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Our Obituaries

Arlene R. Knoll

March 1, 1929 - February 19, 2020

Arlene R. Knoll, age 90, of Holland, died Wednesday, February 19, 2020. She was the daughter of John and Minnie Knoll and a lifelong member of Central Park Reformed Church. Arlene is survived by several cousins. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St. Holland with Rev. Kevin Kleinheksel officiating. A time of...
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Sharon McManus

August 18, 1939 - February 17, 2020

Sharon V. McManus, age 80, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2020 after a brief illness with a rare form of cancer. Sharon was born in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated from Byron Center High School in 1957. She holds a degree from North Central College and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. Sharon had a distinguished teaching career for 32 years where she taught at...
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James "Jim" Vande Guchte

October 4, 1960 - February 16, 2020

James Vande Guchte, 59, of Hamilton, died Sunday, February 16, 2020. Jim was a loving father and grandfather, and an avid sports fan. He was born October 4, 1960, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Rev. Howard and Virginia Vande Guchte. Jim grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and graduated from Hope College. He received his master's degree from Western Michigan University. Jim and his wife...
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Joanne Klaasen

May 31, 1947 - February 16, 2020

Joanne Klaasen, age 72 of Overisel went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, February 16, 2020. She is survived by her siblings: Jay Klaasen, Leon and Alice Klaasen, Eileen Klaasen, Ronald and Erma Klaasen, Donna Klaasen and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Overisel Christian Reformed Church, 4724 142nd Avenue, Holland, MI...
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Kenneth Gene Wolters

September 3, 1924 - February 15, 2020

Kenneth Gene Wolters, of Overisel, Michigan, a loving brother and uncle, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the age of 95. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sander and Aletta Wolters; brother Paul; sisters: Shirley and Mary; and brothers-in-law: Al Vliem, William Veldkamp, and Richard De Boer. He is survived by his sisters: Dorothy Vliem, Norma...
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Jeanette C. Overway

July 17, 1925 - February 15, 2020

Jeanette Overway, age 94, of Holland, died Saturday, February 15, 2020. She was born in Harvey Illinois to Rev. John M. and Anna Dykstra. Her father's ministry took her to Crookston, MN, Sioux Center, IA, and then to Zeeland, MI, where she met Clarence Overway. They were married on August 5, 1948. A marriage which lasted 65 years until his death in 2014. She attended Holland Christian...
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Wanda Hoffman

December 22, 1953 - February 14, 2020

Wanda Hoffman, age 66, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020. Wanda was a hardworking mom who provided for family. Her passion and love were her grandchildren and she bragged about them often. She had many friends and was known as "Sweet Wanda". Wanda was a long-term employee of Magna Donnelly and most recently at Good Will. She was dearly loved and will be missed. She was preceded in...
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Kathleen "Klomparens-Klynstra" Lawson

April 12, 1958 - February 13, 2020

Kathleen "Klomparens-Klynstra" Lawson, 61, of Holland, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Kathleen was born April 12, 1958. She was the daughter of Robert and Hester (Ende) Klomparens. She was raised in Holland with her sister Sara, and she graduated from Holland High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Hester Klomparens, her step-mother Myra Klomparens,...
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James Van Norden II

December 11, 1948 - February 12, 2020

James "Jim" Van Norden II, age 71, of Holland, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Our Papa Bear was loved by many and had a contagious smile and laugh. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and family. Our memories are too numerous to list but we will continue to cherish each one daily in our hearts. Jim served his country in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart....
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Dorothy J. Zoerman

March 17, 1931 - February 12, 2020

Dorothy J. Zoerman age 88, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, daughter-in-law, Vickie Zoerman, granddaughter, Christie Ann Patterson and great granddaughter, Annika Joy Marcus, brothers, Alvin and Don Star and brother-in-law, Stan Bareman. Dorothy was an active member of Central Avenue Christian...
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Leelan Coin

January 31, 1950 - February 10, 2020

Leelan Coin, age 70, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020. Leelan was a career military serviceman having served 20 years in the United States Air Force and retiring in 1989. In retirement, he worked as a network supervisor for ITM. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with each one of them including his dogs Honey and Kenzie. He was a big fan of Godzilla and was known as a...
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Kathie (Mary Kathryn) Spitzley

July 5, 1944 - February 10, 2020

I kissed Kathie goodbye for the last time on February 10. It was one of the hardest things I did during our 48 years of marriage, but, like her many friends and admirers, I am honored to have known her generous and fun spirit. Kathie had great parents, Harry and Leona (Walsh) Schueneman, who gave her her start in Morgan Park, Illinois, on July 5, 1944. She enjoyed a close family, with...
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Mildred Koetje

June 9, 1920 - February 9, 2020

Mildred Koetje, age 99 of Holland went to her heavenly home Sunday, February 9, 2020. She is survived by her daughters: Betty and Jim De Visser of Holland, Ruth Koetje of Holland, Jan Salsich of Mystic, CT, Mary Mc Creary of Indiana, PA and Debbie and Joe Kelly of St. Louis, MO; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:...
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Sophia Hamberg

