 2001, the daughter of Annamarie Villanueva and Robert Zamarron in Phoenix, AZ. Alyssa lived with her parents in Arizona for a time then moved to Sibley, IA, and attended school there until 2011. She had most recently been living in Worthington, MN and attending the fourth grade at the Worthington Elementary School. She attended church at the First Baptist Church in George, IA. However, she had accepted God into her heart and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Sibley, IA. She always loved singing at church, and actively went to TeamKids, Awanas, and Vacation Bible School. Alyssa enjoyed playing the violin in band and was looking forward to playing the clarinet next year. She also was very active in sports and loved art, singing, dancing and fishing. Alyssa loved her brothers Gauge and Robert, and sister Rihanna very much. She was her momma’s little helper, and best friend. Her favorite thing to do while at Grandpa and Grandma’s house was to play catch with the football and softball. She always had good sportsmanship while playing, she never had a frown. She was a very outgoing young girl, and always had a pretty smile to greet you with.

She is survived by her Mother, Annamarie Villanueva of Worthington, MN and her Father, Robert Zamarron of Glendale, AZ. Her two brothers Gauge Villanueva, and Robert Zamarron, Jr. and sister Rihanna Ramirez, who currently reside with Annamarie in Worthington, MN. Nanny Kim and Poppy Brad Scoplitte, Grandpa Ernie and Grandma Ramona Villanueva, Nana Bertha Zamarron, Antie Amanda and Uncle Remick Martinez, Aunt Summer Scoplitte and Uncle Jeremy Gonzales, Uncle Brad and Aunt Michelle Scoplitte, Antie Gloria and Uncles Eddie, Ernie and Isaac Villanueva, Uncle Randy Kruse, Uncle Rodney and Aunt Laura Kruse, Uncle Ryan and Aunt Lori Kruse, Uncle Jon and Aunt Rhonda Wade, Aunt Jan and Uncle Gary Geisler, Aunt Cindy Sincher, Aunt Barb Knaggs, Aunt Debbie and Uncle Bob Buehring, Uncles Gordo and Flaco Zamarron, Tia Angela. Cousins: Trent, Bella, Elexia, Anthony, Brooklyn, Riley, Cody, Monie, Buddy. Opa and Oma Kruse, Great Grandpa Al Buerhing, and Nana Chapa. Special Extended Family: Uncle Kelly and Aunt Sandy, Trista, Tanner, Thomas, and Trevor Doeden.

A memorial fund for Alyssa has been set up at the U.S. Bank in Sibley.

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