Theresa Tinklenberg

Theresa Tinklenberg, 84, Pipestone, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 at the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m at the Christian Reformed Church in Pipestone.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at  11 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Pipestone with Rev. Stephen Wynja officiating.

Casket bearers will be Sheila Meyrahn, Nathan Tinklenberg, Sara Tinklenberg, Kevin Verkaik, Scott Tinklenberg, Hope Garrett, Kimberly Lee and Alysha Humphrey.

Interment will be at the Woodstock Cemetery in Woodstock.

Theresa Jean Tinklenberg was born Feb. 10, 1939, on the family farm near Rock Valley, Iowa to Shirk and Lena (Stegenga) Jouwstra. She attended country school there until 1947 when the family moved to a farm near Tyler, where she attended the country school until the sixth grade. Theresa went to the public school in Tyler and graduated in 1956 from the high school in Tyler. She went on to attend Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and completed an associate in arts degree on May 28, 1956. She taught school for one year at the Edgerton Christian Elementary School in Edgerton.

Theresa met Berton and began their two year courtship in 1957 and were married Aug. 26, 1959 at the Christian Reformed Church in Tyler.

She taught for one year at the Lake Benton Public School.

In the early years of marriage, the couple moved to Ontario, California and then Montclair, Calif., in 1968 they returned to Woodstock. When the children were all in school Theresa started working as a cook for Edgebrook Care Center and then for New Life Treatment Center for 27 years.

An acreage was purchased in 1971 on the Diamond Corner near Woodstock where they raised their family and worked/volunteered at various jobs in the community.

In August of 2010 Theresa and Berton moved to Pipestone.

Berton preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2012. Theresa moved to the assisted living in Ridge View in Pipestone in March 2019 and then to Edgebrook in February 2021.

She was an active member of the American Reformed Church in Woodstock and Pipestone Christian Reformed Church. She served the church playing the piano and organ for many years starting at the age of 12 years old in Tyler. She sang in the choir, lead the choir, taught Sunday School and Catechism classes and was a youth sponsor with her husband. She was active in Women’s Bible Studies and Pipestone Christian Women’s Club.

She is survived by her children, Donovan (Karen) Tinklenberg, Woodstock, Bradley (Bonnie) Tinklenberg, Crystal, Dawn (Thomas) Verkaik, Redlands, Calif., Brian (Leah) Tinklenberg, Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Mina) Jouwstra, Luverne, Peter (Sharlene) Jouwstra, Jenison, Mich., Jim (Carole), Sun City, Calf.; sisters, Janice (George) Zant, Omaha, Neb., Glenda (Roger), Charlotte, Tenn. and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Berton; parents; infant granddaughter, Heather Renee Verkaik; sister-in-law, Leila and her husband, Alfred Teeselink; sister-in-law, Shirley Jouwstra and brother-in-law, Clarence Doornbos.

(Hartquist Funeral Home,

Pipestone Chapel)