Public Visitation with no family present
Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS
Friday January 22nd, 2021
3:00pm - 7:00pm
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Inwood, IA: Sebertus Kooima, age 84, of Inwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Fellowship Village in Inwood, Iowa. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 23 at 10:30 AM at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Inwood with Pastor Tim Larson and Pastor David Pendley officiating. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.porterfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Sebertus-Kooima. A private family burial will take place prior to the service at the Richland Cemetery east of Inwood. Public visitation will be held Friday, January 22 from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Porter Funeral Home in Inwood, Iowa. The family will not be present. The Kooima family prefers memorials be directed to Fellowship Village of Inwood, Iowa. Social distancing protocols will be followed and the wearing of a mask is required.
Sebertus Kooima was born May 18, 1936 near Rock Valley, Iowa, the son of Simon and Maggie (Prins) Kooima. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Western Christian High School. While living at home he worked with his Dad, learning many things and developing his love of farming.
He was united in marriage to Rozenda Bartels in 1956. They were blessed with five children. Sebertus devoted most of his working time and energy to farming. He also worked at Kooima Manufacturing for 12 years. He was a founding member of New Life Assembly of God church in Inwood and remained active, serving on the board for several years, as well as teaching adult Sunday School.
In his younger years, Sebertus enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball and taking vacations with the family and friends. In later years he loved letting his grandkids climb all over him, letting them cut his hair, and having them fall asleep on his shoulder while he may or may not have napped also. He got a lot of joy from playing the town Santa Clause the past few years.
After farming for 49 years east of Inwood, Sebertus and Rose retired to town in 2008. For many years they wintered near family in California. They moved to Fellowship Village in August of 2019. Rose passed away in November of that year.
Sebertus is survived by his five children, Steven Kooima, Marla Ter Wee, Harlan (Kim) Kooima, Lisa (Stacey) Kooima, and Scott Kooima; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; parents, Simon and Maggie Kooima; sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Joe Van Ballegooyen; daughter-in-law, Wanda Kooima; son-in-law, James Ter Wee; and grandson, Jonathan Kooima.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I enjoyed visiting with Rose and Sebertus when our church had the worship service at Fellowship Village on Sundays, before all the Covid restrictions. And of course, all the family reunions throughout the years are a wonderful memory. May God bring comfort and healing to your lives. Love, LaVonne
Jerry and LaVonne Snyders Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM
So many memories with Family visiting on the Farm. From the getting the motorcycle to run and take it for a spin on the roads. To heading out to Chamberlain ND with Steve to buy sheep for the that season, or when we would go out and pick corn (cattle feed) for dinner and ride in the bucket of the tractor back up to the house. When ever we did visit, we were welcomed with Love and open arms.
Ryan Bartels Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM
I have so many wonderful memories on the farm with the whole family. They are endless. I fondly remember Sebertus pitching at Rock Valley park, running after cattle in the corn fields, definitely no giggles during prayer. My most recent memory is when Sebertus and Rose would stay with me a couple days every February when they were in California. He would come in and find his chair in the corner. It could see the entire room and the beautiful view outside. He enjoyed sitting their with his coffee and oatmeal cookie. No one ever sits in that chair. I look over now and miss him dearly. That chair will always be his. Love Carrie
Carrie Coffman Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM