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Our Obituaries

Judith L. Kapenga

January 21, 1939 - May 21, 2017

Judith L. Kapenga, age 78, of Holland, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Inn at Freedom Village. Judie was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church where she also served as church secretary for 10 years. She was a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Davenport College. Judie enjoyed reading, ceramics, traveling and spending time with her family. Judie was preceded in...
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Alma Jean Vander Velden

October 15, 1923 - May 19, 2017

Alma Jean Vander Velden age 93, of Holland, went to be with our Lord on Friday, May 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger in 2003 and her son, Ronald in 2004. She was a member of Maple Avenue Ministries. Alma is survived by her daughter, Sally Wauchope of Grand Rapids; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; in-laws, Ruth Klingenberg and Vi Klingenberg. Funeral...
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Robin Diemer

August 13, 1959 - May 19, 2017

Robin Diemer, age 57, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 19, 2017. Robin was content in life and family and found comfort and assurance in her faith. She served her community as church secretary, at Family Research Council, and the Zeeland Schools in a variety of capacities. She is survived by her husband, Daryl; children, Keri & Brian Ackerman, Corrie & Chelsea Diemer, and...
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Donna Lea Tyink

December 1, 1928 - May 18, 2017

Donna Lea Tyink, age 88, of Holland, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. Donna was a thirty year employee of Holland Hitch, Co. where she retired as an Executive Secretary in 1993. She was a longtime member of Central Park Reformed Church and enjoyed crocheting as her hobby. Donna was preceded in death by her brothers, Warren (Lorraine) De Jonge, Harlow De...
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Joan Berens

July 13, 1930 - May 16, 2017

Joan Berens, 86, of Drenthe, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at her home. Joan was born July 13, 1930, at the family home in Drenthe, to Herman and Minnie (Beyer) Berens. She was a lifelong member of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church. Joan worked for many years at Palmbos Eggs prior to her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Howard Berens, sister Anita...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Borst

May 22, 1926 - May 15, 2017

Dorothy Jean Borst, 90, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Logan, West Virginia. Dorothy was born on May 22, 1926 in Wayne, Illinois to Clayton and Gladys (Player) Smith. She received a Bachelor and Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Michigan. While a student, she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen as a piano major. "Dottie" taught music for...
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Hildegarde "Hilda" Heerspink

April 1, 1929 - May 14, 2017

Hildegarde "Hilda" Lois Heerspink, age 88, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Hilda was born in Zeeland to Henry and Bessie Holstege on April 1, 1929. Her joy was found in being a wife to her husband Jerry and mother to her five children. Hilda enjoyed cooking and baking delicious pies, cakes and bread. She found pride in creating a neat and tidy home for...
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Dylan Compagner

March 9, 1993 - May 12, 2017

Dylan Compagner, age 24, passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 12, 2017. He is survived by his parents: Linnay Compagner and Corey (Carrie) Compagner; his brother Nick Compagner; step-siblings: Austin, Sara and Adam Sandberg; grandparents: Ron and Betty Compagner, Lin Compagner and Jeff Engelsman; great grandmother Gertrude Hulst; aunts and uncles: Brent and Emily Ellens, Steve and Shawn...
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Frederick Grassmid

May 31, 1917 - May 10, 2017

Frederick Grassmid, age 99, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Sheldon Meadows Living Center. He was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Grassmid, great-grandson, Trannon; brother and his wife Chet and Reka Grassmid. Fred is survived by his daughters: Patricia Brown of St. Petersburg, FL, Joyce...
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Jeffrey Lynn Clark

January 8, 1954 - May 9, 2017

Mr. Jeffrey Lynn (Jeff) Clark of Holland, MI passed away on May 9, 2017 following a battle with cancer. Visitation services will be held at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 East 16th Street, Holland, MI from 5-8pm EST Thursday, May 11. Further visitation services will be held from 11.45-12.45pm EST on Friday, May 12. Funeral services will follow at 1pm EST. Jeff was born in St Paul,...
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Ruth Mayou

July 15, 1930 - May 9, 2017

Ruth Mayou, 86, of Holland, went home to heaven May 9, 2017. Ruth was born in New York on July 15, 1930, to Harry Sr., and Dorothy (Hoffman) Close. She graduated from high school and was attending college when she met Mark E. Mayou. Ruth and Mark married in 1951 and started their life of service in ministry together. Mark served as a Baptist minister and Ruth assisted in children and youth...
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Almarie Evans

September 23, 1958 - May 8, 2017

Almarie Evans, age 58 of Clarksville, Tennessee passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. Almarie Evans was born September 23, 1958 in Chicago, IL to the parents of Rene Evans andZenora (Prowell) Evans, who preceded her in death. Almarie attended Burnside Grammar School and later John Marshall High School. She moved to Holland, MI in 1992 where she was self-employed. Almarie opened her heart and...
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John W. Post, Jr.

