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Henry Boersma

Henry "Hank" Boersma Jr.

Thursday, December 7th, 1933 - Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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Henry "Hank" Boersma, Jr., age 86, US Army Korean War Veteran. Beloved husband for 64 years to the late Joyce M. Boersma, nee Brauer. Loving father of Janice (Richard) Tiggelaar, Thomas (Mischelle) Boersma, Nancy (Mark) Triezenberg, and Carolyn (Steve) Colangelo. Cherished grandfather of Marika (Damon) Birkby and Peter Tiggelaar; Matthew Boersma, Brooke (Brian) Dowling, Bridgette, Abigail, and Stephanie Boersma; Cara, Tyler (Grace), Jordan, Heidi, and Anna Triezenberg; Alex (Susan), Sam, Adam, Luke, and Jillian Colangelo. Dearest great-grandfather of Jack, Seth, Meilana, Trajan, and Verity. Dear brother of Dorothy (Robert) Morgan. Fond brother-in-law of Thomas (late Diane) Brauer and the late Margaret (late Melvin) Ten Hoor. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Hank retired from IBM as a Custom Engineer with over 30 years of service. He enjoyed restoring old radios and telephones. Hank also repaired and restored upholstery as a part-time job.

Due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and for the safety of the family and community a private burial with military honors will be held.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Hank's life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to:

Trinity Lutheran Church
6850 W. 159th St.
Tinley Park, IL 60477 are appreciated.

Express your thoughts and condolences at colonialchapel.com 708-532-5400
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Carol A Armistead

Posted at 04:43pm
I was blessed to meet Hank Boersma and his wife, Joyce, when one of their foster children, James Boersma, was only 14 months old. They invited me to come and worship with them after I adopted James, who had been a part of their lives since he was 3 days old. I accepted their invitation and the beginning of a true friendship began. I asked Hank and Joyce if they would allow me to use their family name, Boersma, as my son's middle name. They agreed and James Boersma became James Boersma Armistead. Hank's and Joyce's lives exemplified the love and spiritual truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Throughout the years, they loved us and supported us as an extension of their family. Hank's obituary tells an important part of his life through his direct family legacy. However, his legacy (and the legacy of his late wife, Joyce) goes far beyond the generations named in the obituary. My son and I learned the true meaning of Christian love through Hank and Joyce. His legacy will also continue to be a part of our lives. A 1999 picture of Hank and Joyce at James' high school graduation from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH is shared because it brings back so many wonderful memories of how they positively impacted our lives for so many years. We love the Boersma family, and we grieve with you over the loss of your loved one. I share the peace that you now hold knowing that Hank is in eternity with our Lord and his loved ones. Love, Carol Armistead
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Natasha Jasper

Posted at 10:10am
My condolences to the entire, Boersma family, it was my pleasure taking care of Mr Henry, He was a sweet, and kind, and will be missed.
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SANDY

Posted at 09:59am
I was Blessed to be your nurse. I will miss your sweet smile And your smiling eyes when I would call you Hank and tell you that you were handsome I Will miss your caring family. You were all like my family Love Sandy. Your nurseđź’•

Debbie Bennett-Carey

Posted at 10:39pm
My deepest condolences to all of you especially during this most difficult of times.
Nancy and Mark, I know all to well the loss of a father.
You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Judy Ross

Posted at 07:11am
It is with great sadness to see that Hank has passed away. Both Joyce and Hank were such dear Christian friends. Always a beautiful smile from both of them. Until we meet again in heaven. Praying for comfort and strength to everyone.
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