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

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Alfred Marcus, age 97, of Prinsburg, died Tuesday morning, July 25, at the Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, July 28, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Thursday, July 27, at the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg and will continue at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment with military honors will be at Holland Township Cemetery. (www.tricountyfuneral.com)
Marcus was born May 18, 1920 in Prinsburg, Minnesota, the son of Frank and Mattie (Ledeboer) Marcus. He grew up in the Prinsburg community, attended the Prinsburg Christian School through 8th grade and went on to graduate from high school in Clara City, MN in 1939. After graduation, he worked for Berghuis Construction. In 1941, was drafted in the U.S. Army. He served in WW II as a Platoon Commander with the 32nd Armored Regiment of the 3rd Armored Division. He served in France, Belgium and Germany with the Battle of the Bulge being the most notable battle. At wars end, the 3rd Armored Division liberated Dora-Mettelbau camp in Nordhausen Germany. For his service, earned the numerous medals, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal and the French Legion Honor, which he just received 3 years ago. On February 13, 1947, was united in marriage to Martha Swart and together they began farming in the Prinsburg area and raised three children. In 1958, he began working for Tire Treads Inc. in Prinsburg. In 1962, he began working as a road construction foreman for Duininck Brothers Construction until his retirement in May of 1985. He continued to live in Prinsburg for the next 30 years. In October of 2015, moved briefly to Willmar and in September of 2016 moved to Covenant Village in Minneapolis, where he resided till his death. His faith was most important to him. trusted in his Lord and Savior. He was an active member of First CRC, where he served as a deacon, elder and member of men’s society. He also served on the board of Central MN Christian School. He volunteered at the Bibles for Missions Thrift store. enjoyed coffee time with family and friends. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, golfing and bowling. Most of all he cherished time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. will be remembered for his strong faith, honorable military service, positive attitude, his love of children and having a quick wit.
He is survived by three children, Cheryl (and Burt) Boonstra of Edina, Ardell “Del” (and Susan) Marcus of Ham Lake, and Marilee (and Allen) Schut of Muskegon, MI.; seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Melvin Marcus of Prinsburg and Albert Marcus of Redwood Falls; two sisters, Gerradina Stryker of Willmar and Henrietta Swart of Prinsburg; and two sisters-in-law, Serena Marcus and Berdina Marcus both of Willmar, besides other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha in 2007; two brothers, Dick and Herman; five sisters and their spouses, Alice (and John) LeCoq, Hermina (and Kenneth) Henderson, Sarah Roelofs (and Leonard) Stob, Florence (and Harry) Tebben and Grace (and George) Sportel; two brothers-in-law, Fred Stryker and Henry Swart; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Marcus and Carol Marcus and a special granddaughter, Tracy Schut.
Lyla Hoogeveen
Oct. 6, 1946 - May 29, 2017


Lyla Hoogeveen, age 70, of Willmar, died Monday afternoon, May 29, at her home in Willmar following a battle with cancer.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 2, at Rock of Life Christian Reformed Church in Willmar. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday. Memorials are preferred to Rock of Life Christian Reformed Church or Central Minnesota Christian School. 

Lyla Mae Hoogeveen was born October 6, 1946, in Kerkhoven, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Frieda (Wubben) Hillers. She grew up in the Kerkhoven community, was baptized and professed her faith at Bunde Christian Reformed Church, and received her education at the local country school and later Kerkhoven High School, graduating in 1964. She began her employment at Willmar Poultry Company. On June 11, 1969, she married Willis Hoogeveen and made their home in Willmar. Lyla stayed home to raise their children before returning to work as a bookkeeper and rental manager for the North Creek Group for 26 years.

Lyla was a member of Rock of Life Christian Reformed Church and was involved in various Bible studies. She was a 46 year member of her neighborhood's "Birthday Club". She looked forward to a weekly Wednesday lunch date with dear friends. She enjoyed birdwatching, flowers, reading, and being with family, especially their annual summer trip to the Spartz’ family cabin in Park Rapids. She was a great prayer warrior and wrote many encouraging notes to those in need.

She is survived by her husband, Willis of Willmar; three children, Darci (and Todd) Post of Prinsburg, Robb (and Sara) Hoogeveen of Montevideo, and Rick (and Shelley) Hoogeveen of Sioux Falls, SD; eight grandchildren, Lisa (and Bryce) Veldkamp, Anna Post, Levi Post, Jonathan (and Jaycee) Hoogeveen, Isaac Hoogeveen, Blake Hoogeveen, Trevor Hoogeveen, and Alyssa Hoogeveen; a great-granddaughter, Erin Hoogeveen; a brother, Stanley (and Karen) Hillers of Raymond; a sister, Emma Bonnema of Raymond; a sister-in-law, Esther Hillers; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Theodore, Calvin, and Gordon; and a stillborn great-grandson, Wyatt Adam Veldkamp.


