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Our Obituaries

Dale Smith

January 8, 1925 - May 27, 2020

Dale Smith, 95, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 27, 2020. Dale was born January 8, 1925, in Monterey Center, Michigan, to Miles and Ethel (McDermott) Smith. After graduating from Hopkins High School, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Dale returned home from the war and married Erna Oster in 1949. They moved from Hopkins and lived...
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Ron Nienhuis

April 14, 1948 - May 26, 2020

Ron Nienhuis, age 72 of Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. He was a lifelong farmer, member of Faith United Reformed Church, and enjoyed serving as a Gideon. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren through farming, watching sporting events, camping, and playing card games with his grandkids. Ron was preceded in death...
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Alvern Poest

July 5, 1945 - May 23, 2020

Alvern Poest, age 74 of Zeeland went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, May 23, 2020 after a seven-month battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary; his children: Rick Poest of Zeeland, Karen and Keith Ykema of Hudsonville and Dawn and Robert Brinks of Hudsonville; grandchildren: Kourtney Ykema, Kaylie Ykema, Kaden Ykema and Logan Brinks; his sister Eleanor...
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Willis "Pete" Zwagerman

September 22, 1933 - May 22, 2020

Willis "Pete" Zwagerman, age 86, of Holland, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at Holland Hospital. Pete owned and operated Holland Pump & Well for many years and after retiring, he enjoyed volunteering at Young Life Camps. Pete and his wife, Joey, loved their time at the camps. Pete was a member of Real Life Fellowship Church. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Willis (Fannie)...
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Paul Meyer

April 21, 1963 - May 21, 2020

Paul Meyer, age 57, of Hamilton, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Paul was a kind soul, he was outgoing and made friends wherever he went. His strong work ethic was apparent to all as he worked tirelessly to provide for his family. At home he worked hard as well, and he had the innate ability to fix anything. Paul also knew how to have fun. He loved the outdoors,...
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Frances "Fran" Eldridge Plaggemars

July 19, 1939 - May 20, 2020

Frances "Fran" Plaggemars, age 80, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Fran struggled for years with multiple health problems and in the end passed quickly, peacefully and at home as was her wish. Fran is survived by her husband and love or her life, David; and a son, Peter Eldridge of Philadelphia. A beautiful, sensitive soul, Fran's warmth and depth easily drew people in....
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Donald Bulthuis

July 22, 1926 - May 20, 2020

Donald Bulthuis, age 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Donald served in the US Army in WWII. He was a graduate of Hope College and University of Michigan where he earned his Master's in Education. He was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, former member of Prospect Park CRC and served on the Council and as choir director. He was a Jr. High...
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Gordon Martinie

November 28, 1937 - May 20, 2020

Gordon Jay Martinie, age 82, of Zeeland passed from this earth to eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 20, surrounded by his wife and sons. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty, children Randy and Cindy, Tom, Chuck and Sue, grandchildren Tristen, Ellie, Arick, Aaron, Ashlyn, Ryan and Rachel, and Sara and Trey Duggins, brother Don and Vi Martinie, sister-in-law...
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Patrick "P.J." Maher

June 25, 1989 - May 19, 2020

Patrick "P.J." Maher, age 30, of Holland passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday May 19, 2020. P.J. was a free soul with a kind and generous heart. He was a talented cook and delighted his family and friends with the food he prepared. Wherever P.J. went, he made friends. He enjoyed playing frisbee golf, listening to music, spending time in nature, and loved riding bikes with his brothers around...
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Roger J. Rietberg

August 3, 1922 - May 19, 2020

Roger J. Rietberg was united with his loved ones on Tuesday, May 19—the postlude to 97 years of service on earth and prelude to eternity. Born in 1922 to Jay and Katherine Rietberg of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Roger was the oldest of four children (Eleonor and Verna, who predeceased him, and Warren, who lives in Grandville). He graduated from Lee High School in Wyoming and enrolled at Hope...
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Juletta Van Nuil

August 11, 1923 - May 19, 2020

Juletta Van Nuil, age 96 of Zeeland passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020. She is survived by her nieces who she treated like the daughters she never had: Mildred Bakker, Esther and Don Bosch, Glenda and Rick Broene and several other nieces and nephews She was born on August 11, 1923 to John and Gertrude De Witt in Forest Grove, MI. Juletta was a housekeeper at Style Beauty Shop and she was...
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Puspa Naginbhai Patel

July 21, 1950 - May 17, 2020

Puspa Patel, 69, of Holland, died Sunday, May 17, 2020, at her family home. She was born in Dabhoi, Gujaret, India, on July 21, 1950 to Pragejibhai S. Patel and Dehiben P. Patel. Puspa married Naginbhai Patel who preceded her in death in 2018. She is survived by her son Chirag Patel (Shilpa), and daughter Varsha Patel(Sonjay Kumar); grandchildren: Niki, Megh, Siya, Diya; and many extended...
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Edward Vanden Heuvel

