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Our Obituaries

Alice Visser

July 11, 1921 - August 14, 2017

Alice (Meekhof) (Post) Visser July 11, 1921 to August 14, 2017. Our beloved wife and mother Alice Visser passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 14, 2017. Her passion was love for Jesus and her family, she enjoyed life to the fullest and loved gifting her talent for writing poems, making bread, knitting and crochet; she also loved her winter vacations in Florida....
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Marjorie Anderson

September 26, 1926 - August 14, 2017

Marjorie Anderson, 90, of Holland, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017. Marjorie was born September 26, 1926, in Oakland, Michigan, to John and Gertie (Ver Beek) Hoeve, the oldest of 11 children. She worked after her schooling was completed and enjoyed traveling with friends until she met a young man named John Anderson. Marjorie and John were married and later raised their three children in...
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Eleanor Dozeman

November 12, 1930 - August 14, 2017

Eleanor Dozeman, age 86 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017. She is survived by her children: Randy and Phyllis Dozeman, Sandy and Bob Vander Zwaag, Diane and Randy Smith and Mike and Linnay Dozeman; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and Lord willing one more on the way; and her sister Lorraine Nykamp. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn on September 20,...
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Harriet L. Haverdink

November 19, 1927 - August 12, 2017

Harriet Haverdink, age 89, of Holland, went home to Jesus on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. She was a current member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Harriet and her husband Harvey lived on the family farm in Hamilton for 65 years. Harriet enjoyed working on many church committees and traveling throughout...
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Calvin Van Den Elst

February 21, 1947 - August 11, 2017

Calvin Van Den Elst, age 70, passed away in his home on August 11, 2017. Calvin was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church and formerly of Peace Reformed. Faith, family and fellowship were the core values of Cal's life. Old Cal, a self given nick-name, enjoyed sharing his faith while meeting new people when traveling, fishing and camping. Cal would engage anyone in a conversation. He was...
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Jim Vanden Bosch

August 9, 1958 - August 10, 2017

Jim Vanden Bosch, 59, of Zeeland, died Thursday, August 10, 2017. Jim was born August 9, 1958, in Holland, Michigan, to John and Betty (Vander West) Vanden Bosch. Jim grew up on the north side of Holland and graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1977. He worked for Prince Corporation and then started his career at the Ottawa County Road Commission in 1983. He married the love of his...
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Ernesto Jr. Cantu

February 6, 1960 - August 10, 2017

Ernesto Cantu Jr., age 57, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. He is preceded in death by his father, Ernesto Cantu Sr. He is survived by his mother, Ana Maria Cantu; children, Arianna & Jacob Victor, Ernesto Cantu III, Enrique Cantu; grand-children, Gisele, Jennavise, Zaden; sister, Carol Salinas; nephew, Ernie Salinas; niece, Carina Salinas;...
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Max De Pree

October 28, 1924 - August 8, 2017

A corporate and civic leader, Max De Pree published eloquent and moving analyses of the qualities of leadership that carried his influence far beyond the company he led and the corporate world in which that company distinguished itself. As chief executive officer of Herman Miller, Inc., he helped keep the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of office furniture in the vanguard of innovative,...
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Gordon Rietman

August 6, 1932 - August 7, 2017

Gordon Rietman, age 85 of Zeeland passed away Monday, August 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Thelma; his children: Greg and Carole Rietman, Bill and Jan Rietman and Shelly Hardecki; grandchildren: Danielle Hardecki, Alex Hardecki, Alison Rietman, Aaron Knoll, Angela Schaddelee, Travis Rietman, Rick Smith; 1 great granddaughter and 7 step great grandchildren; sister Beatrice...
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Wilma "Billie" Maatman

June 1, 1926 - August 3, 2017

Wilma "Billie" Maatman age 91, of Holland, died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, and a daughter, Diane Woodall Leep. Billie retired from Kmart and was known for creating the handmade "Nose Mittens", for the Holland High School Marching Band, which they used for the Christmas Parade. She is survived by her children, Douglas...
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William C Vandenberg III

March 16, 1934 - August 2, 2017

William "Bill" C. Vandenberg III, age 83 of Holland, died peacefully in his sleep at the Vista Springs in Wyoming, MI on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Bill graduated from Culver Military Academy. After a year at Southern Methodist University he enlisted in the Marine Corp. He graduated from Hope College and was later employed as a student recruiter. After retirement he turned his love of the...
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Marie Geurink

