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Our Obituaries

Albert "Al" Molner

March 17, 1923 - December 7, 2016

Albert "Al" Molner, age 93, of Holland, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday December 7, 2016. Al was a loving husband and father, and he had a passion for taking photographs of family, friends and strangers. He also loved gardening and nurturing flowers and vegetables. Al is survived by his wife of 68 years Alberta; children: Louise and Richard Kempf, Mary and Ben Scholten, Jim...
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Annette B. Bonzelaar

April 18, 1924 - December 6, 2016

Annette B. Bonzelaar age 92, of Holland, passed away peacefully in the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, a son, Robert, and a sister, Katherine Gast. Annette was a member of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, graduated from Hope College, and served in the U.S. Navy as a member of the WAVES. She and her husband were members...
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Dennis Van Dam

May 27, 1952 - December 6, 2016

Dennis Van Dam, age 64 of Hudsonville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Denny is survived by his wife Sharon, of 38 years; his daughters: Karla Van Dam of Hudsonville, Amber and Ward Williams of Nashville, TN; his grandchildren: Riley, Leroy, Taryn, and Rockwell; step-mother: Juella Van Dam; brothers: Wayne and Jill Van Dam, Paul and Dawn Van Dam, Marc and...
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Mary Westra

September 4, 1959 - December 6, 2016

Mary Westra, age 57 of Beaverdam, went home to be with her Heavenly Father Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sylvia Westra, her brother, Thomas Westra, and her great nephew, Caleb Westra. Mary is survived by her siblings: Marlin and Mary Westra of Zeeland and Sheryl and Bruce Jongekrijg of Hudsonville; nieces and nephews: Heath and Lisa Westra,...
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Darwin Werling

May 10, 1938 - December 3, 2016

Darwin Werling, age 78, of Holland, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Holland Hospital. Darwin was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church and currently attended Faith Reformed Church. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 1956 and entered General Electric apprentice school. In 1960, he married and moved to Holland to begin working at...
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Thomas A Smith

June 23, 1936 - December 3, 2016

Thomas Alvin Smith, age 80, of Holland, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at MediLodge of Holland. Tom succumbed to a long illness and he is now free and in the arms of Jesus. Following his service in the US Army as an Expert Marksman, Tom worked as an accountant for over 30 years in Holland and Grand Rapids. Tom enjoyed golfing, bowling and watching Tiger Baseball and was a member of...
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Evelyn Bos

May 15, 1914 - December 2, 2016

Evelyn Bos age 102, of Holland, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016. Evelyn loved taking care of her family, enjoying nature, feeding the birds and spending time up north. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin in 1996; daughter, Linda Kay Bos; son, Marvin Ryzenga; great grandson, Scott Veldhuis; son-in-law, Larry Schaub; and all of her brothers and sisters as she was the...
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George D. Dykstra

April 14, 1938 - November 30, 2016

George D. Dykstra age 78, of Holland, was ushered into his heavenly home on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. He was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Myla Joy Scholten. George was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where he ushered for many years. He retired from Brooks Beverage and following retirement drove shuttle for Elhart Automotive Campus. He is survived by...
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Karla Wolters

October 1, 1951 - November 28, 2016

Karla Wolters, age 65 of Zeeland passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 after a two year struggle with multiple myeloma. Karla was preceded in death by her parents Tex and Alyce Hoesch and brother Tom Hoesch. She is survived by her husband of 38 years Tom; brothers: Ken Hoesch, and Tim and Rane Hoesch; brother-in-law Bill and Susan Wolters; nieces and nephews: Kate and Troy De Wys, Tom and...
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Jaxon David Brower

December 19, 2002 - November 27, 2016

Jaxon David Brower, 13, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Jaxon was born December 19, 2002, in Zeeland, Michigan, to Craig Vander Woude and Abbie Brower. Jaxon grew up in Zeeland and was a student at Cityside Middle School where he enjoyed playing Baritone in the band. Jaxon was a young man with a big heart and was talented in many areas of technology. He was a member of...
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Allen Achterhof

November 20, 1942 - November 27, 2016

Allen Achterhof, age 74 of Holland, surrounded by his family, peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his brothers Bob Achterhof and John Achterhof. Al is survived by his wife of 52 years Judy; his children and grandchildren: Tom and Marcy Achterhof (Drake, Ben, Eli and Hannah), Steve and Julie Achterhof (Madison and Ella);...
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Clair F. DeMull

August 15, 1926 - November 25, 2016

Clair F. DeMull age 90, of Holland, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve in 2013, a son-in-law, Dennis Huisman in 2005, and a great grandson. Clair was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and taught and coached in Allegan and West Ottawa High Schools. He is survived by his children; Joan DeMull of Grandville, Ross DeMull...
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Ruth Vonk

October 27, 1920 - November 23, 2016

Ruth Vonk, age 96 of Jenison, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, November 23, 2016. She is survived by her daughters; Betty and Jack Rood of Sheboygan, WI, Judy and Robert Koster of Midland, MI, Janice Rauch of South Bend, IN, Myra and Larry Spoolstra of Newaygo, Ruth Vonk of Zeeland, and Diane and Ron Chrisman of Holland; 18 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and...
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Roger Langejans

