Beverly M. Roelofs May 5, 1931 - Jan. 16, 2013
Beverly M. Roelofs, 81, of Willmar, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Bethesda Pleasantview in Willmar. Her funeral will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, January 19th at Willmar Christian Reformed Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Lake Florida Mission Covenant Cemetery, rural New London. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Friday, January 18th at the church and continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, www.hafh.org
Beverly Mae (Nordstrom) Roelofs was born May 5, 1931 to William and Helen (Nelson) Nordstrom near Dassel, MN. When Bev was six years old, the family moved onto the farm near New London. She graduated from New London High School in 1949. Bev took a job at the Willmar State Hospital and met the love of her life, Wayne Roelofs in January of 1951. They married on September 21st of the same year and made their home in Willmar. Into this family were born five daughters and one son. Bev was a stay at home mom for many years before going to work part-time in 1970 as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell. She worked there until the office closed in 1981. In 1990, she worked at the Wal-Mart in Willmar as a greeter.
When Wayne retired in December of 1990, they moved back to the farm near New London where she had grown up. Bev loved her family farm, planting flowers in the spring, picking berries and grapes in the summer, assembling apple pies for freezing in the fall and curling up with a book in the winter. She was a farm girl who had a pet lamb, named Judy and loved to run barefoot all summer long. She told stories of her mom who loved to sing and dance, her brother who climbed high to sit in the cupola of the barn, sisters that she loved to spend time with and about a year when she and her sisters each received an embroidered hanky for Christmas. She was all about family. Bev loved her husband, children, grandchildren and the great-grands. For years her social calendar was full, with Roelofs Sisters and school concerts, sporting events, church programs and theatre productions that her children and grandchildren were in. Bev and Wayne traveled all over the world, sometimes with friends and family, always together! They wintered in Arizona for many years and every year, she would say, "I like to go to Arizona in the winter, but I love coming home!"
There are so many things that Bev loved: Music and listening to her family sing, her Swedish heritage, Terry Redlin prints, Birthday parties, family gatherings, the color purple, maple nut ice cream, flowers, Blue Delft, humming birds, David Winter Cottages, books, her pets Misty, Buffy and Belle, doing laundry (yes, laundry), baking bread (nine loaves at a time) and Christmas cookies, peeling apples, salt on her watermelon, lingonberry jelly, fishing with Auntie Shirley, playing SkipBo or dominos, getting her hair done and visiting with family and friends over coffee(over the years it was Town Talk, White Drug Cafeteria, Cedar Inn, Hillcrest, McKales and Cub to name a few). All these were dear to Bev. Most important to her was her love for her Lord and Savior. Bev grew up in the Mission Covenant Church in New London. She confirmed her faith as a teenager and was baptized in the Willmar CRC after she married. Bev loved Jesus and lived her faith with everyone she knew.
After selling the family farm to a grandson, in June of 2010, Bev and Wayne moved into an apartment in Willmar. Following Bevs fall and resulting head injury, Bev and Wayne moved into Sterling House Assisted Living in Willmar. Bev moved to Golden Living Memory Care in Olivia in June of 2012 and then to Pleasantview in Willmar in August. Bev passed away quietly, in her sleep on the morning of January 16, 2013. She was 81 years old. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wayne; daughters, Denise (and David) Deaner of Willmar, Laurie (and Dave) Allen of Spicer, Becky (and Ken) Price of New London, WI, Shari (and Dan) Sletta of Spicer, Julie Binger (& friend, Todd Johnson) of Willmar and son, Wayne (and Joyce) Roelofs Jr. of Minneapolis; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Shirley Olson and Marlys Plowman; brother Kenneth "Red" Nordstrom; and son-in-law, Jeff "Dewey" Noordmans.