June 16, 2014 - 11:08 am - Posted in Obituaries

Lisa Vogel, age 49 of Rock Rapids, IA died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids, with Father Bruce Lawler as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 17th 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 in Rock Rapids. There will be a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

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

 Lisa Marie Vogel was born on December 21, 1964 in Le Mars, Iowa, the daughter of Pat and Dee Dee (Herrig) Hughes. She grew up in Rock Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1983. Following her graduation she attended Nettleton Business College for two years and then in 2011 she took some online classes from the University of Phoenix and received a degree in Psychology. On July 10, 1993, Lisa was united in marriage to Jay Vogel at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids. Lisa had two children from a previous marriage, Anthony and Devin Hommes. After Devin’s brain injury she was a caregiver for him for many years. Lisa worked several places throughout her life such as Doohen’s Steak House, Sportsmen’s Lounge, Casey’s and Sunshine Foods until 2012. She was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church and St. Catherine’s Society. Lisa always enjoyed meeting the public, visiting with family and friends; put others always before herself. She liked to cook, knit afghans and enjoyed the challenge of golf. She will be greatly missed.

     Lisa is survived by her husband of twenty years, Jay Vogel of Rock Rapids, IA; son, Anthony Hommes and fiancé Amanda McCulley of Rock Rapids, IA; mother, Dee Dee Hughes of Rock Rapids, IA; mother-in-law, Barb Vogel of Rock Rapids, IA; sister, Kris (Tom) Gauthier of Cedar Park, TX; brother, Shannon (Missy) Hughes of Dakota Dunes, SD; and other extended family and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her son, Devin Hommes; dad, Pat Hughes; father-in-law, John Vogel; maternal grandparents, Ed and Lorraine Herrig; paternal grandparents, Don and Rosina Hughes; and brother-in-law, Terry Vogel.
May 28, 2014 - 1:23 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Emma Lou Tolvstad, age 95 of Rock Rapids, IA died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 31st at Seeds Of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester, IA, with Rev. Todd Schlitter officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Lester, IA. Visitation will be Friday, May 30th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Seeds Of Faith Church in Lester, IA.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services. For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Emma Lou was born June 30, 1918, in her family home in Lester, Iowa, the daughter of August and Lena (Werner) Maurer. She was the youngest of five children.

She graduated from Lester High School in 1935. She attended Iowa State Teacher’s College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and returned to Lester to teach country school in Lyon County. After a few years of teaching, she returned to Iowa State Teacher’s College, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1945. She taught school in Randall, Sioux Center, Red Oak, Rock Rapids, and Lester.

She was united in marriage to Robert N. Tolvstad on December 22, 1946. They were married in her family home in Lester. They then made their home in Elgin, Illinois, where she substitute taught, until 1950 when they returned to Lester to farm. In 1962 they moved to a farm east of Lester where she made her home until she moved to Rock Rapids in 1992.

Emma Lou was a long time member of the Lester United Methodist Church. She served the church in many ways including church organist, Sunday school teacher and superintendent. While living in Lester she was a member of the Lester Legion Auxilliary. She was a founding member of the Pierians Group, a women’s book club. She belonged to the PEO Chapter A.I. in Rock Rapids. She served as a long-time member of the River Valley Players and the Lyon County Historical Society. In the 1960’s and 1970’s she wrote a weekly column for the Doon Press entitled “My Kitchen Desk.” She enjoyed the theater, acting in and directing plays, playing bridge, reading, the Lester dances, bird watching, gardening, entertaining and family gatherings.

She is survived by her three daughters, Julie, husband Gary Taylor of Rock Rapids; Kristin, husband Larry Lee of Savannah, Georgia; and Rebecca, husband Jeffrey Ives of Rolfe, Iowa; grandchildren Kalena Miller of Denver, Colorado, Amy Van Holland Skou and Daniel Van Holland of Rolfe, Iowa; great-granddaughter Laura Grace of Rolfe. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Susan Stiles, Harlan Maurer, Robert Maurer, Marilyn Ripperda, Karon Kramer, Paul Maurer, Jerry Maurer, and Alan Maurer, and many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Herman Maurer and Martin Maurer; sisters Wilma Garf and Rose Maurer; and by Robert N. Tolvstad; by nephews John C. Tolvstad, Roger Maurer, and Gene Maurer; by sisters-in-law Louise Tolvstad and Eleanor Maurer; and brothers-in-law John W. Tolvstad and Harry Garf.

She will be remembered by many as a dedicated teacher and a gracious hostess.

