Geurt A (Gerrit) Van Roekel
Zoon van Abraham Van Roekel en Nennetje (Nancy) Van De Krol, geboren 8-9-1881 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 3-5-1947 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven Memory Gardens
Trouwt 4-3-1902 USA IA Hull Driesje (Hattie) Van De Berg, dochter van John Vande Berg en Willemina Kastein, geboren 11-7-1883 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 14-8-1974 USA IA Sioux Center en begraven 17-8 Memory Gardens
VAN ROEKEL, GEURT A. AND DRIESJE "HATTIE" (VANDE BERG)
Geurt A. "Gerrit" Van Roekel and Hattie
Geurt A. "Gerrit" Van Roekel was born September 8, 1882 in Sioux County. His parents were Abraham Van Roekel and Nancy Vander Kroll. Gerrit Van Roekel married Driesje "Hattie" Vande Berg on March 4, 1902 in Sioux Center. Hattie Vande Berg was born July 11, 1883 and she was the daughter of John Vande Berg and Wilhelmina Kastein who were noted pioneers of Welcome township. (See the separate story of John and Wilhelmina Vande Berg.) Hattie was the sixth child of nine children.
Gerrit A. Van Roekel and Hattie (Vande Berg) Van Roekel farmed one and a quarter
mile north and one mile east of Sioux Center in Welcome township. They first
lived in a one room house that was across from the creek from where they built
a new house. The new house was partially built from some cottonwood trees that
ware on that site. The lumber was cut down and sawed right on the spot. The Van
Roekel children went to the country school which was Welcome #8 and it stood one
fourth mile south of the Van Roekel driveway. High school was attended in Sioux
Center and was reached by a horse and buggy. The children carried their tin
innovative lunch pails which sometimes in the winter yielded a half frozen
The winter of 1936 was memorable for the Van Roekel family, the snow banks ware so high that the vehicles could not be gotten out for a month. The family walked to church, and one trip to town with the horses took six hours. A few other special occasions for the Van Roekels was the birthday affair for Grandmother Van Roekel for which a big tent was rented and lots of home made goodies prepared. About 150 people would attend the big birthday get together. A mission feast held in the grove of the Gerrit Vande Stouwe farm just west of Hull was also a highlight.
Gerrit A. and Hattie Van Roekel were the parents of eight children and their families are listed as follows:
Wilhelmina "Mina" Van Roekel was born March 18, 1904 Sioux Center and she married Cornelius "Neal" Kroon who was born April 13, 1905. Neal had a garage in Rock Rapids, IA and also was the Lyon County Sheriff. Neal and Mina Kroon lived in Rock Rapids and were the parents of one daughter, Ruth (Mrs. Milton Hocking).
Abraham "Abe" Van Roekel was born January 28, 1906 Sioux Center and he married Martha Van Wyk who was born May 22, 1913. They are farmers and lived near Beaver Creek, MN. Abe and Martha Van Roekel ware the parents of four children: Viola M. (Mrs. Marcus Uithoven), Robert E. Van Roekel, Donald L. Van Roekel, and Roger A. Van Roekel.
Jeanette Van Roekel was born July 12,1909 Sioux Center and she married Ben Kraayenbrink who was born October 20, 1911. They were farmers living near Sioux Center and have retired in Sioux Center. Jeanette and Ben Kraayenbrink are the parents of seven children: Harry Kraayenbrink, Darlene (Mrs. Peter Moss), Alvin Kraayenbrink, Dick Kraayenbrink, Bernice (Mrs. John Vander Stouwe), Joyce A. (Mrs. Allen Brown), and Linda (Mrs. James J. Lyons).
Welcome School #9, approximately 1915. Top row from left: Martin Brommer, George Kuhl, John
Vande Berg, Jessie Zoerink, teacher, Gerdena Vande Berg, Cora and Coba VanBeek (twins).
Third row: Elmer Straatsma, Hattie Kuhl, Wilmina Van Roekel, Jennie Van Beek, Della Kuhl,
Christina Weyers, John Weyers, Pete Pollema. Second row: Simon Pollema, unidentified, Annie
Pollema, Jeanette Van Roekel, Reka Kuhl Pollema, Teddy Schenk. Front row: Siebolt Pollema,
Freddie Kuhl, Henry R. Vander Berg, John Straatsma, Johnny Kuhl, Abe Van Roekel. (photo of
Alice Van Roekel was born March 8, 1911 Sioux Center, she was a twin, and she married Art De Goei who was born July 5, l906. They were farmers and were in construction and lived in Orange City, IA. Alice and Art De Goei were the parents of four children: Gilbert De Goei, Delores (Mrs. Robert Van Driel), Alyce (Mrs. Donald Vander Stoep) and Arthur D. De Goei.
