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Obituary for Nancy K. Buikema
NANCY K. BUIKEMA, 55, of Fulton, IL died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Mercy Living Center North, Clinton, IA. Nancy was born December 27, 1956 in Clinton, IA to Robert J. and Lucille J. (Prins) Buikema. She attended the former Fulton Community Christian School for kindergarten through 8th grade graduating in 1971. She was a 1975 graduate of Fulton High School. She received her teaching certificate with a minor in library science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, graduating in December 1978. She later received her master"s degree in library science in 1986 from NIU and then continued graduate classes in technology and reading. Nancy was employed with a contractual agreement as library director at Schmaling Memorial Public Library district and library reading specialist for K - 8 buildings of Riverbend School District from 1979 to 1989. She then was employed as full time library director at the Geneseo Public Library District in Geneseo, IL from 1989 to 1995. She was next employed as library system consultant for Riverbend Library System in Coal Valley, IL from 1995 to 1997 and from 1997 to 2012 was full time library media specialist in the K " 8 Riverbend District. Nancy worked parttime as children"s literature instructor at Western Illinois University and Clinton Community College. Among the many organizations Nancy belonged to were the Fulton Wa-Tan-Ye Club and the club"s Kitchen Clown Band, Fulton Women"s Service Club, Fulton Dutch Days Committee, Fulton Sesquicentennial Committee and was a volunteer for the Fulton Windmill and Fulton Girl Scouts. She was a member of the Fulton Elementary P.T.O. and served on the P.T.O."s Riverbend Advisory Committee for Excellence, Riverbend Schools C.A.R.E. committee, Riverbend Technology committee, and various other school committees. She was also member of Riverbend Middle School Kennel Club, Geneseo Junior Women"s Club, Geneseo Historical Society, Geneseo Library Friends, American Library Association, Illinois Public Library Association, and Illinois State Library Advisory Committee and served as consultant to the Illinos State Library helping area libraries develop long term building programs. She helped write construction grant applications including Fulton Library"s Elevator Project. Nancy served on the Illinois State Library statewide Summer Reading Program Committee and was chair person fo the 1995 program "Reading is Tremendous" which featured endangered plants and animals in Illinois. She served as a planning member for the Illinois Public Library Annual Institute and the Illinois School Library Annual Institute. Nancy participated in the Whitehouse Conference of Libraries and received many awards for her service to children from Fulton Masonic Lodge, Fulton Kiwanis Club and the Illinois Secretary of State. Nancy was an honorary lifetime member of the Illinois PTA. She received the Clinton YWCA Women of Action Award and the Office Max "Make a Day Better" Award on behalf of the Fulton Elementary School. Nancy was instrumental in obtaining numerous grants that helped enhance library services provided to her patrons. She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Fulton, served as a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent and on the church"s library committee. She was pianist for the choir and worship services and served on the church"s 100th and 125th Anniversary Committees. Nancy was a G.E.M. counselor at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Fulton. She deeply enjoyed providing "Children"s Messages" at her church and other area churches. Nancy"s favorite leisure activities were reading, cross stitching, working in her yard, developing new and fun projects for her students, and performing "story telling" programs for community organizations. Survivors include her mother, Lucille Buikema of Fulton, IL; one sister, Margaret (Robert) Norman of Clinton, IA; one nephew, Nathan Norman of Clinton, IA; one niece, Rebecca (David) Green of Morrison, IL; one great niece, Faith Green; many loved friends and colleagues. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30 AM Monday, May 7, 2012 at the First Christian Reformed Church " Fulton, ILCO-OFFICIATING: Rev. Philip Stel " Pastor: First Christian Reformed Church " Fulton, IL and Mr. Ken Renkes " Director of Congregational Care: Ebenezer Reformed Church " Morrison, ILVISITATION: 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomeINTERMENT: Fulton Township Cemetery " Fulton, IL