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Every life tells a story, here are some of the honored loved ones Tri-County Funeral Home has had the pleasure of serving.

Eleanor Zondervan
November 3, 1924 - December 29, 2015


           Eleanor Zondervan, age 91, of rural Prinsburg, died Tuesday evening , December 29, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
 
           Funeral services will be private.  There will be a public visitation on Tuesday January 5, from 4-7 PM at the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.  Interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery in rural Prinsburg.
 
Eleanor Gertrude Zondervan was born on November 3, 1924 in Holland Township near Prinsburg, Minnesota, the daughter of Garret and Mable Grace (Wieberdink) Bonnema.  She grew up in that area and received her education in the Prinsburg schools.  On October 20, 1943, she was married to Cornelius “Cornie” Zondervan in Prinsburg and they made their home on a farm east of Prinsburg.  She was a lifelong active member of First Christian Reformed Church.  She enjoyed farming, gardening, baking, cooking and traveling.  Eleanor loved being with her family and friends. 
 
She is survived by two sons: Clayton “Shorty” Zondervan (and special friend Maureen Hjelle) of New London and Jeff  (and Julie) Zondervan of New London; and one daughter, Maxine (and Tony) Van Eps of Willmar.  Also surviving are three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Harriet Zondervan of Willmar and Norma Vis of Minneapolis.
 
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cornie in 2014, infant daughter Glennys and one brother, Milton Bonnema. 
 

 
Alvin Knapper
June 2, 1926 - December 29, 2015


Alvin Knapper, age 89, of Clara City, died Tuesday, December 29, in Eagan, Minnesota.
 
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, January 2, at Roseland Reformed Church with Rev. Donald Plantinga officiating.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 1, at Roseland Reformed Church and will continue one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).
 
Alvin Albert Knapper was born on June 2, 1926, on the family farm south of Roseland to Albert and Marie (Negen) Knapper.  He attended country school #87 through the 8th grade.  In October 1946, Alvin was united in marriage to Lorraine Bulthuis and four children were born to this union: Lowell, Roger, Jacklyn and Valerie.  Alvin did odd jobs like corn shelling, mostly day labor until he starting farming.  He farmed south of Roseland, and in the Svea and Pennock areas before moving to Lorraine’s parents’ farm in Roseland.  He retired from farming at the age of 62.  In July 2015, Alvin and Lorraine moved to the Clara City Care Center.
 
He was a charter member of First Reformed Church in Willmar and was an active member of Roseland Reformed Church.  Alvin was a metal man but to his family he was “our scrapper”.  He was a member of the Pairs and Spares group.  He also enjoyed a month long mission trip to the Philippines. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
 
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lorraine; three children, Roger (and Leann) Knapper of Clara City, Jacklyn (and David) Marcus of Orange City, FL, and Valerie (and Thomas) Dolezal of Lonsdale; a daughter-in-law, Connie Knapper of Clara City; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Randall (and Janet) Knapper of Loveland, CO; a sister, Beth Johnson of Willmar; a brother-in-law, James Bulthuis of Eden Prairie; two sisters-in-law, Lois Aalderks of Renville and Gladys Knapper of Willmar; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lowell in 2013; a sister, Mona Schneiderman; two brothers, Hank Knapper and Jimmie Knapper; a great-granddaughter, Lily Sachs; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
 
 
 
Herman Marcus
April 21, 1918   --  Nov. 14, 2015
 
          Herman Marcus, age 97, of Prinsburg, died Saturday evening, November 14, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
          
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 19, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, at the church and one hour prior to the service.  Memorials are preferred to Central Minnesota Christian School.  Arrangements are with  Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).

Herman Marcus was born April 21, 1918, in Prinsburg, the son of Frank and Mattie (Ledeboer) Marcus.  He grew up in the Prinsburg community and attended the Prinsburg Christian School through eighth grade.  On November 16, 1939, he married Serena Brouwer at her parents’ home in Roseland.  In 1940, they began farming in rural Prinsburg.  In 1974, they moved into Prinsburg and continued farming until their retirement in 1982.  They had recently moved to Central Minnesota Senior Care in Lake Lillian.
 

Faith was very important to Herman and made sure to always share his faith with others.  Herman was an active member of First Christian Reformed Church, where he served as an elder, taught catechism, and was a member of the Men’s Society .  He also served on the Central Minnesota Christian School and Farmers Co-Op Elevator boards. His hobbies included golfing, bowling, playing cards, and visiting with friends and family.  He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He is survived by  his wife, Serena; two children, Clinton (and LaVerna) Marcus and Doris (and Floyd) Schneck, both of Prinsburg; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; sixteen great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Alfred Marcus of Willmar, Melvin Marcus of Prinsburg, and Albert Marcus of Willmar; two sisters, Gerradina Stryker of Willmar and Henrietta Swart of Prinsburg; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dick Marcus; five sisters, Hermina Henderson, Alice LeCoq, Sarah Stob, Florence Tebben, and Grace Sportel; a granddaughter, Barbara Bond; and a great-grandson, Benjamin Marcus.
 

 
 
Elaine Marcus
February 7, 1929 -- November 8, 2015

   
 
          Elaine Marcus, age 86, of Prinsburg, went to be with her Lord on Sunday afternoon, November 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
          
          Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to Central Minnesota Christian School.  Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).

      Elaine was born February 7, 1929, in rural Clara City, to Harry and Marie (Schwitters) Ammermann.  She grew up in the rural Clara City area, where she was baptized and made profession of faith at Bunde Christian Reformed Church, and attended country school.  On June 4, 1947, she married Melvin Marcus and they made their home near Prinsburg where they farmed.  They had two sons, Lowell and Dan.

        Elaine loved her Lord and Savior and felt so blessed to be part of her church and the Christian School community.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, especially African Violets.  Sewing was her favorite hobby.  She would sew wedding and bridesmaid dresses, and leisure suits for her sons, as well as her own clothes.  Holidays were a favorite time of the year.  She loved to cook holiday meals and made sure the Christmas story was always read.  She sang in the church choir and loved to play piano and sing at home.
Elaine worked on the farm and in later years had a variety of jobs outside the home, including working as a cook at the Clara City Care Center and selling Avon for many years.

       She is survived by her husband, Melvin; sons, Lowell (Marilyn) Marcus of Willmar, and Dan (and Liz) Marcus of Clara City; grandchildren, Tessa (Lance) Erickson, Jeremy (Rachel) Marcus, Jodi (John) Marquardt, Ryan (Alyssa) Marcus, and Nick (Christina) Marcus; great-grandchildren, Grant, Caden, and Janessa Erickson, Austin, Jay, Brayden, and Remington Marcus; and Elijah and Mattea Marquardt; siblings, Dorothy (John) Aalderks of Renville, Harley (Clarice) Ammermann of Clara City, Gordon (Karen) Ammermann of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, Marge (Myron) Bonnema of Prinsburg, Corrine (Gary) Bonnema of Willmar, Wally (Gail) Ammermann of Lake Lillian; and Will (Jo) Ammermann of Renville; and other relatives and friends.

      She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Marie; a daughter-in-law, Janet Marcus; a brother, Richard Ammermann; brother-in-law, Richard Marcus; and a sister-in-law, Gladys Ammermann.
 
Andrew Nelson
September 25, 1973—October 11, 2015
 
           Andrew “Andy” J. Nelson, age 42, of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, died Sunday afternoon, October 11, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. 
 
           Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M., Friday, October 16, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg, Minnesota.  The interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery near Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-8 P.M. Thursday at the church, with a public prayer service Thursday 7 P.M and the visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  

Andy was born in Eugene, Oregon, on September 25, 1973, to Elden and Faith (Hanson) Nelson. As a young boy, he developed normally and enjoyed learning and interacting with people of all ages. He especially loved Bible stories and heartily sang Sunday School songs. At age 5, Andy’s life was challenged by a bout of encephalitis, which left him unable to hear or speak.

