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1  Storm, Allen Oliver (I0100)
 
2 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hervey, T.L. (I0130)
 
3 Alice was born in Dayton, Iowa and had lived there seven years before moving to Des Moines. She was a retired payroll manager with the Des Moines Register and Tribune and a member of Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Christian Science Church.
She was survived by 1 niece and 2 nephews, children of Lucille and Abel McCleary of Ankeny. Lucille was a sister of Alice's husband Adolph. 
Nottingham, Alice (I0253)
 
4 Alice was given a Dutch name when she was born - Aaltje. She could not speak English when she started school. Later the children were not allowed to speak Dutch because the family was ashamed of being Hollanders and wanted to be only Americans. When she was very young and had learned to read she was given a Dutch-English Bible by her grandfather. To get the Bible they had to be able to read a designated number of verses in both languages. Westercamp, Alice M. (I0024)
 
5 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Whitman, M.E. (I2080)
 
6 BIO:Charles Eli Piersel came to Iowa with his parents, William and
Margaret Ann Denny Piersel (both born in Pennsylvania), when he was
nine years old. (The old spelling is "Piersol." The group that came
to Iowa changed it for some reason.) 
Piersel, Charles Eli (I0725)
 
7 BIO:Fedde Karstens Westerkamp and Jelten Harmens Jelsma left Holland for
North America on April 12, 1872. 
Westerkamp, Fedde Karstens (I0222)
 
8 BIO:Harriett Alice Covey's father was Amaziah Covey, one of the very
first settlers in Sigourney. Her mother's maiden name was Moody.
Her mother and her grandmother are both buried in the Sigourney
cemetery. 
Covey, Harriett Alice (I0046)
 
9 BIO:He came to North America in 1879 at the age of three.
[WSTRCMP.PCX] Herman and Minnie Westercamp 
Westerkamp, Harmen J. [Herman] (I0287)
 
10 BIO:He left Holland for North America on August 6, 1869. He was the first
of this Westerkamp line to come. His parents, Fedde and Jelten, came
April 12, 1872. His brother, Johannes, and wife, Aaltje, and seven
children came to America in 1879. All lived with Harmen. 
Westerkamp, Harmen Fedde (I0354)
 
11 BIO:He was a soldier in the American Revolution. Lippard, Sr. William (I0064)
 
12 BIO:He was in Company H, 47th Iowa Infantry. Bridges, James J. (I0713)
 
13 BIO:John was wounded in the Civil War, marched with Sherman to the sea,
and carried a bullet in his shoulder as long as he lived. 
Beeman, John (I0051)
 
14 BIO:Lewis & Stevana left Holland and came to North America on December 7,
1874. 
VanRoekel, Lubert [Lewis] (I0008)
 
15 BIO:Lloyd Storm was a farmer for several years. At the time of his death
he was an employee of Mayer's Standard Service station in Oskaloosa.
He was also a member of Eagles Lodge.
Services were held at Garland Chapel in Oskaloosa, IA. 
Storm, Lloyd Z. (I0717)
 
16 BIO:Mary was born on the high sea. Her parents are from Ireland. The
Neylands had two martyr priests back in Ireland history. 
Neyland, Mary (I0052)
 
17 BIO:On August 25, 1954, Raphael Hollingsworth adopted Emma Lou and Willis
Dale. 
Hollingsworth, Raphael (I0282)
 
18 BIO:The McMahons were famous in Co. Clare, Ireland. They had a castle, and
it was rumored that they may have had a prince in the family. 
McMahon, Mary (I0059)
 
19 BIO:Thurlow Lieurance, a grandson of John Lippard and Josephine Givan, was
a composer on Indian music (American). 
Lippard, John (I0060)
 
20 BIO:We have been told that Joseph belonged to the First Families of
Virginia (F.F.V.), but proof has not been established.

Information from Harriett Grubb Piersel, 1990 (?). 
Colville, Joseph (I0047)
 
21 BIO:[LEWISWES.PCX] Lewis Westercamp. 1930. Westercamp, Lewis (I0109)
 
22 Came from Denmark Thomsen, Thorvald A. (I2009)
 
23 Came from Denmark Jorgensen, Ruth Nellie (I2010)
 
24 Cora Belle Werner's funeral was held at First Congregational Church in Oskaloosa IA. Miss Jennie Fry was organist, Rev. Charles Lichte was clergyman Storm, Cora Belle (I0092)
 
25 Curly hair Harmon, Walter Dewey (I0315)
 
26 Curly hair Harmon, Walter Earl (I0075)
 
27 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Harmon, C.R. (I0240)
 
28 Died of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Worked as a Medical Technologist 
Porter, Sara Elizabeth (I1514)
 
29 Elsie L. Westercamp was a homemaker and had lived on the same farm for 41 years. Services were held at the Farmington United Methodist Church. Triplett, Elsie Luella (I0270)
 
30 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hollingsworth, E.L. (I0504)
 
31 Ernest was a meat grader at Land "O" Lakes in Oakland, Iowa Thomsen, Ernest Wilfred (I0200)
 
32 Floyd was a life-long resident of the What Cheer area and farmed for many years before retiring in 1963. He was a member of the What Cheer Christian Church.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 13, 1973 at 2 p.m. at Harden Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tim Buck officiating. Mrs. John Grubb served as soloist accompanied by Mrs. Jean Wilson, organist. Casket bearers were Dean Ogden Kenneth F. McFarlan, Neil Nelles, Bob Brackin, Everitt Hutchison and Ivan Baker. 
Piersel, Floyd F. (I0017)
 
