Johanna Aykens

Johanna “Jo” Aykens, 98, Steen, died Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

 A funeral service was Thursday, June 28, at the Reformed Church of Steen. Burial followed at Eastside Cemetery in rural Steen.

Gezina Johanna Keunen was born on Oct. 22, 1919, to Ben and Johanna (Veldhorst) Keunen near Varsseveld, Gelderland in The Netherlands. When she was six years old, the famiy immigrated to the United States and settled in Sioux Center, Iowa. She attended schools in Sioux Center and Maurice, Iowa. In 1934 the family moved to a farm north of Steen.

On Sept. 14, 1939, she married Richard Aykens at her parents’ home near Steen. Along with raising their family, Jo helped with Richard’s Standard Oil business. Richard preceded her in death on July 19, 1993. In December of 2014 she became a resident at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

Jo was a member of the Reformed Church of Steen and was active in the women's ministry along with teaching Sunday School. She loved to crochet, especially snowflakes and angels. Jo was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping her diary.

She is survived by her children, Paul (Carole) Aykens of Orange City, Iowa, and Joyce of Worthington; three granddaughters, Andrea of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Susan Veltkamp of Orange City, Iowa, and Laurie Kurtz and her husband, Vince, of Orange City, Iowa; four great-granddaughters, Jadeyn Veltkamp, McKenzie Kurtz, Kylie Kurtz, and Katie Kurtz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents; sisters Minnie Bonnema, Bertha Bosch and Mildred Keunen; and brothers-in-law, Nelson Bonnema and William Bosch.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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