March 31, 1930 - February 8, 2020

Sophia M. Hamberg, age 89, of Holland, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Vista Springs Assisted Living Center. Sophia retired after 23years as the Secretary in the Counseling and Placement Center at Hope College. Her joys were sailing with her husband and cooking for her family. She was a member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church. Sophia is survived by her: Husband of 70...
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Betty Van Loo

February 4, 1940 - February 7, 2020

Betty Van Loo, age 80, died on Thursday, February 7, 2020. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Van Loo; son, Scott Van Loo; brother, Gerald Kempker; sister-in-law, Gail Kempker; brother-in-law, Wayne Dykhuis. She is survived by her son, Doug Van Loo; son, Rick Van Loo; son, Dan (Melissa) Van Loo; granddaughter, Shelby Van Loo; step-granddaughter, Anna Liceaga; granddaughter,...
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Janice G. Knott

January 17, 1962 - February 6, 2020

Janice G. Knott age 58, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 6, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was a member of Harderwyk Ministries and graduated from Holland Christian in 1980. She was a stay -at-home mom and enjoyed many years at Van Wieren Hardware. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Charlotte Brandsen and father-in-law, Kenneth Knott. ...
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Francine Leep

June 4, 1937 - February 4, 2020

Francine Leep, age 82 of Zeeland, loving wife, mother and grandmother went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 4, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Bill; her children: Jayne and Tom Heintzelman, Bill and Joanna Leep, Maribeth and Tom Ver Strate, Jaci and Rick Le Febre; 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; siblings: Dick and Carol Flietstra, Dave...
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Dave "Davie" Looman

November 17, 1944 - February 4, 2020

Dave Looman passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 surrounded by family. Dave was born in Holland, Michigan on November 17, 1944, the second son of Marvin and Erma Looman. He married his sweetheart Joyce Berry in 1965 and raised three children, Linda, Wendy and Mark. Through their 54 years of marriage, Dave and Joyce made lifelong memories and friends in Holland and Alden Michigan. When...
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David Albert Wendt

April 10, 1941 - February 3, 2020

David Albert Wendt, age 78, of Holland, unexpectedly passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at his home. David retired from Haworth, Inc. in 2000 after which he worked part-time at Sevens Paint. He was a morning regular at Bob Evans as well as an avid Blackjack player. Prior to moving to Holland, David was active in the Hastings Jaycees where he met and made many lifelong friends; some of whom...
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Evelyn L. Brower

December 13, 1919 - January 31, 2020

Evelyn L. Brower (Avery), age 100, of Holland, passed away at American House and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 31, 2020. Evelyn was born in Jones, Michigan to Earl and Helene Avery on December 13, 1919 and graduated from Three Rivers High School. In 1936 she moved to Holland and graduated from Holland Business Institute in 1937. She married James Brower in 1941. ...
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Bert Kreuze

January 11, 1928 - January 31, 2020

Bert Kreuze, age 92 of Overisel, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, January 31, 2020. He is survived by his children: Jerry and Karen Kreuze, Ken and Sally Kreuze and Bev Kreuze; daughter-in-law Karen Kreuze; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lori and Barrett Bloenk (Andrew and Henry), Julie and Dominique De Nooyer ...
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Gerald Jipping

December 20, 1928 - January 29, 2020

Gerald Jipping, age 91, of Holland went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 29, 2020. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anna, Gerald is survived by his dear friend, Audrey Ems, and his four children, Carla (Jim) Dolislager of Rocklin, CA, Mary (Gregg) Afman of Santa Barbara, CA, Sharon (Michael) David of Oxnard, CA, and Paul (Kathy) Jipping of Holland, eleven grandchildren and...
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Marie Lampen

March 19, 1923 - January 27, 2020

Marie June Lampen left her 96 yearlong journey on Monday, January 27, 2020 to settle into her eternal home. Marie loved Christ, her husband, children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, relatives, friends and church family. She served the Lord by being devoted to those she loved with a servant's attitude. She was born on March 19, 1923 in Allegan, Michigan to Harry and Leah Weaver. She...
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Laura "Lolly" Vanden Bosch

May 10, 1939 - January 23, 2020

Laura "Lolly" Vanden Bosch, age 80, of Holland, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was born on May 10, 1939, to Andrew and Nellie Vander Zee who preceded her in death. She attended Calvin College, received her teaching degree from Western Michigan University, and had a career in teaching for 33 years, retiring from West Ottawa schools. She was a member of Maranatha Christian...
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Harriet Gebben

May 10, 1925 - January 22, 2020

Harriet Mae Gebben, age 94, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center in Holland. Harriet was a former member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church and a current member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church. Harriet worked at Lifesavers, Inc in Holland for 19 years, retiring in 1987. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian, in 2004 and...
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Larry Looman

January 11, 1942 - January 20, 2020

Larry Looman, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 20, 2020. Larry was active in several sports for many years. He did auto body work for Loomans' Body Shop. He was employed by VerHage for 12 years and Elhart Pontiac for 42 years. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his dog, Callie. He faithfully comforted others as he cared for his friends and lived a life of...
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John A. Kossen

