SHELDON—Lucille Koster, age 96, of Linn, Missouri, formerly of Sheldon, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at General Baptist Nursing Home in Linn, Missouri.

A private family service will be held on Monday, Jan. 18.

Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Arrangements are under the care of the Andringa Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Lucille Koster, nee Zylstra, passed from this life on Jan. 12, 2021, while residing at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Linn Missouri.

She was born in the country of the Netherlands, the province of Friesland, in the town of Suawoude on Jan. 20, 1924. Her parents were Herman and Wilma Zylstra. She was the second to the oldest of seven kids. After surviving German occupation during World War II while her family hid Jews from the Holocaust, she came to America in 1948. About the time she learned to speak English, she married Bernard Koster on June 1, 1949, in Sheldon Iowa. She gave birth to six children: Judy in 1951, Roger in 1954, John in 1956, Donald in 1957, Richard in 1960 and Connie in 1962. From these children she was blessed with 17 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren!

Lucille was proceeded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and a grandson. During her time in America she worked in a lawyer’s office and a towel laundry, as a college cook, as a store clerk, and as a farmer. She worked at Aalfs Manufacturing from 1972 until she retired in 1990. After retirement she enjoyed traveling and camping with her kids and grandkids. She loved attending their sporting events and being their biggest fan.

She sold her home in Sheldon and moved to Linn, Missouri, in May of 2005. In January 2014 she fell and broke her hip. Trying to recover from this accident she was admitted to the General Baptist Nursing Home on March 3, 2014. After recovery she decided to continue living under their good care.

Lucille was a dedicated and active Christian attending the nondenominational Christian Church. She knew her Bible very well and was always willing to evangelize or encourage someone to get their life right with Jesus. She was very proud of her Dutch heritage as well as the fact that she came to America and became a United States citizen. But most of all, she was proud to be a Christian, a child of God, living a holy life while serving the Lord Jesus Christ her Savior.