April 20, 2014 - 2:03 am - Posted in Obituaries

Barbara Ross, age 78 of Rock Rapids, IA died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Jurrens Funeral Home with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Doon, IA.

Family will be greeting guests from 10:00 a.m. to the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids on Wednesday morning.

Barbara Beth Ross was born July 31, 1935 in Doon, IA to Albert and Beulah (Kahl) Ross. She was raised in Doon, IA and graduated from Doon High School. Barb enjoyed the restaurant business and spent nearly her entire life fixing and serving delicious food to her customers and friends. She began her working career in 1958 at the Corner Café restaurant in Doon, which she later bought and named ‘Barb’s Café’. She then worked at Pete’s Steakhouse in Doon before moving to Rock Rapids in 1988. In Rock Rapids Barb went to work at Sportsman’s and worked there until the fire at which time she retired. Barb attended Doon First United Methodist Church while she lived in Doon. She enjoyed sports very much and was an avid golfer and bowler. She was quite good at both sports and belonged to leagues. She also enjoyed very much playing cards with a special group of dear friends. They spent many hours enjoying each other’s company. She was loved by her family. Having never married or having children of her own she became a grandmother figure to her niece and nephews. She never missed a game of theirs. Also, she enjoyed camping with her family at the Lakes and even spent some time working at the Sandbar Beach in Spirit Lake. This past Saturday morning Barb passed away at the Lyon Manor Nursing Home at the age of 78. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her brother, Forest (Karen) Ross of Canton, SD; nieces and nephews, Jim (Debbie) Ross and their children Crystal and Nicole all of Baltimore, MD; Patrick Ross and his son Carson from Canton, SD; mark Ross of Kansas City, KS; Scott Ross and fiancé Kayla and sons Rex and Jaxson all of Archer, IA; Kathryn (Randy) Limke of Sioux Falls, SD.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Roland Ross.

April 15, 2014 - 2:22 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Roger Myrlie, age 76 of Lester,died Tuesday, April 15th at Prince of Peace Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 19th at Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester, with Rev. Don Nelson and Rev. Todd Schlitter officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Lester.

Visitation will be Friday, April 18th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester.

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

Roger was born July 21, 1937 in Lester, Iowa, the son of John and Emma (Heyer) Myrlie. At a young age Roger lost his parents and was raised by his aunts and uncles. He lived in Sheldon, IA for a few years with his sister Shirley Jean and her husband before moving back to Lester where he lived with his uncle and aunt Artie and Leona Heyer. He graduated from Lester High School in 1955. Even before graduating from high school he joined the Air National Guard in Sioux Falls and served 10 years.

On April 26, 1958 Roger was united in marriage to Patricia Giesel at the Lutheran Church in Luverne, MN. Together they lived in Sioux Falls, SD for two years while Roger worked at Daniels Olsen Building Products. They moved back to Lester, IA while Roger continued to work for Daniels Olsen and in the 1980’s he became part owner. He retired in 2001 after 45 years.

Roger was a member of Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester, IA, active with various church activities. He was a Lester City Council Member, Lester Fire Department Volunteer and very involved for many years with the Lester Fastpitch Softball Team as a coach and player. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, and especially attending his grandchildren’s activities including watching the West Lyon football and basketball championships this year.

Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pat Myrlie of Lester, IA; three sons, Jeff (wife, Kelly) Myrlie of Rock Rapids, IA, Scott Myrlie of Sioux Falls, SD and Victor (wife, Janet) Myrlie of Lester, IA; six grandchildren, Kurtis (wife, Miranda) Myrlie, Kevin (wife, Kali) Myrlie, both of Sioux Falls, SD, Jesse Selgeby of Rock Rapids, IA, Kelly Myrlie of Lincoln, NE, Kacey Myrlie and Thadd Myrlie, both of Lester, IA; two great-grandchildren, Hayden-PaPa Roger’s special little man and Kenli- PaPa Roger’s dolly both of Sioux Falls, SD; one sister, Elaine (husband, Don) Dolphin of Folsom, CA; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, John and Emma Myrlie; and one sister, Shirley Jean Daniels.

April 6, 2014 - 8:44 am - Posted in Obituaries

Pall SnydersPaul Snyders, age 89 of Larchwood, IA died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 8th 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 Monday, April 7th 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 Monday evening at the church.

