Edna L <I>Wismer</I> Bouma

Edna L Wismer Bouma

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Death 29 Dec 2013 (aged 95)
Burial Holland, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 122681412 · View Source
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Passed away at Oregon Manor in Oregon, Wis. Edna was born in Holland, Nebraska, to Harry and Bertha (Tenhulzen) Wismer. She and her brother were raised on a farm homesteaded by their grandparents. She described her childhood as lots of fun with 10 of her cousins living nearby. She married Arnold Bouma on October 8, 1937 and they farmed in the Holland area for 40 years. Together they raised three daughters. Edna wanted a college education for them, which led her to a 25 year career managing the Jane Walt Gift Shop in downtown Lincoln. She loved her work with beautiful things and interesting people. She described that chapter of her life as a very busy, but happy time. She retired when Arnold became ill and she became his caretaker.
From an early age, music and church work were very important to her. She directed youth and adult church choirs most of her life. She taught Sunday School classes, and led women's groups until a few years ago. Her unwavering faith sustained her throughout her life, especially during the prolonged illness and early death of her youngest daughter, Beth, in 1972.
After Arnold's death 28 years ago, Edna made her home in Lincoln pursuing a very active life. She always enjoyed entertaining, cooking, decorating, gardening, playing bridge, traveling, and helping people. Her yearly vacations in Colorado with family and friends were a favorite memory, and in retirement, she traveled to many other parts of the U.S. as well as to numerous foreign countries and continents. She was always ready to pack her bags and go. At the age of 85, she moved to Madison, Wis. to be near her daughter's family. She enjoyed living in Fitchburg initially, then Oakwood Village West for several years, and most recently at Oregon Manor Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Glen Wismer and wife Thelma, daughter, Beth Leuders, grandson-in-law, Stephen Burmeister-May, nephew, Marlin Wismer, and many other relatives and friends.


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  • Created by: Bob
  • Added: 3 Jan 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 122681412
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edna L Wismer Bouma (8 Jan 1918–29 Dec 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 122681412, citing Holland Cemetery, Holland, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Bob (contributor 47155955) .