While he knew suffering in this life due to many debilitating medical conditions and long hospital stays, he also knew the grace of a good God.  This grace was evident in joy, a gentle spirit, and contentment in knowing the love of family members and staff who so diligently cared for him.

He is survived by his parents, Elden and Faith Nelson of Prinsburg; a sister, Tricia (Brad) Nelson of Prinsburg; brothers, Benjamin (Linn Monica) of Stavanger, Norway, and Mikal (Hilary) of San Diego, California; paternal grandparents, Andrew and Helen Hanson of Minneapolis; nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles, and cousins; as well as his extended family at Hope Residence and Scott County New Options.

His paternal grandparents, Earl and Alma Nelson, and an uncle, Arnold Dyrdahl, preceded him in death.

The miracle that was hoped for on earth is now being realized – Andy is now able to hear his Savior’s voice and sing the song of the redeemed. His family looks forward to joining him one day. 
 
 
Paul H. Van Der Veen
Nov. 9, 1937—Sept. 10, 2015
 
Paul Van Der Veen, age 77, of Clara City, died Thursday, September 10, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.

A private family service will be held with interment at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Public visitation will be 3:00- 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 13, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.

Paul Harold Van Der Veen was born November 9, 1937, in Prinsburg, Minnesota, to John and Clara (Hoogeveen) Van Der Veen.  He most recently lived in a group home near Clara City.  He worked at Sparks Industries in Clara City until June 2015 when his health began to decline.

He is survived by three sisters, Judy (and John) Roskamp of Prinsburg, Karen (and Bill) Leenstra of Willmar, and Ruth (and Roger) Brouwer of Prinsburg; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roger; and a sister, Mary.

The family would like to extend a thank you for the love and concern of Paul's social workers and those who cared for Paul over the years at his home and work site.

 
 
Donna Mae Plowman
June 6, 1931 - Aug. 11, 2015


Donna Mae Plowman, age 84, of Willmar, formerly of Prinsburg, died Tuesday evening, August 11, at the Rice Care Center in Willmar.
             
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, on Wednesday, August 19, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6-8 P.M. on Tuesday, August 18, at the First Christian Reformed Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Memorial gifts are preferred to Central Minnesota Christian Schools or Children of the Promise (Haiti). 

Donna Mae Plowman was born June 6, 1931, the second of six children, to Bertus and Wilhemina (Bonnema) Van Heuveln of Prinsburg.  She grew up in the Prinsburg area and received her education at the Prinsburg Christian School and Clara City High School.  She was united in marriage to Henry Plowman in 1949 and to this marriage were born four children.  She was a lifelong member of First Christian Reformed Church of Prinsburg.  In addition to being a busy farm wife and mother, she worked at various pursuits both paid and volunteer, including on the Board of the Christian Rest Home (now Rice Care Center), the Willmar Birthright office, and as the first Tupperware dealer in the Prinsburg area.  She also acquired college experience at Willmar Community College, which nurtured her love of words and writing.

Throughout her life, music played a vital part.  In her younger years, she and her sisters sang and performed at numerous events, including for a time on a weekly KWLM radio program.  Music continued to be her great love throughout her life and gave deepest expression to her faith as a child of Christ, her Savior.

She is survived by her four children, all of Willmar; Deadre' (and Herman) Van Niejenhuis and their children Brendan (Heather Flood), Patrick and Justin (Laura); Kerry (and Marlin) Breems and their children Christina (and Kirk) Vander Pol, Nick (and Jenni) and Matt (and Melissa); Jeffrey (and Jewell) and their children Angela (and Charles) Miedema, Arnold (and Danielle), Francesca (and Jason) Beukelman, and David; and Arnold (and Kandus) and their children Andrew (Nicole), Elizabeth (and Andy) Happe, and Austin (and Brianne).  In addition, she leaves 22 great-grandchildren, two sisters Wanda Kleinhuizen and Wilmette (Junior) Swanson, two brothers Burton (and Sandy) Van Heuveln and LeMar (and Norma) Van Heuveln; one brother-in-law Fred (and Jackie) Plowman and one sister-in-law, Caroline (and John D.) Kreps, and many other relatives and friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry in 2000 and sister, Maureen Thiel. 
 
Lisa L. Bonnema-King
February 1, 1973—June 28, 2015



Lisa Bonnema-King, age 42, of Murdock, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, June 28, at her home near Murdock.
 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery near Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg and will continue one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  

Lisa LaRae Bonnema was born February 1, 1973, in Willmar, Minnesota, the daughter of Eldon and Betty (Ryks) Bonnema.  She grew up in Prinsburg, was baptized at First Christian Reformed Church and graduated from Central Minnesota Christian School.  She started working at area nursing homes at the age of 16 and was most recently employed at Copperleaf Senior Living Community in Willmar.  She always enjoyed tending to the residents and grew to love many of them in her care.
 
She is survived by her parents, Eldon and Betty Bonnema of Willmar, MN; her children, Alexa King (and Justin Mikkelson) of Sioux Falls, SD, Sydney King of Kingwood, TX and Samuel King of Murdock, MN; her beloved twin granddaughters, Ayla and Ella Mikkelson of Sioux Falls, SD; her very special friend, Jeff Walsh of Murdock, MN; three brothers, Scott (and Nancy) Bonnema of Zimmerman, MN, Mitch (and Chris) Bonnema of Becker, MN, and Vonn (and Sheri) Bonnema of Chaska; several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by an infant sister.
 

 
 
Margaret Bruggers
May 28, 1920—June 9, 2015


Margaret L. Bruggers, age 95, of Willmar and formerly of Roseland, died Tuesday morning, June 9, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar.
 
 Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at the Roseland Reformed Church in Roseland.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.    Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).

 Margaret Louise Bruggers was born on May 28, 1920, the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Kohrs) Damhof.  She grew up in Roseland and received her education from District #34 school and graduated from Danube High School in 1939.  On October 7, 1942, Margaret was united in marriage to Marvin Paul Bruggers.  They lived and farmed together north of Roseland until 1993 when they moved into Willmar.  In 2009, she moved to Bethesda Sunrise Village, then to Sterling House and later to Bethesda Pleasant View. 
 
Margaret was a lifelong member of the Roseland Reformed Church and was active as a Sunday School teacher and in the Women's Guild and Circle.  She was active in Home Extension and was a 4-H Leader for over 30 years.  She was an avid reader, historian and scrap booker.  Margaret also enjoyed flowers, bird watching, crossword puzzles, fishing, and traveling.   Music was a big part of her life, listening to her records, attending concerts, singing in various groups, and participating in sing-alongs at the nursing home.  She loved to attend her kids and grandkids activities, sporting events, and special celebrations.  She cherished time spent with family and friends.

 She is survived by her four children, Kathy (and Jack) Hoffman-Gabler of Richmond, Jim (and Lori) Bruggers of Darwin, Nancy Bruggers of Willmar and Sue (and Brian) Gustafson of Litchfield; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, Ken (and Karen) Damhof of Willmar; one sister, Ruth Dragt of Willmar and one sister-in-law, Vera Pampuch of Mesa, AZ., besides other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin in 2005; one sister, Henrietta; one brother, Calvin; one son-in-law, Gary Gunvalson and one grandson, Tyler Gunvalson.
 

 

 
Emma Zuidema
August 18, 1923—June 8, 2015


Emma Zuidema, age 91, of Willmar, died Monday morning, June 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, at Roseland Reformed Church.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, at Roseland Reformed Church and one hour prior to the service. 

Emma Zuidema was born on August 18, 1923, in Roseland, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Angeline (Van Den Einde) Bulthuis.  She grew up and received her education in Roseland.  On January 28, 1942, Emma was united in marriage to Bernard Zuidema.  They lived and farmed their entire life in the Roseland community.  Emma worked with Bernard on the family farm and as a homemaker.  Bernard passed away in 2004.  In 2011, Emma moved into the West View Village in Willmar.  She was a lifelong member of the Roseland Reformed Church and was active as a Sunday school teacher and with Womens’ Guild and Circle.  Emma enjoyed baking, gardening, crocheting and reading.  She had a special gift of helping others in a time of need.

