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Understanding the Importance of Funeral Homes: Sietsema Funeral Home's Commitment to Compassionate Care

When a loved one passes away, it can be a difficult and overwhelming experience for those left behind. During this emotional time, it's essential to have a trusted partner to guide you through the funeral planning process. Sietsema Funeral Home, located at 501 10th Ave., Ackley, IA, 50601, has been providing compassionate care and support to families in their time of need for years.

A Legacy of Trust and Experience

Sietsema Funeral Home has built a reputation on trust, integrity, and a deep understanding of the funeral industry. Their experienced team is dedicated to providing personalized service, tailored to meet the unique needs of each family they serve. With a long history of serving the Ackley community, Sietsema Funeral Home has established itself as a beacon of hope and comfort during life's most challenging moments.

Sietsema Funeral Home

Address: 501 10th Ave., Ackley, IA, 50601
Phone Number: (641) 847-2333
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Ebalena Kruse - February 02, 1930 - May 12, 2024

Departed: 05/12/2024 (Ackley)
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James Gilbertson - May 05, 1940 - May 02, 2024

Departed: 05/02/2024 (Ackley)
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John Harms - May 22, 1933 - April 26, 2024

Departed: 04/26/2024 (Ackley)
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Vivian Kloetzer - November 15, 1927 - April 01, 2024

Departed: 04/01/2024 (Ackley)
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Harvey Gerzema - January 24, 1928 - March 21, 2024

Departed: 03/21/2024 (Ackley)
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Kathleen Reysack - April 21, 1945 - March 16, 2024

Departed: 03/16/2024 (Ackley)
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Jennifer Evans - January 19, 1977 - March 14, 2024

Departed: 03/14/2024 (Ackley)
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Lowell Macy - January 23, 1929 - July 10, 2023

Departed: 07/10/2023 (Ackley)
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Robert Vinton - October 30, 1933 - May 16, 2023

Departed: 05/16/2023 (Ackley)
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Gladys Drew - October 22, 1928 - May 12, 2023

Departed: 05/12/2023 (Ackley)
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Irene Card - May 11, 1920 - May 10, 2023

Departed: 05/10/2023 (Ackley)
Obituary Preview: Irene Card, 102, of Ackley, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at the Ackley United Methodist Church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will start at 1 p.m. Funeral services are under the guidance of the Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley.
Irene Juvera Card was born on May 11, 1920 in Aplington, Iowa to Henry and Minnie (Bohlen) Miller. On September 16, 1938, Irene was united in marriage to Balis Card in Dumont.
Irene is survived by her sons Myron (Carol) Card of Hampton and Mylon (Barb) Card of Hampton, grandchildren Troy and Sheldon Card, granddaughters Ciara Fevold, Rachel Card, Aubrey Card and Alexis Card, great-grandchildren Savanna Card, Lincoln Card, Tyson Williams, Quinton Card, Emmett Fevold and Max Hinners.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Balis , grandsons Michael Carter and Marlon Card and siblings Ervin (Adelyn) Miller, Don (Lucy) Miller, Jack (Jean) Miller and Jane (Orville) Muller.
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Linda Scallon - December 22, 1947 - June 20, 2022

Departed: 06/20/2022 (Ackley)
Obituary Preview: Linda Scallon, 74, of Ackley, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2022 at Grand JiVante in Ackley. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ackley with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley.
Linda Rae Scallon was born on December 22, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Ray and Helen (Olmstead) Hertz. She graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids and then later from Ellsworth Community College, University of Iowa and University or Northern Iowa. Linda was an artist and she owned and operated “i” scallon art gallery in Ackley. In 1969, Linda was united in marriage to Michael Scallon in Cedar Rapids.
Linda is survived by her husband Michael of Ackley, children Dan (Kim) Scallon of Ackley and Teri (Jeremy) Dhein of Chicago, seven grandchildren and siblings Connie (Doug) Randall and Mark (Leslie) Hertz. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Terry and Gary Hardman
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Larry D Hofmann - November 17, 1938 - June 04, 2022

Departed: 06/04/2022 (Ackley)
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Harold Burma - September 07, 1936 - May 22, 2022

Departed: 05/22/2022 (Ackley)
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Helen Johns - September 03, 1929 - May 18, 2022

Departed: 05/18/2022 (Ackley)
Obituary Preview: Helen Johns, 92, wife of Leland Johns, formerly of Ackley, passed away on May 18, 2022. Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at the Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley with burial to follow in the Hazel Green Cemetery.
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Ruth Oelmann - March 20, 1925 - May 13, 2022

Departed: 05/13/2022 (Ackley)
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Kenneth Ackerman - December 16, 1935 - April 05, 2022