August 6, 1930 - July 29, 2017

Marie Agnes Geurink, age 86, peacefully passed away in her home on Saturday, July 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. Marie was a HUGE giver of herself, her time and her talents. She was known for her amazing baking, serving spirit, and quilting skills which each member of her family benefited. A display of Marie's quilting abilities will be present at the service on Thursday as a tribute to...
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Martha Rose Wielenga

April 6, 1921 - July 28, 2017

Martha Rose Wielenga, 96, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Martha was born April 6, 1921, in Zurich, Switzerland, to Albert and Martha (Kohler) Grau. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1927. Martha graduated from Grand Rapids Central and contributed to the war effort in manufacturing during WWII. After the war she met Pier Wielenga and they married in...
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Goldie "Lou" Mishoe

September 22, 1932 - July 28, 2017

Goldie Lucille Mishoe passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Raymond Mishoe in 1988. She was born in Exline, Iowa on September 22, 1932. Lou and Ray moved to Holland in 1954 living in the Virginia Park area. She was a long time member of Central Park Reformed Church and retired from Sears in 2002. She was a member of the Red Hats Society...
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Donald Wierda

September 30, 1931 - July 27, 2017

Donald Wierda, age 85 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, July 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth "Betty"; his sons: David Wierda and Del and Angela Wierda; his grandchildren and great grandson: Abraham Wierda, Maria Wierda, Elijah Wierda, Nathan and Jourdan Lamse, Kyle and Josie Lamse (Jack), Justin Schuitema and Keaton Wierda; siblings:...
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Kenneth Veenman

July 19, 1942 - July 25, 2017

Kenneth Veenman, age 75, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. Ken was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and a former member of Pine Creek Christian Reformed Church. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda and brother, Dan. Ken is survived by his son, Thomas (Elizabeth) Veenman of Holland; daughter, Linda Bultman and Mark Erlandson...
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Raymon G. Elhart

May 6, 1936 - July 24, 2017

Raymon G. Elhart, 81, of Holland, MI passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017. Born to Gilbert and Ruth Elhart, he was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Elhart and grandson, Jonathan. He leaves behind his loving wife, Vonnie (Kraai) Elhart; his devoted daughters Rayetta (David) Perez, Stephanie (Jay Frankhouse) Elhart, and Shannon Elhart; six treasured grandchildren: Dylan, Tessa, Sammi,...
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Cameron Homan

October 17, 2016 - July 23, 2017

Cameron Homan, age 9 months, passed away on July 23, 2017. Cameron was the super hero of the family and was strong his entire life. His sister, Alyssa, called him "Little Cutie!" and he was dearly loved. He is preceded in death by his brother, Braylen. He is survived by his parents, Matt & Amanda Homan; sister, Alyssa; grandparents, Bob & Sherry Pabst, Ron & Joanna Homan; great...
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Doris Broekhuis

May 22, 1928 - July 23, 2017

Doris Broekhuis, age 89 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017. She is survived by her siblings: Hazel Timmer of Overisel, Ted Broekhuis of California and Elaine and Paul Van Heuvelen of Holland; brother-in-law Roger and June Zoet of Holland and several nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, John and Tena Broekhuis; her siblings: Harriet Sternberg-Bultman, Jay...
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Arthur T. Davis

July 20, 1926 - July 22, 2017

Arthur T. Davis age 91, of Holland, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. He was born in Mt Pleasant on July 20, 1926 to John and Helen (Tygart) Davis. He lived in West Michigan for many years, spending his winters in Ft. Meyers, Florida. He completed schooling to be an Electrician and worked as an Electrician for Birdseye Corporation until his retirement. Arthur...
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Donald Schrotenboer

March 18, 1936 - July 19, 2017

Donald Schrotenboer, age 81 of Holland passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; his children and grandchildren: Richard and Lisa Schrotenboer (Alex, Megan and Olivia) and Dr. Greg and the Reverend Diane Schrotenboer (Marten, Ellen and Paul); siblings: Glenn Schrotenboer and Marilyn and Thomas Bratt; in-laws: Laverne Koning, Juella Schrotenboer, Ron...
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Doug Boetsma

November 28, 1960 - July 18, 2017

Doug Boetsma, age 56 of Zeeland, went home to be with Jesus, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 surrounded by his family at his home. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gaye; his children and grandchildren: Stephanie and Allen Young (Grayson, Wrenn and Madelyn) and Justin and Jen Boetsma; his mother Marian Boetsma; his sister Carol and Chuck De Witte; his mother-in-law Alma De Kock; sister-in-law:...
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Gerald "Jerry" Cooper

