October 22, 2014 - 11:00 am - Posted in Obituaries

Anna May Hector, age 96 of Ellsworth, MN died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Sunrise At Johns Creek Assisted Living in Johns Creek, GA.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 3rd at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, MN, with the Reverend Dr. Terry Morse officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth, MN.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Little Rock. For a complete obituary and online registry please visit our website: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Anna May Hector was born July 24, 1918 at the family farm near Little Rock, Iowa, the daughter of William B. and Ida (Moet) Mulder. She attended country school and help with the day to day operation of the family farm.

Anna May was united in marriage to Ben Hector on October 2, 1941 at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth, MN. Together they lived and farmed their entire married life in the Ellsworth area.

On October 17, 2002 Anna May’s husband of 61 years died after a lengthy illness. Anna May remained living at their farm until May of 2014, when she moved to Johns Creek, GA. She remained living there until her death on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

She leaves behind two children, daughter, Donna (husband, Gene) Reisdorfer of Cumming,, GA and son, Larry (wife, Smmie) Hector of Decatur, AL; as well as four loving grandchildren, Daniel (wife, Diane) Reisdorfer of Decatur, AL, Victoria (husband, Mark) Schaller of Cumming, GA, Deborah (husband, Eric) Cottingham of Decatur, AL and Laura (husband, John) Meisinger of Atlanta, GA; eight great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Marion Hector of Ellsworth, MN and other family, and friends.

Anna May joins her husband, Ben, her brother, sister, and many family and friends in heaven.

 

October 19, 2014 - 5:23 pm - Posted in Obituaries

La Donn Geerdes, age 72, of George, IA died Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Zoar Presbyterian Church in George, IA with Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA.

Visitation will be Monday, October 20, 2014 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.

La Donn “Don” Rae (Van Briesen) was born March 6, 1942 in Grant Township of Lyon County to Walter and Gladys (Duin) Van Briesen.  She grew up on the family farm by George where she attended country school and graduated from George High School in 1960.  On February 24, 1961 she was united in marriage to Norwood (Woody) Geerdes at Zoar Presbyterian Church in George, IA.  After graduation from high school she worked for Dr. Gessford in George, IA, Alf Manufacturing in Sheldon, IA for a short time, Geerdes Feed, George Good Samaritan Center, and John’s Steakhouse as a cook all in George, IA.  She worked many jobs throughout the years, all while working operating the family business, Geerdes Trucking in George, IA with her husband and sons until retiring in 2001.  La Donn would never allow a truck to leave the shop dirty.  She worked tirelessly to maintain a fleet of good looking trucks and still managed to always have time to cook and keep a miraculously clean house. She will always be remembered by all that had the opportunity to enjoy her truly delicious meals.  La Donn was one of God’s special people that even managed to find time to teach Sunday School, play piano at church and help anyone in need.  In her spare time she enjoyed sitting on the deck at home or at the lake and taking in the outdoors.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were very special to her.

La Donn is survived by her husband Norwood of nearly 54 years; two children, son, Tyron (Kim) Geerdes of Rock Rapids, IA and their two children, Amber (Kenneth) and their daughter, Addisyn Van Den Top of Sioux Falls, SD and Grant Geerdes of Rock Rapids, IA; son, Todd (Roxie) Geerdes of Brandon, SD and their two children, T. J (Randi Stoeberl) and their daughter, Zoey Geerdes of Rice Lake, WI and Zach Geerdes of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Thelma Van Briesen and brother Paul (Angie) Van Briesen all of George, IA; and several nephews, a niece and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Gladys Van Briesen, sister, Doris Stubbe and brother, Larry Van Briesen.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:  www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

October 15, 2014 - 3:42 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mary Huisman age 64 of Rock Rapids, IA died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, with Pastor Marsha Sangel officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Harris, IA. Visitation will be Thursday, October 16th from 4-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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

October 7, 2014 - 2:29 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Anna De Jong, age 98 of Rock Rapids, IA died Monday October 6th, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 10th at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Rev. Paul Soderquist officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA. Visitation will be Thursday, October 9th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church of George.

Anna Cena Lamfers was born December 4, 1915 at the family farm southwest of George, Iowa, the daughter of Ralph C. and Essie (Stubbe) Lamfers. She attended country school and as a young lady worked for area families doing various household duties.