May 27, 1952 - May 16, 2020

Edward Vanden Heuvel, age 67 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Alta; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Leah and Tracy Green (Kegan, Talon and Alyssa [Ariana and Ryder], McCoy, Ramsey, Courtlynd, Drayven, Paizley, Sailor and Ledger), Adam Vanden Heuvel and Jennifer Eaton (Addison, Avery, Wesley and Jayley); his siblings:...
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Janice Van Haitsma

July 29, 1940 - May 16, 2020

Janice Van Haitsma, age 79, of Holland, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 at her home at Appledorn. Janice was involved in many school, church, and community activities. She enjoyed working with children and had a heart for struggling people in all kinds of situations, volunteering at agencies that ministered to those who were hurting. She loved nurturing people, whether it be through a...
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PhaengPhanh Saenebouttarath

January 1, 1947 - May 13, 2020

PhaengPhanh Saenebouttarath age 73 of Hamilton Michigan passed away on Wednesday May 13, 2020. She was born in Champassak, Laos on January 1, 1947. Her family came to United States in 1986, sponsored by Hamilton Reformed Church. The family was supported by Cliff and Lois Sale of Hamilton. PhaengPhanh retired from Tiara Yachts of Holland where she worked for 25 years. She is survived...
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Viviana Medina

August 15, 1962 - May 13, 2020

Viviana S. Medina, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Viviana was full of life, always giving to and caring for others. She was always up and going and could not sit. She loved her family and a good game of Bingo. She was loved and will be missed. She was preceded in death by parents, Manuel and Bernarda Valero; her daughter, Guadalupe Valero; and grandson, Zachariah Luna. ...
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Karen Meyer

October 18, 1941 - May 13, 2020

Karen Meyer, age 78 of Zeeland went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She is survived by her son Bruce and Dawn Meyer; granddaughters Megan and Allison; siblings: Henry Ploegstra, Elaine Ploegstra, Joel and Angie Ploegstra and Glenn and Sue Ploegstra; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Henny Van Beek, Sharon Meyer, Gary and Beverly Meyer, Irene and Dan Vander Berg,...
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Shirley Weener

April 15, 1934 - May 13, 2020

Shirley Weener, age 86 of Zeeland departed her earthly body to be in the presence of her Lord Jesus Christ Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Norman; her children: Jack Wainer, David and Rachael Weener, Nancy Weener and Ruth and Alan Mirza; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; sisters: Betty and Gord Martinie and Mary and Jack Wyrick; sisters-in-law and...
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Carrie Lems

August 19, 1931 - May 13, 2020

Carrie Lems, age 88, of Zeeland, was received into her heavenly home by her loving Savior on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Carrie was an independent and hard-working woman with a kind and gentle heart. She was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church and loved her Lord. Carrie was a devoted mother and grandmother, and she enjoyed spoiling her family with her excellent cooking and never let anyone...
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Connie L. Blacquiere

November 23, 1955 - May 13, 2020

Connie L. Blacquiere, age 64, of Dorr, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Shirley Ann Driesenga. Connie worked as a waitress for Russ' Southtown Restaurant for almost 40 years. Connies greatest joys in life were 1st her grandchildren. She also loved her flowers and taking evening golf cart rides. She...
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Alfred Bennett III

February 18, 1957 - May 12, 2020

Alfred E. Bennett III, age 63, of Holland, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020. A graveside service with military honors will be held in Ft. Custer National Cemetery at a later date. The popular sitcom "Home Improvement" was in its final season in 1999 when I first met Alfred and fans of the show were upset that the series was coming to an end. It's at that point we quickly became referred to as the...
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Lyle A. Schippa

August 14, 1936 - May 12, 2020

Lyle A. Schippa, age 83, of Saugatuck/Fennville, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Lyle attended Holland High School and was known for his great sense of humor, quick wit, charm, and unconditional love for his family. He was the owner & captain of Schippa's Charter Service in Saugatuck and was also a heavy equipment operator with the International...
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Sean Michael Buter

February 10, 1990 - May 10, 2020

Sean Michael Buter, 30, of Zeeland, died suddenly on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Sean was born in Zeeland on February 10, 1990, to Thomas and Jayne (De Weerdt) Buter. Sean attended Zeeland Public Schools and became a welder. He worked at S&S Automation for several years. Sean loved music and enjoyed playing the drums. He was a gifted artist, and also enjoyed disc golf, Marvel Comics, video...
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Manuel Sanchez

December 25, 1950 - May 9, 2020

Manuel Sanchez, age 69 of Holland passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Antonia; his children: Rosario and Claudio Roa, Veronica and Brandon Keech, Manuel Jr. and Rosalva Sanchez, Gabriel and Vanessa Sanchez, Issac and Esmeralda Sanchez and Esmeralda Sanchez; 13 grandchildren and his sisters: Petra, Francisca, Ramona and Sylvia. Manuel retired from...
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Caryl A. Koopman