April 26, 1932 - July 17, 2017

Gerald Cooper, age 85, of Holland, passed away peacefully Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home. Jerry and his brothers owned and operated Holland Motor Express until 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating and was a member of Singapore Yacht Club. Jerry also was an author who self-published 26 stories and novels that his family and friends enjoyed. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife...
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Ruth E. Brummel

March 29, 1953 - July 17, 2017

Ruth E. Brummel, 64, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at her home. Ruth was born March 29, 1953, in Holland, Michigan, to William and Joyce (Kooyers) Heeringa. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and later married Ronald Brummel. Ruth and Ron raised their family in Zeeland and they are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Ruth often served at the Grow...
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Kenneth Van Nuil

September 27, 1931 - July 16, 2017

Kenneth J. Van Nuil, age 85, of Holland, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the American House of Holland. Ken was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church and retired from the City of Holland after 41 years of employment. Ken had also served in the US Army during the Korean War. Ken is survived by his brother, Rodger Van Nuil of Holland; nephews, Robert Van Nuil, John ...
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George Voss

June 25, 1959 - July 15, 2017

George B. Voss, age 58, passed away at his home on July 15, 2017. George was a former member of Pillar Christian Reformed Church and Second Reformed of Zeeland. He was former resident of Village View Home, Parkview Home, and finally at Hansma Home in Coopersville, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, George & Marion Voss. George is survived by his siblings; Andy & Jane Voss of...
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Debra Lynn Breuker

July 16, 1957 - July 15, 2017

Debra Lynn Breuker, 59, of Hamilton, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at her home. Deb was born in Holland, Michigan, July 16, 1957, to Donald and Donna (Lampen) Hulst. She graduated from Holland High School in 1975 and married Steve Breuker. They were blessed with the birth of their daughter Elizabeth. She worked for 19 years at Prince Corporation. Deb and Steve and family are...
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Kenneth and Mary Geurink

July 14, 2017

Kenneth Lee Geurink (July 14, 2017) & Mary Ann Nykamp Geurink (July 15, 2017) Ken, 71, and Mary, 70, unexpectedly went to be with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after their motorcycle was struck by vehicles involved in an accident that was occurring as they were riding by. Ken was born on August 21, 1945 as the middle of 5 children to Gradus and Hazel (Bonzelaar) Geurink in Holland,...
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Adrienne F. Smith

November 12, 1935 - July 13, 2017

Adrienne F. Smith, age 81, of Zeeland, passed away July 13, 2017. She is survived by her children: Paula and Gene Phillips, Sara Smith, Brian and Kristen Smith, Janelle and Dan Schamper and Elizabeth Smith all of Zeeland; Adrienne is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She loved her Lord, Family, & Friends, unconditionally and without hesitation. She will be greatly...
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Todd Mathews

March 23, 1958 - July 13, 2017

Todd William Mathews, husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, age 59, passed away on Thursday July 13, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Todd an avid outdoorsman loved hiking, boating and bicycling. His faith was most real when experiencing God's great creation. He loved sharing his knowledge of flora, trees and all the mysteries of the forest with others. He enjoyed...
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Gerald "Jerry" Huyser

August 14, 1926 - July 12, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Huyser, age 90 of Zeeland went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Gerald was a member of Hudsonville Reformed Church. Previously, he served as full time organist for Beaverdam Reformed Church for 60 years as well as serving as an elder and Sunday School teacher. He was the owner of the Huyser Grocery Store in Beaverdam from 1950-1972 and...
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Roger J. MacLeod

November 24, 1935 - July 12, 2017

Roger J. MacLeod, age 81, of Holland and Pentwater, passed away Wednesday, July 12 at Holland Hospital. Roger was a local real estate broker and developer who loved the out-of-doors, especially boating and fishing. Roger was preceded in death by his daughter, Sue Dergis; and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maxine; children, Kathy (Tom) Del Bene of Holland, David (Sandra) MacLeod of...
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Jerry L. Folkert

January 1, 1946 - July 11, 2017

Jerry L. Folkert, 71, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Jerry was born in Holland on January 1, 1946, to Alvin and Joan (Slenk) Folkert. He graduated high school and started his career in auto body repair work. He married Sharon Zoet and they raised their children at Overisel CRC and their country home. Sharon preceded him in death in 1992. Jerry married Dawn (Petroelje)...
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William (Bill) Slezak

