HENRIETTA BEUKELMAN, age 91, of Leota, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth, Minnesota. She was born December 17, 1920, in Sioux Center, IA, to William and Elizabeth (Neimeyer) Vandenburg.
Henrietta married Peter Beukelman on July 28, 1944, in Henderson, KY. The couple were lifelong residents of Leota. She worked in her fatherâ€™s gas station; and Douglas Airplane Factory. Henrietta helped Pete with the Star Route Mail carrier job. She also sold Avon for over eleven years.
She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Leota where she served as a Catechism Teacher. She was also a member of Chandler American Legion Auxiliary. Henrietta made hundreds of crocheted afghans, prayer shawls, potholders and gifts for people as well as dozens of quilted robes for nursing homes in the area.
Henrietta is survived by her four children, Loretta (Paul) Smith, Holland, MI; Rodney (Helen) Beukelman, Sioux Center, IA; Ruth (Frank) Panzino, Placentia, CA; Shirlee (Karl) Tomlinson, Corpus Christi, TX; nine grandchildren, Emilie Smith, Geoffrey Smith, Daniel (Jennifer) Beukelman, Lee (Danielle) Beukelman, Morgan Panzino, Madison Panzino, Karlita (Carl Lynch) Tomlinson, Kristine (Shawn) Stevenson, Khala (Robert) Brodie, seven great grandchildren and a brother, LaFrance Vandenburg, Ocala, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Peter, on February 29, 2012; son, Larry William Beukelman, in 1966; six brothers, Gerrit, Elmer, Marion, Dorris, Henry & William Vandenburg; and three sisters, Aldena, Willmina & Alida.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Bethel Reformed Church in Leota. Burial of cremains will be at the Leota Community Cemetery.
Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Adrian, and the Leota Burial Association are in charge of arrangements.
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