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Our Obituaries

Mervin Tover

April 12, 1956 - January 19, 2017

Mervin Tover Age 60, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 after a time of failing health. Born April 12, 1956, the son of Amaryllis June (Siegers) Tover and Louis Lopez Tover both deceased. Mervin spent most of his adult life at Heritage Magnolia AFC where he accumulated many friends with his wit and sense of humor. He had a wonderful staff that loved and cared for Mervin at the home and...
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Edward Schuitema

March 26, 1919 - January 19, 2017

Edward Schuitema, age 97 of Holland passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy "Dot"; his children: Jim and Marge Schuitema, Dave and Rose Schuitema and Pam and Tom Evenhouse; 8 grandchildren: Rick and Dalia Schuitema, Chad and Bonnie Schuitema, Joy Schuitema, Kyle and Pam Schuitema, Kyndra and Andrew Green, Derek and Susan Evenhouse, Paige...
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Lucile Van Koevering

March 26, 1928 - January 18, 2017

Lucile Van Koevering, age 88, of Borculo, was called home to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after spending a life-time impacting the many people that she met during her life here on earth. Born in Fennville, the eldest of five children of Chet & Hilda Wightman, she went on to teach 37 years at Saugatuck High School impacting the lives of many of her students through her...
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Robert Wierda

September 5, 1934 - January 17, 2017

Robert Wierda, age 82 of Holland passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann; his children: Karen and Jim Jalving, Laurie and Stan Thies and Bill and Marlene Wierda; grandchildren: Katie Thies, Rachel Thies, Marlee Wierda and Brooke Wierda; sister Sue and Curt Pals. Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked for several...
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Morris Driesenga

October 25, 1921 - January 17, 2017

Morris Driesenga, 95, passed away on January 17, 2017. Morris was born October 25, 1921, in Grand Rapids, to James and Jennie (Doot) Driesenga. Morris graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and in 1943 he married Gertrude Koenes. In 1948, Morris and Gertrude moved to Holland. They became longtime members of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church and Morris loved serving on the...
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Joyce Overbeek

August 14, 1927 - January 17, 2017

Joyce Overbeek, age 89, of Zeeland entered into the presence of the Lord on January 17, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 14, 1927 to Henry and Henrietta Breuker. She married Laverne (Pete) Overbeek on May 27, 1947 and shared 61 years of marriage until his death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Amy Joy Andrews. Joyce was a member of...
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Robert "Bob" Kuipers

November 8, 1937 - January 17, 2017

Robert E. "Bob" Kuipers, Sr. age 79, of Holland, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, January 17, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (Kortman) in 1986 and a grandson, Justin Kuipers. Bob was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army, serving post Korea. He retired from Louis Padnos following 34 years of employment. He is...
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Thomas Allan Working

August 5, 1947 - January 13, 2017

Thomas Allan Working, 69, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017, at his home. Thom was born in 1947 and raised in Holland, graduating from Holland High School in 1965. Thom received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education from Hope College in 1969 and received a Masters of Music Degree in Performance from Western Michigan University in 1971. He played French horn with...
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Mary Ellen Obert, MD

April 12, 1926 - January 9, 2017

Dr. Mary Ellen Obert, MD, age 90, of Holland and formerly of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Holland, MI. She remained at the home of her daughter and son-in-law until the end as she had wished. Mary Ellen Newton was born April 12, 1926 in Ellwood City, PA. The youngest of four children of John Holliday and Jeanetta Newton, she grew up on a dairy farm. She was...
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John Delgado

August 21, 1933 - January 8, 2017

John Delgado, age 83, of Holland passed away on Sunday January 8, 2017. John was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. He retired from BASF after 32 years and was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. John was preceded in death by his son, Alfonso Delgado in 2005. He is survived by Amalia Delgado, his wife of 63 years; children: Juan (Janie) Delgado, Adolfo (Anna) Delgado,...
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Dorothy Olive McDonough

June 9, 1926 - January 7, 2017

Dorothy Olive McDonough (nee Taylor) passed away January 7, 2017 at the age of 90 surrounded by loving family in Holland, Michigan. Born in New York City June 9, 1926, Dorothy married Joseph McDonough in 1949, and soon moved to Paramus, NJ to raise their family. Dot entered nursing school after her youngest started school, and proudly served as an LPN at Bergen Pines County Hospital for many...
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Gordon Slenk