She is survived by her five children, Kathy (and Ardell) Tepfer of Danube, Judy (and Hassan) Dallal of Wheaton, IL., Byron Zuidema of Washington, D.C., Marlene (and Joe) Schnichels of The Villages, FL., and Darla (and Terry) Slagter of Roseland; thirteen grandchildren; forty-four great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.  Also surviving is one sister, Lorraine (and Alvin) Knapper of Roseland and one brother, Jim (and Dorothy) Bulthuis of Minneapolis, besides other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Lloyd Bulthuis and one sister-in-law, Arlene Aalderks.
 
 
  John H. DeBoer
August 7, 1923—June 2, 2015

 
           John H. DeBoer, age 91, of Prinsburg, died Tuesday morning, June 2, at his home in Prisnburg.
 
           Private services will be held.  Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.
 
 
Ruby G. Dragt
June 10, 1916  -  May 19, 2015

 
Ruby G. Dragt, age 98 and 11 months, of Litchfield and formerly of Willmar and Prinsburg, died Tuesday afternoon, May 19, at Ecumen of Litchfield.
 
           Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 23, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be in Holland Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, May 22, at the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  
 
Ruby Gertrude Dragt was born on June 10, 1916, near Prinsburg, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Ruth (Roelofs) Brink.  She grew up in Prinsburg and received her education from the Christian School.  She worked for her parents in the Prinsburg Café and later was a cook .  On November 26, 1935, Ruby was united in marriage to John Henry Dragt, on the Garrit Roelofs farm near Prinsburg.  Following their marriage they made their home in Prinsburg where she worked as a homemaker and as a cook for the Berghuis Construction crew.  Following John’s death in 2000, Ruby moved to West View Village in Willmar.  In 2006, she entered the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.  She was a charter member of the Missions Club in Prinsburg and member of the First Christian Reformed Church.  Her family and friends remember her caring and Christ like attitude.  She always cared about her children and grandchildren more than herself.  Ruby enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, especially homemade buns, cheese cake, caramel rolls and brownies.
 
She is survived by two children, Perry (and Carol) Dragt and Sandi (and Mike) Hirman, both of Litchfield; one daughter-in-law, Diana Dragt of California; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; four sons, Ronald, Duane, Phillip and one in infancy, and one brother and sister-in-law, Edgar and Ann Brink.
 

 
 

Paul Grannes
Dec. 29, 1977 - May 15, 2015


          Paul M. Grannes, age 37, of Minot, North Dakota, died from natural causes at his home in Minot on May 15.

    Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

    Paul Michael Grannes was born on December 29, 1977, in Glencoe, Minnesota, the son of Michael and Kaye (Miller) Grannes.  He grew up in Glencoe, Pine City and Olivia where he attended BOLD High School.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Paul was employed his entire life as a pipe layer in the water and sewer construction business with various construction companies.  Most recently he was employed with Park Construction, working in Minot, North Dakota.  Paul was a member of the Laborer Union Local #563.  His hobbies included snowmobiling, riding ATV’s, his pet dogs and enjoying outdoor activities during the winter months. 

    He is survived by his parents, Kaye (and Kenneth) Jorgensen of Grasston, MN. And Michael Grannes of Missoula, MT; one brother, Eric (and Mindy) Grannes of Prinsburg; four nieces, Samantha, Brianna, Etta and Giada and his step-grandfather, Art Olson of St. Paul, besides other relatives and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 
 
 
Martha Vande Steeg
Nov. 17, 1919 - April 16, 2014



           Martha Vande Steeg, age 95, of Prinsburg, died Thursday evening, April 16, at the Annandale Care Center in Annandale.
 
           A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  The interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery near Prinsburg.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.   (www.tricountyfuneral.com)
 
Martha (Breems) Vande Steeg was born on November 17, 1919, in Holland Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Effie (Swart) Breems.  She grew up in the Prinsburg area and received her education in the District 103 country school south of Prinsburg.  On May 1, 1943, she was married to Clarence Vande Steeg in Prinsburg and they made their home in Prinsburg.  Martha worked at home in the early years and later worked for a short time for Nelsen’s Laundry in Willmar and later for Willmar Poultry until her retirement in the early 1980’s.   She was a active life member of First Christian Reformed Church.  Martha loved being with family and friends and enjoyed gardening, making rugs, painting, fishing, baking, canning, sewing and selling her products at the Farmer’s Market.
 
Martha is survived by two sons: Ken (and Julie) Vande Steeg of Maple Lake and Larry (and Jodi) Vande Steeg of Willmar and one son-in-law, Everett Buss of Clara City.  Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: Tim Vande Steeg, Erin Vande Steeg, Mark Vande Steeg, Lyle (Eileen) Buss, Jenny (and Rev. Ryan) Habbena, Wade (and Shannon) Buss, Jessica (and Shawn) Labat, Jackie Vande Steeg, Jason Vande Steeg, Laurel Vande Steeg, and Aaron Vande Steeg; and eleven great-grandchildren; besides other relatives and friends. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Clarence Vande Steeg in 1985; one daughter: Myra Buss in 2010; and one son: Marlan Vande Steeg in 2013.
 
 

 
 

 
Albertha Roelofs
Feb. 13, 1929  -  Feb. 7, 2015

 
           Albertha Roelofs, age 85, of Renville and formerly of Prinsburg, died Saturday morning, Feb. 7, at the Renvilla Nursing Home in Renville.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church in Raymond.  Interment will be in Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Raymond Christian Reformed Church or the Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg are preferred.  Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg.  www.tricountyfuneral.com
 
Albertha Roelofs was born on February 13, 1929, in Roseland, Minnesota, the daughter of Nicholas and Angelina (Knoll) Brouwer.  She grew up and received her education in  Roseland.  She was baptized and made her confession of faith at the Roseland Reformed Church.  On October 22, 1949, at the Roseland Reformed Church, Albertha was united in marriage to Reynold Roelofs.  They lived in the communities of Roseland, Prinsburg and Raymond where she worked as a homemaker.  Albertha was a member of the Raymond Christian Reformed Church and was active in various church women’s groups.  She enjoyed baking, cooking, annual camping trips to various lakes throughout Minnesota, and family gatherings.  She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Albertha was always willing to help others in a time of need.
 
She is survived by her husband, Reynold of Renville; four children,  Robert (and Debra) Roelofs of Spicer, Marlys (and Randy) Dannen of Willmar, Randall (and Ronna) Roelofs of Prinsburg and Daryl Roelofs of Maynard; fourteen grandchildren; and nineteen great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, Melvin (and Kathy) Brouwer of Willmar and two sisters, Serena (and Herman) Marcus of Prinsburg and Adeline (and Ben) Groen of Renville, besides other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harland Brouwer.
 
 
Irene Bonnema
May 11, 1924  -  January 14, 2015

 
Irene Bonnema, age 90,  of Willmar, formerly of Prinsburg, passed away Wednesday, January 14, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar surrounded by her loved ones.
   
Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, January 19, at Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-8 PM Sunday, January 18, at Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg and one hour prior to the service on Monday.  Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).

Irene was born May 11, 1924, in Renville, Minnesota, to George and Dena (Hoogerman) Negen.  She grew up in the Renville area and graduated from Renville High School.

On August 27, 1942, she married Edwin Bonnema.  Their union was blessed with five children, Sandra, Wallace, Loralee, Vicki, and Randy.  Edwin and Irene farmed for many years in the Prinsburg area, retiring in 1980.

Irene was very involved with Central Minnesota Christian School, volunteering for several organizations.  She was an active member of Unity Christian Reformed Church.

