Sioux County, Iowa



Cena (Doornwaard) and Albert G. Van Roekel

Albert G. Van Roekel was born at Sioux Center on October 17, 1895, to Geurt and Matilda (Rowenhorst) Van Roekel. He attended country school and later took over the family farm one mile north of Sioux Center. He married Jeziena "Cena" Doornwaard daughter of John and Alyda (Rensink) Doornwaard on November 27, 1919 at the bride's home. Cena graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1912, and she worked at Arendsen Store until her marriage.

The first years they were married, they had two of Al's brothers living with them. George who was not married and was farming a piece of land nearby and Henry during the summer months when he was home from school. In 1926, they had a farm auction and moved to the place where Wilbur Huisman lives, and operated a dairy farm. They delivered milk from house to house. Those were the days before refrigeration, so they delivered two times on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and three times on Monday and Saturday. Milk sold for 2 ½ c per pint, and 5 c per quarto.
Albert and Cena were members of the Central Reformed Church where Al served on the consistory and Cena was a member of the Ladies Aid.

Al and Cena had two children, Gordon Albert Van Roekel born December 6, 1925 and Lloyd James Van Roekel born May 16, 1929. Both sons are living in Sioux Center. Gordon married Lois Dykshorn, a daughter of Martin and Jennie (Vande Berg) Dykshorn on December 6, 1945. They are the parents of four children: Mary born in 1947 married Vern Fedders and they are living in Le Mars, Iowa; Robert born in 1950 married Karel Kessler and they are living in Primghar, Iowa; Ruth born in 1953 married Dave Kooiker and they are living at Lake Wilson, Minnesota; and William born in 1968 married Jamie Siegrest and are attending Northwestern College at Orange City, Iowa.

Farm place of Albert Van Roekel (now residen-
ce of Wilbur Huisman)

Lloyd Van Roekel married Elma Vande Berg, daughter of Henry and Della (Kroon) Vande Berg on June 28,1951. They are parents of three children: Mark born in 1953 married Brenda De Wild and they are living on the farm in the Newkirk Iowa, area; Paul born in 1955 married Linda Holwierda and they are living by Sioux Center; and Janet born in 1959 married Brian Amundson and they are living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Albert G. Van Roekel passed away June 8, 1948 and his wife Cena died August 21, 1975. Both are buried in the Sioux Center Cemetery.

by Lois Van Roekel

Source: Sioux Center Iowa 1991 Centennial Book--Contributor, Mary Haverhals


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