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Memorial Funeral Home
12 Sixteenth Street SE Sioux Center IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-0791
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Wilma Baker
Wilma Baker, 89, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Royale Meadows Care Center of Sioux Center.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 2:30PM at Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
The Baker family prefers memorials to Sioux Center Home Health & Hospice.
Wilma (De Groot) Baker was born on July 6, 1925 at Edgerton, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Jennie (Bliek) De Groot. The De Groot family settled in Sioux Center, Iowa when Wilma was seven years old. Wilma attended Sioux Center Christian School and graduated from Sioux Center Public High School.
On April 9, 1942, Wilma was united in marriage to Marion “Mike” Baker in her parent’s home. She and Mike lived in Sioux Center where they raised their family of two daughters and two sons. In addition to caring for her family, Wilma worked various jobs and assisted Mike with clerical and bookkeeping work at their auto repair business, Mike’s Service Garage. Marion preceded her in death on January 7, 1992.
Wilma was known for the beautiful hand-work she created. She shared many of her crocheted, needle point and plastic mesh items with others. She was an avid reader, hospital volunteer and loved helping others when she could. For many years she housed Dordt College couples in her basement apartment; she felt blessed with the opportunity to get to know these students.
Wilma was an active member of First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center. She participated in Gleaners Forum, Golden Hour Society, Mops and Ruth Society.
Wilma is survived by three children: Harriet and Rodney Mouw of Longville, MN, Carl Baker of Honolulu, HI, Mary and Olin Lund of Hull. Also surviving are her seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Marion, Wilma was preceded in death by her son, Dan Baker; brother and sister-in-law, Adrian and Hattie De Groot and three sisters and brothers-in-law: Johanna and Lane Van Der Linden, Henrietta and George Bierma, Sr., Cornelia and Fred Brandes.
Rev. Joel Bensema
Reverend Joel Bensema, 82, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Sioux Center Health.
A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-8PM, with the family present from 2-4PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 28, at 11:00AM at the Carmel Reformed Church of rural Rock Valley, IA with Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 30, from 10-11AM at Fairview Reformed Church of Fairview, IL. A prayer service will be held at 11AM at Fairview Reformed Church followed by a graveside committal service in Fairview Cemetery of Fairview, IL.
In lieu of flowers or gift items the Bensema family prefers memorials to Kingdom Air Corps, 39911 N. Glenn Hwy, Sutton, Alaska, 99674.
Joel Louis Bensema was born March 28, 1932, in Norwalk, California to Harm and Mary Belle (Tharp) Bensema. He was raised in the Bellflower, California and Norwalk, area and lived briefly in Blythe, California during the World War II years. He graduated from Excelsior Union High School, in Norwalk, in 1950. In 1956, Joel graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California with a degree in Ancient History. He continued his education by earning degrees from California Baptist Seminary in West Covina, California and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Joel was a life-long learner, avid reader and had a passion for teaching.
On November 20, 1956, Joel was united in marriage to Sylvia Leih in Santa Barbara. To this union, a son, Brandt, was born. Sylvia preceded Joel in death on December 29, 1959.
After a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, on February 12, 1961, Joel was united in marriage to Arlene Franken in Bellflower. To this union, two daughters, Brenda and Brolene and one son, Bryce, were born. Joel and Arlene celebrated over 53 years of marriage.
In May of 1952, Joel accepted the Lord’s call, started college and began preparing to enter into the ministry. Starting in 1955, Joel served an American Sunday School church in Sisquoc, California; a Baptist church in Sunnymead, California; and Reformed Churches in Sioux City, Iowa; Hopkins, Michigan; Hammond, Indiana; Fairview, Illinois; Freeport, Illinois and Erie, Illinois. After “retiring” in 1994, Joel served actively as a “pulpit supply” minister for Reformed and Christian Reformed churches in Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota. Throughout their married lives, Joel and Arlene served together in ministry, supporting and leading the congregations.