October 23, 1930 - January 20, 2020

John A. Kossen, age 89, of Holland, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020 at Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living Center. John retired as a Highway Driver for Herman Miller in 1993 and enjoyed farming and spending time at Silver Lake. John was a charter member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. John was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, in 2012 and son, Douglas, in 2017. John is survived...
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Adrian Dreyer

April 28, 1927 - January 19, 2020

Adrian Dreyer age 92, of Zeeland, died, Sunday, January 19, 2020. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Ruth Prins Dreyer in 2006 and a son, Ronald Dreyer in 1966, as well as all his siblings and their spouses and in-laws, Eldon and Jacoba Walters. He is survived by his children, Connie and Dean Boersma, and Jim and Cathy Dreyer;...
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Keith W. Miller

December 20, 1932 - January 18, 2020

Keith Miller, age 87, of Burnips, entered his heavenly home on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Keith was born in Grand Rapids, on December 20, 1932 to William and Ethel Miller. He proudly served his country in the US Army. Keith married his high school sweetheart, Neva Sawyer and they shared more than 67 years together. Keith was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great...
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Kathryn Gruppen

September 7, 1920 - January 18, 2020

Kathryn (Boetsma) Gruppen, 99, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Kathryn was born in Borculo on September 7, 1920, to Gerrit and Tillie (Fisher) Boetsma. She graduated from eighth grade from the Borculo School, and she graduated from Zeeland High at the age of 67. Kathryn married Herman Gruppen, and they moved to Zeeland and raised their children there. They were long...
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Stanley J. Kleis

May 4, 1928 - January 18, 2020

Stanley J. Kleis, age 91, of Holland, died peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, January 18, 2020. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Kleis, a great granddaughter, Emma De Ruiter and a brother, Gerald Kleis. Stan was a lifelong member of Pillar Church where he was active in many areas of church life. He retired from Donnelly Corporation following 29 years as a...
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Edward C. Shidler

June 23, 1937 - January 17, 2020

Edward Shidler age 82, of Saugatuck, died Friday, January 17, 2020, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He was a member of Central Park Reformed Church and owned and operated Edmar Manufacturing in Holland. Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene; children, Terri and Tom Van Lente of Saugatuck, Chuck Shidler of Saugatuck, Rick and Sue Shidler of Saugatuck, Dave and...
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Dick B. Yskes

April 5, 1936 - January 17, 2020

Dick B. Yskes age 83, of Holland, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary in 2015. Dick was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army serving from 1959-1962. He taught middle school in Benton Harbor, Kent City and spent most of his career at Holland Public Schools retiring...
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Nancy Schermer

August 1, 1950 - January 16, 2020

Nancy Schermer, age 69, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Nancy was born in Zeeland on August 1, 1950, to Julius and Lorraine (Overbeek) Nykamp. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and later married Bruce Schermer. Nancy and Bruce are members of Third Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland. Nancy worked for many years in Holland as an...
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Nancy Norling Gasper

October 7, 1935 - January 16, 2020

Nancy Norling Gasper, age 84, passed away Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at Mercy Health Hospital in Muskegon. Nancy was born and grew up in Chicago, IL. She earned a BS degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in 1956, and an MA degree in Education from Western Michigan University in 1965. Nancy began her career as an educator for the Marseilles Jr.-Sr. High School in Marseilles,...
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John A. Kozal

December 30, 1934 - January 16, 2020

John A. Kozal age 85, of Holland, died Thursday, January 16, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Evelyn; daughter, Kathy and Clarence Rietsema of Rockford and son, John Jr. and Rachael Kozal of Grand Rapids; 4 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 7 great granddaughters and 2 great grandsons. John retired from General Motors and following retirement drove school bus in the Holland area. A...
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River Rilley

September 9, 2019 - January 15, 2020

River Rilley, age 4 months, died on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. River was a perfect, happy, and beautiful little boy who loved his mom, dad, brother and sister; and was loved by everyone. River is survived by his parents; Andrew and Sabrina Rilley; sister, Ella Rilley; brother, Asher Rilley; grandparents, Robert and Sonya Lalley; grandparents, Robert and Amy Rilley; aunt, Brittany Lalley...
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Lois Lamar

March 12, 1928 - January 15, 2020

Lois Lamar, 91, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. She was born March 12, 1928, in North Blendon, to John and Wilcy (Morren) Lamer, and was raised with her six siblings. Lois was a longtime member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland where she sang in the choir and served in the Ladies Aid Society. She worked for many years as an auditor at First Michigan Bank before her...
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Glen Hoekstra

September 11, 1927 - January 14, 2020

Norman Glen Hoekstra age 92 Glen Hoekstra passed away peacefully on January 14, 2020. Born on September 11, 1927 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Maynard and Christina Hoekstra. He joined the Merchant Marines at age 18 and served in the United States Army from 1950-1952. He owned and operated Fillmore Beef Company in Holland, Michigan for many years. He was a loving and generous husband, father...
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Iva Mai

