Category Archives: Obituaries

Shirley Baarda, 84

Shirley Baarda, 84, of Sully, passed away  peace-fully on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, surrounded by family after a three-year battle with cancer. Shirley was a member of Sully First Reformed Church. Her faith was an important part of her life. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at Sully First Reformed...
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Myron Fraker, 70

Myron Leslie Fraker, 70, of Searsboro, passed away unexpectedly at his home Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. As was his wish, his body has been cremated. A Celebration of Life will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Community Hope Church in Montezuma. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Holland-Coble Funeral Home...
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Dan Churchill, 65

Daniel Churchill, 65, of Grinnell, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at his home south of Grinnell. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Interment was in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. A reception was held in the Heritage Room at  Smith Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed...
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Julia Rumer, 69

Julia Kay Rumer was born July 18, 1952, to Dick and Minnie (Van Maanen) Terpstra in Lynnville. She passed away Jan. 4, 2022. Services were held Friday, Jan. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Third Church in Pella. Private inurnment was in Graceland Cemetery, Pella. Memorials have been designated for Hospice of Pella. Aug. 27, 1971, she...
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Betty Courter, 90

Betty L. Courter, 90, of Grinnell died Dec. 24, 2021, at the Grinnell Health Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Matt Miller officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Branon Harter, Jarek Harter, Kellan Harter, Jasmyne Miller, Jordyn Miller, Jalyssa Miller, Jeyce Miller, Gavin...
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Phyllis Van Es, 70

Phyllis Van Es, 70, was received by the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, while under hospice care in Clarkesville, GA. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at Grinnell Christian Church. The service will be livestreamed on Smith Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 9:45 a.m. A...
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Jerry Tremmel, 78

Arnold J. (Jerry) Tremmel, 78, of Searsboro, passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. A Celebration of Life was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at the Searsboro Community Church. Burial will be held at a later date at Humes Cemetery near What Cheer. In lieu...
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