Alice DeBoer, 92, of Orange City died Friday, Aug. 17,2001, at the Orange City Hospital Long Term Care Facility. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth officiated. Burial followed at Newkirk Cemetery, rural Hospers under the direction of the Oolman Funeral Home, Orange City.
Alice was born Sept. 21, 1908, on the family farm near Perkins, the ninth child and youngest daughter of Kornelius and Sipkje "Susie" (Bylsma) Nettinga. She was raised on the farm and attended Lincoln Township country school #7. Later she worked at Dykstra's Bakery and Starrett's Dry Goods in Hull.
Alice married Edward DeBoer on Jan. 1,1931, at Hull. The couple farmed north of Newkirk for 40 years, retiring to Orange City in 1971. Edward died March 28, 1985, at Sioux City. She became a resident of Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. In October of 1997 she transferred to the Long Term Care Facility.
Mrs. De Boer was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, tatting, crocheting and traveling. Alice was currently a member of Trinity Reformed Church and was formerly a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church. She was active in church womens' groups.
Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Alma and Rodney Langstraat of Newkirk, Marjorie and Kenneth Giese of Toledo, Ohio and Vera and Norbert Bradley of Lenox, Iowa; a son-in-law, Chris Van Hal of Valley City, N.D.; a daughter-in-law and her husband, Adeline and Audley Dolphin of Hospers; three grandsons, Edward Van Hal, Robert De Young and Matthew Bradley; five granddaughters, Gail Van Grouw, Gina Pitsenberger, Amy Solsma, Rachel De Young and Sarah Bradley; and six great-grandchildren, Janet, Troy, Kent and Logan Pitsenberger and Blake and Claire Solsma.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Reformed Church or Northwestern College in Orange City.