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Our Obituaries

Joyce Wittingen

March 27, 1936 - February 17, 2018

Joyce Wittingen, 81, of Beaverdam, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Joyce was born March 27, 1936, in Beaverdam, to John and Anna (Steenwyk) Wittingen. She enjoyed working for Kandu and was a resident of Parkview Home for a time. Joyce was a lifelong member of Beaverdam Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harvey Wittingen, in-laws:...
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Norman Sneller

April 14, 1929 - February 15, 2018

Norman Sneller, age 88, of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Norm was born April 14, 1929, to Albert and Nellie Sneller. Norm loved cars and was a car dealer for several years before his retirement in 1984. He was the owner of Sneller's Auto Sales in Zeeland and Hartman Chevrolet in Hudsonville. Norm was an avid golfer, and he built/founded the Winding Creek Golf Course...
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Anthony "Tony" Bouman

February 12, 1926 - February 15, 2018

Tony Bouman, age 92, of Holland met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Thursday, February 15, 2018. Tony was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church. He and Alma spent many years volunteering for CRWRC Disaster Response (now World Renew). He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He was also founder of Bremer & Bouman Heating and Cooling Co. Tony was...
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David Wyma

August 17, 1940 - February 14, 2018

David Marc Wyma passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018 at Trillium Hospice. Dave was born on August 17, 1940 to John and Josephine Wyma of Grand Haven, MI. After graduating from Grand Haven High School, he graduated from both Hope College and Western Michigan University. He impacted the lives of many as an Elementary Principal within the Jenison Public Schools. He then served as an...
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Beatrice Hirdes

March 24, 1928 - February 14, 2018

Beatrice Hirdes, age 89 of Hudsonville, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Beatrice was a lifetime member of North Blendon CRC. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Beatrice enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking and gardening. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 2010, as well as by siblings: Gordon Rietman, Herb Rietman, Betty Bullis...
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Carwin Kamps

April 20, 1935 - February 13, 2018

Carwin Kamps, 82, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Carwin was born April 20, 1935, in Holland to Peter and Cornelia (Rozeboom) Kamps. He married Marcia De Witte in 1955, and they raised their family in Holland. Carwin and Marcia were longtime members of Christ Memorial Church. Carwin drove truck most of his career, retiring in 2000 from Holland Special Delivery. In...
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Don Le Febre

November 2, 1934 - February 13, 2018

Don Le Febre, age 83 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He is survived by wife of 58 years, Meribeth; his daughters: Leanne and Glenn Overweg, Lisa Marie and Daniel R. Teunis and Allison and Kris De Vree; grandchildren: Trevor and Jodi Overweg, Korie and Neil Sperry, Gina and William Slager, Brian and Rachel Teunis, Amanda and Brian Wojczynski,...
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Glen "Fred" Smeltzer

July 19, 1939 - February 12, 2018

Glen Frederick "Fred" Smeltzer, age 78, of Holland, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018. Fred was born and raised in Frankfort MI, and was happily reminiscent of his time growing up there. He met his wife, Karen, in Grand Rapids where he worked proudly as a barber; they fell in love and devoted their lives to one another. After their marriage, the couple moved to Holland to raise their...
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Linda Bowne

December 18, 1947 - February 12, 2018

Linda Bowne, age 70, of Holland, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018. Linda was a compassionate woman with great wisdom and dedication. She spent both her personal and professional life serving others; she was a graduate of Western Michigan University where she received her master's degree in clinical social work and spent her career working in juvenile justice. She was a committed member...
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Henry William Austhof

February 11, 1931 - February 10, 2018

Henry William Austhof, age 86, passed on Saturday, February 10, 2018 just one day shy of his 87 birthday. Henry was a member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church and volunteered at Ottawa County Jail Ministry for over 30 years. He was self-employed as a tile setter. He will be dearly missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 2013. He is survived by his children...
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Barbara Brink

October 25, 1931 - February 8, 2018

Barbara Jean (Lowing) Brink, 86, of Holland, entered her heavenly home on Thursday, February 08, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Barbara was born October 25, 1931 in Jenison, Michigan to Harold and Doris (DeNef) Lowing. She graduated from Hudsonville High in 1950. Upon graduation she worked for the high school for several years before beginning Hope College in the fall of 1952....
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William W. Kahn

October 12, 1925 - February 8, 2018

William (Bill) Kahn, an eight-year resident of Zeeland, MI, died peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2018, while under the care of the dedicated staff of Vista Springs and Hospice of Holland. Bill was born on October 12, 1925, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Fred and Frances Kahn. After attending Schenley High School he served in the Army during World War II. His work career was with the U.S. Postal...
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Andrew Feenstra

October 28, 1930 - February 7, 2018

Andrew Feenstra, 87, of Beaverdam, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Andrew was born in Beaverdam on October 28, 1930, to Henry and Margaret (Diepstra) Feenstra. He was a lifelong member of Beaverdam Reformed Church. Andrew served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Esther DeGraaf in 1955 and they raised their two children together in Beaverdam. Andrew...
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Justin Tucker

