Marcia Bolkema

SHELDON—Marcia Kay Bolkema, age 55, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021, at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon.

Her services have been changed to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa.

Her mother, Gladys Bolkema, age 83, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, at the Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Her services will also be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Marcia’s and Gladys’ services will both be officiated be the Rev. John Vermeer.

Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation with the family present for both Marcia and her mother, Gladys, will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to Village Northwest Unlimited.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

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Marcia K. Bolkema, the daughter of Ervin and Gladys (Holtrop) Bolkema, was born on Nov. 20, 1965 in Sheldon, Iowa, and passed away on Easter Sunday April 4, 2021, at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon, Iowa, reaching the age of 55 years 4 months and 14 days. What a glorious Easter celebration Marcia experienced as she entered her eternal home.

When Marcia was just 2½ years old, her parents began putting Marcia through an intensive series of exercises called Dolman Delacotto pattern programming. The therapy was a full-time job, made possible with the help of 80 volunteers who came to the family home in shifts to help. Marcia progressed steadily at that time, but the full-time exercising had to be given up when she began school. Marcia attended Hope Haven in Rock Valley, Iowa.

Marcia moved out of her parents’ home to Village Northwest Unlimited in the summer of 1985. She came home Sundays for church and lunch. She was a great eater and enjoyed her “dessert” of butter and rolls at the end of every meal. Marcia loved her VNU home. She enjoyed the activities at the Village. She would “show off” her home when the family came to visit at the Village’s annual Independence Day Celebration.

Marcia had a tender heart and was happy when others were happy and sad when others were sad. Marcia had an easy smile and was a blessing to those who knew her.

Marcia will be missed by her Village Family and her family survivors; siblings, Brenda (Randy) Van Kley of Spencer, Iowa; Ed (Jody) Bolkema of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; nephews and nieces, Chris Bolkema, Jen (Adam) Brown, Mitch (Kensi) Bolkema and Sara (Kaleb) Heckstein; five great-nephews and nieces, Grayson Bolkema, Kate Brown, Liam Bolkema, Greta Brown and Sawyer Heckstein.

Marcia was preceded in death by her father, Ervin Bolkema and sister Gayla Bolkema. Marcia’s mother, Gladys Bolkema passed away three days after Marcia.