May 11, 1930 - July 10, 2017

William (Bill) R. Slezak, age 87, passed away July 10, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side. Bill was born May 11, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to Andrew and Bertha (Prohaska) Slezak. He served his country for 2 years in the US Army constructing bridges and runways in Korea. Bill attended Kent State University earning his Master's degree in Vocational Education. His career included being a...
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Scott M. Dorn

April 23, 1969 - July 10, 2017

Scott M. Dorn, age 48 of Hamilton, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Cathy; his children and grandchildren: Michael and Cynthia Dorn (Jordan, Jullian, Frenici and Alyin), Brandon Dorn and Melody Castanon (Auvrey); his parents, Mike and Donna Dorn; his sister, Missi and Cory Potter (Ty, Cole and Grace); father and mother-in-law Carl and Sandy Van Wieren;...
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Leslie Piaget

June 27, 1967 - July 9, 2017

Leslie Piaget, age 50, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Piaget. She is survived by her mother, Barb; siblings, Tom Piaget, Susan & Mark Faga, Chris & Jim Trujillo and 12 beloved nieces and nephews. A Memorial service is planned for 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in the chapel of Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th Street, Holland,...
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Eleanor Van Dam

November 4, 1923 - July 9, 2017

Eleanor Van Dam, 93, of Forest Grove, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017. Eleanor was born in Coral, Michigan, to Leo and Annie Bernice (McGinnis) Rowland, on November 4, 1923. She graduated from high school and later married Harvey Van Dam. Eleanor and Harvey raised their children and lived in New Era while teaching there. The Van Dam family moved to Portage, Michigan, when the children were...
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Janet V. Tazelaar

September 11, 1920 - July 9, 2017

All is well, as Janet Virginia (Wierda) Tazelaar is at peace with her Heavenly Father and the love of her life, her wonderful husband, Arthur. Janet was born in Grand Rapids and moved to Holland at an early age. She married her best friend, Arthur John Tazelaar, in 1941 and moved to their beloved Macatawa. Janet was a long-standing member of Third Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday...
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Beth Folkert

August 13, 1976 - July 8, 2017

Beth Ann Folkert age 40, of Allegan, died peacefully in her sleep while vacationing in South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonathan Folkert; her father, Allen Bosma. Beth is survived by her children, Jonathan Folkert, Jr., Mackenzie Jones; Mother, Diane and Richard Jones; Fiancée, James Serie; siblings, Beverly and Ken Bosch, Michelle Blackburn, Allen Bosma, Jr.; In...
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Miles Harten

January 23, 1929 - July 8, 2017

Miles Benjamin Harten, age 88, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Providence Healthcare in Zeeland, MI. Miles was born January 23, 1929 in Buffalo, NY to Miles B. and Tryphena Harten. After graduating in 1948 from Bradford High School in Bradford, PA, Miles served in the United States Marine Corp until 1952 when he was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant. He married...
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Gordon DeJonge

October 22, 1925 - July 8, 2017

Gordon DeJonge, age 91 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, July 8, 2017 with his family by his side. Gord was born in Zeeland on October 22, 1925 to Martin and Angeline DeJonge. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Norma Venhuizen and children, Barb (Curt) VanDeRiet, Bruce (Chris) DeJonge, Ron (Jann) DeJonge and daughter-in-law Mimi DeJonge, all of Zeeland; 12...
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Keyan Hogan

November 21, 2004 - July 2, 2017

Keyan Elizabeth Hogan, age 12, of Holland, MI, laid down her super hero cape and earned her angel wings on July 2, 2017 with all her family by her side she ran into the arms of Jesus. Keyan was born on November 21, 2004, extremely premature, along with her quadruplet sisters McKenzy, Sidney, and Abagayle. They were all welcomed into a loving home by their parents, Paul and Stephanie, and...
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Junior Mast

November 20, 1934 - July 1, 2017

Junior Mast, age 82 of Zeeland went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, July 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myra; his children: Cal and Lori Mast of Denair, CA, Mark and Tina Mast of Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, Larry and Kim Mast of Drenthe; grandchildren: Rebekah Mast, Stephen and Lynnea Mast, Nathan and Shalayne Mast, Jason and Karessa Mast, Tim and Abby Mast,...
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Theodore (Ted) Martinie

July 25, 1931 - July 1, 2017

Theodore (Ted) R. Martinie, age 85, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Ted was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He served his country during the Korean War in the Army and services will include Military Honors. Ted was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church. He served the Church his entire life. Ted loved his profession and was the former owner...
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Genevieve Dunn