Anna was united in marriage to Hessel De Jong on April 14, 1938 at her parents’ home. Together they lived and farmed near Sheldon, Spencer, and Doon, Iowa. In 1948 Anna and Hessel bought and established their own farm east of Rock Rapids, Iowa, where they raised nine children. They retired in 1980 and moved from the farm to a house north of Rock Rapids. In 2008 they moved to Premier Estates Assisted Living in Rock Rapids.

Anna was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, Iowa since age 12. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, canning, playing bingo and enjoyed vacationing with Hessel later in life. Anna and Hessel also enjoyed singing in the church choir and listening to gospel music in their home. On March 27, 2010 Anna’s husband, Hessel died, after 72 years of marriage. Anna remained living at Premier Estates until November of 2011 when she entered Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids. She remained living there until her death this past Monday.

She is survived by her children, Beverly (Delbert) Klaassen of Sibley, IA, Lois (Darwin) Willemssen of George, IA, Janice Schneidermann of Little Rock, IA, Nancy Lodes of Luverne, MN, Linda (Dell) Rasmussen of Sioux Falls, SD, Audrey (Bill) Lundy of Slayton, MN, Harold (Jo) De Jong of Little Rock, IA, Karen (Jon) Walker of Sioux Falls, SD, and Greg (Sherri) De Jong of Rock Rapids, IA; twenty-nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; forty-four great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Elvin Lamfers of Sun City, AZ; four sisters-in-law, Jennie Engelkes of Benson, MN, Louisa Jacobsma of Bigelow, MN, Tillie Rook of Rock Valley, IA and Minnie De Jong of Sibley, IA; two brothers-in-law, Gerrit Jr. (Erma) De Jong of Sibley, IA and Arnold De Jong; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hessel De Jong; a son-in-law, Burdell Schneidermann; an infant granddaughter, Kristi Sue Klaassen; a brother, Raymond Lamfers; and two sisters, Frieda Eide and Bernice Becker.

October 7, 2014 - 1:38 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Don Andringa, age 81, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at George Samaritan Society in George, Iowa.

Private Family Funeral Service will be Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service. Rev. Paul Van Maaren officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, October 9 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 7:30 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 Don Andringa.

Donald LeRoy Andringa was born on August 20, 1933 in Hartley, Iowa. He was the son of Fredrick and Elizabeth (De Boer) Andringa. He lived his youth in the Hartley and Archer, Iowa areas and graduated from Archer High School.

He was united in marriage to Margene “Midge” Frances DeKok of Archer, Iowa on August 5, 1954 in Archer. They lived on the family farm in rural Archer until they moved to Sheldon, Iowa whereDon worked for his brother, Jack, at Andringa Construction. When his brother died, Don startedAndringa Roofing in Sheldon, retiring in 1998, after owning and operating his business for 32 years.
He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon.

Don enjoyed traveling to visit family in California and Florida. He was an avid reader and enjoyed studying History and Genealogy. He raised Chesapeake and German Shorthair dogs and enjoyed hunting pheasants and ducks. He liked to sing. He especially enjoyed doing things with the family, his grandchildren and great grandchild meant a lot to him.

He passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society in George, Iowa.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife: Midge Andringa of Sheldon, IA; two sons: Greg and wife Janet Andringa of Sheldon, IA, Mike Andringa of Sheldon, IA; two grandchildren: Samantha (Doug) Haupert of Boyden, IA, Judd Lee Andringa of Sheldon, IA; one great-grandchild: Addison Haupert; one sister: Gladys Bajema of Whitinsville, MA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

October 7, 2014 - 12:25 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marjorie Ruth “Marge” Mogler, age 84 of Lester, IA, died after a courageous and uncomplaining battle with cancer on Monday, October 6, 2014, at Rock Rapids Health Center.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 8 with the family present from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall in Lester. The family requests floral arrangements and/or memorial items be limited and that those desiring to make a donation consider directing it to Apostolic Christian Church World Relief Sewing.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

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

Marjorie Ruth Mogler was born December 8, 1929, in rural Alvord, IA, to Henry and Pauline (Dietrich) Mogler. She was raised on the family farm and attended school in Logan Township #1 through 8th grade. She then attended Lester High School, from which she graduated in 1947. Following her graduation, she worked at home on the farm for two years. In 1949, she became employed at Mogler Farm Industries – a position she held for 36 years. After retiring from there, she worked for Doug’s Appliance Service for 3½ years and then gave part-time care to her niece’s children for a year. She was then employed part-time by Dutchland Foods for 13 years. During 41 of her years of employment, she also worked for the Lester City Treasurer. She retired completely in 2011, at the age of 81.

