boersma_inline NAPERVILLE, Ill.—Karen Boersma, a pastor’s wife and missionary, died Aug. 29. She was 76.

Karen served in ministry with her husband, Ralph, whom she met at Faith Baptist Bible College. They were pastor and wife at Ladysmith (Wisconsin) Baptist Church from 1964 to 1971. The Boersmas then became church planters with Continental Baptist Missions. They began Emmanuel Baptist Church, Appleton, Wisconsin; Book Road Baptist Church, Naperville, Illinois; Emmanuel Baptist Church of Warrenville, Naperville, Illinois; and Abundant Life Baptist Church, Batavia, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by Ralph, on Oct. 27, 2015, after 55 years of marriage, as well as a daughter, Kristy.

She is survived by her children Vern, Mark, Kerry, Daniel, Kenneth, and Kimberly; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday, Sept. 5, at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Warrenville, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Warrenville (Illinois) Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be directed to Emmanuel Baptist Church.