Edward G. Mulderink, age 83 of Delavan, WI, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 at his beloved home farm after 18 years battling cancer. He was born in Blue Island, IL on July 18, 1931. The son of Robert G. and Mary (Rauwolf) Mulderink. Ed was the sixth of ten children and the twin to William. He graduated Blue Island High School in 1950. On October 30, 1954, Ed married Rosemary V. Heintz at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Calumet Park, IL and together they had 12 children.
He was strongly dedicated to farming in any aspect whether it be tilling and planting to milking the cows. Ed acquired his farm on March 5, 1959 and worked and remain there until his passing. He had stong virtues of patience, persistence and determination. He was a man willing to give help to anyone for anything. Ed was friendly, witty and offered advice freely. His smile was well observed.
Ed talents were many; woodworking, masonry, welding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and mechanical. He was also an innovator. His knowledge extended from horse-pulling power to current diesel power.
Ed was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church and respected Sunday as a day of rest! He was active in St. Andrew's Parish as an Usher, Janitor and Maintenance Man.
His farm was known for raising and selling sweet corn and pumpkins for many years and for the use of his converted hay mow to provide family Halloween parties for the last 15 years.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Rose, his children; Edward (Phyllis) Mulderink, Christine (Barry) Kjelland, Virginia (Charles) Terpstra, Monica (Fernando) Moreno, Rose (John) Probst, Theresa (Kimball) Fuiks, Lucy (Pete Hauns) Mulderink, Anne (Randy) Kirkpatrick, Mary (Charles) Mulderink-Carlson, Joan (Leroy) Zomer, and Jean (Grant) Jacobs. He is further survived by 32 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one sister, Helen Lorang, and three brothers; James (Phyllis) Mulderink, Ben (Delores) Mulderink and George Mulderink. Ed was preceded in passing by his son, Leo Robert on August 7, 1964, his brothers; Robert (Marcella), Raymond, William, and Joseph Mulderink, his sister, Dorothy, and brother-in-law, Vince Lorang.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00am Wednesday August 13, 2014 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Delavan, WI. Visitation will be Wednesday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church from 9:30 to service time. MONROE FUNERAL HOME, in Delavan, WI, is assisting the family. Visit us at monroefh.com.