MACKINAW - Gerita F. Haensel, 81, of Mackinaw, Ill., passed away and went home to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. She passed away at Hopedale Nursing Home where she had been a resident for the past 18 months.
Gerita leaves behind her devoted husband of 58 years, Theo L. Haensel. Gerita's family includes her children, David (Karen) Haensel, Julie Haensel and Paul Haensel, her grandchildren, Nicole (Rick) Mitok and Michael Haensel (and fiancee Lindsay Newton), and one great-grandson, Kai Mitok, all of Mackinaw; her brother, Dr. Gerald (Joyce) Boerman of Green Valley, Ariz.; her sister, Jacqueline Stark of Muskegon, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
Gerita was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Walter and Betty Boerman, and her parents, the Rev. Jacob and Catherine Boerman.
Gerita was born on Feb. 8, 1933, in Three Oaks, Mich., to the Rev. Jacob and Catherine Vanderwall Boerman.
Gerita was a graduate of Pekin High School, class of 1951. She completed her nursing degree in 1956, graduating from the John C. Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Ill.
Her father, the Rev. Jacob Boerman, performed her wedding ceremony to Theo L. Haensel on Nov. 24, 1956, at her father's church in Ravenna, Mich.
Gerita worked at Springfield Memorial Hospital as a surgical nurse and later worked at Pekin Memorial Hospital in labor and delivery.
Gerita was employed by Deer Creek Mackinaw School District 701 for over 25 years, where she transported special needs children to outlying schools.
Gerita was an active member at Mackinaw Christian Church for over 55 years.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Mackinaw Christian Church. The Rev. David Jassman will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Mackinaw Christian Church or to the Mackinaw Rescue Squad.
Online condolences may be made at www.haenselfuneralhome.com.
Gerita's family is grateful for the kindness and care extended by the employees and staff of Hopedale Nursing Home.
"Beautiful life is that, whose span is spent in duty to God and man. Beautiful calm when the course is run; Beautiful twilight at the set of sun. Beautiful service, with life well done."