August 31, 1944 - November 20, 2016

Roger Langejans, age 72 of Ludington, formerly of Holland passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debra; children: Jeff and Cindy Langejans, Jeremy and Heather Langejans and Eric Langejans; step children: Timothy and Liz Visser and Angela and John Danello; 7 grandchildren; sisters: Alyce De Graves and Pat and Dave Veen; parents-in-law William and Carolyn...
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David P. Vander Wege

March 15, 1937 - November 20, 2016

David P. Vander Wege age 79, of Holland, died Sunday, November 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor (Mouw) in 2006 and a son, Jeffrey in 2012. Dave was a member of Central Ave Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder, did significant research on the stained glass windows, and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also a charter member of the Evergreen Chorale...
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Harvey D Haverdink

May 15, 1928 - November 19, 2016

Harvey D. Haverdink, age 88, of Holland, went home to Jesus on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. He was a current member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Harvey was a life-long farmer and he and Harriet also established Hamilton Distributing which they owned and operated for many years. Harvey is survived...
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Lois Doan

May 14, 1934 - November 17, 2016

Lois J. Doan, age 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 17, 2016 and is now with her Lord and Savior. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for PPG Industries in Adrian for 24 years prior to retirement and was a longtime member of Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Upon retirement, she moved to Holland, MI to be close to family. In Holland, she became a member of Peace...
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Elinor Faber

November 2, 1922 - November 17, 2016

Elinor Carolyn Gran Heusinkveld Faber, 94, of Holland, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016 and is now with her Lord and Savior. Elinor was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 2, 1922, to Christian and Hilda Gran. After graduation from the University of Minnesota as a Registered Nurse in 1943, she married Dr. Maurice Heusinkveld MD. The couple were missionaries, serving in the...
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Lois Gebben

April 9, 1943 - November 15, 2016

Lois J. Gebben, 73, of Hamilton, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at her home. Lois worked for many years at the Lifesaver Factory. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Gebben, in 2005, and her granddaughter, Jennifer Chrispell, in 2000. She is survived by her children, Connie and Gary Chrispell of Hamilton, David and Tami Gebben of Grand Haven, and Vicki Tharp of Holland;...
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Encarnacion "John" Ramirez

June 24, 1945 - November 14, 2016

Encarnacion "John" Ramirez, 71, of Georgia, formerly of Zeeland, Michigan, died November 14, 2016, in North Carolina. He was a U.S. Army vetereran of the Vietnam War serving from 1965-1967. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:30 pm Friday, December 2, 2016, in Zeeland Cemetery, 180 East Lincoln Avenue, Zeeland MI 49464. Arrangements by Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S....
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Juliet Blystra

July 27, 1923 - November 14, 2016

Juliet Blystra, age 93, of Holland, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 at Resthaven Care Center. She was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church. Juliet was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas in 2015, a daughter, Myra Blauwkamp, in 2009. Juliet is survived by her children; Judith (Jerry) Cooper, Louise Blystra, Harry (Mary) Blystra, Gwen (Marc) Wolters, Robert (Shelly)...
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Jeanette Wiersma

April 16, 1917 - November 13, 2016

Jeanette Lavene Wiersma, 99 Jeanette entered into the eternal presence of her Lord and Savior on November 13, 2016. She was born to Renze and Ella (Kooistra) Douma on April 16, 1917 in Randolph, Wisconsin. She married Samuel Henry Wiersma on August 12, 1938. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, a grandson, Shawn, an infant granddaughter, two infant great grandsons, and all nine of...
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Mildred Skinner

April 17, 1928 - November 12, 2016

Mildred Skinner, 90, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Mildred was born to John and Abbie (Smith) Baker, in Sanford, Michigan, on April 17, 1926. Mildred graduated from high school and later married Charles Eldon Skinner. Mildred was a member of Hickory Ridge Community Church in Milford, Michigan, before Charles and Mildred moved to Zeeland to be near their daughter...
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Norma Karsten

April 24, 1929 - November 9, 2016

Norma LaHuis Karsten, age 87 of Hudsonville, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016. She is survived by her children: Lynn Pappas of Hudsonville, Bruce and Pat Karsten of Zeeland; daughter-in-law Jane and Dick Leslie of Hudsonville; grandchildren: Nate and Lisa Karsten, Matt and Sarah Karsten, Chris Karsten, Tony and Cara Karsten, Neal and Sara Karsten, Paul and Becky Karsten, Justin and...
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Everett "Pete" Peterson

July 25, 1924 - November 9, 2016

Everett E. Peterson, age 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 9, 2016 and is now reunited with his beloved wife of 71 years, Juanice, his greatest two desires. He was born in Worchester, MA and is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Esther Peterson, and sister Marion. Pete is survived by his loving brother Wesley, Pete (as he was affectionately called...
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Kari Benaway

