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Memorial Funeral Home
12 Sixteenth Street SE Sioux Center IA 51250
Phone: 712-722-0791
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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.
Julia Mulder
Julia Mulder, 107, of Sioux Center, IA died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.
A visitation with the family present will be held on Thursday from 10-11AM at New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11AM at New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Reverend Doctor Ray Tilstra officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Hillside Cemetery of Edgerton,MN.
Julia (Bakker) Mulder was born April 1, 1907 in Leota, Minnesota, the second daughter in a family of six girls to Ed and Adrianna Antonette “Jenny” (Maris) Bakker. Growing up, Julia helped her mother with her younger sisters and worked at Hardy Dry Goods store for five years for $1.00 a week. She married Ted Mulder on June 18, 1931 in Edgerton, Minnesota.
Julia and Ted farmed near Edgerton for 16 years before moving to Rock Valley, Iowa in 1948. Ted had a feed mill business there for many years, and Julia stayed home with their four children: Roger, Adrian, Ruth and Beva. She also took phone calls for feed grinding appointments and did the books. She was the best cook and baker; children loved her cookies. She always had the coffee on for guests.
In 1960 they packed up the family and moved to California. There Julia did cleaning at the Christian Home in Artesia and for a mortuary. Later she and Ted were the janitors at Zion Reformed Church in Artesia. The couple returned to northwest Iowa settling at the New Homestead in Sioux Center in 1973.
Julia loved to crochet and loved her photos albums. She made utterly hundreds of doilies for others. Due to her failing sight her last piece was finished at age 92; it was a lovely round tablecloth that her daughter Beva displays in her home. She also crocheted several afghans. All her grandchildren were blessed with an afghan and doily when they were married.
She has attended the Reformed Church her whole life and has a deep faith and love for the Lord. One of her favorite songs is “I'd Rather Have Jesus”.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: Roger and Mary Mulder of Ontario, CA, Adrian and Jacki Mulder of Ontario, CA; her daughter and sons-in-law, Beva and Marv De Jong of Montevideo, MN; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren along a sister, Samona Gillman of Edgerton, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.
Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Mulder on October 7, 1999; her daughter, Ruth Dahl; her parents and sisters: Lena Bakker, Elizabeth Vander Beek, Esther Schelhaas, Lorraine Vander Berg.

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