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BAKKER, Gertie 1878-1961


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 12/23/2016 at 12:38:03

Services Held for Mrs. Will Bakker Monday Afternoon

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Will Bakker at 1:00 p.m. at the home and later at the First Christian Reformed Church. Interment was in the cemetery adjoining the church. Rev. Bernard Visscher officiated at the services. Music was furnished by a men's quartet, Melvin Haupt, Willis Bakker, Claus G. Primus, and Richard Schafer, accompanied by Mrs. Claus G. Primus. Mrs. Henry VanderVoort was organist. Flower attendants were Mrs. G. H. Geerdes and Miss Tena Riebkes. Pall bearers were Fred Ruter, Eike Ruter, Fred Luppen, Herman Ruter, Peter Ruter and Lambert A. Bunger.

Mrs. William Bakker, nee Gertie Luppen, daughter of Fred and Lena Luppen was born in Benningwold, Netherlands, on September 23, 1878. She came to America at the age of five years and the family settled in Grundy County.

On March 1895 she was united in marriage with Hildert Eiten. Three children, two sons, Ben and Fred and one daughter Lena, (Mrs. Cloyd Miller), were born to them. Mr. Eiten passed away in September 1900, leaving Mrs. Bakker with three small children.

On October 20, 1915 she was married to William Bakker. To them was born one daughter, Marine. Mr. and Mrs. Bakker left the farm in the spring of 1945 and have since that time made their home in Wellsburg.

On Sunday, January 8 she became ill and on the following Tuesday she suffered a light stroke. She was taken to the Grundy hospital where she passed away on Thursday evening at the age of 82 years.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Wm. Bakker; four children: two sons, Ben and Fred Eiten both of Wellsburg, two daughters, Mrs. Cloyd Miller of Peoria, Illinois and Mrs. Marine Betts of Marshalltown; as well as nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two half-brothers: Albert and Peter Luppen of Aplington, two half-sisters, Mrs. Henry Bakker of Aplington and Mrs. Grace Mudderman of Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Among those who preceded her in death was a twin infant brother, a teenage brother, a sister, Mrs. Ike Ruter, and her brother, Hemmo Luppen.

--The Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 19 January 1961, pg 1


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