May 18, 1973 - November 7, 2016

Kari Benaway, age 43 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 19 years Rob; her sisters: Nancy Kirkpatrick and Tom Huttar of Kalamazoo, Sue and Tim Plowman of Kentwood; her mother-in-law Mary and Frank Salisbury of Allendale; her brother-in-law Curtis and Stephanie Benaway of New Mexico and several nieces and nephews. Kari was preceded in death...
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Jerry Osborne

August 15, 1947 - November 7, 2016

Jerry Craig Osborne, age 69, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016. He is preceded in death by his mother, Janice Bowers; father, Howard Osborne; and sister Gwen Bowers. Jerry is survived by his children; Connie & Ken Lentz and Darren & Laura Osborne; grandchildren, Kyle & Jordon Kamphuis, Josh & Tara Kimball, Sommer Lentz, Allison Osborne, Jared Osborne, and 7 great-grandchildren....
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Robert Boers

June 3, 1931 - November 7, 2016

Robert Boers, age 85, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, November 7, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carole; his children: Barbara Boers of Jenison and Jack and Rachel Boers of Allendale; 3 grandchildren: Noah, Lily, and Benjamin; siblings: Albert and Elaine Boers of Holland and Marie Tornga of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law Judy and Bill Randall of Watervliet,...
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Phoumaly Manikham

November 6, 1963 - November 6, 2016

Phoumaly Manikham, age 53 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016. Phoumaly was preceded in death by her late father Phoumy Manophath, and her nlate sister Sarah Manophath. She is survived by her husband Sullivan Manikham and her son Matthew Sinthasomphone, her mother Mani Manophath, her American parents Pastor Stan and Julie Hanna, sister and family Phouvaly and Scott Perry (Hanna,...
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Loren R. Kleis

May 12, 1955 - November 6, 2016

Loren R. Kleis age 61, of Holland, went to be with his Lord Sunday, November 6, 2016, knowing the hope of the resurrection in Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Adelaide (Lezman) Kleis and was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church for many years. This kind and gentle soul spent his last days at Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods being cared for by the wonderful...
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George J. Dunne

December 8, 1932 - November 6, 2016

George Joseph Dunne, 83, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016. George J. Dunne was born December 8, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward and Catherine (Cremer) Dunne. He graduated from high school and in college earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting. George was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. George was the owner of IBG...
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Shirley J Beyer

September 21, 1931 - November 3, 2016

Shirley J. Beyer, age 85, of Zeeland, was welcomed into her eternal home by her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Providence Health and Rehabilitation Center. Shirley was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church and also taught Sunday School there for many years. She also volunteered at Bibles for Mexico. Shirley had a helping spirit and loved working on the family farm, tending...
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Eleanor Bruins Michmerhuizen

September 15, 1927 - November 3, 2016

Eleanor Michmerhuizen, 89, passed away Thursday, November 03, 2016 at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Eleanor was a member of North Street Christian Reformed Church and is survived by her sisters, Joan Bruins of Zeeland, Ruth and Roger Bremer of Hudsonville; sister-in-law, Mrs. Chester (Joan) Bruins of Zeeland, step-sons, Jim (Joy) Michmerhuizen, Dale Michmerhuizen, and several...
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Charlotte Gibbons

May 22, 1928 - November 3, 2016

Charlotte Gibbons, age 88, passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Charlotte was preceded in death by daughter, Lu Ann Gibbons and granddaughter, Holly Gibbons. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Frank; and sons; Gary & Anna Gibbons of Jenison, MI and Allen & Kay Gibbons of Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren, Heather & Jason VanderWey of Hudsonville, MI, Heidi Gibbons of Jenison, MI,...
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Doris Brecheisen

June 20, 1918 - November 2, 2016

Doris Brecheisen, 98 of Burnips, passed away November 2 and entered her heavenly home. Doris was born on June 20, 1918 to John and Margaret Hildenbrand. She was employed for many years at Vande Bunte Eggs in Forest Grove. Doris also was a member of LifeChange Community Church (formerly Burnips Wesleyan Church). She was preceded in death by her husband Homer (Joe) in 1997 and two sisters Marie...
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Marilyn Staat

July 12, 1949 - November 1, 2016

Marilyn Staat, 67, of Zeeland, passed away on November 1, 2016. Marilyn was born in Zeeland to Johannes and Bessie (Holstege) Bosch, on July 12, 1949. She graduated from Holland Christian in 1967 and later married Jim Staat. Jim and Marilyn raised their son Jim Jr. in Zeeland. They are members of North Street Christian Reformed Church where Marilyn sang in the choir. Marilyn enjoyed her...
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Edwin Sr. Close

March 18, 1920 - November 1, 2016

Edwin F. Close Sr., 96, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Edwin was the son of Herman & Lettie Close of Emporium, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Sara (Shick) Close; brothers, Alvin and Herman Jr. and sisters; Grace Anderson and Aletha Slottje. He is survived by brother, Donald (Eldred, PA), and sons: Edwin Jr. & Lorraine (Holland, MI) and...
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Robert "Bob" Geurink

September 10, 1961 - November 1, 2016

Robert "Bob" Jay Geurink, age 55, was welcomed into his heavenly home unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Born and raised in Holland, Bob graduated from Hamilton High School where he met the love of his life, Anne Brower whom he was married to for 33 years. For years Bob and Anne were active members of Faith Christian Center and raised their four children, Andrew, Aaron, Aric and Aimee...
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David G. Marckini

