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ENGELKES, Gesina 1902-1974


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/8/2017 at 20:42:24

Mrs. B. Engelkes Rites Were Held

Mrs. B. J. (Gesina) Engelkes, 72, died Friday, October 4 at 1:57 p.m. at the Beverly Manor Convalescent Center in Grundy Center. Services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 in the Bethany Presbyterian church. Rev. Calvin Vanderwerf officiated. Mrs. James Willms sang "Going Down the Valley" and "Face to Face". Mrs. Raymond Appel was accompanist, and also played selected prelude and postlude numbers. Edward Flater and Lloyd Dreesman were ushers.

Pallbearers were John Arends, William Huisman, Wilbur Rust, Jacob Klaassen, Henry J. Meester and Wallace Getting. Mrs. Bill Harken and Mrs. Vernon Kosterboer were floral attendants. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church cemetery west of Fern. The ladies of the P.V. Church served lunch at the church following interment.

She was born March 22, 1902 in Beerta, Netherlands, the daughter of Ernest and Trintje Hector Swygman. The family came to America when Gesina was 8 years old in May, 1910, settling in Clarksville where they lived one year. They then moved to Allison and stayed there five years before moving to the Parkersburg area.

Gesina and B. J. Engelkes were united in marriage April 7, 1927 at the Pleasant Valley church parsonage. They farmed near Parkersburg all of their married life until B. J.'s death September 29, 1964. Mrs. Engelkes then bought a home and moved to Grundy Center in 1965.

In 1971 she became a resident of the Beverly Manor Convalescent Center. She was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian church and a previous member of the P.V. church.

She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Dick (Alice) Oltman Sr. of Holland, Mrs. Fannie Nieman of Shell Rock and Mrs. Susie Henze of Grundy Center. She was preceded in death by parents, husband, one brother and one sister.

The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 October 1974, sec 3, pg 2


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