Dorothy J. Wilterdink, 92, of Gibbsville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Pine Haven Christian Home in Sheboygan Falls.

Dorothy was born Aug. 24, 1921, in the town of Lima, oldest of nine children and daughter of George and Esther (Lammers) Jensema. She attended the one-room Hillcrest School and was a 1939 graduate of Oostburg High School.

On June 23, 1944, she married Marvin Wilterdink in the town of Lima. Marvin passed away Oct. 18, 1990.

Prior to her marriage, she worked picking cherries in Sister Bay, in Door County, and at Huth James Shoe Factory in Cedar Grove. She farmed and worked alongside her husband for 46 years.

Dorothy was a lifelong member of Gibbsville Reformed Church, where she was active in Bethany Circle and Women’s Missionary Society.

She was a member of the Lima Homemakers Club, Sheboygan County Farm Bureau, and a 4-H leader.

Dorothy enjoyed sports, watching the Green Bay Packers and Oostburg High School basketball team, Scrabble, gardening, and card playing. Dorothy enjoyed many winters in Florida and cherished the time she could spend babysitting her grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her five daughters, Shirley Cram of Raleigh, N.C.; Barb Hilbelink of Sheboygan Falls; Rogene (John) Huibregtse of Mackinac, Mich.; Diane (Bob) Daane of Hingham and Linda Wilterdink of Minneapolis, Minn.; her two sons, Glenn Wilterdink and David Wilterdink, both of Sheboygan Falls; 15 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; three sisters, Carol (Bob) Den- Boer of Sheboygan, Marilyn Steiro of Amasa, Mich., and Joyce Van Haveren of Sheboygan; and two brothers, Cal (Harriet) Jensema of Oostburg and Mark (Elizabeth) Jensema of Appleton.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Marvin; her parents; her daughter-in-law, Laurie Wilterdink; granddaughter, Brittany Daane; one sister, Elvira Jensema and two brothers, Floyd (Johanna) Jensema and Gordon Jensema; and two brothers in-law, Ken Steiro and Jim Van Haveren.

Funeral services to celebrate Dorothy’s life were held Monday afternoon, Feb. 3, at Gibbsville Reformed Church with the Rev. John Ornee officiating. A family service preceded in the choir room. Burial took place at Gibbsville Cemetery in the town of Lima.

A memorial fund has been established in Dorothy’s name for Pine Haven Christian Communities.

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The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting Dorothy’s family with arrangements.

The Wilterdink family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff at Pine Haven Christian Home for the loving and dedicated care given to Dorothy and their family for the past several years.

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