Edwin and Irene moved to Willmar in 1990.  They spent their winters in Arizona, where Irene volunteered at Boswell Hospital in Sun City.  She loved golfing, bowling, playing cards, and dominos with their friends.  Irene loved spending time and helping her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by three children: Lori (and Nathan) Herrboldt of Willmar, Vicki (and David) Constans of Willmar, and Randy (and Kathy) Bonnema of San Antonio, TX; eight grandchildren: Leah, Isaac (and Kristen), Annie, Rich (and Kristen), Elias, Tori (and Sam), Alicea, and Ryan; and ten great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are four sisters-in-law: Goldie Negen, Dorothy Blokzyl, Bonnie Negen, and Sadie Negen; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
   
She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, two children; Sandra and Wallace Bonnema, her husband, Edwin, four brothers: Henry, Dick, Donald, and Gordon Negen, and one sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Lewis Ledeboer.
 

 
 
           Richard DeGroot, age 89, of Prinsburg, died Thursday morning, January 15,  at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
 
           Services will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, January 17, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Friends may call from 5-7 P.M Friday at the First Christian Reformed Church  and 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday.  The family request memorials to the  Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg.  Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.
 
Richard DeGroot was born on February 2, 1925, on the family farm southwest of Prinsburg, the son on Minnie (Allspach) and Henry DeGroot.  He grew up in that area and received his education in a one room country school.  On January 12, 1945, he was married to Vivian Lorraine Wieberdink at Vivian’s parents home and they made their home on his family farm.  They lived and farmed there for over 40 years and moved into Prinsburg after his retirement in 1985.   Richard was a former member of Emden Christian Reformed Church in Renville and a present member of First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  He was an active member in both churches, had served as an Elder in both churches, was a member of the Men’s Bible Study and served on the board of the Tri-County Funeral Home for several years.  Richard loved being with family and friends and always enjoyed the time he spent farming.  He enjoyed bowling, golf, playing cards, gardening, lawn care and doing jigsaw puzzles. 
 
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Vivian DeGroot of Prinsburg and 4 daughters; Yvonne (and Bud) DeJong of Byron Center, MI, Jacqueline Skinner Van Essen (and Larry Van Essen) of Newton, IA, Shirley (and Darrel) Ulferts of Edgerton and Roxanne Krosschell of Rochester.  Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and 1 sister, Dena (and Garrit) Link of Renville.
 
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Florence Nieuwbeerta, 2 brothers; Lewis and Edward DeGroot.       
 
 
 
   
Martha Vande Steeg
Nov. 17, 1919 - April 16, 2014



           Martha Vande Steeg, age 95, of Prinsburg, died Thursday evening, April 16, at the Annandale Care Center in Annandale.
 
           A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  The interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery near Prinsburg.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.   (www.tricountyfuneral.com)
 
Martha (Breems) Vande Steeg was born on November 17, 1919, in Holland Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Effie (Swart) Breems.  She grew up in the Prinsburg area and received her education in the District 103 country school south of Prinsburg.  On May 1, 1943, she was married to Clarence Vande Steeg in Prinsburg and they made their home in Prinsburg.  Martha worked at home in the early years and later worked for a short time for Nelsen’s Laundry in Willmar and later for Willmar Poultry until her retirement in the early 1980’s.   She was a active life member of First Christian Reformed Church.  Martha loved being with family and friends and enjoyed gardening, making rugs, painting, fishing, baking, canning, sewing and selling her products at the Farmer’s Market.
 
Martha is survived by two sons: Ken (and Julie) Vande Steeg of Maple Lake and Larry (and Jodi) Vande Steeg of Willmar and one son-in-law, Everett Buss of Clara City.  Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: Tim Vande Steeg, Erin Vande Steeg, Mark Vande Steeg, Lyle (Eileen) Buss, Jenny (and Rev. Ryan) Habbena, Wade (and Shannon) Buss, Jessica (and Shawn) Labat, Jackie Vande Steeg, Jason Vande Steeg, Laurel Vande Steeg, and Aaron Vande Steeg; and eleven great-grandchildren; besides other relatives and friends. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Clarence Vande Steeg in 1985; one daughter: Myra Buss in 2010; and one son: Marlan Vande Steeg in 2013.
 
 

 
 

 
Lillian Roelofs
Aug. 21, 1912—Nov. 8, 2014

         
              Lillian Roelofs, age 102, of Raymond, died Saturday morning, November 8, at the Clara City Care Center.
 
              Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, at the Christian Reformed Church in Raymond with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Raymond.  Funeral arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).
 
Lillian was born August 21, 1912, in Holland Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Anna (Mensink) Hebrink.  She attended the District 85 School in Hollmand Township.  On December 19, 1930, she married Howard Roelofs at the Christian Reformed parsonage in Prinsburg.  To this union, two sons and three daughters were born and the family lived in the Prinsburg and Raymond areas.  Lillian resided at the Clara City Care Center since June 2010.
 
Lillian was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Raymond, where she was active with the ladies aid.  She was also active with the Raymond Senior Citizens Group.  She enjoyed baking, quilting, playing cards, fishing, and entertaining family and friends.
 
She is survived by her children, Kenneth (and Mavis) Roelofs of Plymouth, Verna Janssen of Clara City, Lorna Kruger of Clara City, and Sherwin (and Marilyn) Roelofs of Raymond; 21 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 40 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; a daughter, Charlotte Teichert; three sons-in-law, Clarence Teichert, Harold Kruger, and Darrel Janssen; five sisters, Bessie Slagter, MabelBerghuis, Jeanie Strootman, Hilda Kamstra, and Ruth Ryks; and seven brothers, Herbert, John, Elmer, Wilber, Edward, Antony, and David Hebrink.
 
 
Clara M. Mulder
May 10, 1925—Nov. 4, 2014

         
            Clara M. Mulder, age 89, of  Clara City, died Tuesday evening Nov. 4, at the Clara City Care Center.
 
              Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar.  Interment will be at the Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg.  www.tricountyfuneral.com
 
Clara Mae Mulder was born on May 10, 1925, in Roseland, Minnesota, the daughter of Clarence and Angie (Hoekstra) Brower.  She grew up and received her education in the Roseland community.  On January 13, 1942, Clara was married to John Dick Mulder and they made their home in Roseland.  In the early 1950’s they moved to Prinsburg and in 1982 moved to Willmar.  Clara worked at home as a homemaker taking care of her family.  She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Willmar.  Clara and John enjoyed traveling across the United States in their RV.  Clara cherished time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
She is survived by her five children, Jerry Mulder of Ft. Meyers, FL., Ronald (and Mary) Mulder of Jackson, Diann (and Robert) Dirksen of Clara City, Cal (and Deb) Mulder of Willmar and Doug (and Penny Mae) Mulder of Willmar; fifteen grandchildren, Cameron (and Jessica) Mulder, Shawna Schmitt (and fiancé, Todd), Courtney Johnson (and friend, Pat), Heather (and Joel) Peterson, Jeremy (and Ali) Dirksen, Stasha (and Rob) Mittra, Joshua (and Alison) Mulder, Justin (and Kara) Dirksen, Robbie (and Rachelle) Dirksen, Lindsey (and Jed) Nelson, Dustin Mulder (and friend, Katie), Rachelle Mulder, Austin Ivy, Adam Ivy and Brittni Ivy and twenty-nine great grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters, Caroline (and Wallace) Duininck of Willmar and Joyce Twedt of Delano, besides other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John in 2012; one granddaughter, Vanessa Olson; one grandson-in-law, Mike Schmitt; two sisters, Alice Patti and Theda Campbell and two brothers, Richard and John Brower.
 

 
 
Albertha Van Eps
Nov. 6, 1919  -  Nov. 4, 2014

 
           Albertha Van Eps, age 94, of Willmar, formerly of Prinsburg, died Tuesday afternoon, November 4, at Rice Care Center in Willmar.
 
           Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 8, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at the Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 7, at the church and one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).
 