August 22, 1918 - February 5, 2018

Justin Tucker, age 99 of Overisel, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018. He is survived by his children: Duane and Gaylene Tucker and Sally and Dave Elenbaas; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jennifer and Greg Leenstra (Jacob and Aiden), Laura and Tim Bindon (Hudson, Foster, Truett and Tucker, Lisa and Ross Brink (Claire and Eli); his sisters: Della Van Gaalen and Hazel and Robert...
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Cornelius Bron

July 16, 1941 - February 4, 2018

Cornelius "Cornie" Bron, age 76 of Holland, died Sunday, February 4, 2018. The son of Bert and Maria Bron, he was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Cornie is survived by his brother, William Bron of Wildwood, FL, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church, 259 Central Avenue, Holland,...
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Steve Adams

September 20, 1955 - February 4, 2018

John Steven Adams, 62, of Holland, MI passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Steve, as he was known to all, wore many hats in his life. He was a fan of cold beer, country music and NASCAR. He was a husband, a grandfather, a brother and a friend to many. While good at all, his favorite role was that of Papa to Austin and Alissa Casko. It was a role not likely imagined...
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Clarina Schreur

November 17, 1922 - February 4, 2018

Clarina Schreur, age 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 4, 2018. Clarina was a strong Christian woman, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an active member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church for her entire married life. She is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Jerald. She is survived by her children, Marcia and Elbert Schwartz of Milton, FL, Betty and...
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Frank R. Gibbons

June 6, 1928 - February 4, 2018

Frank Roy Gibbons age 89, of Jenison, died Sunday, February 4, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, daughter, LuAnn, and granddaughter, Holly. Frank worked for Hart and Cooley for 41 years and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army. He is survived by his sons; Gary & Anna Gibbons of Jenison, MI and Allen & Kay Gibbons of Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren, Heather &...
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Nancy K. DeWilde

January 3, 1956 - January 30, 2018

Nancy DeWilde, 62, of Beaverdam, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Nancy was born in Grand Rapids, on January 3, 1956, to Fred and Annette (Van Eerden) Vanden Berg. Nancy married Ken DeWilde in 1980. Nancy worked for 24 years as a letter carrier at the Zeeland Post office and was a great friend and neighbor to those on her postal routes. Nancy and Ken also...
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Sarah VonRossum

April 2, 1950 - January 28, 2018

Sarah VonRossum, 67, passed away on Jan. 28, 2018. Born and raised in Chicago, she chose to leave the daily hustle of the city and moved to Holland in order to introduce her parents and children to a more peaceful way of life. Her can-do attitude was infectious and people loved her for it. Sarah was an artist and displayed her work through her profession as a cosmetologist. One of Sarah's...
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Raymond "Ray" Winkels

February 26, 1927 - January 28, 2018

Raymond "Ray" Winkels, age 90 of Zeeland, entered into his heavenly home on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Ray was born February 26, 1927 to Albert and Cora Winkels; he was the seventh of eight children. He served the US Army during the Korean War. Ray married Donna Bouwman in 1968, and they raised their two daughters in Zeeland in the home where Ray continued to live for the remainder of his...
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Florence Brower

June 17, 1926 - January 28, 2018

Florence Brower, age 91 of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord Sunday, January 28, 2018. She is survived by her children: Marcia Boerman, Elaine and Tom Lucas, Bruce and Luann Brower, Bonnie and Bill De Kleine and Nancy and Don Gritter; 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Doris and Ron Beek, Mary Brower, Margie Horn, Arlene and Pete De Vries, Fran Brower,...
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Robert L De Jonge

August 28, 1934 - January 27, 2018

Robert Lee De Jonge, age 83, of Drenthe, went to his eternal home Saturday, January 27th, 2018. Robert was one of eight siblings born in Zeeland, Michigan to John and Anna De Jonge in 1934. He attended the Free Methodist Church of Zeeland for most of his life and served as a worship leader and Sunday school teacher. Robert was a natural born educator and used his talents at County Normal...
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John Kooistra

February 1, 1940 - January 25, 2018

John Kooistra, 77, of Oakland, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Born Johannes Hendrik on February 1, 1940, in the Netherlands, John was one of nine children of Anne and Geertje (Meyer) Kooistra. John trained in agriculture and worked as a cattle dealer and dairy farmer. He married Pietje (Pat) van der Galien on March 25, 1964, and they had four children. In 1977 the family...
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Nora E Lake

March 19, 1952 - January 25, 2018

Nora Lake, age 65, of Holland, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Resthaven Care Center. Nora was preceded in death by her son, Rene Garza, on December 22, 2017. Nora is survived by her husband, Tim Lake of Holland; son, Rick (Cynthia) Harris of Holland; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for 4:00pm Tuesday, January 30 at Holland First...
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Paul Wolters

