Donald DeJong

Donald Wallace DeJong, 64, Leota, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, in his home. He was the father of Debbie Tilstra, Hills, and Vonnie Baker, Steen.

Services were Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Bethel Reformed Church, Leota. The Rev. David VanderLeest officiated. Burial was in the Leota Cemetery.

Donald DeJong was born to Jacob and Wilhemina (Scholten) DeJong on Jan. 31, 1936. . His family moved to a farm near Leota when he was 10 years old. He attended school in Edgerton. After school he helped his father on the farm. He then entered the U.S. Army. After his discharge he returned to Leota and started trucking. In 1961 he began hauling milk.

He married Martha Groen on June 5, 1962, in Leota. After their marriage he continued hauling milk, and in 1975 he bought the business. In 1999 he retired from the milk hauling business.

Survivors are his wife, Martha DeJong, Leota; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ivan and Jamie DeJong and Scott and Cheryl DeJong, all of Leota; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Scott Hartog, Redfield, S.D., Debbie and Dave Tilstra, Hills, and Vonnie and Alan Baker, Steen; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Leroy (Joyce) DeJong, Oak Harbor, Wash.; and four sisters, Esther (Joe) Landhuis, Edgerton, Jean (Cornie) VanLant, Chandler, Jackie (Ron) Pronk and Arla (Dick) Ruiter, all of Leota.

Remigius Fuerstenberg

Remigius (Bob) Robert Fuerstenberg, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at South Shore Care Center in Worthington.

Services were Wednesday, Aug. 30, at St. Kilian Church in St. Kilian. The Rev. Gerald Kosse and parish director, Roxanne Lisnak, officiated. Burial was in St. Kilian Cemetery, St. Kilian.

Bob Fuerstenberg was born to Bernard and Theresa (Diekmann) Fuerstenberg on Oct. 2, 1926, on a farm in Bloom Township, Nobles County, near St. Kilian. He grew up on the family farm and attended St. Kilian Catholic School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea during World War II.

He married Dona Fuhrmann on May 16, 1951, in St. Kilian. Following their marriage they farmed in the St. Kilian area and then settled on the Fuerstenberg family farm. He farmed and did custom work until his retirement in 1989. He continued helping his sons farm. He moved to Worthington in August 1999. He became a resident of South Shore Care Center six weeks ago.

Mr. Fuerstenberg was an active member of St. Kilian Church where he had served on the church council, cemetery board, was eucharistic minister, bell ringer and belonged to the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society. He was a member of Wilmont V.F.W. His favorite pastimes included fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Dona Fuerstenberg, Worthington; eight children and their spouses, Wes and Deb Fuerstenberg, Luverne, Marilyn and Thomas Winter, Jackson, Bruce Fuerstenberg, Wilmont, Gerald and Linda Fuerstenberg, Wilmont, Dennis and Donna Fuerstenberg, Long Beach, Miss., Gary and Karen Fuerstenberg, Fulda, Colleen and Darryl Jansma, Worthington, and Cheryl Nelson and her friend, Chuck Strenge, Heron Lake; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives, Lloyd and Clara Fuerstenberg, LeRoy and Janet Fuerstenberg, all of Wilmont, and David and Pat Fuerstenberg, Alexandria; one sister, Anna Armstrong, Waterloo, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Anna Mae Fuerstenberg, St. Kilian.

Mr. Fuerstenberg was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, Joseph and Remigius, and one brother, Raymond.

Totzke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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