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Helen Stover

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Helen Stover, 91, a former resident of Le Mars, died Sunday morning, Aug. 12, 2012, at the Joy Assisted Care Home in Snellville, Ga., following a lengthy illness.

Helen was born July 1, 1921, in Alton, the daughter of Dick and Tracy (Vellinga) Freriks. She was united in marriage to Randall S. Stover on June 7, 1941, in Hospers.

When Randall was called to serve in World War II, Helen moved to Holland, Mich., where she worked in support of the war effort.

In 1946 they moved to Le Mars to purchase and run the ice plant at 201 Fourth Ave. N.E., near the Plymouth County fairgrounds. With the onset of refrigeration in the late 1950s, the ice business gave way to an ice and roller skating rink, followed by an appliance business at the same location. Finally, in the early 1970s, they began Stover's Furniture which they operated until their retirement in 1992.

Helen was a member of Presbyterian United Church of Christ and a member of Eastern Star.

She is survived by a son, William, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and his wife, Carol; three daughters, Randa DeVos, of Corsicana, Texas and her husband, William; Debra Sitzmann, of Grayson, Ga., and her husband, Arnold; and Terri Stover-Cramer, of De Forest, Wis.; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Lynn Freriks of Le Mars, Vernon Freriks of Fresno, Calif., and Ruth Stover of Hospers; one brother-in-law, Don De Jager of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randall and an infant daughter; her parents, Dick and Tracy (Vellinga) Freriks; a son-in-law, Terry Stover-Cramer; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Don and Marge Freriks, Bob and Maxine Freriks, and Beulah Freriks; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mae and Webb Mouw, Margaret and John Bloemendaal and Norma De Jager.

Inurnment services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Hospers Cemetery, Hospers.

Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.

Memorials may be directed to Joy Assisted Care Home, 1390 Willow Bend Drive, Snellville, Ga. 30078.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

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