 
Marvin Bohlsen
Feb. 21, 1928  -  May 17, 2017


Marvin F. Bohlsen, age 89, of Clara City, died Wednesday morning, May 17, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Bunde Christian Reformed Church in rural Clara City.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-8 ` p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Marvin Frank Bohlsen was born February 21, 1928, to Martin and Dena (Peters) Bohlsen on the family farm in Rheiderland Township, near Clara City, Minnesota.  He grew up in the rural Clara City community and attended country school.  On December 12, 1950, he married Marion Buss at the Emden Christian Reformed Church Parsonage in Renville.  They made their home on the Bohlsen family farm, where Marvin farmed until the mid-1990s.

Marvin was a lifelong member of Bunde Christian Reformed Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Elder and Deacon.  He was also an active member of the Friesen Historical Society and the Tri-County Burial Association Board. Marvin and Marion enjoyed square dancing and were know by many as the "M & M Kids".  Marvin also enjoyed fishing and water-skiing and skied until he was 75 years old.  Marvin had a passion for trains and had a large collection of HO scale model trains.  He was a gifted woodworker and donated many of his creations to the church, his family, and his friends.

Marvin is survived by his wife: Marion of Clara City; four daughters: Bev (and Dave) Jensen of Redwood Falls, Barb Niehaus (and friend, Bill Smith) of Sauk Centre, Marilyn (and Brian) Lohse of Raymond, and Lois (and Thomas) Coatney of Eden Prairie; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother: Virgil (and Hilda) Bohlsen of Willmar; a sister: Genevieve (and Jim) Zuidema of Willmar; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Martin and Dena Bohlsen; and two brothers: Henry Bohlsen and John Bohlsen.
William Ryks, Sr.
January 26, 1920 - March 16, 2017



William “Bill” Ryks, age 97, of Prinsburg, died Thursday afternoon, March 16, at Rice Care Center in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the First Reformed Church in Prinsburg. Interment will be at the Emden Christian Reformed Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 20, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg and will continue for one hour prior to the service. 

Bill was born on January 26, 1920, on the family farm near Renville, Minnesota, the son of Jan and Hilke (Santjer) Ryks. He grew up and received his education in the Renville community and joined his father in farming. On March 19, 1947, Bill was married to Elaine H. Buss at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church. They made their home on the Ryks family farm near Renville and in 1978, they moved into Prinsburg. Following Bill’s retirement from farming in 1982, he began working at the Prinsburg Co-Op and also for several area farmers during the harvest season. He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church and participated in Men’s chorus. Bill’s hobbies included woodworking, gardening, fishing and attending auctions.

He is survived by his eight children, Beverly (and Joel) Bruse of Willmar, Joyce Ackerman of Bemidji, William Jr. (and Linda) Ryks of Renville, Dennis (and Marlene) Ryks of Renville, Wendy Freiborg of Glenwood, Sandi (and Todd) Slagter of Prinsburg, Renae (and Timothy) Slagter of Lake Lillian and Patci (and Perry) Slagter of Prinsburg; twenty-two grandchildren and forty-four great grandchildren (with three more expected soon). Also surviving is one sister, Jeanette “Janet” Dugstad of Litchfield and an “adopted son”, Gerry (and Rita) Gigstad of Sacred Heart, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine in 2012; an infant daughter, Gwen; two sons-in-laws, Richard Ackerman and Lowell Freiborg; and twelve siblings.

 
Elda Van Buren
Sept. 18, 1922—Jan. 9, 2017
 
Elda Van Buren, age 94, of Willmar, died Monday morning, January 9, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.
 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, January 13, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at St. Matthew’s Cemetery near Danube.  Visitation will be 1 1/2 hours prior to the service at the church on Friday.  Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg, www.tricountyfuneral.com.
 
Elda Caroline Van Buren was born September 18, 1922, in Danube, Minnesota, to Robert and Caroline (Mueller) Bratsch.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Danube, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was a member there for 47 years.  Elda attended school in Danube and graduated from Danube High School in 1940.
 
On September 21, 1941, she married Otto Miller in Danube and they lived and farmed in the area.  They later moved to Madison, Minnesota and then to Blomkest, Minnesota.  Otto and Elda had five children.  Otto was killed in a road construction accident in 1966.
 
On December 5, 1969, she married Harry Van Buren.  They made their home in Prinsburg, Minnesota and spent their winters in Arizona.  Harry passed away in 1998.
 
Elda was an avid reader and kept a daily journal since the age of 18.  She was a current member of First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg, where she belonged to Mission Club.  Her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the greatest joy in her life.  Elda’s faith in Jesus Christ was the source of her strength and gentle spirit of contentment she possessed.  She was a testimony of God’s grace in life and in death.
 
