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Memorial service for Professor Bosma may be viewed here

April 2, 2009

Bosma

Marcella Bosma, a professor of education at Dordt College, died Sunday evening, March 29, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Professor Bosma had been courageously fighting a battle with cancer for two years.

A Dordt campus memorial service was held on Friday, April 3 in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.  The service was recorded and can be viewed here.

An obituary and video tribute will be posted on the Sanborn Funeral Home website.

Professor Bosma began teaching at Dordt College in 2000. Prior to that time she had served as a classroom teacher in Sheldon Christian and Sanborn Christian Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree at Dordt College in 1985, and a Masters of Education at Northwestern College in 1993. She had been working toward an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Dakota.

For her colleagues Cella’s life as a teacher is best described by Psalm 34:11, “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”

“Cella was blessed with the gift of teaching,” remarked Dr. Ed Starkenburg. “She taught naturally as she went about the events of each day. She invested herself in the lives of her students. As a result, they developed a kinship and shared much of their lives with her. Cella lived her faith very openly. In nearly every conversation about teaching, Cella would mention the necessity of helping students recognize the need to respond faithfully to God's revelation and leading in their lives.”

“Professor Bosma was a mentor, instructor, colleague, and friend to so many—but, even more, she was an encourager to all,” said Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College. “Just a year ago she was chosen as the John Calvin Award recipient for the lasting impression she made on her students, encouraging each aspect of their teaching to be pervaded by the Word of God and the love of Jesus Christ. She not only taught that. She lived it. We will miss her deeply.”

“As hard as it is today,” said colleague Dr. Barb Hoekstra, “Cella helps give us the strength to go on with our work.” Her firm faith and passion for nurturing young Christians enables them to teach even as they grieve.

“This morning I read in class an entry from Cella’s Caring Bridge blog, written in January,” said Dr. Pat Kornelis. Her confidence that God was walking step-by-step alongside her as she faced the challenges of cancer treatment was an inspiration to them. “We had a sense that she knows how hard this is, but she’s smiling and encouraging us on.”

While serving at Dordt College Bosma taught education courses, developed curriculum, observed and mentored student teachers, advised students and conducted education workshops for teachers. She was awarded the alumni-selected John Calvin Award in 2007; named to Who’s Who in American Teachers in 2002; and was named Outstanding Teacher in AEA 4 in 1988.

Marcella (Cleveringa) Bosma, 55, was a resident of Sanborn, IA. Survivors include her husband, Jerry; daughters Mindy (Mrs. Souvanna) Baccam and Megan (Mrs. Michael) Ribbens; son Joshua Bosma; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Cella’s memory may be given to her family to continue Cella’s passion for education and reading.

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