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.”


Tena Vogel

Tena Vogel, age 91, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating. Graveside Services will be Friday at 9:30 A.M. at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley. Friends and family can meet at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley at 9:00 A.M. to process to Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 15, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan.

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Tena Vogel was born on June 12, 1920 in Ocheyedan, Iowa. She was the daughter of David Leonard and Grace (Ferwerda) Dykstra. Her mother passed away and her father married Anna Wielenga. Tena lived her youth in rural Bigelow, Minnesota where she attended a country school. She was united in marriage to Frank J. Vogel of Bigelow, Minnesota on January 28, 1941 at her parents’ home south of Bigelow. They lived one year by Bigelow and then moved east of Ocheyedan, Iowa, where they farmed for 51 years, before moving into Ocheyedan.

After she raised her children, she worked at Campbell’s Soup in Worthington for a short time. She became a Certified Nurses Assistant and later a Medical Aid. She worked at Hartley Nursing Home, Country View Manor and Sibley Nursing and Rehab. She also worked as a Home Health Aid. When she was in her late 50’s, she took evening classes and received her G.E.D.

She was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan since 1942, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid and Sunshine Circle.

Tena enjoyed raising chickens, gardening and watching birds. She enjoyed growing flowers, especially roses. She crocheted and learned to play music by teaching herself. Frank and Tena traveled to Duluth, Minnesota to visit their daughter and Texas and Branson, Missouri for vacations. In 2007, Tena moved to Sibley Nursing and Rehab where she passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 71 years: Frank Vogel of Ocheyedan, IA; her children: Arlynn and Elaine Vogel of Sioux Falls, SD, Marwin and Twyla Vogel of Sheldon, IA, Mary and Arnold Braaksma of Allendorf, IA, Gladys and Bill Kunze of Duluth, MN, Muriel Vogel of Sibley, IA; twelve grandchildren; twenty four great-grandchildren; two half sisters: Rheta and Chuck De Boer of Hills, MN, Judy and George Steen of Sibley, IA; two brothers-in-law: Alfred Vogel of Sheldon, IA, Cornelius Vogel of Grand Rapids, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother; one son: Dennis Vogel; one granddaughter: Julie Vogel; four brothers: Leonard and Alice Dykstra, Clarence and Jessie Dykstra, Tom and Gladys Dykstra, Nicky Dykstra; two sisters: Martha and Henry Gravenhof and Martha Dykstra (infant); two sisters-in-law: Etta Vogel and Rayda Vogel; one brother-in-law: Peter and wife Ellen Vogel.

Vernon L. Rozeboom

Funeral services for Vernon L. Rozeboom, age 73, of Sheldon, Iowa who passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

His service will be 10:30am Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Fr. Allan A. Reicks ~ officiating.

Burial with Military Graveside Services by the: Sheldon V.F.W. Bunker-Peterson Post #7354 and the American Legion Mc Glothlen-Cowie Post #145 of Sheldon, IA will be in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 13, 2012 after 4:00pm with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon. A Scripture Wake Service will be at 7:00pm and a Rosary lead by the Sheldon Knights of Columbus will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

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Vernon Lee Rozeboom, the son of Lammert J. and Edith (Sorgdrager) Rozeboom, was born December 9, 1938 in Alton, Iowa. He attended school in Sheldon and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1957. Vern served for 8 years in the Iowa National Guard, being honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, he was known to be an expert marksman. On February 28, 1959, he was united in marriage to Beverly Schwarz in Sheldon, Iowa. The couple made their home on a farm south of Sheldon, near Vern’s folks, where he enjoyed helping his dad farm. In 1963, they moved into Sheldon. Vern and Bev bought a farm east of Sheldon in 1972, where he farmed until his retirement. Vern also worked for the Big “4”, later known as Land-O-Lakes and AGP for 23 years as a truck mechanic and retired as the shop foreman. He was known for his ability to fix anything. Vern also operated the Prairie Queen Distributing for several years and for 5 years he operated the dredge for the Floyd Valley Sand Gravel. He passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon reaching the age of 73 years, 3 months and 2 days.

Vern was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, where he was a Saturday night usher and was the Sexton of St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery for many years. He was an active member of the Sheldon Knights of Columbus, and was on the NCC Board of Directors for the Truck and Diesel Program. Vern enjoyed his yearly fishing trips to Canada, family gatherings, morning coffee with his many friends. He also enjoyed helping his son out at Art’s Repair. Anytime someone had a project that they needed help with or needed something fixed, Vern was there and he could fix it.

Vern is survived by his wife, Bev of 53 years; and their five children, Bill Rozeboom and his fiancé, Angel Maae of Sheldon; Theresa and her husband, Ed Vondrak of Hinton, Iowa; Dan and his wife, Janna Rozeboom; Dee Houtsma and Tim Rozeboom all of Sheldon; 17 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Daryl and Barb Rozeboom of Sheldon; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lammert on July 29, 2009 and his mother, Edith on February 16, 2012.

Geraldine Walvoord

Geraldine Walvoord, age 91, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Prairie View Home in Sanborn.  The funeral service will be 10:30am Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Troy Van Beek ~ officiating.

Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm Monday, March 12, 2012 with the family present from 6:00- 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Geraldine Walvoord, the daughter of Andrew Sr. and Jenny (Heitmeier) Bosch, was born August 11, 1920 near Sheldon, Iowa in Sioux County. She received her education in a country school in Sioux County. She was united in marriage to Marvin C. Walvoord on February 19, 1941 in Archer, Iowa. After their marriage they farmed near Sanborn and Primghar, Iowa in Center Township before retiring and moving into Sheldon in 1986. During the mid 1980’s, Gerry worked at the Paradox Florist in Sanborn for several years. Her husband, Marvin preceded her in death on May 1, 1991 in Sheldon. Gerry remained in her home in Sheldon before moving into the Prairie View Home in Sanborn in 2008. Gerry passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Prairie View in Sanborn, reaching the age of 91 years, 6 months and 22 days.

She was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon and a past member of the American Reformed Church in Primghar for 45 years. Gerry was very involved in bible study at both churches. As a youth, Gerry was very active in 4-H and taking many a project to the State Fair. She was a member of the Birthday Club and she enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, crocheting, but she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memories are her two daughters, Anne Koontz of Sanborn, Iowa and Jane and her husband, Greer Headrick of Des Moines, Iowa; and a son, Alan and his wife, Linda Walvoord of Celina, Texas; four grandchildren, Brett (Lynn) Koontz, Damon Koontz, Kimberly (Hunter) Dunn, Clay (Megan) Walvoord; eleven great grandchildren, Taylor, Nick, Hunter, Trevor, Tori, Tyler, Tommy, Ally, Amanda, McKenna and Colton; three sisters, Mary Holtrop of Worthington, Minnesota; Clara Vellinga of Sheldon, Iowa; Margaret Smith of Marietta, Georgia; and a brother John Bosch of Dakota City, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her parents, a sister, Tena Langenhorst; 2 brothers, Simon and Andrew Bosch Jr.; an uncle, Simon Heitmeier and an aunt, Gertrude Beerta.

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Dean Meyer

Dean Meyer, age 82 of Hartley, IA passed awayat the Baum-Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar, IA on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hartley.  Internment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, IA at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.  Rev. David Ericksen will be officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, March 9th at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

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