She is survived by one son, Arthur (and Sherry) Miller of Willmar, MN; two daughters-in-law, Marilyn Miller of Willmar, MN and Nancy Gohnert of Fairfax, MN; stepchildren, Roger (and Marlene) Van Buren of Rochester, MN, Eunice (and Curtis) Duininck of Trophy Club, TX, and Betty (and Duane) Meyer of Clara City, MN; thirteen grandchildren; ten step-grandchildren and their spouses; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; three sons, Harold in 1954 when he was two weeks old, Larry in 1993, and Adrien in 2016; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Slagter in 2008 and Gary  Slagter in 2007; two sisters; and two brothers-in-law.
 
 
Harold Honken
Mar. 21, 1936  -  Dec. 6, 2016
 
            Harold Honken, age 80, of Raymond, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, at his home in Raymond.
 
            Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 9, in the gymnasium of Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg (tricountyfuneral.com) and one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
            Harold James Honken was born March 21, 1936, in Stoneham Township, Chippewa County, near Clara City, Minnesota, the son of Herman and Sarah (Andresen) Honken.  He received his early education in country school.  The family later moved to Raymond and Harold graduated from Raymond High School in 1954.  Following high school, he worked for Russ Pederson for a couple of years.  0n March 14, 1956, he entered the U.S. Navy and served until receiving his honorable discharge on October 15, 1957.  Following his discharge, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator by Berghuis Construction. He met Yvonne Freeman and they were married on December 1, 1959 at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City.  They began farming east of Raymond in 1967 and raised crops, hogs, and cattle.  After retiring from farming in 1999, he worked  part-time for Countertops Plus in Willmar for eleven years.
 
            Harold was a lifelong member of Bethany Reformed Church, where he served as an usher, deacon and elder.  He enjoyed woodworking and loved to fish.  He was a charter member of the Raymond Lions Club and also served on the ASC Board.
 
            He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Honken of Raymond; his children, Laura (and Todd) Mulliken of Edina, and  Andrew (and Sherilyn) Honken of Raymond; five grandchildren, Joshua (and Kaitlyn) Honken, Ashley Mulliken, Allyssa (and Andrew) Wheeler, Ben (and Shannon) Honken, and Sara (and Dan) Wanous; and a great-granddaughter, Iris Honken.  Also surviving are three brothers, Alvin (and Jean) Honken of Sibley, IA, Ronald (and Susan) Honken of Raymond, and David (and Mary) Honken of Blomkest; two sisters, Dorothy Bouwman of Owatonna, and Dianne (and Lloyd) Tebben of Olathe, KS; two brothers-in-law, Bob (and Clare) Freeman of Clarissa, and Russell Sietsema of Raymond; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
 
            He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gertrude Sietsema; and a great-granddaughter, Jillian Honken.
 
 
Eva J. Brouwer
Nov. 29, 1927  - Aug. 18, 2016  
         

           Eva J. Brouwer, age 88, of Willmar, formerly of rural Bunde, died Thursday afternoon, August 18, at her home in Willmar following a short illness.
 
             Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, August 22, at Bunde Christian Reformed Church in Bunde.  The interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be on from 2 to 4 PM  Sunday afternoon at Bunde Christian Reformed Church and 1 hour prior to the service.  Memorials are encouraged in her honor to CRWRC-World Renew (worldrenew.net) and/or CRC World Missions (www.crcna.org) both at 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508-1407.

Eva Jane Hoogeveen Brouwer, a near life-long resident of rural Bunde (Clara City), Minnesota, passed from a busy life of serving others into eternity with Jesus, surrounded by family, at her Willmar home, after a brief and valiant wrestling with illness, on August 18, 2016.

Eva was a faith-filled woman who succeeded at most challenges she encountered, in a long life of devotion to God, love for her husband and children, and untiring work for her family and countless others. She grew up in Prinsburg, Minnesota, where, along with her siblings, she helped support her untimely widowed mother as a telephone operator, store clerk, and house cleaner. Lester was the love of her life, a farm boy who helped her transition from the Dutch immigrant town to rural German immigrant life. Bunde Christian Reformed Church became the center of their spiritual and social life, and remained so until her death.  Eva was an energetic mother who marked her children's long march (31 years!) through schooling at Central Minnesota Christian Schools and Dordt College with handwritten notes and letters, and thoughtful care packages. She farmed devotedly alongside Lester, and traveled extensively around the world with him in retirement. Three passions in particular lit Eva's dramatic eyes: working in disaster recovery with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, engaging prison inmates in Bible Study and prayer through Crossroad Bible Institute, and playing Scrabble with her daughters.  Eva's name is carried forward by her namesake great-granddaughter Eva Kralt, born on her birthday in 2010.
 
