Sioux Center graduates of 1963 gather

Gathered around the table this month was Linda Rensink of Sioux Center, Carol Prinsen of Sioux Center, Linda Van Otterloo of Orange City, Carol Harmelink of Alton, Ruth Corbin of Sioux Center, Jan Faber of Sioux Center and Nel De Gooyer of Maurice.

SIOUX CENTER—Laughter, it’s said, is the best medicine.

Such physical expression of humor and joy keeps one group of ladies returning to Royal Meadows the second Wednesday each month. In fact, the group celebrated their 70th get-together Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Gathered around the table this month was Linda Rensink of Sioux Center, Carol Prinsen of Sioux Center, Linda Van Otterloo of Orange City, Carol Harmelink of Alton, Ruth Corbin of Sioux Center, Jan Faber of Sioux Center, Margaret Kooistra of Sioux Center and Nel De Gooyer of Maurice.

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Linda Rensink of Sioux Center shares a story as Carol Prinsen of Sioux Center and Linda Van Otterloo of Orange City listen during Wednesday afternoon’s monthly gathering at Royale Meadows.

The group also includes Nancy Visser of Sioux Center, Judy Vandermuelen of Sioux Falls, SD, Ardith Bleeker of Sioux Center, Carol Langstraat of Sioux Center and Dittie Houtkooper of Sioux Center.

It all started after a 50th class reunion in 2013.

“We had such a good time; we all kind of bonded together,” Harmelink said.

“Then I had a dream about us getting together,” Corbin said. “I woke in the middle of the night believing God told me to do this. I went to Jan the next day and asked if she would like to meet with our friends because we had such a nice time at our reunion and she said yes.”

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Ruth Corbin gives Jan Faber a cup of hot tea. They started the monthly gatherings of women from the 1963 Sioux Center High School class after the 50th reunion in 2013. The group of women held their 70th gathering Wednesday at Royale Meadows.

Faber lives in Royale Meadows and can’t get out on her own. Due to an illness that attacked Faber’s body and settled in her knee, Faber had to have her knee removed. She also had a mini stroke that impacted her eye sight.

“I thought what a nice thing it would be to keep meeting since we all got along so well, and it gives Jan company,” Corbin said.

The group is made up of classmates that still live in Sioux County.

“Our class reunion was the first time I saw most of my classmates,” De Gooyer said. “ I was amazed how many lived in the area. Some of us lived in the same town and never saw each other, so I like coming to find out about these ladies.”

“We get to reconnect and have fun,” Rensink said. “Before this, I didn’t know when the last time I had seen these ladies had been. And now we’re friends again.”

Corbin said the former school teacher in her has made her keep records of each gathering — when each gathering was, who brought dessert (which is usually Corbin), what the dessert was and who attended.

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Ruth Cobin puts a dollop of Cool Whip on a piece of peach dessert cake for Margaret Kooistra while Jan Faber takes a sip of tea.

“That’s how I know this is our 70th time,” she told the group. “That’s how it got started. Whoever can come is who comes each time. We’re not going to stop. We’re living the dream.”

Each gathering starts around 2:30 p.m. but conversations have gone on past 5 p.m.

“I love hearing about people’s lives,” Faber said. “About who and what is going on with sons and daughters and grandbabies and even a couple great-grandbabies.”

“Oh, hey everyone, I’m going to have a great-grandbaby in January,” Harmlink chimed in, as a round of smiles and congratulations circled the table.

“You see, who needs a clock?” Rensink said. “We always find something to talk about.”