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Gertrude "Trudy" Louise Blankers

December 30, 1929 — April 16, 2021

Gertrude “Trudy” L. Blankers

Sheldon, Iowa

Gertrude “Trudy” Louise Blankers, age 91, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa. Her service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the First Reformed Church in Boyden, Iowa with Rev. Dave Poppen ~ officiating.
Burial will be at Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, Iowa.
Visitation will be after 3:00 P.M. on Friday, April 23, 2021 with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home – Sheldon

Memorials may be directed to the Christian Retirement Home

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home – Sheldon.
Online condolences may be made to the Family at


BORN: December 30, 1929 ~ Boyden, Iowa
PASSED AWAY: April 16, 2021 ~ Sheldon, Iowa

10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 24, 2021
First Reformed Church; Boyden, Iowa
Rev. Dave Poppen ~ officiating

“No More Night”
“Give Me Jesus”
Sung by Corky Koerselman
“Blessed Assurance”
“That Will Be Glory”
Organist: Bonnie Poppen

Elizabeth Borgens Andrea Regan
Emily Nordin Anna Blankers
Diane Blankers Jamie Blankers
Craig Blankers Mark Blankers
Christopher Blankers Matthew Bartelt
David Bartelt Patrick Regan
Jacob Nordin James Borgens

Sheridan Township Cemetery ~ Boyden, Iowa

Memorial may be directed to the
Christian Retirement Home

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa

Gertrude “Trudy” L. Blankers

After being visually impaired for the last 30 plus years of her life, Trudy Blankers opened her eyes to the glory of heaven on April 16, 2021. Gertrude Louise Blankers, daughter of Henry and Margaret (Brinks) Bosman, was born on December 30, 1929 in Boyden, Iowa. She lived in Boyden all her life until she moved to the Sheldon Christian Retirement Home with her husband, Glenn, in 2007. Trudy graduated from Boyden High School in 1947, and Northwestern Junior College in 1949. She taught in country schools in the Matlock area for 6 years.
On May 26,1954, Trudy married Glenn Blankers in the Boyden First Reformed Church. Trudy was a life-long member of the First Reformed Church making profession of faith in 1946. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, catechism, and was involved in the Reformed Church women’s ministries. She was a Girl Scout leader, a 4-H leader, and liked to do crafts of every kind, especially ceramics. She enjoyed her friendships made through the Red Hat Society and always had the coffee pot on with a snack for anyone that stopped by for a visit. She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Senior Saints for many years. Trudy was involved in the family business of gathering eggs for several years. She also worked in the Boyden-Hull elementary school kitchen as a cook.
To all who knew her, Trudy was a true example of perseverance and patience, showing a great attitude amid her visual struggles.
Trudy is survived by her 4 children, Gaylene of Winterset, Iowa, Gary (Evonne) of Sioux City, Iowa, Galen (Denise) of Sheldon, Iowa, and Gloria (Brian) Bartelt of Titonka, Iowa. She has 8 grandchildren, Andrea (Patrick) Regan, Mark (Diane) Blankers, Emily (Jacob) Nordin, Elizabeth (James) Borgens, Craig (Anna) Blankers, Chris (Jamie) Blankers, Matthew Bartelt, David Bartelt, and 7 great grandchildren. Also, her sisters-in-law, Mildred Blankers, Muriel (Andy) Kanengieter, and brother-in-law Harold (Aletha) Blankers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, parents, siblings, Johanna (Larry) Salmon, Beanie (Wilbur) Vander Tuig, Gerrit John (Winifred) Bosman, Margo (Harvey) Bruxvoort and an infant brother. Also, brothers-in-law, Dwight Blankers and Lee Blankers.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, April 23, 2021

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

10:00 - 10:45 am (Central time)

First Reformed Church - Boyden

901 Pleasant St., Boyden, IA 51234

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Sheridan Township Cemetery

3067 Jefferson Ave., Boyden, IA 51234

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