Eva is survived by Lester, her husband of sixty-nine years, six children and their spouses (Jean and Stan Starkenburg of Palmyra, New York; Wayne and Brenda Brouwer of Holland, Michigan; Shirley and Bill Kuurstra of Ottawa, Ontario; Evelyn and Jeff Thomson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Ardie and Nathan Elgersma of Abbotsford, British Columbia; Lyle and Beth Brouwer of Byron Center, Michigan), fifteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and brother Stan (Clara) of Pella, Iowa, and sister Lorraine Hoogeveen of Willmar, Minnesota.
 
She was predeceased by an infant sister and four other siblings: Angie Gort, Helen Mulder, Harry Hoogeveen, and her twin, Esther Zondervan, who died on their birthday in 2011.



 
 
Harriet Zondervan
Jan. 18, 1920  -  Aug. 14, 2016
 
                     Harriet Zondervan, age 96, of Willmar formerly of the Prinsburg area, died Sunday evening, August 14, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
 
           Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 19, at Emden Christian Reformed Church in Renville.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, August 18, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg  and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
 
Harriet was born January 18, 1920, in Prinsburg, Minnesota, the daughter of Garret and Mabel (Wieberdink) Bonnema.  She grew up in the Prinsburg area and attended Prinsburg Christian School.  On March 24, 1943, she married John Zondervan.  They lived and farmed in  the Prinsburg area until 2005, when they moved to Willmar.
 
Harriet was a member of Emden Christian Reformed Church, where she was active in Mission Club and Ladies Aid.  She enjoyed reading, traveling, camping, fishing and spending time with her family at Leech Lake.  She also enjoyed attending the State Fair and all of the area parades.  She will be remembered for her delicious homemade buns and potato salad.
 
She is survived by her three children: Weldon (and Charlotte) Zondervan of Renville, Rev. Jim (and Caroline) Zondervan of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Linda Slagter of Willmar; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are a sister: Norma Viss of Minneapolis; a brother-in-law: Fred Grussing of Clara City; two sisters-in-law: Tiena Zondervan of Raymond and Ardis Zondervan of Prinsburg; and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: John in 2007; a son-in-law: Arvid Slagter; a daughter-in-law: Betty Zondervan; a brother: Milton Bonnema; and a sister: Eleanor Zondervan.
 

 
 
                  Tena DeBoer, age 88, of Prinsburg, died Saturday morning, July 23, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
 
           A private service will be held.  Arrangements with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.  (www.tricounty.com)
 
     
 
 
Ellen Bonnema
May 12, 1926 - May 17, 2016               

   Ellen Bonnema, age 90, of Prinsburg, died Tuesday evening, May 17, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.
 
           Services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday May 21, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  The interment will be in the Holland Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 PM at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg and one hour prior to the services at the church.  Memorials are preferred to the Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg or Children Of The Promise.
 
Ellen Bonnema was born on May 12, 1926, on the family farm near Prinsburg, the daughter of Louis and Alice (Roelofs) Meyer.  She grew up in the Prinsburg community and received her education at the Christian School in Prinsburg.  On March 5, 1946, Ellen was united in marriage to Edward J. Bonnema Sr. and they made their home in Prinsburg.    Due to Edward’s work they moved in 1948 to Delft, then Granite Falls, Mountain Lake, Hopkins and in 1957 they returned to Prinsburg.  Ellen moved into the Bethesda Heritage Center in July of 2015.  She was a life long member of First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg and was active in the Missions Club. Ellen enjoyed sewing, needlework, reading and visiting with family and friends.
 
Ellen is survived by her children, Bruce (and Linda) Bonnema of Arvada, CO, Nora (and Gary) Ziehl of Raymond, MN, Brian (and Linda) Bonnema of Canyon Lake, TX, and E.J. (and Gail) Bonnema of Circle Pines, MN. 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brother-in-law, Eugene (and Ann) Bonnema of Prinsburg and sister-in-law, Marge Bonnema of Jenison, MI, besides other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward in 2002; granddaughter Stephanie Richards and great grandson Angel Guerrero; brothers Gerritt and Henry Meyer, and sister Nancy Blom.
 
 
 
 
 
Corrine Bonnema
May 31, 1942—May 16, 2016
 
Corrine Bonnema, age 73, of Willmar, died Monday evening, May 16, at her home in Willmar following a 22 1/2 year battle with Parkinson's Disease.
 
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice or Central Minnesota Christian School.

Corrine Mae Bonnema was born May 31, 1942,  at home in rural Clara City to Harry and Marie (Schwitters) Ammermann.  She grew up and received her education in the Clara City community, graduating from Clara City High School in 1960.  On August 31, 1962, she married Gary Bonnema at Bunde Christian Reformed Church and they made their home in Prinsburg.  They later moved to Iowa before returning to Prinsburg in 1969.  They moved to Willmar in 1995. 
 
