SIOUX CENTER—Karleen N. Smits, 84, Sioux Center, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at Sioux Center Health. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Maurice Reformed Church, with the Rev. Ross Hoekstra officiating. Burial will be at Sherman Township Cemetery near Maurice. Visitation with family present will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center.
Karleen Smits was born Jan. 8, 1935, in rural Sioux Center, the daughter of Mince and Nellie (Steenhoven) Toering. Her family moved to Hospers, IA, when she was a young child. She attended Hospers Christian School and was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church of Hospers. On Feb. 10, 1956, Karleen married John Smits at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. They made their home on a farm near Maurice. Along with farming and caring for her family she cleaned homes for people in the Sioux Center area for many years. John died on Jan. 16, 1997. Later that year, Karleen moved to Sioux Center.
She was a member of the Maurice Reformed Church. She loved her family, her daily devotions and prayer time. She was a prayer warrior for many. She enjoyed cooking and gardening, sewing and mending, making crocheted rugs, embroidering (dish towels, pillow cases, baby blankets, etc.) traveling on bus tour trips, playing cards and board games. She was a very generous person. Karleen moved to into Franken Manor in 2019.
Grateful to have shared her life are her children, Connie (Gerrit) VanDer Plaats of Kentwood, MI, and Colette (Terry) Hofmeyer of Orange City, IA, Todd Smits of Orange City, IA, Travis (Connie) Smits of Sloan, IA, and Jason (Gina) Smits of Colorado Springs, CO; 23 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Henry (Joyce) Toering of Jenison, MI; sister-in-law, Doris Toering of Grand Rapids, MI; sister-in-law, Wilma (Marv) Ilbrink of Byron Center, MI; sisters, Alma (Charles) Warren of Sioux Center, IA, Norma (John) Van Wyk of Sioux Center, IA, and Marilyn (Duane) Trumpie of Kentwood, MI; sister-in-law, Nancy Toering of Grand Rapids, MI; brothers, Steve (Cory) Toering of Kitchener, Canada and Myron (Marla) Toering of Sioux Center, IA; sister, Sharon Dykhuizen of Sioux Center, IA; brothers, Marvin (Linda) Toering, of Orange City, IA, and Craig Toering of Grand Rapids, MI; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; brothers, Arnold, Rod and Dave; brother-in-law, Harold Van Ravenswaay.