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Gertrude Housenga

October 16, 1919 April 2, 2018
Gertrude Housenga
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GERTRUDE HOUSENGA, 98, of the Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton, IA, formerly of Fulton, IL, died Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Alverno.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with Pastor Wayne Wiersema of Gateway Faith Fellowship officiating. Visitation will be held the same day at the funeral home, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Interment will be in Fulton Township Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Alverno and Gateway Faith Fellowship.

Gertrude was born October 16, 1919 in Fulton to Joe J. and Jane (Borgman) Shipma. She was educated in the Fulton grade schools and attended Fulton High School. On March 28, 1953 she married Edward Housenga in Fulton. He died May 27, 1970. Gertrude was employed by Fulton Corporation for 20 years, retiring in 1984. She was a baptized member of the First Reformed Church in Fulton. She enjoyed music and reading.

Survivors include four daughters, Lorna (Harlan) Houzenga and Barbara (Dave) Grater, both of Morrison, IL, Vicki (Joe) Moellenbeck of Port Byron, IL and Joan Housenga of Clinton, IA; eleven grandchildren, Tammy (Kenneth) Faulkner, Ronald (Wendy) Houzenga, Shane (Jennifer) Housenga, Renee Johnson, Darin (Dawn) Housenga, Justin (Christi) Grater, Adam Grater, Nicole (Seth) Smith, Jenna (Kurt) Janssens, Jeremy (Dawn) Roberts, Jason Roberts; twenty-four great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Gladys Van Dyke of Fulton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Jacque Housenga; three grandchildren, Kimberly and Joseph Housenga and James Manske; one great grandchild, Kimberly Mangelsen; four sisters, Helen Hine, Shirley Wiersema, Beverly Houzenga and Evelyn Gendvilas; one brother, John Shipma.

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