973_0000175272Moris Gonnerman, age 93 of Hartley, IA passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, IA on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 20th at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley, with burial at Pleasant View Cemetery near Hartley. Visitation will be held at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley on Friday, December 19th from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 93 year-old Moris Gonnerman of Hartley.

Moris Nelson Gonnerman and his twin sister, Doris, were born February 12, 1921 to William and Ann (Nelson) Gonnerman at Hartley, Iowa. He grew up on the farm northwest of Hartley and attended the local country school. Later, he graduated from Hartley High School.

On November 17, 1942, Moris married his long-time sweetheart and neighbor, Leah A. Frick. Moris and his father-in-law, Arnold Frick, purchased the Frick homestead where Leah had been born. After this purchase, they moved across the section from the Gonnerman homestead. Moris and Leah made this their home for many years. In time, their family increased with the birth of a son, Thomas Arnold, and a daughter, Susan Jane.

Moris loved the land and his animals. He raised and milked Milking Shorthorns his entire farming career. He began 4-H with his children and became a 4-H Leader for many years. Moris loved the time spent with kids and helping them with projects. Advancing from the 4-H shows, he began showing his cattle at the Clay County Fair. It was a family affair that grew to include the grandchildren as well. He loved going to the fair and visiting with all his fellow showmen. Moris continued this tradition for over 50 years, and now has passed it on to his son and grandson.

Moris was active in the Trinity United Church of Christ. He was on the Building Committee when the church was built, and was a member of the Brotherhood. He took great pride preparing the meat for the Brotherhood suppers for many years. He was also a charter member of the Lions Club in Hartley. You could always find him mixing pancake batter for their annual breakfast. Moris found satisfaction in keeping busy and had a great passion for helping others. After he and Leah moved into Hartley he would help the neighbors by mowing lawns or handling small repairs. He helped out at Fiesta Foods grocery store, and was always there early to help unload trucks and stock shelves. He enjoyed just spending time with his family; especially loved the time with the kids.

In December, 2010, Leah moved to assisted living at Hartley, and Moris, to the nursing home. He made many friends there and, once again, was always ready to help out with anything. On December 25, 2013, Leah went to heaven to set up housekeeping for Moris who would soon join her. On December 17, 2014, Moris took that final step.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Tom (Betty) Gonnerman of Sheldon, IA, and daughter, Susan (Mark) Guggisberg of Hartley, IA; his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Nagel; and sister-in-law, June Gonnerman, both of Hartley, IA.
Preceding him in death were his parents and siblings; and granddaughter, Shelley Gonnerman.

Dorothy Wilson, age 98 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 29th at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, IA, with Father Alan Reicks celebrating.

Burial will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be one hour prior the service on Monday morning at the church.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of services.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Mr. Henry A. Boender, age 93, of Hospers, IA, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, December 19, at 2:00pm, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Milton Sikkema will officiate. Interment will follow in the Hospers Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be after 1:00pm on Friday, with a family prayer service at 1:45pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

Tillie Ver Steeg, age 102 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids with Reverend Dan Haggar officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 18th from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM with family present from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Tillie Ver Steeg was born on June 25, 1912 in Middleberg, Iowa, the daughter of Egbert and Hattie (Bronkhorst) Kragt. She grew up around Hull, Iowa, and attended country school and Hull public school.

On January 31, 1934, she was united in marriage to Ronald Ver Steeg. After their marriage they lived in Clarion, Iowa for two years and then moved to a farm near Hull. In 1940, they move to a farm south of Rock Rapids. After retiring in 1974, they moved to Rock Rapids.
In 1931, she made profession of faith and she was a member of the Reformed church all of her life. Since 1941, she has attended Rock Rapids First Reformed Church, where she was active in the Dorcas Circle and key lady in the World Home Bible League.

Tillie volunteered at the nursing homes in Rock Rapids and was active with Dinner Date and Golden Age Club. She enjoyed making quilts and afghans and made one for each of her grandchildren.

Tillie is survived by five children: Bernard (Theressa) Ver Steeg of Sioux Center, Iowa, Ken (Dee) Ver Steeg of Springdale, Arkansas, Gene (Bev) Ver Steeg of Inwood, Iowa, Gen Van Veldhuizen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Galen (Jane) Ver Steeg of Sioux Center, Iowa; son-in-law, Harley (Elsie) Mulder of Highlands Ranch, CO; fifteen grandchildren and thirty-six great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Ver Steeg and Burdella De Jager; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Ver Steeg on December 30, 1988; daughter, Harriet Mulder in 2004; grandson, Michael Van Veldhuizen in 1980; great-grandson, David Van Veldhuizen in 2014; and four siblings, John Kragt, Ben Kragt, Ed Kragt and Katie De Zeeuw.

Aletha Mouw, age 87, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fieldcrest in Sheldon.

Memorial Service will be Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Dave Van Kley officiating.

