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Erna D. Kooistra

April 8, 1924 — April 10, 2016

IN MEMORY OF
ERNA D. KOOISTRA

BORN
April 8, 1924
May City, Iowa

PASSED AWAY
April 10, 2016
Sheldon, Iowa

AGE
92 Years 2 Days

FUNERAL SERVICE
10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 13, 2016
St. Paul Lutheran Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Craig Nissen Officiating

Visitation with the family present will be
from 4:00 6:00pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

MUSIC
My Faith Looks Up To Thee
Sung by: Gail Pike

CONGREGATIONAL HYMNS
Amazing Grace
Beautiful Savior
Organist: Carleen Kehrberg

CASKET BEARERS
Ben Greuel Norbert Groff
Roger Brockshus Allen Brockshus
Steve Niswander Marvin Sopko

FINAL RESTING PLACE
St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery
Sheldon, Iowa

After the graveside service, relatives and friends are invited to join
the family for lunch in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be directed to
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon,
Village Northwest in Sheldon,
Camp Okoboji in Okoboji.

ERNA D. KOOISTRA
Our loving mother and teacher was born to Henry and Dora Brockshus on April 8, 1924, and passed on April 10, 2016. Growing up on the farm near May City, Iowa she acquired the discipline and strong faith which successful farming families required. She also had a strong faith in education, teaching country school and later sixth grade; occasionally using a textbook as a firm paddle.
She married Joe Kooistra and raised a family in Sheldon. Eventually she went back to college to renew her teaching certificate. Once back into teaching, her salary helped pay tuition for her childrens college education and thankfully her children all graduated. Finally she had the courage to let her kids make their own decisions, so we could learn by our mistakes, which some of us did. The grandchildren all graduated college too, most with high honors.
Surviving is four of her five children, Ruth, Duane, Jean & Doug. She was preceded by her husband, Joe and son, Dwight. Also surviving are four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Mother always considered herself A simple farm gal and realized she had made many mistakes. But, found a great deal of strength by trusting in the Lord.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be directed to
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon,
Village Northwest in Sheldon,
Camp Okoboji in Okoboji.
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