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Obituary: Gerda Wempe Schippers

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Our beloved mother and Oma, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening 19 September 2001 of heart failure.

Mom was born in Haarlem, Holland 26 February 1921, the youngest of four children and only daughter of Friedrick Johannes and Sijke Bouma Wempe. Preceded in death by her eternal companion, John, to whom she was married for over 50 years.

They immigrated to the United States in August 1952 after which their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1953.

Mom was always cheerful in every circumstance. She brightened everyone's life with her presence. She loved to listen to music and go dancing with Dad. The focus of her life was her children and grandchildren and their happiness.

She is survived by her children, Hans (Penny), Ron (Cheryl), Edward (Maggie), Linda Higgins (Bob), Rick (Julie), Glen (Michelle), Terrie Nielsen (Brent), 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Highland 3rd Ward chapel, 9800 south Dunsinane Dr. (3845 West). Friends may call Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 S Redwood Rd. and Monday, one hour prior to services at the church. Interment, Redwood Memorial Estates.