2017-06-01 / Obituaries

Margaret Folkersma


Margaret Folkersma Margaret Folkersma Margaret Ann Folkersma, 78, of Rudyard, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at her home.

She was born July 17, 1938, to William and Cornelia (nee Moelker) Olthof in Grand Haven.

Mrs. Folkersma grew up in Ferrysburg. She was graduated from Muskegon West Michigan Christian High School.

She married David Folkersma of Rudyard April 18, 1958, in Spring Lake. They made their home in Rudyard in a house Mr. Folkersma had built for them on the Folkersma family dairy farm.

Mrs. Folkersma was an active person, who worked wherever needed on the farm, in addition to keeping up their home. She reared seven children and welcomed many other children and grandchildren into her home throughout the years.

She was a member of the Christian Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday school from the time she was a young mother until just a few weeks ago. She organized many of the everyday church activities, helping make many things run smoothly. She baked or cooked food for nearly every event, sang in the choir, and participated in the Women’s Guild. She was also a member of the Rudyard Historical Society, where she enjoyed activities and helping where needed.

Above all else, Mrs. Folkersma loved having children around her. She enjoyed animals, gardening, both vegetables and flowers, baking for family, neighbors, church functions, and bake sales, and attending activities in which her grandchildren participated. She loved sewing, and countless people were recipients of baby items she made, including receiving blankets, baby quilts, sheets, and sleepers. She made pajamas for all of her grandchildren and many other children, family members said. She was a wonderful hostess, who welcomed many people into her home.

She is survived by two daughters and their families, Joan and Rodney Berkompas of Rudyard and Nancy and Connie Chisenhall of Newport, North Carolina; five sons and their families, James and Joyce Folkersma of Lowell and Robert and Tammy Folkersma, Edward and Darlene Folkersma, David and Ann Folkersma, and Theodore and JoAnne Folkersma, all of Rudyard; grandchildren, Nathan and Tashina Moses, Stephanie and Blake Hall, Tealah and Travis Siegwart, Leigh- Ann and Rich Bumstead, Rhea- Ann Moses, Lisa and Rob Isrow, Ryan and Lauren Berkompas, Gary and Amanda Berkompas, Albert “A.J.” Folkersma, Rachel Folkersma, Christina Folkersma, Chad and Denise Folkersma, Charlotte Folkersma, Jon Folkersma, Kaitlyn Folkersma, Connor Chisenhall, Samantha Chisenhall, Benjamin Folkersma, Katrina Folkersma, Andrew Folkersma, and Matthew Folkersma, and great-grandchildren, Noah, MacKenzie, Mayson, Felicity, Zachary, Liam, River, Skye, Hunter, Natalie, Rayne, Angelyn, Peyton, Steven, James, Emily, Marley, Anthony, Cora, Isabella, Savannah, Eli, and Emma.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Folkersma was preceded in death by her husband, David, and one greatgranddaughter, Alexis Siegwart.

Services were held Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at Christian Reformed Church in Rudyard. Visitation was from noon to time of the service at the church.

Burial was at North Rudyard Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Rudyard Christian School, 10702 West 17 Mile Road, Rudyard, MI 49780 or Hospice of the E.U.P., 306 West 12th Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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