August 15, 1928 - June 29, 2017

Genevieve Waters Dunn completed her earthly journey Thursday afternoon, June 29th. Gege was a servant of Christ and a delightful Christian woman. She taught us not to "sweat the small stuff" and to serve and love others unconditionally. Throughout her life she faced every trial and tribulation with a smile on her face, laughter in her voice and a faith that was rock solid. She is now reunited...
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Shirley Swaney

June 24, 1931 - June 28, 2017

Shirley Anne Swaney, age 86, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at her beloved cottage "Morning Glory" at Macatawa, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marian and Russel Swaney, former husbands Gar Meadowcroft and Gene Eyler, brother Rusty Swaney and nephew Billy Swaney. Shirley is survived by her children; Scott (Gail) Meadowcroft, Greg (Marlene) Meadowcroft and Julie ...
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Lawrence "Larry" Rees

September 28, 1932 - June 27, 2017

Lawrence ("Larry") Rees, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at The Inn at Freedom Village due to complications following bladder surgery. Born September 28, 1932 in Bath, NY, Larry served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War and later served his state as a member of the Michigan State Police for 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Detective. Larry continued his...
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Marian Louise Freeman

July 26, 1923 - June 24, 2017

Marian Louise Freeman, age 93, of Georgetown Twp, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Sheldon Meadows Living Center. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Karl, in 1996. Marian is survived by her: Children Judy (Don) De Kock of Byron Center Jack (Peggy) Freeman of Holland Joan (Tom) Conner of Hudsonville John (Sandi) Freeman of Holland Jim (Deb) Freeman of Grandville Jeff...
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Irwin Brink

August 19, 1930 - June 23, 2017

Irwin Jay Brink, 86 of Holland, Michigan, entered his heavenly home on Friday, June 23 2017. Irwin was born August 19, 1930 in Hudsonville to John and Jennie (Elzinga) Brink. He graduated from Hudsonville High in 1948. After graduating from Hope College in 1952 with an A.B. in Chemistry, he went on to receive his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois. Irwin returned to...
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Gary Jaarsma

February 26, 1943 - June 23, 2017

Gary Jaarsma, age 74 of West Olive, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born in Allendale to the late Gerrit and Sally Jaarsma on February 26, 1943. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 35 years; his children: Kristi and Terry Geertman of West Olive, Marc and Kristine Jaarsma of Holland, Monica and Shannon Sageser of Georgetown, Kentucky; 6...
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Kenneth D. Paterson

April 1, 1958 - June 22, 2017

Kenneth Paterson, age 59 of Holland, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. He is survived by his sons and grandson: Cory Paterson (Connor Kenneth Paterson) and Casey Paterson; his father William Paterson; his siblings: Debbie Windham, Dan Paterson, Michele Paterson Brown and Bruce Brown and Andrea Paterson. Ken graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1976, he then started a career as a...
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Herlinda Rodriguez-Presas

May 16, 1938 - June 21, 2017

Herlinda Rodriguez-Presas, age 79, passed away on June 21, 2017. She is survived by her children: Minerva Presas Rodriguez Ludivina Presas Rodriguez Gilberto Presas Rodriguez Herlinda Presas Rodriguez Bertha Presas Rodriguez Lucero Presas Rodriguez Dora Presas Rodriguez Juanita Presas Rodriguez Raul Presas Rodriguez Irma Presas Rodriguez and many grandchildren & great grandchildren....
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Carter Ryan Brink

June 4, 2004 - June 20, 2017

Carter Ryan Brink, age 13, of Holland, passed away unexpectedly due to an internal brain injury on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. He was a vibrant and energetic young man who was known for his kind and tender heart. He was a member of Providence Church where he was active in the Middle School Youth Group. Carter loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed many sports. Carter's...
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David Robbins

December 9, 1952 - June 20, 2017

David Robbins, age 64, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Vista Springs. Dave was retired from Consumers Energy where he worked for 30 years and was an avid hunter and member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He also enjoyed taxidermy as his favorite hobby and loved to make people laugh. Dave served his country in the US Army during Vietnam. He was a member of Graafschap...
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Nella Balder