December 15, 1937 - January 13, 2020

Iva Mai, age 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 13, 2020. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy and Randy Jongetjes; son, Garth Mai; grandson, Gordon Mai; sister, Florence and Bill Howe; and many cousins. Funeral services are a 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 18 at Rusk Christian Reformed Church, 10354 92nd Ave., Allendale, MI 49401. Memorial contributions may be...
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Sidney Jongsma

April 29, 1951 - January 13, 2020

Sidney Jongsma, age 68, went to his forever home with Jesus on Monday, January 13, 2020. Sidney was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. A man of faith and integrity. He was a very skilled carpenter with a love for flying. He became a pilot at the age of 19 and was building his own airplane prior to his illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Helen Jongsma and...
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Preston M Rooks

June 3, 1924 - January 12, 2020

Preston Rooks, age 95, of Holland, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center. Preston was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and retired from Holland Motor Express after 15 years of employment. Preston was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; son, Rodger Rooks, grandchildren, Steven Nienhuis and Melissa Rooks; sisters, Ann Erickson, Margaret Arens and Dorothy...
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Jerry Hassevoort

April 28, 1956 - January 11, 2020

Jerry Hassevoort, age 63 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Nancy; his children and grandchildren: Lisa and Rick Monroe (Sawyer, Ryann, Tristan and Malia), Tracy and Tom Dykstra (Deacon and Crew), Melissa and Tim Hassevoort-Vander Kooi (Kaylee) and Derek Hassevoort; his father Elmer Hassevoort; siblings: Dennis and Sandra Hassevoort and...
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William "Bill" Webb, Jr.

August 4, 1959 - January 10, 2020

William "Bill" Webb, Jr., age 60, of Holland, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Bill enjoyed bowling, softball, and anything Hope College. In his younger years, Bill competed in the Special Olympics, where he won several medals. Bill graduated from the Ottawa Area Center and has worked at Wooden Shoe Restaurant for many years. Bill was preceded in...
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Ron Edgerly

January 26, 1951 - January 10, 2020

Ron Edgerly, age 68 of Zeeland went home to be with is Lord and Savior Friday, January 10, 2020, He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Wanda; his children and grandchildren: Dan and Heather Edgerly (Maxton, Madelynn and Malachi) and Holly and Corey Kragt (Laker and Oakley) and his son-in-law Calvin Brower; brother Terry and Sue Edgerly; mother-in-law Joyce Branderhorst, sister-in-law Winola...
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David Dickerson

December 16, 1941 - January 10, 2020

David Dickerson, age 78 of Holland passed away peacefully Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Vista Springs Holland Meadows of dementia. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Guyla; their son Steven J. and Amy Dickerson; his grandsons and great grandson: Thomas and Jodi Dickerson (Isaac) and Peter and Heather Dickerson; sisters-in-law: Janna and Richard Palmbos, Debra and Calvin Diekema and Dawn...
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Loren Vreeman

September 21, 1944 - January 10, 2020

Loren J. Vreeman, age 75, died on Friday, January 10, 2020. Loren was a farmer through and through spending his retirement years in Irons, MI in the summer and traveling throughout the sunny states in the winter. Loren was preceded in death by his brother; William Vreeman; and brother and sister-in-law, Sylvan (Andrea) Vreeman. He is survived by his wife, Pat Vreeman; children, Tim and Amy...
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Thelma C. Haveman

April 18, 1930 - January 9, 2020

Thelma Haveman, age 89, of Holland, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2019 at Resthaven Care Center. Thelma loved her children and devoted her life to them. She was a beautician in her early years and also loved bowling. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, in 1995; her sisters, Joyce Ramsey and Mildred Behrer; and her brother, Jarvis Ter Haar. Thelma is survived by her: ...
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Anne Van Norden

May 30, 1929 - January 9, 2020

Anne Van Norden, 90, of Holland, passed away January 9, 2020. Anne was born in Hull, Iowa, on May 30, 1929, to Onie and Sadie (De Boer) Aardema. The Aardema family moved to West Michigan and Anne graduated from Fremont High School. Anne raised her five children and she later married Henry Van Norden in 1974. Henry preceded her in death in 2003. Anne lived most of her adult life in the...
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Bernice Koeman

October 12, 1928 - January 8, 2020

Bernice N. (De Boer) Koeman, age 91 of Beaverdam, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020. She is survived by her children: Robert and Marcia De Boer, Arloa and David Schout and Jack and Diane De Boer; grandchildren: Jacki and Steven Lichti, Scott and Angela De Boer, Joel and Jennifer Schout, Curtis and Krista Schout, Rex and Kristin Schout, Naomi and Bruce Gilde, Paul and Christy Schout,...
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Helen Overweg

March 24, 1927 - January 8, 2020

Helen Overweg, 92, of North Blendon, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Helen was born March 24, 1927, to Isaac and Ethel (Dill) Kramer. She graduated from Grandville High School, and in 1949 she married Gerald Overweg. Gerald and Helen raised their children on their family farm in North Blendon and they were longtime members of North Blendon Christian Reformed Church. At church...
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Ada Rillema

