August 3, 2017
Hilda Klaassen, 89, of George, Iowa, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, Minnesota.
Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 7, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, George, with interment in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, George.
Hilda Lucille Van Western was born March 2, 1928, on a farm near Rock Rapids, Iowa, to Klaus and Grace (Krull) Van Westen. There she lived her youth and attended country school.
On Nov. 18, 1949, she married Kenneth Klaassen. They farmed northeast of Rock Rapids. When they retired in 1995, they moved to George.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Peterson of Duluth, Minnesota; sons, Roger (Judy) Klaassen of Little Rock, Iowa, Daryl (Glenna) Klaassen of Rock Rapids and Doug (Deb) Klaassen of Ellsworth, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Abuhl of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Inez Rogers of Owattona, Minnesota, and Shirley (Howard) Heikes of Mantorville, Minnesota; brother, Albertus (Ruth) Van Westen of Luverne; in-laws, Pearl DeBooy of Rock Rapids, Carol Van Westen of Sibley, Iowa, Leona Klaassen of Rock Rapids and Florence Christians of Morris, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two granddaughters; brothers, Hilbert Van Westen, Russell Van Westen and Raymond Van Westen; sister, Martha Doeden; brothers-in-law, George Doeden, John Abuhl, Stanley Jurrens, Don Hippert and Sully Rogers, and sister-in-law, Lola Van Westen.