September 2, 1935 - October 31, 2016

David G. Marckini, 81, of Holland, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016. David was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 2, 1935, to William and Ida (Hanje) Marckini. He graduated from Creston High, G.R.J.C., the University of Michigan, and also attended law school. David was a lifelong learner with many interests. He was trained as an electrical engineer and became a systems...
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Chester Schemper

December 23, 1918 - October 30, 2016

Rev. Chester Schemper, 97, of Oak Park, Illinois, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Chester was born in Holland, Michigan, to Harry and Edith (Kooyers) Schemper. He graduated from Hope College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He married Garrietta Petroelje in 1946. Chester served as a pastor in Christian Reformed Church congregations in Allendale, MI, Chicago, IL, and...
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Ruth A. Morren

August 22, 1934 - October 29, 2016

Ruth A. Morren, age 82, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, George; her children: Michael and Nancy Morren of Zeeland, James and Leora Morren of Zeeland, Donald and Bette Morren of Zeeland, Rick Morren of Hopkins, Linda and Mark VanTubergen of Zeeland; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren;...
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Marilyn Dykstra

March 22, 1934 - October 28, 2016

Marilyn Jean Witteveen Dykstra, age 82, passed away on Friday October 28, 2016 after a brave 15 year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Marilyn graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1952. She is a graduate of Kuyper College (formally Reformed Bible College) and Eastern Michigan University. She taught hearing impaired children at Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, IL. After her six...
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Mary Hobeck

August 6, 1934 - October 24, 2016

Mary Hobeck, age 82, of Holland, passed away peacefully Monday, October 24, 2016 at Maple Leaf Health Care Center in Manchester, New Hampshire after living with Parkinson's for 10 years. Mary graduated from Holland High School and attended both Hope College in Holland and National Teacher's College in Evanston. She was an elementary school teacher before doing what she loved best, being a stay...
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Si Miller, Jr.

August 14, 1933 - October 24, 2016

Si Miller, Jr., 83, of Holland, formerly Dowagiac, died October 24, 2016 at Holland Hospital. Si was born to Earl Glenn "Big Si" and Marion Ethel "Mimi" (Tinney) on August 14, 1933 in Fremont, MI. Si graduated from Fremont High School in 1951 and Western Michigan University in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Claudia Fox, and was happily married for 62 years. He served as...
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Betty A. Overbeek

October 27, 1933 - October 24, 2016

Betty Overbeek, age 82, of Holland, died Monday, October 24, 2016 at an area care center. She was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and worked as a RN in Labor and Delivery at Holland Hospital for many years. In 1976, Betty had a life changing automobile accident which left her on a long road of recovery from brain trauma. She was not able to work as she had before, but found joy in...
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Dwight H Vincent

April 29, 1930 - October 22, 2016

Dwight Vincent entered eternal life on October 22, 2016, passing away from complications related to pneumonia. He is survived by Cynthia, his wife of 63 years, his son George (Kim) Vincent, daughters Patricia (Mark) Roehling and Emily (Jim) Bokern, grandchildren Douglas (Melissa) Vincent, Daniel (Kati) Vincent, Laura Vincent, Alex (Randi) Roehling, Julia Roehling, Cynthia Goosby and Helen Goosby...
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Melvin "Mel" Zoerhof

July 13, 1927 - October 20, 2016

Melvin "Mel" Zoerhof, age 89 of Oakland passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Arla; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Shawn and Larry Schreur of Hamilton (Aaron and Amanda: Kinslee and Audin, Patrick and Kristen: Zoe, Evelyn and Kylee) Blain and Jennifer Zoerhof of Holland (Jacob), Amy Vanderwerf of Hamilton ...
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Jean Millard

August 13, 1925 - October 20, 2016

Jean M. Millard, age 91, of Zeeland passed away on Thursday October 20, 2016. Jean was a charter member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. She was a graduate of Hope College and taught high school before retiring to be a stay at home mom. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be deeply missed. Jean is survived by her husband of 66 years, Howard...
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Margo Johnson

May 21, 1940 - October 19, 2016

Margo Meengs Johnson, age 76 – transitioned in to her new life in heaven on October 19 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Holland Public Schools and Hope College. Margo was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 54 years. She was a teacher and homemaker. She loved all of God's creatures and the beauty of His nature. She...
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Jarvis VanKlompenberg

July 19, 1939 - October 17, 2016

Jarvis J. Van Klompenberg, age 77, passed into the presence of his Heavenly Father, October 17, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born and raised in Zeeland and attended Zeeland Christian School. Jarvis was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and former member of Pine Creek CRC. He worked 33 years at Hart & Cooley. After retirement, he spent his winters in...
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Alma Tubergen

September 26, 1924 - October 17, 2016

Alma (DeVries) Tubergen, with a life of devotion and love to Jesus and her family and others, was called to her heavenly home where she now worships her Lord and Savior face to face. She passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 at the age of 92. Alma was preceded in death by her first husband, Bern DeVries and her son, Dan DeVries, a granddaughter Julie DeVries and her brothers, Gite, Pete...
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Hermina Witteveen