“Aunt Marge” especially enjoyed and appreciated family time, and had a special spot in her heart for each of her nieces and nephews as well as her many great-nieces and great-nephews, which was reciprocated. During their growing-up years, she read countless books to them all, held little hands on many walks, and played innumerable games with them. For many years, her siblings and in-laws as well as nieces and nephews along with their children fondly anticipated an annual outing to Pizza Ranch, compliments of Marjorie.

Marjorie’s faith was of the utmost importance to her. She became a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in 1954 and served twelve years as a Sunday school teacher. Marjorie was also faithfully involved as an active participant in the church’s Single Group activities during her sixty years of membership.

She is survived by two brothers, Phil (Donna) Mogler (Rock Rapids) and Howard (Lillian) Mogler (Alvord); three sisters, Leona Moser (Lester), Florence Knoblock (Lester), and Melva Messner (Rittman, OH); one brother-in-law, Frank Moser (Larchwood); 11 nieces; 10 nephews; 48 great-nieces; 41 great-nephews; and numerous great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Kellenberger and Verna Moser; four brothers-in-law, Adrian Kellenberger, Roland Messner, August Knoblock, and Leo Moser; two nephews, David Messner and Perry Mogler; four great-nephews, Ben Messner, Nathan Messner, Luke Messner, and Landon Wulf; and a great-great nephew, Tanner Wettstein.

September 22, 2014 - 8:50 am - Posted in Obituaries

Leola Bleeker, age 81 of Sheldon, IA formerly of George, IA died Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, September 23rd at First Baptist Church of George, IA, with Rev. Dr. Mike Hagan officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, September 22nd from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, which is in charge of the services for 81-year old Leola Bleeker of Sheldon.

Leola Bleeker was born April 8, 1933 in Steen, MN to George and Lillian (Veenker) Jurrens. At an early age her family moved to George, IA where Leola graduated from high school. She continued her education at Westmar College in LeMars, IA where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Leola spent her entire professional career teaching. She began her teaching career in a country school near George and then taught at the Elementary school in George until her retirement in 1996. On June 24, 1955 Leola was united in marriage to Lemoyne Bleeker at Tabernacle Baptist Church in George, IA. Lemoyne and Leola had three children: Linnae, Lyndon and Lori. In the year 2000, she and Lee moved to Sheldon, IA to be near family.

Leola truly had the heart of a teacher. She enjoyed getting to know her students over the years and loved seeing their joy of learning. Many of her former students will remember her saying, “We should give each other warm fuzzys and not cold pricklies.” She was a member of a teaching fraternity called Delta Kappa Gamma.

As a young child Leola accepted Christ as her Savior. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of George, IA. Music was a big part of her life and she loved playing the piano. She had a love of reading and enjoyed board games, fishing, and scrapbooking. She also had a passion to travel with her husband; the highlight of their travels being a trip they shared to Europe. Leola cherished her husband and her family.

Leola is survived by her husband of 59 years, Lee Bleeker of Sheldon; daughter, Linnae (Gregg) Maakestad of Osage, IA; son, Lyndon Bleeker of St. Louis, MO; and daughter, Lori (Bill) Jongewaard of Sheldon, IA; 11 grandchildren; 7.5 great-grandchildren; sister, Lavetta Kruger of Mitchell, SD; and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillian Jurrens; and special great-nephew, Sam Kruger.

September 16, 2014 - 12:51 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Perry Mogler, age 45 of Lester, IA died Monday September 15th, 2014 at his home near Lester after a three year battle with brain cancer.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA.Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Lester, IA. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 17th with family present from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Lester.