33 Funeral Services were at the Hedrick High School Gymnasium. Johnson, David Allen (I0147)
 
34 Funeral was held at Harden Funeral Chapel at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, 1993. Rev. Vince Homan was officiant, soloist was Virginia Striegel, organist was Marlene Clubb. Casket Bearers were Mike, Paul, Phil, James, Marion, and Charles Striegel.
1939 graduate of Fremont High School and was an all-state basketball player.  
Ahrens, Maude Evelyn (I0118)
 
35 Gerritt came to the United States at age 15. He spent 34 years farming near Searsboro. He lived the past 12 years in Newton. He retired from Newton Manufacturing in May 2002 Rooda, Gerritt Gene (I1697)
 
36 Henry Cornelius Roorda was born on September 24, 1912, south of Pella, Iowa. He was the sixth of seven children that were born to Epp and Cornelia Vander Wilt Roorda. Henry was raised on a farm near Harvey, Iowa where he attended the Eureka Country Grade School. The family attended church services at the Amsterdam Country School and later they became members of the First Reformed Church in Pella. On February 10, 1937, he was united in marriage with Tena Van Roekel at the home of her parents, Gerrit J. and Minnie Van Heukelom Van Roekel, near Leighton, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Ervin Glen and Mary Lou. Henry and Tena began farming near Pella following their marriage and for 30 years they farmed east of Pella. During this time Henry began working at the Farmers Cooperative Exchange in Pella. In 1972 they moved into Pella where they made their home at 415 Maple Street. Tena passed away on November 5, 1976 at the age of 62 years. Henry continued working at the Farmers Coop and on October 21, 1977, was united in marriage with Esther Wilma Overbergen. Henry and Esther continued living in his home while he was employed at the Dutch Mill Supply and later for Van Gorp Hatchery. Henry and Esther enjoyed their retirement years traveling together, while Henry was kept busy doing woodworking and playing golf. They were able to continue living in his home until moving into a duplex 3 years ago. On Monday morning, July 2, 2007, Henry passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 13 days. He is survived by his wife, Esther W. Roorda; his two children, Ervin & Andrea (Boat) Roorda (Mill Creek, WA) and Mary & Richard Glendening (Pella, IA) and their families.

Of his original family Henry leaves his youngest sister, Carolyn (Kenneth) Vander Linden and a sister-in-law, Nellie (Richard) Van Roekel both of Pella; along with several special nieces and nephews. Henry was preceded in death by his first wife, Tena Roorda; a grandson, Jonathan Roorda, who died in 1996 at the age of 25 years; his parents, Epp and Cornelia Roorda; his parents-in-law, G. J. and Minnie Van Roekel and his step-father-in-law, Henry Niemeyer. The following sisters and brothers and their spouses preceded him in death: Jeanette and Cornie V. Veldhuizen; Gertrude and John Synhorst, Lee Dendurent and Henry Van Ekeren; Robert E. and Dora (Kuiper) Roorda; John David and Stevanna (Van Roekel) Roorda; Edward C. and Wilhelmina (Hackert) Roorda; his brother-in-law, Kenneth Vander Linden; as well as the following brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Louis G. and Christine Van Roekel, Henry A. and Wilma Van Roekel, Stevanna (Van Roekel) and J. David Roorda and Richard Van Roekel. Henry was a charter member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Pella where he had served as the treasurer and on the consistory and participated in several mission projects. Arrangements by Van Dyk - Duven Funeral Home, Pella.  
Roorda, Henry Cornelius (I1684)
 
37 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Walden, J. (I0181)
 
38 James Couvey, later spelled Covey, was born in England and arrived in Mass. in 1639. Couvey, James (I0984)
 
39 Jay had a step-daughter Jane Prange of Des Moines.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in What Cheer, IA 
Storm, Jay (I0117)
 
40 John Elick, a brother, died August, 1949 . He was born April 9, 1877 at Oxford, IA. He was a merchant (a grocery store where the Cecil Piersel family did their trading) in Keswick for many years before retiring and moving with his wife to Sigourney. Burial was at Millersburg Community Cemetery. John was married to Etta. Elick, Adam (I0264)
 
41 John H. Westercamp was a 50-year member of Workman Masonic Lodge 634 in Stockport, IA. He farmed near Bonaparte, IA. Westercamp, John H. (I0269)
 
42 Last Rites were held at the Stockport United Methodist Church. Fred Albert Westercamp was a Workman Lodge #634 member.  Westercamp, Fred Albert (I0271)
 
43 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Harmon, C. (I9122)
 
44 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Harmon, D.L. (I0241)
 
45 Rev. Einar Greenholt, 85, of Lincoln, passed on to eternal life Jan. 10, 2013. In his 65th year of ministry to the Lord, he was currently pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Crete.

Survived by children David and Karen Greenholt of Grant Park, Ill., John and Judy Scdoris of Lincoln; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A prayer service is being held from 3 - 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at Plymouth Church. 9th & Ivy, Crete. Memorials to the family for future designation. 
Greenholt, Johan Einar (I0749)
 
46 When a small child her parents moved to Sigourney, where she received her education, graduating from the Sigourney high school. She taught school for several years in the rural schools of Keokuk county and four years in the Keswick public school.
Nina and Adam lived in Keswick for a short time but later moved to a farm near Webster where she resided until Adams death in 1957 when she moved to Sigourney.
Funeral services were held at Powell's Funeral Home in South English. The Rev. Walter Sieck, pastor of the Sigourney Methodist church officiated with burial in Community cemetery at Millersburg. Casketr bearers were Harley Fry, Lawrence Fry, Charles Brower, Ralph Schlicht, Warren Streigle and C. G. Snakenberg. 
Thomas, Nina Viola (I0263)
 
47 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hollingsworth, W.D. (I0506)
 


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