October 10, 1927 - October 17, 2016

Hermina Witteveen, age 89, of Holland, entered into Glory on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Resthaven Care Center. Hermina was a member of Christ Memorial Church and a 30 year member of the Aqua Belles. She loved gardening and flowers and was a former member of the Holland Garden Club. Hermina is survived by her: Husband of 68 years, Leon Witteveen Daughters Nancy and Steven Steenwyk of...
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Henrietta Blacquiere

August 19, 1927 - October 16, 2016

Henrietta Blacquiere (89) of Holland MI passed from this life to the next on Sunday morning, Oct 16. She was born in Hull, IA to Henry and Della (Bouma) Krommendyk in 1927 and is a current member of Pillar Church in Holland, MI. She graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull, IA and taught for two years in a one room country school house in Ireton, IA. Through family ties, she met...
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Paul Kroll

November 10, 1941 - October 11, 2016

Paul Kroll, age 74 of Allendale, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 11, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara; his children and grandsons: Shelly and Doug Baas (Ted and Will), Brent and Tami Kroll and Matt Kroll; step-children and step-grandchildren: Jeffrey and Julie Gaberdiel (Emilie, Alexandra and Colton), David and Valarie Gaberdiel (Courtney and Jake...
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Kenneth W. Buter

October 11, 1940 - October 11, 2016

Kenneth Buter, 76, of Holland, began the first page of his story October 11, 1940, and finished his final chapter on October 11, 2016. Ken was born in Holland, Michigan, to Henry and Johanna (Keen) Buter. He graduated from Zeeland High School and served his country in the U.S. Army. Ken married Mary Diepenhorst and they raised their family in Overisel and at Overisel Christian Reformed...
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Walter P. Bastiaanse

December 22, 1942 - October 10, 2016

Walter P. Bastiaanse, age 73, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Adrian and Erna Bastiaanse and brother in law Bruce Roelofs. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Diana; children, Amanda Bastiaanse & Christopher Wallen of Dillsburg, PA, and Eric Bastiaanse of West Olive, MI; grandchildren, Alexander and Mariska Wallen; brothers, Conrad &...
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Faith Beyer

November 12, 1937 - October 10, 2016

Faith Beyer, age 78 of Zeeland passed away Monday, October 10, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Roger; her daughters: Linda and Jon Vander Kooi of Zeeland, Nancy and Mike Brinks of Grand Rapids, Carol Belknap of Zeeland and Sally and Michelle Beyer of Grand Rapids; grandchildren: David Vander Kooi, Daniel Vander Kooi, Jonathan Brinks, Philip Brinks, Timothy Brinks, James...
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F. Irma "Mama" Sanchez

July 10, 1926 - October 10, 2016

F. Irma "Mama" Sanchez, age 90 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, October 10, 2016 at her home. She is survived by her son, Enrique B. and Sonia Sanchez; daughter-in-law and son-in-law: Rebecca Sanchez, Joel Ibanez and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loved friends and church family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Enrique...
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Jose Solis

September 19, 1922 - October 9, 2016

Jose "Joe" Solis, 94, of Zeeland, entered into Heaven on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Jose was born in Olmito, Texas, on September 19, 1922, to Bruno and Higinia (Gonzalez) Solis. He faithfully served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. Joe worked most of his career at Western Foundry and retired as a supervisor. Joe attended Calvary Baptist Church of Holland. Joe dedicated his life to...
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Logan Bailey Paauwe-Williams

October 7, 2016 - October 7, 2016

Logan Bailey Paauwe-Williams, was prematurely stillborn on Friday, October 7, 2015 at Holland Hospital. Logan and his family are members of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Logan was preceded in death by his infant aunt, Trish Williams. Logan is survived by his: Parents Derek and Stephanie Williams of Holland Maternal Grandmother Carolyn and Chris Parrish of Holland ...
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Theodore "Ted" Slenk

June 18, 1954 - October 7, 2016

Theodore "Ted" James Slenk , age 62 of Holland, while surrounded by his loving family, was taken into glory by his faithful Lord and Savior on Friday, October 7, 2016 following a courageous battle with cancer. During this struggle Ted found complete peace with his illness demonstrating many times over to everyone around him that God's grace in his life was sufficient to sustain him on his last...
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Jay G. Janssen

June 5, 1923 - October 5, 2016

Jay G. Janssen, 93, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016, following a short illness. Born in East Holland, Michigan to John and Driesje Janssen, Jay worked in various areas of the construction business. After retirement, he and Ida were constant companions, keeping busy visiting friends and relatives, gardening, and attending athletic events of their children and grandchildren...
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Audrey Den Besten

June 7, 1930 - October 4, 2016

Audrey Den Besten, age 86 of Zeeland passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She is survived by her siblings: Calvin and Ardith Den Besten of Florida, Garry and Lynn Den Besten of Grand Rapids and Marianne and Ronald Vos of Holland; sister-in-law Leona Den Besten of Jenison and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Marinus and Emma and her brother George. The...
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George H. VanderPloeg