March 24, 1933 - January 25, 2018

Paul Wolters age 84, of Holland, died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at an area care center. Paul was born in Overisel, the son of Sander and Aleta Wolters. He was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church where he served on council. Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Mary Vander Hill; in-laws, Harvey and Betty Beltman and Jane and Earl Gunneman. He graduated from...
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Elaine Zwagerman

February 8, 1951 - January 24, 2018

Elaine Zwagerman, age 66, passed away on January 24, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Elaine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She deeply loved her husband, children, and grandchildren and prayed for them regularly. Elaine was instrumental in helping run the family dairy farm and worked various part-time jobs in the community throughout her life. She was committed to her...
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Myra Irene Veltman

July 2, 1920 - January 24, 2018

Myra I. Veltman, age 97, of Holland was welcomed into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Freedom Village Inn. Myra was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Myra was a woman of few words, but was always there for her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren baking and going to the fish ponds. She also enjoyed quilting and playing Scrabble. She was preceded...
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Gerald De Vries

April 3, 1932 - January 24, 2018

Gerald De Vries, age 85, of Zeeland went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Gerald was born April 3, 1932, in Sanborn, Iowa, to Clarence and Christina (Vugteveen) De Vries. Gerald was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church where he served as an elder. Gerald also was a former cadet leader, he volunteered for the Hope Bus Ministry, served at the Third CRC food...
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William Watson

November 7, 1942 - January 23, 2018

William L. Watson, age 75, passed away on January 23, 2018. William was born November 7, 1942 in Harvey, IL and served in the United States Army for 9 years as security in Korea, Germany, and Ft. Bragg. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Betty Watson. He is survived by wife, Karen; children, Mary Ann Watson (Tom Mee), Beth Ann (Trever) Newman, Christopher (Candy) Watson,...
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Jean J. Rozema

August 21, 1942 - January 22, 2018

Jean J. Rozema age 75, of Holland, went to her heavenly home Monday, January 22, 2018. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and also attended Zion Chapel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob in 2012 and a daughter, Elizabeth in 1984. Jean is survived by her children, Thomas and Kelli Rozema of Holland, Jeanette Rozema of Holland, Jacob and Anne...
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Kenneth "Super-Majestic" Ramaker

December 24, 1942 - January 22, 2018

Kenneth Ramaker, 75, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018. Ken was born in Holland, Michigan, on December 24, 1942, to George and Alice (Windemuller) Ramaker. Ken married Jane Wynsma in 1964. Ken and Jane 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 Zeeland...
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Kathleen Halm

November 18, 1944 - January 19, 2018

Kathleen Halm, age 73, died Friday, January 19, 2018. She was currently residing in Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center in Grand Rapids for various health issues. Kathy was born on November 18, 1944 in Holland, MI to Arnold and Edith Lappenga. She graduated from Holland Christian and during her early life was a member of Maple Avenue Christian Reformed Church. While living in Grand Rapids...
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Charles "Chuck" VanDerKolk

December 20, 1953 - January 19, 2018

Charles (Chuck) VanDerKolk, age 64, passed away on January 19, 2018. Chuck prioritized his time around loving people. He was a true servant and this was exemplified in many ways. He cultivated the hearts of young people by sharing the love of Christ while serving as a volunteer youth leader for more than 30 years, leading countless mission trips to Mexico and Young Life's Lake Champion and...
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Mark Eskridge

November 15, 1958 - January 18, 2018

Mark Alan Eskridge, age 59, resident of Grand Haven, passed away on January 18, 2018. Mark was born and raised in Garden City, MI. He was the most loving and caring towards everyone. Mark was the guy that was there, no matter what. He was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Ruby Eskridge, and his brother-in-law, David Pierson. He is survived by his wife of almost 19 years, Brenda...
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Fani Mazzolini

August 28, 1928 - January 18, 2018

Fani Mazzolini, age 89 ½ went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2018. Little did I know that God would call your name. In life, we loved you, or sunshine in death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. Part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us happy memories. Your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always on...
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Shelley Jo Mast

September 11, 1955 - January 18, 2018

Shelley Jo Mast age 62, of Holland, died peacefully Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Holland Hospital. She was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church and graduated from Holland Christian High School. Shelley worked for many years for Shoreline Orthopedics and retired from Partners in Healthcare Reimbursement, which she co-owned. Shelley is survived by her parents, Ken and Joyce Mast of...
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Bernice M Jones

February 15, 1921 - January 18, 2018

Bernice M. Jones, age 96, of Holland, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Bernice was rich in family and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a dedicated homemaker with a gift for simple hospitality, always able to stretch what was on hand to welcome anyone. She was born in Chicago in 1921 and moved to Escanaba, MI with her parents and brothers in 1928. ...
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Ellen R. Gilchrist

