Name: Helena Pearl Tinklenberg 1 2
Birth: 25 JUN 1916 in Leota, Nobles County, Minnesota
Death: Edgebrook Care Center 14 NOV 2011 in Edgerton, Pipestone County, Minnesota
Helena?s obituary appeared in the Pipestone Star newspaper, Pipestone, Iowa.
Helena Pearl De Kam, 95, Edgerton, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at Edgebrook Care Center.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 18 at First Christian Reformed Church, Edgerton, with Rev. Timothy Brown officiating. Granddaughters, Karla Lubben and Shelli Mann sang a duet and granddaughter, Debra Vanden Burg recited a poem.
Honorary casket bearers were Debra Vanden Burg, Alissa Erffmeyer, David Gortsema, Shelli Mann, and Karla Lubben.
Casket bearers were Douglas Gortsema, Brett Gortsema, Curtis De Kam, Jeremy De Kam, Darrin De Kam, Melanie Lockhart, Kyle De Kam, Matthew De Kam and Nathan De Kam.
Interment was in Hillside Cemetery, Edgerton.
Memorials may be given to First Christian Reformed Church, and/or Edgerton, Southwest Minnesota Christian High School, Edgerton.
Helena Pearl De Kam was born to Dick A. and Anna M. (Pool) Tinklenberg on June 25, 1916 on a farm south of Leota, where she was raised and attended Leota Christian School. Upon completion of her education, she worked as a hired girl for people in the surrounding area.
She married Nelvin P. De Kam on Jan. 7, 1937 at her parents? farm near Edgerton. Following their marriage they lived on farms north of Edgerton. Helena stayed busy during these years raising their children and working on the farm. In 1957 they moved into Edgerton, they purchased De Kam Hatchery where she worked with her husband until selling the business to their son Wayne in 1981. During this time, Helena also did upholstery work for several years.
He husband preceded her in death on Aug.7, 1983.
In February 2005 she moved into an apartment at Edgebrook. On Feb. 9, 2010 she entered the Edgebrook Care Center.
She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton and charter member of the Ruth Circle. She was also a charter member of the Southwest Minnesota Christian High School Circle and was honored at the 50-year anniversary.
She is survived by her five children, Twyla (Marvin) Gortsema, Sand Lake, Mich., Wayne (Faith) De Kam, Edgerton, Rodney (LaJean) De Kam, Pipestone, Sharon (Robert) Voerberg, Byron Center, Mich., and Daryl (Karen) De Kam, Eden Prairie; 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one sister Alma Spronk, Edgerton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelvin; her grandsons, Michael Voerberg and Anthony Voerberg; her great-grandson, Travis Gortsema; two sisters, Martena Baker and Esther Spronk; an infant brother and three brothers-in-law, Tim Baker, Henry J. Spronk and Esderd Spronk.
Father: Dirk Tinklenberg b: 19 JUN 1893 in Iowa, USA
Mother: Anna Marie Pool b: ABT 1895 in Iowa, USA
- Author: Pipestone, Minnesota US
Title: Pipestone County Star, Pipestone, Minnesota
Source Medium: Newspaper
Page: Helena Pearl De Kam obituary
- Author: US Census Department
Title: 1920 US Census
Source Medium: Microfilm
Page: 1/14/1920, Leota Township, Nobles County, Minnesota: Dick A. Tinklenberg family