March 4, 1923 - October 3, 2016

George H. VanderPloeg, age 93, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 and is now with his Lord and Savior. He is preceded in death by brothers and sisters in law; John VanderPloeg, Abe & Elsa VanderPloeg, John Tuinier, Gertrude TenHoor and John Alphenaar. George is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rika; brothers and sisters in law, Harold & Joyce Alphenaar of Kalamazoo, Betty Alphenaar of...
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Gary Corsbie

March 25, 1951 - October 1, 2016

Gary Corsbie, age 65, of Holland passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 1, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marilou "Lou"; his sons Brent (Emily) Corsbie of Zeeland, Dave (Lara) Corsbie of Raleigh, NC; his grandchildren Ella and Luke; his mother Greta Corsbie of Dallas, TX; his siblings: Diane (Phil) Gingerich of Dallas, TX, Barry (Nancy) Corsbie of Valparaiso, IN, Jeff (Joni)...
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Jarvis B. Zoet

April 2, 1925 - September 29, 2016

Jarvis B. Zoet age 91, of Hamilton, was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Jarvis was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Hazel on September 13, 2016. He was a member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Marines, serving during WWII. He farmed in the Hamilton area for many years. Jarvis is survived by his children; Verna and...
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Simon N. Disselkoen

July 31, 1921 - September 28, 2016

Simon Disselkoen, 95, of Zeeland, passed away on September 28, 2016. Simon was born in Corsica, South Dakota, July 31, 1921, to Anthony and Anna (Hansum) Disselkoen. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-1945 in the Pacific Theater. Simon was a decorated disabled veteran, receiving a bronze star medal and a purple heart. Simon married Margaret Krommendyk in 1943. ...
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Martin Stegink

June 20, 1927 - September 28, 2016

The Reverend Martin Stegink, age 89, of Zeeland went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Martin was a member of Third Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. As a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, he served several churches, including: Rudyard, MI; Pompton Plains, NJ; Warren/Royal Oak, MI; Lincoln Center, IA; Prosper/Falmouth, MI; and Crookston, MN. Martin is...
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Myra Ratering

July 31, 1937 - September 27, 2016

Myra Ratering, age 79 of Zeeland went home to be with the Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 27, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Norman; their children: Michelle and Jeff Bagford, Camilla and Tim Mc Calmont and Steve and Karen Ratering; grandchildren: Lisa Bagford, Travis Bagford, Dylan and Guilia Mc Calmont, Trevor Mc Calmont, Katie and Mark Givens (Abigail Grace) Miriam...
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Henry B. Vanden Heuvel

July 3, 1937 - September 25, 2016

Rev. Henry B. Vanden Heuvel age 79, of Holland, was welcomed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 25, 2016. A faithful servant of the Lord, he was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1962. He served as pastor in the following Christian Reformed Churches; Lamont in Lamont, MI., Princeton in Grand Rapids,...
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Stephen John Swierenga

November 22, 1972 - September 23, 2016

Stephen John Swierenga, 43, of Holland, was welcomed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, September 23, 2016. Stephen was born in Holland, Michigan, on November 22, 1972, to John R. Swierenga Jr. and Virginia (Reeves) Swierenga. He was a lifelong and professing member of Harderwyk Ministries where as a youth he participated in Cadets. He enjoyed Friendship Ministries (SEM),...
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William Buis, Jr.

October 30, 1937 - September 22, 2016

William Buis, age 78, of Holland passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids. Bill was the third generation owner and operator of Buis Mattress Company, and a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Elks, Fennville Rod and Gun Club, Wolverine Seniors Golf Association and also a longtime member and board member of Holland...
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Donna Disselkoen

March 4, 1937 - September 22, 2016

Donna Disselkoen, age 79 of Holland, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband Sylvan, her children: Jeff and Tamara Disselkoen of Englewood, FL, Jill English of Grand Haven, Jodi and Keith Lokker of Holland; grandchildren: Maxwell Disselkoen, Mason Disselkoen, Carlen and Brent Seaver, Lauren English, Katelyn Lokker and Justine and Scott McCarty; in-laws:...
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Roy Whitaker

March 1, 1918 - September 22, 2016

Roy Whitaker, age 98, passed away early Thursday morning, September 22, 2016 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred in 1982 and son Jerry Whitaker. He is survived by his children; Kenneth (Gene) & Tootie Whitaker of Otsego, MI and Bill & Joyce Whitaker of Sun City, AZ; grandchildren, Kenneth Whitaker Jr. of Zeeland, Cindy K. Whitaker of Otsego,...
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Marilyn J. Bartlett

January 6, 1935 - September 21, 2016

Marilyn J. Bartlett age 81, of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Marilyn was born January 6, 1935. She graduated from St Mary's High School in Lansing, MI and married the love of her life, Gary Bartlett, in April of 1955. Along with her husband, Marilyn was a member of St Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Marilyn experienced great joy in...
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Ellen Schipper