September 27, 1923 - January 6, 2017

Gordon Slenk, age 93, of Holland, passed safely into the arms of Jesus on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Holland Hospital. Gordon was a lifelong member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church where he was a Sunday School Teacher and Deacon. He also served in the US Army in WWII. He retired from Chris Craft following many years of employment. Gordon is survived by his wife of 70 years,...
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Roger Solomon

October 11, 1944 - January 5, 2017

Roger Solomon, age 72 of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy; his children and grandchildren: Treasa and Stephen Schutte (Dalton, Danielle and Dacian), Tim and Dawn Solomon (Dustin, Felicia and Laryssa) and Rachel Gonzalez; siblings: Donna Sale, Jerry and Cheryl Solomon, Clair and Barb Solomon, Pat and Ron Turner, John and...
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Bonnie Becksvoort

November 4, 1944 - January 5, 2017

Bonnie Becksvoort, age 72, of Hamilton, passed away Thursday, January 5 2017 at the Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids after a 4 ½ year struggle with cancer. Bonnie was a member of Overisel Reformed Church and enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and traveling. Bonnie was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Schuitema; and brother-in-law, Jack Becksvoort. Bonnie is...
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Sandra DeBoer

March 26, 1951 - January 3, 2017

Sandra DeBoer, age 65 of Zeeland passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Ryan and Kim DeBoer (Mackenzie, Gabe and Gavin), Rebecca Heyboer and Matt Nielsen (Tyler and Bryce), Tracie and Matt Piersma (Brandon, Zach and Lexi), Todd and Erin DeBoer (Taylor, Gwen, Claire and Piper); her mother Arlene...
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Rosemary Villegas

October 24, 1955 - January 3, 2017

Rosemary Villegas age 61, of Holland, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus following a lengthy illness with cancer. She was a member of Christ Memorial Church and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Rosemary is survived by her husband of 39 years, Octavio; children, James and Teresa Villegas of Hudsonville, Richard and Bonnie Villegas of Holland, Lydia...
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Marshall Sterling

April 29, 1926 - January 2, 2017

Marshall Sterling, age 90, passed away on January 2, 2017 at Holland Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Ettie Sterling. Marshall is survived by his children, Audrey Campbell-Sterling, Linda Dekker, Jeff Sterling, Matthew & Jessica Sterling, and Heidi Sterling & Nicholas Alvarado; grandchildren; Jessica, Cameron, Matt, Brian, Melissa, Jordan, Dylan, Aaron, Heather,...
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Wilma Hirdes

April 20, 1951 - January 1, 2017

Wilma N. Hirdes (Huisman), age 65, of Zeeland, originally from Orange City, Iowa, passed away on January 1, 2017. After a long and hopeful battle against cancer, Wilma is now at rest. She was preceded in death by her son, Isaac John Hirdes; her father, Alvin Huisman; and a brother, Dennis Huisman. She is survived by her loving husband, Randall Hirdes, their four children: Scott (Tricia)...
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Dale Hop

June 2, 1930 - December 30, 2016

Dale Hop, 86, was carried into the arms of Jesus on Friday, December 30, 2016. Dale was born June 2, 1930, the youngest of Arie and Lottie (De Vries) Hop's family of 13 children. Dale graduated from Huyser School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Marilyn Koster in 1953 and they raised their family in Beaverdam. Dale spent most of his career at Dan...
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Theressa L. Brouwer

January 19, 1932 - December 29, 2016

Theressa Lorraine Brouwer, age 84, of Holland passed away on December 29, 2016. She was the daughter of Rev. Martin and Tena Bolt. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dale Kempkers and Corrie Brouwer; brothers Rev. Calvin Bolt and Dr. Martin Bolt. Tres was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church and was active in many areas of church life. She volunteered with Kid's Hope and...
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Merle Cook

March 2, 1923 - December 28, 2016

Merle Cook age 93, of Holland, met his Savior face to face on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul, grandsons, Bryan Cook and Kevin Cook, and great grandchildren, Allison DeRidder and Alex Nava. Merle was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army Air Corp, serving during WWII. He retired from Chris Craft as a...
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Ida Gunnink

July 30, 1930 - December 27, 2016

Ida Gunnink, born July 30, 1930 in Hancock, MN, went home to be with the Lord in Holland, Michigan, on December 27, 2016. She was born to Dewey and Jesse (Hoekstra) Noordmans, and graduated from Reformed Bible College with a degree in Bible Studies. She was married in 1955 to Reverend Jerrien Gunnink and was a faithful mother and pastor's wife ministering in many churches. She was a very...
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James E. Ponitz