June 8, 1943 - May 7, 2017

Post, John W., Jr. "Jack", of Holland, MI and Bradenton, FL, age 73. passed into the loving arms of his heavenly father on May 7, 2017, joining his son, John W. III who predeceased him in 2011. Jack was the dearly loved husband of Arden Ruth De Vries Post, beloved father of Caroline Post Cone of Franklin, TN, Janine Post-Anderle (Rev. Joel) of Peabody, MA, and daughter-in-law, Audrey Hovinga...
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Josephine Hill

January 29, 1941 - May 7, 2017

Josephine Hill age 76, of Holland, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Flowers. Josephine was born in 1941 in Mill Shoals, Illinois to Marion and Ethel Mayhue. She moved to Zeeland with her family in 1985 and attended the New Richmond Baptist Church. She worked mostly as an Administrative Assistant, retiring from Life...
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Arlene Vander Hulst

September 6, 1929 - May 5, 2017

Arlene Vander Hulst, age 87 of Zeeland passed into Glory on Friday, May 5, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Kate Zylman. Arlene is survived by her loving husband of almost 64 years, Ernest; her children: Linda Lewis of Zeeland, Larry (Carol) Vander Hulst of Bath, MI and Mary (Jack) Haley of Holland; 10 grandchildren: Sara (Brian) Weiderman,...
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Iris Kamer

September 21, 1926 - May 3, 2017

Iris Kamer, age 90, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center in Holland. Iris was a loving and well-loved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a beautician for many years and also worked at Brummel's furniture. She was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church. Iris was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald; infant son, Garry Lee; and...
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Gordon Brower

May 23, 1923 - May 3, 2017

Gordon Brower, age 93 of Zeeland, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy; his children: Sherwin and Carol Brower of Bentheim, Randy and Cyndy Brower of Bentheim and Debra and Les Meiste of Hamilton; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kerri and Steve Spaman (Kelsey and Levi), Steve Brower (Samantha), Phil and Kim Brower (Averie, Hudson and Jasper...
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Gladys DeWitte

November 19, 1924 - May 1, 2017

Gladys DeWitte, 92, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017. Gladys was born November 19, 1924, in Blendon Township, to Charles and Christine (Vruggink) Wabeke. Gladys married Leonard De Witte June 26, 1946. Len and Gladys raised their family in Drenthe and they were members of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church. Gladys was a dedicated wife and mother first, and a beautician second. ...
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Leona Bouws

March 16, 1927 - April 30, 2017

Leona Bouws, 90, of Zeeland, formerly of Holland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Leona was born in Holland, Michigan, on March 16, 1927, to Cornelius and Dora (Por) Vryhof. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and later married Gord Bouws. Leona and Gord raised their family in Holland Heights and they were charter members of Holland Heights Christian Reformed...
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Juan P. Fuentes

March 2, 1949 - April 29, 2017

Juan Pablo Fuentes, age 68 of Holland, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017. Juan Pablo Fuentes born in Alice, Texas March 2, 1949 to Petra and Pablo. He moved from Texas to Holland, MI where he raised his family. He retired from Weatherford oil in 2013. He followed his heart back to Texas where he spent his last few years of life. Juan took great pride in his children and grandchildren...
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Adrian VanderVliet

June 1, 1925 - April 27, 2017

Adrian VanderVliet, age 91 of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Adrian was born to Gerrit and Martje VanderVliet in Kattendyke, Netherlands on June 1, 1925. He served in the Dutch Navy and was a part of the Dutch Underground Resistance during WWII. Adrian was employed as the head of engineering at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids and later retired from Botma Plumbing. ...
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Walter De Vries

May 10, 1929 - April 27, 2017

Walter L. De Vries, age 87, of Holland, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. Walt was a member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of Prospect Park Christian Reformed Church. He was the owner of the dairy distributing company, Quality Dairy Products, for many years. Walt also volunteered at Evergreen Commons and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was an avid...
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Milton "Milt" Vander Berg

October 11, 1932 - April 27, 2017

Milton Vander Berg, age 84, of Holland, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Nelvia Vander Berg; children, Cheryl Fuder and Timothy Vander Berg; sister, Karen Vander Berg, and in-laws, Sharon and Lon Laackmann. Milt was born in Hull, Iowa to Dick and Nelvia Vander Berg. He taught English and Speech at Pella Christian High in Pella,...
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Vivian Gerene Por

October 10, 1918 - April 26, 2017

Vivian Gerene Por, age 98, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the American House of Holland. Vivian was employed at Holland Motor Express for many years and also owned and operated R. Por Greenhouses with her husband, Richard, who preceded her in death in 2002. She was a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church. Vivian was also preceded in death by her sister and brother...
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Jean Wagner

February 28, 1919 - April 25, 2017

Jean Wagner, age 98 of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Freedom Village Inn. Jean was born February 28, 1919 to Frederick and Cornelia Beukema (Van Koevering) in Grand Haven. She received a B.S. from Western Michigan University in 1940 and a M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1952. She taught high school in Grand Ledge and Quincy, MI as well as Union High School in...
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Joanna DeWitt

