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Memorial Funeral Home
12 Sixteenth Street SE Sioux Center IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-0791
Email: memorial@mtcnet.net
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John Van Voorst
John Van Voorst, 81, of Sioux Center, IA, died Sunday, October 19, 2014, at his Sioux Center residence.
 
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 funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 2PM at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation of Sioux Center with Rev. PL Bazen officiating. Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
 
The Van Voorst family prefers memorials to Sioux Center Hospice or The Netherlands Reformed Christian School.
 
John J. Van Voorst was born March 10, 1933 to Jacob and Jennie (Maassen) Van Voorst near Doon, Iowa. During his formative years his family lived on farms near Carmel, Rock Valley and Alvord, Iowa. He attended country school through the eighth grade.
 
John served in the United States Army and Army Reserve from 1953 to 1955. After his discharge he returned to Iowa. On August 14, 1957, he was joined in marriage to Rena Van Ravenswaay in her parents’ home near Sioux Center, Iowa.
 
As a young man he worked as a mechanic before farming west of Sioux Center. After retiring from farming, He and Rena move to Sioux Center in 1992.
 
John was a lifetime member of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation, where he served as an office bearer for many years.
 
In his free time, John enjoyed reading and woodworking.
 
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rena Van Voorst of Sioux Center; four daughters and sons-in-law: Rhonda and Bob Fillingsness of Beresford, SD, Judy and Mike Claussen of Rock Valley, IA, Rachel and Dan Schreurs of Alvord, IA and Janelle and Kevin Hoogendoorn of Ireton, IA; 14 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; two brothers, Jake and Hilda Van Voorst of Lester, IA, Raymond Van Voorst, Sioux City, IA; sister, Jeanette and Marv Van Beek of Rock Valley. He is also survived by members of the Van Ravenswaay family: Carol and Gerrit Koedam of Mesa, AZ, Mary and Ed Zuschlag of Westminster, CO, Shirley Van Ravenswaay of Montevideo, MN, Alma and Charles Warren of Sioux Center and Sandra Van Ravenswaay of Sioux Center as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He is preceded in death by a son, Jaylon Van Voorst; his parents; his parents-in-law, Anthony and Gerdena Van Ravenswaay; and other members of the Van Ravenswaay family: Alice and Junior Dooyema, Gertrude and Bill Horstman, Rich Van Ravenswaay, Ralph Van Ravenswaay, Harold Van Ravenswaay and Tony Van Ravenswaay.
 
 
Bertha Boersma
Bertha Boersma, 77 of Sioux City, IA, formerly of Sioux Center, IA, died Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Embassy Rehab & Care Center in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
 
A visitation with the family present will be held on Wednesday from 12PM-12:30PM, at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 12:30PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center with Rev. Kory Plockmeyer officiating. Interment will follow the service in Richland Cemetery of Inwood, Iowa.
 
 
Rachael Feikema
Rachael Feikema, 38, of Sioux Center, IA, died Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Sioux Center Health of Sioux Center.
 
A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 5-7PM at the First Christian Reformed of Sioux Center.
 
A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Wednesday at 9:00AM at the First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center. Interment will follow the prayer service in Memory Gardens of Sioux Center.
 
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 10:00AM at the First Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Mark Verbruggen officiating.
 
The Feikema family prefers memorials to Building Fund c/o Sioux Center Christian School Foundation.
 
 
Harlan De Stigter
Harlan De Stigter, 65, of Orange City, IA, died Monday, October 13, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa
 
A visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:00AM at the First Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Mark Verbruggen officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.
 
The De Stigter family prefers memorials to Sioux Center Christian School Foundation or Western Christian High School.
 
Harlan Wayne De Stigter was born on November 24, 1948 to Peter and Myna De Stigter in Sioux Center, Iowa. His childhood home was in Sioux Center and he received his education through the 12th grade at Sioux Center Christian School and Western Christian High School. From 1968 to 1970, Harlan served in the United States Army and Army Reserve
 
On April 16, 1971, a joyous event took place; Harlan married the love of his life, Jolene Van Roekel in Rock Rapids, Iowa. The couple moved to an acreage near Sioux Center, where they raised five children. He brought up his family in the Lord and was a member of First CRC in Sioux Center where he served as a Deacon on numerous occasions.
 
Harlan worked hard his whole life as a mason and a handyman, helping construct many homes, schools, churches and other buildings in Northwest Iowa. When he was at home, he spent much of his time doing the things he loved, and cherished spending time with those he loved. His grand-kids brought much joy to his life, especially the many comical and life-learning moments together. Harlan enjoyed raising a variety of animals on the acreage. The animals he cared for include sheep, a llama, and a variety of exotic birds. Much of his time was spent working on the house or woodworking in his shop. He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and multiple flower gardens.
 