Corrine worked as an interior designer and her design skills can be seen in many area homes.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Willmar, where she was active with the youth and Bible study and also sang in the choir participating in many Nights of Music performances.   Her hobbies included reading, sewing and of course spending time with her granddaughters.  She also enjoyed mentoring many young women and touched many lives even after struggling with Parkinson’s Disease.
 
She is survived by her husband, Gary; two children, Chad (and Joy) Bonnema of Grand Rapids, MI, and Jill (and Steve) Blom of Prinsburg; three granddaughters, Brittany Blom of Sioux Falls, SD, Kari Blom (and special friend, Sam Asfahl) of Prinsburg, and Meikea Bonnema of Grand Rapids, MI; three brothers, Gordon (and Karen) Ammermann of Fairfield Bay, AR, Wallace (and Gail) Ammermann of Lake Lillian, and Willis (and Jolene) Ammermann of Renville; two sisters, Dorothy (and John) Aalderks of Renville, and Marjorie (and Myron) Bonnema of Prinsburg; a brother-in-law, Melvin Marcus of Prinsburg; a sister-in-law, Clarice Ammermann of Clara City; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard (and Gladys) Ammermann, and Harley Ammermann; a sister, Elaine Marcus; and a brother-in-law, Richard Marcus.
 

 
Ann Sattman
March 6, 1916 -  May 6, 2016
 
           Ann Sattman, age 100, of Raymond, died Friday morning, May 6, at the Clara City Care Center.
 
           Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Raymond with Rev. Joyce Graue officiating.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.
 
Ann Sattman was born on March 6, 1916, in Arthur, Iowa, the daughter of Joe and Tollie (Freese) Peters.  She was baptized at Wheatland Presbyterian Church in Brede, Iowa and attended grade school in Lake View, Iowa.  Ann held various house-keeping and baby-sitting jobs until she met the love of her life in Lake View.  Ann married Lawrence Sattman, from New Boston, Missouri, a hired farmhand who worked near Lake View, at the Wheatland Presbyterian Church on February 15, 1934.  After their marriage, they took up residence in Lake View and began farming on their own in the late 30’s and early 40’s.  Their last Iowa residence was on a farm near Kiron.  While living near Kiron, a son, David, entered their lives.  In 1956, they moved to a farm south-east of Raymond, Minnesota where they lived until retirement in 1973.  They built a new house in Raymond later that same year.  Ann and Lawrence joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Raymond upon moving to Minnesota where Ann was active in Ladies Aid and Home Makers Clubs.  Together they enjoyed fishing, playing cards, visiting friends and relatives in Iowa and Missouri.  They enjoyed seventy-one years of married life together. 
 
She is survived by her son, David Sattman of Raymond; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence in 2005; two brothers, Martin and Harvey and their wives; and one nephew, LeRoy.
 
 
Thomas Breems
May 1, 1966  - April 18, 2016


Thomas Harvey Breems was welcomed into the loving arms of his Father on April 18, 2016.

His visitation will be Thursday April 21 from 6-8 PM at Heritage Funeral Home, 4800 S. Minnesota Ave. Sioux Falls, SD.

A Memorial service will in Sioux Falls be held on Friday, April 22 at 10 AM at Central Church: 3102 W. Ralph Rogers Rd., Sioux Falls, SD

A Memorial Service in Prinsburg, MN will be on Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Premier Bank, Thomas Harvey Breems memorial fund, 601 S. Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls SD., to be used for suicide prevention and support of Central Minnesota Christian School. 

Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD and Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg, MN.

Thomas was the beloved only son of Harvey and Dorothy Breems, the proud father of Andell Bartelt, Bailey Breems, and Nick Hartman, the adored little brother of Vonna Marcus and Sue Ann Breems Tiers, the doting grandpa of Stetson Bartelt, and the love and betrothed of Jacque Stauffer .

He is also survived by son-in-law Darwin Bartelt,daughter-in-law Tiffany Hartman and granddaughter Autumn, his brothers-in-law Tim Marcus and David Tiers the mother of his daughters, Doreen Anglin (Wubben), and Jacque's sons Kyle and Riley.

Tom was born May 1, 1966 and grew up in Prinsburg, Minnesota where he attended Central Minnesota Christian School. He graduated from Trinity College in Chicago and moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he worked in banking.

Tom loved to be with family, laugh, hang out with his many friends and hunt. He laughed and played card games better than anyone. He had a special fondness for hanging out with any family member, fostered by his early second home with his Great Aunt Minnie and Uncle Everett when he would wander away as a little boy he would always be found next door sitting at the table with them. He was generous and giving, from going up to strangers who looked like they needed help to making blankets for Children's Inn. He loved to mentor young colleagues and was known for his fairness and integrity. Tom had a strong and sustaining faith which informed all of his life. Tom lived fully and joyously until he was struck by the terrible illness of depression. Despite the support of professionals and family, he could not find his way through his suffering and sadness. He took his life and rejoins his earthly and heavenly fathers in heaven. He will be forever loved and missed by all of those of us who were privileged to have known him and loved him.

