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Belva Jean Bielema, 90, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness.

Born July 20, 1925 in Clinton, IA, she was a daughter of Albert Norman and Lucille Wierenga.

Belva lived in the Fulton house her father, Albert "Bat" Norman, built for her and her husband from 1947 through 2012. She loved doing small things for others and was generous to her family, friends and even strangers.

Early in her life, she worked at Curtis Co. in Clinton, Iowa, an innovative window and door manufacturer. She raised three sons and was a proud homemaker. Her yard and that of her father's across the street were the entertainment center for the neighborhood boys, who played in her father's vacant lot, then came to her yard for popsicles, cookies and other snacks on an almost daily basis in summer.

She used to make May baskets with flowers and candy, and then hang them on the doorknobs of neighbors. She was a Cub Scout den mother for several years in the 1960s. She organized every family vacation throughout the years and loved traveling, whether on short weekend excursions or longer summer trips to South Dakota, Michigan and Canada. What she lacked in finances, she made up for in creativity and love. She saved sand in a labeled jar from Lake Michigan and rarely went on a shopping trip without bringing home coloring books, games and puzzles for her children.

She adored her three granddaughters and spoiled them at every opportunity. She had a strong faith in God and found solace and comfort in her beliefs and First Reformed Church of Fulton throughout her life. She loved to sing along to hymns when listening to services on the radio.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond, of Fulton, IL; three sons, Brian, of Morrison, IL, Brent of Fulton, and Ross of New London, WI; a half-sister, Joan Cousins of Wheat Ridge, CO, formerly of Coal Valley, IL; three granddaughters, Jennifer Cavin of Dayville, OR; Mari Barsema of North Liberty, IA, and Kalispell Bielema of New London, WI; and a niece, Linda Bielema of Fulton.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, June 10th from 1-2 PM at McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. A memorial service will follow at 2 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Edie Lenz, officiating. Per Belva's request, her remains were donated to medical science. A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association or the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in her memory.