June 3, 1920 - June 19, 2017

Nella Balder, age 97, of East Saugatuck, went to her heavenly home on Monday, June 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Julius and a son-in-law, Gail Haan. Nella is survived by her children, Luella and Ed Noor of Grandville, Mildred and Jerry Boomstra of Jenison, Jan and Jerry Maring of Grandville, Hank and Marcia Balder of Holland, Jerome and Connie Balder of Hamilton, Karen...
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Donna Mokma

November 21, 1947 - June 19, 2017

Donna Mokma, age 69, died Monday, June 19, 2017 at her home. She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher in 1975. Donna was born on November 21, 1947 to Corneil and Louise Meyaard. She was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church. Donna is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ronald; siblings, Glenn and Barbara Meyaard of Holland, Ronald and Jean Meyaard of Oakland, Vernon...
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Anna Ann De Roo

January 16, 1919 - June 17, 2017

Anna "Ann" De Roo, age 98 of Borculo, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, June 17, 2017. She is survived by her children: Gret and Calvin Kuyers, Larry and Linda De Roo, Judy and Marvin Lubbers, Bill and Sherry De Roo, David and Laura De Roo, Arn and Julie De Roo, Phyllis and David Naberhuis, Terry and Karen De Roo, Randy and Jodi De Roo; daughters-in-law: Sara and Jaime...
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Donald D. Brower

July 17, 1934 - June 17, 2017

Donald Dale Brower, 82, of Hamilton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at his home. Don was born in Hamilton on July 17, 1934 to Harry and Helene (Etterbeek) Brower. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Don became a welder for General Motors. He worked in the Kalamazoo Fisher Body plant for 34 years before his retirement. On May 31, 1957 he married Gladys Klingenberg. Don and...
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David Den Bleyker

July 2, 1939 - June 16, 2017

David Den Bleyker, 77, of Graafschap, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. Dave was born July 2, 1939, in Holland, to Oliver and Jean (Hofmeyer) Den Bleyker. Dave attended Holland Christian High School and married Marilyn Jongkryg. He was a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where he served as a deacon and elder, cadet leader, and church school leader. Dave retired...
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Perle Goodman, Jr.

July 13, 1933 - June 16, 2017

Perle Goodman Jr. age 83 of Burnips, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. After serving in the Army at the end of the Korean War, Perle ran Moored Farm Supply in Hopkins for many years. He also served as a firefighter, assistant chief and chief of the Salem Township Fire Department. Perle is survived by his wife of 59 years, Yvonne Goodman; children: Todd (Diana) Goodman, Gary (Missy)...
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Joseph Nichelson

November 3, 1988 - June 15, 2017

Joseph Nichelson, age 28, passed away on June 15, 2017. Joseph loved his family and was a follower of Jesus Christ. He was a beloved brother, uncle, and friend. He earned his Eagle Scout which is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. He served his country in the Army National Guard through the Afghanistan War, completing four years of active duty and two years of...
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Geneva DeBoer

February 16, 1920 - June 14, 2017

Geneva (Scholten) DeBoer, age 97, of Holland, passed away at the American House on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, her son, Kenneth and a grandson, Jonathon. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and enjoyed many years of singing in the choir. She is singing today with the heavenly hosts and is now reunited with many...
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Milton Beelen

August 31, 1933 - June 13, 2017

Milton Beelen, age 83, of Holland, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Holland Hospital. Milt was a member of Harderwyk Ministries. He was a veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, Milt worked for Sligh Furniture, as a Realtor, and as a construction manager. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 59 years; children: Mark and Nancy Beelen of Holland, Kimberly and...
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Samantha Lubbers

November 17, 1999 - June 12, 2017

Samantha Lubbers, 17, of Zeeland, went to her heavenly home Monday, June 12, 2017. Samantha was born in Zeeland, November 17, 1999, to Doug and Lisa (Regnerus) Lubbers. She was raised on the Lubbers family farm in Beaverdam. Samantha attended Heritage Christian School and was going to be a senior at Covenant Christian High School in the fall. Samantha and her family are members of Georgetown...
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Jean Ebels

January 4, 1931 - June 12, 2017

Jean Ebels, age 86, passed away on June 12, 2017 and went to be with her Lord and Savior. Jean was a passionate fan of her grandchildren and loved them deeply, a faithful prayer warrior, and with her husband a dedicated member of North Holland Reformed Church. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bernie; children, Doug & Barb Becksfort, Scott & Marcia Ebels, Dan & Jan Ebels, Doug &...
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Lambert Haveman

