December 4, 2019 - 8:46 am - Posted in Obituaries

Roger Monen, age 69 of Lester, IA died Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his home surrounded by family in Lester.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Seeds of Faith Church in Lester, IA with Pastor Brent Eliason officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Lester.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with family present at the Seeds of Faith Church in Lester.

In lieu of flowers family wish memorials which will be designated to at a later date.

A complete obituary and online register visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.

November 25, 2019 - 1:04 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Louise Vis, age 96 of Rock Rapids, Iowa died Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 30th at Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Reverend Dr. Clifford Hoekstra officiating.

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, November 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, with family present at Christian Reformed Church of Rock Rapids.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Vis family for later designation.

November 18, 2019 - 6:13 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mary A. Lavender, 97, formerly of George, IA passed away peacefully in her home while surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, November 14, 2019.  Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, November 18 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Cemetery.  Visitation begins at 1:00 PM Monday, November 18 at the funeral home, where the family will greet friends until the start of the service.

Maryanna Pearl Ray, daughter of Earl and Gussie (Olin) Ray, was born December 13, 1921 in Norfolk, NE.  She grew up there.  Mary graduated from nursing school in Omaha, NE.  It was there she met her future husband, John Lavender, who was attending medical school.

Mary and John were united in marriage on November 7, 1942 in Omaha.  The couple made their home in George, IA where John established his medical practice.  The couple was blessed with three children, John Jr., Mary and Louise.  Mary and John attended Immanuel Lutheran Church and were active in Republican politics.  Mary was appointed by the Governor to a Judicial Selection Committee and was active in both Boy and Girl Scouting.

Mary will be remembered for her beautiful smile, warm heart, her strong Christian faith and her lifelong romance with her beloved husband.

Grateful for having shared her life are three children, John Lavender Jr. and his wife, Natalie, Sioux Falls, SD, Mary Van Loh and her husband, Ronald, Sioux Falls, SD, Louise Rouse and her husband, Philip, Denver, CO; and four grandchildren.  Mary also treasured her sister Geraldine’s only child, Rae Ann Schmeichel and her husband, Ron, Lincoln, NE.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John, on July 13, 2009; her parents, Earl and Gussie Ray; and her sister, Geraldine “Jerry” Baldridge.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Mary to the charity of your choice.

November 16, 2019 - 5:38 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Alvin Schettler, age 96, of Larchwood, died Saturday, November 16th at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids IA.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 20th at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, with burial at 2:00 p.m. at the Dell Rapids Cemetery in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood.  There will be a vigil at 7:00 PM.

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

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 96-year-old Alvin Schettler of Larchwood.

November 11, 2019 - 12:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Henry “Hank” Van Der Brink age 64 of George, IA passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at his home in George, IA.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, Iowa with Reverend John Pea, officiating. A prayer service for family and friends will be held at 10:00 AM at Jurrens Funeral Home of George with burial to follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery of George.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 12th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

November 6, 2019 - 3:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Gladys Hanzen age 97 of Doon, Iowa died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 9th at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA, with Reverend Scott Van Ravenswaay officiating.

Burial will be at Richland Cemetery in Inwood, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, November 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

November 6, 2019 - 6:22 am - Posted in Obituaries

Betty Jean Popkes age 90, of Brookings, SD, formerly of George, died Monday, November 4th at the Brookings Health System.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Faith Reformed Church in Brookings, SD with Rev. Rick Van Ravenswaay officiating.  Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery at George.

Visitation will be Friday, November 8th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. with the family present at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for 90-year-old Betty Popkes of Brookings SD, formerly of George.

 

 

November 1, 2019 - 5:36 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Delbert Glenn Symens, age 84 of Sioux Falls, formerly of George died on Wednesday, October 30th at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Zoar Presbyterian Church of rural George. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Interment will be in the Zoar Cemetery prior to the service.

The Miller Funeral Home of Sioux Falls is in charge of arrangements for Delbert Glenn Symens.

Delbert Glenn Symens was born on the family farm near Zoar Presbyterian Church on August 21, 1935, the son of Arthur J. Symens and Gladys (Trei) Symens He attended rural school and the George High School for two years, but completed his high school work while in the service, receiving a GED high school graduation certificate at that time.

Before entering the service he drove trucks for Koerselman Brothers and Wayne Beek and worked at the cement plant in Sibley. He entered the service in April, 1957, and served in the army in Germany. He received his discharge in 1959.

