Irene Ter Beest

Date of Death: Apr 06, 2020
Irene Ter Beest

1928 - 2020

Irene Ter Beest, 91, of Brandon, passed away Monday, April 6, 2020 at Anchor Communities in Brandon.

Irene was born August 16, 1928 in Columbia County, the daughter of Frank and Lucy Tamminga Aalsma. Irene graduated from Waupun High School in 1946. On September 20, 1948 she married Andy Ter Beest in Waupun. Following their marriage the couple farmed near Alto for 40 years. Irene was employed for over 20 years in the freezer packaging department at Allen’s in Fairwater. Irene adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, praying for them each day. She was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon.

Irene is survived by her 5 children: Betty Belsma of Waupun, Dennis (Patricia) Ter Beest of Ripon, Randy (Jean) Ter Beest of Brandon, Gary (Ann) Ter Beest of Brandon, and Ann (Rick) Ottum of North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law, Loretta Aalsma; and several nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Ter Beest in 2000; a grandson, Aaron; a son-in-law, John Belsma; three brothers: Andrew, John, and Gordon; and five sisters: Gertrude, Elizabeth, Beatrice, Georgianna, and Nina.

Private Services

Due to the existing virus, private family services will be held at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. John Tilstra officiating. A celebration of life will take place at a later date for other relatives and friends.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.



  1. Geraldine Buteyn Says: April 7, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Our sympathies to Irene’s entire family. She was a great lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her. Her possitive attitude and sense of humor were always evident in our talks.

  2. Melissa and Brian Lavota Says: April 8, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Sorry for your loss. We want to express our deepest sympathy.

  3. linda schwenn Says: April 8, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    you all have my sympathy. she was loved by everyone and will aways be remembered. from Linda Schultz Schwenn

  4. JIM AND PHYLLIS Says: April 8, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Now she can rejoice with the Lord this Easter morning.

  5. Twila and Cliff Holstein Says: April 8, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Sorry for the loss of Aunt Irene, and we send our thoughts and prayers to the whole family. May God give each one comfort, and we know in JESUS there is always eternal HOPE

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