Dochter van Gerrit Jan Ryken en Nellie De Jong, geboren 19-6-1898 USA IA Mahaska Co, overleden 25-7-1970 USA IA Mahaska Co en begraven Pella Graceland Cemetery
Trouwt 24-2-1921 Gerrit Nieuwsma, zoon van Henry Nieuwsma en Anna Zylstra, geboren 4-4-1897 USA IA Pella, overleden 1-11-1977 USA IA Mahaska Co en begraven Oskaloosa Forest Cemetery
Obituary for Junella Hoksbergen
Junella Hoksbergen, 89, of Oskaloosa, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. Junella Hoksbergen, daughter of Gerrit and Emma (Ryken) Nieuwsma, was born, May 30, 1928, at the rural home of her parents west of Peoria, Iowa. She graduated from eighth grade at the Peoria Christian School.
Junella met her future husband, Albert James Hoksbergen, on the Pella square after church on a Sunday evening. They married, February 3, 1948, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. They settled on a farm four miles west of Tracy, Iowa. After Albert suffered a heart attack in 1972, they moved to a nearby farm. In addition to raising her five children, Junella was a true partner to her husband in the farming operation; she assisted with everything from the milking to the chickens and the hogs. She was a loving mother, grandma, and homemaker in every sense of the word; a talented seamstress, gardener, and preserver of produce, putting delicious food on the table three meals a day plus coffeetime - sometimes in the field.
In 2003, she left the farm and moved to Spring Creek Village. While on the farm, she was a member of Bethel Homemakers, a neighborhood club. In her later years, Junella enjoyed flower gardening and quilting with her church group at First Christian Reformed Church; she attended Coffee Break Bible study at the church for many years.
Her family includes her children: Kenneth (June) Hoksbergen of Pella, Gloria (Eugene) Eveland of Oskaloosa, Carroll (Kathy) Hoksbergen of Tracy, and Dean (Carol) Hoksbergen of Oskaloosa; a son-in-law and his wife, Bill (Lois) Van Weelden of Oskaloosa; fourteen grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters: Anna Vande Wall of Oskaloosa, Wilma Van Weelden of Oskaloosa, and Elinor Rowland of Fort Dodge and two sisters-in-law: Junella Crake of Grandville, MI and Kathryn Kelderman of Boulder, CO.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert on December 28, 1993, a daughter, Gail Van Weelden, a brother, Henry Nieuwsma, and a sister, Gretta Van Wyk.
Funeral Services for Junella will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 29, 2018, at the First Christian Reformed Church with Rev. John Jakes of Calvary Bible Church in Indianola officiating. A Family Prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the church’s lower level. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at Langkamp Funeral Chapel; the family will greet visitors from 2-4 p.m., Sunday afternoon. Memorials can be made to the Pella Christian Grade School or The Back to God Hour. Memories and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting langkampfuneralchapel.com.
Obituary for Wilma Van Weelden
Wilma Van Weelden, 88, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. She was born March 9, 1931, in Peoria, Iowa, the daughter of Garrett and Emma Ryken Nieuwsma. She attended Peoria Christian Grade School through 8th grade. Though she did not finish high school immediately following 8th grade, Wilma saw great value in completing her high school education. She was able to achieve her goal of obtaining her GED in the late 1990’s when she was nearly 60 years old.
Wilma’s family moved to Oskaloosa shortly after she was finished with 8th grade. Early on she worked at the Big Smith Overall Factory in Oskaloosa. She started there as seamstress and worked her way up to a supervisor position before the factory closed.
On January 26, 1951, Wilma was united in marriage to Marvin F. Van Wyk in Oskaloosa. To this union three children were born, LaVern, Bonita, and Wayne. Following their marriage Wilma continued to work outside the home. First at Mahaska Hospital and later at the Oskaloosa Produce (now Oskaloosa Foods) retiring from there in 2001. On December 19, 1994, Marvin died. On November 22, 2001, she was united in marriage to Raymond Van Weelden in Oskaloosa. The two of them enjoyed twelve years together before he died on April 2, 2013.
Wilma made her Profession of Faith and became a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa at the age of fifteen. Over the last 73 years, Wilma has been active in many church organizations. She enjoyed bowling with her family, playing the organ, playing BINGO at Northern Mahaska, and participating in the Susan Koman Breast Cancer Awareness Walk (as a survivor) every year she was able. She especially enjoyed having her family around, she always looked forward to visits from her children and grandchildren.
Her family includes her son and his wife: Wayne and Sue Van Wyk of Oskaloosa; a daughter in law: Robin Van Wyk-Haigh of Oskaloosa; three step children: Ronald Van Weelden of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Angela Hanson of Chandler, Arizona, and Joslyn (Daniel) Kramer of Dyer, Indiana; six grandchildren: Mark (Tami) Van Wyk, Jeremy (Eric Riesburg) Van Wyk, Amanda (Davy) Richards, Scott (Megan) Van Wyk, Jason Van Wyk, and Whitney (Stephen) Blattler; 12 great grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren; two sisters: Anna Vande Wall of Oskaloosa and Elinor Rowland of Council Bluffs.
Wilma was preceded in death by two husbands: Marvin and Raymond; a son: Vern Van Wyk; a daughter: Bonnie Bequeaith; grandson: Michael Bequeaith, two grandchildren: Emma Sue Richards and Hayden Blattler; a brother: Henry Nieuwsma; and two sisters: Gretta Van Wyk and Junella Hoksbergen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa with Reverend Jonathan Spronk officiating. There will be a 10:15 family prayer service Saturday morning in the fellowship hall of the church. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Friday, January 17, 2020, after 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5-7 Friday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to MHP Hospice Serenity House.