March 14, 1947 - January 17, 2018

Dr. Ellen R. Gilchrist, age 70, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Hallmark Living Center of Holland. Ellen attended Immanuel Church and was preceded in death by her husband, George Gilchrist, Jr. (2013), her parents, Gerald and Eleanor Glupker; and brother, Kenneth Glupker. Ellen is survived by her: Brothers Philip (Karen) Glupker of Byron...
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Douglas Kossen

September 3, 1955 - January 15, 2018

Douglas Kossen, age 62 of Holland, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Christina; his children and grandchildren: Eric and Whitney Roberts (Brody and Brooklyn), Alicia and Ryan Farrell, Anthony and Ashley Roberts (Alexander); his father John Kossen; his brother Rick and Deb Kossen and their children and grandchildren: Tracey and Nick Holbrook, Missy...
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Norraine Ruth Bennett

April 20, 1929 - January 15, 2018

Norraine Ruth Bennett, age 88 of Zeeland, passed from this life into the presence of the Lord on Monday, January 15, 2018. She is survived by her children: Patti and Rod Weenum of Zeeland, Peggy and Mark Pocernik of Eatonton, GA, Kurt and Cathy Bennett of Estero, FL, Marc Bennett of Grand Rapids, and Joe and Debra Bennett of Hudsonville; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; her sister...
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Ann Walker

September 29, 1939 - January 15, 2018

Ann Walker, age 78, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was a caring and loving mother. She was known for her kind and gentle heart and loved and respected by her family and friends. She held various retail jobs throughout her life including J.C.Penney, Younkers, and retired from T.J.Maxx. Her co-workers and customers missed her after retirement. She had a...
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Jeanne E Otting

December 4, 1929 - January 14, 2018

Jeanne Evelyn Meyer Otting, age 88, of Holland, MI stepped out of her earthly body into the arms of her Savior on Sunday January 14, 2018 surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born in Berwyn, Illinois to Klaus (Nick) and Martha Meyer. She graduated from Timothy Christian School in Cicero, Illinois which was founded as a school for the children of Dutch immigrants in the area. After relocating...
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Dolores R. Merten

February 11, 1928 - January 14, 2018

Dolores (nee Wentzek) Merten, 89, passed away on Sunday, January 14th in Holland, Michigan. Dolores was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on February 11, 1928 to the late Wilhelm and Amanda (Graumann) Wentzek. Her parents moved to Germany when she was an infant and she grew up in Northern Germany. In her late teens, Dolores moved back to the US and lived with relatives in Michigan and Wisconsin. ...
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Matthew John Tiggleman

April 11, 1978 - January 14, 2018

Matthew John Tiggleman, born April 11, 1978, was called to his eternal home on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Matt's faith in Jesus was the focus of his life, and his family meant everything to him. Matt touched more lives than we will ever know through his strong faith and trust in Jesus. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Myrtle and Wallace Folkert, and John and Minnie Tiggleman. ...
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Ella T. Windemuller

October 6, 1919 - January 13, 2018

Ella T. Windemuller age 98, of Holland, died Saturday, January 13, 2018 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry in 1996 and her siblings and spouses, Rich and Rose Elgersma, John and Margaret "Mike" Elgersma, Flip and Sally Elgersma, Harold and Ruth Stull and Arend and Sylvia Elgersma. Ella was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She is...
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Mildred Mans

November 30, 1919 - January 13, 2018

Mildred Mans, age 98, of Holland, passed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Providence Health and Rehabilitation in Zeeland. Mildred was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church and a Bible Study Fellowship instructor for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress and was also involved in the family fertilizer business. Mildred was preceded in death by...
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Bryce Thomas

October 7, 1998 - January 12, 2018

Bryce Thomas, age 19, of Holland passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 12, 2018. Bryce was a loving and beloved son, brother, friend and teammate. Bryce graduated from West Ottawa High School in 2017, where he played baseball and dreamed of making it to the big leagues. Bryce is survived by his parents: Leslie and Tom Martin, and Stephen Thomas; siblings: Drew and Abby Martin, Dusty and...
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Sidney (Sippe) Boonstra

July 19, 1941 - January 11, 2018

Sidney (Sippe) Boonstra, 76, of Jenison, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 11, 2018, Sid was born July 19, 1941, in Tzummarum, Friesland, the Netherlands to Pieter and Boukje Boonstra. He immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1952. Later, he met Carol Meyer and they married August 20, 1965 at Grandville Ave. CRC. Sid and Carol raised their...
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Samsang Sengmany Muansimuang

February 2, 1962 - January 9, 2018

Samsnag Sengmany Muansimuang, age 55 of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland. The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday also at the funeral home.
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Ronald L DeJonge

