Thelma Lorietta Boertje departed her earthly home and arrived at her eternal home, Tuesday evening, July 3, 2018, at Unity Point Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.
Thelma was born Nov. 27, 1926, in a country home just North of Pella. She was the second of eight children born to Cornie and Caroline De Goey. She started country grade school at the age of 4 years at Sandridge-Bell School North of Pella. She was a graduate of Pella Community High, Class of 1944, and had also completed normal training studies, along with the regular high school courses. Resulting from this additional training, she was rewarded with an “Emergency War Certificate.” Armed with this certification, she started teaching nine separate grades, at the young age of 17. This occurred just north of Leighton, at Centennial School.
On Aug. 6, 1947, Thelma and Raymond Boertje of Prairie City, were united in marriage. In her younger years, she worked beside her husband outdoors, helping with the many farm chores of raising chicks and livestock. To this union two daughters were given, Marcene and Cheryl. The life of raising two daughters and the full-time job of housekeeping and farm chores kept her very busy. She loved the Lord and showed it by serving and sacrificing tor her family. She taught Sunday school and catechism for many years, was a part of Ladies Guild and instrumental in revamping the church’s library. Her life was certainly a reflection of her love for her family and God. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed sewing, embroidery work, canning, baking and reading. She loved making special meals and recipes for her family, especially on holidays and birthdays.
Thelma is survived by her husband, Raymond, married for 71 years. Also surviving are daughters, Marcene (Alan) Cox of Boyden and Cheryl (Bob) Westra of Prairie City; her brothers, sister and their spouses, Marvin (Junella) DeGoey, Carl (Joyce) DeGoey, Ryk (Jan) DeGoey and Laura (Louis) Vander Hart; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors, all of whom were always loving, caring and very special to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Raymond’s parents, Rodger and Gertrude Boertje; a brother in infancy, Cornie DeGoey, Jr.; an older sister, Deretha (Henry) Sneller; brother, Willus (Alberta) DeGoey; Raymond’s sisters, Dena (Lester) Van Peursem, Christine (Harold) DeVries and Wilma (Wilson) Ferguson; and nieces and nephews.
Per Thelma’s wishes, there will be a private family get-together at a later date, to celebrate her life. The Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton, has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Thelma’s family, in her name.
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”
Online condolences may be left for the family at pencefh.com.