 
Harry J. Hoogeveen
Oct. 17, 1923 -  April 10, 2016

 
 
 Harry J. Hoogeveen, age 92, of Willmar, formerly of Raymond, died Sunday morning, April 10, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Christian Reformed Church in Raymond.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at  the Christian Reformed Church in Raymond and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  Military Honors will be provided by Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post #167 of Willmar.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Central Minnesota Christian School, Dordt College or Bethesda Nursing Home are preferred. 

Harry James Hoogeveen was born on October 17, 1923, in Edwards Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Gertrude (Roelofs) Hoogeveen.  He grew up in the Prinsburg community, graduated 8th grade from the Central Minnesota Christian School and graduated from Clara City High School in 1942.  In 1943, Harry made his Profession of Faith at the First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  On March 24, 1943, Harry was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the 15th Army Air Corps stationed in Italy as a crew member and Ball Turret Gunner on a B-24.  He was shot down over Yugoslavia on November 20, 1944 and was listed as missing in action until January 6, 1945.  Harry was honorably discharged on October 18, 1945.  On  June 2, 1948, Harry was united in marriage to Lydia Ruth Aeikens at the Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City and they were blessed with six children, James, Karen, Daryl, Gwynn, Joyce and Jayne.  He graduated from the Minneapolis Business College in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration.  For over 35 years, Harry enjoyed farming and spent over 37 winters doing tax preparation.  He served many years as the Lone Tree Township clerk and treasurer, a Farmers Union member, a CMCS School Board member, a Deacon and Elder at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church, and as a delegate to the Synod for the Christian Reformed Church with his son, James.  In 2013, he and Lydia moved into Willmar.  Harry’s hobbies included being a CRWRC Natural Disaster Relief volunteer, New To You Thrift Store volunteer, attending his grandchildren’s activities, farming, gardening and playing baseball in his younger years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lydia of Willmar; five children, Karen (and Dan) Andrs of Eden Prairie, Daryl (and Bonnie) Hoogeveen of Willmar, Gwynn (and Ralph) Ketel of Pine River, Manitoba, Canada, Joy (and Ben) Wolters of Virden, Manitoba, Canada, and Jayne (and Tony) Kinneberg of Parkston, South Dakota; one daughter-in-law, Lois Hoogeveen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 42 grandchildren including their spouses and 34 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, Stan (and Clara) Hoogeveen of Sully, Iowa and two sisters, Eva (and Les) Brouwer of Willmar and Lorraine Hoogeveen of Willmar, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Pastor Jim Hoogeveen; and three sisters and brothers-in-law, Angie and Rob Gort, Esther and Tony Zondervan and Helen and Delmer Mulder.
 

 
 
Gerardine M. “Liz” Mulder
Sept. 23, 1924  -  Feb. 29, 2016

          
Gerardine M. “Liz” Mulder, age 91, of Willmar and formerly of Prinsburg, died Monday morning, February 29, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the First Christian Reformed Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service.  Memorials to the Central Minnesota Christian School are preferred.  

Gerardine Marie Elizabeth “Liz” Mulder was born on September 23, 1924, in Oost, Holland, the daughter of Pierre and Marie (Jansen) Paquay.  She grew up and received her education in The Netherlands.  She met Edward Mulder while he was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.  They were married on October 18, 1945, in Eysden, Holland.  Edward was discharged from the service in March of 1946 and returned to the United States.  Liz followed in April of the same year and they made their home in Prinsburg.  She worked hard as a homemaker and mother to their three sons, Phillip, Mike, and Steven.  Liz was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church and was active in the women's mission club and circle.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, sharing her Dutch heritage and traveling with her family, most of whom she was able to take back to Holland at different times in her life.

She is survived by her three sons, Phillip (and Sheryl) Mulder, Mike (and Bev) Mulder and Steve (and Jody) Mulder, all of Prinsburg; eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward in 2010; one daughter-in-law, Laura Mulder in 2007; one brother, Gilliam; and two sisters, Elizabeth and Juliette.
 
 
Bernice Berghuis
Jan. 31, 1920—Feb. 19, 2016

 
 
           Bernice Berghuis, age 96, of Willmar and formerly of Prinsburg, died Friday evening, February 19, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.
 
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  A spring interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.   
 
Dennis W. Meyer
June 30, 1941  -  February 19, 2016


Dennis W. Meyer, age 74, of Willmar, died Friday evening, February 19, at Rice Memorial Hospital.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, at the First Reformed Church in Willmar.  Interment will be in Roseland Reformed Cemetery at a later date.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, at the First Reformed Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. 
 