After his discharge he again worked at the cement plant and at Armours in Worthington. He and his brother, Burdell, then farmed in Minnesota for a time, but Delbert then moved to Minneapolis to work in construction for 13 years. At this time Delbert and Burdell bought a farm in southern Minnesota and farmed together there until their father suddenly passed away in 1977. Delbert then came home to farm the family farm and do construction work locally.

In 1980 he met Maxine Tanner and they were married on September 26,1981. After their marriage they moved into the house that Delbert had recently built on Dell Street in George where they presently reside.

In 1982 Delbert and Maxine bought the former Chevrolet garage building and Delbert remodeled it for the Slim ‘N’ Trim Exercise and Tanning Salon, which Maxine operated while Delbert continued to farm and do some construction work. In 1985 they bought the George Cafe, and while operating that they also bought the clothing store building and completely renovated and remodeled that to become the Pizza Ranch. They closed the George Cafe in 1990, but continued to operate the Pizza Ranch until 1996 when they sold it. During his time in business in George Delbert was a member of the Chamber of Commerce. In 1992 a new George Kiwanis Club was formed, and both Delbert and Maxine became charter members. Delbert served as President of the organization in the 2004-2005 year; the club was very active during his presidency, completing several community projects and enrolling a record number of 10 new members in that year. He remained a member of the club until 2007. In 1998, after retiring from the restaurant business, Delbert and Maxine bought rental properties in Sibley and George which Delbert maintained until 2011 when they sold those in Sibley.

Delbert was always interested in his family and their activities, not just his immediate family, but also 2nd and 3rd cousins, and Delbert & Maxine have organized the Symens family reunions since their marriage in 1981.

Delbert was a person of strong faith in God and his church was very important to him. During his lifetime, he held many positions in the church, those of Elder, Deacon and Trustee, as well as serving as the church treasurer for 13 years from 1998 to 2011. Probably Delbert’s greatest asset was his caring for people. Because of his caring, he was always willing to help people when they needed it and seldom did they need to ask for it. He worked with Maxine on sponsoring children in the Christian Children’s Fund and they have, since 2010, been funding a young girl, Juliet Najumba, first to complete high school in a private school (in Uganda). She completed her degree at the University in finance and is now working in a hospital in Kampala. Maybe the best example of Delbert’s caring for people was his blood donations. In George up to the present, he has donated 144 pints in addition to what he donated during the years he lived in Minneapolis.

Delbert enjoyed traveling, especially in his younger years. While he and Burdell were both in the service, they toured together in Europe. After their marriage, he and Maxine went on a tour to Hawaii and also another to central European countries. In later years, they traveled closer to home and enjoyed eating out with family and friends. At home, he enjoyed researching on the internet, reading and cooking.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marlyn and Irvin; and a nephew, Kevin Symens and a brother-in-law, James Driscoll.

Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, Maxine; two brothers, Burdell (Marlys) Symens and Arthur (Ferne) Symens; one sister, Elaine (Dick) Rypkema and sisters-in-law, Sharon Symens, Mary (Al) Meister, Pam Symens and Bonita Driscoll; nieces and nephews, Gale Symens, Greg Symens, Char Carlson, Kimm Symens, Jodi Ten Kley, Pam Rypkema, Kris Angeles, Scott Rypkema, Cathy Cole, Michelle Kawahl, Jennifer Symens, Amanda Peyton, Brenda Huls, Dean Symens, Stephanie Hill, David Driscoll; and two “adopted” daughters, Nohelia Garcia and Juliet Najumba, and many extended family and friends.

October 28, 2019 - 12:42 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Barbara Hollaren age 82 of Rock Rapids, Iowa died Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Ava’s Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 31st at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA, with Reverend Kathy Sides officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday, October 31st at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice in Barbara’s name.

October 28, 2019 - 12:30 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Diana Mae Sinclair age 69 of Rock Rapids, IA died Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, IA.

A memorial mass will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids, IA with Ftr. Francis Makwinja, officiating. Burial will follow in the Holy Name Catholic Cemetery at Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 23rd at Holy Name Catholic Church. A rosary will take place at 10:00 AM.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Oldorf House of Mercy Hospice Hiawatha, Iowa or The Central Lyon Foundation directed to the Mary Ellen Roach Sinclair 4-H scholarship fund.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements