Rena Halbersma

Rena Halbersma, 91, of Clarissa, passed peacefully in her sleep on October 9, 2020.

Funeral services for Rena will be held  Oct. 14 at 11:00 a.m., at the Staples Alliance Church. Friends may call on the day of the funeral one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be held at the Woodman Cemetery, Clarissa.

Rena Halbersma was born on the family farm near Inwood, Iowa on September 11, 1929 to Jorienus and Artie (Brands) Brouwer. She attended the Inwood Public School until 1942 when the family moved to Rock Valley, Iowa. She finished 7th and 8th grades in a rural country school and later in life completed her GED.  In 1946 the family moved to a farm near Edgerton, Minnesota.  

Rena was united in marriage to Raymond Halbersma on January 13, 1949.  They lived in Hatfield and Slayton and in 1952 moved to a farm they purchased north of Browerville. They farmed for 45 years. In 1997 they moved into Clarissa.

Rena’s first love was for Jesus, whom she trusted as her Lord and Savior on July 27, 1952. She remained faithful to her Christian calling as a faithful, loving and caring wife and mother. She had the gift of hospitality, teaching the Bible and sewing.  She enjoyed her friends, housekeeping and outdoor life.  

Rena was very thankful to God for healing her of cancer in 1973, giving her the privilege of sharing her life with her husband and mothering her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rena is survived by seven children: Gary (Deb) Halbersma of Urbandale, Iowa, Patsy (Harold) Landaw of Norwood, Myron Halbersma of Johnston, Iowa, Susan (Greg) Korfe of Long Prairie, Ross (Patti) Halbersma of Stephens City, Virginia, Alan (Lori) Halbersma of Browerville and Ruth (Jeff) Przybylski of Bismarck, North Dakota; 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Peter (Elsie) Brouwer, Albert (Anne) Brouwer, Jeanette Schelhaas, Angeline (Alvin) Buysman, Maxine (Jim) Johnson; sisters-in-law, Amy Brouwer, Florence Brouwer and Esther Brouwer.

Rena is preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond; four brothers; one sister, three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home.

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