The family requests NO flower arrangements or gifts. In lieu of these items a donation may be sent to: Apostolic Christian Church, c/o Perry Mogler Fund, 510 Dove Ave, Lester, IA 51242.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

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

Perry Paul Mogler was born September 5, 1969 in Rock Rapids, IA to Howard and Lillian (Luthi) Mogler. He was raised on a farm near Lester, IA and graduated from West Lyon Community School in 1988. In 1992 he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Ag Business and then returned to Lester to work beside his father and brothers in the family farming operation. On August 3, 2002 he was united in marriage to Jessica Jensen from Luverne, MN. They shared their 12 years of marriage together on a farm near Larchwood, IA. Blessed to this union were five children. Perry was baptized and became a member of the Apostolic Christian Church on October 21, 2012. Perry enjoyed farming, woodworking, camping, building and flying model airplanes and most of all spending time with his family.

Those blessed to have shared in Perry’s life and left to cherish his memory are his wife Jessica and their five children: Mallorie Lynn, Rier Paul, Elise Laree, Leah Joy, and Marissa Lynn of Larchwood, IA; parents, Howard and Lillian Mogler of Alvord, IA; brothers, Rodney (Lois) Mogler of Alvord, IA; Kent (Mary) Mogler of Mendota Heights MN; Brian (Bev) Mogler of Alvord, IA; Dwight (Donna) Mogler of Alvord, IA; sisters, Beth (Myron) Knobloch of Alvord, IA; Wendy (Thadd) Knoblock of Rock Rapids, IA; and in-laws Randy and Cherie Jensen, Jamie and son Oscar Serreyn, and Jens (J.R.) Jensen all of Luverne, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Perry was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.

September 9, 2014 - 1:21 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Elizabeth Riebeling age 95 of Lester, IA died Monday, September 8, 2014, at her home south of Lester, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12th at Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Mark Hansen officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Lester, IA. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 11th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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

Elizabeth Riebeling was born July 25, 1919 on a farm near Little Rock, Iowa, the daughter of Aljet B. and Grace (Unden) Henrichs. She attended country school and worked as a hired hand and house maid at the age of 14.
     Elizabeth was united in marriage to Waldo Riebeling on April 26, 1946. Together they raised crops and milked cows near Alvord, IA their entire married life. They were blessed with three children, Wanda, Viola and LeRoy. On December 5, 1953, Elizabeth’s husband died and Elizabeth continued to run the farm until age 89. After she slowed down from the day to day chores, she enjoyed search-a-word and puzzles along with hot tea and Ritz crackers.
     She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Rock Rapids. Elizabeth’s family will remember her as a strong willed woman with a tremendous work ethic.
     She is survived by her two daughters, Wanda Riebeling of Alvord, IA and Viola McKenney of Rock Rapids, IA; four grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and other extended family.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Waldo Riebeling; son, LeRoy James Riebeling; five sisters, Anke Jurrens, Minnie Lursen, Helen Jurrens, Annie Harms and Grace Nuebauer; and five brothers, Ben Henrichs, Willie Henrichs, Reiner Henrichs, George Henrichs and Aljet (Ollie) Henrichs.
September 4, 2014 - 11:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

Alma Johnson age 92 of Rock Rapids, IA died Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids, with Pastor Dean Shelly officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA. Visitation will be Monday, September 8th from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alma Pauline Garnmeister was born on September 20, 1921, the daughter of August and Mary Dorothea (Jessen) Garnmeister. She was raised on a farm near George and attended country school there until her mother passed away. On June 14, 1939, Alma was united in marriage to Roy Fredrick Johnson. The couple lived in George until 1966 and then moved to Rock Rapids. Roy passed away on December 14, 1990. Alma held various positions throughout her life, she worked at Campbell Soup in Worthington, MN; cleaned houses in George and Rock Rapids; worked at the cleaners in Rock Rapids. She was a cook at many restaurants in the area such as: The Corner Café, Lane’s Café both in Rock Rapids and the Doon Steakhouse in Doon, IA. Alma was a member of the Lutheran Church in George. She enjoyed cooking and crocheting.

Alma is survived by three children: Shirley Ann Huisman of Rock Rapids, IA, Marilyn (Jack) Akridge of Maricopa, AZ and Pamela (Glenn) Kooiker of Omaha, NE; ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and nineteen great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and August Garnmeister; husband, Roy Johnson; one daughter, Dorothy Johnson and one son, Roy Robert Johnson; brother, Elmer Garnmeister; sister, Louise Blau; and two infant brothers, Arthur and Arnold Garnmeister; and a grandson-in-law, James Kuchenbecker.