May 22, 2014 - 12:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Margaret Ver Beek, age 82 of Rock Rapids died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 27th at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, IA. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids. Visitation will be Monday, May 26th from 3:00 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

Margaret Gertrude Ver Beek was born February 20, 1932 in Platte, South Dakota, the daughter of August and Itje (VanderPloeg) Braaksma. She was the youngest of five children. Her mother passed away when she was 4 years old. After a few years, she moved with her father to Portland, OR, and later returned to Sibley, IA and lived with her brother, George and his wife, Johanna. In her teens she made her choice to serve the Lord and kept true to that choice all her life.

She graduated from Sibley High School in 1950. She worked as a secretary for the Superintendent of Sibley Schools, until she was united in marriage to John Ver Beek on January 26, 1956. To this union, two children were born, Kay Lynn and Timothy Alan. John and Margaret farmed southwest of Rock Rapids until moving to their home in town in December of 1995.

Margaret enjoyed cross stitching, crossword puzzles, going to garage sales, her flower garden, playing her organ, traveling, her grandkids and visiting her many friends and relatives.

In the early stages of her Alzheimer’s, she was able to stay in her home with John’s care. On November 11, 2011 Margaret began receiving nursing home care and resided there until her death this past Thursday, May 22, 2014, where she died at the age of 82.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John Ver Beek; her daughter, Kay (husband Tom) Dye; her son Tim (wife Becky) Ver Beek, all of Rock Rapids, IA; four grandchildren, Amber (husband Seth) Johnson, Kendra Ver Beek, Derek Ver Beek (fiancé Kelsey Krieg) and Dalton Ver Beek; one great-grandson, Tyce Johnson; one step-great-granddaughter, Tenley; three sisters-in-law, Annie Braaksma of Sibley, IA, Edna Braaksma of Sheldon, IA and Elaine (husband Ken) Meyer of Cottonwood, MN; brother-in-law, Albert John Kracht of Steen, MN; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Itje Braaksma; a sister, Lucy Steen; three brothers, Jake, George and Gerard Braaksma; two sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Kracht and Johanna Braaksma; and a brother-in-law, John Steen.

May 21, 2014 - 9:01 am - Posted in Obituaries

Marlys Grotluschen age 88 of George, IA died Tuesday May 20, 2014 at the Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, MN.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Reverend Paul Soderquist officiating. Private burial with family will take place prior to the service. Visitation will be Friday, May 23rd from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

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

Marlys Grotluschen was born on January 6, 1926 in George, IA, the daughter of Henry and Christine (Hilbrands) Ubbinga. She grew up in George and graduated from the George High School in 1943. That same year she was united in marriage to Erwin Grotluschen on October 8, 1943. The couple lived on the family farm west of George for a year then move into town. On July 24, 1969, Erwin passed away and Marlys began working at the George Public School as a secretary. Marlys was an active member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church and the community of George. She enjoyed playing cards, crafts, sewing, reading, cooking, baking and loved kids. She was known as “Little Grandma” by her grandchildren and the young kids in her neighborhood. Marlys will be greatly missed.

Marlys is survived by four children, Sherilyn Kix of Savage, MN, Bob (Jane) Grotluschen of Boulder, CO, Lori (Mark) Bluml of Carroll, IA and Glenn Grotluschen of Jefferson, IA; nine grandchildren, David (Pa) Kix, Sarah Kix and fiancé Aaron Neugebauer, Susie (Chris) Donahue, Anna (Joe) Bertagnolli, Karl (Julie) Grotluschen, Greta (Lucas) Elsbernd, Benn Bluml, Meredith (Nathan) Fetters and Luke (Rachel) Grotluschen; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Beverly (Larry) Ackerman of Arvada, CO; sister-in-law, Norma Ubbinga of George, IA; brother-in-law, Don (Dixie) Grotluschen of George, IA; several nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Henry and Christine Ubbinga; husband, Erwin Grotluschen; daughter, Kristin; brother, Ronald Ubbinga; son-in-law, Fred Kix; and great-granddaughter, Georgie Donahue.

May 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ralph B. Roelfs, 96 of Sheldon, IA, formerly of Ashton, IA, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Field Crest Assisted Living in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 20th at Zoar Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow at Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, IA. Visitation will be Monday, May 19th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home in Ashton.

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

Ralph Benjamin Roelfs was born April 5, 1918 on a farm two miles south of Ashton, Iowa, the son of George and Catherine (Johnson) Roelfs. At age three Ralph’s father died. He and his family moved to Grandma Johnson’s farm to live. In March of 1923 they moved to a farm nearby and Ralph attended the Goewey #4 School through 7th grade. He continued his education at Ashton Public School and graduated in 1935.

In 1937 Ralph began to farm near Ashton. On November 23, 1944 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Risius at Trinity Reformed Parsonage in Sibley, IA. The newlyweds lived on the family farm, where they continued farming and raised their three daughters. In 1983 Ralph and Jeanette retired and moved to Sheldon. They enjoyed 20 plus winters together in Mission, TX. In April of 2006 they moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon, IA. On April 9, 2006 Ralph’s wife of 61 years died. Ralph remained living at Fieldcrest the remainder of his life.