January 4, 1941 - January 9, 2018

Ronald Lee DeJonge, age 77, died peacefully Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at his home in New Richmond. Born in Holland, Michigan he attended Holland Public Schools and later attended Kendall School of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After serving in the Michigan National Guard, he worked at Lear Siegler Furnace as a graphic designer. Later he worked as a self-employed builder...
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Vernon Meyaard

October 10, 1940 - January 9, 2018

Vernon Meyaard age 77, of Zeeland, was eternally healed Tuesday, January 9, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home after a brief courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Vern was a member of Haven Christian Reformed Church, involved with many ministries and had a heart for Beautiful Gate in Lesotho, Africa. He worked for General Electric for 25 years and retired from Perrigo. Vern had...
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Virginia Ruth Keatley

September 11, 1920 - January 8, 2018

Virginia Keatley, 97, of Zeeland, Michigan, died on Monday, January 8, 2018. Virginia was born in Idaho on Sept 11, 1920. She married Robert Keatley on September 23, 1941. Throughout their life they lived in Washington and California. She moved to Zeeland in 2014 to be closer to her son Jim and his family. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 2007, and her son Gary Keatley in...
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Robert "Bob" Evans

March 5, 1953 - January 6, 2018

Robert Evans, age 64, passed away on January 6, 2018. Robert "Bob" was born in Chicago, IL on March 5, 1953 to his parents Rene and Zenora (Prowell) Evans. "Bob" as everyone called him, was the fifth of sixteen children. Raised and educated in Chicago, he attended John M. Smith Elementary School and graduated from Westinghouse High School. After high school, he began his career working for...
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Helen J. Timmerman

July 16, 1932 - January 5, 2018

The Lord took Helen J. Timmerman to Himself on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her son, Philip Timmerman as well as her parents and father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Timmerman. Helen was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born in Zutphen to Dick and Gertie Vander Kolk. She was a member of Zion Chapel. She...
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Billie Anne Welch

September 28, 1943 - January 3, 2018

Billie Anne Welch, age 74, of Zeeland, passed away at Resthaven Care Center Holland on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Billie was a member and an active volunteer at Evergreen Commons. At various points in her life she was a nurse, customer service representative and an actress. The roles she excelled at were that of wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother. Billie is survived by her...
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Marilyn Vredeveld

October 22, 1931 - January 3, 2018

Marilyn Vredeveld, age 86, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Marilyn was a lifetime member of 2nd Reformed Church in Zeeland, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Marilyn was a quiet woman who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. She enjoyed traveling, working with ceramics, and was an immaculate house keeper. Marilyn is survived by her husband...
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Mary Catherine "Cathy" Benedict

July 24, 1926 - January 2, 2018

Mary Catherine "Cathy" Benedict died January 2, 2018. Cathy was born on July 24, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio to Maude and Edgar Gustafson. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1948. On August 7, 1950 she and John David Benedict were married. They raised their family in Birmingham and Troy, Michigan. In the 1960s she began a career in computer programming and systems design. With her...
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Angeline "Ang" Geerlings

March 20, 1930 - January 2, 2018

Angeline "Ang" (Wierda) Geerlings, age 87 of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, January 2, 2018. She is survived by her children: Mark and Maureen Geerlings, Brian and Marlys Geerlings, Ron and Sue Geerlings, Jon and Janet Geerlings, Ed and Lynn Geerlings and Jane and George Vander Beek; 21 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; her siblings: Ted and Gladys Wierda, Hazel...
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Jose Luis Bobadilla

July 22, 1965 - December 31, 2017

Jose Luis Bobadilla age 52, of Holland, died Sunday, December 31, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Minely (Renteria) Bobadilla; children, Lizbeth Bobadilla, Samuel Bobadilla, Yazmin Bobadilla, Luis Bobadilla, Yanet Bobadilla, Joevany Bobadilla; grandchildren, Juliana Cisneros, Aidan Cisneros; brother, Jose N. Bobadilla; sister, Maria E. Bobadilla; mother, Maria L. Bobadilla; Father and mother...
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Ida Veldman

May 24, 1926 - December 28, 2017

Ida Veldman, age 91, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Ida was a loving mother and faithful wife. She enjoyed traveling, providing seamstress talent to her family and making quilts for each of them. Her hands were always busy stitching and crafting. She will be remembered for her wonderful spirit of contentment and will be dearly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband,...
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Susan G. Sisson-Gardner

May 3, 1940 - December 27, 2017

Susan G. Sisson-Gardner age 77, of Holland, passed away at her home with her family by her side, on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her great granddaughter, Za'Kiyah, and sisters, Carolyn, Patsy and Dorothy. Susan worked for many different businesses in the Holland and Fennville areas, most recently for Arby's and the Ivy Inn in Saugatuck. She is survived by...
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Helen DeJonge

June 14, 1931 - December 27, 2017

Helen DeJonge, age 86 of Zeeland, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Wednesday, December 27, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Clifford; her children: Marcia and Mike Bol, Mike and Marcia De Jonge, Jane and Steve Hunderman; son-in-law Randy Meyer; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; siblings:...
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Frieda Blauwkamp