February 2, 1928 - May 9, 2020

Caryl Anne (Paarlberg) Koopman passed into eternal rest on May 9, 2020. Caryl was born on February 2, 1928 in South Holland, Illinois to Cornelius P. and Mary (Veld) Paarlberg. While attending Hope College in 1946 she began dating Don Koopman. Their courtship continued through her nurses training in Chicago. Don and Caryl were married on May 4, 1951 and established a dairy farm next door...
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Adeline "Pete" Nienhuis

February 14, 1924 - May 6, 2020

Adeline "Pete" Nienhuis, age 96, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Pete has been described as the "light and the heart" of her family. Her spunky, sweet, humble. and giving character was experienced in one way or another by all who knew her. After staying at home to raise her kids, Pete worked for many years at Teermans' of Holland, where her diligence and hard...
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Richard Weisiger

December 23, 1929 - May 6, 2020

Richard Weisiger, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Richard was born in Brooklyn, NY. He served in the US Army from 1951-53 in Leipheim, Germany as an instructor at NCO Academy. He graduated from Hope College with his education degree. He was a school principal for most of his career at Coolidge and Sicomac Elementary Schools in Wyckoff, New Jersey. He and his wife were members of...
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Paul H. Tuls

December 20, 1943 - May 6, 2020

Paul H. Tuls, 76, of Holland, passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Paul was born in Holland on December 20, 1943, to Vern and Sue (Por) Tuls. Paul graduated from Holland Christian High School and Calvin College. He became the first golf pro at West Ottawa Golf Course in the 1960's and he has continued to be an ever-present figure at West Ottawa. Paul was an owner of Holland...
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Jay Breuker

March 22, 1929 - May 6, 2020

Jay Breuker, age 91, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Jay was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Jay was the founder and owner of Shady Side Poultry Farm in South Olive. In addition to running the farm for many years, he volunteered at Bibles for Mexico and Crossroads Bible Institute. Jay was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church where he served...
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Allie May Meyer

March 30, 1935 - May 5, 2020

Allie May (Toering) Meyer, 85, of Bentheim, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at SKLD in Zeeland. Allie May was born March 30, 1935, in Grand Rapids, to Henry and Johanna (Koenes) Toering. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and later married Gerard J. (Jerry) Meyer on August 13, 1954. Allie May and Gerard raised their four children in Bentheim, were members of Bentheim...
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Raymond Darby

February 16, 1923 - May 4, 2020

Raymond Darby, age 97, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020. Raymond was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Frances Darby, and his second wife, Goldie Clark Swanson Darby. Raymond is survived by his daughter, Lynda and Bernard Ozinga; grandson, Matthew and Suzanne Dubois (Katya Dubois); grandson, Timothy and Deborah Dubois (Jalyn and Megan Dubois); grandson, Shawn and Miranda Dubois ...
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Erwann Basset

October 7, 1997 - May 3, 2020

Erwann Basset, age 22, of Loudeac, France and Farmington Hills, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Allendale, Michigan. Erwann was born in Loudeac, France, on October 7, 1997, raised in Paris, and moved to Michigan in 2003. After studying at Kenbrook, Warner and Dunckel, he graduated from North Farmington High School in 2016, where he played Varsity Track & Field. He was a...
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Ida Visser

October 15, 1928 - May 2, 2020

Ida Visser, age 91, of Holland, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Holland Hospital. Ida was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and was active in the Ladies Bible Study group there. She was also a volunteer teacher for Kid's Hope. Ida was preceded in death by her brother, John Catier and infant twin sister, Reneé Catier. Ida is survived by her: ...
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Margo Kollen

July 27, 1959 - May 1, 2020

Margo Kollen, 60, of Holland, formerly of Saugatuck, died unexpectedly on May 1, 2020. Margo was born July 27, 1959, in Zeeland, to Benjamin and Cynthia (Van Dorp) Kollen. She was one of three Kollen children raised in Zeeland and at First Christian Reformed Church. Margo graduated from Zeeland High School and attended Western Michigan University. Margo was passionate about antiques and...
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Clarice "Klazien" Kok

January 6, 1923 - May 1, 2020

Klazien (Clarise) Kok, age 97 a long time resident of Royal Park Place in Zeeland, MI, and recently of Sheldon Meadows in Hudsonville, went to be with her heavenly father on Friday, May 1, 2020, joining her loving husband Ted Kok, who passed away on Oct. 20, 1974. Klazien was born in Scheemda, Netherlands on January 6, 1923 to Meeme and Dievertje Luth. She married the love of her life, Ted Kok,...
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Harriet J. Spek

June 1, 1931 - April 30, 2020

Harriet J. Spek age 88, of Zeeland, peacefully entered the loving arms of Jesus on Thursday, April 30, 2020. She was a woman who loved and served others well. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Arie Spek in 2018. Harriet enjoyed working at First Michigan Bank and then Huntington Bank in the Trust Department. One of Harriet's loves was music. At the age of 13, she began...
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Mary A. Hildreth

September 22, 1947 - April 29, 2020

Mary A. Hildreth age 72, of Holland, died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at her home surrounded by her children and close family friend, Jim DeGraaf. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 2016, her parents, Kenneth and Miriam Harmsen, her brother, David Harmsen and a sister-in-law, Judith Hildreth. Mary dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren. She and her husband raised...
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Evelyn Brown Kozal