Graveside Service will be Wednesday, December 17 at 10:00 A.M. at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 16, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com.

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service of Sheldon in charge of arrangements for Aletha Mouw.

Harvey Hilbrands, age 83 of George, IA died Friday, December 12, 2014 surrounded by family at his home in George.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Hope Reformed Church in George, IA with Rev. David Poppen officiating. Burial will take place prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, December 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hope Reformed Church of George.

Harvey Hilbrands was born on July 1, 1931 at George, IA the son of Fred and Tena (Gronewold) Hilbrands. He was raised on a farm, and attended country school through the 8th grade. He was drafted into the United States Marines in 1951 and served his country during the Korean War being honorably discharged in December 1953. Harvey was united in marriage to Hilda Snuttjer on August 12, 1952 at Hope Reformed Church. They lived in Fall Brook, California until December 1953. They moved back to Iowa to farm near George where they were blessed with eight children. Harvey farmed for 37 years. He also worked for the Lyon County Maintenance Department for 24 years and was a seed corn salesman. In 1990 Harvey and Hilda moved into town. He was a lifelong member of Hope Reformed Church serving as Deacon and Elder. His strong faith and service to the Lord was an important part of his life. He was also a 52 year member of the American Legion.

Harvey’s family was the center of his life. Having his family home for holidays and special events brought so much joy to his life. He loved attending the activities of his children and grandchildren. His family will remember him as a competitive card player, his love for Allis Chalmers tractors, and for his two-hand wave.

Harvey is survived by his wife of 62 years Hilda Hilbrands; eight children, Alan (Ina Faye) Hilbrands of George, IA; Linda (Lance) Grave of Spencer, IA; Donna (Glen) Geerdes of George, IA; Dennis (Marsha) Hilbrands of George, IA; Marcella (Jerry) Groen of Las Cruces, NM; Sherry (Doug) Harms of Aurelia, IA; Dean (Becky) Hilbrands of Remsen, IA and Vicki (Jeff) Lake of Sebeka, MN. He is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren: Heath Hilbrands, Stefanie O’Leary, Kelli Kruger, Katie Anderson, Kim Franzen, Dana Longlee,Kelsie, Grave, Reid Geerdes, Lindsey Brouillette, Jessica Groen, Jenna Harms, Dylan Harms, Casey Groen, Tanner Hilbrands, Reghan Harms, Trenton Hilbrands, Madison Lake, Maya Lake, Ellie Hilbrands, Maci Lake, Max Lake and 9 great-grandchildren: Taylor Hilbrands, Alyssa Hilbrands, Peyton Franzen, Claire Kruger, Vaeda Franzen, Emma Longlee, Sutton Franzen, Skyla O’Leary, Camden Kruger and one adopted exchange granddaughter Katrin Gelhar; brother Stanley (Erma) Hilbrands, Luverne, MN; sister Vera (Bert) Teunissen of Zeeland, MI; sister-in-law Lucille Smit Hull, IA.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Tena Hilbrands; brothers Abe and Alfred Hilbrands; sister Jennie Ten Braak.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Jurrens Funeral Home of George. For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Dortena Keninger, age 69 of Ashton, IA died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 15th, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Father Alan Reicks celebrating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 14th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. There will be a rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a vigil service at 6:30 p.m.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Dortena Mae Keninger was born October 4, 1945 in Sheldon, Iowa, the daughter of Gerrit and Jessamine (Schuller) Vander Pol. As a child she lived near Sanborn and attended Sanborn Christian School, until her family moved to a farm southeast of Sibley, IA where she graduated from Sibley High School in 1964. After graduating she worked for various families in the area providing child care.

She was united in marriage to Donald “Butch” Martin Keninger on August 5, 1969 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA. Together the couple lived and farmed northwest of Ashton. To this union four children were born, Donna, Karen, Leon and Joyce. She was a homemaker, maintaining vegetable gardens and provided meals for her husband and children. Later she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her health began to decline.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed puzzles and playing cards. Most of all she enjoyed time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She entered the Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center in Sibley, IA in 2000, where she remained until this past Thursday, December 11, 2014.

She was survived by her husband of 45 years, Donald “Butch” Keninger of Ashton, IA; four children, Donna (husband, Ken) Roder of Ashton, IA, Karen Keninger of Primghar, IA, Leon Keninger and Joyce Keninger, both of Ashton, IA; four grandchildren, Samantha Roder, Jennifer Roder, Kimberlin Roder and Michael Keninger; three great-grandchildren, Ava Richards, Ashton Richards and Claire Roder; two sisters, Janice (husband, Bill) Wolterstorff of Worthington, MN and Esther Vander Pol of Centerville, MN; three brothers, Charles (wife, Pearl) Vander Pol of Ashton, IA, Robert (wife, Carolyn) Vander Pol of Sibley, IA and Gary Vander Pol of Sibley, IA; brother-in-law, Vincent (wife, Lois) Keninger of Sibley, IA; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerrit and Jessamine Vander Pol; sister-in-law, Cindy Vander Pol; brother-in-law, John Keninger; nephew, Robert “Bobby” Keninger.

