Gerald Boelkens


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Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2013, 9:39 pm
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Gerald J. Boelkens, 83, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, died Feb. 15, 2013, at the home.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Reformed, Fulton. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at Bosma-Renkes, Fulton. Burial is at Fulton Township Cemetery, Fulton.
He was born Nov. 21, 1929.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; children, Beth St. Ores, Fulton, Sue Krueger, Cape Coral, Fla., Pam Vogel, Fulton, Norma King, Fulton, Lisa Whitmore, Albany, Brent, Sterling, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, LaVerne, Chicago.














 




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