All of Joel’s life, he enjoyed traveling. Trips to the Holy Land and Europe, along with numerous trips to Alaska were highlights. Family vacations were usually camping trips, where the family would pursue historical locations throughout the United States and often make the trek between the Midwest and California.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Arlene of Sioux Center; son, Brandt (Brenda) of Fairfax, IA; daughter, Brenda (Bill) Vohland of Canton, IL; son, Bryce of New York, NY and daughter, Brolene (Chuck) Gerwig of Sutton, AK; eight grandchildren: Amy Bensema of Phuket, Thailand; Sara (Jerimiah) Kindrick of Katy, TX; Caty (Colin) Campbell of Farmington, IL; Ross Vohland of Canton, IL; Ben, Joe, Tiffany and Zac Gerwig of Sutton, AK; four great-grandchildren: Cohen, Carlie, Sawyer and Finn. Brothers-in-law and sisters-In-law: Evelyn Bensema, Jeanette Bensema, John (Lorene) Franken, Louise Hulstein, LaVonne Honstein, Cordell (Margaret) Leih, Virgil (Pat) Leih and Laurin (Jean) Leih. Also, he was survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family members and close friends. Joel was preceded in death by his parents, Harm and Belle Bensema; his first wife, Sylvia; Sylvia’s parents, Cornelius and Rena Leih; Arlene’s parents, Art and Mina Franken; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Bensema, two brothers: Cal and Jim; brothers-in-law and sisters-In-law, Alice (Henry) Van Roekel, Everett (Gert) Franken, Gerrit Robert Hulstein, Darlene Franken and two nephews: Harmon Bensema and Arlin Franken.
Joel exemplified JOY – Jesus, Others and You. His love of the Lord and ministry, his love of family, his compassionate counsel and his subtle mentoring will be Joel’s legacy.
George Van Roekel
George Van Roekel, 89, of Cherokee, IA, formerly of Orange City, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.
A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Monday at 10:15AM at the First Reformed Church of Orange City. Interment will follow the prayer service in West Lawn Cemetery of Orange City.
A memorial service will be held on Monday at 11:00AM at the First Reformed Church Chapel with Rev. Mark Haverdink officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
George Edward Van Roekel was born June 28, 1925 on the family farm near Orange City, Iowa. He was the son of Otto and Grace (Pals) Van Roekel. After graduating from high school, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served stateside during World War II from July 1, 1943 to May 27, 1946.
George attended the University of Iowa where he received a business degree and law degree. He was employed with a Chicago CPA firm for three years before accepting a position with the Chief Council for the Internal Revenue Service’s Minneapolis office. George was an attorney for the IRS for four years. While living in Minneapolis, George married Elizabeth Johnson. The couple divorced and had a son, John.
During his late 20s, George was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He lived in various mental health facilities and nursing homes and was a resident at the Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center in Cherokee, Iowa for the past 32 years.
George is survived by two brothers and sister-in-laws, Rodney and Eleanor Van Roekel of Orange City and Glenn and Audrey Van Roekel of Coralville, IA; sister, Gladys Mitchell of Edina, MN; sister and brother-in-law, Marla and Joe Mooibroek of McKinney, TX, and sister-in-law, Rosalie Van Roekel of Aledo, IL, along with eleven nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Otto Van Roekel Jr.; infant brother, Wilbur James Van Roekel and brother-in-law, J. Gordon Mitchell.
Margaret Voortman
Margaret Voortman, 96, of Sioux Center, IA died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, IA.
A visitation with the family present will be held on Tuesday from 10-11AM at the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11:00AM in the Chapel of First Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Travis Else officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
The family prefers memorials to Hope Haven, Rock Valley, IA.
Margaret (Kroon) Voortman was born September 29, 1917, in Sioux Center, Iowa to Henry and Hattie (Van Roekel) Kroon. Margaret was the seventh of twelve children in the Kroon family.
She attended country school from primary through the eighth grade. Margaret began doing housework and babysitting for families in the vicinity as well as helping with mending and sewing at home. Each year she sewed new dresses for two of her younger sisters to wear to the Sunday school picnic. Margaret and her sister, Cornelia, also worked in the fields picking corn by hand.
