Delia (Wierda) Franken, 93, of Sioux Center, died Friday, July 11, 2008 at the Royale Meadows Care Center of Sioux Center.
A memorial service will be held, Wednesday at 11am at the Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Reverend R. Van Rathbun officiating. Interment will be held prior to the memorial service in Memory Gardens cemetery of Sioux Center.
A prayer service will be held Wednesday at 10:00am at the Central Reformed Church.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-7pm with the family present from 5-7pm at Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.
The Franken family prefers memorials be directed to The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Sioux-Lyon County Chapter, 47378 283rd Street, Canton, SD 57103.
Delia (Wierda) Franken was the daughter of Martin and Rena (Faber) Wierda. She was born on September 25, 1914 at Zeeland, Michigan. Her family moved to Sioux Center in 1915. Delia graduated from Sioux Center High school in 1932 with a normal training teaching certificate. She earned a Bachelors of Arts (cum laude) at Westmar College in Le Mars and later her Masters of Arts in elementary education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.
She married Henry A. Franken on July 8, 1942, at Sioux Center. She taught for 35 years which included: Sioux County rural schools and Maurice schools. She ended her career in 1980 teaching 3rd grade at Maurice-Orange City elementary.
She was a member of Central Reformed church RCWM, Legion Auxiliary, Delta Kappa Gamma, and IRSPA. During former years she served as a Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, President of the Legion Auxiliary and as a clerk for the US Post Office from 1943-1950.
Her hobbies were needlework, crossword puzzles, reading and various collectables, with a special fondness for Hummel figurines and Hull Pottery.
She is survived by three daughters: Mary Swartout of Sioux City, Lois Madland and her husband, Brian of Cheyenne, WY, Ruth Van Buskirk and her husband, Kelly of Sioux City; four grandchildren: Shalyn Woerdehoff and her husband, Jesse of Waukee, IA, Tess Madland of Colorado Springs, CO, Tyler Van Buskirk and Trever Van Buskirk both of Sioux City; brothers and sisters-in-law: Reynold and Peg Wierda of Mesa, AZ, Marvin and Lorraine Wierda of Lincoln, NE; sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and Clarence Kiel of Orange City; sisters-in-law: Lucille Wierda of Orange City, Frieda Wierda of Sioux Center; brother-in-law, John G.A. Van Roekel of Sioux Center and numerous nieces and nephews.
Delia is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Henry A. Franken; an infant son,Dennis Franken; her parents; four brothers: George Bakker, Lewis Wierda, Thomas Wierda and Bernard Wierda; three sisters: Henrietta Parsonson, Jane Eva Duits, Martha Van Roekel.