November 29, 1922 - April 24, 2017

Joanna (Bosch) DeWitt, 94, of Forest Grove, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 24, 2017. Joanna's life was a life of service. She had a sweet and tender spirit, and a passion for growing tomatoes. If you were ever fortunate to visit Joanna her grateful parting words were always, "Thank you, thank you, thank you." Mother was a treasure to her family and she will be greatly missed by her...
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Marjorie (Leep) Vander Haar

September 16, 1943 - April 22, 2017

Marjorie (Leep) Vander Haar, age 73, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. Marj was the daughter of Adolph and Cora Eshuis and was preceded in death by her first husband, Don E. Leep in 1994. She had a servant heart and was involved in her church and community her whole life. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian...
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Din Chung Kong

July 12, 1940 - April 21, 2017

Din Chung Kong, age 76, of Hong Kong, China and Holland, Michigan, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Choi Ying Lam Children, Grandchildren and Great grandchildren: Daughter and son-in-law, Ping Jiang and Ya Ping He; Jason Siu and Suki Hu (Beverly Siu, Benjamin Siu) Daniel Lin Daughter and son-in-law, Young Kong and Eddie Zhou; Amy Zhou, Linda Zhou,...
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Phillip Anthony "Tony" Underwood

December 30, 1951 - April 21, 2017

Phillip Anthony "Tony" Underwood, 65, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 21, 2017. Tony was born in Arkansas and grew up in Holland. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Tony was mechanically talented and worked for several years at Martin Transportation Systems. He was a member of Shekinah Revival Ministries in Holland. Tony also loved fishing,...
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Olivia Nino

October 1, 1940 - April 21, 2017

Olivia Nino, age 76, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 in the presence of her loving family. She is preceded in death by her husband Jose; daughter, Sylvia Nino; and sisters, Irene Trevino and Angelita Beltran. She is survived by her children; Robert Nino, Isabel & Chad Bryson, Lydia Nino, Esperanza & Willie Watt, Joe Nino Jr., 17 grand-children, many great-grand-children; siblings Greg...
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Dennis DeGraaf

March 23, 1944 - April 20, 2017

Dennis DeGraaf, age 73 of Holland, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Dennis was a part of Ottawa County's CBS program for many years and worked for a short time at Kandu Industries. Dennis enjoyed bowling and could spend hours coloring. He also loved to read and had a special affinity for Bible stories. Dennis is survived by his sisters: Dawn and David Harvey, and Julie and Wayne...
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Alice Vander Plaats

September 7, 1918 - April 19, 2017

Alice Vander Plaats, age 98 of Holland, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Alice was born in Hull, ND on September 7, 1918. After the death of her mother in 1920, her father moved to Holland, MI to be close to family. Alice was preceded in death by her husband Peter, son Robert Vander Plaats and daughter Nancy Zeedyk. She is survived by her daughters: Judith and Robert Kalee...
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Donna Boven

July 6, 1945 - April 18, 2017

DONNA BOVEN (Vander Veen), age 71, of Holland, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior on Tuesday, April 18. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gertrude Vander Veen. Donna attended South Christian High School and Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College) in Grand Rapids. She was a prayer warrior for her family and friends. She had...
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Howard J. Millard

April 20, 1928 - April 16, 2017

Howard J. Millard, 88, of Zeeland, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017. Howard was born in Brunswick, Michigan, on April 20, 1928, to Alvie and Hazel (Brouwer) Millard. Howard graduated from high school and went to college. He married the love of his life, Jean Meulendyke in 1950, and they raised their family in Zeeland. Howard was a safety engineer, and retired as the senior safety...
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David Ostrowski, Sr.

March 2, 1944 - April 16, 2017

David Ostrowski Sr., 73, of West Olive, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, 2017. David was born March 2, 1944, in Brisbane, Australia, to Francis "Frank" and Stella (Keable) Ostrowski. He graduated high school and was attending college when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. In 1966, he married Marilyn Faust. He rose quickly through Army ranks at Fort Knox...
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Russell J. Tyink

September 28, 1926 - April 16, 2017

Russell J. Tyink, age 90, of Holland, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Appledorn Living Center. Russ served in the US Army during WWII, drove a semi-truck for Vanden Bosch Feed Company of Zeeland, and owned a registered quarter horse business that was nationally known in the industry. Russ was preceded in death by his wife, Lona, in 2012; brothers, Al, Delbert, Jimmy; sisters, Sally De...
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Sarah Lugten

November 13, 1923 - April 16, 2017

Sarah J. Lugten, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1981, and a son, Larry in 1988. She was a member of Hamilton Reformed Church. Sarah is survived by her children, Beverly and Stewart Woldring, Karen and Doug Ter Haar, Ronald Lugten, Roger and Dana Lugten all of Hamilton; daughter-in-law, Judy and...
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Robert Timm

February 20, 1927 - April 15, 2017

Robert Timm, age 90, of Holland, MI, formerly of Hamilton, MI passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. He is survived by his children: Peggy and Kirk Van Order, Micheal and Sally Timm, David Timm and Denis and Deb Timm; stepchildren: Tom and Michele Dekkers, Pat and John Archbold, Teri and Joel Rodriguez, John Steven Dekkers, Kathy Lynn Dekkers, Pam and James Deemter; many grandchildren great...
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Ruth Kaashoek

November 6, 1929 - April 15, 2017

Ruth Kaashoek, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 and enjoyed Easter morning in the presence of her loving Savior. Ruth was known for her servant spirit which expressed itself in her quiet way behind the scenes in so many tangible ways…many hours writing encouraging cards, extended conversations, and numerous photo memories of the entire family. She was a huge fan of the Christ Memorial...
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Pedro "Pete" Aguilar, Sr.