June 9, 1922 - April 28, 2020

Evelyn B. Kozal, age 97, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Inn at Freedom Village. Evelyn was a kind, sweet soul whose smile would light up any room. She retired from General Electric in 1984. After retirement she enjoyed spending the winter months in Gulf Shores, AL, late night card games and trips to the casino with her husband, John. Evelyn was preceded in death by...
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Melvin Jay Hulst

October 11, 1929 - April 28, 2020

Melvin Jay Hulst, 90, was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. He is survived by his children: Marsha (Scott) Blomeley, Rosanne (Tom) Ranville, Mary (Randall) Yonkers, Ranae (Eric) Hoogstra, and Marty Hulst; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Gertrude Hulst and Julaine Knap. Melvin and his wife Rhona were life-long members of First...
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Earl Nyland

January 27, 1939 - April 27, 2020

Earl Nyland, 81, of Holland, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020, at his home. Earl was born in Graafschap on January 27, 1939, to Richard and Jeanette (Zoerman) Nyland. Earl graduated from Holland High in 1957 and went to Davenport Business College to train in accountancy. Earl worked for Fris Office Outfitters in accounting for 43 years prior to his retirement. He married Dorothy...
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Charlotte V. Potter

July 31, 1949 - April 25, 2020

Charlotte V. Potter, age 70, of Battle Creek, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Charlotte will be fondly remembered by family and friends for her love of education, large dreams, and thrift shopping. Charlotte was the loving mother of Jeff (Phyllis) Potter, and Randy Prater; grandmother of Erica, Evan, and Jacob Potter, CJ Bankhead, and Sidney and Chelsea Fisher; sister...
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Connie Ten Harmsel

July 22, 1955 - April 25, 2020

Connie TenHarmsel, age 64, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Connie started her working life at Holland Mold & Engineering and served Haworth for over twenty years for the remainder of her career. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marcia Brummel. She is survived by her brother, David Brummel and many cousins. A private committal service is being planned...
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Dulcinea "Dulci" Genzink

September 5, 1992 - April 25, 2020

Our earthly angel received her heavenly wings on Saturday, April 25th. Dulci was a beautiful, beautiful blessing to our family and to those whose lives she touched. Her strength and determination were so evident as she gracefully persevered through many disabilities beginning at the innocent age of 9 weeks. At an early age she showed signs she was different than the rest of us and she sure...
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Ann D. Veenstra

April 11, 1955 - April 24, 2020

Ann Veenstra , 65 of Zeeland, Michigan passed on to be with the Lord on Friday, April 24th at 6:40 pm at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. Ann Veenstra was born Ani VanNiejenhuis on April 11th, 1955 to Harry and Jacoba Newhouse (Harm And Jacoba VanNiejenhuis) of Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Netherlands. Ann migrated to Holland Michigan in February of 1956 with her family. Her name was changed to...
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Natalie Ver Hage

August 28, 1932 - April 22, 2020

Natalie Ver Hage, age 87 of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She is survived by her daughters: Pam and Jim Den Bleyker and Peggy Bennett; her grandchildren: Brian and Tina Den Bleyker and Katie and Ryan Wurm; 5 great grandchildren and her sister Ruth Van Eenenam. Natalie was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Edwin in 2011 and her...
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Robert DeWilde

March 13, 1932 - April 22, 2020

Robert DeWilde, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Robert was a loving and supportive father and grandfather. Grandpa was a great storyteller and enjoyed sharing memories of his youth and adventures eventually ending with the entire family laughing. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a successful businessman who owned Dew-el, a school and...
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John S. Seidelman

June 24, 1943 - April 22, 2020

John S. Seidelman age 76, of Holland, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at an area care center. He was a member of St Francis de Sales Catholic Church and worked for the United Postal Service as a Postman for 32 years. Most of those years in Holland. He was a member of the Holland Amateur Radio Club and a member of the VFW Henry Walter's Post 2144 and the D.A.V. He was a Disabled Veteran,...
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Hester Barkel

April 26, 1927 - April 21, 2020

Hester Barkel, 92, of Holland, passed away April 21, 2020. Hester was born in Overisel on April 26, 1927, to John and Grace (Veen) Klingenberg. She married Alden Barkel in 1948, and they were blessed with 72 years of marriage. Hester and Alden raised their children on the family farm in Overisel. They were longtime members of Overisel Reformed Church. Hester was a loving wife, mother,...
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Randall Terpstra

October 23, 1958 - April 21, 2020

Randall Terpstra of Holland, age 61, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. Randall was born in Holland, MI, and served the city for 32 years with the Holland Police Department, starting as Holland's first foot patrol officer. As a result, he could tell anyone which downtown building had been what throughout history. He was also the...
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Earl L. VanKlompenberg

