Sioux County, Iowa

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KLEENE, WILLEM AND ELIZABETH (BOEYINK)

Elizabeth (Boeyink) Kleene was born October 4, 1877 in Alto, Wisconsin. She moved to Sioux Center with her parents as a child. She was one of seven children born to Henry and Johanna (Kastein) Boeyink. They settled on a farm near Sioux Center. See the separate story on her parents. Elizabeth married Willem on December 13, 1906.

Willem Kleene was born August 1, 1874 in Gelderland, Netherlands. His parents were John and Aartje Kleene. Willem came to America alone as a young man. He worked for Bert Bartels by Carmel, Iowa as a young hired man.

Willem and Elizabeth farmed near Sioux Center on the Wandscheer farm after their marriage. Later they moved to a farm near Perkins, Iowa, and finally north of Hull, Iowa. Elizabeth died February 28, 1943 and Willem died September 18, 1946. They were the parents of seven children as follows.

John Kleene was born September 16, 1908 at Sioux Center. He married Jacoba Jans on February 18, 1932. They farmed several years north of Perkins, then they moved to Sioux Center where John worked at Kosters Manufacturing. John died July 25, 1958 and "Coba" died March 13, 1989. They were the parents of eight children: Betty (Mrs. John Urban), Jacoba (Mrs. Ralph Smith) of Sioux Center, William, Leory, Adriana (Mrs. Wayne Marra), Arlene (Mrs. Howard Smit), Gerald, and Robert.

William Kleene Family: Front row: Clara, Johanna, Wilbert, Anna, and Ida. Back row: Henry,
Willem, Elizabeth, and John

Johanna Wesselina Kleene was born February 20, 1909 at Sioux Center. She married Clarence De Vos on December 30, 1930. They farmed most of their married life. They retired in Hull, Iowa. Clarence died August 29, 1983. They have five children; Cornie De Vos of Janison, Michigan, Elizabeth "Betty" (Mrs. Ted Brunsting) of Hull, Nelvina (Mrs. Joe Junior Bomgaars) of Hull, Wilmina (Mrs. Andy Oostra) of Rock Valley and Clarice Joan (Mrs. John Kooima) of Hull.

Ida Kleene was born September 17, 1910 by Sioux Center. She married Arie Vierhout on March 2, 1932. They first lived in Hull where Arie was a hired man. Then they farmed by Boyden, Sanborn, and Melvin, Iowa. They retired in Melvin. They have four children; Cornie Vierhout, Evelyn (Mrs. John Gordon Post), William, and Irene (Mrs. Donald J. Groen).

Gerrit Henry Kleene, "Hank", was born August 16, 1912 by Perkins, Iowa. He was a truck driver for many years. He married Edna Alvina Ludwig Lade on August 11, 1950. She had three children by a previous marriage. They lived in LeMars, Iowa. Hank died December 4, 1972, and Edna died January 7, 1986. The step children were Carol (Mrs. Robert Russell), Albert Lade and Robert Lade.

Wilbert Kleene was born April 22, 1915 by Perkins. He married Wilmina Schoep on March 4, 1942 at Sioux Center. Wilbert was in the service. He did day work and worked at the Sioux Center Coop. Wilbert died November 26, 1974 of injuries received in a truck accident. They had two children and a foster daughter. Elaine (Mrs. Vernon Hofkamp), Gerrit died as an infant, and Marlene Bird (Mrs. Walter Baxter) who lived with the Kleenes.

Anna Elizabeth Kleene was born January 6, 1917. She married Arthur Johnson on September 12, 1944 in Edna, Iowa. Arthur was in the service. They lived in Edna, Iowa and George, Iowa. They were both killed in an auto accident that happened on October 7, 1987. Their children were: Arthur, Judith (Mrs. Larry Griesse), James, Allen, Bonnie (Mrs. Lonnie Kruger) and Norma (Mrs. David Winkel).

Klarina "Clara" Kleene was born April 8, 1919 by Perkins, Iowa. She married Elmer Rosenboom on November 22, 1947 at the Little Brown Church. They live in Edna, Iowa. Elmer is a mechanic and works at Sudenga's in George. They had two sons; Randy and Ronald Rosenboom.

By Johanna Kleene (Mrs. Clarence De Vos)

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

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