Frieda Kooiker

Frieda Kooiker

Frieda May Kooiker, 68, of Magnolia, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, surrounded by her family.

A funeral service was Monday, Jan. 17, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne with burial in the Kanaranzi Cemetery.

Frieda Van Ess was born June 30, 1953, to James and Alice (Roeters) Van Ess in Monroe, Washington. She was the third of eight children. Frieda grew up on the family dairy farm. She attended Monroe Christian Grade School and was a 1971 graduate of Monroe High School. She attended Dordt University for two years, where she met her future husband, Harlyn.  She then attended Washington State University for one year before receiving her degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1978.

Frieda married Harlyn Kooiker on June 21, 1975, in Monroe, Washington, at the Thunderbird Park in a ceremony overlooking the Skokomish River. They first lived in Middleburg, Iowa. In 1980 the family moved to the current farm near Magnolia. Frieda was a dedicated dairy woman and farmer and could do any task that needed to be done on the farm.  She used her creativity in designing, crafting and building items for her yard and flowerbeds, as well as useful creations for the farm.

Frieda is survived by her husband, Harlyn Kooiker, Magnolia; four children, Alisa (Jason) Honken of Ellsworth, Kirk (Amanda) Kooiker of Surprise, Arizona, Karl (Sarah) Kooiker of Magnolia, and Diana Kooiker of Magnolia; her mother, Alice Van Ess, Monroe, Washington; four grandchildren, Andrea, Josh, Allison and Marina; three brothers; four sisters, along with their spouses; four brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law and their spouses; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; a son, James in 1990; an infant son, Scottie; two brothers-in-law, Dan Kooiker and George Geertsma; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Van Ess.

Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne,

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