Albertha was born November 6, 1919 in Hull, Iowa, the daughter of Harm and Antonia (Trump) Stoel.  She grew up and received her education in Slayton, Minnesota.  On January 19, 1939, she married William Van Eps in Chandler, Minnesota.  They lived in Chandler, Hancock and Willmar before moving to Prinsburg in 1966.  While living in Prinsburg, they worked as farm managers for Willmar Poultry until their retirement in 1979.  They moved to West View Village in Willmar in 2003. 
 
Albertha was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  She enjoyed embroidery, fishing, playing cards and visiting with family and friends.
 
She is survived by her children, Kathy (and Melvin) Brouwer of Willmar, Harvey (and Glennis) Van Eps of Prinsburg, Wally (and Sharon) Van Eps of Renville, Tony (and Maxine) Van Eps of Willmar, and Gary (and Sue) Van Eps of Willmar; a son-in-law, Bob Honzay of Olivia; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister Gertrude Zuidema of Great Falls, MT; and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William in 2004; a daughter, Barb Honzay; two infant children; a granddaughter, Kelly Van Eps; a great-granddaughter, Chloe Van Eps; three brothers; and two sisters.
 
         
Eugene L. Schwitters
April 6, 1949  -  October 27, 2014

         Eugene “Gene” L. Schwitters, age  65, of Clara City, died Monday, October 27, from injuries sustained in a farming accident near Maynard.
 
           Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 1, at Bunde Christian Reformed Church near Clara City.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 31, at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service.  Memorials are preferred to Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg or Bunde Christian Reformed Church. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.
(www.tricountyfuneral.com)
 
      Eugene LeRoy Schwitters was born on April 6, 1949, the son of Herman and Fannie Schwitters. He was born at Montevideo Hospital in Montevideo MN. He grew up on a farm near Clara City and attended Clara City High School. On January 9, 1970, he was married to Joyce Maxine Swart. They made their home on the farm until they moved to Clara City in 2003. Gene was a life-long member of Bunde CRC and served in various ways in the community, church, and at Central MN Christian School.
Gene was a committed family man and friend to all. Anyone who knew Gene was blessed by his kind, genuine nature, friendly smile, unforgettable laugh and sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling, visiting and spending time with family and friends. He valued the times he could be with his wife, kids, and grandkids especially when they played “31” together.  One of Gene’s goals that were found written in his bible, was to live a righteous life by faith not a religious life where man attempts to cover himself without God.

      He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Clara City: his son Jason and Stacy (Groen) Schwitters of Clara City; daughter Angela and Jeffrey Brouwer of Raymond. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Lucas and Kalley Schwitters, Ryan, Ethan, Isaac, and Ashlyn Brouwer and four brothers; Delwin (and Elizabeth) Schwitters of Clara City, Wayne (and Janice) Schwitters of Willmar, Lowell (and Marcia) Schwitters of Clara City, Robert (and Sharon) Schwitters of Clara City, besides other relatives and friends.

       Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and two daughters in infancy.
 
 

 

 
 
 
George Sportel, Jr.
Nov. 16, 1930 - October 13, 2014

          George Sportel, Jr., age 83, of Prinsburg, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon Oct. 13, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar from injuries from a fall.
          Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 18, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be Friday 5-7 PM at the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg and at the church one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice in Willmar, First Christian Reformed Church or Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg.(www.tricountyfuneral.com)
          George Sportel, Jr. was born on November 16, 1930, in Roseland Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the son of Jennie (Hoogerman) and George Sportel, Sr.  He grew up in the Roseland area and attended District 91 school.   On April 1, 1952, he was married to Grace Marcus and they made their home in Prinsburg.  George worked for Willmar Manufacturing for 30 years serving as a supervisor.  He was a member of the Prinsburg Fire Department for 20 years, and served many years on the Prinsburg Village Council and as President of the Tri-County Burial Association.  George’s first wife, Grace, died on February 27, 1999.  George remarried on June 16, 2001, to Marcella Ann (Roelofs) Ulferts.  He was a lifelong member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg and served as a Deacon and Elder and belonged to the Men’s Bible Study Groups.  George was a committed family man and a friend to all.  He enjoyed traveling, visiting and playing games with family and friends.  His love for family extended to wherever his kids and grandkids lived. Anyone who came into contact with George was blessed by his kind and gentle nature, encouragement, sincere faith, and sense of humor.
          He is survived by his wife, Marcella of Prinsburg, 3 sons; Robert (and Kathy) Sportel of Prinsburg, Randall (and Deb) Sportel of Grand Rapids, MI, and Joel (and Susan) Sportel of Grand Rapids, MI, 1 daughter, Diane (and Daniel) Ridderhoff of Colorado Springs, CO, 1 stepson, Warren Ulferts of Albuquerque, NM and 1 stepdaughter, Rosaleen (and Norman) Marcus of Lafayette, LA.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren, 1 sister, Janet (and Clarence) Ledeboer of Minneapolis, 1 brother-in-law; Phil (and Barb) Gernaat of Kalamazoo, MI and sister-in-law, Donna Sportel of Atwater, besides other relatives and friends.
          George was preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Grace in 1999, 4 brothers; Dick, Claus, Benjamin and infant Ben Sportel, 2 sisters; Ella Gernaat and Grace Blom, and 3 sisters-in-law; Louise Sportel, Grace (Mrs. Claus) Sportel and Grace (Mrs. Dick) Sportel, and 1 brother-in-law, Albert Blom.         
         
 

           
 
Sylvia Hoffman
June 3, 1931  -  September 15, 2014
 
Sylvia Hoffman, age 83, of Roseland, died Monday morning, September 15, at Bethesda PleasantView Nursing Home in Willmar.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, at Roseland Reformed Church.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, at Roseland Reformed Church and will continue one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).
Sylvia June Hoffman was born June 3, 1931, on the family farm in Crooks Township, Renville County, Minnesota, the daughter of  Fred and Mamie (Ammerman) Santjer.  She grew up on the family farm and attended District 105 School.  She then helped with childcare for many area families.  On October 6, 1954, she married Roger Hoffman at Emden Christian Reformed Church in Renville and they made their home in Roseland.
Sylvia was a member of Roseland Reformed Church and was active in women’s ministries and sang in the choir.  She served as a volunteer with the Bloodmobile and as an election judge for many years.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, gardening and canning.  Sylvia was a gentle spirit. Her family, friends and her community will always remember her great laugh and her desire to help and serve in any way she could.  
She is survived by her husband, Roger of Roseland; two daughters, Sheila (and Bill) Krogman of St. Cloud and Eileen (and Paul) Dobmeier of Roseland; a daughter-in-law, Diane Hoffman of Spicer, MN; eight grandchildren, Joshua (and Tiffany) Krogman, Benjamin (and Erin) Hoffman, Erynn Dobmeier (and fiancé Wes Johnson), Sara (and Anders) Grafstrom, Ryan (and Mariah) Dobmeier, Anna (and Justin) Haats, Gabe Hoffman, and Paige (and Brian) Feldman; six great-grandchildren, Harper, Gustav, Sullivan, Grace, Evelyn, and Griffin; a brother, Vernon (and Joni) Santjer of Renville; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Eugene Hoffman; and a son-in-law, Dan Marks.
 
 
 
 
 
Elaine J. Marcus
Aug. 23, 1928  -  Aug. 31, 2014
 
Elaine J. Marcus, age 86, of Willmar and formerly of Raymond, died Sunday morning, August 31, at Rice Therapy Suites in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 4, at the Roseland Reformed Church in Roseland.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, at the Roseland Reformed Church and also one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).

Elaine Joyce Marcus was born August 23, 1928, in Roseland Township to George and Laura (VanDenEinde) Dykema.  She grew up on a farm in the Svea area and attended District 55 Svea Country School.

On December 21, 1948, she married William Marcus at the Roseland Reformed Church, where she was a lifelong member.  They established a farmstead north of Roseland in Whitefield Township, where they farmed until the mid 1990’s. 

After the death of her husband in 2010, she moved to Westview Village in Willmar.

