Date of Death: July 5, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Hohner Funeral Home with Rev. Brenda Deily officiating.  Cremation will be conducted following services.

Obituary Notice

Shirley Mae Boersma (Wagner) Born March 5, 1942, the youngest of 12, to Thomas and Anna Wagner.  She is survived by her husband, Leonard Boersma and their children Scott and Barbi (Wittl) Boersma, Sheri (Boersma) and Andy McGrail, Sandy (Boersma) and Tim Gray, and Steve and Erin (Niewoonder) Boersma.  In addition to her children, Shirley enjoyed being the proud Grandmother of 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Shirley was born in Harvey, Illinois and grew up on the family farm in South Holland for the majority of her life.  She was involved in various committees at Faith Reformed Church in South Holland, where she shared a love of nature and talent for gardening and crafting that she shared with her children and enjoyed her entire life.  Shirley met Leonard Boersma while attending Thornton High School and the sweethearts married in July, 1961.  The couple built their home in South Holland, Illinois where they raised four children and later built their cottage/retirement home on Corey Lake in Three Rivers, Michigan.

She was the first to start a game of volleyball or Uno and spent thousands of hours driving and riding in the boat for her kids and many nieces and nephews.   She was great for a tight hug, a warm smile and a piece of wisdom for her grandchildren. Every sporting event was always on the calendar- from elementary school through college, and there were few games that she and Len missed.  Family events were always a priority and she instilled the value of family, faith, hard-work and dedication to everyone she met.  She held a quiet yet strong presence in the lives of all of her children and always made sure to have taco salad, green stuff and bonket at every family gathering.

Additional Information

Memorial donations may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association.  Envelopes available and also may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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  1. Sandy, I just heard of your loss and my heart is broken for you and your family. Sending hugs. You have my very heartfelt sympathies!!

  2. Wayne and I were so saddened to hear about Shirley’s accident. We are praying for the God of all comfort to comfort you. Shirley and I grew up together through grade school church and high school. She was always a happy wonderful friend. Sending our love and prayers. Ruth Ann VanderSteeg

  3. Dear Lenny,

    You are in the Smith and Van Oss prayers where you shall be for many months. I have been in shock since John Kroggel telephoned me yesterday morning about Shirley’s sudden and horrific accident. I will see you tomorrow, and we can share some tears together. Let us remember all the good years as adjacent Corey neighbors where our families each in their own way grew and matured.

    Love with my prayers,

    Larry Smith

  4. You have all become a big and important part of our family for more than 15 years. We feel your pain of losing such a huge piece of your family, and want you to know we are willing to help and support you with anything you need now, and in the future. Our prayers for your strength and comfort will be wi h you, as you adjust to life without Shirley/Mom/Grandma. We loved her smile, quick wit, helpfulness, cooking, and joy of having fun!! Our love and hugs to all of you..

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