Jacob C. Boersema
Jacob C. Boersema, 81, passed into the loving arms of his Lord on April 14, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with kidney cancer.
Jake was born August 22, 1926 in Everett, WA. He was the eldest of five children to Carl and Kate Boersema. Jake graduated from Everett High School in 1944. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army in 1944 and 1945, the later year in the Philippines. At this time he also began his 46 year retail career with Sears Roebuck in Everett where he was known as "the hardware man" and a friend and mentor to many he worked with.
On November 21, 1951 he married Pearl Vander Veer. During their early years Jake was an active high school football and basketball referee in Snohomish County. Jake and Pearl had three children and moved to Marysville, WA, in 1965, where they have since resided.
Jake was a lifelong member of the Everett Christian Reformed Church where he served as both elder and deacon. He served on the board of the Everett Christian School. He was a member of the Mens Chorus at the Everett Gospel Mission and also served on the mission board.
After his retirement in 1991 Jake and Pearl enjoyed many favorite travel places such as Maui, the Oregon coast, Leavenworth and Winthrop. He enjoyed outdoor gardening, barbeques, the Mariners, and just any times spent with his family. He was also proud to be known as "Papa Jake."
Jake will be remembered for his outgoing, kind and generous nature, his loyalty and devotion to his family, and most importantly his steadfast faith in the Lord.
Jake is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Pearl; sons, Daryl (Linda) Boersema, of Granite Falls, WA, and Craig Boersema, of Moscow, ID; daughter, Doreen (Kevin) Ricci, of Marysville, WA; six grandchildren, Nic, Tyler and Jaime Pulley, Hannah and Marcus Boersema, and Karina Ricci; great-grandaughter, Arienna Boersema. He also leaves his brothers, Carl (Carolyn) Boersema, of Manning, SC, and Marvin (Myrna) Boersema, of Lake Stevens, WA; sisters-in-law, Tinia Buitenbos, of Yakima, WA, and Dena Wichers, of Arlington, WA; brother-in-law, Robert Lamb, of South Carolina; uncle, Art Boersema, of Marysville, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Kate; brother, Bernard Boersema; and sister, Gertrude Lamb.
Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 18, and 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.,Saturday, April 18, at Solie Funeral Home, 3301 Colby, Everett.
Private family graveside services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19, at Cyprus Lawn Cemetary, 1615 SE Everett Mall Way. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Everett Christian Reformed Church, 1415 McDougal Street.
Memorial donations may be made to the Everett Christian School, 2221 Cedar, Everett, WA 98201, or the Everett Gospel Mission, 3711 Smith Ave, Everett, WA 98201.
The family wishes to thank Ed, Jamie and Dana of Providence Hospice of Snohomish County, Simone of Visiting Angels, Billy of Welcome Home, Pastor Jim Wiersum, and the many thoughts and prayers from family and friends during Jake's final journey Home.