Mrs. Angeline Korver, age 86, of Alton, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 13, at 10:30am, at the Alton Reformed Church. The Rev. Scott Bonestroo and Pastor Matthew Wassink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton. There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 9:30 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Angeline Dena was born on August 28, 1928, at Carmel, the sixth child of fourteen children of William and Rebecca (Wesselink) Sandbulte. She was raised on a farm west of Carmel and attended the Carmel Country School and the Sioux Center High School.

On January 12, 1951, she married Calvin Marvin Korver at the Carmel Reformed Church. They made their home on a farm by Struble for a year and then moved to a farm south of Alton, where they lived until 2008. Calvin passed away on October 16, 2008, in Orange City, after 56 years of marriage. She then lived in the Pioneer Memorial Home and the Heritage House Nursing Home, both in Orange City, and she spent the last year in the Prairie Ridge Care Center.

Mrs. Korver was an active member of the Alton Reformed Church, teaching Sunday school classes, serving on the building committee, and participating in Circle and Guild. She was also a member of the Northwestern College Women’s Auxiliary and the Orange City Area Health System Auxiliary.

Angeline was employed at the First National Bank in Sioux Center before she was married and then became a homemaker and worked alongside Calvin on the dairy farm. She was also a Certified Nurse’s Aide at the Heritage House, after her children were grown.

She had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed opening her house and serving delicious meals to anyone who stopped. There was nothing she loved more than having her grandchildren stay overnight, making special meals for them, and attending their events. Her faith in God was tremendous, and she was very dedicated to teaching her children and grandchildren the Word.

Survivors include five children and their spouses, Miriam and Dave Hector, of Le Mars; Debra and Cornie Wassink, of Alton; Carlois Mirpuri, of Palm Bay, Florida; Martin and Molly Korver, of Alton; and Eileen and Terry Johnson, of Milford; twelve grandchildren, Karlton (Chelsi) Hector; Craig Hector; Pastor Matthew (Hannah) Wassink; Ryan (Kari) Wassink; Sharina Mirpuri; Shivani Mirpuri; Shalini Mirpuri; Seth (Michelle) Korver; Dane Korver; Clark Johnson; Olivia Johnson; and Milan Johnson; ten great-grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Howard (Bernice) Sandbulte; Iola Statema; Fonda Kooistra; Glen Sandbulte; Laura (Jim) Westra; and Rodney (Carol) Sandbulte; a sister-in-law, Bernice Tilstra; and a brother-in-law, Ed Kats.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Korver; seven brothers and sisters, Hermina (August) Ykema; John (Hermina) Sandbulte; Henrietta (John) Draayer; Lloyd Sandbulte; Duane Sandbulte; Sharon Kats; and Henry Bernard in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, the Rev. Richard Kooistra, and Frank Statema.

Memorials may be directed to the Calvin and Angeline Korver Scholarship fund for Northwestern College students in hardship situations.

Ronald Pope, age 83 of Little Rock, IA died Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, IA, with Reverend Scott Burdsall officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery at Little Rock, IA. Visitation will be Friday, December 12th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, IA.

For a complete obituary and registration please visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Ronald Lee Pope was born June 29, 1931 near Little Rock, IA to Leo and Edith Mae (Bramley) Pope. He grew up on his family’s farm near Little Rock and received his education in Country School. He was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. On January 4, 1969 Ronald was united in marriage to Betty Kruse in their church. The young couple continued to farm in the area and eventually took over Betty’s family farm which is now a ‘Century Farm’. They have been there their entire married lives. Ron was a farmer through and through. He never really retired but he slowed down in 1998 due to health problems. Ron and Betty rented out their land from then on and Ron took great interest keeping up on what was going on with the farm. It was hard for Ron to give up farming and when it came Fair time he loved to go and check out all the newest tractors and combines and other equipment. He was a great gardener and enjoyed giving away his produce to family and friends. Ron also enjoyed country music and boating. His family was very important to him and although he never had children of his own, his nieces and nephews knew that he loved them very much. This past Sunday Ron passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 83. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty Pope; nephews, Jeff Pope and special friend Paula of Anthon, IA, Mike (Kim) Pope of Anthon, IA and David (Kathy) Pope of Sergeant Bluff, IA; sister-in-law, Jean O’Brien of Hiawatha, IA; brothers-in-law, Dick (Evelyn) Kruse and Dale (Linda) Kruse all of Little Rock; cousins, Nancy (Terry) Moonen of Eden Prairie, MN and special cousin, Greg (Peggy) Kruger of Ellsworth, MN; and other extended family members.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Pope; sister-in-law, Mary Pope and brother-in-law, Dennis O’Brien; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Helmer and Emma Kruse.