Charlotte Christine (Stuivenga) Blanksma, 88, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. She was born Nov. 13, 1923 in Grangeville, Idaho to Mike and Cora (Roest) Stuivenga.
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Charlotte excelled in school, finishing high school through correspondence, and then attending nursing school at Calvin College. She received special recognition throughout her education. She completed her nurses training in Chicago and Detroit before moving to Bozeman where she worked at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital as an RN for several years, and where she met her future husband, Peter.
She married Peter Blanksma on May 28, 1952 in Grangeville. Together, they raised five boys on the family farm south of Churchill. She always enjoyed preparing wonderful meals for her family get-togethers. Often on the menu was hand fried chicken, delicious pot roast, and an assortment of homemade pies.
Nineteen years of work at the Churchill Retirement home in the personal care wing provided great personal satisfaction. She also greatly enjoyed her volunteer work for the American Red Cross doing blood drives.
As a longtime member of First Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, she was involved in many church activities including teaching Sunday School, and was also involved with the Bible Study Fellowship.
She was an extremely loving mother and grandmother throughout her life, and took great pleasure in being with her grandchildren, and being involved in their activities. Family reunions and outings provided great enjoyment to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Marianne.
Charlotte is survived by her husband, Pete, of Bozeman; sons, Rick (Carrie) of Billings, Mike of Quincey, Fla.; David of Bozeman, Daryl (Laura) of Manhattan, and Loren (Deborah) of Bozeman; grandchildren, Eric and Molly Blanksma, Craig Blanksma, Rachel and Curtis Flesch, Darcy Blanksma, Brittany and Carson Welch, Courtney Blanksma, Melissa and Madison Blanksma, and Adam and Alyssa Blanksma; and two great-grandchildren, Seth and Ben Blanksma. She is also survived by her sisters, Alice Hall and Susan (John) DeHaas; brother, William (Jean) Stuivenga; and sisters-in-law, Ann Van Dyke and Annette DeBoer; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Churchill Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 12 p.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.
Memorials may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607; or Back to God Ministries International, 6555 West College Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463.
The family would like to thank the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital doctors and staff for their excellent care and compassion. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2012