August 21, 1934 - January 8, 2020

Ada Rillema, age 85 of Beaverdam, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 8, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harley; her children: Ken and Deb Rillema, Judy and Bob Meekhof, Larry and Gwen Rillema, Lee and Lisa Rillema, Ruth and Tim Meekhof and Diane and Ed Dreyer; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jeremy and Amber Rillema (Tessa), Todd and Emilie Rillema, Shawn...
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Robert "Bob" Arendsen

April 11, 1933 - January 7, 2020

Robert "Bob" Arendsen age 86, of Zeeland, died Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at an area care center. He was the son of Bert and Gertrude Arendsen and preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley in 2001 and wife Catherine in 2016, and a sister-in-law, Arlene Goorman-Hoek in 2019. Bob was a veteran of the Army serving from 1953-1955 and then into the reserves for 8 years. He was a Civil...
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Ruth Boeskool

April 9, 1927 - January 7, 2020

Ruth A. Boeskool, age 92, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Ruth was born in Chicago on April 9, 1927. Her ability to pick up stakes, start again and make the best of a tough situation had its roots in her moving to California as a young girl during the depression years. There she married her first husband, lovingly raised her son David and went to college. After a time...
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Joyce Ramsey

May 23, 1925 - January 4, 2020

Joyce Ramsey, age 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Joyce was a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church (now known as the Foundation Church). She cared for foster children throughout her life and was loved by those who had the blessing of knowing her. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, H. Paul Ramsey in 1989; brother, Jarvie TerHaar, and...
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Hendrika (Reka) Knoll

April 23, 1922 - January 3, 2020

Hendrika (Reka) Dilling Knoll, age 97, of Holland, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center. Reka was a member of Maple Avenue Ministries and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Knoll; sons, Corrie Knoll and Albert Knoll; son-in-law, Jerry Raak; and sisters, Anna Dilling and Janny Kraay both of the Netherlands. Reka is survived by her daughters, Diane Raak and...
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Marvin H. Stadt

March 28, 1932 - January 2, 2020

Marvin Stadt, entered his heavenly home on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Marvin was born on March 28, 1932, the only child of John and Allie Stadt of East Saugatuck. Marvin graduated from Holland High School in 1950, and married the love of his life, Julia Becksvoort, June 5, 1953. Marvin was a member of Graafschap CRC and attended Men's Bible Study Fellowship. He served his church as elder,...
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Sandra Warren

November 23, 1950 - January 1, 2020

Sandra Warren, age 69, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Sandra was well known as a horse trainer and her family owned Warren's Western Store. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Warren and Ann Warren Erickson. Sandra is survived by her aunts, uncles and cousins. No services are planned. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery next to her parents. Memorial...
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Tena Klomp

May 5, 1928 - January 1, 2020

Tena Klomp, age 91 of Olive Center, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at American House. She is survived by her children: Judy and Larry Le Poire, Randy and Val Klomp, Vonnie and Dwight Vander Zwaag, Sue and Mike Poel, Barb and Jerry Hassevoort; daughter-in-law Tammy Klomp; grandchildren: Jennifer and Shawn Joslyn, Becky and Rob Spykerman, Liz and Matt Anderson, Chris and Heather Le Poire...
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Rajean Schrotenboer

September 11, 1941 - January 1, 2020

Rajean Schrotenboer, age 78, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gene Van Heukelom; son, Dan Van Heukelom; and Eugene's first wife, Helen Schrotenboer. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Eugene Schrotenboer; son, Bob (Denise) Van Heukelom; daughter-in-law, Annette Van Heukelom; daughter, Cindy (Thomas)...
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Lamonte "Monte" Fineout

June 10, 1929 - January 1, 2020

La Monte "Monte" Fineout, age 90 of Zeeland, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Monte was born June 10, 1929, in Lansing, Michigan, to Richard and Rachel Fineout. He graduated from Sexton High School, and then married Joyce Busley in 1950. Monte and Joyce moved their family to the Holland/Zeeland area in 1960. Monte retired from First Michigan Bank after serving many years as a...
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Gary Hulst

May 4, 1947 - December 30, 2019

Gary Hulst, age 72 of Oakland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior unexpectedly Monday, December 30, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bev; his children and grandchildren: Pam and Kurt Meeuwsen (Abbie and Blake), Brent and Jennifer Hulst (Katharine and Adela), Kim and Matthew Bolles (Coraline and Louise); sisters: Mary and Terry Genzink, Lila and Edgar Veinbergs, Ellen and...
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Richard De Graaf

July 16, 1946 - December 29, 2019

Richard De Graaf, 73, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at his home. Rick was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Evert and Wilma (Vander Wilk) De Graaf. Rick graduated from West Ottawa High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Rick met Linda Bowen and they married shortly after completing his naval service. Rick also started working for...
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Herbert Otten

August 9, 1930 - December 27, 2019

Herbert Otten age 89, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 27, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn and retired from Warner Lambert following 40 years of employment. Herb was a member of Community Reformed Church. He is survived by his children, Jack Otten, Barb (Ed) Plockmeyer, Deb (Rick) Austin, Sandy (Jim) Venlet, 10 grandchildren, 20...
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Jane Marie Cheyne