February 10, 1927 - June 12, 2017

Lambert D Haveman passed away on June 12, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Clarissa (Chris) Haveman; children David & Maud Haveman of Phoenix, Luanne tenHarmsel of Holland, and Kurt & Kathi Haveman of Hudsonville; grandchildren Essie & Hsin-Fu Wu, John & Tiffany Fenster, Maureen & Michael Pixley, David & Liz Haveman, Jill & Chad Zuber, Andrew tenHarmsel, Jessica tenHarmsel, Susan &...
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Marilyn Lee George

March 14, 1936 - June 10, 2017

Marilyn Lee George, age 81, went to be in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus on Saturday, June 10, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born Marilyn Lee Stinson on March 14, 1936 in Saginaw, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Mabel Stinson, her brothers, Roger and Donald, Jr, and her husband, Ronald Lee George. Marilyn is survived by her brother, David Stinson;...
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Greg A. Diekema

July 26, 1952 - June 9, 2017

Greg Alan Diekema, 64, of Zeeland, was carried in the arms of Jesus up to heaven on Friday, June 9, after a yearlong battle with cancer. Greg was born in Holland to Ernest and Harriet (Poppema) Diekema and was a graduate of West Ottawa High School. He attended ITT Technical Institute in Indianapolis and spent the majority of his career at Donnelly Corporation and later Magna in Holland. He...
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Howard Gruppen

April 1, 1931 - June 5, 2017

Howard Gruppen, age 86, of Zeeland, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gertrude; his children: Larry and Louise Gruppen of Ann Arbor, Sandy and John KleinHorsman of Grand Haven, Marcia and Jim Williams of Hamilton and Tom and Shel Gruppen of Hudsonville; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: Tim and Maria Gruppen, Matthew Gruppen, Alisa...
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Mary Oetman

November 5, 1930 - June 5, 2017

Mary Oetman, age 86 of Zeeland, passed away on June 5, 2017 to be with her Lord and Savior. Mary was a member of First Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland, and participated in the Priscilla Society and the Adult Bible Class. She is preceded in death by her husband Harvey. She is survived by her children; Linda & Farouk Karachy, Sherie & David Bernal, Bev & Al Russell; 7 grandchildren,...
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Donna Kossen

February 12, 1952 - June 5, 2017

Donna Kossen, 65, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2017, at the University of Michigan Hospital. Donna was born on February 12, 1952, to Henry and Clara (Raak) Overzet. She graduated from Zeeland High School. Donna married David Kossen on October 6, 1972. They raised their family in Zeeland and were members of North Street Christian Reformed Church. Donna worked in payroll for...
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Raymond "Ray" Tubergen

October 13, 1924 - June 4, 2017

Raymond Tubergen age 92, of Holland, was received into the Lord's loving arms on Sunday, June 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice (Prince) of 48 years, and second wife, Alma (Van Kampen) of 21 years, son-in-law, Dan DeVries and granddaughter Julie DeVries Ray is survived by his children, Linda Van Eizenga, Rod and Sandy Tubergen, Rita Tubergen,; Alma's daughter, Bev...
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Una Gertrude Voorhorst

October 28, 1922 - June 3, 2017

Una Gertrude Voorhorst entered peacefully into eternal rest with her Lord, Jesus Christ on June 3, 2017 at the age of 94. She was born on October 28, 1922, in East Saugatuck, Michigan and enjoyed an idyllic but hard-working childhood on her family's farm from which she could walk to the local one-room schoolhouse. She thrilled in sharing stories of her youth during the Great Depression, of her...
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Jerene Schrotenboer

September 22, 1926 - June 2, 2017

Jerene Schrotenboer, age 90, of Hamilton, made a glorious entrance into God's Kingdom on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods in Byron Center. Jerene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was retired from Herman Miller, Inc after 22 years as a Production Coordinator. She was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church, was active in prison...
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Maria Johanna Jakubiak

July 24, 1924 - June 2, 2017

Maria Johanna Jakubiak, 92, of Zeeland, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 2, 2017. The youngest of five children, Maria was born on July 24, 1924, in the town of Souburg, in the Province of Zeeland, the Netherlands. As a young teen, her life changed dramatically when her country became occupied by the Nazi regime during WWII. The atrocities that she and her family witnessed during that...
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Margaret Kiekover

November 18, 1925 - June 2, 2017

Margaret Kiekover, age 91 of Zeeland went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 2, 2017. Margaret was unassuming and always put others ahead of herself. As a homemaker, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school, was involved in missions, mentoring and other activities. She...
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Julie Genzink

