Jacob C. Boersema
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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.


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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Apr. 16 to Apr. 19, 2008.
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April 20, 2008
Aunt Toots and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am very glad Doris, mom and I got to visit with you and Jake in January. God bless.
Ed Vander Veer
April 19, 2008
Toots & family--My sympathy, thoughts & prayers are with you at this very sorrowful time. May our Lord help you through this, & all the precious memories you have with Jake. I hope to share luncheons with you in the future Toots. Love, & God bless!
Shirley Milburn
April 19, 2008
Jake was a very valued member of the Everett Gospel Mission Board of Directors for many years. His insight and devotion to our Lord was so evident as he always reminded us to prayerfully make decisions. I will miss his wonderful laugh and thoughtfullness. A rare individual indeed and a friend to the poor. Heaven is richer for his arrival. My thoughts are with the family. I regret that I am unable to attend the service as I am out of town, but know that my thoughts are with you today and in the days to come.
Sylvia Anderson
April 18, 2008
Pearl,Daryl,Craig and Doreen
My deepest sympathy to all of you.
You are in my thoughts and prayers
Love and God Bless.
Lynn Blount
April 18, 2008
Aunt Toot and Uncle Jake Sept 9th 2004
Aunt Toots and Family
We will miss Jake, We will chersihed the memories and the laughter, the visits,
our thoughts are with you and the family at this time,
Love always.
Jerry @ Carolyn Paeschke
April 18, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Corinne (VanderVeer) O'Daniel
Corinne O'Daniel
April 17, 2008
Dear Toots, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
Angeline Den Boer
April 17, 2008
Dear Toots and family, Thank you for making me part of your family. I have many fond memories of the time that your brother, Ed, and I were privileged to spend with all of you. Jake was a very special guy. I sympathize with you in your great loss. Love and prayers, Linda Denson
Linda Denson
April 17, 2008
WE WILL MISS JAKES SMILE AND FRIENDSHIP. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH TOOTS AND FAMILY
TINIA,ROGER,NANCY,NIKKI BUITENBOS
April 17, 2008
Aunt Toots, and family:
My thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of loss.

God Bless you all.
Cheryl Kirkham (Vander Veer)
April 16, 2008
Dear Aunt Pat, Darryl, Craig and Doreen, Jake has never been far from our thoughts and prayers. All of you are now and always will be in our thoughts and prayers! Peace and Comfort be yours through God's grace
Shellie Denton and Family
April 16, 2008
Our prayers are with you.
Dick & Beverly Buitenbos
April 16, 2008
We will miss Jake Our thoughts and prayers with Toots and the Family
Howard and Betty Miller
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