December 11, 1956 - December 25, 2019

Jane Marie Cheyne, age 63, of Springdale, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 in Holland, Michigan. Jane enjoyed music and shared her vocal and guitar talents with family and friends. She also loved to cook for others. Jane worked for Sam's Club (one of six female store managers nationally) and later at Applebee's. She was passionate about football, especially the University...
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Arloa Blauwkamp

December 25, 1926 - December 25, 2019

Arloa Ruth (Vanden Bosch) Blauwkamp, age 93 of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, December 25, 2019 on her 93rd birthday. She is survived by her children: Dick and Bonnie Blauwkamp, Dave and Cindy Blauwkamp, Phyllis Ferl and Terry and Dyann Blauwkamp; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Ruth and Pete Terpstra and Lucy Blauwkamp. Arloa was...
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Joyce E. Barnes

November 29, 1934 - December 24, 2019

Joyce Elaine (Rulison) Barnes, 85 years young, passed away at home the morning of Christmas Eve, 2019, after a long battle with dementia. She left this world peacefully surrounded by family. Born in Lansing, Joyce retired from K-Mart/Okemos in 1996. She enjoyed friends, word puzzles, camping with family, Broadway shows and music festivals. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband and best...
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Michael "Mike" Machiele

February 6, 1978 - December 23, 2019

Michael Machiele, 41, of Dorr, formerly of Zeeland, died Monday, December 23, 2019. Michael was born in Zeeland to Richard and Peggy (Sterken) Machiele. He graduated from Zeeland High School and worked as a truck mechanic. He married Tamara Klunder in 2004 and they have three sons. He is survived by his wife Tamara, sons: Brent Machiele, Jordan Machiele, Kyle Machiele; his parents...
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Jean Galien

July 5, 1931 - December 22, 2019

Jean Galien, age 88, of Holland, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019 at St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids. Jean was a member of Fellowship Reformed Church where she had served as an Elder, and former member of Maple Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Jean retired from nursing in 1996 from Holland Hospital after 32 years. She was lovingly devoted to her husband and family, steadfast in...
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Duane Brink

November 12, 1934 - December 21, 2019

Duane Brink, age 85 of Zeeland went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, December 21, 2019. Duane was born on November 12, 1934 to Pete and Delia Brink. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Nola Cotts and granddaughter Audrey Meeuwsen. Duane worked at Hart & Cooley until he retired in 2000. He was an avid hobby farmer who also loved spending time in his garden and...
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Joe Cross

October 3, 1942 - December 20, 2019

Joe Edd Cross passed away suddenly at the age of 77 in Naples, FL. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret Kay (Kaper) Cross of Hamilton, MI; his daughter, Marka Jo (Cross) Steensma and her husband, Matthew Richard Steensma of Byron Center, MI; his two grandchildren, Jackson Joseph Steensma and Margaret Fayth Steensma. He is preceded in death by his sister, Annetta Cross. He is...
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Berwin J. De Roo

February 11, 1948 - December 20, 2019

Berwin De Roo, age 71, of Zeeland, loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away Friday, December 20, 2019. He is survived by his children: Bruce (Amy) De Roo, Dawn (Ted) Vander Kooi, Valerie (Brent) Leegwater, Mark (Michelle) De Roo; 20 grandchildren: Amber (Jeremy) Rillema, Alyssa (Matt) Visser, Bryce De Roo, Kaitlyn (Tim) Arendsen, Nick Vander Kooi, Seth Vander Kooi, Sarah...
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Rita Tubergen

September 1, 1956 - December 17, 2019

Rita Tubergen, 63, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Rita was born in Holland on September 1, 1956, to Raymond and Alice (Prince) Tubergen. Rita graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1974 and worked for many years running a daycare from her home. She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Alice, and her step-mother Alma (Van Kampen) Tubergen. She...
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Dale Dewitt

January 12, 1957 - December 16, 2019

Dale Robert Dewitt, age 62 of Holland passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 16, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Darlene; his siblings: Jeff and Ellen Dewitt of Marquette MI, Rick and Connie Dewitt of Watertown WI, Tim and Mary Dewitt of Holland, Steve Dewitt of Hulbert MI, Sandy and Brian Kalbflesich of Gwinn MI, mother-in-law Opal Gambrel; father-in-law Jim Stephenson;...
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Charles William Gallup

August 10, 1997 - December 13, 2019

Charles William Gallup, age 22, of West Olive, passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, December 13, 2019. Charles was born in Holland, Michigan to Christopher and Kimberly Gallup. He graduated from West Ottawa High School in 2016 and was currently a Junior at Grand Valley State University. Charles was a people person, kind hearted and loving and just fun to be around…he lived life to the...
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Mary Nykamp

July 16, 1920 - December 12, 2019

Mary Nykamp, age 99 of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, December 12, 2019. She is survived by her children: Judy and Earl Mokma, Norma and Henry Viening, Bill and Mary Nykamp, Garry and Beth Nykamp, Sandy and Jim Van Dragt, Phyllis Nykamp and Linda and Mark Molewyk; 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Minnie Van...
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Nellie Jean Williams

