Margaret M. “Margie” Hendrikse, 84, of Oostburg, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Pine Haven Covenant Home in Sheboygan Falls.

Margaret was born April 6, 1929, in the town of Holland, daughter of John and Mary (Theune) VanEss. She attended Lakeview School and was a 1947 graduate of Oostburg High School.

On June 30, 1949, she married Erwin J. Hendrikse in Oostburg. Erwin passed away Aug. 8, 2013.

Margaret was primarily a devoted homemaker for her family. She also worked at Daane Red Owl Grocery Store, Oostburg Bakery, Knotty Pine and Sunny Ridge Nursing Home.

Margaret was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Oostburg, the Eunice and Martha Societies, and served as the meal coordinator for shut-ins for many years. Margaret was also a member of the Oostburg Christian School Circle and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an active volunteer for many causes.

Margaret enjoyed extensive travel with her husband throughout the United States, gardening, baking and going for walks.

Margaret is survived by her three daughters, Mary (Larry) Van Arendonk of Pella, Iowa; Carol (Michael) Eischen of Columbus, Ohio, and Chris (James) Hoeflich of Carpentersville, Ill.; two sons, Steve (Sue) Hendrikse of Oostburg and Scott (Anne) Hendrikse of Sheboygan; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lenore LeMahieu of Oostburg; one brother, Lloyd VanEss of Oostburg; four sisters-in-law, Nelda VanEss of Sheboygan Falls and Donna VanEss, Helen VanEss and Annette Hendrikse, all of Oostburg; and two brothers-in-law, Richard (Jean) Hendrikse of Oostburg and Peter Koskamp of Independence, Iowa.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Erwin; her parents; two grandchildren, John and Rebecca Hendrikse; two sisters, Lauretta (Allen) TeStroote and Janet (Les) Bloemers; and five brothers, James, Isaac (Esther), Howard (SueAnn), Robert and Carl VanEss.

Funeral services to celebrate Margaret’s life were held Monday morning, March 17, at First Christian Reformed Church in Oostburg with the Rev. Tom Pettinga officiating. Burial took place at Hingham Cemetery in the town of Lima.

A memorial fund has been established in Margaret’s name for Oostburg Christian School, Sheboygan County Christian High School, and Pine Haven Christian Communities.

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

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