Margaret Louise Bultema
September 16, 1922 – October 12, 2020
Margaret Louise Bultema, beloved Mom and Grandma B, passed away on October 12, 2020 from Coronavirus. Born September 16, 1922 in Muskegon, MI to Henry and Dorothy Rambow, she was the eldest of 4 siblings. In 1941, 3 weeks prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, she married Harry E. Anderson, Jr., who was a radio communications operator in the United States Navy in SanFrancisco, CA.
While her husband served overseas during the war years she worked various jobs while awaiting his safe return.When the war ended and her husband returned, the couple purchased a small farm in Ravenna, MI. In the early 1960's she helped Harry start a new business. Ravenna TV Sales & Service took over it's Stafford Street home for almost 25 years where she worked tirelessly to help that business suceed. In their early years, she also was doing much of the running of their homestead farm, and was a champion pickle picker, chicken egg gatherer, poultry butcherer and so much more. She absolutely did it all and seemed to have endless energy throughout those long days.
A stroke of luck happened in the late 60's when the Muskegon County Library opened a branch next door to the tv store and she was thrilled to have such close access to one of her favorite pastimes - reading. Being in such close proximity, she was often asked to "mind the library" while the librarian went home to lunch and this eventually led to her being offered the job of branch librarian, a post she happily manned until her retirement in 1986. She never lost her passion for books and was an active volunteer in her daughter Kathy's place of employment, the Walker branch of Kent District Library for several years. She continued to be a devoted reader right up to the end and it helped while away many of the long quarantine hours this year.
She was a loving and devoted mother to 3 daughters and immensely enjoyed family time with the girls and with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren over the years.
After the passing of Harry, she married Herman (Duke) Bultema and they enjoyed traveling the country in their RV up until his passing in 2001.
She enjoyed exceptional health throughout her life and took up square dancing in her 60's and also volunteered at the North Ottawa Community Hospital gift shop.
She was preceeded in death by her husbands, Harry and Duke, as well as her parents, and siblings, Bruce Rambow, Fred Rambow and Jean Falony Poulson. She is survived by her daughters, Maryilyn (Bill) Pembrook, Barb (Dana) Correll and Kathy (Tom) Potts, grandchildren David (Teri) Permbrook, Albert (Debbie) Pembrook, Kristi Palen, Michael (Amy) Pembrook, William Pembrook, Becky (Bobby) Vettori, Chris (Nena) Potts, Aaron (Lisa) Potts, Andy (Amanda) Potts, Jamie Potts and 18 great grandchildren, as well as 6 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Margaret Louise Bultema
October 21, 2020
Margaret, oh my sweet little Margaret! I already miss you so much. I took care of Margaret at Mcauley, my boys met her, we talked on the phone, I brought her some presents the boys and I took her, she knew how to make me smile, she knew when I was having rough days and was wore out. When she left to go back to the assisted living, I continued to visit her there. My heart is broken, going to miss you so much. :( she will always have a place in my heart forever! my sons adored her as well and she adored them. My youngest is in the picture with her :)
October 15, 2020
To the Family of Margaret ~
My heart was broken when I saw Margaret had passed...
I met Margaret in the fall of 2019 at McCauley Place, my mama Jo Was her roommate for a short time. A special friendship was born between the three of us. Her smile could light up a room and of course shared many stories. When Margaret was moved to another room, she would come to mama jo’s room to see her or vice versa. Every time I was leaving, I would always stop in her room to say hi and and have a visit. We were just waiting to see her again..
I was blessed to have known her and will surely miss her...until we meet again...on angels wings Margaret😘