June 14, 1936 - December 9, 2019

Nellie "Jean" Williams (Fischer) was born in Muskegon, Michigan on June 14, 1936 and died peacefully with the love of her family on December 9, 2019 at 83 years old. Jean was the second born of four children and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1954. Afterwards, she worked as a bank teller. In 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, Bruce Williams, after he returned from serving...
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Diana Kay Bannach

February 1, 1945 - December 9, 2019

Diana Bannach, 74, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019. Diana was born February 1, 1945, in Holland, Michigan, to Arthur and Evelyn (Paris) Bushee. Diana graduated from South Haven High School and later met Tom Bannach. Tom and Diana married February 29, 1964, and they raised their family in Holland. Diana worked for many years in office administration and retired from...
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Carolyn J. Taylor

January 23, 1949 - December 5, 2019

Carolyn Taylor age 70, of Hamilton, died Thursday, December 5, 2019 at St Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Jean Louise Gazella and a member of Hamilton Baptist Church. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 35 years, Mike Taylor; children, Michael and Rebecca DeBaar of Allendale, Jeff and Kristy DeBaar of Knoxville, TN, Lisa and Jeff Smith of...
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Minnie Sloothaak

November 2, 1927 - December 1, 2019

Minnie Sloothaak age 92, of Hamilton, died Sunday, December 1, 2019 at her home. She was as member of Haven Reformed Church in Hamilton and was preceded in death by her husband, Corwin Sloothaak and a daughter-in-law, Laurie Sloothaak. Minnie is survived by her children, Kay and Dave Bakker of Hamilton, Gary Sloothaak of Dorr, Lucy and Kim Busscher of Holland, Dan and Marlene Sloothaak of...
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Jenette Hernandez

August 24, 1964 - November 28, 2019

Jenette Hernandez, 55, of Pullman, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Jenette was born August 24, 1964, in Zeeland, to Raymond and Lu Dean Arnold. Jenette went to Zeeland High School and later married Antonio Hernandez. Jenette and Tony were proud parents and grandparents. They raised four daughters, a son, and they adored their grandchildren. Jenette especially loved camping with...
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Robert Nanninga

August 8, 1932 - November 28, 2019

Robert D. Nanninga, age 87, of Holland, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Bob was born August 8, 1932, in Kalamazoo. After graduation he served in the Marine Corps, during the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Van Eyk, on May 29, 1953. After graduation from WMU, he taught in Indiana and Holland. In 1964, he and Betty...
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Dorothy Van Dort

January 7, 1925 - November 27, 2019

Dorothy Van Voorst Van Dort died November 27, 2019 safe in the arms of God. Dorothy lived in Zeeland most of her life and the past year resided at Meridian Acres in Sanford, Michigan near her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and her grandson Jeffrey Mark Van Dort. She is survived by two sons Mark (Bernice) and Paul C. (Heidi). Also, by three granddaughters: Christa Nehs ...
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Randall DeWaard

May 13, 1955 - November 27, 2019

Randall DeWaard, age 64, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Randall worked at Fogg Filler for over 40 years and lived in Holland his entire life. Randall was preceded in death by his father, Roger DeWaard. He is survived by his daughter, Melissa (Kendall) Zeerip; son, Eric (Stacie) DeWaard; grandchildren, Damien DeWaard, Colin DeWaard, Hannah DeWaard; mother, Joyce...
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Eunice Boer

April 26, 1938 - November 27, 2019

Eunice Boer, 81, of Borculo, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at her home. Eunice was born in Lansing, Illinois, to Donald and Alice (Smith) Vander Weide. She graduated from Illiana Christian High School and later married Peter Boer. Eunice and Pete worked in many jobs over their lives, but they were always farming. They raised their eight children in Lansing, IL, Loveland, CO,...
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Dennis Joseph Bull

June 6, 1946 - November 25, 2019

Dennis Joseph Bull, age 73, of Zeeland went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, November 25, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Kathy; his children: Reverend Nathaniel (Starr) Bull, Joy (Micah) Voter, Kristopher (Beth) Bull, Jordan Bull, Lindsay (Henry) Cherry, Katelyn Bull, Lauren Bull; 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; siblings: Catherine (Bob) Tift, Dean (Sandi)...
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James H. Huisingh

March 19, 1939 - November 24, 2019

James Harlo Huisingh, 80, Holland, Michigan died on Sunday, November 24, 2019 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Jim was born on March 19, 1939 to Herman and Susie Huisingh in Westfield, North Dakota. He graduated from Strasburg High School and served in the Army from 1957-1959. He was based in Honolulu, Hawaii and received an honorable discharge. Following his military duties, he...
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Clariss Van Doornik

October 11, 1922 - November 24, 2019

Clariss Van Doornik, age 97, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Clariss was born in Fremont to Jake and Gertrude Bowman on October 11, 1922. She moved to Hamilton, Michigan in her 20's where she operated a variety store with her sister, Della. Soon after moving to Hamilton, she met her husband, Marvin. They married in 1951. Together, they owned and operated the Hamilton Food Center...
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Frieda Lugten