For a complete obituary and registry, visit jurrensfuneralhome.com.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Paul Snyders.

Paul Anthony Snyders was born September 30, 1924 in Larchwood, IA to Frank and Nellie (Janssen) Snyders. He was raised in Larchwood and received his education from St. Mary’s Catholic School graduating in 1942. Paul entered the United States Navy in December of 1943. He was first stationed at the USNTC Farragut Naval base in Idaho before transferring to DDTC Tiburon, CA for further training. His permanent post of duty was in the South Pacific on board the USS AB South Dakota as a Gunners Mate 2nd Class. Paul’s ship was a floating dry dock; a vessel which could come underneath another ship and lift that ship out of the water in order to perform maintenance. He was honorably discharged from the service in June of 1946. On February 28, 1949 he was united in marriage to Joan Teresa Krier in Larchwood where they started their family. Paul drove a bulk truck for Grotewold Motors delivering oil. He later worked for John Morrells as a city truck driver delivering meat to area grocery stores. He retired from Morrells in 1986. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Larchwood. Paul loved the outdoors enjoying golf, hunting, trap shooting and later in life snow skiing. He also enjoyed walking for his health and just for the joy of being outdoors. He was a member of the Flessner Post No. 561 American Legion for 67 years. Paul will be remembered as a happy man who enjoyed his family and friends very much. This past Saturday, April 5, 2014 Paul passed away at the Rock Rapids Health Centre at the age of 89. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by daughter-in-law, Elaine Snyders of Larchwood; daughter, Beverly Eckholt of Savanna, GA; son, Ronald Snyders of Sioux Falls, SD; son, Gary Snyders of Larchwood, IA; son, Lyle Snyders and (Rasamy) of Larchwood, IA; son, Tony (Lisa) Snyders of Larchwood, IA; daughter, Cindy (Terry) Gunderson of Valley Springs, SD; son, Dean (Karen) Snyders of Larchwood, IA; son, Jeff (Patti) Snyders of Rifle, CO; daughter, Janet (Victor) Myrlie of Lester, IA; daughter, Cathy Schlotfeldt of Johnston, IA; 34 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Cain of Sioux Falls, SD, Julie Roemen of Inwood, IA, Monica Weber of Sioux Falls, SD, and Irene Daniels of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Matt Snyder of Aberdeen, SD; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan Teresa Snyders; sons, David and Paul Jr.; grandson, Alec Schlotfeldt; brothers, Joe and Francis; sisters, Mary Kramer Honrath, and Helen Dains.

April 3, 2014 - 3:02 pm - Posted in Obituaries

BROWER, Cornie PicCornelius Brower age 91 of Rock Rapids, IA died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 at Congregational United Church of Christ in Rock Rapids, IA. Burial with full military honors will take place prior to the service at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids at 12:30 PM. Visitation will be Sunday, April 6th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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

Cornelius “Cornie” Brower was born August 11, 1922, in Rock Rapids, IA the son of Anna (Steck) and Case Brower.  Cornie grew up in Rock Rapids where he attended school, graduating from Wilson High School in 1941. Following high school, Cornie served his country in the US Military Coast Guard during WWII.  Upon his honorable discharge, Cornie returned home to Rock Rapids.  Cornie started working for JC Penney department store in Rock Rapids, and later he worked for Jongewaard Funeral home and Furniture where Cornie started helping with funerals along with selling furniture.  Over the years, Cornie continued to be involved with the local funeral home as a key employee helping alongside Harold Jongewaard, Chuck Wolski, Dick Staap, Richard Roste and Jerry Jurrens.  Cornie was a true example of someone who loved to help out and serve his community.  He served families in the Rock Rapids area as a funeral directors’ assistant for sixty-two years.  Over the years, he was the Rock Rapids Fire Chief, Certified EMT, Civil Defense Coordinator, a Boy Scout leader, Sunday School Superintendent, active in the Rock Rapids American Legion and a bus driver for the Central Lyon school district.  He was a lifelong active member of the Congregational United Church of Christ where he served on many boards and committees.  He was united in marriage to Lila Hass on November 3, 1948 at Rock Rapids.  Cornie and Lila were blessed with two children, Jeffrey and Jerilynn.  Cornie was a loving husband, proud and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Cornie developed a love for sports when he was a young man.  He was very good at softball and played on a local team for several years.  He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.  He and Lila took several trips in their retirement years and they also were part of a pinochle club for 52 years.  Cornie died this past Thursday morning, April 3, 2014, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of ninety-one.

