Gertrude “Gert” Beukelman was born March 24, 1924 at rural Platte, SD to Peter and Nellie (Osterhouse) Westerling. She grew up and attended country school near her parents’ farm northwest of Platte. On November 3, 1942 she married Cornelius Edward Beukelman in Halifax, NC. They farmed for 35 years 3 1/2 miles south of Harrison, SD. While she helped with the farm, she also worked at the Corsica Nursing Home and was a sales representative for numerous direct sales companies. In 1981 they moved to Mitchell where she continued her direct sales work and provided daycare for multiple families. She also volunteered helping the elderly and helped meet the needs of many others in the community. She had a great love for the outdoors, trees, plants, flowers and caring for others.
She is survived by her two sons: Dennis Beukelman and wife, Marlys of Jeffers, MN, Duane Beukelman and wife, Susan of Mitchell, SD; one sister, Abbie Boltjes of Platte, SD; seven grandchildren: Brenda Beukelman and husband, Mike Frommelt of South Minneapolis, MN, Lisa Kim and husband, Tony of Beavercreek, OH, Aaron Beukelman and wife, Sara of Omaha, NE, Renee Beukelman, Stephen Beukelman, Matthew Beukelman and David Beukelman all of Mitchell, SD; and seven great-grandchildren: Lauren, Charlie and Leo Frommelt, Libby, Gavin, Aidan and Ella Kim. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cornelius, one granddaughter, Alicia Beukelman, three brothers and five sisters.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.