Cora Beukelman

Cora de Jonge Beukelman died on December 15, 2014. She was 103 years old. Cora was the third child born to William F. and Antoinette (LeCocq) de Jonge. She was born on the family farm southwest of Harrison, SD on September 11, 1911.

Cora married Verne Beukelman in 1939. They lived on Verne’s family farm near Harrison for several years until they moved to their own farm north of Harrison. They lived there until Verne’s health made it necessary for them to move to Corsica. Verne died at the age of 69 in 1979.

Cora worked with a tax practitioner several weeks every year for 23 years and was the business manager of the Corsica School District for about eight years. She was the librarian at the Priscilla Club Library for about ten years.

She made profession of her Savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 16 in 1st Reformed Church in Lynden, WA. Later she transferred to the Reformed Church in Harrison, and later still to the Grace Reformed Church in Corsica

Cora was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents, her mother and father, her sisters Marie LeCompte and Antoinette Vander Woude, and brother Frank de Jonge. She is survived by her daughter Maryanne (Richard Ward) and their children Nathan and Christina Ward Alvarez (Ben); her son David (Helen DeWaard) and their three children Jeffrey (Cynthia), Jonathan (Jamie), and Julie (Jim) Johnson; her daughter Frances and foster daughter Belinda Nolen; Roy (Bonnie) and daughter Emily; and family friend Ruth Terry. Cora was blessed with 11 great grandchildren.

Most of Cora’s 103 years were spent in Douglas County. She received a huge amount of support and friendship from the Harrison and Corsica communities! Her family is especially grateful to the medical professionals, and the Leisure Living and Good Samaritan staffs who cared for her.

Cora’s last years were spent in Good Samaritan Home. All her life she loved reading and sharing books with her children and other people’s children! If you would like to remember her, a gift to the Good Samaritan Home or the Priscilla Club Library would give her joy.