December 6, 1939 - April 14, 2017

Pedro "Pete" Aguilar, Sr. age 77, of Holland, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Savior with his family by his side on Friday, April 14, 2017, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Pedro "Pete" Aguilar, Jr. and a brother, Juan "Johnny" Aguilar, Jr. Pedro was born in George West, Texas, the son of Juan and Marta Aguilar. He retired from United...
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Robert "Bob" Whitbeck

February 11, 1954 - April 11, 2017

Robert "Bob" Whitbeck, age 63 of Holland, passed away on, April 11, 2017. Bob spent most of his early life in Battle Creek and enjoyed water skiing and running. He was a passionate fan of the Detroit Tigers as well as his alma mater Michigan State. He taught science for many years in Michigan as well as in Texas, coached various teams, and retired from West Ottawa Schools in 2011. Bob was...
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Sharon Ter Horst

July 24, 1954 - April 7, 2017

Sharon K. Ter Horst, 62, of Holland, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior with her family by her side on Friday, April 7, 2017. Sharon is alive now more than ever. Sharon was born July 24, 1954, in Holland, Michigan, to Nelson and Myrtle (Winkels) Ver Beek. She graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1972. Sharon married the love of her life, Michael Ter...
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Frances Kruithoff

November 12, 1924 - April 7, 2017

Always a faithful servant, Frances Kruithoff (nee Knoll), age 92, of Holland, is now with her Lord and Savior; having passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at Lakeside Vista in Holland. Frances was formerly a member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church where she was a longtime volunteer and active in all areas of church life. She also was active with Crossroads Ministries, corresponding...
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Wilma "Jean" Mulder

January 17, 1926 - April 7, 2017

Wilma "Jean" Mulder, age 91, of Hudsonville, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Beth and Morris "Mo" Klinger, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; her siblings: Gord and Thelma Rietman, and Beatrice Hirdes. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Clifford "Bud" Mulder in 1995 and her son Clifford G. Mulder in 2016. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m....
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Maria Ester Alaniz

September 1, 1947 - April 6, 2017

Maria Ester Alaniz, age 69 of Holland, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Juan; her children: Elizabeth Alaniz, Lisett and David Nieto, Dora Alaniz, John Alaniz, Elias Alaniz and Myra and Jason Drew; grandchildren: Michael Alaniz, Sabrina Nieto, Isabella Nieto, Destiny Nieto, Jaron Drew and Valentina Alaniz; her siblings: Eva and Julio De La Cruz, Zabdiel and...
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Rosemary Sharda

May 7, 1947 - April 5, 2017

Rosemary Sharda, age 69, of Zeeland, went home to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Victor; her children and grandchildren: Steve and Becky Sharda (Caleb, Jaedyn and Kinley), Dan and Stacey Shoemaker (Cameron and Tanner), and Scott and Jane Sharda (Celia, Quinn and Maxwell); her sister Helen and Steve Mosterd; her...
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Wayne Boeve

February 27, 1941 - April 5, 2017

Wayne Boeve, age 76 of Hamilton, was unexpectedly taken to his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a man of deep faith and served as an elder at Overisel Reformed Church. Although he was an engineer by trade, he was a farmer at heart. Wayne loved to laugh with his family, and together, they created many...
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Robert "Bob" Knott

September 18, 1926 - April 3, 2017

Robert "Bob" Knott, 90, of Holland, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017. Bob was born September 18, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to John and Martha (Stap) Knott. Bob graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School, attended Calvin College, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in business. Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and...
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Marion J. Nyhof

June 16, 1931 - April 3, 2017

Marion J. Nyhof age 85, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 3, 2017. She was the daughter of Edward and Frances Nyhof and was a life-long member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Hazel and Kenneth Vork. Marion retired from the Holland BPW following 40 years of employment and volunteered for Zeeland Hospital...
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Joyce E. Kuiper

January 12, 1929 - April 1, 2017

Joyce Kuiper age 88, of Holland, died Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Holland Hospital. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Dallas, a granddaughter, Melissa, and a great grandson, Josiah. Joyce attended Central Wesleyan Church for many years. She loved to read the bible and share the wonders of Jesus. Her favorite times were spent in her garden, at the cottage, and where ever her...
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Gordon Brink

November 29, 1936 - March 31, 2017

Gordon Brink age 80, of Holland, died Friday, March 31, 2017 while wintering in Florida. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cathy Weaver in 2014; siblings, Eugene Brink and Shirley Knoll, and parents Lucas and Cora (Schaftenaar) Brink. Gord was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church and former member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church. He worked for the...
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Dorothy Schuitema

