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BOELMAN, George Benjamin 1928-1934

BOELMAN

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/15/2015 at 15:40:48

Ben Boelman's Lost Little Son

Funeral services were held Friday for George Benjamin, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Boelman, who died Tuesday at a hospital in Iowa Falls of a ruptured appendix.

Rev. Hesse had charge of the services and the following songs were sung by a trio which included Mrs. Ray Toomsen, Mrs. John Groeneveld and Miss Alice Reiken: "When He Cometh," "Blicke auf dem Harrn," "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." The obituary follows:

George Benjamin, the son of Ben and Anna Boelman, was born June 20, 1928. On April 12, 1929, he was baptized in the name of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, at St. Peter's Evangelical church.

He was a special delight to his parents, brothers and sisters, for he grew well and always seemed smiling and content. But while he was still in early infancy the dreaded infantile paralysis laid hold on him and for a long time the boy hovered between life and death. Eventually the disease left him, but it also left its marks upon him. His parents visited specialists and doctors, trying to find help for their boy, but all of their efforts seemed to fail. As the little boy grew older he succeeded in getting about, in his own way, but he could not play like other boys and girls. His brothers and sisters carried him around wherever he wanted to go, but often, you would find him alone playing by himself, and he seemed content, always smiling.

On Sunday, December 31, he complained of pain in the abdomen and his parents decided to call the doctor, but as the pain soon left him again, this step was deemed unnecessary. But on the following day, January 1, the pains set in again and the doctor was called. The little boy was hurried to the hospital at Iowa Falls, where he was operated on. There was little hope for his recovery since his appendix had been ruptured for three or four days. His parents were at his bedside continually and did everything they could to help him; but he was beyond all earthly science and help.

On Tuesday morning, at 4 o'clock he passed away.

He leaves to mourn, besides his stricken parents, four sisters and two brothers. They are: Tillie, Helen, Folkert, Leona, Pearl, and Ben Junior.

A host of relatives and friends sympathize with the Ben Boelman family in this hour of bereavement.

The short earthly pilgrimage of George Benjamin was 5 years, 6 months and 12 days.

Asleep in Jesus, Far from thee
Thy kindred and their graves may be:
But thine is still a blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 10 January 1934, pg 1


 

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