Celebrating the life of Helen M. Sikkema
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There will be a public graveside service at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Fulton Township Cemetery, with her son, Rev. David Sikkema officiating. The Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to the Fulton/Thomson Food Pantry and RCA Global Missions.
Helen was born April 23, 1923 in Fulton, IL to Claus G. and Mary V. (Vogel) Ottens. She was educated in the Fulton grade schools and graduated from Fulton High School in 1941. On January 2, 1945 she married Wilfred J. “Barney” Sikkema in Fulton. He died November 14, 1992. Helen was first employed by the former Fidelity Life Insurance Company in Fulton. She then worked as a sales clerk for the Amman’s Department Store and most recently she worked as a clerk/cashier at the former Bob’s Certified Grocery Store in Fulton. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church and a current member of First Reformed Church in Fulton and was involved with their Hannah Mission Circle, was a Girl’s League Sponsor, a lifelong Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an active volunteer for the Fulton High School Music Boosters. Helen enjoyed writing cards, walking, reading, cooking and baking, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Lynn (Nolan) Bogaard of Coralville, IA, Rebecca (Larry) DeZeeuw of Ashville, OH and Martha (David) Harris of Fulton; three sons, Rev. David (Joyce) Sikkema of Holland, MI, Daniel (Susan) Sikkema of Moline, IL and James (Debra) Sikkema of Broken Arrow, OK; an AFS student daughter, Dorothy Lipkovits – Zeichmann of Austria; eleven grandchildren; four step grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; eleven step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Barney and one sister, Mabel Jacobsen.
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701 Fowler Rd,
Fulton, IL 61252