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GRACE A. BOELKINS, 86, of Windsor Manor, Morrison, IL, died Friday November 10, 2017 at Morrison Community Hospital.

The funeral service is at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with Mr. Ken Renkes officiating. A visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 14th, until the time of the service. Interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Memorials to Ebenezer Reformed Church and Windsor Manor have been established.

Grace was born February 25, 1931 in Newton Township, Whiteside County, IL, to William J. and Fannie (VenHuizen) VanZuiden. She was educated in the Fulton grade schools and was a 1948 graduate of Fulton High School in Fulton, IL. On January 13, 1949 she married Robert A. "Bob" Boelkins in Albany, IL. He died April 1, 2011. Grace was a homemaker and worked alongside her husband on the farm. She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, where she taught Sunday school and led a Bible study. Grace, along with her husband, enjoyed traveling and wintering in Texas and Arizona. She loved gardening and flowers.

Survivors include one daughter, Judy (Doug) Leech of Morrison; two sons, Richard (Diane) Boelkins of Morrison and Randy (Linda) Boelkins of Surprise, AZ; eight grandchildren, Michelle (John) Moshure, Troy Leech, Sean Leech, Suzi (Mike) Mills, Nathan (Julie) Boelkins, Jessica (Jim) White, Julie Vegter, Natasha Boelkins; fifteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Darlene (Bob) Wiebenga of Garden Plain, IL and Margaret Rowley of Winchester, MA; three brothers, Howard (Jan) VanZuiden of Fulton, IL; Harvey (Arlene) VanZuiden of Morrison and Ronald (Linda) VanZuiden of Erie, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; one grandson, Derek Sheldon Boelkins; one granddaughter, Sheila Vegter; one sister, Genevieve Juist; five brothers, Gerald, Maynard, Willard, Wayne and Jay VanZuiden.
Published on November 13, 2017
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