July 2, 1946 - April 20, 2020

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Earl Leon VanKlompenberg, 73, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 20th, 2020 after a brief battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Earl was born in Zeeland to Lewis and Johanna VanKlompenberg on July 2nd, 1946. Soon after graduating from Holland Christian High School he served his country for four years in the U.S. Air Force....
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Louise Dacey

January 29, 1927 - April 19, 2020

Louise C Dacey 1927-2020 I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength; I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!" "Gone...
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Dave Slenk

December 21, 1949 - April 19, 2020

David Mark Slenk, 70, of Holland, finished his battle with Alzheimer's and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 19, 2020. A graduate of Holland Christian Schools and Western Michigan University, Dave was a trooper in the Michigan State Police (MSP) beginning in 1973. He originally served at the Flat Rock post and was transferred to Hastings in 1975. Returning to West...
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Barbara E. Boeve

October 24, 1932 - April 16, 2020

Barbara E. Boeve, age 87, of Zeeland, formerly of Sheldon, IA, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the American House of Holland. Barbara was born in Hospers, IA to Bert and Fannie Gesink and moved to Zeeland in 1996. She was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church and was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Arnold J. Boeve in 2011. Barbara is survived by her: ...
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Pauline Hains

September 19, 1920 - April 16, 2020

Pauline Hains, 99, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, April 16, 2020. Pauline was born September 19, 1920, in Fremont, Michigan, to John and Gertrude (Derks) Oosting. She graduated from Fremont High School and later married Rev. John M. Hains on July 15, 1946. Pauline served faithfully alongside her husband John several congregations in the Reformed Church in America...
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Raymond Schrotenboer

October 28, 1925 - April 16, 2020

Raymond Schrotenboer, age 94 of Hamilton made a glorious entrance into God's Kingdom Thursday, April 16, 2020. He is survived by his children: Shari and Berne Nykamp, Jan Eding, Ray and Sue Schrotenboer and Mary and Doug Dykstra; grandchildren: BJ (Sue) Nykamp, Scott (Tracy) Nykamp, Heidi (Dave) Michalak, Jennifer (Shawn) Gormley, Chad (Jennifer) Eding, Jason (Krista) Schrotenboer, Brian ...
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Nora Fay (Vanden Bosch) Student

August 31, 1939 - April 15, 2020

Nora Fay Student (nee Vanden Bosch) passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Nora was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Interment, with her husband Kurt Student, will be in Zeeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Lake Public Radio. Arrangements by Yntema Funeral Home, Zeeland.
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Mary E. Robertson

December 24, 1934 - April 15, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Robertson (Wasgatt), resident of Holland, MI, formerly of Winnebago, MN, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2020 at Freedom Village at the age of 85 years. Mary was born on December 24, 1934 in Minneapolis, MN. She grew up in Winnebago, MN with her parents, John and Madge Wasgatt and her younger sister, Madge. Mary married William (Robbie) Robertson on October 26, 1956. They...
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Jay Timmer

November 13, 1933 - April 15, 2020

Jay Timmer, age 86 of Zeeland went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, April 15, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Maxine; his children: Doug and Kris Timmer and Valerie and Bernie Renkema; grandchildren: Joshua Renkema and Lucas and Tavia Renkema; step-grandchildren: Dan and Lexi Ketchum and Megan and Nic Gradazzie and 2 step great grandchildren; siblings: Marcia and...
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Edna Pyle

January 7, 1932 - April 13, 2020

Edna (Bosgraaf) Pyle, age 88 of Zeeland passed away Monday, April 13, 2020. She is survived her children: David and Ann Pyle, James and Debra Pyle, Steve and Susan Pyle and Mark and Kathy Pyle; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; and her brother-in-law Reynold Pyle. Edna was preceded in death by her husband Bertus on February 23, 2020. She was a member of First Reformed Church where...
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Margret Prince

March 22, 1927 - April 11, 2020

Margret Prince, 93, of Holland, died on April 11. Born Klara Magdalena Greiner in Ulm, Germany, she was the second oldest of five children. Her father worked as the assistant to the manager of the local opera house, and as a child she participated in many productions. As a teenager, she trained as a hairdresser, but at 17, was drafted into the German Army, serving as a radar operator in the...
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Lawrence E. Bleeker

March 25, 1940 - April 10, 2020

Lawrence E. Bleeker age 80, of Diamond Springs, went to be with his Lord on Good Friday, April 10, 2020. He attended Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church and worked in various businesses retiring from Bosch in Grand Rapids. He enjoyed welding and mechanical work along with raising beef cattle for many years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1960-1962. Lawrence is...
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Henrietta Alferink

June 22, 1918 - April 10, 2020

Henrietta Alferink, age 101 of Zeeland, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020. Henrietta was born in Oakland on June 22, 1918 to Harm and Bessie Masselink. She married Bernard Alferink and they raised their 7 children on their farm in Zeeland. They were charter members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland where she was in a sewing group. Henrietta volunteered at Right to Life of Holland...
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Mildred Leon