June 11, 1929 - September 20, 2016

Ellen Joan (Walma) Schipper of Zeeland, MI, age 87, went to be with her Lord on September 20, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren in 1994, and also her seven brothers and sisters. She is lovingly remembered by her children Gwen (Phil) Foreman of Zeeland, Dale (Shelley) Schipper of Holland, Gaye (Ray) Mellema of New London, MN, and Kathy (Greg) De Jong of Winfield, IL. Ellen...
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Christina De Groot

June 17, 1922 - September 20, 2016

Christina De Groot, 94, of Zeeland, met her Lord and Savior face to face on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Christina was born June 17, 1922, in Ellsworth, Michigan, to Gerrit and Ida (Hennip) Postmus. She married Jacob De Groot and they raised their family in Holland. Christina and Jacob moved to Zeeland at retirement and became long time members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She was...
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Joyce Dornbush

July 31, 1940 - September 19, 2016

Joyce Dornbush of Holland, 76, was welcomed into her heavenly home on Monday, September 19, 2016. Joyce was the daughter of Gerrit and Albertha Van Wyhe. She was born in Carmel, Iowa, moved shortly after to Rock Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Hull Western Christian. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Sherwin Dornbush; two sons and one daughter, Mark (Yingfang) Dornbush,...
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Charles C. Aschbrenner

November 19, 1936 - September 18, 2016

Charles C. Aschbrenner age 79, of Holland, died Sunday, September 18, 2016. Charles, an Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Music, taught for 53 years at Hope College. He has lectured and adjudicated in addition to performing both as soloist and collaborative pianist thoughout Michigan and the Midwest as well as in Mexico, Portugal, France and Russia. His piano students have entered graduate...
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Jean Tienstra

October 14, 1925 - September 18, 2016

On September 18, 2016, Jean K. Tienstra died peacefully in her sleep at Appledorn Assisted Living Center, where she had lived since January. She was born Jansje Klasina Velthuis on October 14, 1925 in Groningen, The Netherlands, to Warner Jans and Klasina Velthuis. She entered nursing school at the Academisch Ziekenhuis in Groningen while enduring World War II, and graduated with a degree as...
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Robert "Bob" Timmer

October 20, 1950 - September 16, 2016

Robert "Bob" Timmer age 65, of Zeeland, died Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Zeeland Community Hospital. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Janna (Visser) Timmer in 2002. He retired from the Pfizer Co. following 35 years of employment and was a member of Community Reformed Church. Bob was the son of Willard and Delia Timmer, and is survived by his daughters, Rachel...
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Lynette Bell

June 14, 1978 - September 15, 2016

Lynette Bell, age 38 of Zeeland, loving wife and mother, went home to her Heavenly Father Thursday, September 15, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Matthew; her children: Landon, Bailey, Elliot and Lila; her father Dan Maly and Mary Schouten; siblings: Josh and Bobbie Maly, Dimitri Maly and Angela Maly; father-in-law Tom and Susan Bell; mother-in-law Marilyn Bell; brother-in...
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Richard Moore

April 7, 1938 - September 14, 2016

Richard George Moore entered into his eternal rest September 14, 2016, at the age of 78 years. He served his Lord in many capacities in the Protestant Reformed Churches. He was preceded in death by his daughter Brenda Brands, and a grandson Joseph Medema. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jannet, their children: Carolyn and Brian Tolsma, Lee Ann and Henry Ferguson, Denise and Brian...
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Hazel R. Zoet

January 9, 1926 - September 13, 2016

Hazel R. Zoet age 90, of Hamilton, was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at an area care center. She was a member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church. Hazel is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jarvis; children, Verna and Vern De Weerdt, John and Beth Zoet; 7 grandchildren, Mark and Stacey De Weerdt, Steve and Andrea De Weerdt, Dan and Bree De Weerdt, Sara and...
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Richard Dykstra

April 8, 1944 - September 12, 2016

Richard Dykstra, 72, of Hudsonville, was called in God's infinite wisdom to his eternal home on Monday, September 12, 2016. A faithful servant, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many, Richard will be greatly missed. Richard was born in Grand Rapids on April 8, 1944, to Donald and Tina (Holthof) Dykstra. He was a lifelong member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church...
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Melvin Boonstra

September 25, 1916 - September 11, 2016

Melvin Seymour Boonstra, age 99, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, September 11, 2016. Mel is survived by his children: Keith and Judy Boonstra of Holland, Kay and Philip Massaro of Phoenix, AZ, Dean and Becky Boonstra of Holland, Judi and Slavomir Kolada of Reno, NV; daughter-in-law Nancy Boonstra of Grand Haven; 13 grandchildren: Heather Boonstra and Amy Rutt,...
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Anna Mae Rooks Warren Erickson

December 25, 1925 - September 11, 2016

Anna Mae (Rooks Warren) Erickson, age 90, of Holland, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016 at her home in the Cottages of Appledorn. No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland.
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Melinda Ruth Hamstra

October 31, 1959 - September 7, 2016

Melinda Ruth Hamstra, aged 56, passed into the presence of her Heavenly Father on September 7, 2016, following a 5-year journey with cancer. Melinda was a Zeelander all her life, born to Alan and Donna Sytsma on Halloween in 1959. Melinda graduated from Zeeland High School in 1977 and married the love of her life, Stephen, on August 24, 1978. While Steve studied at Michigan State, Melinda...
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Terry C. VandenBosch

