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Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Monday January 4th, 2016

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Joseph Verkinderen

Joseph Henry Verkinderen was born on April 15, 1933, in Grandview Township, to Henry and Mary (Nuytten) Verkinderen. He grew up on the family farm near Ghent. After his father's death when Joe was 10, he began farming and ultimately harvested 72 seasons. On October 24, 1959, he was united in marriage to Catherine Doom at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. The couple farmed and raised their family near Marshall. Family was very important to Joe. He enjoyed dancing with his grandchildren and was voted the "Finest Performer" of the annual Verkinderen family show. One of his greatest moments of joy was his 50th wedding anniversary party with his family and friends. He was also an avid sports fan and never missed one of his children's or grandchildren's events. He was an active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council and belonged to the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree.

Joe was also passionate about farming. He served in leadership positions on the Lake Marshall Township Board and Cenex Harvest States Board. Joe will also be remembered as a loyal, good friend. He loved people and always remembered their names, even years later, and greeted them with a very warm smile. He will be greatly missed by all.

Joseph died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at his residence in Marshall. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, of Marshall, daughter Carole Verkinderen of Chaska, daughter Lisa (and Jay) Ziemann of Scottsdale, AZ, grandchildren Daniel and Sarah, son Steve (and Pat) Verkinderen of Marshall, son Dave (and Krista) Verkinderen of Marshall, granddaughters Hannah and Lily, one sister, Jane (and Ernie) Hennen of Marshall, sister-in-law Arlene Verkinderen of Edina, brother-in-law Jim Cattoor of Corpus Christi, TX, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Charlotte Cattoor, brother Daniel Verkinderen, and infant sister Mary.

Memorials preferred to Holy Redeemer School or Holy Redeemer Foundation.

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My sympathies are with your family. I remember Joe as being a kind man and always had a smile when seeing him at reunions. Losing a parent around Christmas time seems to be one of the hardest times of the year to lose someone you love. May your memories bring you happy thoughts and help heal your heart.

Peggy (Doom) and LuVerne Sik Jan 6 2016 12:22 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Verkinderen

Gary and Sandy Nuytten Jan 5 2016 10:39 PM

Missing one very special man!

Gary and Sandy Nuytten Jan 5 2016 10:39 PM

Our sympathy to all of the Verkinderen family. Joe always had time to talk to you. When we came back from Colorado and went to church he was always waiting to greet us afterwards. We will miss him the next time we visit. God Bless you all and may your memories and good faith help you through this time. Love to all.

Connie and Ed Matthys Jan 3 2016 9:33 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Verkinderen

Marc Hennen Jan 3 2016 8:21 AM

Rest in Peace Uncle Joe. You will be missed here but welcomed up above!

Marc Hennen Jan 3 2016 8:21 AM

Our condolences to all of you from Cheryl and I and the kids. We were so lucky to have visited last week while in MN. What a gift we were given to have seen Joe and Catherine that evening. I have great memories of family get togethers and holidays. But most of all I think of rolle bolle and fishing trips.. Bolleing with Steve and Dave......What great times we had together with our dads, uncles and cousins. Lake of the Woods....what stories we can tell.......snoring, fishing, a 'few' beers, breakfast in Black Duck. I will stop there as that is how I remember Uncle Joe and the Verkinderens. Always ready to live life around their families and laugh together. Our prayers are with you Aunt Catherine, Carole, Lisa, Steve and Dave and your families.

Marc and Cheryl Hennen Family Jan 3 2016 8:18 AM

VerKindren Family, We were so sorry to hear of Joe's death. We have fond memories of him from our motorcycling trips. He was such a patient man. And we had such fun. I am sure you all will miss him terribly. Our sincere condolences.

Anne Coldwell & Steve Hendrickson Jan 3 2016 8:14 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Verkinderen

Jackie Rowles, Tracy Castleman, Sharon Pearce Jan 2 2016 10:02 PM

Praying for peace and comfort for all of this wonderful family, and especially our dear friend Carole Verkinderen. We love you and wish we could be there with you. We will be there in spirit and are lifting you up in our prayers.

Jackie Rowles, Tracy Castleman, Sharon Pearce Jan 2 2016 10:02 PM

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