April 1, 1925 - March 31, 2017

Dorothy Schuitema, age 91 of Holland, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, one day shy of her 92nd birthday. She is survived by her children: Jim and Marge Schuitema, Dave and Rose Schuitema and Pam and Tom Evenhouse; 8 grandchildren: Rick and Dalia Schuitema, Chad and Bonnie Schuitema, Joy Schuitema, Kyle and Pam Schuitema, Kyndra and Andrew Green, Derek and Susan Evenhouse, Paige Evenhouse...
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Marvin Genzink

September 17, 1932 - March 31, 2017

Marvin Genzink age 84, of Holland, died Friday, March 31, 2017. Marv was a life-long member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church. He worked for Chris Craft for many years and then Biotec in Zeeland prior to retirement. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Navy. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Genzink, and by his siblings, Jeanette Kooiker, Hilda Volkers,...
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Glady Karsten

October 2, 1919 - March 30, 2017

Glady Karsten, 97, of Zeeland, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017. A witness to almost a century of American history Glady sang her way through 8 decades of involvement in music. She focused her life on the linchpins of family and faith. Marrying the love of her life, Henry, in 1945, she ventured into music with groups such as the Zeeland Civic Chorus (charter member and 60 year participant...
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Dorothy Ann Harrison

October 15, 1923 - March 29, 2017

Dorothy Ann Harrison age 93, of Zeeland, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, and a grandson, Joshua T. Harrison. Dorothy was the daughter of Albert and Gertrude Van Ommen, and worked for DePree's Department Store and the Holland Sentinel, Zeeland office. Dorothy is survived by her children, Timothy and Kathy Harrison of Maine, Thomas Harrison...
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Harry Dornbos

June 14, 1925 - March 27, 2017

Harry Dornbos, age 91 of Holland passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; his children: Linda and Skipper Wilson, Richard Dornbos, Diane and John Roelofs, Jim and Mary Dornbos and Joan and Tim Aalberts: grandchildren and great grandchildren: Neal Dams and his fiancé Melissa Meekhof (Shawna and Nathan), Keith Dams, Troy Roelofs, Kyle and Mindy...
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Oscar Ramirez

September 28, 1950 - March 25, 2017

Oscar Ramirez, age 66, passed away on March 25, 2017. He is survived by his children Shawn Young, Oscar Ramirez Jr., Jose Luis Ramirez, Maricela Gries, Alexandria Ramirez; brother, Ramon Ramirez; sister, Janie Ramirez; and grandchildren, Ashton, Isaiah, Chase, Dominick, Anthony, Austin, Payton, Gabriel, Samantha, Naclecya, Diamond, Shawn Jr., Dimitri, and Terrell-Tover. Oscar Ramirez was a...
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Bonita Gayle "Bonnie" Postma

October 21, 1953 - March 25, 2017

Bonnie lost her hard fought battle against cancer the morning of Saturday, March 25, in the loving arms of her husband Dave. They were the love of each other's lives for more than 43 years. She is now planting a wonderful garden in heaven with her father James. Bonnie had more than a green thumb, her yard was the envy of everyone who saw it. Bonnie received a Master Gardner degree from MSU...
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Jennifer "Jenny" Counterman

April 7, 1971 - March 22, 2017

Jennifer "Jenny" Counterman, age 45 of Dorr, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Jenny drove busses for Hamilton and Zeeland schools for more than 20 years and also was a server at Marro's restaurant in Saugatuck. The past few years she enjoyed traveling the entire country with her husband Rick as they delivered RVs for Star Fleet. Jenny is survived by her husband Rick...
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Allen "Al" Lee Schrotenboer

September 11, 1952 - March 21, 2017

Allen Lee Schrotenboer, 64, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Holland Hospital. Al was born on September 11, 1952, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Austin J. and Phyllis (Weener) Schrotenboer. He graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1970 and worked for Porter Corporation. Al married Carol Sylvester September 25, 1981. Al and Carol raised their family in...
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Lois "Loie" Lugten

June 29, 1925 - March 19, 2017

Lois Lugten, age 91, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at her home. Loie worked at Hamilton Farm Bureau for many years and was a member of Haven Reformed Church where she loved singing in the church choir. She also enjoyed playing the piano at many area nursing homes and was an encourager who could always find the good in any situation. Loie was preceded in death by her...
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Caroline (Peach) Kanis

March 27, 2007 - March 18, 2017

Caroline Kanis, age 9, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Caroline was innocent and pure— drawn to all things good. She possessed a temperament of ineffable sweetness, such that we began to call her "Peach". A year ago, we learned that Peach had a rare tumor on her brain stem called DIPG. Inoperable and aggressive, these tumors end in death, in the process...
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John Myaard

January 20, 1933 - March 18, 2017

John Myaard, age 84 of Holland, was peacefully received into the presence of Jesus Christ Saturday, March 18, 2017. John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara; children: Mike Myaard, Lori Tanis, Tim (Tracy) Myaard; grandchildren: Tena and Joe Myaard, Joshua (Anna) Tanis, Jordan (Jennifer) Tanis, Tyler (Michelle) Tanis, and JD and Kate Myaard; step-children: Jim Shuck, Susan (Ryan) Huber...
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Murvel Lambers

