Category Archives: Obituaries

Dick Vander Laan, 83

Dick Vander Laan, 83, of Pella, suffered a stroke at his home on Christmas Day and passed away Dec. 26, 2020, at Pella Regional Health Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Christian Reformed Church, Pella. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, Pella. Public visitation without family...
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Duane Wanders, 80

Duane “Whitey” Wanders, 80, of Barnes City, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Holland-Coble Funeral Home in Montezuma. Burial will be held in the Barnes City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be...
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Herman C. Rook, 90

Herman C. Rook, 90, of Pella, passed away Thurs-day, Dec. 17, 2020. Private funeral services were held  Monday, Dec. 21.  Memorials have been designated for Heartland Reformed Church and American Cancer Society (in honor of his brother Lawrence Rook). Herman C. Rook was born Apr. 20, 1930, to Cornelius “Case” and Ella (Stehr) Rook, near Indianola. At...
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Charles Awtry, 93

Charles Awtry, 93, of Searsboro, died Sunday evening, Dec. 20, 2020, at Montezuma Specialty Care. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Hewitt Cemetery near Galesburg with Pastor George Salnave officiating. Charles Edward Awtry, the son of Giles and Ruth (Ramage) Awtry, was born June 12, 1927, near Galesburg. At age...
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Jeanette Jansen, 74

Jeanette (Verhoef) Jansen, 74, of Pella and formerly of Sully, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, at Hospice of Pella Comfort House after a courageous four-week battle with COVID-19 and the effects of COVID. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Memorial contributions are preferred for...
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Fred Van Zante, 67

Fred Van Zante, 67, of Newton died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at his home. A live broadcast of the service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, on the Pence~Reese Funeral Home & Cremation Services Facebook page. Memorials may be designated to the Newton Christian School. Fred Dee Van Zante, son of Harris and...
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Roberta Hoopes, 83

Roberta Hoopes, 83, of Lindenhurst, IL, passed away Friday afternoon, Dec. 4, 2020, at the Village of Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst, IL. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Sully Community Church. Burial was held in the Friends Cemetery in Lynnville. Roberta Lorraine Hoopes, the daughter of Glenwood and Ruth Lucille Stanley, was born...
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