Gerrit (Garret) Burgers
Zoon van Wouter (Walter) Burgers en Hendrika Bos, geboren 1886, overleden 1943 en begraven USA IA Sioux Center Memory Gardens
Trouwt 10-1921 Hattie (Hendrika) Vander Pol, geboren 1-8-1887 NL, overleden 26-10-1967 en begraven USA IA Sioux Center Memory Gardens
Anthony Gerrit Burgers was born November 6, 1928 on the family farm in Welcome Township, East of Sioux Center, Iowa to Gerrit and Hendrika (Vander Pol) Burgers. Tony was raised on the farm and attended country school. His father died when he was a teenager and Tony left school to help his mother with the farm. He served his country in the United States Army from October 23, 1951 until his honorable discharge on October 2, 1953. Shortly after his discharge, Tony began his career with Zenith-Wincharger in Sioux City.
While working at Zenith, Tony met his future wife, Helen Kopecky. Tony was united in marriage to Helen on August 10, 1965 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. The couple made their home in Le Mars. Tony continued working at the plant until it closed in the early 1980's. He then worked for Mid-Sioux Opportunities for a few years and later for the City of Le Mars, Parks Department. He had also worked part-time as a security guard for Well's Dairy. Tony loved to work on his acreage and caring for his animals. He provided eggs to several neighbors and friends throughout the years. He will be remembered as a very helpful and independent man. The love of his life, Helen, passed away on December 29, 2008.
Tony is survived by a sister, Winnie Kamminga of Crescent, Iowa; several nieces and nephews: Gary Burgers of Hawarden, IA, Erma (Dennis) Christensen of Ruthven, IA, Marilyn (Bob) Top of Palisade, NE, MaryAnn (Kelly) Zinnel of Hawarden, IA, Judy (Harvey) Ferris of Missouri Valley, IA, Harriet (Brad) Ferris of Minden, IA, Wilda McDaniel of Denison, IA, Beth (Randy) Denten of Crescent, IA, and Janet (Doug) Davis of Crescent, IA; and several great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; a brother, Henry (Mary) Burgers; and a brother-in-law, Arnold Kamminga.
Helen Irene Kopecky was born July 20, 1925 on the family farm East of Lynch, Nebraska to John and Marie (Cejka) Kopecky. Helen was baptized into the Catholic Faith. She attended school near her home. In 1951, Helen and her mother moved to Sioux City, Iowa. She worked for various business in Sioux City. Helen was united in marriage to Tony Burgers on August 10, 1965 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. Helen worked for Wincharger/Zeneith for several years. Tony and Helen moved to le Mars in 1965. She cared for her mother until her death in the early 1980's. While living in Le Mars, Helen worked cleaning homes for several years. Helen enjoyed baking and watching nature. She was a very compassionate women who loved and respected people and animals. For the last couple of years, Helen has lived at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars and as her health declined she became a resident of the Indian Hills Care Center in Sioux City to be closer to the needed dialysis center.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Tony Burgers of Le Mars; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary Burgers of Hawarden, Iowa and Winnie Kamminga of Crescent, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie (Cejka) Kopecky; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Agnes Kopecky, Jerry and Bev Kopecky, and Louis and Mildred Kopecky.