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Our Obituaries

Carrie Ann Edney

March 20, 1974 - September 16, 2019

Carrie Ann Edney, age 45, died in her home on Monday, September 16, 2019. Carrie was a beautiful woman who demonstrated strength and courage. She loved her husband and was a nurturing and supportive mother to her children. She was known for having a big heart, witty personality, and being a great cook. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, David;...
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Robert "Bob" Caauwe

July 27, 1933 - September 16, 2019

Robert "Bob" Caauwe, age 86, of Holland, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at Appledorn Assisted Living Center. Bob was a lifelong employee at Haworth, Inc., retiring in 2019. He was a Cushman Motorcycle enthusiast and, along with his wife, Eilene, enjoyed auctioning and collecting antique lamps. He was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter,...
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Mr. Jan Wesley Nienhuis

July 26, 1941 - September 15, 2019

Mr. Jan Wesley Nienhuis, 78, of Zeeland, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019, at his home. Jan was born July 26, 1941, in Holland, to Leon G. and Leona (Veldheer) Nienhuis. Leon shipped out to war in February of 1944, to the European Theater and was killed in action on March 15, 1944. Jan was raised by his widowed mother, Leona. Jan was a lifelong member of North Holland Reformed Church...
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Gert Gruppen

January 24, 1929 - September 15, 2019

Gertrude Gruppen, age 90 of Borculo passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019. She is survived by her children: Al and Glenna Gruppen, Nancy and Jerry Hassevoort, Terry and Bonnie Gruppen; daughter-in-law Linda and Bill Casey; grandchildren and great grandchildren; Kevin and Tonia Gruppen (Rylie, Reese), Christine and Chad Moran (Aidan, Kinsley, Myla), Kyle and Angela Gruppen (Alaina, Brady,...
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Arlene M. Welling

December 7, 1935 - September 15, 2019

Arlene M. Welling, age 83 After a five-year battle with breast cancer, Arlene Welling's faith became sight on September 15, 2019. Married to Earl for 60 years, she is survived by her children Laurie Albrecht (spouse Andy and their kids Emma and Jacob) of Escondido, CA, Todd Welling (spouse Evelyn and their kids Michael and Katrina) of San Carlos, CA, and Wendy Speet (spouse Phil and their...
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Maverick Jay Hellenthal

March 23, 2019 - September 14, 2019

Maverick Jay Hellenthal, five and a half months old, died suddenly on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Maverick was born March 23, 2019, in Holland, the beloved son of Andrew Hellenthal and Tabitha Bennett. Maverick was a joyful, happy little boy. He is also survived by his big brother Berkley, grandparents: Chris and Stacey Bennett, and Amy and Frank Schipper; aunts: Camryn Bennett, Jessi...
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MaryLou Van Heest

September 25, 1932 - September 14, 2019

Mary Lou Van Heest age 86, of Holland, died Saturday, September 14, 2019 at an area care center. Services are currently pending.
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Marla Joy Lindsay

February 16, 1934 - September 13, 2019

Marla Joy Lindsay, age 85, of Holland, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. Marla was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church, where she served as an elder and was active in the Dorcus Society. Marla loved Tulip Time and was a longtime volunteer and guide for the annual festival. Marla was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and her selfless love will be...
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Lucy Geurink

June 18, 1956 - September 12, 2019

Lucy Geurink age 63, of Holland, died peacefully at home on Thursday, September 12, 2019 with her loving family by her side. She had a courageous 6 year battle. Lucy was born June 18, 1956 in Zeeland to Anthony and Hellen Vanderiest. She was a 1974 graduate of Hamilton High School. Lucy and David were married May 23, 1975 in Grand Rapids, MI. and briefly resided in Holland, MI. before moving...
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Carl J Edewaard

January 13, 1937 - September 12, 2019

Carl J. Edewaard, age 82, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 12, 2019. Carl was a lifelong resident of Holland, attended Holland Christian Schools, and was a charter member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church where he served in many roles throughout his life time. Carl had a successful career as an entrepreneur in both property development and sales. He was very...
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Eleanor Hughes

July 16, 1933 - September 9, 2019

Eleanor Hughes, age 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 9, 2019. Eleanor and her husband Bob lived in Grand Rapids until Bob became the Executive Director of Camp Geneva in 1974 at which time they moved to Holland. Eleanor was a lifelong educator. Eleanor began her career helping to set up education programs for young children at the Grand Rapids YMCA and The...
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Roger Shumaker

March 17, 1941 - September 9, 2019

Roger Shumaker, age 78 of Holland passed away Monday, September 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gloria; his sons: Scott (Dawn) Shumaker and Terry Shumaker; grandchildren: Joshua (Lizzie) Shumaker and Adi Shumaker; sister Beverly Jaarsma; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Barbara Blystra, Mary Schout, Nancy (Vern) Klinger, Joyce (Bill) Berghorst and George (Laura) Schout. ...
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Arlene J. Bareman

September 9, 1932 - September 7, 2019

Arlene Bareman, 86 Arlene J. Bareman, age 86 of Holland, peacefully died Saturday morning, September 7, 2019, at the Sunset Manor in Jenison and is now in the loving arms of Jesus her Lord. We praise you, Lord God, for her life and feel comfort knowing she is with You!! Arlene did more music ministry than any of us can count, with piano and music being her absolute love. Music could have...
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Lorrie Knoll

October 23, 1968 - September 7, 2019

Lorrie Knoll, age 50, of Borculo, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019. She is survived by her father, Carson De Haan; her siblings: Craig De Haan, Barry and Amy De Haan, Danielle and Josh Franks; Alladin and Chyanna De Haan; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Lorie was preceded in death by her mother Pat De Haan. Visitation will be 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at...
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Mary Ann Kraker

