Dochter van Christina Van Roekel en Cornelius (Neal) Kuyper, geboren 13-12-1917 USA IA Sioux Center, overleden 2-8-2007 USA IA Cherokee en begraven Holstein Cemetery
Trouwt 10-2-1943 James De Wit, zoon van Neil J De Wit en Johanna Zevenbergen, geboren 3-2-1916 USA IA Ocheyedan, overleden 20-2-2007 USA IA Holstein en begraven Holstein Cemetery
James A. De Wit, 91, of Holstein died Tuesday, February 20, at the Holstein Good Samaritan Center.
Services were 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Curtis Benson officiating. Burial was in the Holstein Cemetery with full military rites by Dessel-Schmidt American Legion Post #225 of Holstein.
De Wit was born February 3, 1916, to Neal & Johanna (Zevenbergen) De Wit in Ocheyedan. He grew up in the Sioux Center area and graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1933. He worked at Smith's Bakery in Sioux Center until he was drafted in 1941.
He married Maria Kuyper on February 10, 1943, before being sent overseas.
After the war he worked in a bakery in Rock Valley where they lived. In 1953 the couple bought the bakery in Holstein which they ran until he retired in 1981.
In addition to being a wonderful baker, he was a gardener. He also loved to travel and while serving in the Army, he traveled to Holland. While in the U.S., he visited almost every state.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Maria of Holstein; his four children, Mary Jo Kindt and husband Allen of Vilas, North Carolina; Mark De Wit of Rockwall, Texas; Christine Keitges and husband Robert of Alamosa, Colorado, and James De Wit and wife Mary Ann of Bay Minette, Alabama; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brother and sisters, Julius De Wit of Canby, MN; Adrianna Kuyper and husband Eugene of Arkadelphia, AR; Agnes Brawner of Galva, IL; Helen Vermeer and husband Loyd of Sioux Center, Edie Lubach and husband Howard of Sioux Center; Gene De Wit and wife Norma of Canby.
He was preceded in death by a son-in -law, Dennis Johnston; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.
Maria M. De Wit, 89, of Holstein, IA, died August 2, at Cherokee Regional Center Medical Center in Cherokee.
Services were at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Curtis Benson officiating. Burial was in the Holstein Cemetery.
Mrs. De Wit was born Dec. 31, 1917, on a farm outside of Sioux Center to Neal and Christina (Van Roekel) Kuyper.
After graduating from Sioux Center High School in 1935 she went for teacher training at Westmar College in Le Mars. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse and taught kindergarten in Sioux County for seven years.
She married Jim De Wit on Feb. 10, 1943, before he was shipped overseas.
After WW II the couple moved to Rock Valley, where he worked in a bakery and she taught piano lessons and played the organ in church. In Holstein, which they ran until they retired in 1981.
She was always involved with music, playing the organ and conducting children's choirs at church and giving piano lessons to numerous area children. She Also worked five years at the Good Samaritan Center in Holstein.
She continued there for many years as a volunteer presenting musical skits and programs.
Survivors are her four children, Mary Jo Kindt and husband Allen of Vilas, NC, Mark De Wit of Rockwall, TX, Christine Keitges and husband Robert of Alamosa, CO, and James De Wit and wife Mary Ann of Bay Minette, AL; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother Eugene Kuyper and wife Adrianna of Arkadelphia, ARK; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; one brother Robert Kuyper; one son-in-law Dennis Johnston; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson