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Lawrence Kooistra

December 7, 1920 June 29, 2011
Lawrence Kooistra
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Obituary for Lawrence Kooistra

Worthington, MN

     Lawrence Kooistra, age 90, of Worthington, MN, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at South Shore Care Center, Worthington, after a brief illness. He was born December 7, 1920, in Worthington to Reinder and Henrietta (Van Drunen) Kooistra. When his father died, Lawrence assumed full responsibility, at age 16, for the family farm 7 miles east of Worthington. He was still farming at the time of his death. On June 15, 1949, Lawrence married Bertha Jellema, and they subsequently enjoyed 62 years of love and companionship. In addition to his love of farming, he enjoyed reading, singing hymns, gardening and his family. Lawrence was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Worthington and served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He belonged to the Gideons, Farm Bureau and the Two-Cylinder Club. He will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his Lord and Savior, integrity, independence, selflessness and quick wit.
     He is survived by his wife, Bertha; children, Cheryl (Gary) Guacci, Long Beach, CA; Rosanne (Jerry) Rust, Oxnard, CA; Richard, Worthington, MN; Betty (Mike) Adrian, Mountain Lake, MN; and Larry, Omaha, NE; sister, Ada (Evert) Uit de Flesch, Worthington, MN; grandchildren, Brandon (Julie) Rust; Jared (Jessie) Rust; Nikki (Rust) Johnson; Matthew, Jaclyn, and Nathan Adrian; and great-grandchildren, Calliope Rust and Iroh Rust and other extended family members.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, James Jellema; mother-in-law, Grace (DeBoer) Jellema; sister, Eldred (Cecil) Parker; brother, Henry Kooistra; grandson, Brian Johnson; brothers-in-law, Rudy Tonne, Ocke Jellema, Ted Jellema and John Jellema; sisters-in-law, Jenny Jellema, Indy Jellema, Ann Jellema and Jeanette Jellema; nephews, Norman Jellema and Leland Jellema and niece, Glenda Kooistra.
     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Jonah Beckermann officiating. Pall Bearers will be Matthew Adrian, Nathan Adrian, Vernon Uit de Flesch, Donald Uit de Flesch, James Jellema and Paul Van Drunen. Burial will be held in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 1, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

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