Gerrit (Garret H) Van Roekel
Zoon van Hendrik (Henry) van Roekel en Aaltje (Allie) van der Ploeg, geboren 22-3 en gedoopt 3-5-1908 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 29-3-1999 en USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
Trouwt 30-9-1930 USA IA Sioux Center Johanna (Jo) Brantsen, dochter van Fred Brantsen en Ella Bertha Franken, geboren 11-6-1913 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 14-2-1979 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
VAN ROEKEL, GARRET AND JOHANNA (BRANTSEN)
Garret Van Roekel was born March 22, 1908 at Sioux Center to Henry & Allie (Vander Ploeg) Van Roekel, and Johanna Brantsen was born June 11, 1913 at Sioux Center to Fred & Ella (Franken) Brantsen. They ware married on September 30, 1930 at Sioux Center.
Both Garret and Jo attended rural schools near Sioux Center, and after their marriage they farmed on two different locations west of Sioux Center and near Ireton.
Garret and Johanna Van Roekel in 1976
Vacations were unheard of in the growing up years, but one highlight was the family gathering at Garret's parents at Christmas. When the bucket of water was placed beside the real Christmas tree, the real candles ware lit, Santa came down the stairs, and everyone received a small gift. The 4th of July was another festive day as they celebrated with lots of food, a softball game, relay races with prizes, and a "fish pond" for young and old. Before school began the family would take a days outing to Lake Okoboji or a large park in the city. The memories of these times are most precious as the family was all that really mattered in order to have fun.
Three children ware born to this marriage, as follows:
Marla Evonne was born on August 2, 1935 at Sioux Center. She graduated from the Sioux Center High School and later married Eugene M. Moss on August 19, 1953 at Sioux Center. They live in Sioux Center and have two children and four grandchildren.
Glenda Joy was born September 1, 1941 at Sioux Center, and also graduated from the Sioux Center High School. She married Marvin L. Fedders on September 1, 1961 at Sioux Center. They live in Le Mars, IA and are the parents of three children.
Lyle Lee was born June 15, 1946 at Sioux Center. He too graduated from the Sioux Center High School and served in the U.S. Army in the mid 60's. He married Diane Ruth Huisman on February 16, 1968, and have always lived in Sioux Center. They have three boys.
Garret and Jo retired to the town of Sioux Center in 1963; after that Garret worked with a construction business and did lots of cement work. He also did some driving for a local auto dealer to get or deliver cars. Jo worked as a cook in a local cafe. Jo passed away on February 14, 1979 of cancer.
by Ellen Van Roekel
Mrs. Garret H. Van Roekel, 65, of Sioux Center, died Wednesday, February 14, in a Sioux City hospital after a long illness. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the First Reformed Church at Sioux Center. Dr. Thurman Rynbrandt officiated. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home.
Mrs. Van Roekel, the former Johanna Brantsen, was born June 11, 1913, at Sioux Center. She was married September 30, 1930, at Sioux Center.
Survivors include the widower; a son, Lyle of Sioux Center; two daughters, Mrs. Gene (Maria) Moss of Sioux Center and Mrs. Marvin (Glenda) Fedders of Le Mars and seven grandchildren.
Sioux Center News 1979-02-21.
GARRET H. VAN ROEKEL
Born: March 22, 1908, Sioux Center, Iowa
Died: March 29, 1999, Sioux Center, Iowa
Services: First Reformed Church, SiouxCenter, Iowa, Wednesday, March 31, 1999. INTERMENT: Memory Gardens Cemetery, Sioux Center, Iowa on Wednesday, March 31, 1999.
Garret H. Van Roekel passed away early Monday morning in Sioux Center at the age of ninety-one years. He was born on March 22, 1908, in Sioux Center to Henry C. and Allie (Vander Ploeg) Van Roekel. On September 30, 1930, in Sioux Center, he married Johanna Brantsen. She preceded him in death on February 14, 1979. They farmed until 1961, when they moved into Sioux Center and he worked as a mason for Rens Construction. After his retirement he was the caretaker of Central Park in Sioux Center. He was a lifetime member of the First Reformed Church.
Left to cherish his memory are three children and their spouses: Maria and Gene Moss of Sioux Center; Glenda and Marvin Fedders of LeMars; Lyle and Diane Van Roekel of Sioux Center; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers: Neal and Henry Van Roekel of Sioux Center; and six sisters: Fannie Sneller of Clarkfieid, Minnesota; Tena Sneller; Carrie Franken; Cynthia, Mrs. Henry Van Regenmorter; Harriet Meendering; and Ellen Van Roekel, all of Sioux Center.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Tony and John; and one sister, Fannie, in 1915.