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Harriet Hulstein

Harriet Hulstein, the daughter of John and Minnie (Vande Weerd) Vlieger, was born on February 19, 1926 in rural Hospers, IA. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Harriet was united in marriage to Marion “Mike” Hulstein on February 23, 1945 in Hospers. After their marriage they lived near Newkirk, IA, Hospers, IA and Fulda, MN. They moved to Louisburg, MO in 1952 and to Sheldon, IA in 1955. In 1964 they returned to Fulda to farm and retired there in 1984. They moved into Fulda in 1988. Mike passed away in May of 1998. Harriet remained at home until entering the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in March of 2012. Harriet passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda at the age of 87. She was a member of American Reformed Church in Worthington, MN. Harriet was a patient and hard working wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her home and was an excellent cook and baker and her family especially loved the many chocolate chip cookies she would make. She also enjoyed reading, embroidery work and watching TV. Survivors include her three children, Marilyn (Virgil) Van De Stouwe of Hull, IA, Shirley Hulstein of Fulda, MN and Gerry (Shannon Welling) Hulstein of Fulda, MN; two daughter-in-laws, Sharon (Mike Pillatzki) Hulstein of Willmar, MN and Diane Hulstein of Fulda, MN; 8 grandchildren, Jill (Jim) Zeutenhorst, Robert (Theresa) Van Meeteren, Jason (Amy) Hulstein, Kevin (Nicole) Hulstein, Michael, Brittany and Courtney Hulstein and Aron Hulstein; 10 great-grandchildren; special niece, Myra (Bill) Stewart of Heron Lake, MN; sister, Jeane Vlieger of Sheldon, IA; sister-in-law, Grayce Vander Broek of Folsum, CA and brother-in-law, Harvey Van Es of Seal Beach, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons, Wayne and Brian Hulstein, 2 brothers, Nelson Vlieger and an infant, 4 sisters, Grace and Theresa Hulstein and 2 infants. Funeral services will be at the American Reformed Church Worthington, MN at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 with Rev. Irvin Van Leeuwen officiating. The organist is Eva Schutte. The soloist is Gary Heitbrink. The pallbearers are her grandchildren. Interment will be at Westside Cemetery Hospers, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Totzke Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Sign guestbook online at