   He is survived by his children Jeffrey and his wife, Mary Brower of Spokane, WA and Jerilynn and her husband, Wally Walker of Brooklyn Park, MN; grandchildren, Erin (Neil) Jacobson and their children Bridger and Porter of Spokane, WA; Weston Walker of Tampa, FL and Whitney Walker of Golden Valley, MN; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cornie was preceded in death by his parents, Case and Anna; his wife, Lila; five brothers, Jack, Al, Pete, Delco and Richard and two sisters Willie Kudrle and Edith Moeller.

April 3, 2014 - 12:19 pm - Posted in Obituaries

TIMMERMANS, Marybelle picMarybelle Timmermans, age 82 of George, IA died on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA with Pastor Paul Soderquist officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Friday, April 4th from 2 – 8 PM with family present from 6 – 8 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA. In lieu of flowers family wishes memorials be directed to Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids and George Good Samaritan Society.

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

Marybelle Joan Timmermans was born September 16, 1931 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Bruce and Phyllis (Sudenga) Weatherly. She was raised in Rock Rapids and graduated from Rock Rapids High School. She furthered her education at the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1952. On September 13, 1953 she was united in marriage to Henry “Hank” Timmermans. The couple began their lives together in Iowa City. They then moved to Sioux City for a time before coming to Rock Rapids in 1955. She and Hank moved to George in 1959 where they remained and raised their family. Marybelle worked as a nurse in each of these cities but took a break to be home with her young family until the early ‘70’s. She then began working at the Good Samaritan Center in George. Marybelle spent many years there, in many capacities, serving her community and friends. She will be remembered as a loving and patient person. Her kindness and giving manner blessed people both in her professional and personal life. Her family will remember her as a wonderful mother and a wonderful wife to their Dad. Marybelle was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church and was active in church activities and groups. She was a Girl Scout leader, active in the Eastern Star and George Women’s Club. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, traveling, Okoboji living and winters in Florida. This past Wednesday April 2, 2014 Marybelle passed away peacefully at Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids at the age of 82. She will be greatly missed.

Marybelle is survived by her husband of 60 years, Hank Timmermans of George, IA; children, Mike (Eileen) Timmermans of Vinton, IA; Cathy (Dave) Huff of Ashton, IA; Terri (Dan) Duistermars of Orange City, IA; Suzy (Jim) Berglie of Fargo, ND; and Jana (Russ) Adams of Orange City, IA; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Karyn (Clarence) Boer of Larchwood, IA and Fiddy (Melvin) Hamann of Luverne, MN; sisters-in-law, Donna Weatherly of Sioux City, IA and Eleanor Schlotfeldt of Winston Salem, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Phyllis Weatherly; brother Robert Weatherly; parents-in-law, Henry and Henrietta Timmermans; infant sister, Linda Weatherly; niece, Linda Weatherly; and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Timmermans.

March 31, 2014 - 8:19 am - Posted in Obituaries

Viola Stettnichs, age 63 of Rock Rapids, IA passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, April 3rd at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Dan Kordahl officiating. Private burial will be on Saturday in Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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

Viola Mae Stettnichs was born May 10, 1950 in Sibley, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Grace (Wiertzema) Gertsma. She attended school at various locations, including Central Lyon, Magnolia, MN and Ellsworth, MN. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1969. After school Vi worked various secretarial jobs and housekeeping positions throughout her life. She took pride in all the jobs she did. For a lot of people she became more than a housekeeper, where she was known to go the extra mile.

On March 17, 1978 Vi married Jeff Stettnichs in Rock Rapids, IA. Their entire married life was spent in Rock Rapids. To this union a son, Jason and a daughter, Kristy were born. In the 90s Vi and Jeff owned and operated See & Save Clothing Store in Rock Rapids. Vi’s greatest delight was spending time with her family and friends. She loved baking and cooking, and sharing these items with many. A surprise visit from Vi with her famous chocolate chip cookies was a welcome sight, even in her grandkids’ classrooms. Her fondest memories were going for Harley rides with her husband and spending quality time with her grandchildren. Vi also enjoyed watching the birds outside of her window, especially the hummingbirds, car rides and being out in nature.

