Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Joe W. Boetsma  

Joe W. Boetsma - Of Mr. Boetsma appear to know what he is doing in this picture there is plenty of reason for it as he has had 19 years of experience in the upholstering and furniture repair business. His background includes work in a furniture factory at Grand Ledge, Mich. and a plant in Shreveport, La. while he has had his own shop here for a number of years.

He was born on a farm near Zeeland, Mich., but his early years were spent in New Jersey.

He first became an automobile mechanic, working for Packard and Cadillac, and during the war tested government trucks at Grand Rapids, Mi.

He first came to Culver in 1917, and except for a couple of brief periods has maintained his home here ever since. He was a member of the fire department for several years and served as chied for a short time. he was one of the energetic citizens who helped get signers on the petition that brought town mail delilvery to Culver .

In March of this year (1939) he formed the firm of Joe Boetsma & sons, and plans to open a furniture store in Burr Oak about the middle of this month. however, the upholstering business will be continued here as before.

1953 - Mar 25, — Joe W. Boetsma, 59, died unexpectedly last Thursday afternoon from a heart attack. A Culver resident since 1917, Mr. Boetsma was head of the firm, Joe Boetsma & Sons, Upholsterers.

It's also worth noting that, two years prior, he had helped launch what would become the Culver Bible Church, several blocks south of his business, on South Main Street, though Boetsma himself only saw the early seeds of his dream begin to take root (in fact, son Joe H. Boetsma's former home at 317 S. Ohio, a block west of the Mill Street business, has been home to the Bible C hurch's pastor for more than 35 years; Joe Sr. lived at the house adjacent to the business on Mill Street).

MRS. JOE BOETSMA Culver - Mrs. Joe (Dessie) B oetsma, 84, formerly of C u lv e r , died Wednesday, November 28th in the Canterbury Manor Nursing Home in Rochester following an extended illness.

Born July 12, 1895 near Culver she was the daughter of Monroe and Amanda Wiser Warren. She was a lifetime resident of the Culver area

On March 24. 1917 she was united in marriage to Joe W. Boetsma who preceded her in death on March 19, 1953

She was a charter member of the Culver Bible Church and a member of the Culver Homemakers Club.

Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Ronald (Claribel) Quivey, Culver and two sons. Charles M. Scott of Tucson, Arizona and Joe H Boetsma of Culver; 6 grand children; 10 great grandchildren; 5 brothers, Leo Warren, Culver; James B Warren. Gas City; Steve., Herschel and Edward Warren, South Bend

She was preceded in death by one son and two granddaughters.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Culver Bible Church with the Rev. Maynard Tittle and the Rev. Dan Huhn officiating.

Burial was in the Culver Masonic Cemetery. The Bonine Funeral Home was in charge of arragements. - Thursday, December 6, 1979

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