April 23, 1946 - December 27, 2016

Dr. James Edward Ponitz, DDS, 70, of Holland, beloved husband and father, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016. He was born in Battle Creek to parents Dr. Paul V. and Evelyn A. Ponitz, graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, and the University of Michigan undergraduate and Dental School. Jim married Kathleen Stewart in 1972, moved to Holland, and began his family dental practice. He...
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Joan Van Oss

January 31, 1934 - December 26, 2016

Joan Van Oss, age 82 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, December 26, 2016 at Faith Hospice. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Howard; her children: Kathy and Keith Mokma of Holland, Calvin and Jane Van Oss of Holland, Charles and Amy Van Oss of Hamilton, Karen Van Oss of Holland and Kristy and Alan Brown of Holland; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren...
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Margaret I. Mollett

October 6, 1921 - December 26, 2016

Margaret Mollett, 95, of Zeeland, died Monday, December 26, 2016. Margaret was born October 6, 1921, in Jellett, Arkansas, to DeWitt and Frances (Daves) Dismuke. She married William Daniel Mollett Sr. in 1940. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Mollett Sr. in 1988. She is survived by her children: Barbara Ann and Ernest Lewis of Holland, William Daniel Jr. and...
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Carol Lynn Reck

July 8, 1952 - December 24, 2016

Carol Lynn Reck, age 64, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family. Carol was a whirlwind of love. She fought cancer with courage and grace. She had a servant heart, caring for others as a nurse at Holland Hospital, an elder at Maplewood Reformed Church, and a friend to many. Even to the end, she was caring for us...
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Rev. Wayne E. Kiel

April 21, 1929 - December 19, 2016

Rev. Wayne E. Kiel, age 87, died peacefully at his home on December 19, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Donna; and by his children Dan, Scott (Caroline), Beth (Scott) MacGregor, grand-children Katie (Joe) Pitcher, Ross (Courtney) MacGregor, Abigail Kiel, Maxwell (Arianna) Kiel, Megan (Ryan) Lane, Andrew (MacKenzie) Kiel, Matt MacGregor, and great grandchildren Miles,...
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Edgar Mosher

February 28, 1927 - December 18, 2016

Edgar Mosher, age 89 of Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 18, 2016 after a short struggle with cancer. He is survived by his children: David and Caroline Mosher of Altadena, CA, Gay and Duane Tucker of Zeeland, Richard and Lisa Mosher of Holland and Mary and Carl Van Wylen of Sand Lake; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and his sister Joanne and...
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Roger Dale Plasman

June 30, 1931 - December 17, 2016

Roger Dale Plasman, 85, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Roger was born Holland, Michigan, to Edward and Dena (Scholten) Plasman, on June 30, 1931. He graduated from Holland Christian High School and served his country in the U.S. Army. Roger married Norma Van Harn in 1956, and they raised their family in Holland and were members of Maple Avenue Christian Reformed...
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Fredrick J Groen

July 1, 1942 - December 17, 2016

Frederick Groen, 74, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Fred is survived by his: Wife of 53 years, Beverly Sons Mike and Jeanne Groen Steve and Jill Groen Dan and Claire Groen Grandchildren Joshua, Nick, and Jacob Groen Megan and Jake VanAlten Taylor Groen Eleyna Groen Noah, Ella and Jackson Groen Sisters Alice Airola ...
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Patricia Ann Post

April 13, 1941 - December 16, 2016

Patricia Ann Post, age 75, passed away on December 16, 2016 at Spectrum Hospital. She is survived by husband of 52 years, Marlowe; children, Dean Post, Tim Post, Kara & Rich Clark; grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Post, Zachary & Aryelle Post, Kylee & Emilio Garcia and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 17 at Langeland Sterenberg Funeral...
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Albert "Al" Holthof

August 23, 1941 - December 15, 2016

Albert "Al" Holthof, 75, of Holland, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness. Al was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, on August 23, 1941, to Louis and Gertrude (Vander Laan) Holthof. When Al was ten years old, his family immigrated to the United States and they settled in Holland, Michigan. Al graduated from Holland Christian High School and he later...
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Glenn VanderWilk

August 1, 1954 - December 15, 2016

Glenn VanderWilk, 62, of Borculo, died Thursday, December 15, 2016. Glenn was born in Zeeland, Michigan, on August 1, 1954, the youngest child of John and Elsie (Blauwkamp) VanderWilk. He graduated from Zeeland High School in 1972 and worked at Colonial Clock and later at Life Savers. Glenn was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Zeeland. Glenn enjoyed bowling with friends and his...
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Pearl Stravers

