July 31, 2014 - 3:40 pm - Posted in Obituaries

candleLarry Van Briesen, aged 74, of Little Rock, IA died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA with Rev. LeRoy Christoffel and Rev. Matt Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.

The Jurrens Funeral Home George is in charge of arrangement for Larry Van Briesen

July 28, 2014 - 9:37 am - Posted in Obituaries

Marcelyn Smid, age 81 of George, IA died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Reverends Paul Soderquist & Jan Burnett officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29th from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers family wish memorials be presented to:  Atlas of Lyon County.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of George is in charge of arrangements for Marcelyn Smid.

Marcelyn J. Smid was born on October 24, 1932 in George, IA, the daughter of John E. and Theresa (Sudenga) Smid. She graduated from George High School in 1950. She helped her dad with the Insurance Business and worked at Sudenga Iron Works and Sudenga Industries. She grew up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and was the church organist there. When the church closed, she became a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and Adult Bible class. Marcelyn graduated from Westmar College in 1959. She taught school at Harris, IA and Mason City, IA for several years. She attended St. Paul Bible College (now known as, Crown College in St Bonifacius, MN), for Library Science, and later became head librarian there until 1982. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Minnesota, and took some summer classes through the University of Denver. She worked at Bethany College for five years. In 1991 she started working for Sanborn Christian School and retired in 2007. She was a member of the Federated Woman’s Club, the Lyon County Historical Society and Ostfriesen Geneological Society. Marcelyn loved to travel and traveled all over the world. She traveled to thirty-seven countries and all fifty states. She chaperoned several annual trips to the Browns Conferences at Lake Okoboji until she couldn’t do it anymore. Marcelyn had a passion for music and loved to read books. She loved the Lord and always had a good word to say about everyone.

Marcelyn is survived by many cousins and friends.

Her parents, and several cousins preceded her in death.

July 24, 2014 - 2:20 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marvin E. Miller, age 59 of Alvord, IA passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Memorial service will be 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids with Reverend Dean Shelly officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

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

Marvin Eugene Miller was born on May 27, 1955 in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Ralph and Lorraine (Marquart) Miller. He later graduated from Watertown High School. Marvin met Vickie Dean on August 16, 1980 at Lake Kampeska near Watertown. On June 19, 1982, they were united in marriage at Memorial Park in Watertown. The couple lived in several states such as South Dakota, Florida and Iowa. Marvin worked as a truck driver for Pete Klein Trucking in Rock Rapids, IA. His hobbies included riding his motorcycle and looking at old cars. His favorite was the 1955 Chevy, the year he was born. He will be greatly missed.

Marvin is survived by his wife of thirty-two year, Vickie Miller of Alvord, IA; four siblings, Sylvia (Robert) Peterson of Charlotte, North Carolina, Joyce (Richard) Larson of Fargo, North Dakota, Kenneth (Roxanne) Miller of Uvalde, Texas and Frank (Karen) Miller of Watertown, South Dakota; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Ralph and Lorraine Miller and one sister, Janet Mathews.

July 21, 2014 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Obituaries

John D. Coulson, age 94 of Doon, IA died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 24th at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Marsha Sangel officiating. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids. Family will be receiving friends and family Thursday morning one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

John Delbert Coulson was born July 9, 1920 in Grundy Center, Iowa, the son of Delbert and Gretchen (McDonald) Coulson. He was raised and educated in Grundy Center and graduated from high school in 1938. After high school John spent time at the local newspaper learning how to operate and maintain the printing press. He also worked as a telephone and telegraph lineman.

On July 3, 1942 John entered the Army Air Corps where he was a Radar Repairman for Airborne Equipment. He was honorably discharged on January 21, 1946 and returned to Iowa. He and Fred Jess purchased the Little Rock Freelance Newspaper in May of 1948 and ran the paper until August of 1952. On September 7, 1952 John was united in marriage to Beverly Jean Julia Hanson at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA. They made their home in Rock Rapids. He began working at the Lyon County Reporter as a Mechanical Superintendent. On July 17, 1991 John’s wife Beverly died after 40 years of marriage. Soon after, John retired from the Reporter after working over 30 years.

John was a member of the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids and the Rex Strait Post No. 103, American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, mowing his yard, reading and short car rides. Most of all John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by five children, Jeane Bruns, Barbara Coulson, both of Doon, IA, Patti (husband Gene) Boon of Alton, IA, Mike (wife Tami) Coulson of Everson, WA and Nancy (husband Terry) Daily of Urbana, MO; seven grandchildren; and twenty-two great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Walters of Iowa City, IA; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Gretchen Coulson; wife, Beverly Jean Julia Coulson; three brothers, Donald, Paul, and Wilfred; and one sister, Margaret Ashby.

June 23, 2014 - 7:30 am - Posted in Obituaries

Wilson, RoseRose M. Wilson, age 82, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the George Good Samaritan Center in George, Iowa.

Her services will be Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00am from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. George Clausen ~ Officiating.Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, Iowa,Visitation will be Sunday, June 22, 2014 after 2:00pm with the family present from 2:00 – 4:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

 Rose Marie Wilson, the daughter of Emil R. and Rose (Wilkens) Thietje was born September 18, 1931 in Everly, Iowa. She received her education in Everly and graduated from the Everly High School in 1949. Rose went on to attend Sheldon Junior College in Sheldon, Iowa and graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and received her Master’s in Education from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. On December 31, 1952, she was united in marriage to Wesley William Wilson in Sheldon, Iowa. The couple’s married life was spent in Sheldon. Rose taught in country schools near Everly and McIntire, Iowa, while Bud was serving in the Korean War. After his return from the service, Rose stayed home to take care of the children, while she worked on her teaching certificate. Rose taught at East Elementary School in Sheldon for 37 years. The couple’s retirement years were spent in Sheldon. Bud preceded her in death on October 9, 2009. Rose remained in her home until March of 2014 when she moved to the George Good Samaritan Center in George, Iowa due to failing health. Rose passed away at Good Samaritan on Thursday, June 19, 2014 reaching the age of 82 years, 9 months and 1 day.
   Rose was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, the Northwestern Iowa Quilting Club, and Sheldon Garden Club. She was a Master Gardener. Dressing up as Patches the Clown and Mrs. Claus, she performed in nursing homes, the hospital in Sheldon and the Sheldon Public Library. She also enjoyed dinner date, playing cards and quilting ~ she must have given a quilt to about everyone in Sheldon.
Rose is survived by her children, Bill Wilson (Vennita) of Fort Pierre, South Dakota; Mike Wilson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lynn Wilson (Jaci) of Des Moines, Iowa; Laura Wilson of Clear Lake, Iowa and Cheryl Bender (Terry) of Tea, South Dakota; four grandchildren, Nicole Woessner (Joe); Wesley Tremmel and fiancé, Melinda McDowell; Benjamin Tremmel, and Brody Wilson; great-grandchildren, Kassaday Summers; Krimzon Summers and Chambree Woessner; step great-grandchildren, Jacob and Andrew Woessner; and a sister and her husband, Betty (Lowell) Seiberling of Alma, Wisconsin and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Ruth Peck and a brother, Emil Thietje Jr,.
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.