Dennis Wayne Meyer was born on June 30, 1941, in Prinsburg, Minnesota, the son of Gerrit and Tina (Asche) Meyer.  He grew up in the Prinsburg community and received his education form the Central Minnesota Christian School.  On August 30, 1963, Dennis was united in marriage to Elmyra Jean Zuidema and they made their home on a farm near Blomkest.  In 1966, they moved into Willmar.  Dennis was employed for many years with the Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District.  He later established Lakeland Nursery and Power Equipment and in the late 1980’s founded Uncommon Inc.  Following retirement in 2000, Dennis worked part time as a car salesman and a delivery route person for Nelsen’s Cleaners.  He was a member of the First Reformed Church and served as an Elder, Deacon and Sunday School teacher.  His hobbies included photography, flowers, trees, collecting tractors and cars and feeding the birds.  Dennis also enjoyed coffee and coffee breaks with his family and friends.
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Elmyra of Willmar; two children, Steven (and Sharlotte) Meyer of Brooten and Rebecca Meyer (and Ty Meng) of Andover; three grandchildren, Mitchell, Joey and Liam; and one sister, Diane (and Douglas) Meyer of Kalamazoo, Michigan, one nephew, Tim (and Amy) Meyer of Kalamazoo, Michigan and one niece, Tami Meyer (and David) of LaHabra, California, besides other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
 
 
John Van Der Pol
March 12, 1916  -  Feb. 19, 2016

 
 
John Van Der Pol, age 99, of Prinsburg, died Friday morning, February 19, at the Clara City Care Center.
 
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 26, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 25, at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to Central Minnesota Christian School.  
 
John Van Der Pol was born March 12, 1916, in Edgerton, Minnesota, the son of Albert and Bessie (Van Houten) Van Der Pol.  As a young  child the family moved to the Roseland area.  During the Depression, John worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in northern Minnesota.  On January 2, 1936, John married Violet Marcus.  They farmed near Blomkest for 5 years and later moved to a farm near Priam in 1943.  In 1977, they retired to a home in Prinsburg.    John had resided at the Clara City Care Center since June 2014.
 
He was a member of First Christian Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon and elder.  He was also a member of the Priam School Board, the Edwards Township Board, and the Raymond Co-op Creamery Board.  John enjoyed reading and traveling in his retirement years.
 
He is survived by his eight children: Shirley Van Kley of West Columbia, SC, Alden Van Der Pol of Clara City, Jeryl Van Der Pol of Raymond, Gary Van Der Pol of Atwater, Duaine (and Marlene) Van Der Pol of Montevideo, Leon Van Der Pol of Minneapolis, Debra Van Der Pol of Hastings, and Randall Van Der Pol of Prinsburg; twelve grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lenore Marcus of Willmar; and other relatives and friends.
 
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violet in 2005; a daughter-in-law, Mary Van Der Pol; a brother, Jake Van Der Pol; a sister, Jennie Marcus; and two grandchildren, Lora Van Der Pol and Dylan Van Der Pol.
 

 
 
 
Vernon D. Marcus
Dec. 4, 1940  -  Feb. 8, 2016


Vernon D. Marcus, age 75, of Prinsburg, died Monday evening, Feb. 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, at Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be at Holland Township Cemetery in Prinsburg.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 12, at Unity Christian Reformed Church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to Unity Christian Reformed Church or Central Minnesota Christian School.  

Vernon Dale Marcus was born December 4, 1940, in Holland Township to Lester and Jennie (VanderPol) Marcus. Vern married the woman he adored and loved the most, Roxanne Bonnema Mulder on June 29, 1962. They were blessed with three children: Gina (Dan) Ohden, Natalie (Bill) Ten Brink, and Dale (Jaimie) Marcus. Vern was very proud of his seven grandchildren: Kaitlyn Ohden (and fiance, Phil Pearson), Lisa Ohden, Sam Ohden, Leah Ten Brink, Henry Ten Brink, Verlonna Ten Brink and Ellie Ten Brink.

He was a member of Unity Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder and was involved in the Jail Ministry for 15 years. He lived a joyful and contented life guided by his strong faith in his heavenly Father.  His children testify to his godly example and gentle nature.

Vern farmed in Holland Township for 45 years and also sold seed for Trojan and later DeKalb. He loved to ride motorcycle especially if it was with his brother and it usually included a stop at an area DQ. He looked forward to the yearly campout trips up north with his siblings.

He enjoyed visiting people whether he knew them or not. He would make daily trips to Prinsburg to have coffee with his buddies and was known to end the visit with a smile and a “see you later.” It was sad for him and his family when he was no longer able to make that trip because of the progression of  his disease.

