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Geraldine Terpstra

Geraldine L. "Jerry" Terpstra (Bensema)

Sunday, June 13th, 1926 - Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
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Geraldine L. "Jerry" Terpstra, nee Bensema, age 94, beloved wife of the late Melvin Terpstra (1989). Loving mother of Dr. Dale (Mary) Terpstra, Gale (William) Meyer, Melvin Terpstra and Valerie (Glenn) Bruinius. Cherished grandmother of Andrew (Ashley) Terpstra, Jacob (Emily) Terpstra; Jamie (Jim) Sellhorn, Michelle Meyer, William (Jennifer) Meyer, Kathryn Meyer; Kaitlyn (Kevin) Voss, Emily (Mitchell) Warren, Megan Bruinius, Samantha (Bryan) Soto Estrella and James Bruinius. Dearest great-grandmother of 14 and great-great-grandmother of 2. Dear sister of the late Frank Bensema.

Jerry lived life as a devoted housewife, mother and grandmother. She always lived to serve others (often providing for others' needs), sharing her faith, volunteering at church, supporting faith-based organizations financially and participating in events.

Jerry loved to invite people to spend time at her Cedar Lake cottage and provided for all with her gift of unselfish hospitality.

She loved to travel with dad and often went on tours with friends to many places throughout the world (Hawaii, Netherlands, Europe, China and the Holy Land). She continued to enjoy travel tours after being widowed (often bus tours--Branson, MO was a favorite!) as well as attending social events--especially if there was a luncheon!

Jerry loved music--hymns, gospel favorites, Handel's Messiah, choirs and loved playing the organ at home always playing by ear.

Visitation Friday, November 13, 2020, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements. A live-stream of the service will be available, please visit Jerry's obituary on Colonial Chapel's website at colonialchapel.com. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens South, Oak Lawn, IL.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Bible League International or Back to God Ministries are appreciated.

Express your thoughts and condolences at colonialchapel.com 708-532-5400
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Colonial Chapel
    Address
    15525 S. 73rd Ave.
    ORLAND PARK, IL 60462
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    Notes
    Visitation Friday, November 13, 2020, from 4-8 p.m. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.
  • Service

    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, November 14th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Colonial Chapel
    Address
    15525 S. 73rd Ave.
    ORLAND PARK, IL 60462
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Funeral Service Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements. A live-stream of the service will be available, please visit Jerry's obituary on Colonial Chapel's website at colonialchapel.com.
  • Interment

    Location
    Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery
    Address
    11333 S. Central Avenue
    OAK LAWN, IL 60453
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George Bensema

Posted at 05:39am
I was blessed the see my Aunt Jerry about 2 years ago with my sister. For years when I joined the military in 1983 she would send me birthday cards. I made sure that my daughter met her. I know she's with her Heavenly family. Love you.
George Timothy Bensema.
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Reynold & Doris Kamphuis

Posted at 02:36pm
What a wonderful person and cousin Gerry was for so many, beautiful years. Her strong faith and life-example of a daughter of our Lord were so valuable. We treasured and admired her sweet spirit and kind personality, always providing so much for family and friends. We are praying for much peace for each of her many children, grandchildren, greats and great-greats. What a precious heritage and blessing for so many.
~ Reynold & Doris (Bensema) Kamphuis
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Jean Loerop, Jul & Jackie Medenblik, Les & Vaughn

Posted at 09:32pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
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Dr. June Terpstra

Posted at 10:02am
My heartfelt condolences and the words of one of my mom's favorite songs come to mind, "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal."
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Tom Hummel and family

Posted at 12:41pm
Mrs. "T", thank you for all the good times at Cedar Lake. To Mel and family, God bless
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