She was an excellent cook and gardener and always enjoyed preparing food for her family.  She also served as the head cook at Sunnyside Country School.

Elaine had an abiding faith in God, loving and serving all those around her.  Her lifetime passion was being a homemaker and helper on the family farm.  She loved spending time and doing things for her family.

Elaine is survived by three children, Diane (and Kendall) Bruse of Willmar, MN David Lee (and Jacklyn) Marcus of Orange City,  Fl, and Debra (and Milton) Wubben of Clara City, MN; six grandchildren: Cheryl (and Aaric) Geihl, Joshua (and Valerie) Marcus, Brandon Marcus, Holli (and Brian) Jans, Travis (and Bailey) Wubben and Ryan Wubben; five great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Samuel and Stella Geihl; Zachary Marcus, Averi Wubben and two additional grandchildren to be born later this year; one sister, Dolores “Dee” (and Elwood) Lofthus of Bloomington, MN and three brothers, Norman (and Ellen) Dykema of Florida, LaVern (and Diane) Dykema of Florida and Maurice “Pete” (and Dorothy) Dykema of Walker, MN and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William and her parents.
 
 
Helen Mulder

May 7, 1930 - July 5, 2014

Helen Mulder, age 84, of Willmar, died Saturday, July 5, at Bethesda Sunrise Village in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Willmar Christian Reformed Church. Interment will be at the Emden Christian Reformed Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the church and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Central Minnesota Christian School or the New 2 You Thrift Store. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (tricountyfuneral.com).

Helen (Hoogeveen) Mulder was born on May 7, 1930 to Henry and Gertrude (Roelofs) Hoogeveen in Prinsburg, Minnesota in Kandiyohi County. She attended Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg through 8th grade and graduated from Clara City High School in 1947. She attended Teacher Training in Montevideo for one year. Helen taught for three years — a year in District 8 of Roseland Township and two years in District 103.

On December 21, 1950 she was united in marriage to Delmar Mulder at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg. They were blessed with 3 children Bruce, Sharon and Gail.

She was a member of the Emden Christian Reformed Church in Renville for 40 years. Helen, along with her husband, farmed in the Renville/Danube area until their retirement in 1995. At that time, they moved to Willmar, where they became members of the Willmar Christian Reformed Church.
 
Helen loved to bake, along with gardening and canning to make sure there was enough food for her family to make it through the winter months. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen worked in Central Minnesota Christian School hot lunch program for 12 years and also the Roosevelt School in Willmar. Helen volunteered at the New 2 You Thrift Store, worked with Friendship Ministries and Crossroad Prison Ministries and was a member of Senior Bible group.

Helen is survived by her children: Bruce (and Donna) Mulder of Willmar, Sharon (and Robert) Schwitters of Clara City, and Gail (and Joel) Roelofs of Allendale, MI; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; brothers, Harry (and Lydia) Hoogeveen of Willmar and Stan (and Clara) Hoogeveen of Sully, IA; sisters, Eva (and Lester) Brouwer and Lorraine Hoogeveen, both of Willmar; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delmar in 2012; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Angie (and Rob) Gort and Esther (and Tony) Zondervan; a daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Mulder; and three great-grandchildren, Evan Schwitters, Eric Schwitters, and Norah Roelofs.
Junior E. Niewenhuis, age 85, of Prinsburg, died Monday afternoon, June 2, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Willmar.

Service will be held at 9:30 AM, Saturday, June 7, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg. The interment will be in Holland Township Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 PM Friday at Tri-County Funeral Home and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Junior Earl Niewenhuis was born on October 31, 1928 on the family farm in Holland Township, the son of John and Gertrude (Zuidema) Niewenhuis. He grew up on the family farm in the Prinsburg area and received his education in the District 88 country school. He was baptized and professed his faith in the Prinsburg Christian Reformed church where he served as elder and deacon. He also served on the school board of the Central Minnesota Christian school. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Apol on October 6, 1950. They lived on and operated the family farm until his retirement in 1998 when they moved to Prinsburg. In retirement he sold DeKalb seed corn and enjoyed many hours at Lake Florida with his grand-children.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Prinsburg, one son, Randall (and Carol) Niewenhuis of Minnetonka and two daughters; Jolene (and Bruce) Aardsma of Dyer, Indiana and Pamela (and Larry) Rogers of Lino Lakes. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one sister, Nyla (and Don) Wieberdink of Prinsburg, besides other relatives and friends.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, Christine Joy Aardsma and one sister, Eunice Droge.

 

 
.. Claude Bulthuis, age 93, of Willmar, formerly of the Roseland area, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, May 28, at his home in Willmar.

Services will be 10:30 AM, Monday, June 2, at Roseland Reformed Church in Roseland, Minnesota. Interment will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post 167 of Willmar. Visitation will be 2-4 PM, Sunday, June 1, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Claude Bulthuis was born March 3, 1921, in Roseland Township, the son of Elko and Johanna (Ritsema) Bulthuis. He grew up in the Roseland area and attended District 91 school, graduating from the 8th grade. Claude worked on the farm with his father and as a farm hand for many relatives, but especially his uncle, John Bulthuis. They farmed with horses and also used the horses to go to school by wagon or sled. He was drafted into the service and chose to join the Navy in April 1945, so he could always have a bed. He served as a Shipfitter Third Class and was honorably discharged in August 1946. Claude returned home after the service and married Annie S. Ahrenholz on December, 19, 1947, whom he met before entering the service. They made their home on a farm two miles north of Roseland. He farmed with his brother Henry for many years. They retired from farming in 1981 and moved into Roseland. He continued to farm with his son Glenn and did carpentry work, helping build many garages and building the cabin at the lake. He was a life active member of Roseland Reformed Church, was on the building committee in 1956, officer for the Men’s Brotherhood, was a Sunday School teacher and an Elder on the church board. He did devotions before every meal and read the Bible out loud to his family before evening prayers.

Claude moved to Willmar and has lived at the Bethesda Sunrise Assisted Living for the past three years. He enjoyed the social events, tending the flower gardens and the other activities at Bethesda. He loved reading his Bible, being with his family, doing word finds, watching multiple TV church services, sports and Wheel of Fortune. Claude also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, going to the cabin, fishing, and trips to Florida. He leaves a wonderful legacy that will live on through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, because of the choices and priorities he made. Claude’s real character and integrity was shown when he took complete care of his wife in their last year together as she suffered from ALS.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda (and Larry) Maurice of Bloomington and a son, Glenn (and Terri) Bulthuis of Raymond. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Ann (and Cullen) Byre, Kirstin (and Jeremy) Nelson, Sarah Weingartz (and fiance Brian Moline), and Eric (and Cari) Bulthuis; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Bernard (and Gert) Bulthuis of New London; two sisters: Jennie Mae Wubben of Clara City and Emily (and George) Poppen of Clara City; a brother-in-law, William Ryks, Sr. of Willmar; and four sisters-in-law, Leona Bulthuis of Willmar, Jeanette (and Bill) Dugstad of Willmar, Elma Jane (and Mally) Smith of Minneapolis and Jo Bouma of Edgerton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annie in 2007; two brothers, John and Henry Bulthuis; and a sister in infancy.
Arline JoAnn Mulder, age 99, of Prinsburg, died Friday, April 18, at Bethesda Heritage Center Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg. Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at First Christian Reformed Church and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com). Memorials are preferred to Central Minnesota Christian School or First Christian Reformed Church.

Arline was born June 7, 1914, in Roseland, Minnesota, the daughter of Arnold and Jeanette (Poortvliet) Plowman. She grew up in the Roseland area and attended country school. In June 1932, she married Henry Bonnema and they had three children, Clifford, Sharon and Roxanne. They later moved to Prinsburg, where they owned and operated Bonnema Electric. Henry died in 1945 and Arline continued to operate Bonnema Electric. In December 1948, she married Henry Mulder who had four children, Esther, Maxine, Gerald, and Viola. Arline and Henry wintered in Sun City, Arizona for several years and Arline continued to winter there after Henry’s death in 1991. Arline was able to live on her own until November 2013, when she moved to Bethesda. Arline’s greatest joy was receiving visits and phone calls from family and friends. She loved having company and serving a cup of coffee with a cookie or sweet.