August 4, 1997 - June 1, 2017

Julie Genzink, age 19 of Hamilton, passed away at Spectrum Health on June 1, 2017 due to severe head injuries. Julie graduated from Hamilton High School in 2016 and had completed one year at Grand Valley State University in hopes of receiving a degree in therapeutic recreation. While in high school, she played volleyball, golf, and tennis. She enjoyed spending time outdoors in many ways....
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Christopher Casey

June 15, 1982 - May 29, 2017

Christopher Casey, age 34 of West Olive, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 29, 2017. He is survived by his son Jaxon; his parents: Nina and Reese Kelly and Tim and Marcy Casey; his brother Tim and Corie Casey and his step-brother Chris Hunter. Chris was a 2000 graduate of Summerville High School in Tuolumne, CA. and worked in the IT department at Holland Christian High School. Chris...
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Jeanne Nyland

June 18, 1922 - May 29, 2017

Jeanne Nyland, 93, of Zeeland, went Home to be with her Lord Monday, May 29, 2017. Jeanne was born in Milwaukee on June 6, 1923, to Walter and Margaret (Milke) Heiden. She graduated high school and later married the love of her life, Edward Nyland, in 1949. Jeanne and Ed raised their family in Holland and were longtime members of Ebenezer Reformed Church. Jeanne worked at Wiersma Realty for...
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Dorothy Walters

June 18, 1922 - May 27, 2017

Dorothy Walters, 94, of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017. Dorothy was born in Zeeland on June 18, 1922, to John C. and Marie (De Bruine) Walters. She graduated from Zeeland High School. Dorothy was a member of Second Reformed Church until her marriage to Jerome Walters in 1946 when she joined First Reformed Church. Dorothy engaged in many church activities, singing in the choir,...
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Michael DeVries

June 27, 1935 - May 27, 2017

Rev. Michael DeVries died on May 27, 2017 at the age of 81. He was welcomed into the gracious presence of God and is held secure in the palm of God's hands. He was born on June 27, 1935 to Gerrit and Dieuwke DeVries in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The DeVries family immigrated to Alberta, Canada in May, 1950. Michael completed high school in 1954 and enrolled at Calvin College. He prepared...
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Angeline Marie Vander Meulen

November 14, 1921 - May 27, 2017

Angeline Marie Vander Meulen age 95, of Zeeland, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Vander Meulen in 1988. She was a member of Fairview Reformed Church. Angie is survived by her children; Wendell Alan and Sharon Vander Meulen of Belmont, John Vander Meulen of Grand Rapids, Mary Kay and John Windemuller of Zeeland,...
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Beth Wallinga

April 19, 1969 - May 22, 2017

Beth Wallinga, age 48 of Ann Arbor, MI passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at her residence with her loving family at her side. She was born in Oaklawn, Illinois, the daughter of Kenneth L. and Rosemary Swets. Beth was an active member of the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church. She will always be remembered for her involvement in the Church nursery and youth education programs, love of music,...
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Harvey DeZwaan

May 7, 1927 - May 22, 2017

Harvey DeZwaan age 90, of East Saugatuck, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Bernice on March 17, 2017 and his daughter, Sharon Pardue. Harvey was a life-long member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church and retired from Holland Motor Express following 38 years of employment. He was the...
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Bonnie Brandt

July 21, 1929 - May 22, 2017

Bonnie Gann Brandt, age 87 of Holland passed away Monday, May 22, 2017. She is survived by her children: Jo Ann Shaw, Robert Gerald Gann, Paulett and Wayne Hilton, Delbert Gann and Debbie and Keith Nagelkirk; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren; siblings: Clifton and Geneva Baine, Ann Nell and Robert Rota, Fay and Roger Vanden Berg, Nolan and Adrian Baine;...
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Judith L. Kapenga

January 21, 1939 - May 21, 2017

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

October 15, 1923 - May 19, 2017

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

August 13, 1959 - May 19, 2017

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

December 1, 1928 - May 18, 2017

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

July 13, 1930 - May 16, 2017

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

May 22, 1926 - May 15, 2017

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

April 1, 1929 - May 14, 2017

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

March 9, 1993 - May 12, 2017

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

May 31, 1917 - May 10, 2017

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

January 8, 1954 - May 9, 2017

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

July 15, 1930 - May 9, 2017

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

September 23, 1958 - May 8, 2017

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

June 8, 1943 - May 7, 2017

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

January 29, 1941 - May 7, 2017

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

September 6, 1929 - May 5, 2017

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