He was a long time member of Ashton Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder and taught Sunday School for 40 plus years. After the church closed he became a member of Zoar Presbyterian Church of rural George. In his youth Ralph was involved with Christian Endeavor, where he served as President at the district level and Vice President at the state level. He also served on the Osceola County ASC, Goewey Township Committee as Secretary, and Sheldon Community School Board for 12 years, two of which he served as President. He was a charter member of Ashton 100 Club and Sheldon Senior Citizen Club. Ralph was often called on to provide the message in church and Chapel at Fieldcrest, which he was always up to the task.

He is survived by three daughters, Janice (Stan) TenKley of Sheldon, IA, Sandra (Ken) Krieg of Kingsley, IA and Gail (Dave) Morrison of Palm Bay, FL; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Trena DeVries of Sibley, IA and Henrietta Aielts and husband Ailt of Worthington, MN; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Catherine Roelfs; loving wife, Jeanette Roelfs; a sister, Lena (Lawrence) Osgood; and his mentor, Ralph Johnson.

May 13, 2014 - 5:12 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral-male candleRandy Mammenga of Rock Rapids Iowa, died Monday at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, 1 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, Rock Rapids. Chapel Hill Funeral Home of Sioux Falls is assisting the family.

May 13, 2014 - 2:17 pm - Posted in Obituaries

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Donald A. Roemen, age 92 of Larchwood, IA died Monday May 12, 2014 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, May 16th at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, IA, with Father Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial will follow at the Larchwood Cemetery in Larchwood, IA. Visitation will be Thursday, May 15th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood. Also there will be a Vigil service held at 7:00 PM Thursday evening at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Donald A. Roemen was born July 31, 1921 in Larchwood, IA. He was the son of Frank and Marie (Robbin) Roemen. He lived his entire life in Larchwood, graduating from St. Mary’s Catholic School. After graduation, Donald took a few post-graduate courses and then became a self-employed trucker. He began farming with his father and then leased land north of town. In 1960 he purchased the family farm and lived there until he retired. After retirement he was employed for many years by Grand Labs, and re-retired in his early 80’s.

During his free time Donald enjoyed fishing, tinkering, woodworking and visiting his family and friends. When Donald was 90 he took a trip to Germany to see where his mother was born and visit her family.

Donald is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Helen; five daughters, Rose Marie (Dan) Conway of Sun City, AZ; Kathleen (Joe) Robillard of Maple Grove, MN; Eileen Roemen of Sun City, AZ; Elaine (Vince) Fox of Chandler, AZ and Pat (Randy) Rowen of Omaha, NE; three sons, Keith (Coleen) Roemen of Council Bluffs, IA; Joel (Rochelle) Roemen of Sachse, TX and Tim Roemen of West Des Moines, IA. He is also survived by two sisters, Elfrieda “Kitty” Newsome of FL and Laverna O’Connell of Sioux Falls, SD. In addition to his children he also had 23 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He also was loved by his many “favorite” nieces, nephews, fishing buddies and extended family members.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Larry, Guy and Bruce; grandson, Joshua Reetz; brothers, Henry, Herbert, Arnold and Ervin; and two siblings died in infancy.

May 10, 2014 - 7:22 am - Posted in Obituaries

John Tolvstad John Tolvstad, age 92 of Rock Rapids, IA died Friday, May 9, 2014 at Rock Rapids Health Centre.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 13th at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, Iowa.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, May 12th with the family present from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall in Lester.

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

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

John W. Tolvstad was born November 18, 1921 in Elgin, Illinois, the son of J. Norman and Evelyn (Sandberg) Tolvstad. He grew up in Elgin and received his education at Elgin High School. John began his employment with Illinois Bell Telephone Company in 1940. In August of 1942 John enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps, receiving an honorable, medical discharge, before enlisting with the U.S. Army, serving until November of 1944 when he received his honorable discharge.

John was united in marriage to Louise Moser on April 26, 1944. They lived in Elgin until 1955, when they moved to Dundee, IL. After 42 years of employment with the Telephone Company, John retired in 1982. In 1983 John and Louise moved to Rock Rapids, IA where they lived the rest of their lives.

John was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA, member of Rex Strait Post No. 103 American Legion in Rock Rapids, NRA, Pheasants Forever, and lifetime member of the Rock Rapids Gun Club. John taught the Hunter’s Safety Course to many of the youth in Lyon County, and supplied hundreds of guns to the youth for hunting and the sports of Trap and Skeet Shooting. He was an avid hunter and fisherman well into his 80’s. He also enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses. On August 1, 2005, John’s wife Louise died after 61 years of marriage. John remained living in their home until October of 2011, when he entered Rock Rapids Health Centre. He remained there until this past Friday, May 9, 2014, when he died at the age of 92. He will be remembered by many as a generous and giving person.