Arline was a member of First Christian Reformed Church, where she was active in Mission Club and taught Calvinettes, Catechism and Sunday School. She also mentored a Japanese woman and Vietnamese family who relocated to the United States. Arline was very creative and loved working with her hands and enjoyed painting, sewing, quilting and needlework. She painted several murals and also painting advertising for businesses. She sewed clothes for her children and also vintage doll clothes. She also collected antique dolls and was a member of doll clubs in both Minnesota and Arizona.

She is survived by her seven children, Clifford (and Helena) Mulder of Pipestone, Esther Dykstra of Randolph, WI, Maxine (and George) Deneke of Sun City, AZ, Sharon (and Rev. Lowell) Arndt of Willmar, Gerald Mulder of Saginaw, TX, Viola (and Glenn) DeStigter of Ankeny, IA, and Roxanne (and Vernon) Marcus of Prinsburg; 25 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Bob Plowman of Hutchinson and Fritz Plowman of Excelsior; a brother-in-law, Edwin (and Louella) Mulder; two sisters-in-law, Liz Mulder and Clara Mae Mulder; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Henry Bonnema in 1945 and Henry Mulder in 1991; a granddaughter, Kolleen K. Mulder; a great-granddaughter, Michelle; a brother, Jacob; and five sisters, Nellie, Annie, Marion, Blanche, and Henrietta.

 
Cornelius Zondervan

Dec. 20, 1921 - April 16, 2014

Cornelius "Cornie" Zondervan, age 92, of Prinsburg, died Wednesday morning, April 16, at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.

A private family service will be held. Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg. Public visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com).

Cornelius Zondervan was born December 20, 1921, in Ogilvie, Minnesota, the son of Andrew and Julia (Stob) Zondervan. He grew up near Ogilvie and later moved with his family to the Roseland area, where he attended Roseland Country School. On October 20, 1943, he married Eleanor Bonnema and they lived and farmed east of Prinsburg. Cornie retired from farming in 1986.

He was a member of the Holland Township Board for many years. He was a member of Roseland Reformed Church prior to his marriage and then became a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg since 1943. He loved spending time with family and friends.   He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and keeping busy in the yard and garden.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Prinsburg; his children, Clayton "Shorty" Zondervan (and special friend, Maureen Hjelle) of New London, Jeff (and Julie) Zondervan of New London, and Maxine (and Tony) Van Eps of Willmar; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Glennys Zondervan; and three brothers, John Zondervan, Anthony Zondervan, and Stanley Zondervan.

 

Diane Mulder

May 26, 1946 - Feb. 15, 2014

Diane Mulder, age 67, of Renville, died Saturday evening, February 15, at her home in Renville following an extended illness.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, at Emden Christian Reformed Church. A private interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.  

         Diane Yvonne (Meyer) Mulder was born on May 26, 1946, the daughter of Harry and Katie (Gerdes) Meyer. She grew up on a farm in rural Clara City and attended Central Minnesota Christian School. She married Duane Mulder on July 15, 1966, in Bunde Christian Reformed Church and moved to Rapid City, S.D., where Duane was in the Air Force. Diane and Duane moved back to Minnesota in 1970, living in three different country homes in rural Clara City and Renville, where they farmed and raised their family.

            Diane had an abiding faith in God and loved and served her Lord by loving and serving those around her. She was a devoted wife and mother and gifted homemaker, blessing her family and friends with homemade food and handcrafted quilts and braided wool rugs. Throughout her struggle with cancer the past two years, Diane's sweet and contented spirit inspired many, and she talked often of God's great goodness and his sufficient and sustaining grace. Her family will remember these years as ones during which she said again and again, “I am so grateful.”

            Diane went to be with her beloved Jesus on February 15, 2014, at the age of 67, leaving peacefully from her earthly home for her heavenly one. Survivors who will cherish her memory include her husband of 47 years, Duane; her children, Tamara (Keith) Fynaardt, Dana (Troy) Broers, Josh (Susanne) Mulder, and Luke (Trisha) Mulder; her grandchildren Kitrick and Gideon Fynaardt; Emily, Benjamin and Katie Broers; Edward, Case, Garrett and Josie Mulder; and Abby, Molly and Carrie Mulder; siblings Char Groen, Norma (Harold) Groen, Merlyn (Delores) Meyer, Cheryl (Cal) Brouwer, Lonnie (Wayne) Hillenbrand and Lee Meyer; brothers-in-law Phil (Sheryl) Mulder, Dennis (Sharon) Mulder and Calvin (Margo) Mulder; and many nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Charles and sisters Laura Mulder and Candace Meyer; her parents-in-law, Lambert and Ruby Mulder; and brothers-in-law Clayton Negen and Alvin Groen.

            Memorials will be given to Central Minnesota Christian School to honor Diane's gratitude for the value of Christian education in her life and the lives of her children and grandchildren.
 

Benjamin "Ben" Sportel

Aug. 3, 1925 - Feb. 8, 2014

Benjamin "Ben" Sportel, age 88, of Willmar, formerly of Roseland, died Saturday, Feb. 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Roseland Reformed Church in Roseland. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Roseland Reformed Church in Roseland. Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg. www.tricountyfuneral.com

Benjamin Sportel was born on August 3, 1925, on the family farm in Renville County, Minnesota, the son of George Sr. and Jennie (Hoogerman) Sportel. He grew up in Renville County and received his education in the District #91 School. On June 21, 1946, Ben was united in marriage to Louise Brouwer at the Roseland Reformed Church. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed in Roseland Township and Svea. From 1963 to 1991, Ben was employed at Willmar Manufacturing as a supervisor. On January 29, 1999, Louise died. On June 23, 2001, Ben was married to Donna Ila Mae Swenson. They made their home in Roseland and just recently moved into Sunrise Village in Willmar. Ben was a faithful member of the Roseland Reformed Church. His hobbies included woodworking, camping, gardening and mowing.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of Willmar; his four children, Beverly (and LeRoy) Banks of Mesa, AZ., Brad (and Beth) Sportel of Lake Lillian, Steve (and Karyn) Sportel of Carlos and Darryl (and Sue) Sportel of Bloomington; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, George (and Marcella) Sportel of Prinsburg; one sister, Janet (and Clarence) Ledeboer of Richfield; one stepdaughter, Becky Norine (and John Schulz) of Minneapolis; three step-grandchildren and nine step-great grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Louise; one daughter, Barbara; three brothers, Dick, Claus and Ben; two sisters, Ella Gernaat and Grace Blom; and one stepdaughter, Marilyn Klatt.

Clarence A. Hubers

April 21, 1928 - January 29, 2014

Clarence A. "Chuck" Hubers, age 85, of Willmar, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 29th at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 3, at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church. Interment will be at the Roseland Reformed Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Willmar American Legion Post #167. Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (www.tricountyfuneral.com) and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials to the Central Minnesota Christian School or the Raymond Christian Reformed Church are preferred.