April 15, 1950 - April 8, 2020

Mildred Leon, age 69, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Mildred was a strong Christian who was at peace and lived a life of peace. Her family was everything to her. She was caring, fun-loving, and stayed positive even in the midst of adversity. Mildred was an avid reader, enjoyed bible studies and wrote letters to prisoners for many years. She was dearly loved...
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Darryl Van Der Bie

January 19, 1947 - April 8, 2020

Darryl Van Der Bie, age 73 of Grand Haven, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Medilodge of Holland. Darryl was born and raised in Holland. After graduating from Holland High School, Darryl served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his return home, he moved to Grand Haven. He worked for Meijer and Trendway. Darryl was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jo Van Der Bie and his...
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Ruth Elizabeth Fynewever

February 24, 1927 - April 7, 2020

Ruth Elizabeth Fynewever, 93, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Freedom Village. Ruth was born February 24, 1927, in Caledonia, Michigan, to John and Anna (Ploeg) Van Laan. She graduated from Calvin College and later from the Blodgett Hospital Nursing Program. In 1949, Ruth married Forrest Fynewever and they raised their children in both Colorado and later Holland,...
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Larry Nienhuis

February 7, 1948 - April 5, 2020

Larry Allen Nienhuis, age 72, of Holland went to his heavenly home on April 5, 2020 following a 2 ½ year battle with lung cancer. Larry was born to the late Arnie and Lavina Nienhuis on Feb 7, 1948. He graduated from Zeeland High School and served 5 years in the National Guard. He spent his working years as a long-distance truck driver and later as a heavy equipment mechanic. Larry was a...
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Stanley Roelofs

October 14, 1941 - April 5, 2020

Stanley Roelofs, age 78 of Drenthe, faithful servant of the Lord, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alysce; his children: Beth and Scott Roede, Amy and Brent Dreyer and Mike and Betsi Roelofs; 8 grandchildren: Austin Roede, Tyler Roede, Chase Dreyer, Brody Dreyer, Tori Dreyer, Nate Roelofs, Beka Roelofs and Jonah Roelofs; siblings: Gary and Joyce...
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Donald Jr. Bruischart

March 31, 1943 - April 4, 2020

Donald Bruischart Jr., age 77, passed away on Saturday, April 04, 2020. Don was a Holland resident, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict, and was employed at the Life Savers Plant for the majority of his career. Don is survived by his son, Donald Bruischart III; former spouse, Verna Bruischart; and nieces and nephews. A private family committal service is being...
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Nancy Ann Vanden Heuvel

March 2, 1939 - April 3, 2020

Nancy Vanden Heuvel, age 81, of Holland, passed away Friday, April 03, 2020 at the Inn at Freedom Village. Nancy was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and served as the church organist for many years. She graduated from the Blodgett School of Nursing and worked in Labor and Delivery at Holland Hospital. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Rev. Henry...
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Joyce A. Wyma

November 8, 1930 - April 1, 2020

Joyce A. Wyma age 89, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Joyce was born in Holland and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1948. She was a charter member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church and an active and faithful member there. Before retirement she had been an elementary school secretary at Holland Christian Schools. She had been...
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Mitchell Mouzakis

July 27, 1926 - March 31, 2020

Mitchell Mouzakis, age 93, formally resided in Lincoln Park, MI and most recently in Holland, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proceeded in death by Pauline, his wife of sixty-two years. He is survived by Michael and Jayne, his son and daughter (in-law); grandchildren Matthew (Audrie), Mark (Kelli), John (Nina) and...
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Petronella "Nell" Van Dyke

October 27, 1938 - March 30, 2020

Petronella (Nell) Van Dyke age 81, of Holland, died Monday, March 30, 2020 at Holland Hospital with her son by her side, following a brief battle with cancer. Nell was a member of Christ Memorial Church and worked with her husband at Southland Motor Sales for many years. She also enjoyed being a part of Central Park Chapel in the summers where she had served on the board. Born in the...
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Ruth Schutte

January 19, 1928 - March 29, 2020

Ruth Schutte, age 92 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020. She is survived by her children: Erwin and Sue Schutte, Sandra and John De Wys, Kevin and Carla Schutte; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Jonathon De Wys, Sheri La France (Kayla and Levi), Mitch Schutte (Emma and Korie), Shelby and Matt Rickert, Jill Schutte and Amber Schutte; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Wanda...
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Charles Wilde

July 7, 1929 - March 28, 2020

Charles E. Wilde, age 90, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020. He was born in Ridgewood, NJ, moved to Chicago in 1955 and graduated from Northwestern University in 1960. He worked for Inland Steel Industries and served the United States of America in the Korean War. In retirement, he lived in Holland, MI and was an active participant in HASP and Evergreen Commons duplicate bridge club. ...
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Almira "Mike" Huizenga

May 10, 1926 - March 27, 2020

Almira "Mike" Huizenga, age 93 of Zeeland went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, March 27, 2020. She is survived by her children: Sherri Steigenga, Bruce and Linda Huizenga, Keith and Deb Huizenga, Philip and Dawn Huizenga, Mark Huizenga and Steve and Dee Huizenga; grandchildren: Steve Steigenga, Jeff & Ruthanne Huizenga, Ryan & Danica Huizenga, Tim Huizenga, Angela & Chris Gould, ...
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Martin Keur

