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Gertrude Jean Boven

May 4, 1920 ~ November 13, 2021 (age 101)


Gertrude Jean Boven passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the age of 101. Gertrude was born May 4, 1920 on the family farm in Winterfield Township, Clare County, Michigan to William and Hattie (Bouwer) Nederhoed. She married Tony Boven at the Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church on June 27, 1941.

With a zest for life, Gertrude enjoyed meeting new people and welcoming them into her home. She continued to make friends wherever life took her. She loved music and played the piano and organ her entire life. Painting, sewing, reading and travel were all things she embraced with passion. Born with a curious inquisitive mind, she never stopped wanting to learn. Her unwavering faith remained strong to the end.

She is survived by her children; Bruce (Mary) Boven, Chris (Mary) Boven, Linda (Scott) Peterson, daughter in-law; Marlene Boven, 9 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, sibling in-laws; Marilyn Ouwinga, and James DeHaan, special family friend; Misti (Kent) VanHaitsma.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband; Tony Boven, son; Douglas Boven, brother; John (Agnes) Nederhoed, and sister; Janice (Harold) Boven.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church with Pastor Adam Barton officiating. Visitation will be held from 12 noon till the time of service. Burial will take place in the Vogel Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made out to the Vogel Center Building Project. The family is being served by the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain, thoughts and prayers may be expressed at

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