Harlan is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jolene De Stigter of Orange City; five children: Jeff and Lynn De Stigter of Hull, Jody (De Stigter) and Walter Henry of Davenport, IA, Sheila De Stigter of Sioux Center, Tanya (De Stigter) and Fernando Alvarez of Sioux Center, and Chad De Stigter of Houston, TX; five grandchildren: Tyler Henry, Amanda Henry, Kenzee De Stigter, Omar Alvarez and Eva Alvarez. Also left to cherish his memory are five siblings: Winette (De Stigter) and Jon McEwen of Smithers, British Columbia, Jerome De Stigter of Sioux Center, Bernie and Beth De Stigter of Lennox, SD, Doug and Lorie De Stigter of Sioux Center, Bev (De Stigter) and Robin Miller of Gilbert, AZ; brothers-in-law: Ken and Glenda Van Roekel of Sioux Falls, SD, Nelson Van Roekel of Rock Valley, Marty Van Roekel of Sioux Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Myna (Vis) De Stigter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony and Winnie Van Roekel, a brother, Ronald De Stigter; sister-in-law, Pat Van Roekel; a granddaughter, Kelcee De Stigter and nephew, Brady De Stigter.
 
 
Lori Punt
Lori Punt, 56, of Hull, IA, died Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls after an heroic battle with cancer.
 
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.
 
A prayer service for family and friends will be held on Monday at 10AM at the Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church of Middleburg, IA. Interment will follow the prayer service in Capel Township Cemetery of Middleburg.
 
A memorial service will be held on Monday at 11AM at the Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church of Middleburg, IA with Rev. Stephen Breen officiating.
 
The Punt family prefers memorials to Inspiration Hills Camp and Retreat Center, 1242 280th Street, Inwood, IA 51240.
 
Loretta “Lori” Eileen Van Der Wilt was born on June 27, 1958 to Gerrit (Gary) and Eunice (Jouwstra) Van Der Wilt in Sioux Center, Iowa. Lori was raised on the family farm near Middleburg, Iowa and received her education through the 12th grade at Boyden-Hull Community Schools. She graduated from Wayne State College in 1980 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Lori met Harv Punt when they were counselors at Inspiration Hills, and were married two years later. Lori and Harv made their first home in Wayne, Nebraska where Harv was employed. While in Wayne, Lori and Harv had their first taste of parenting while serving as foster parents for a special needs boy named Joey.
 
Lori and Harv moved to a acreage south of Hull, Iowa in 1982. While living in Hull, Lori spent a few years working at Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City. She also assisted with the bookkeeping for their business, H & L Enterprises. For the past 21 years she had been employed at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa in the Continuing Ed Department. She made many special friendships during this time, and the staff became a second family. Lori was a Pampered Chef consultant for the last 13 years and enjoyed the relationships she made through the group and her sales. Lori delighted in assisting various groups with fundraisers through Pampered Chef.
 
Lori was a member of Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church her entire life, except while living in Wayne where they were members of the Evangelical Free Church. Lori loved to serve in her church; she had been an organist and participated in Mary and Martha Circles. Lori relished teaching others about Christ in Sunday School and Youth Groups. She also was active in Cursillo and TEC.
 
Lori had many interests including sewing, baking and attending various activities of those who were special to her. Time spent camping with family was important, as well as traveling to North Redington Beach, Florida. She was well known for the love and care she showed for her family, and her desire that they should come to know the Lord as their Savior. Like her mother before her, Lori’s true passion was sharing with her kids and grandchildren that no matter what, Jesus ALWAYS loves us.
 
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 36 years, Harvard Punt of Hull and her children: Heidi and Dan Oolman of Orange City, Nathan and Kristi Punt of Sheldon. Lori dearly loved her grandchildren: Haylee, Paul and Jocelynn Oolman and Audrey, Claire and unborn Punt child due in January 2015; her sisters, brother, their spouses and their families: Evonne and Gary Blankers of Sioux City; Sharla and Jim Clemens of Orange City; Franklin and Beth Van Der Wilt of Orange City; her step-mother, Muriel Kanengieter of Sheldon; step-sisters, step-brother and their families: Sherri and Dan Kadlec of Bloomington, MN; Bruce and Judi Blankers of Sheldon, Kari and Ryan Van Donge of Sioux Falls, SD.
 
Lori was also survived by her mother-in-law, Arlene Bidwell of Sioux Center, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families: Roger and Nancy Punt of Renville, MN, Wanda and Alex Peat of Sioux Center, Bernard and Pamela Punt of Sioux Center, Edwin and Cheryl Punt of Efland, NC, Jane Case of Sioux Center, Mary and Donald Morfitt of Woodbridge, VA, Carol and Vincent Yusten of Sioux Falls, SD, step-sister-in-law, Christine Richards of KS and step-brothers-in-law: Christopher (Bob) Bidwell and Chane Bidwell and families both of Overton, NE.
 
Preceding Lori in death were her parents, Gerrit and Eunice Van Der Wilt; an infant brother, Gaylin Merle; her fathers-in-law: Ralph Punt and Forrest Bidwell and a nephew, Jason Gernandt.
 
