Catherine Ella Fikse, 87, Hills, died Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A funeral service was Thursday, March 9, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial was in the United Reformed Cemetery in Hills.
Catherine Proost was born Oct. 26, 1929, to John and Johanna (Vander Sluis) Proost in rural Rock Rapids, Iowa. She grew up on a farm near Rock Rapids and attended country school near there.
On June 24, 1949, she married Everett “Bud” Fikse at the Steen Reformed Church in Steen. They made their home in Hills, where they were part-owners of Fikse Produce, along with other family members. Catherine worked various jobs throughout her life and especially enjoyed her work at Tuff Memorial Home. Even after becoming a resident there, Catherine helped in any way she could.
Catherine was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne, where she had been active in the Rebecca Circle. She loved to sew. Over the years she sewed over 700 blankets that were sent to children in Haiti, and Afghanistan as well as America. Catherine and Bud were quite active with the Emergency Relief Program where they volunteered at various places throughout the United State. Her husband, Everett, died July 3, 2009. In 2016 Catherine moved to Tuff Memorial Home.
Catherine is survived by seven children, Gary Fikse, Luverne, Faith (Butch) Kruse, Rock Rapids, Leroy Fikse, Norwalk, California, Judy DeBondt, Bakersfield, California, Rodney Fikse, Lakewood, California, Lois (Alan) Leuthold, Hills, and Joan (Steve) Michael, Larchwood, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Joan (Walt) Bouwman, Artesia, California, Verlyn “Jay” (Elaine) Proost, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Cheryl (Jerry) Pennington, Bakersfield, California; a sister-in-law, Jean Proost, Artesia, California; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Eugene and Donavan Fikse; a grandson, Aaron DeBondt; a brother, John “Bud” Proost; and a sister, Evelyn Van Middendorp.
Arrangements were through Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, www.jurrensfuneralhome.com