Beverly Jane Ferwerda (Geisinger) also known as “Fix it Grandma”, age 94, of Grand Rapids, was received into the loving arms of Jesus on August 7, 2021, in her home surrounded by her family.
Beverly was born in Grand Rapids, MI on July 26, 1927 the daughter of Carl and Irene Geisinger. Beverly graduated from Central High School in 1945. On November 4, 1950 she married Normand Ferwerda and built their home that they raised two children in. Beverly was a cub scout leader for her son and took up ceramics with her mother and daughter. She taught Sunday School at Faith Lutheran Church for a few years. Beverly enjoyed traveling across the country with their family. Beverly was a devoted wife, mother and sister. She worked as a lunch lady at Martin School and later retired from Foremost Insurance in 1990.
Beverly enjoyed working in her garden growing flowers and vegetables. She enjoyed being a seamstress making clothes and costumes, darning socks, and sewing on buttons. She loved cooking healthy meals for her family and using her imagination making crafts with her grandchildren. Beverly enjoyed reading novel books, her daily devotions and history books. She also enjoyed playing yard sports with her great-grandsons and later going to all her great grandkids football, basketball, and soccer games.
Then in her 80’s she learned that she enjoyed going on motorcycle rides, making hats for her family and donating thousands. Beverly belonged to Peninsular Chapter #65 order of Eastern stars, Palestine Shrine #1 Order of the White Shine of Jerusalem, Job’s Daughters Bethel #10, and High Twelve. She was a faithful member of Central Christian Church where she loved going to Bible Study and singing in the choir.
After being diagnosed with cancer, she wasn’t going to let that get her down. She went through radiation and antibodies therapy. She kept a smile on her face and a good spirit. In her last month she spent time with her family, having a water fight with great great grandchildren. She watched the birds out her window, danced to her music, and enjoyed the company of her family, her cat, neighbors, and many friends, such as Patty, Mike Clark, and Carl. Bevely is predeceased by her husband Normand Ferwerda, her son Dale Ferwerda, and her sisters Patricia Kenny and Carlene Smith. Beverly’s memory will be cherished and kept alive by her daughter Sally Aitchison-Powney (Jerry), Grandson Marshall Aitchison, Granddaughter Marie Griffee (Brandon) grandchildren Nicole, Jeremy, Michael, great grandchildren, Glenn Stevens (Alisha), Joseph Stevens (McKenna), Emma Gard, Ruth and Brandon Jr., Griffee, Summer, Lucy and Collin, Great greatgrandchildren Heaven, Joseph Jr., Hunter, Kip and Harper.
Special thanks to Masonic Lodge #34, Supreme Council Scottish Rite and order of the Eastern Star.
A Memorial Service will be held at Central Christian Church, 2525 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids on Tuesday, August 17 at 12:00 PM, with visitation from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Pastor John Delger will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please provide contributions to: Grand Rapids Masonic Lodge #34 Charitable Fund, or Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods.
Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods
8214 Pfeiffer Farms Drive SW, Byron Center MI 49315
Grand Rapids Masonic Lodge #34
233 Fulton St East SE Ste. 110, Grand Rapids MI 49503-3200