Departed: 04/05/2022 (Ackley)
Obituary Preview: Kenneth Ackerman, 86, of Ackley, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at his home in Ackley. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022 at the Washington Reformed Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley.
Kenneth Russell Ackerman was born on December 16, 1935 on the family farm in rural Butler County to Dick and Caroline (Kreimeyer) Ackerman. Kenneth attended school until the 8th grade. After 8th grade, he began work on the family farm due to the death of his brother Robert in a farm accident in October of 1952.
On November 16, 1960, Kenneth was united in marriage to Gertrude Ulfers in the Washington Reformed Church. Kenneth served as Sunday School Treasurer and sang in the men’s choir.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Gertrude of Ackley, son Dawson (Gwen) Ackerman of Stout, grandson Jacob (Hope) Ackerman of Ackley, Nathan (Emilee) Ackerman of Ackley and Nicholas (fiancé Livy Martin-King) of Forest City, great-grandchildren Piper and River Ackerman with one more on the way in August, numerous nieces and nephews and wonderful friends at Genesis Apartments.
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Thelma Peterson - June 22, 1947 - March 31, 2022

Departed: 03/31/2022 (Ackley)
Obituary Preview: Thelma Peterson, 74, of Topeka, Kansas and formally of Charles City, passed away on Thursday, March 31 in Topeka, Kansas. Funeral services are 12:00pm Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Sietsema Funeral Home with burial in the Christian Reformed Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services.
Thelma Jean Peterson was born on June 22, 1947, in Aplington, Iowa to George and Gertie (DeVrill) Abbas. She graduated from high school in 1965. On April 26, 1969, Thelma was united in marriage to Peter Cecil Peterson.
She attended Hamilton Business College. After Jennifer’s birth, they moved to Charles City where Pete owned Mr. Pete’s Mens clothing store and she was the bookkeeper. They loved to travel to clothing shows each year. After Mr. Pete’s closed, she became a QA Inspector for Solvay Animal Health where she retired in 2009. She was very involved in the Charles City community through United Way and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
She was an avid golfer and bowler and introduced both kids to the sports. She also loved live music/dancing and reading (Danielle Steele and John Grisham some of her favorite authors).
After retirement in 2009, she moved to Topeka, KS where her children/grandchildren reside, spending much quality time creating special memories. She cared deeply about family near and far.
Jean is survived by her daughter Jennifer (Matt) Luttjohann of Topeka, Kansas, son Scott (Kathryn) Peterson of Topeka, Kansas, sister Marie Anderson of Aplington, Iowa and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Pete and two sisters Geraldine Karsjens and Josephine Abbas.
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Leo Lovick - August 13, 1925 - March 21, 2022

Departed: 03/21/2022 (Ackley)
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Catherine McAuley - January 12, 1947 - February 13, 2022

Departed: 02/13/2022 (Ackley)
Obituary Preview: Catherine McAuley, 75, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Grand JiVante in Ackley. Funeral services are pending with the Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley.
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Barbara Murra - November 16, 1935 - February 09, 2022

Departed: 02/09/2022 (Ackley)
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Jerald Heitland - January 18, 1954 - January 25, 2022

Departed: 01/25/2022 (Ackley)
Obituary Preview: Jerald Heitland, 68, of Iowa Falls, passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at MercyOne North Medical Center in Mason City. A memorial service will be held 11:00am Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Jerald Dean Heitland was born on January 18, 1954, in Iowa Falls, Iowa to Wallace and Jennie Ann (Bulten) Heitland. He graduated from Ackley-Geneva High School in 1973.
Jerald had a love of horses and ponies and raised and trained many for riding and pulling buggies and carts. He also loved western movies and television series. Jerald was very proud of his nephews and nieces, grand nephews and nieces and closely followed their sports and activities.
Jerald is survived by his sister Cindy (Bob) Burns of Iowa Falls, brother Shawn (Amy) Heitland of Aplington, aunt Kathy Bulten of Radcliffe, six nephews, three nieces, seven grandnephews and six grandnieces.
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Julio Hernández de la Rosa - December 20, 1930 - January 17, 2022

Departed: 01/17/2022 (Ackley)
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Ronald Sailer - April 14, 1948 - January 13, 2022

Departed: 01/13/2022 (Ackley)
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Alvin Eugene Nolte - December 31, 1939 - December 29, 2021

Departed: 12/29/2021 (Ackley)
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Personalized Funeral Services to Honor Your Loved One

No two individuals are alike, and neither should their funeral services be. At Sietsema Funeral Home, their team takes the time to get to know each family, learning about their loved one's passions, interests, and personality traits. This information is used to create a customized funeral service that truly reflects the person who has passed away. From traditional funerals to cremation services, Sietsema Funeral Home offers a range of options to suit every family's needs.

Ackley's Premier Funeral Home Facility

The Sietsema Funeral Home facility is designed to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for families to gather and celebrate the life of their loved one. The funeral home's interior is tastefully decorated, with comfortable seating areas and ample parking available. Additionally, their facility is fully equipped with modern amenities, ensuring that every aspect of the funeral service is carried out with dignity and respect.

