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Arlene Van Es

March 19, 1935 July 27, 2019
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Mrs. Arlene Van Es, age 84, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, July 31, at 1:00pm, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Rev. Roger Voskuil and the Rev. Dennis Hietbrink will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Newkirk Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Arlene Bernice was born on March 19, 1935, in Orange City, the daughter of Joe and Hattie (Lyftogt) Tensen. She was raised north of Newkirk, where she graduated from high school.

On November 23, 1954, she married John G. Van Es at her parents’ home at Sheldon. They farmed southeast of Newkirk, until moving into Newkirk. In August of 2007, they moved to the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. John passed away on September 30, 2007, in Orange City, after 52 years of marriage.

More recently, Arlene lived at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

Besides being a homemaker, she was a nurses’ aid at the Sheldon Community Hospital and a clerk at the Newkirk Store.

Arlene was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, where she belonged to the Faith Circle, the Mission Fellowship, and the Golden Hour.

She enjoyed watching volleyball, softball, soccer, and basketball, especially when her children and grandchildren were playing. She enjoyed sending cards to family and friends, right up until she passed.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Lila and Jeff De Witt, of Luverne, Minnesota; Helen and Steve Van Den Berg, of Sheldon. and Arlue and Jim Van Ommeren, of Hospers; a son and his wife, Galen and Cathy Van Es, and a daughter, Jolyn Van Es, all of Orange City; twelve grandchildren, Jonathon (Jenni) De Witt and William (Heidi) De Witt, all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Daniel (Ashley) De Witt, of Winchester, Tennessee;. Elizabeth (Jeff) Enderson, of Estherville; Eric (Jodi) Van Den Berg, of Alton; Jocelyn (Dan) Moss, of Sioux Falls. Jennifer (Jose) Gomez, of Orange City; Alan (Kristina) Van Ommeren, of Alton; Angela (fiancé Tyler) Van Ommeren, of Hospers; Joshua (Jenna) Van Es, of Orange City: Andrew (Kelci) Van Es, of Council Bluffs; and Caitlyn (Ryan) Christy, of Brookings, South Dakota; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Harriet Van Den Hull, of Shawnee, Kansas; and a family friend, Erin Peters.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, J. Allen De Witt; her husband’s parents, Gerrit and Elizabeth Van Es; and his siblings, Frank (Darlene) Van Es and Wilmina (Ed) Cleveringa.

Memorials may be directed to the church’s audio-visual fund.

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Family Visitation




6:00 PM 7/30/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/30/2019 8:00:00 PM
Oolman Funeral Home - Orange City

216 Albany Avenue Northeast
Orange City, IA 51041

Oolman Funeral Home - Orange City
216 Albany Avenue Northeast Orange City 51041 IA
United States

Funeral Service




1:00 PM 7/31/2019 1:00:00 PM
Newkirk Reformed Church

4103 400th Street
Hospers, IA 51238

Newkirk Reformed Church
4103 400th Street Hospers 51238 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Newkirk Cemetery Final Resting Place

4022 Kingbird Avenue
Hospers, IA 51238

4022 Kingbird Avenue Hospers 51238 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Newkirk Reformed Church Audio/Visual fund

4103 400th St
Hospers, Iowa 51238

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