 
Maxine Wright
Maxine Wright, 93, of Sioux Center, IA, formerly of Laurens, IA, died Monday, October 6, 2014, at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center, IA.
 
A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA.
 
A funeral service will be held on Friday at 9:30AM at the Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center, IA with Rev. R. Van Rathbun officiating.
 
A graveside committal service will be held Friday at 1:30PM at the Laurens Cemetery of Laurens, IA with Rev. James Turner officiating. A time of fellowship will follow the graveside service at the United Methodist Church of Laurens, IA.
 
The Wright family prefers memorials to Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center, IA or the United Methodist Church of Laurens, IA.
 
Complete obituary at www.MFHonline.com.
 
Maxine Mary (Hixson) Wright was born in Pocahontas County, Iowa on September 3, 1921 to John and Vida (Reese) Hixson. Maxine was raised in Laurens, Iowa, graduating from Laurens High School. She went on to attend the Madame Kennedy School of Cosmetology in Des Moines, Iowa.
 
On June 27, 1942, she married Ray V. “Pat” Wright in Maryville, Missouri. Maxine and Pat made their home in Wall Lake, Iowa where she worked as a beautician. They were living in Waterloo, Iowa, when Pat was drafted into the US Army during WWII. The couple later settled in Laurens, Iowa, where Maxine served as a church custodian for 21 years and was employed at Unruh Furniture for 17 years.
 
She was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Laurens and was very involved in United Methodist Women. Throughout her life Maxine enjoyed traveling, fishing, sporting events, mentoring young people, and playing cards with friends. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.
 
In 2002, Maxine and Pat relocated to Sioux Center, Iowa to live closer to their sons and their families. They were residents of Crown Pointe Retirement Community and recently became residents of Royale Meadows Care Center. They faithfully attended Central Reformed Church until they were no longer able.
 
Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Pat Wright of Sioux Center; two sons and daughters-in-law: Dennis and Pat Wright of Hull and Bruce and Pam Wright of Rock Valley; her four grandchildren: Jeff (Ann) Wright of Sergeant Bluff, Michelle (Dean) Eichmann of Rock Valley, Chris (Kristi) Wright of Rock Rapids, and Jay (Christy) Wright of Sioux City; ten great grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Jeane Hixson of Pella, IA.
 
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, John and Vida Hixson; a brother, Will Hixson and two sisters and their husbands, Esther & Pirl Woodin and Betty & Jim Spencer.
 
 
Paul Dean De Jager
Paul Dean De Jager, 84, of Maurice, IA died Monday, October 6, 2014, at his Maurice residence.
 
A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
 
A funeral service will be held on Thursday 10AM at the Maurice First Reformed Church of Maurice, Iowa with Rev. Gary Hegstad and Rev. Don De Kok officiating. Interment will follow the service in Sherman Township Cemetery of Maurice.
 
The De Jager family prefers memorials to Care Initiatives Hospice of Sioux City, Iowa.
 
Complete obituary at www.MFHonline.com.
 
Paul Dean De Jager was born November 20, 1929 near Maurice, Iowa to Albert and Henrietta (Van Peursem) De Jager. Paul was raised in the Maurice area, attending country school through the eighth grade. As a young man he lived in Sioux City, Iowa where he worked at the Swift Packing Plant.
 
On February 3, 1950, he was united in marriage to Sharla Ann Riphagen at her parent’s home. Paul worked for area farmers. Later he and Sharla settled on his family’s farm near Maurice where they raised their family of five children, and where he farmed until his retirement.
 
Paul was a member of the Maurice First Reformed Church where he served as an elder and was involved with the church’s construction project. In his younger years, Paul’s spare time was filled with fishing and hunting. He later enjoyed camping and boating with his family. Throughout his entire life Paul’s main interest was farming and he appreciated the lifestyle it provided.
 
Paul is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sharla De Jager of Maurice; his five children and their spouses: Keith and Mary De Jager of Yankton, SD and their two children: Tanya (Rick) Roberts and Heath (Heidi) De Jager; Allen and Ruth De Jager of Ireton and their four children: Matthew (Joy) De Jager, Michael (Karissa) De Jager, Chad (Kim) De Jager, Anne (Ryan) Roetman; Harv and Nancy De Jager of Maurice and their four children: Jennifer (Greg) Leusink, Jessica (Dan) David, Ashley (Adam) Maassen, Kaitlyn (Dan) Vander Schaaf; Rick and Carolyn De Jager of Branson, MO and their six children: Steve (Lana) De Jager, Jon De Jager, Miranda Leusink, Lacey De Jager, Bo (Ashton) De Jager, Blake De Jager; Paula and Bob Rosener of Vail, IA and their three children: Collin (Alicia) Vande Hoef, Clint Vande Hoef, Lexie Vande Hoef; his 27 great grandchildren along with his nieces and nephews.
 
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Esther and Ray Johnson and Leona and Pete Van Maasdam and grandson-in-law, B.J. Leusink.
 
 

     
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