Johanna Van Roekel was born March 8, 1911 Sioux Center, she was a twin of Alice above, and she married John Klein who was born September 1, 1911. They were restaurant and grocery store operators and lived various places including Sioux Center, Hospers, and Sheldon. Johanna and John Klein were the parents of three daughters: Betty (Mrs. Lee Hodo), Shirley (Mrs. Dick Goodman), and Vicki (Mrs. Don Meuer).
Jean Van Roekel was born March 6, 1915 Sioux Center and she married Jack Mieras
who was born September 25, 1915. They were restaurant and grocery store
operators at various places, ending their career in Boyden, IA. Jean and Jack
Mieras are the parents of one daughter, Brenda (Mrs. Larry Moret).
John G.A. Van Roekel was born February 14, 1918 Sioux Center and he married Martha Wierda who was born January 26, 1920. They were farmers and now are retired and live in Sioux Center. (See their separate story in this book.) John and Martha Van Roekel are the parents of four children: Larry Van Roekel, Janet (Mrs. Jeffery Harcum), Virgina (Mrs. Stanley Oordt), and Michael J. Van Roekel.
Gerrit A. Van Roekel was born February 6, 1920 Sioux Center and he married Irene Punt who was born March 2, 1922. They were farmers and later had the A&W Drive Inn. Irene lives in Sioux Center. Gerrit and Irene Van Roekel are the parents of two children: Judith Fay (Mrs. John Vande Vegte) and Dean Van Roekel.
by John G.A. Van Roekel
Mr. G.A. Van Roekel, 65, passed away very suddenly at his home early Wed. morning. Mar. 5 following a heart attack. He had been in good health and became ill during the night, passing away at about 6:30 o'clock.
He was born in Sioux County September 8, 1881. In 1903 he married Hattie Vander Berg.
He is survived by his widow and the following 8 children: Mrs. Neal Kroon, Rock Rapids, Ia.; Abe Van Roekel, Beaver Greek, Minn.;. Mrs. Ben Kraayenbrink (Jeanette), Sioux Center; Mrs. John Klein (Johanna), Hull; Mrs. Art De Goei (Alice), Orange City; Mrs. Jake Mieras (Jean), Boyden; John Van Roekel, Sioux Center, and Gerrit Van Roekel, Maurice; 21 grandchildren. Brothers and sisters surviving are: Mrs. John Fransen. Sibley; John Van Roekel, Boyden; Tony Van Roekel, Sheldon; George Van Roekel, Sanborn; Mrs. Henry Langstraat. Sioux Center; Mrs. Tena Van Engen, Sibley; Wm. Van Roekel, Maurice; Henry Van Roekel, Boyden; Bert Van Roekel. Sheldon, and Mrs. Henry Rensink, Sioux Center .
One brother preceded him in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Van Roekel had celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on Tuesday evening with all the children at home for the occasion.
Sioux Center News 1947-03-20.
Funeral hold for Mrs. Hattie Van Roekel Saturday, August 17
Funeral services were held at the First Reformed Church here at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 17, for Mrs. Hattie Van Roekel, 91, lifelong resident of this community, who died August 14, at Sioux Center Community Hospital.
Services were conducted by the Rev. Gerrit Rezelman and burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery here with Vander Ploeg's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Van Roekel, the former Hattie Vande Berg, was born July 11, 1883, in Sioux Center. She was married to Gerrit A. Van Roekel on March 4, 1903, at Hull.
The couple farmed in the Sioux Center area until his death March 5, 1947.
Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Neal (Wilhelmina) Kroon of Rock Rapids, Mrs. Ben (Jeanet) Kraayenbrink and Mrs. John JJohanna) Klein, both of Sioux Center, Mrs. Art (Alice) De Goei of Orange City, and Mrs. Jean Mieras of Boyden; a son, John, of Sioux Center; 26 grandchildren and 55 great grandchildren.
Sioux Center News 1974-08-22.