February 16, 1929 - March 18, 2017

Murvel Lambers, age 88, died on March 18, 2017. Murvel was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church, retired from Vander Meulen Builders after 22 years of employment and in retirement he was employed by JVA Enterprises. He was a United States Army veteran and served in the Korean war. He is preceded in death by his grandson Bill Welling; and son-in-law Del Kragt. He is survived his...
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Bernice DeZwaan

July 29, 1928 - March 17, 2017

Bernice DeZwaan age 88, of East Saugatuck, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Pardue, 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Bernice was a life-long member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harvey, children: Wayne and Bonnie DeZwaan of Holland,...
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Alvin Brouwer

March 5, 1933 - March 17, 2017

Alvin Brouwer, age 84 of Drenthe, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Isla; his children: Dale and Laurie Brouwer, Ken and Dawn Brouwer; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ashley and Marty Brower (Laila, Peyton and Elowyn), Corey and Amanda Brouwer, Mitch and Gabby Brouwer, Travis and Heidi Brouwer (Brady and Halle) and Kelli and Corey Boerman;...
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Joan Hoffman

May 28, 1933 - March 17, 2017

Joan Hoffman, 83, of Overisel and recently of Royal Park, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017. Joan was born in Hastings, Michigan, on May 28, 1933, to Byron and Elsie (Thorton) Payne. She graduated from Zeeland High School and later married Junior Hoffman on August 30, 1951. They raised their children on the family farm in Overisel, and they were members of Overisel Reformed Church. Joan...
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Severo Serna, Sr.

November 6, 1943 - March 17, 2017

Severo Serna Sr., age 73 of West Olive passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. He is survived by his children: JR and Kitrina Serna, Jaime and Jennifer Serna, MaryAnne and David Cupp, Alex and Lisa Serna; nine grandchildren: Jay, Alessa, Rachael, Jaime Jr., Andrea, Alexia, James, Jaxon, Charley; great grandson Michael Serna and many other loving family members. He was preceded in death by his...
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Jay Veltman

October 3, 1929 - March 16, 2017

Dr. Jay Veltman, age 87 of Holland, entered into his heavenly home on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Jay was born in Grand Rapids and attended Calvin College before attending medical school at the University of Michigan. A man of service, Jay was a resident at Children's Hospital in Detroit, served the U.S. Navy and then was a pediatrician in Grandville for 40 years. Jay was a member of Ivanrest...
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Donald Cronkite

December 10, 1944 - March 15, 2017

Dr. Donald Cronkite, 72, of Holland, MI passed away on March 15, after many years of living with Parkinson's disease. Professor Cronkite taught at Hope College for 32 years, offering classes in cell biology; embryology; genetics; introductory biology; evolution; history of biology; science and human values. He was also known as the Academic Director of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation summer...
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Lois Hoving

June 3, 1941 - March 15, 2017

Lois M. Hoving age 75, of Holland, died Wednesday, March 15, 2016 at Resthaven, surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and worked as a Registered Nurse at Birchwood Manor for 30 years. She enjoyed knitting, reading and singing in the church choir. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and playing games with family. Lois is survived by...
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Iola Padding

July 7, 1929 - March 15, 2017

Iola Padding, 87, of Zeeland, died Thursday, March 15, 2017. Iola was born July 7, 1929, to John and Ruth (Fox) Padding, in Zeeland, Michigan. She graduated from Zeeland High School and at the age of 18 started her career working for Zeeland Public Schools. She worked in the office at Zeeland High for several years and the last 10 years of her career in the administration office. Iola...
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Dale Van Liere

July 8, 1951 - March 14, 2017

Dale Van Liere, age 65 of Holland, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home, after a 17 month struggle with cancer. Dale is survived by his wife Kim; his stepchildren: Brooke Ann Hill and Mason James Hill; his siblings: Earl and Ingrid Van Liere, Larry and Blake Van Liere, Randy and Julie Van Liere, Lois and Roger Sneller and Kathy and Jim Batts; his stepmother Henrietta Van Liere; in...
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Jeremy J. Slenk

November 29, 1974 - March 13, 2017

Jeremy J. Slenk, age 42 of Holland, died early Monday morning March 13, from injuries sustained after being thrown from a truck in a single vehicle crash. With his mother and sister at his side and a team of trauma surgeons working feverishly to save him, Jeremy left this world to re-join his father in Heaven. He was loved more than he ever knew, and will be greatly missed for his smile, hugs...
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Carla Chmielewski

April 30, 1952 - March 13, 2017

Carla Chmielewski of Holland, MI, passed away at her home on Monday, March 13, 2017. Born on April 30, 1952 to Ivan and Nora Cook, who predeceased her, Carla was a graduate of Holland High school. Carla is survived by her dedicated and loving husband, Fred, and their Golden Retriever, Annie; Daughters Leigh (Jonathan) Levine and Shelley Arendshorst; Granddaughters Katherine Levine, Rebekah...
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Ronald Lezman