September 5, 1968 - September 5, 2016

Terry C. VandenBosch age 48, of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, September 5, 2016. He was a member of Oakland Christian Reformed Church where he was involved in Cadets and Building and Grounds. Terry was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps., serving from 1994-2001. He was employed by Metal Flow Corporation. Terry is survived by his wife, Lisa; children,...
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Frances Eding

May 1, 1931 - September 4, 2016

Frances M. Eding age 85, of Holland, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Lakeside Vistas, where she truly appreciated her caregivers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Eding in 1987. Frances was a long time member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church and volunteered at Holland Hospital for many years. Frances is survived by her children; Ron & Nancy Eding of Zeeland...
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Betty Mosher

June 14, 1929 - September 4, 2016

Betty Mosher, age 87 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, September 4, 2016. She is survived by her husband Ed, of 67 years; her children: David and Caroline Mosher of Altadena, CA, Gay and Duane Tucker of Zeeland, Richard and Lisa Mosher of Holland and Mary and Carl Van Wylen of Sand Lake; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law...
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Ellen (Nan) Froelich

August 7, 1928 - September 2, 2016

On Sept. 2, 2016, Ellen Ann (Nan) Beuker Froelich went into the Light of God. Nan was born in Grand Rapids on August 7, 1928, to Margaret Evelyn Trompen and Dr. Herman Beuker. Her family moved to Marshall MI, when Nan was a year old, where her father began his medical practice. Nan lived in Marshall until she graduated from high school. Following high school, Nan enrolled in Hope College and...
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Junior Nyboer

March 29, 1941 - September 1, 2016

Junior Nyboer age 75, of Zeeland, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at his home. Jun was preceded in death by his son, Terry in 1997. He was a member of Noordeloos Christian Reformed Church and former member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church where he served as elder. He owned and operated Hamilton Machine and Mold prior to retirement. He served on the Hamilton Fire Department as a...
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Luanne Riemersma

April 9, 1938 - August 29, 2016

Luanne Riemersma, 78, of Zeeland, died peacefully on Monday, August 29, 2016 at an area care center. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo in 2006 and a son, Bill in 2001. Luanne is survived by her sons, David and Emily Riemersma of Grand Haven, Doug and Karen Riemersma of Zeeland; 12 grandchildren, 9 great...
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Verna Van Rhee

March 1, 1926 - August 29, 2016

Verna (Boeve) Van Rhee, 90, of Zeeland went to be with her Lord August 29 following a short illness. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin who she married in 1946, son Steven, brothers Rolland and Lloyd and sister Rosalie. She leaves behind her children, Jo-Ann and Jan Petersen of Holland, Gary and Diane Van Rhee of Drenthe, Larry Van Rhee and Nancy Van Rhee of Zeeland; 14...
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Heather Nicole De Roo

August 20, 1985 - August 27, 2016

Heather Nicole De Roo, age 31 of Chicago, IL, formerly of Zeeland, MI, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016. She is survived by her son Landon De Roo; her longtime companion Kevin Reid; her mother Karen Thorp and Jerry Craner; her father Richard and Tammy Thorp, siblings: Jennifer and Feller Galaviz and Richard Thorp Jr. Heather graduated from Zeeland High School in 2004 and enrolled in...
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Helen Walters

August 9, 1924 - August 27, 2016

Helen (Beck) Walters, age 92 of Bentheim went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, August 27, 2016. She is survived by her children: Mary Gibbs of Bentheim, Bob and Cris Walters of Bentheim, Rog and Phyllis Walters of Hamilton, Dianne Jacobs of Saugatuck, Larry and Joyce Walters of Bentheim, Keith and Ann Walters of Bentheim; 12 grandchildren: Helen and Craig Zeerip, Chad and Rebecca...
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James "Jim" Postma

April 5, 1931 - August 27, 2016

James "Jim" Postma, 85, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Holland Hospital. Jim was born in Holland, Michigan, on April 5, 1931, to John and Agnes (De Bree) Postma. Jim married Ladelle Schaafsma and they raised their family in Zeeland and at First Christian Reformed Church. Jim worked as a cabinet maker at Herman Miller for 41 years and retired in September of 1992. ...
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Elmer De Frell

April 14, 1930 - August 27, 2016

Elmer De Frell, age 86, of Holland was welcomed into the arms of his loving Lord and Savior on August 27th, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Elmer, a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, grew up on the De Frell family farm located on the south side of Holland. As many young men did at that time, Elmer found his bride Arlene through skating at the local roller...
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Easton Mark Vizithum

August 25, 2016 - August 25, 2016

Easton Mark Vizithum, infant son of Mark and Christina was born into heaven on August 25, 2016. Easton is survived by his parents Mark and Christina Vizithum, his big sister Elliana, his grandparents: Thomas and Jean Vizithum, Vern and Debra Slagh, great-grandmother Barbara Slagh, and many extended family. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 pm, Thursday, 9-1-16 in Zeeland Cemetery,...
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