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Corliss J. Cork Venema

November 10, 1935 June 5, 2017
Corliss J. Cork Venema
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CORLISS J. CORK VENEMA, 81, of Morrison, IL, died Monday, June 5, 2017 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison.Cork was born November 10, 1935 in Clinton, IA to Frank R. and Helen (Balk) Zuidema. She was educated in the rural Whiteside County grade schools and was a graduate of Fulton High School in Fulton, IL. She married Donald A. Doc Venema on March 27, 1956 in Fulton. Cork, along with her husband Doc, owned and operated Millview Feed Service of Morrison, IL. She also owned and operated CJs Fashions in Fulton and was involved in several other home based businesses. She was a member of Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, and served in the churchs Womens Guild, as a Bible study leader, Sunday school teacher, and choir director. Cork was the churchs organist / pianist since the age of 14. She was a member of Gideons International Auxiliary and was a prayer warrior and spiritual mentor to many. She had served as an accompanist for many family, church and community groups. She greatly enjoyed music and spending time with friends and family.Survivors include her husband, Doc; two daughters, Deb (Steve) VanKampen and Shari (Gerry) Akker, both of Morrison; two sons, Allen Venema of Morrison and Dan (Tonya) Venema of Orange City, IA; an adopted daughter, Traci (Nick) McQuistion of Fulton, IL;eight grandchildren, Angie (Steve) Piercy, Josh (Penny) VanKampen, Luke Akker, Cara Venema, Brooke Venema, Cole Venema, Joe McQuistion and Pat McQuistion; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Julia VanKampen; one sister, Doris (Donald) Swanson of Shannon, IL; two brothers, Robert E. (Ardith) Zuidema and Dan Zuidema, both of Fulton, IL; one step sister, Sheryl (Larry) Huizenga of Fulton, IL.She was preceded in death by her parents; one great granddaughter, Emma June Piercy; two sisters, Rebecca Zuidema and Patricia Witt-Rus; one brother, Frank Zuidema Jr.; one step brother, Robert Houzenga.

FUNERAL: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, IL OFFICIATING: Rev. Ralph Beidler, Pastor of Spring Valley Reformed Church - Fulton, IL VISITATION: 4:00 - 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home INTERMENT: Clyde Cemetery - Morrison, IL

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