May 1, 1939 - March 13, 2017

Ronald Lezman, age 77 of Hamilton, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017. He is survived by his children and grandchildren: Doug and Missi Lezman (Collin and Chelsey Lezman, Cameron Lezman and Robert Lezman-Taylor) and Nancy and Jesse Martinez (Alexandria and Aaron Brock, Ariana and John Marcum, Mercedes Martinez, Jessie Martinez and Remy Martinez); sisters and brothers-in-law: Eleanor and Nelvin...
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Ruth Bouma

February 13, 1922 - March 11, 2017

Ruth Jean Bouma, known to many friends as Hazy, passed away on March 11th. She is survived by her two children, Jane and William, her grandchildren, Ana, Lisa, and Andrea, and her sister, Janet. She was born in Buchanan, Michigan on February 13, 1922. She was married to Melvin Bouma of Zeeland, and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to share her knowledge of nature, plants,...
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Joe Stravers

March 6, 1923 - March 11, 2017

Joe Stravers, age 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Joe served in WWII in the United States Navy on the USS CVE Hoggatt Bay. He moved to Holland in 1994 after living in the Lansing area for 20 years. He was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and retired from Alltel after 32 years of employment. He and wife volunteered for many years at the...
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Earl J. Hemmeke

December 6, 1947 - March 11, 2017

Earl Hemmeke, 69, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Earl was born in Holland, Michigan, on December 6, 1947, to Ernest and Nelva (Van Wyk) Hemmeke. Earl graduated from Holland Christian High School and attended Calvin College for two years. He received his master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. He married Edith Hoekman in 1974 and they raised...
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Bruce Steketee

May 29, 1942 - March 11, 2017

Bruce Steketee, age 74, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 peacefully at home. Bruce loved fishing and enjoyed it to the fullest. He is survived by his loving wife, Wilhelmina who was able to enjoy 46 years together; and his children, Gavin & Jennifer Steketee, David & Susan Steketee; and his 8 grandchildren. A time of reflection and visitation is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at...
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Viv Hoogland

February 3, 1931 - March 9, 2017

Viv (Voorhorst) Hoogland of Zeeland died Thursday after an illness. She was 86. An ardent admirer of wind, waves and birds, she was a locally renowned lover of the joys of life through kite flying, ice skating, solving puzzles, being at the beach, rooting for Tigers, Wolverines and Zeeland Dux football, teaching her kids and grandkids, saying yes to all of life's possibilities, and answering...
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Debra Sue Faber

December 4, 1952 - March 8, 2017

Debra Sue Faber age 64, of Holland, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at an area care center. She was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church. She was a woman of deep faith and love for Christ. She graduated from Cornerstone University in 2010. Deb is survived by her sons, Joshua Faber of Fort Riley, Kansas, Jamieson Faber of Holland; Mother, Lois and James Spoelstra of Zeeland;...
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Valdemar Longoria

December 30, 1930 - March 8, 2017

Valdemar V. Longoria, age 86, of Holland, was surrounded by his family as he passed from their loving arms into the arms of his heavenly father on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017. Valdemar was born in Corn City, TX on December 30, 1930. He worked 26 years at Louis Padnos in Holland. He was a hard worker, was always willing to give and help out anyone in need. If you knew him, you would say...
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Helena Lemmen

June 6, 1919 - March 8, 2017

Helena Lemmen, age 97 of Holland, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Linda and Danny Burns; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jamie and Carla Bush (Hailey, Christian, Caris and Tessa), Stacey and Chad Kuipers (Tanner, Raelin, Alec and Riley); nieces and nephews: Karen and Randy Hofstra and Bob and Judy Van Dyke. Helena was preceded in death by...
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Kenneth "Ken" Gunneman

May 6, 1930 - March 7, 2017

Kenneth Gunneman, age 86 of Hamilton, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Holland Hospital. Ken was born May 6, 1930 in Overisel and moved to Hamilton after marrying Alma, his wife of 60 years. He was a longtime member of Haven Reformed Church. After his family, Ken loved anything with wheels, from driving truck all his working years to cars, RVs, jeeps and his...
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Robert Betten

January 23, 1936 - March 6, 2017

Robert Betten, age 81 of Holland passed away Monday, March 6, 2017. He is survived by his companion, Phyllis Johnson; stepchildren: Gloria St Clair, Helen and David Bos, Karen and Ben Rowan, Phillip Mulder and Marianne and Howard Hoeksema; many step grandchildren and step great great grandchildren; his brother, John and Jan Betten; his brother-in-law: Al Dykstra. Bob was a member of First...
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Jane M. Ramaker

February 6, 1943 - March 6, 2017

Jane M. Ramaker, 74, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017. Jane was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 6, 1943, to Walter and Ethel Wynsma. Jane attended high school and later married Ken Ramaker. Jane and Ken raised their family in Zeeland and they were members of Community Reformed Church. In 1986, Jane, Ken, along with their daughter Kathy all graduated together from...
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F. Brettman Flipse, Jr.