Vern is survived by his loving wife, Roxanne of Prinsburg; his three children and seven grandchildren; his siblings Betty (Henry) Hoekstra, Linda (Roger) Ulferts, Larry (Lynn) Marcus, Doug (Joyce) Marcus, Mitchell (Patricia) Marcus, and Michael (Romell) Marcus; brothers-in-law, Clifford (Helena) Mulder and Gerald (Ginny) Mulder; sisters-in-law, Viola (and Glenn) DeStigter, Esther Dykstra, Maxine (George) Deneke, and Sharon (Lowell) Arndt; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Jennie Marcus; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Henry and Arline Mulder; and brothers-in-law, Al Dykstra and Larry Sharkey.
 

 
 
William L. Dugstad
Aug. 25, 1924  -  Jan. 30, 2016

 

William L. Dugstad, age 91 of Willmar, died Saturday morning, January 30, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.
             
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 4, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.  Interment will be at the Emden Christian Reformed Cemetery near Renville.  Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg and one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
Bill was born August 25, 1924 in Spring Valley, Minnesota to John and Ida (Ruud) Dugstad.  He grew up in Spring Valley and later the family moved to Eagle Bend, Minnesota where he helped his father on the farm.  Bill served his country during World War II in the European Theater in the infantry.  Upon discharge in 1946 he moved to Willmar where he met his wife, Janet Ryks where both worked at Willmar Poultry. 

Bill and Janet made their home in Willmar where they lived until 1960 when they moved to New Hope, Minnesota where Bill drove freight truck.  In 1968 the family returned to Willmar when William started working for Duininck Brother Construction as a truck driver.

In 1988, he retired and started a lawn care and snow removal business in the Willmar area also driving sugar beet truck in the fall. 

He loved fishing and hunting and drinking his coffee with his friends down at Frieda’s Café.  In his spare time he loved listening to his polka music, watching westerns, feeding his birds and squirrels, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Bill is survived by his wife: Janet (Ryks) Dugstad; his daughters: Sharon Brennan of Cottage Grove and Nancy Dugstad of Willmar; his son: Greg Dugstad (and special friend Jill Flaten) of Willmar; his sister: Freda Shonk of Denver; brother-in-law: William Ryks Sr., of Willmar; his grandchildren: Doug Watson, Stephanie (and Matt) Newman, Erica Ellestad, Jennifer Ryan (and significant other Bob Maleska), Alicia (and Tim) Hitzler, Stephen (and Tonya) Dugstad, and Sara Hoffman; step-grandchildren: Jeremy ( and Kelly) Brennan and Heather (and Steve) Hawkins; great-grandchildren: Luke, Jacob, and David Newman; Averi and Kadyn Ellestad; Levi and Abie Volkenant; Ava and Amara Hitzler; Dylan O’Brien, Brandon Cunningham and Jordan Dugstad; Taylor and Dallas Hoffman; Lily, Ava and Alec Brennan and Molly and Meaghan Hawkins; friends of the family: Nancy Norsteen and Aaron and Jarred Maleska; and other loving relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Ida Dugstad; brothers: Harlan, Irwin, David and Donald Dugstad; sisters: Alva Clothier, June Hayden, Charlotte Jackson and Mary Ann Bartelme; granddaughter: Adriannah Hitzler; son-in-law: Timothy Brennan and grandson-in-law, Shawn Hoffman.
 
Gertrude Meyer
Nov. 30, 1915  -  Jan. 29, 2016

 
           Gertrude Meyer, age 100, of Prinsburg, died Friday evening, January 29, at Central Minnesota Senior Care in Prinsburg. 
          
           Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, at First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg.  Interment will be Holland Township Cemetery.  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.
 
Gertrude Meyer was born on November 30, 1915, on the family farm near Prinsburg, the daughter of Charles and Annie (Hoogeveen) Ledeboer.  She grew up in the Prinsburg community and received her education at the Christian School in Prinsburg.  On December 29, 1936, Gertrude was united in marriage to Henry Louis Meyer and they made their home in Prinsburg.  Gertrude worked as a homemaker, a telephone operator in Prinsburg, at the Variety Supply Store in Clara City and then at the grocery store in Prinsburg.  She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg and was active in the missions club.  She was also an active volunteer at Central Minnesota Christian School.  In retirement years, Gertrude and Henry spent their winters down in Texas.  Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, needlework, and gardening vegetables and flowers.
 
She is survived by three daughters, Lucille (and Melvin) Nederhoff of Steamboat Rock, IA, Ardis (and Donald) Pranger of Montague, MI, and Sharon (and Dennis) Mulder of Mesa, AZ; ten grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are three brothers, Gerald Ledeboer of Irving, TX, Clarence (and Janet) Ledeboer of Minneapolis, and Norman (and Sharon) Ledeboer of Medicine Lake; four sisters, Ann Thrall of Minneapolis, Thresa Berghuis of Prinsburg, Elva Post of Prinsburg, and Lois Cook of Prinsburg; and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry in 1992; five brothers, Harry, Arthur in infancy, Arthur, Donald and Delroy; and one sister, Marilyn Kreps.