March 17, 1923 - December 26, 2017

Frieda Sena Blauwkamp Born: March 17, 1923, Died; December 26, 2017,Location: Jacksonville, Florida. Around 2:30pm, angels arrived and carried Frieda Blauwkamp to Heaven. She was welcomed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, along with her husband of over 50 years, John, her son who gave his life in Military service, Arlyn, Son-in-law Ron Cullen, and others who had arrived before her. ...
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Sara Neevel

September 4, 1962 - December 26, 2017

Sara Neevel, 55, of Zeeland passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 after a six-month battle with cancer. Born September 4, 1962 in Morrison, IL to Phil and Alice (Maisie) Renkes, Sara was a graduate of Hope College, where she met her husband, Ken. After working at Haworth, Inc. for 20 years, Sara became a Manuscript Developer for MacMillan Publishing, working primarily with Dr. David Myers on his...
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Linda De Witt

July 3, 1947 - December 26, 2017

Linda De Witt, age 70 passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2017. Linda was the best friend of her husband, Eric and she was his beloved. She enjoyed spending time on the water and reading her book. She was a wonderful violinist and played with the Junior Symphony. She served her family with joy and patience. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, Eric; children, Joel...
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Beatrice Klein

May 6, 1928 - December 23, 2017

Beatrice ("Bea") Mae Klein (Michmerhuizen) 89 years old. On December 23, 2017, Bea joined her husband, Gerald, in heaven. They were married 39 years until he passed away in 1987, at the age of 60. Together they had 5 children: Ken (Nancy) Klein, Linda (Earl) Smit, Larry (Linda) Klein, Susan Klein, Mark (Judy) Klein. Bea graduated from Holland Christian High School and continued to...
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Angeline M. Vander Vliet

September 16, 1917 - December 23, 2017

Angeline Marie Vander Vliet, 100 years old, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at her home. Angeline was born September 16, 1917, in Holland, Michigan, to Charles and Hattie (Peerbolt) Vander Schaaf. She was the oldest of four children and she walked to Holland Public Schools from the north side of Lake Macatawa. Angeline graduated from Holland High School and later...
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Arlene Ligtvoet

November 3, 1926 - December 22, 2017

Arlene Ligtvoet, age 91, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017. Arlene was born in Holland, MI on November 3, 1926 and was a graduate of Hope College. Early in life she was a teacher until she and her husband John started their family. She was a wonderful mother and faithful wife. In retirement, they relocated to the Grand Rapids area. She enjoyed playing board games and cards. She will be...
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Rene L. Garza

September 21, 1976 - December 22, 2017

Rene L. Garza age 41, of Holland, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Holland Hospital. He was a member of Kingdom Living Word as well as Ebenezer Assemblies of God, where he and Anita served as worship leaders. Rene loved the Lord and had unconditional love for people. He was known for his big heart and sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Anita;...
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Gordon Plaggemars

April 23, 1921 - December 22, 2017

Gordon Plaggemars, 96, of Zeeland, died Friday, December 22, 2017. Gord was born in Holland, Michigan, April 23, 1921, to Edwin and Susie (Speet) Plaggemars. Gordon served his country in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He married Vivian Walstra and they made their home in Holland where they raised their family and were members of Fourth Reformed Church...
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Gertrude Driesenga

October 20, 1923 - December 19, 2017

Gertrude Driesenga, 94, passed away on December 19, 2017. Born October 20, 1923 in Grand Rapids, to John and Cornelia Koenes. Gertrude married Morris Driesenga in 1943; they moved to Holland in 1948, and joined Holland Heights CRC. Gertrude worked in administration, beginning at Big Dutchman and retiring from Lear Siegler. Afterwards she volunteered for Bethany Christian Services and Bibles...
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Jo Ann "Jodie" Steggerda

October 23, 1933 - December 15, 2017

Jo Ann "Jodie" Steggerda, age 84, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017. She is survived by her children: Reverend Daniel Scott Barnum-Steggerda and his wife Reverend Lucinda Barnum-Steggerda, her daughter Marian "Molly" Steggerda; her two grandsons: Evan Barnum-Steggerda and Joel Barnum-Steggerda; her siblings: Susan Galt, John and Carol Davidson, Kenneth and Mary Davidson; her sister-in-law...
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Geoffrey D Legg

April 12, 1972 - December 15, 2017

Geoffrey D. Legg, age 45, of Holland, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home, ending a courageous battle with cancer. Geoff worked at Holland Public Schools in many different positions; technology was his favorite. He loved the outdoors and biking and especially enjoyed being involved in his children's sports. Geoff is survived by his wife of 20 years, Karen Children Natalie ...
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Nicholas Leep

