Celebrating the life of Gertrude Huizenga
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A private family graveside service will be held. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be at Fulton Township Cemetery.
She was the example of a quiet, gentle heart. She was strong and sweet and as she aged, she grew surprisingly in sass. She raised her 4 children and was married for 76 years before becoming a widow. She loved her 8 grandchildren and her 15 great-grandchildren.
She had a gift of serving, volunteering, cooking, and sending birthday cards are fond memories of her. She loved spending time with family, playing cards, and reading. She always had a ham sandwiches ready, made the best chicken and noodles and was often seen ironing grandpa’s jeans. She always had a hug and wisdom to share.
She survived living through no electricity and no running water, to being able to do cell phone and video calls with family during the unfortunate covid lockdown. She has seen many changes over the last 95 years, but one thing that was constant was her tender heart of loving Jesus and living it out in all she did through both blessings and adversity. Never did we hear her grumble or see a negative reaction from her, only encouraging words and tender truths. A gentle, quiet soul. A lover of Jesus. A caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a blessing to many others.
Our hearts are simultaneously grateful to have had her as ours and the blessing of calling her grandmother and saddened for our loss now. We rejoice in her Heavenly healing and her new home that we look forward to the hope of having someday. The family would also like to express their appreciation to Prairie Hills of Clinton and Genesis Hospice for the care that was given to Gertrude.
Survivors include two daughters, Eileen (Steve) Kutchman of Fulton, IL and Pam (Dave) Hoogheem of Bettendorf, IA; two sons, Garry (Sheila) Huizenga of Fulton and Jeff Huizenga of Davenport, IA; eight grandchildren, Adam, Anna, Andrew, Allison, Ben, Makayla, Becky and Claire; fifteen great grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Paul (Ruth) Huizenga of Erie, IL; special niece, Lois Black of Clinton, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; one sister, Kathryn Kane; one brother Gerald Sikkema; one daughter-in-law, Deb Huizenga.
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