May 28, 1979 - March 26, 2020

Martin Keur Jr., age 40, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 26, 2020 after a battle with Non-Hogkins Lymphoma. Marty and Rachel were married for 17 ½ years. He was a loving and faithful husband. He was the ever-present involved father who was in tune with his children's lives. He was known in the community as Coach Keur and coached Zeeland East Football, the Diamond and...
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Ronald G. Nykamp

June 13, 1930 - March 26, 2020

Ronald G. Nykamp, age 89, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Ron attended Holland Christian Schools and was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church where he was active in many roles throughout his lifetime. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War as a cryptologist. Ron worked at Boeve Oil Company for 35 years. After he retired,...
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Barbara Elaine Kemme

August 24, 1941 - March 25, 2020

Barbara Kemme, age 78, of Coopersville, formerly of Zeeland and Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Barbara taught Jr. High Science at Hamilton Schools for many years and traveled the world during the summers. She was a member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Christine Kemme; sister, Sheryl Kemme; and sister-in-law,...
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Barbara Taylor

April 5, 1929 - March 25, 2020

Barbara Ann (Van Neuren) Taylor died peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2020, after nearly 91 fruitful and happy years on this earth. Barb was born on April 5, 1929 in Grand Rapids MI, the daughter of John and Henrietta VanNeuren. While she grew up during the Depression, her father always made the days seem special, and she talked throughout her life of their camping trips to Grand Haven and...
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Rosella "Rosie" Strabbing

October 27, 1939 - March 25, 2020

Rosella "Rosie" Strabbing, age 80, of Hudsonville, went to be with Jesus her Savior on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Rosie was a gentle woman who cared deeply for her family. She was a good listener, a mediator when she needed to be, and had a smile that could light up a room. Along with her husband, Clif, Rosie traveled throughout all 50 states. After Clif died, she expanded her travels to many...
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Anna Boschma

August 25, 1919 - March 25, 2020

Anna Boschma, 100, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Anna was born to Jacob and Alice (Knoll) Steenwyk, on August 26, 1919, in Hudsonville, Michigan. She married Simon Boschma in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1985. She was also preceded in death by her Steenwyk brothers: John, Herman, Joe, Lou, Jacob; sisters: Annette Straight, and Stella Scheele. She is survived...
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Pauline Vander Kooy

April 28, 1934 - March 24, 2020

Pauline Vander Kooy, age 85 of Holland, went to be with her Lord, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Pauline is survived by her sons: John and Cheryl Vander Kooy, Randy and Deb Vander Kooy, Doug and Brenda Vander Kooy; grandchildren: John (Katie) Vander Kooy, Jeff (Alyssa) Vander Kooy, Christy (David) Raak, Luke (Sarah) Vander Kooy, Sara (Paul) Engelsman, Rachel (Nick) Paquette, Justin (Kristine)...
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Steven E. Nyland

May 28, 1950 - March 22, 2020

Steven Ed Nyland age 69, of Holland, died unexpectedly at Holland Hospital on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was an active member of Christ Memorial Church and the Rotary Club. He retired from Holland Hitch Company following 31 years of employment. He then worked as Project Manager for DeYoung Builders for 6 years. Steve deeply and unconditionally loved his family and cherished the...
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Clarence Timmer

October 25, 1923 - March 22, 2020

Clarence Timmer, age 96, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born on October 25, 1923 to the late Henry and Alice Timmer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Delia Bosch Timmer; son-in-law Jack TerAvest; great granddaughter Delana Timmer, siblings: Gerrit, Fannie and Winnie and all his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He is survived by his children: Jerry and Nelva...
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Philo Riemersma

November 14, 1924 - March 21, 2020

Philo Riemersma, 95, of New Groningen, Holland Township, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Vista Springs. Philo was born November 14, 1924, to Bert and Carrie Riemersma. He built a home for his family on the farm where he was born, and lived out nearly all the remainder of his life there. After high school in Zeeland he married a classmate Ortha De Jonge in Bellflower,...
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Winifred Kooiker

December 10, 1919 - March 19, 2020

Winifred Julia (Westerhof) Kooiker of Holland passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Resthaven Maplewoods Cottages of Holland. She was born December 10, 1919 to John and Winnie (Beintema) Westerhof in Holland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Dr. Howard Kooiker on May 4, 2014, and siblings Wilma Veenboer, Engbertus Westerhof, Henrietta Bosman, Johanna Essenberg,...
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Thomas John Burns, Sr.

