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Achterberg, Rita (Van Steenhuyse)  
Rita (Van Steenhuyse) Achterberg, 73, died of natural causes on Friday, July 31, 2015 at her home in Williamsburg, Iowa. An open house Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Williamsburg with Rev. Joseph F. Roost as celebrant followed by inurnment in the Van Steenhuyse family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery in Williamsburg. Rita Ann Van Steenhuyse was born January 26, 1942 in Van Horne, IA; the youngest of six children of Walter and Louise (Simmons) Van Steenhuyse. Rita grew up in Williamsburg and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1960. She attended Iowa State University before marrying Donald Achterberg in 1963. They moved to Inglewood, CA in 1965 where they began raising their three children Michael, Alan and Ann Marie. In 1976 the family moved to Rolling Hills Estates where in 1982 she began a successful 20-year career as a residential real estate agent. Rita excelled as a full-time mother to her children and was ever-present in their lives. Over the years she was active in numerous volunteer positions for her churches and communities. In Palos Verdes she was very active for many years with Las Candalistas, National Charity League and the PVP Association of Realtors. At St. John Fisher Church she was a school board member and the founder/chairman of the parish family program in the early 80's. Don and Rita divorced in 2001 after 38 years of marriage. Rita later married Ed Bower and they moved back to Williamsburg in 2004 just two houses from where she grew up. Rita obtained her Iowa real estate broker's license, and later enjoyed working part-time at Von Essen Galerie on the Town Square. Rita is survived by Ed, Don, her three children; Michael (Patrice) Achterberg of Rolling Hills Estates CA, Alan Achterberg of Irvine CA, and Ann Marie (Darin) Crew of Lisle IL; four grandchildren, Dean Achterberg, Chatelaine (Chet) Achterberg, Ian Crew and Sophia Crew; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Ray, Gerald, Leo and Earl and sister, Mary Frazier. Rita always lovingly put everyone else first. She never wanted to complain or steal the spotlight. Rita had many close friends and was well loved by all in her communities through the years. Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home, in Vinton, Iowa is caring for Rita and her family. Condolences may be left at their web site
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Aug. 20, 2015
Anderson, Earl  
In Memory of Earl W. Anderson Earl W. Anderson, the son of Einer and Florence Anderson, passed away on August 24, 2015 at the age of 90. He was born on September 3, 1924 in San Pedro, California and was a proud veteran of WWII. He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Anderson and great granddaughter Angel Soto. He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Adams, grandchildren, Aaron (April) Adams, Bethany (Mike) Soto, great grandchildren, Jonathan Skinner, James Skinner, Marcy Soto, Joelle Adams and sister-in-law, JoAnn Anderson. Visitation will be held 3pm - 8pm Friday, August 28, 2015 at Green Hills Mortuary, and a funeral service will be held at 1pm Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Green Hills Memorial Chapel. Please sign the guestbook at and
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Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2015
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