Mable Boelk

Mable L. Boelk

Saturday, August 15th, 1931 - Saturday, March 28th, 2020
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Mable L. (Wood) Boelk, 88, of Dubuque was called to her heavenly home on March 28, 2020 at Care Initiatives Dubuque Specialty Care.

Private family services will be held at 9:30 am, Saturday, July 25 and will be live streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory's facebook page. A public visitation will be held from 10:30 am- 12:30 pm. Saturday, July 25, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will immediately follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers a Mable Boelk Memorial Fund has been established. Due to COVID-19 and current health guidelines, the family recommends utilizing masks and practicing proper social distancing. The family understands if you are unable to attend, please be with us in prayer.

Mable was born to Thomas and Ethel Wood in Markdale, Ontario, Canada on August 15, 1931. She was a proud Canadian Citizen and became a permanent resident of the United States in the mid 1960’s.
She married Robert Boelk on January 2, 1982 after meeting at the Nazarene Church in Dubuque.

Mable worked in the appliance department at Montgomery Ward for several years. She then joined Bob as owner/operator of the Christian Book Center from 1982-2006. After closing the book store she dedicated her time serving others at Home Instead Senior Care.

Mable’s greatest treasures were her family and faith. She and her husband, Bob were very involved at GracePoint Church. They also loved to travel near and far. They could often be found attending stock car races or music festivals in the area. They were active members of the Key City Sams camping club and looked forward to camping season each year.

Together they also made many trips to Canada so she could visit her family. Music, Canadian Euchre card games and laughter were always a big part of those trips lasting late into the evening.
Over the years there were many trips to special events for their children and grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and kept in close contact with the ones out of town. She never missed sending a card for any holiday or birthday. There was never any doubt that she greatly treasured all of her family members. Of all the memories shared Mable will always be remembered for her bright smile, sweet spirit, love for children and her strong faith.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Heather (Eldon) Montgomery of New Franklin, MO, Russ (Laurie) Boelk of Burrton, KS, David Boelk Sr. of Dubuque, and Laura (Mike) Nielsen of Sparta, TN; daughter-in-law Jo Ellen Newell of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Kendra Montgomery (Kyle Crowley) of New Franklin, MO, Angel Willard of Kirksville, MO, Sara Montgomery and Isaac Montgomery, both of New Franklin, MO, Kristi Hartley and Kara Boelk, both of N. Newton, KS, David Boelk Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Maggie Nielsen and Livi Nielsen, both of Sparta, TN, and Thomas and Jason Newell, both of Omaha, NE; great-grandchildren, Shaun Crowley and Sofia Crowley, both of New Franklin, MO, Ross Willard and David Willard, both of Kirksville, MO; sisters, Beryl Harvey of Meaford, Ont., Iona Wilson of Owen Sound, Ont.; brother, Les Wood of Markdale, Ont.; sister-in-law, Doreen McGregor of Owen Sound, Ont.; brothers and sisters- in-law, Sharon (Dan) Baker of Dubuque, Kathy (Ed) Stoltz of Eldridge, IA, Norm (Pat) Boelk of Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Tom) Hirsch of Montezuma, IA, Steve (Sue) Boelk, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Newell; brother and sister in-law, Jim and Betty Wood; sister-in-law Janice Wood; brother-in-law Ernie Harvey; sister Eunice Wood/Brown; brother-in-law, Don Wilson; brother, Harold Wood; sister-in-law Gwen Wood; and brother and sister in-law, Ken and Vi Boelk.

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Velma Tindall

Posted at 06:00pm
Mable was a precious soul and a dear friend. I often met her for breakfast at Country Kitchen for a time of prayer and sharing. She was a true and worthy spiritual mentor for me, and I cherish those memories of our times together. She will be missed by all who loved her but is perfectly suited for the life she is living now. What more can be said?

Nancy Davis

Posted at 02:11am
I remember meeting Mable at the Christian Book store. She and Bob were always so helpful, especially if it had to do with Ecumenical Emmaus at St. John's Episcopal Church. Many of us were pretty regular customers and we were very sad to see them retire from the store. Bob, you and your family are in my prayers. May God's love and peace bring you comfort.
God bless,
Nancy Davis

Kim Bell

Posted at 12:02pm
Our deepest sympathy to you Bob and your family!
We are sad to hear about Mabel's passing. Mabel always had a beautiful smile while she was working away at her various tasks at church. She also was the sweetest Sunday School teacher to all of our children! Again, our deepest sympathy! May you find happy thoughts that bring smiles into you heart!
In Him,
Jerry and Kim Bell
Jerry and Kim Bell

Kim Ronek

Posted at 05:25pm
I am so sorry for your loss Bob. Mable was always so sweet. My sympathies to you and your family. Kim Ronek

Sarah Greer Bush

Posted at 11:07am
Dear family,

I am one of the many people who knew and treasured Mable in connection with the Christian Bookstore on University. Mable was a Christian woman and a fine business woman. I loved going to the Christian Bookstore where I always experienced genuine Christian goodness from Mable. May she rest in peace and rise in glory! Sarah Greer Bush

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