Vi passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on March 30, 2014 at the age of 63. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 36 years, Jeff of Rock Rapids, IA; a son, Jason (Jackie) Stettnichs of George, IA; a daughter, Kristy Stettnichs (fiancé, Jon) of Rock Rapids, IA; five grandchildren, Taeron, Ciara, Shelby, Hayden and Ana, with one grandson on the way; three sisters, Millie (Wendell) DeBeer of George, IA, Suzan (Ted) Wellendorf of Ellsworth, MN and Ranae (Kevin) Van Roekel of Hull, IA; a sister-in-law, Diane Anderson of Castlewood, SD; a brother-in-law, Rod (Nan) Stettnichs of Sioux City, IA; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Grace Gertsma; parents-in-law, Marvin and Sis Stettnichs; and one niece, Gwen Meester.

March 27, 2014 - 4:12 pm - Posted in Obituaries

James “Bud” Thoelke, age 93 of George, IA died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday March 31, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church rural Hull, IA with Rev. Robert Gordon officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM with family present from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.

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

  James “Bud” V. Thoelke was born May 16, 1920 in White, South Dakota to Henry and Grace (Boekholder) Thoelke. He received his early education in White before he and his family moved to George, Iowa in July of 1935 at the age of 15.  Following his schooling he worked at Siebring’s in George for a time before moving to San Diego, California where he worked at Consolidated Aircraft.  When WWII broke out he moved back to George and returned to work at Siebring’s until he enlisted with the United States Navy in 1942. He received the necessary training to fill the role of Electricians Mate First Class at Purdue University and was assigned to a Minesweeper vessel in the South Pacific.  Bud returned to George after the war and in the late 1940’s he went to work for Sudenga Industries where he eventually became a part owner and worked until his retirement in the early 1980’s.  Bud married Delores Stoehr on April 6, 1973 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They were very devoted to each other and lived their entire married lives in George.  He and Delores loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and enjoyed spending time with them and keeping them supplied with stuffed animals. Bud was a 65 year member of the American Legion of which he was very proud.  He also served on the George City council for 25 years. Bud was an intelligent man with many talents and skills.  He loved to tinker, build, and create even into his later years.  Along with building a lot of equipment for Sudenga’s and the city’s use, he also rebuilt cars.  One of his greatest interests and joys was aviation.  He built from scratch, a biplane called an EAA (Experimental Airplane Association) Biplane which he flew out of the grass strip by Sudenga’s. Bud was known for being a kind and gentle soul and a bit of a prankster.

This past Wednesday March 26, 2014, Bud passed away at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, Iowa at the age of 93. He will be greatly missed.

James is survived by his children, Larry (Nancy) Thoelke of George; and Debra (LeRoy) Jasmer of Hull; 5 granddaughters, Michelle (Matthew) Blum of Superior, NE, Krista (Doug) Dykstra of George, Angie Petersen of George, Rachel (David) Huyser of Doon, Rebekah (Heath) LaFrenz of Rock Rapids; 7 great-grandchildren, Maitland Dykstra, Courtney Dykstra, Karli Petersen, Sean Dykstra, Dayna Petersen, Nicole Huyser, and Jessica Huyser; sister, Earlene Hilbrands of Colorado; and brother, Duane (Marge) Thoelke of Forest City, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delores; sisters, Viola Heidebrink, and Beverly Cassens.

March 24, 2014 - 2:05 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Sena Hassebroek, 92 of Sioux City, formerly of George, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Embassy Nursing and Rehab Center in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at the Morningside Presbyterian Church with Reverend David Koehler officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 26th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel with the family present at 6:00 pm.

Online Condolences may be offered to the family at www.meyerbroschapels.com.

Sena was born October 22, 1921 to John G. and Bena (Lursen) Hinrichs in rural George, Iowa. She grew up on a farm near George and attended country school. Sena married Raymond Hassebroek on February 5, 1942 in Rushmore, Minnesota. They spent the early years of their marriage in the Army. Sena, and the family, followed Raymond in his Career as a Boilermaker with Local 83. Together they raised three sons, Lawrence, Hershel, and Roger. They moved to Sibley, Iowa in 1957 where Sena worked at Priebs Poultry for several years. They moved to Sioux City in 1967 and Sena had a daycare in her home for many years. She was a member of the South Sioux City Eagles Auxiliary and of the Siouxland Rental Association. Sena loved to sew and took great pride in her garden. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was always a treat for everyone.