Margaret loved music. She and her sister, Bernice sang together accompanied by Margaret on the guitar. Margaret played the piano by ear and also played the accordion.
Margaret married Manus Voortman on March 11, 1939 at Carmel, Iowa. They farmed in the Orange City and Sioux Center area until 1959 when they moved to California where they owned and operated a chicken ranch until Manus died in 1967. On March 29, 1968 she married Merenus Voortman, her first husband's brother. Merenus and Margaret retired in Norco, California. Merenus preceded Margaret in death in October of 1982.
In 1990, Margaret returned to Sioux Center. She was able to live independently until she was 92 years old. In December of 2009 she moved into assisted living at Franken Manor; she became a resident of Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull in January of 2011.
Margaret is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Arlone and Wilbur Vos of Sioux Center; sister, Clarene Kroon of Sioux Center; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. William and Marguerite Kroon of Hampton, IA and several nieces and nephews. Margaret is also survived by Merenus’ three daughters and sons-in-law: Evelyn and Ron Bajema, Mildred and John Hoekstra and Diane and Dennis Van Zee all of Rock Valley and four sisters-in-law: Johanna Voortman of Sioux Center, Gertrude Voortman of Chino, CA, Nellie Voortman of Visalia, CA and Gertrude Voortman of Escalon, CA.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husbands, Manus Voortman and Merenus Voortman; her parents; brothers and sisters-in-law: Neal and Wilhelmina Kroon, Gerrit and Mary Kroon, Richard and Anna Kroon; sisters, Marilyn Kroon and Cornelia Kroon; sisters and brothers-in-law: Gertrude and Peter Punt, Della and Henry Van De Berg, Bernice and Henry Baker.
Terry Nibbelink
Terry Nibbelink, 62, of rural Orange City, IA died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.
A visitation with the family present will be held on Sunday from 1-4PM, at the Carmel Reformed Church of rural Rock Valley.
A funeral service will be held on Monday at 10:30AM at the Carmel Reformed Church with Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Carmel Cemetery of rural Rock Valley.
In lieu of flowers or gift items, the Nibbelink family prefer memorial contributions to Words Of Hope or Carmel Reformed Church Multi-Purpose Building Project fund.
Terry was born October 26, 1951 in Sioux Center, Iowa to Henry and Dorothy (Smits) Nibbelink. He attended Sioux Center Christian School and Unity Christian High School. Terry joined the Air National Guard for eight years and Army National Guard for one year. He married Melinda Van Voorst on August 6, 1988. They made their home on a farm northeast of Orange City, Iowa.
Terry grew up on a dairy farm near Sioux Center. He worked at several jobs before working at Siouxland Harvestore for nine years. He then owned several businesses, all dealing in feeding systems for farmers and elevators. He also farmed and had livestock. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed farming, traveling and fishing. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and going to their activities. Terry had a great sense of humor, and was known for his one-liners. He was a shining example for perseverance under trial. Terry was a faithful member of Carmel Reformed Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent.
Terry is survived by his wife of 25 years, Melinda of Orange City; five children: Jody and Denene Nibbelink of Orange City, Keri Jo and Dave Frick of Boyden, Becky and Eric Ochsendorf of Matlock, Adam Nibbelink and his fiancé, Sarah Rygaard of Orange City and Caleb Nibbelink of Orange City; his eight grandchildren: Brandon, Alex, Andrew and Brady Frick, Sydnee Olson, Abygale and Kolby Nibbelink and Micah Ochsendorf. Terry is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Nibbelink of Sioux Center; brother, Kevin (fiancé Deb) Nibbelink of Sioux Center; sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Gary Hibma of Sheldon; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Carol Van Voorst of Hull; brothers-in-law and sister-in-laws: Rich and Minerva Kooiker of Middleburg, Marlin and Paula Van Voorst, Mark and Kristi Van Voorst and Tom and Misty Zwart all of Hull as well as several nieces and nephews.
Terry is preceded in death by his father, Henry Nibbelink; an infant brother, Michael and an infant sister, Rachel; a sister-in-law, Valerie Nibbelink and an infant brother-in-law, Chad Van Voorst.

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