April 3, 1987 - March 5, 2017

F. Brettman Flipse Jr., age 29, of Holland, died in his sleep Sunday, March 5th in Key West, FL. of unknown causes. Brettman is survived by his adoring wife, Carly (Formerly Rasmussen); his loving parents, Brett and Jo Ann Flipse; his three younger brothers, Frederick (Sierra Schuetz), William, and Philip (Tasha Beukema); his second loving family, Erik and Amy Rasmussen of Grand Haven and...
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Herman J. Schierbeek

August 1, 1926 - March 5, 2017

Herman J. Schierbeek, 90, passed from earth into the waiting arms of Jesus on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Herm was a gentle, kind man, with the quiet confidence of God's saving grace in his life, and loved by his Lord, his family, and his friends. He was the office manager of West Michigan Furniture for many years, known for his careful attention to detail. He also spent several years working at...
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Mary Ann Potter

September 21, 1950 - March 4, 2017

Mary Ann Potter, age 66, of Holland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend went to be with her Lord on March 4, 2017 at her home. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Heerspink. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Keith Potter; children, Scott and Sheri Potter, Cory and Missi Potter, Heather and Terry Madison, Melissa and Cory Kooyers; 16 grandchildren, Nicholas,...
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Michael Doan, Sr.

August 21, 1947 - March 4, 2017

Michael Doan Sr., age 69 of Holland, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. He is survived by his children: Michael and Pam Doan II and Katie MacGregor; his granddaughters: Nicole Doan and Anika Doan. Mike served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He was the Club Pro at Clearbrook Country Club and Manistee Country Club; and was most recently the manager at the...
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Shannon Marie Schamback

June 9, 1983 - March 3, 2017

Shannon Marie Schamback, age 33, went home on March 3, 2017. Shannon lived a life of abundant generosity--she gave wholly of her time, talents, resources, and heart to her family, friends, and patients. Shannon obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Michigan in 2014. She worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Lakewood Family Medicine in Holland, MI and deeply...
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Kathryn Jacoby

September 13, 1933 - March 3, 2017

Kathryn Jacoby, age 83 of Zeeland, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harold; her children: Michael and Michele Jacoby, Mary and Bob Merrill, Sue and Robert Buehler, and Steve Jacoby; 9 grandchildren: Kristin (Adam) Jacoby-Stevenson, Joe (Jessy) Jacoby, Emily (Brian) Jacoby-Klassen, John (Denae) Merrill, Jim (Latasia) Merrill, Tara (Jamie) Bota,...
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Phillip "Phil" Michmerhuizen

December 20, 1933 - March 2, 2017

Phillip J. Michmerhuizen, age 83, of Zeeland, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Providence Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. Phil was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church where he taught Sunday School, was the Sunday School Superintendent, taught Catechism and served as both an Elder and Deacon. Phil was also a member of the Experimental Aviation Association – Chapter 211...
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Allen "Tyke" Van Kley

January 19, 1923 - March 1, 2017

Allen "Tyke" Van Kley, age 94 of Zeeland, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017. He is survived by his children: John and Conni Van Kley of The Villages, FL, Rick and Jan Van Kley of Zeeland, Chuck Van Kley of Holland and Susan and Kendra Van Kley of Diamond Bar, CA; grandchildren: Jolene and Mike Strating, Chad and Valarie Van Kley, Stefanee and Brian Kirshner; 8 great grandchildren and 3...
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Phyllis Potter

October 2, 1940 - February 28, 2017

Phyllis Potter, age 76 of Zeeland, entered into her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Phyllis was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked for many years at General Electric and later at Huntington Bank. Phyllis was active in the life of her church and enjoyed fishing, knitting and reading. Phyllis is survived by Thomas Potter, her husband of more...
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Mildred Edgerly

September 20, 1924 - February 27, 2017

Mildred Edgerly, age 92 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017. She is survived by her sons: Terry and Sue Edgerly of Hudsonville and Ronald and Wanda Edgerly of Zeeland; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Robin and Yvonne Edgerly (Allison, Nick, Alex, Joe and Jake), Heidi Edgerly, Dan and Heather Edgerly (Maxton, Madelynn and Malachi), Holly and Corey Kragt (Laker and...
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Ronald Nykamp

January 12, 1936 - February 27, 2017

Ronald Nykamp, age 81, of Holland, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 at his home. Ron was born in 1936, grew up and lived most of his life in Holland, MI. From the earliest age, he relished the opportunity to be in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and to the amusement or chagrin of others, successful at both. He also loved sports and had some of his greatest moments on...
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Dale A. Windemuller

July 28, 1939 - February 27, 2017

Dale A Windemuller age 77, of Holland, died Monday, February 27, 2017 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his grandsons, Joshua and Caleb. Dale was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and owned and operated Dale Windemuller Builders for many years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy; children, Curtis and Carla Windemuller of Holland, Jodi and...
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Junior Van Rhee

October 19, 1937 - February 25, 2017

Junior Van Rhee, 79, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Junior was born November 19, 1937, in Drenthe, Michigan, to George and Helen (Kamps) Van Rhee. He graduated from Hudsonville High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Junior was a combat disabled veteran and a life member of the D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans). After returning...
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