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Wilma Folkerts

1925 to 2015


Mrs. Wilma (Talich) Folkerts died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 26, in Sidney, at the age of 90.

Wilma is survived by her children, Linda Folkerts of Fort Collins, Colo., Donn and Victoria Folkerts of Sterling, Colo, Cliff and Leona Folkerts of Rock Springs, Wyo., Kristi and Terry Schneider of Calgary, Canada, Michael Folkerts and Ann of Aurora, Colo. and Pamela Flanigin of Cheyenne, Wyo. She is also survived by her brother Roger Talich of Littleton, Colo. She is preceded in death by her husband Lynn Folkerts of Sidney, and siblings Richard Talich of Giltner, Helen Tedder of Denver, Eleanor Rubesman of Mich., Ardith Hoffman of Portland, Ore. She is also survived by  her grandchildren Nathanael Folkerts, Naomi Folkerts, Amanda Heiney, Meghann Flanigin, Lindsey Schneider, Connor Folkerts, Chandler Folkerts, Kendra Gardner, Dominic Gutierrez and her great-grandchildren Kingston Folkerts, Nola Folkerts, Elliott Flanigin-Giri, Dalton Heiney, Bradon Heiney, Cadon Heiney, Dahlia Heiney, Azalea Heiney, Cyndee Gardner, Ethan Gardner, Aurora Gardner, Daae Gutierrez, Trevor Gutierrez, Phillip Gutierrez, Randi Gutierrez, Kylee Gutierrez, Thomas Jay Gutierrez.

Wilma was born on Oct. 29, 1925 in Giltner, to Henry and Henrietta (Croxen) Talich. After graduating from high school, she received a teaching certification and taught grade school for a short time before moving to Sidney. There she met and married her sweetheart Lynn Folkerts on Nov. 5, 1948. In addition to  being a mother and housewife, she took some continuing education classes, including creative writing. She was a den mother for the cub scouts, worked as a waitress, a lab tech, and part time retail jobs. She loved to read and instilled that same love into her children. Wilma enjoyed all the small, yet delightful things in life, sunshine, peanut butter, chocolate and a  good cup of coffee. She also enjoyed her flowers and spending time working crossword puzzles. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. We will cherish her memory.

A funeral service is planned for Monday, Jan. 4, Holy Trinity Church at 10 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Wilma's life. Condolences can be sent to Gehrig-Stitt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of Sidney. The family would like to thank her special friend Nancy and her husband Chuck Liess for their care and support of Wilma. Also, we want to extend our thanks to the staff at Golden Living Center and to Hospice of Sidney for their care of Wilma.


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