Pre-Planning: A Gift to Your Loved Ones

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While it may seem difficult to think about, pre-planning your funeral arrangements can be a thoughtful gesture to your family. By making these decisions ahead of time, you can spare your loved ones from having to make difficult choices during an already emotional period. Sietsema Funeral Home offers pre-planning services, allowing you to take control of your final wishes and ensure that your family is protected from unnecessary stress.

Caring for Your Family's Emotional Well-being

Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience, and it's essential to prioritize your emotional well-being during this time. Sietsema Funeral Home understands the importance of supporting families beyond the funeral service itself. Their team can connect you with local grief counseling services, support groups, and other resources designed to help you navigate the healing process.

Community Involvement and Support

Sietsema Funeral Home is deeply rooted in the Ackley community and is committed to giving back whenever possible. They participate in local events, sponsor charitable organizations, and offer educational seminars on topics related to funeral planning and grief support. By doing so, they demonstrate their dedication to building strong relationships with the families they serve.

A Tradition of Excellence in Funeral Care

Sietsema Funeral Home's commitment to excellence is reflected in every aspect of their business. From their beautifully maintained facility to their compassionate staff, every detail is carefully considered to ensure that families receive the highest level of care. If you're looking for a funeral home that will treat your loved one with dignity and respect, look no further than Sietsema Funeral Home.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their family, accomplishments, and funeral or memorial service arrangements.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to inform friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a lasting tribute to the deceased, preserving their memory and legacy for future generations.

Who typically writes an obituary?

Obituaries can be written by family members, friends, or a professional writer hired by the funeral home or newspaper. In some cases, the deceased may have written their own obituary in advance.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, military service (if applicable), and surviving family members. It may also include hobbies, achievements, and charitable organizations they supported.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication and the individual's life story. Typically, it ranges from 100 to 500 words.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. This can be a meaningful way to personalize the tribute and help readers connect with the deceased.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to inquire about their submission process and deadlines. Some newspapers may accept online submissions, while others require email or faxed submissions.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, many people choose to write their own obituary as part of their estate planning or as a way to reflect on their life. This can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that your story is told in your own words.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, typically including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary is a more detailed tribute that provides a fuller picture of the person's life.

Can I include humor or anecdotes in an obituary?

Absolutely! Obituaries don't have to be somber or formal. Including humorous stories or personal anecdotes can help capture the personality and spirit of the deceased.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost varies depending on the publication and the length of the obituary. Some newspapers offer free or low-cost options for basic death notices, while longer, more detailed obituaries may incur a fee.

Can I publish an obituary online?

Yes, many online platforms and websites specialize in publishing obituaries. These can be shared easily on social media and accessed by a wider audience than traditional print newspapers.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The timeline varies depending on the publication's schedule and deadlines. Some newspapers may publish obituaries within a few days of submission, while others may take several weeks or even months.

Can I make changes to an obituary after it's been published?

In most cases, corrections or changes can be made to an online obituary. However, printed newspapers often have strict deadlines and may not be able to make changes once the issue has gone to press.

What if I want to keep the obituary private?

If you prefer not to share the obituary publicly, you can opt for a private or family-only publication. Alternatively, you can choose not to publish an obituary at all.

Can I include charitable donations or memorial funds in an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to include information about charitable organizations or memorial funds in lieu of flowers. This can be a meaningful way to honor the deceased and support a cause close to their heart.

How do I find old obituaries?

You can search online archives of newspapers or visit local libraries or genealogical societies that maintain collections of historical records. Many websites also offer searchable databases of archived obituaries.

Can I republish an old obituary?

In most cases, yes. If you have permission from the original publisher or copyright holder, you can republish an old obituary online or in print.

What if I'm struggling to write an obituary?

Don't hesitate to ask for help from family members, friends, or a professional writer. You can also find templates and examples online to guide you through the process.

Can I include quotes or poems in an obituary?

Absolutely! Including meaningful quotes or poems can add depth and emotion to the tribute.

How do I handle errors or inaccuracies in an obituary?

Contact the publication immediately if you notice any errors. They will work with you to correct the mistake and reprint the corrected version if possible.

What if I want to write multiple obituaries for different publications?

You can tailor each obituary to fit the specific audience and tone of each publication. Just be sure to keep track of deadlines and submission requirements for each one.

Yes! Many online platforms allow you to add links, videos, audio clips, or other multimedia elements to enhance the tribute and make it more engaging for readers.

How long will an online obituary remain available?

This varies depending on the platform or website. Some may keep archives indefinitely, while others may remove older content after a certain period.

What if I'm unsure about what information to include in an obituary?

Draft out your thoughts and ideas first. You can also consult with family members or friends who knew the deceased well. Remember, the goal is to celebrate their life and legacy!

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Writing a eulogy for a loved one you have just lost, can be both challenging and painful. Alongside the pressure of delivering a meaningful tribute in front of other funeral guests.

Let our expert Funeral Speech Writers create a heartfelt & personalized eulogy, that captures the amazing life and memories of your loved one.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.