April 15, 1926 - December 15, 2016

Pearl (Booy) Stravers, age 90, passed away on December 15, 2016 into the loving arms of her Savior. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Joe; children, Rev. David & Janet Stravers, Ruth & Dan Dorn, and Roger J. & Betty Stravers, and former daughter-in-law, Nina Stravers; 9 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lucille Stravers, Rev. Dick & Ruth Stravers,...
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Alice Chambers Stone

October 25, 1924 - December 14, 2016

Alice Chambers Stone was 92 years old when she died on December 14, 2016. She lived at Royal Park Place Community Living in Zeeland, Michigan in her last two years, but was a well-loved resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio for many years before this. Alice was born in Seville, Ohio in 1924 to her parents John and Francis Chambers. She was raised on a fruit farm and loved to play with her younger...
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Lucille LaMar

July 25, 1927 - December 11, 2016

Lucille LaMar, age 89, of Holland, took the hand of Jesus and was ushered into Heaven on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Lucille is survived by her children: Sandra and Michael Brinks of Hamilton, Bruce and Jill LaMar of Hamilton; 5 grandchildren, Chad and Rebecca LaMar, Courtney and Joanna LaMar, Brad LaMar, Jessica Brinks, Jason Brinks; 8 great grandchildren; siblings: Harvey Brower, Juella Van...
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Albert "Al" Molner

March 17, 1923 - December 7, 2016

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

April 18, 1924 - December 6, 2016

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

May 27, 1952 - December 6, 2016

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

September 4, 1959 - December 6, 2016

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

May 10, 1938 - December 3, 2016

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

June 23, 1936 - December 3, 2016

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

May 15, 1914 - December 2, 2016

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

April 14, 1938 - November 30, 2016

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

October 1, 1951 - November 28, 2016

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

December 19, 2002 - November 27, 2016

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

November 20, 1942 - November 27, 2016

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

August 15, 1926 - November 25, 2016

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

October 27, 1920 - November 23, 2016

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

August 31, 1944 - November 20, 2016

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

March 15, 1937 - November 20, 2016

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

May 15, 1928 - November 19, 2016

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

May 14, 1934 - November 17, 2016

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

November 2, 1922 - November 17, 2016

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

April 9, 1943 - November 15, 2016

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

June 24, 1945 - November 14, 2016

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

July 27, 1923 - November 14, 2016

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

April 16, 1917 - November 13, 2016

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

April 17, 1928 - November 12, 2016

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

April 24, 1929 - November 9, 2016

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

July 25, 1924 - November 9, 2016

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

May 18, 1973 - November 7, 2016

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

August 15, 1947 - November 7, 2016

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

June 3, 1931 - November 7, 2016

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

November 6, 1963 - November 6, 2016

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

May 12, 1955 - November 6, 2016

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

December 8, 1932 - November 6, 2016

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

September 21, 1931 - November 3, 2016

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

September 15, 1927 - November 3, 2016

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

May 22, 1928 - November 3, 2016

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

June 20, 1918 - November 2, 2016

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

July 12, 1949 - November 1, 2016

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

March 18, 1920 - November 1, 2016

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

September 10, 1961 - November 1, 2016

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

September 2, 1935 - October 31, 2016

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

December 23, 1918 - October 30, 2016

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

August 22, 1934 - October 29, 2016

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

March 22, 1934 - October 28, 2016

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

August 6, 1934 - October 24, 2016

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

August 14, 1933 - October 24, 2016

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

October 27, 1933 - October 24, 2016

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

April 29, 1930 - October 22, 2016

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

July 13, 1927 - October 20, 2016

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

August 13, 1925 - October 20, 2016

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

May 21, 1940 - October 19, 2016

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

July 19, 1939 - October 17, 2016

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

September 26, 1924 - October 17, 2016

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

October 10, 1927 - October 17, 2016

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

August 19, 1927 - October 16, 2016

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

November 10, 1941 - October 11, 2016

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

October 11, 1940 - October 11, 2016

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

December 22, 1942 - October 10, 2016

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

November 12, 1937 - October 10, 2016

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

July 10, 1926 - October 10, 2016

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

September 19, 1922 - October 9, 2016

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

October 7, 2016 - October 7, 2016

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

June 18, 1954 - October 7, 2016

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

June 5, 1923 - October 5, 2016

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

June 7, 1930 - October 4, 2016

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

March 4, 1923 - October 3, 2016

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