Florence G. Boelens, 93, of Cambridge, died at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, with her family by her side at the home of her daughter, in Kewanee. A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at St. John Paul II Parish, in Kewanee. Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu officiated. A visitation was from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at Rux Funeral Home, in Kewanee. A rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. Burial was in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery, in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Florence Boelens Memorial Fund.
She was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Annawan, the daughter of Julius and Martha (LeFevre) VanAutreve. She married Raymond C. Boelens on Feb. 3, 1945, in Atkinson, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 1996.
Florence was one of a kind. She always had a smile and kind words and never a complaint. She was an amazing wife, mom, grandma and friend. Those who were blessed to have Florence in their life remember her as one of the sweetest ladies they knew. She took pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent many days on the farm baking cookies with them, letting them swim in the hog tank, play in the corn and ride dirt bikes. Whatever they dreamt up, she would let them do. She never raised her voice and always had time for love and hugs. She loved working in her garden, taking care of her cats and taking pictures of the farm. She was a member of St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee and the Altar and Rosary Society at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, in Cambridge. Florence had an amazing life and was a blessing to all who knew her.
Survivors include her son, Francis (Pat) Boelens, of West Liberty, Iowa; her daughter, Mary Ann (Tim) Anderson, of Kewanee; six grandchildren: Kris Fields and Kirk (Amy) Boelens, both of Moline; and Chad (Amber) Anderson, Jason (Laura) Anderson, Kari (Matt) Clark and Kali (Nate) Nichols, all of Kewanee; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.