Clarence Arnold Hubers was born on April 21, 1928, in Roseland, Minnesota, the son of Clarence and Annie (Plowman) Wieberdink. His father died before his birth and he was later adopted by his mother’s second husband, Albert J. Hubers. He grew up and received his education in the Roseland community. On October 26, 1950, Chuck was united in marriage to Jeanette Negen and they made their home in Roseland. From 1952-1954, Chuck served in U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, they moved to Hector where he owned and operated the Dairy Freeze for many years. They later moved to Willmar and then Raymond, where Chuck owned and operated Hubers Body Shop. Jeanette died in 1998. On July 10, 1999, Chuck was married to Selma (Marcus) Zondervan. They lived in Raymond and later moved to Willmar. He was a member of the Raymond Christian Reformed Church. Chuck’s hobbies included fishing, camping, woodworking and playing card games. He cherished the time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Selma of Willmar; two sons, David Hubers of Isanti and Dwight (and Brenda) Hubers of Willmar; a daughter, Barb (and Randy) Bonnema of Raymond; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his stepchildren: Ron Zondervan of Willmar, Louann (and Dave) Frietag of Breckenridge, Steven (and Nancy) Zondervan of Monticello, Craig (and Susan) Zondervan of Waite Park, and Mark (and Stacey) Zondervan of Willmar; nine step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; a stepbrother, Ken (and Chris) Rindels of Arizona; two stepsisters, Ruth (and Ken) Rottier of Michigan and Marlene (and John) Visser of Wisconsin; two sisters-in-law: Alma (and Alvin) Blom of Willmar, and Caroline (and Paul) Viss of Willmar; besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jeanette; a son, Daniel in 1973; a stepson, Alryn Zondervan; and a stepbrother, Al Rindels.
Katie Hoekstra

Feb. 7, 1925 - Dec. 22, 2013

Katie Hoekstra lived on this earth from February 7, 1925, to December 22, 2013. She trusted in Jesus as her Lord and Savior and now, after 88 years, 10 months, and 15 days on earth, lives with him in heaven. She joins her husband of 69 years for their first Christmas together in heaven.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 27, at Roseland Reformed Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26, at the church and one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the Billy Graham Evangelicalistic Association or the American Heart Association. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.

Katie was born in Rheiderland Township to Nan and Jennie (Brouwer) Fokken. She attended country school near her home.

On August 9, 1944, she was united in marriage to Harvey Hoekstra at the Bunde Christian Reformed Church. Following their marriage she became a member of the Roseland Reformed Church where she was actively involved in the life of the church. Katie was a housewife, mother, and a whole lot more, as she often helped families with small children when Harvey and Katie were first married. From 1974-1994, she worked for Kandiyohi County as a home health aide.

In recent years, she and Harvey were actively involved in Friendship Bible Study, worked at the New 2 You Thrift Store, and enjoyed visiting area nursing home residents. They enjoyed meeting people at community suppers and senior pontoon trips. They also enjoyed traveling, and taking camping trips with Katie’s sisters. Harvey and Katie moved to Willmar in October 2008.

She enjoyed time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren when they stopped by to visit and share a song, talent, or hug.

Katie is survived by her six children: Janet (and Roger) Dykstra of Grand Rapids, MI, Dennis (and Sharon) Hoekstra of Manchester, CT, Larry (and Marcia) of Hull, IA, Robert (and Cathy) of Hastings, MN, Marlys Mathiowetz of Redwood Falls, MN, and Darrell (and Gail) of Willmar, MN; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters: Mildred (and John) Meyer, Doris (and Don) Marcus, and two sisters-in-law Ann DeJong, and Henrietta Hoekstra; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, four siblings: Grace, Egbert, Henry, and Henry; and a grandson: David Mathiowetz.
 
Marilyn C. Kreps

Dec. 25, 1930 - Dec. 1, 2013

Marilyn C. Kreps, age 82, of Andover, formerly of Prinsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Farmstead Assisted Living in Andover.

A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday, December 4, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg. The interment was in the Holland Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services. Memorials are preferred to Kingdom Partnerships International for The Bible League Bulgaria, PO Box 9252, Fort Wayne, Indiana 56899-9252 or National Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota at 5905 Golden Valley Road, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55422. Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.

Marilyn Carol Kreps was born on December 25, 1930 in Holland Township near Prinsburg, Minnesota, the daughter of Anna (Hoogeveen) and Charles Ledeboer. She grew up in that area and received her education. On November 4, 1949, Marilyn was married to Junior F. Kreps in Prinsburg and they made their home in the Prinsburg area for many years. She also lived in Grapevine, TX, Zimmerman and Elk River, MN. Marilyn’s life was dedicated to her faith, her family, and serving others. After raising her 5 children, Marilyn completed the LPN program at Willmar Community College. Marilyn volunteered for many organizations, including her churches, Central Minnesota Christian School, Cary Christian Center in Mississippi, Faith In Action of Sherburne County, and The Bible League. She and her husband Junior founded the Bibles For Missions Thrift Center in Crystal, MN in 1997. Marilyn loved travel and visited all 50 states, most of Canada, and 48 other countries.

Marilyn is survived by her children: Nancy (and John McKean) Vander Plaats of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Bart (and Judith Kreps Hawkins) Hawkins Kreps of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, Ronn (and Sara) Kreps of Minneapolis, Kim (and Phil) Almeroth of Coon Rapids; grandchildren: Marisa (and James) Edwards, Lena Vander Plaats, Piers Kreps, Paige Kreps, Mary Kreps, Suzanne Kreps, Ryken Kreps, Aaron (and Laura) Almeroth, Evan Almeroth, Olya Almeroth; and great-grandchildren: Jaelynn, Ashlyn, and Declan Edwards, and Kendall, Payton, and Reese Almeroth. Also surviving are foster daughter MaryAnn (and Robert) Ledeboer of Grapevine, TX; siblings Gertude Meyer of Prinsburg, Thresa Berghuis of Prinsburg, Ann Thrall of Brooklyn Park, Elva Post of Willmar, Bud Ledeboer of Irving, TX, Clarence (and Janet) Ledeboer of Richfield, Lois Cook of Prinsburg, Norman (and Sharon) Ledeboer of Medicine Lake; and in-laws Eleanor Ledeboer of Prinsburg, Frieda Ledeboer of Prinsburg, John "Jack" (and Caroline) Kreps of Willmar, Arvilla Berghuis of Hutchinson, Brenda (and George) Mullens of Philadelphia, PA.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Junior F. Kreps; daughter, Mary Kreps; brothers Arthur, Donald, Harry (and Jeannette), and Delroy Ledeboer; in-laws Gerald (and Elinor) Kreps, Myrtilla (and Bud) Raske, Wilma (and Donald) Young, Donald Berghuis, Phyllis (and Kenneth) Monge.
Matthew C. Aeikens

March 30, 1918 - November 30, 2013

Matthew C. Aeikens, age 95, of Willmar and formerly of Raymond, left this earth on November 30, 2013, at the Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church. Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church and one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg.

Matthew Calvin Aeikens was born on March 30, 1918, to Fred and Ruth (Knight) Aeikens, on his parent’s farm place, in Chippewa County, Minnesota. Matt was born in the chicken coop because the house was being remodeled at the time of his birth. He received his education in a one room county schoolhouse where his mother had met his dad as a teacher and a student. He served as a medic in the Army at Fort Snelling. On June 9, 1943, he was united in marriage to Johanna Marcus. They made their home on a farm near Montevideo until 1946, when they moved to the Raymond area and farmed several farms until they retired in 1984 and moved into the town of Raymond. They escaped the cold winters in Mesa, Arizona. The couple was blessed with 58 years of marriage.

Matt was a member of the Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City, Bunde Christian Reformed Church and then the Raymond Christian Reformed Church where he was a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, elder, deacon and part of the choir. In addition to farming, he worked as an ACS agent, was on the township board for 12 years, the CRWRC for 6 years and a bank director. He was a handyman in Arizona. He enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with family and friends. Matt left this earth on November 30, 2013, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. He attained the age of 95 years and 8 months.

Matt is survived by four daughters Ruth Ann (Allan) Boersma of Kerkhoven, Carol (Roy) Nachtigal of Eagan, Marlys Noble of Snellville, Georgia, and Norine (Ken) Schmitt of Waite Park, 12 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren, sister Lydia (Harry) Hoogeveen of Willmar, brother Richard (Verna) of Clara City, sister-in-laws Joan Aeikens, Joan Marcus, Grace Marcus and Sandra Marcus.

Matt was preceded in death by his wife, Johanna on July 30, 2001, parents, Fred and Ruth, and brother, George.