June 4, 1918 - December 15, 2017

Nicholas Leep, age 99, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017. Nicholas was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church. In retirement, he loved driving cars for DeNooyer and providing music for the residents of Royal Park. He played numerous instruments including the saxophone, trombone, baritone, and continued to play the harmonica in recent years. He was preceded in death by...
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Cornelius "Conn" Witt

July 3, 1933 - December 14, 2017

Cornelius "Conn" Witt, age 84, of Holland, entered into his heavenly home on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Conn grew up in the Holland area, and served in the Army during the Korean War. After graduating from Calvin College, he moved to Ripon, CA. He taught English at Ripon Christian High School, Chicago Christian High and Manteca Unified. Conn returned to Holland in 2013. He enjoyed singing...
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Pearl Brower

May 12, 1923 - December 14, 2017

Pearl Brower, 94, of Hudsonville, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Pearl was born to John and Suzanna (Scholten) De Haan on May 12, 1923, in Holland, Michigan. She graduated from Holland High School and married Willard Brower in 1958. Pearl was a member of Cornerstone United Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Willard in 2007, her daughter Greta Brower, her...
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Marian Scholten

March 10, 1921 - December 14, 2017

Marian J. Scholten, age 96 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, December 14, 2017. She is survived by her children: Gary and Lori Scholten, Tom and Lori Scholten and Carolyn and Dan Shappee; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren: Brent and Julie Scholten (Kinsley and Kasen), Chad Scholten, Aaron Scholten, Thomas "TJ" and Jerrica Scholten, Kayla and Matt Koeman,...
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Robert L. Creamer

July 4, 1927 - December 11, 2017

Robert L. Creamer, U.S.M.C. Ret., 90 years old of Zeeland, Michigan, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017. Robert was born July 4, 1927, in Milton, Massachusetts, to Thomas and Agnes (Drea) Creamer. He graduated from high school and served his country during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corps. After WWII, Bob made the Marines his career, and served a total of 22 years before retiring from the...
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Thomas J. De Vries

December 3, 1938 - December 7, 2017

Thomas J. De Vries, age 79, of Holland, died Thursday, December 7, 2017. Tom passed away surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter De Vries and Bill De Vries; and in-laws Marilyn De Vries and Howard & Dorothy Pieper. Tom was self-employed owner operator of Ottawa Brush and Chemical. He was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Tom was also a long time...
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Elwin Eding

February 20, 1945 - December 7, 2017

Elwin Eding, age 72 of Bentheim, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, December 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Mary, his children: Tom and Misty Eding, Tammy and Curt Bosch and Troy and Melissa Eding; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ashley Haveman (Elwin and Eloise), Andrew Eding, Nikki Bosch and Callaway Eding; siblings: Erma Taylor, Eileen and John...
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Gary Lemmen

May 9, 1965 - December 7, 2017

Gary L. Lemmen, age 52, of Zeeland, passed away on December 7, 2017, after a courageous two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, for his positive spirit and outlook on life, even when faced with challenges. When not working as an insurance broker for Northwestern Mutual, he enjoyed...
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Joanne Van Baren

December 4, 2017

Joanne (De Vries) Van Baren, of Jenison, MI, formerly of South Holland, IL, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017. To make a long story short… Joanne was born in 1936, in Visalia, CA, to Thomas and Agnes (Broersma) De Vries. She graduated from Valley Christian High School, and attended Calvin College where she met Gilbert F. Van Baren. In 1958 they married, and they raised their family...
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Norma Meeuwsen

May 19, 1931 - December 3, 2017

Norma Meeuwsen, age 86, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, December 3, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 67 years Lloyd; her children: Paul and Karie Meeuwsen, Pat and Reed Navis, Jayne and Del Ritsema, Tom and Sherri Meeuwsen, and Dave and Stacey Meeuwsen; 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter; her brother Dr. Jim and Jan...
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Donald "Bud" Pyle

June 24, 1927 - December 3, 2017

Donald "Bud" Pyle, age 90, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Bud graduated from Zeeland High School and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a charter member of Community Reformed Church where he served as both deacon and elder. He also served as Holland Township Fire Chief. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and...
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Christian W. Campos

January 9, 1997 - December 2, 2017

Christian W. Campos, age 20, of Saugatuck, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Christian grew up in Grandville and attended Grandville Public Schools. He most recently moved to Saugatuck and worked for the Shell gas station in Saugatuck, and for his grandparents at Panterra Luxury Coach in Holland. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends, kids and...
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William "Bill' Boonstra

December 5, 1928 - December 2, 2017

William "Bill" Boonstra, 88, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Sheldon Meadows in Hudsonville. Bill was born in Detroit on December 5, 1928. He was raised in Zeeland by his parents Jack and Cora Boonstra. He graduated from Zeeland High School and began working to continue the family business at Boonstra's in downtown Zeeland. Bill served in the U.S. Navy for four...
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Peter Terpsma

