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Fidelis M. Wiertzema

December 14, 1929 — January 13, 2023



Fidelis M. Wiertzema

Sheldon, Iowa

            Funeral services for Fidelis M. Wiertzema, age 93, of Sheldon who passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023, at Sanford Senior Care.  Her funeral service will be 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon with Pastor Daniel Baker ~ officiating.

            Burial will be at First Baptist Cemetery in rural George.

            Visitation with family present will be from 5 – 7 P.M. on Monday, January 16, 2023, at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.






December 14, 1929

George, Iowa


January 13, 2023

Sheldon, Iowa



93 years       29 days



10:30 A.M. Tuesday, January 17, 2023

St. Paul Lutheran Church; Sheldon, Iowa

Rev. Daniel Baker ~ Officiating



“Softly and Tenderly”

“How Great Thou Art”

“God Be With Till We Meet Again”

Pianist:  Arlyce Oosterhuis



Scott Bowen                                        Chris Ewert

Tom Platt                                       Steve Hoekstra



First Baptist Cemetery

Rural George, Iowa


After today’s service relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.


Arrangements under the care of the

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa

     Fidelis M. (Kruger) Wiertzema was born December 14, 1929 in rural George, IA to Martin & Grace (DeBoer) Kruger. She was raised on the family farm in rural George and attended country school until she was in 8th grade.

     She married Verdus Wiertzema on February 22, 1954 in rural George. They lived on the farm north of George raising livestock and farming their land, along with their daughter Marilyn. Fidelis was a hard-working farm wife helping with feeding the cattle, grinding feed, and bringing meals to the field during harvest.  In their time together, they enjoyed going to the car races on Saturday nights at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids and going dancing at the VFW in Luverne.   Over the years, she also enjoyed having her grandchildren visit and spend days on end out on the farm.

     Fidelis moved from the farm to Sheldon in 1994 after Verdus’ passing. She loved taking care of house plants (and had quite the green thumb), caring for her beloved pets, and volunteering at the nursing home playing cards with the residents. She also enjoyed going out for dinner or shopping with Marilyn and her friends and visiting her grandkids great-grandkids. Fidelis loved to be able to go to their activities.

     On January 13, 2023, she passed away at the Sanford Senior Care Center at the age of 93 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Marilyn Bowen of Sheldon, IA; two grandchildren Scott (Kara) Bowen of Harrisburg, SD and Sarah (Chris) Ewert of Harrisburg, SD; four great-grandchildren: Jaxon, MaKaylee, Tyler, and Nora; brothers-in-law Verdean (Joan) Wiertzema and Verdell (Glenda) Wiertzema.

     She is preceded in death by her husband Verdus, her parents Martin & Grace Kruger, her aunt Jane Pap, her in-laws Henry & Johanna Wiertzema, Vernon & Gert Wiertzema, Bill & Vera DeBeer.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, January 16, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue, Sheldon, IA 51201

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

10:30 - 11:15 am (Central time)

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