Sena leaves to mourn her passing her sons and their wives, Lawrence and Mary Lynn Hassebroek of Lake Mary, Florida, Hershel and Susan Hassebroek of Hinton, Iowa, and Roger and Jean Hassebroek of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; six grandchildren Kimberly Hassebroek, Michael Hassebroek, Julie Wilson, Bradley Hassebroek, Thad Hassebroek, and Kristine Hassebroek-Freimark; 13 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters Clara Kruger of George, Iowa, Dora Meyer of Sibley, Iowa, and Mary Turner of Ramona, California.

Sena was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond in 2007, two brothers George and John, and one sister Alice.

March 17, 2014 - 12:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

John Howard, age 73 of George, IA died on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 22nd at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in George, IA, with Pastor Bryan Anderson & Pastor Oryn Meinerts officiating. Visitation will be Friday, March 21st from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

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

John Roger Howard was born on February 9, 1941 in Caldwell, Idaho, adopted son of Kenneth C. and Celia C. (Grodahl) Howard. He grew up in Caldwell, Idaho and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1959. After graduating he attended the University of Idaho and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. On September 1, 1962, John was united in marriage to Audrey Ann Crosby. To this union three children were born John Michael Howard and twins, Kimberly Ann Howard and Kristian Kenneth Howard. The couple lived various places throughout their married life such as Caldwell, Idaho, Miles City, Montana, Portland, Oregon, Twin Falls, Idaho, Roseburg, Oregon and Meridian, Idaho. John and Audrey were married for thirty-seven years when Audrey passed away on November 11, 1999. John’s employment during that time was Standard Oil in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s; owner and operator of John R. Howard & Associate Realtors and his latest employment was for TAB Products in Portland, Oregon. On February 17, 2001, John married Marlene (Vust) Greene in Portland, Oregon. They had been married for thirteen years until John’s passing this past Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the age of 73.

Throughout John’s life he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Eagle Scouts and enjoyed fishing, woodworking and music. He will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his wife Marlene Howard of George, IA; two children: John Michael (Mary) Howard of Bigfork, Montana and Kimberly Ann Howard of Eugene, OR; two step-children: Matt (Lynn) Greene of Vancouver, WA and Rachel (Jason) Evans of Beaverton, OR; and one granddaughter Madi Evans.

He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Celia Howard; wife Audrey Ann Howard and son Kristian Kenneth Howard.

Memorials may be presented to: “GEMS” of George, IA

March 7, 2014 - 1:14 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Jean Heibult, age 73 of Ashton, IA died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 10th at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church of rural George, IA, with Rev. Paul Fischer officiating. Burial will follow at the Lyon County First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 9th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

Full obituary and online registry can be found atwww.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Jean was born on the family farm at rural Ashton, IA on March 14, 1940 to Herman and Frances (Arends) Heibult. She attended grade school at Dale Township #1 country school. She graduated from George High School in 1957. She then helped on the family farm for several years before going to college to pursue teaching. Jean received her Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and her Master’s Degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo. After graduating from college she taught school at Lake Mills, Iowa and Ruthven, Iowa for a total of 30 years.

 After retirement Jean volunteered at the Ashton Public Library and the DeBoer Grocery Museum in Ashton. Several of Jean’s hobbies related to her love of science and teaching — launching model rockets, flying kites, and observing the weather conditions. Jean enjoyed having a garden and canning and freezing her crops. Jean was an avid stamp collector. She enjoyed researching family history and genealogy, and she loved to read.

Jean took several trips to Germany and maintained a special relationship with the family descendants in Germany. Jean took great pride in her nieces and nephews and treated them like they were her own children. She was a good visitor and loved to stay in touch with many people both in person and by email. Jean was a lifelong member of Lyon County 1st Presbyterian Church where she served in many capacities including Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher. Her church family was very important to her.

Jean leaves the following to honor her memory: brother Franklin (Margaret) Heibult of Sheldon, IA, sister Margaret (Walter) Vust of Little Rock, IA. Many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins, and many other family and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents Herman and Frances (Arends) Heibult, sister Florence, brother-in-law Alvin Tholen, brother-in-law Elmer Brunk, and infant brother Wilmer Heibult.