Geneva (Jean) Stuivenga, 89

GRANGEVILLE: Geneva (Jean) Stuivenga, 89, passed away Monday, February 11th, 2019 at her home. She was born April 3rd, 1929 in Bozeman, MT to Garret and Gertrude Bos. She was the second of six children. She grew up on a farm with both stock cows and milk cows. She attended school in a one room school house through the 8th grade. Instead of going to high school, she worked with her family taking care of babies and small children, as well as in a bakery and at Woolworths.

After being courted for four months, she married William Stuivenga on April 20th, 1948 in Manhattan, MT. Together, they raised ten children on the family farm east of Grangeville. Mom’s life revolved around her family and the farm. She worked long and hard hours each day, cooking, cleaning, and chasing kids. Early in their marriage, mom drove truck for dad during harvest and hired someone to take care of the kids. After all the kids moved out, mom could be found in the harvest truck again. Mom fed not only her family, but all the farm hands hired throughout the years. There was always room for one more at the table and there was always dessert! Mom typically had a large garden. She usually canned fruits and vegetables for the family as well as made jam. Mom kept a candy drawer well supplied for all her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. She enjoyed sewing and repaired many clothes as well as sewed new ones for her kids (some of us had matching outfits). She enjoyed crocheting and made countless doilies and numerous baby blankets. In the last several years she crocheted plastic grocery bags into rugs. After dad and mom retired from farming, mom could be seen walking several miles on the roads close to the house on a regular basis. Mom enjoyed playing the piano and typically played on Sunday mornings before she went to church. As the grandchildren started to arrive, mom was more than happy to hold them for as long as possible, and then more than happy to return them. She enjoyed putting jigsaw puzzles together and at times every solid surface in the house was filled with them. Mom was constantly doing word searches and enjoyed watching game shows every night on TV. Eventually, mom got her own John Deere tractor – she could be seen mowing her yard with it on a regular basis, and wasn’t happy to have to give it up. She was a life member of the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church.

Geneva is survived by nine children: Gary of Belen, NM; Joyce (Rod) Vessey of Grangeville, ID; Ed (Debi) Stuivenga of Stites, ID; Willard (Penny) Stuivenga of Grangeville, ID; Gladys (Ray) Crabtree of Kuna, ID; Steve (Maple) Stuivenga of Kamiah, ID; Barbara (Mark) Forsmann of Grangeville, ID; Linda (John) Crouch of Lewisville, TX; Tim Stuivenga of Tacoma, WA. She also leaves behind 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Additional survivors include sisters Alice Kingma of Grangeville, ID and Marilyn (John) DeVries of Minneapolis, MN and brothers Steven (Gloria) Bos of Guffy, CO and Gary Bos of Belgrade, MT. She was preceded in death by her husband William, her daughter Carol, her parents, her infant brother Edward, her daughter-in-law Linda, her brother-in-law Herman, and her sister-in-law Donna.

The family would like to thank Anita Lucas and Cindy Crumm for checking in with mom. Your on-call assistance will always be remembered. We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Griffis and Syringa Hospice for their amazing support and compassionate care of mom during the last few months. We will forever appreciate Mary Workman, Cristy Imus, and Dorothy Lindstrom, who assisted us in keeping and caring for mom at home. They all gave mom love and friendship in addition to exceptional care! Another special thanks to Mary Kaye Mennet-Martin who became mom’s puzzle partner. Mom looked forward to every visit!

The viewing will be held on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home. A public burial will take place on Saturday, February 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. at the Prairie View cemetery. After, a funeral service will be held at the Christian Reformed Church, 521 N. Junction, at 11:00 a.m.

Rest in peace Mom… We love you and will miss you!

The family suggests memorials be made in Geneva’s name to the Syringa Hospice Program, Grangeville, ID. Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville is in charge of arrangements. You may submit condolences to the family at

Condolences to the family of Geneva (Jean) Stuivenga, 89

  • Debi Jeffers Boersma says:

    I am sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. She and my parents were good friends when we lived in Grangeville back in the 1960s and I enjoying seeing her when I visited. My deepest sympathies to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. What a legacy she left. She is with the Lord now, free and in no pain, and reunited with those who went before her. Knowing my dad, he may well have been there to greet her, as well.

  • wildwebwest says:

    To the family of Jean Stuivenga, we want to express our sincerest sympathies for the loss of this strong woman, from your earthlly lives. She was Mother, grandmother, great grandmother, spouse and so many people in our midst. Bob and I never had the honor to meet Jean, but knowing members of her family, she was an inspirational figurehead in her time. Now it is her turn to Rest in Peace with all who departed before her. Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of loss. Sincerely, Bob and Mary Mangold

  • Betsy Harding Walker says:

    Though we never met in person? I have been privileged to meet your families. What unique folk. Deepest Sympathies for the loss of such a good MOM .

  • Dave Thompson says:

    To all of the Stuivenga family, I would like to send my deepest sympathy. I will never forget Jeans smile or her laugh. Jeans laugh was so contagious she would make me laugh even harder. I can still hear her and Bill’s voice and enjoyed their sense of humor. Their hard work ethic was an inspiration to me and others. There are somethings in life you never forget and one of those were the fried cheese sandwiches Jean would make on Sunday evening. I think about her every time I have one. Hers were always the best. My thoughts are with you all.

  • Margie and Steve Pratt says:

    We send our condolences to all of you, we are so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Steve and Margie Pratt

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