SIOUX CENTER—Goldie Colenbrander, age 106, of Sioux Center, IA, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Crown Pointe Care Center in Sioux Center, IA.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, with the Rev. Stephen Breen officiating.
Interment will follow at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, with family present 6-7 p.m., at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
The family prefers memorials be directed to Katelynn’s Fund, Sioux Center Christian School or the Sioux City Gospel Mission.
Goldie (Kuiken) Colenbrander was born Oct. 15, 1915, to Frank and Mary Kuiken on a farm northeast of Maurice. When she was 9 years, Goldie’s family moved to an 80-acre farm on the edge of Sioux Center — at least, it was on the edge of Sioux Center “back then.” It was where the Kinsey School is now. She would walk or roller skate to school — the school was where the Public Library now exists. Goldie finished eight years of education.
After dating for three years, Goldie married Arie Colenbrander on Jan. 14, 1936, which was also Arie’s birthday. The couple lived on a farm four miles north of Sioux Center. The same year, Sioux County had many, many feet of snow. The flakes had already been falling on their wedding day, so they spent seven weeks at home. After eight years of marriage, in March of 1944, they welcomed a three-month-old daughter, originally named Nancy, born at the Sioux City Crittenton Home for adoption. Arie and Goldie named their new baby, Esther Ruth (now Esther Schelling).
The couple retired from farming and moved into Sioux Center in 1975. Arie passed away in May of 2000, after which Goldie lived in their own home for several years before moving to the Regency, later to Crown Pointe and finally to Crown Pointe Care Center in 2019.
Goldie crocheted dozens of mittens and scarves to be donated to Melissa’s Hope Chest. She loved to embroider, fix puzzles, read and enjoyed her “Iowa” magazine.
Those left to cherish her memory: daughter Esther and husband C.J. Schelling; granddaughters, Renita (Jim) Maassen, Pamela Schelling and Rebekah (Kyle) Rozeboom; six grandchildren, Kadin, Tavian and Aislin Maassen, Faith, Tytan and Nevaeh Rozeboom; and sister-in-law, Wanda (Bud) Kuiken of Maurice.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Arie; parents; an infant grandson, Logan James Maassen; sisters, Margaret (Ed) Dykshorn and Wilma (Howard) Ruisch; brother, Dave (Edith) Kuiken; twin brothers, Orville (Harriett) Kuiken and Stanley (Ruth) Kuiken; and brother, Wilson (Bud) Kuiken, twin of Wilma.