July 23, 1940 - March 19, 2020

Thomas J. Burns, Sr., age 79, of Zeeland, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home. Tom served in the US Marine Corps and was preceded in death by his son, Tommy Burns, Jr., in 2019 Tom is survived by his wife, Irene Burns and daughter, Michelle Burns. Private services are planned and his family requests no flowers.
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Douglas D. Wierda

October 9, 1938 - March 18, 2020

Services are currently pending Douglas Dale Wierda- October 9, 1938- March 18, 2020 Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Doug (Big D) went to be with his Lord and Savior this week following a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lucille (Guerink) and his four sons, Craig (Emilie), Curt (Christy), Chris (Laurie), and Chuck (Shannon), along with fourteen...
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Larry Lee

October 2, 1942 - March 18, 2020

Larry Lee was born in Flint, Michigan, to Lewis and Kathryn (Finger) Lee. He gave business school a real try, but his heart was on the road. His dorm room looked out over a loading dock, and he liked watching the semis roll in and out. He came home and told his parents he wanted to drive a truck. He married Kathryn (Cole) Lee in 1971, and his work with Signal Delivery Service took them...
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Nancy Stears

January 19, 1926 - March 18, 2020

Nancy Stears, age 94, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Nancy was born in Chicago on January 19, 1926 to Walter and Ruth Huffnagle. Nancy graduated from Monmouth College in 1947 and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She married Glenn Stears in October 1948. Nancy was a member of the Community Church of Douglas. She was...
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John Nordstrom

March 11, 1932 - March 17, 2020

John Nordstrom, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 17, 2020. Those who knew John Nordstrom knew he was a big man, both figuratively and literally. He loved big ideas, big pieces of peach pie (with crumbly topping), and the big sound of pipe organs. He had a big heart and loved his family and friends fiercely. John was born in Chicago. After graduating from the University...
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Arlyene Wolters

July 10, 1932 - March 10, 2020

Arlyene "Arlene" Wolters, age 87, entered heaven's gates and saw her Savior face to face on Tuesday, March 10. She was born on July 10, 1932, to the late Edward and Grace Wolters. Her siblings Julius, Clarence, Fannie and Alvin preceded her in death. She will be lovingly missed and remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as a sister-in-law, Adeline Wolters. She was a resident at Sunset...
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Joyce L Working

May 31, 1943 - March 5, 2020

Joyce Working, age 76, of Holland, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Joyce was an avid needle pointer and reader who also loved her cats. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Working in 2017. Joyce is survived by her sister-in-law, Julie Working, and nieces and nephews, Jon (Michelle) Working, Carrie Working, Chris Working and Deb...
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Hilda Ponstein

January 8, 1920 - March 3, 2020

Hilda Ponstein, age 100 of Beaverdam passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Mark and Elizabeth Ponstein; granddaughter Krystyna Ponstein; son-in-law Jim Westfield; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 2000 and her daughters Eleanor Akker and Darla Westfield...
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LeRoy Scharaswak

February 10, 1948 - March 2, 2020

LeRoy Donald Scharaswak, age 71 of Greenville, MI passed away Monday, March 2, 2020. He is survived by his daughter, Julie and Matthew Zuidema and his grandsons: Hunter and Hayden Zuidema. He is proceeded in death by his son Donald Scharaswak. LeRoy proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a SeaBee serving 5 tours of duty in Vietnam, he also served and retired from the Army...
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Gordon 'Buzz" Wassink

October 28, 1932 - March 2, 2020

Gordon "Buzz" Wassink was born October 28, 1932, to Henry and Gertrude Wassink, and passed away on March 2, 2020. Gord married Marilyn Machiela February 11, 1955. Buzz was a faithful man of God who loved his Savior with all his heart. He was dedicated to his wife, family, and his church. Buzz and Marilyn are members of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. Gord graduated from Holland...
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Ruth Sterken

December 10, 1945 - March 2, 2020

Ruth Sterken, age 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 2, 2020. Ruth was a loving wife and mother who was devoted to her family. She never missed a kids or grandkids ball game or event. Friendship was her love language and caring came easy for her. There was never a fan in the crowd that didn't quickly become her friend. She was a lifelong member of Faith Reformed Church in...
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Elijah Fowler

January 22, 2020 - February 29, 2020

Elijah Claude Fowler, born on January 22, 2020 passed away on February 29, 2020 at just one month old. Elijah the prophet went up to heaven in a whirlwind so much like our beloved son and grandson, Elijah, he was escorted to heaven and is now spending eternity with God. He was dearly loved and we will miss him deeply. Elijah is survived by his mother, Anyssa Madia Fowler; brother, Kaden...
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Jeremiah D. Cummins

July 2, 1978 - February 28, 2020

Jeremy Daniel Cummins, age 41, of Holland passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 following his short battle with AML Leukemia. Jeremy was a loving and caring husband and father. He met the love of his life, Crystal Williams on November 14, 1999 and they were married on November 14, 2003. They have been in love ever since that special day. He is survived by his wife of 15 years,...
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Sally Ann Maka

April 23, 1941 - February 27, 2020

Sally Ann Maka, 78, died on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Resthaven Care Center in Holland, Michigan. She was born on April 23, 1941, in Grand Haven, Michigan, to Royal and Ella Zehner, and was preceded in death by her father, mother, and older brother Royal Zehner, Jr. Surviving Sally are her younger brother Tom Zehner of Steamboat, Colorado, and his wife Patt; her son Todd Soule and his...
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