Lillian Van Roekel was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Sioux Center, the daughter of Bert and Dena (Kempers) Broek. She attended country school and later Hull Western Christian school in Hull. She was united in marriage to Warren Van Roekel on Nov. 8, 1946, in Sioux Center. Together, they are the parents of three children, Lorene, Sharon, and Butch.
The couple farmed north of Sioux Center for many years. Lillian drove school bus for Sioux Center Community Schools. She had also worked as a Nurses aide for over 10 years at the hospital. She operated a catering business in Sioux Center for several years and later was a cook at Sioux Center Community Hospital. Warren died Nov. 23, 2005, in Sioux Center. Lillian was currently living at the Franken Manor Apartments in Sioux Center.
Lillian was a longtime member of First Reformed Church in Sioux Center and the Lydia's circle. She was also a member of the Sioux Center Community Hospital auxiliary and a volunteer at the hospital. She and her husband enjoyed wintering in Arizona. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, and flowers. She loved to cook; a great joy for her was providing food for those in need.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her three children, Lorene Rexwinkel and her husband John of Le Mars, Sharon Punt and her husband Paul of Chanhassen, Minn., and Butch Van Roekel and his wife Jan of Sioux Center; six grandchildren: Tom Punt and his wife Holly, Jill Eberle and her husband Dan, Wendy Biddick and her husband Jason, Jane Arnold and her husband Darren, Neil Punt and his wife Karen, and Dan Rexwinkel and his wife Lori; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Broek and his wife Delma of Sioux Center and Delbert Broek and his wife Annafeen of Sioux Center; two sisters-in-law: Priscilla Broek and Thelma Broek, both of Sioux Center; a brother-in-law: Joe Van Roekel of Sioux Center; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers: Barney and David Broek; and a sister: Margaret Van Roekel.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. The Rev. Arnold Punt will officiate. There will be a family prayer service at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial to follow in Memory Gardens in Sioux Center. Visitation with the family present will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Carlsen Funeral Homes of Le Mars and Akron.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.