John is survived by his daughter, Susan, husband Daniel Stiles of Kokomo, IN; sisters-in-law, Emma Lou Tolvstad, Donna Metzger and Tina Moser all of Rock Rapids, IA; niece, Julie, husband Gary Taylor of Rock Rapids, IA; niece, Kris, husband Larry Lee of Savannah, GA; niece, Rebecca, husband, Jeff Ives of Rolfe, IA; five step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; special friends Glen and Joyce Metzger of Lester, IA; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Norman and Evelyn Tolvstad; his wife, Louise Tolvstad; son John C. Tolvstad; and brother, Robert N. Tolvstad.

May 9, 2014 - 2:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral-female1Naomi Knobloch, age 82 of Lester, IA died of Friday, May 9, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Monday, May 12th at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa.Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Faith Cemetery in Rock Rapids.Visitation will be Sunday, May 11th with the family present from 3:00 to 4:30 PM and again from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

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

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

Naomi Knobloch was born August 6, 1931 in rural Alvord, Iowa to Emil and Freida (Doerr) Knobloch. She was raised on the family farm near Alvord and attended country school and two years of high school in Lester, Iowa. Naomi worked for 42 years at the Sioux Valley (Sanford) Hospital in Sioux Falls. She became a member of the Apostolic Christian Church on August 16, 1956.

Naomi passed away after an extended battle with cancer at the Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids on May 9, 2014.

She is survived by 5 brothers and 2 sisters, Libbie Den Hartog of Shelley, Idaho, Gilbert Knobloch of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Silas (Edith) Knobloch of Lester, Iowa, Melvin (Wilma) Knobloch of Lester, Iowa, Clyde (Charlene) Knobloch of Mackinaw, Illinois, William (Eleanor) Knobloch of Tremont, Illinois, Esther (Dennis) Warner of Rock Rapids, Iowa. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Alfred; sisters-in-law, Vickie Knobloch, Joan Knobloch, Lucille Knobloch; brother-in-law, Vern Den Hartog.

May 5, 2014 - 10:38 am - Posted in Obituaries

STUBBE, Wayne picWayne H. Stubbe, age 86 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Friday May 9th, 2014 at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.Visitation will be Thursday May 8th, 2014 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 register book please visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Wayne Henry Stubbe was born February 22, 1928 at the family farm near Ellsworth, MN, the son of Jerry and Ann (Werkman) Stubbe. He was raised on the family farm near Ellsworth and attended country school there thru the 8th grade. In his youth Wayne worked for local farmers and on threshing crews in the summer. He later started working at the Coop Oil Company in Rock Rapids, IA. On October 28, 1949 he married the love of his life Audrey Arends at the Congregational Church in Ellsworth, MN. After getting married the young couple made their home in Rock Rapids, IA. While in Rock Rapids, Wayne worked at Quaker Oats which later became Cargill Inc., as a salesman from 1949 until 1980 when he and Audrey were asked to move to Royal, IA where he would be the head salesman at the Cargill Elevator there. He continued to work at Royal until 1991 when at the age of 62 he retired. Wayne and Audrey then moved back to Rock Rapids in order to be closer to their family. Wayne enjoyed doing many things including fishing, bowling, listening to music and of course going dancing with his wife. They attended many dances and were often complemented on how great they danced together. Wayne also loved watching his children and grandchildren in any of the events in which they participated in. He also loved making small wood items for his family to have. Once Audrey passed he spent many a morning at Sunshine for coffee sharing any news he had about his family. In March of 2012 Wayne had to be moved into the Lyon Manner Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA where he then made his home for the past two years. He loved the help there and always had to make sure he had chocolate for them. He had to give up many things when he moved in there but he was able to keep his pride and joy which was his Bose Radio which he always had playing as you came upon his room in the nursing home. His family will always remember him for his sense of humor, his great love of family, his love of music and his great work ethic.

Wayne and Audrey were both members of the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, where Wayne served for many years as an usher.

Wayne is survived by his children, Greg Stubbe and wife Liz of Rock Rapids, IA, Dave Stubbe and wife Linda of Oakview, CA, Larry Stubbe and wife Betsy of Rock Rapids, IA, and Lynette Wagenaar and husband Kevin of Little Rock, IA. He also leaves to cherish his memory 11 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Reck of Wentworth, SD; one brother-in-law, Harold Arends and wife Shirley of Marshalltown, IA; brothers, Ron Stubbe and wife Jan of Gretna, NE, Robert Stubbe & wife Sharon of Papillion, NE and Jerry Stubbe and wife Tara of Worthing, SD; and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Audrey; son, Mike; sister, Shirley Van Meeteren; brothers, Henry Wayne and Marvin Jerry.