November 8, 1919 - November 22, 2019

Frieda Lugten, age 100 of Hamilton, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019. She is survived by her children: Jerry and Fern Lugten, Ellen and Lloyd Kaper, and Kathy and Dick Schipper; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Becca Lugten, Jill Lugten (Emily), Wendy and Cort Langeland (Grace, Gabe, and Andrew), Stephanie and Seth Kaper-Dale (Sena, Leah, and Cora), Abby and Kyle Bigford (Brian,...
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Gordon Breuker

January 18, 1930 - November 22, 2019

Gordon Breuker, age 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 22, 2019. Gordon was a loving, kind and grace-filled man who adored his wife, Patricia for over 59 years. He was a good example to his children and grandchildren who all shared a mutual love of one another. He was a role model who knew right from wrong. Throughout his life, he owned his own machine shop, developed...
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Keaton Kroll

August 23, 2003 - November 16, 2019

Keaton Kroll, age 16 of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly while playing indoor soccer Saturday, November 16, 2019 after a wonderful day spent with his family and friends. He is survived by his parents Kurt and Danielle Kroll; his siblings: Emerson Kroll and Aidan Kroll; grandparents: Allyn and Betty Kroll and Don and Carol Romeyn; aunts and uncles: Keith and Lori Kroll, Kyle and Amy Kroll, Sue...
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Vivian May Rooks

January 16, 1929 - November 16, 2019

Vivian May Rooks age 90, of Holland, died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Rooks in 2007. She was a charter member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church and worked for Resthaven, Inc. for many years. Vivian is survived by her sons, Allan and Gail Rooks of Holland, Daryl and Debra Rooks of Zeeland, grandchildren, Rebecca...
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Lucia Kesner

November 15, 2011 - November 15, 2019

Lucia Raegan Kesner, our courageous Warrior of Light, took her very first steps into the Kingdom of Heaven on her 8th birthday at 4:31pm on Friday, November 15th, 2019. Lucia was diagnosed with a rare and terminal disease called Mucolipidosis Type II, also known as I-Cell disease. It is a debilitating and medically compromising genetic disorder, with no known cure and many children lose their...
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Margie Koetje

December 29, 1932 - November 12, 2019

Margie Koetje, age 86, of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Royal Atrium Inn in Zeeland. Margie graduated from Northern Michigan Christian High School and was a member of Third Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. She worked at Bosgraaf Greenhouse for many years and was an active volunteer at her church and at Paradise Bound Ministries. She was also a mentor for Revival...
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Mollie Sue Hilbink

December 23, 1947 - November 11, 2019

Mollie Sue Hilbink, age 71, of Holland, died Monday, November 11, 2019 at her daughter's home. She was born in Holland on December 23, 1947 and lived in the Holland area her entire life. Mollie is survived by her children, Terry Allen James, Jr. of Holland, Jennifer Marie Woltman and son-in-law, Charles King of Holland; sister, Mary Lynn Cobb of Holland; and nephews. A private viewing...
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Charlotte Klaasen

September 18, 1933 - November 10, 2019

Charlotte Klaasen, age 86 of Zeeland, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jay; her children: Roger and Kim Klaasen, Marlene and Chuck Dreyer, Vern and Joanne Klaasen, Jan and Curt Vande Polder and Arlyn and Cari Klaasen; 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren: sister: Marilyn Fish; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Leon and Alice Klaasen,...
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Anthony "Tony" Speet

September 27, 1919 - November 10, 2019

Anthony "Tony" Speet, age 100, of Holland, died Sunday, November 10, 2019 and is now in the arms of his Heavenly Father. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brantly Speet and siblings Gerald, Herm, Marvin, John, Barb Kopenaal, Adriana Wecker, Maxine Speet, Cleo Jerding, Robert, Ken. Tony was a lifelong member of Fourth Reformed Church and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army as a...
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Jim T. Maccune II

November 17, 1947 - November 9, 2019

Jim T. Maccune II, 71, of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019. Jim was born in Missouri on November 17, 1947, to Jim and Wanita Maccune. Jim served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for 40 years as truck driver before his retirement. He is survived by children and grandchildren who loved him dearly. A graveside service with military honors will...
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Lavina Schipper

July 6, 1922 - November 9, 2019

Lavina Schipper, age 97 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019. She is survived by her children: Bonnie and Gary Meiste and Terry Schipper: grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ross Meiste, Jill and Jordan Emmick (Declan, Graysen, Lennon and Lincoln), Amanda and Corey Nagelkirk (Cameron, Carter and Cashton), Ashley and Nick Howe (Mason and Austin), Alyssa and Josiah Walcott ...
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Lola De Roo

April 1, 1948 - November 8, 2019

Lola De Roo, age 71 of Zeeland, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Friday, November 8, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Berwin; her children: Bruce and Amy De Roo, Dawn and Ted Vander Kooi, Valerie and Brent Leegwater, Mark and Michelle De Roo; 20 grandchildren: Amber and Jeremy Rillema, Alyssa and Matt Visser, Bryce De Roo, Kaitlyn and Tim...
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