February 14, 1927 - December 2, 2017

Peter Terpsma, age 90, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 2, 2017. Born in Holland, he attended Holland High School and served in the US Navy during WWII. Peter was a long time, faithful member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church and previously served as a deacon and elder. Peter was employed by Oven Fresh Bakery as a driver salesman. Peter was a man of deep faith...
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Delia Jonker

November 6, 1921 - November 28, 2017

Delia (Roels) Jonker, 96 of Holland passed away peacefully, November 28, 2017 at Appledorn Living Center. Delia was a kind, caring and loving wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Delia was predeceased by her parents, John and Bertha Roels and her in-laws Rev. Peter and Minnie Jonker. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Jason and Paul Roels, Jason's wife Julia, and in-laws...
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Jessie Diekema

February 3, 1922 - November 27, 2017

Jessie Diekema, age 95 of Drenthe, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, November 27, 2017. She is survived by her children: Eleanor and the Reverend Howard Vugteveen, Bern and Donna Diekema, Jerry and Bonnie Diekema, Kathy Diekema, Cal and Deb Diekema and Doug and Angie Diekema; 13 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jessie was preceded in death by her...
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Henry Kruithoff

October 24, 1924 - November 26, 2017

Henry Kruithoff, age 93, of Holland, peacefully passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 and is now with his Lord and Savior. He was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and wanted nothing more in the past eight months than to be with his Lord and his wife who passed away in April after 70 years of marriage. Henry served in the United States Army as an...
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Catherine Marie Van Dyke

December 11, 1928 - November 26, 2017

Catherine Marie Van Dyke (Borduin), 88, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Catherine was born in Grand Rapids, on December 11, 1928, to Gerard and Winnie (Compaan) Borduin. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and later from Calvin College with her teaching degree. She began teaching at Allendale Christian and also taught later at Adams Christian School...
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Dorothy Lanning

May 30, 1925 - November 25, 2017

Dorothy Lanning, 92, of Zeeland, went home to heaven on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Dorothy was born May 30, 1925, in Zeeland, to Chester and Frances (Boes) Fox. She married Howard Lanning and they raised three daughters together. Dorothy and Howard were long time members of Faith Reformed Church of Zeeland. They also worked hard together in the family business Ottawa Gladiola Bulb Growers...
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Braxton Willis

March 3, 2016 - November 24, 2017

Braxton Willis, age 20 months, of Holland passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017. Our hearts were broken on November 24, 2017 when our beautiful baby boy Braxton Avery Willis gained his angel wings surrounded by family and friends in the arms of his mother. Braxton has touched the lives of many in his short yet memorable time here on earth. Braxton came into our lives on March 3rd, 2016 a...
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Marion Nelson

March 13, 1932 - November 23, 2017

Marion Nelson, age 85, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Marion lived a life of quiet steadfast faith in Jesus Christ. After her husband was taken from her in 1985 she moved to Holland and begin working in the payroll department at Haworth. She loved to travel, enjoyed cross stitch, tending after her dog, and time with family and friends. She was actively involved in Widowed Persons...
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Geneva Lubbers

August 21, 1926 - November 23, 2017

Geneva Lubbers, age 91, of Hamilton, passed away Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan. Born in 1926, to William and Hannah Haverdink, she was the youngest and last surviving of 10 children. She was a member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church where she corresponded with inmates through Crossroads bible Institute. She co-owned and was the...
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Jonathan Berry

September 30, 1970 - November 21, 2017

Jonathan Berry, age 47 of Holland, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017. He is survived by his children: Cyrus and Cassandra; his parents James and Nancy Berry; his siblings: James "Scott" Berry, David and Terri Berry and Jennifer Berry and Jason Malayter and several nieces and nephews. Jonathan graduated from Holland High School in 1988 and had worked at JR Automation as a machine...
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Vaughn C Koning

October 27, 1960 - November 21, 2017

Vaughn C. Koning, age 57, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. Vaughn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who lovingly provided for his family and found particular enjoyment in his grandchildren. He also loved to hunt and play softball. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Koning and Shirley Schipper. Vaughn is...
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Robert "Bob" Farrell

June 16, 1954 - November 19, 2017

Robert "Bob" Farrell, age 63, of Holland unexpectedly passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home. Bob was a 1972 graduate of Holland High School and a member of both the Sons of the American Legion Post 6 and the Holland Elks. He was employed as a Technical Liaison Officer at Thermotron in Holland, where he worked for 40 years. Bob is survived by his sister, Charlene Beckman and...
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Patricia "Patti" Sue Vander Zwaag

October 18, 1955 - November 19, 2017

Patricia Sue (Patti) Vander Zwaag, age 62, of Holland, passed peacefully into eternal life with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Patti was born October 18, 1955 to Jacob and Gladys (Andringa) Gras; she attended Zeeland Christian School and graduated from Holland Christian High School. She worked at Zeeland Hospital and Herman Miller before taking a position at...
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