March 17, 1932 - September 6, 2019

Mary Ann Kraker, 77, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019. Mary Ann was born March 17, 1942, in Zeeland, to Henry and Jennie (DeJonge) Kroll. Mary Ann worked at WZND early in her career, and for many years at Donkersloot Law Office. She is a former member of North Street Christian Reformed Church, Peace Reformed Church, and Holland First Assembly of God. Mary Ann was...
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Brenda Harshbarger

August 22, 1960 - September 6, 2019

Brenda Harshbarger, 59, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019, at her home. Brenda was born August 22, 1960, in Monterey, California, to Roland and Elfriede (Weber) Allen. Brenda was raised in Frankfort, Indiana, and graduated from Frankfort Senior High. She later graduated from the Grand Rapids Community College Nursing Program. Brenda married Brian Harshbarger in 1981, and...
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Mildred "Millie" Kornoelje

May 9, 1923 - September 6, 2019

Mildred "Millie" Kornoelje, age 96 of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, September 06, 2019. Millie was born on May 9, 1923 in Hudsonville to Henry and Jenny Roelofs. She attended Zeeland Public Schools along with her siblings: Bud, Bernard, Henrietta, Jacob, Clarence, Edith, Gilbert, Ester, Stanley, and Julia; and with her oldest sister Elizabeth's children, Joann and...
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Paul R. Dykstra

March 16, 1937 - September 3, 2019

Paul R. Dykstra, age 82, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He was the son of Cornelius and Rena Dykstra and was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dave and Jim. He was a graduate of Holland Christian and Tri State College in Angola, Indiana. He was employed as an electrical engineer and in his retirement he enjoyed woodworking, carving,...
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Lewis "Lew" Dekker

March 29, 1950 - September 3, 2019

Lewis J. "Lew" Dekker, age 69, of Zeeland, passed away at his home on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 and, in so doing, won his brave and persistent battle with cancer. Lew was a retired Director of Operations of Conway-Freight in New Jersey and a past President of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association. His career in trucking spanned 41 years. He was a member of North Street Christian Reformed...
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Mitchell J. Overway

December 28, 1962 - September 3, 2019

Mitchell Jon Overway, 56 years young, met his loving Lord the morning of September 3, 2019. Mitch lived his life to the fullest, with his wife LeeAnn, daughter Olivia, and son Austin. His love of fishing, sailing, and cross-country skiing enveloped his family and friends, who consistently joined him in his favorite activities. Mitch handed down his love for God to his family, which shows...
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Hester Berghorst

May 29, 1932 - September 2, 2019

Hester Berghorst, age 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 2, 2019. Hester was a loving wife and mother. She was a dedicated member of her church and served as its organist for over 50 years. She faithfully brought meals to new mothers and ill members of the community. In retirement, she and her husband served at the coffee bar of Providence Care Center for many years. ...
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Rev. Gise J. VanBaren

May 3, 1932 - August 31, 2019

VAN BAREN It pleased the Lord to deliver Rev. Gise J. VanBaren, age 87, from the church militant and bring him to the church triumphant on Saturday, August 31, 2019. He faithfully served five Protestant Reformed congregations as pastor in Doon, Iowa; Randolph, WI; Grand Rapids, MI; Hudsonville, MI; and Loveland, CO. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years, Clara (Buiter); children,...
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Joyce M. Van Slooten

October 3, 1931 - August 31, 2019

Joyce M. Van Slooten age 87, of Holland, died Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Holland Hospital. She was a member of Harlem Reformed Church and worked for Maplewood Dry Cleaners for 27 years. Joyce is survived by her daughter, Pamela Oudemolen and Ramon Valenzuela of Holland; grandsons, David and Lisa Oudemolen of Holland, Jeffrey Oudemolen of Holland; great grandchildren, Joseph and Emily...
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Foster Kenneth Wiersema

May 9, 1931 - August 29, 2019

Foster Kenneth Wiersema, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior late Thursday, August 29, 2019 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty (Schut); children, Elizabeth (Ron) Brink, Patricia (Bruce) Karsten, Linda (Steve) Kok, John (Cheryl) Wiersema; daughter-in-law, Julie Wiersema; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Donna...
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Elisabeth "Betty" Winkle

May 15, 1943 - August 29, 2019

Elisabeth "Betty" Winkle, age 76, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Fred; children: Ellen (Bill) Corner; Pam (Steve) Bult, Derick (Barb) Winkle, Matt (Nicole) Winkle; 13 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; siblings: Harlan Oosterhouse, Donna (Mike) VanLaan, Lois (Dave) Hollemans, Herm (Betty) Oosterhouse; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law:...
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Robert Trees

July 7, 1933 - August 27, 2019

Robert Trees, age 86 of Holland, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn (Erisman) Trees. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Linda Heath-Trees; his children: Jennifer and Chet Taylor, Kathy and Chris Stump and Julie Schulz; step-children: Mark Klebba, Lisa and Mike...
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Hazel J. Slagh

July 28, 1926 - August 26, 2019

Hazel J. Slagh, age 93, of Holland, died Monday, August 26, 2019 at Holland Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior and son-in-law, John Achterhof. Hazel was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where she was active in the Flower Committee and Dorcas Bible Study. She loved gardening, traveling and baking pies. She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Wes)...
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Arlene Mulder

March 19, 1924 - August 25, 2019

Arlene Mulder, age 95 of Holland went to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 25, 2019. She is survived by her children: Marsha and Dean Kuipers of Middleville, MI, and Robert and Ronda Mulder of Blaine, MN; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Melanie and Derek Knoper (Christopher, Brayden and Eli), Ashley and Ben Gootjes (Elsie, Connor and Weston), Bradley Kuipers, Rachel Mulder, Kerri...
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Allen D. Walters

February 20, 1939 - August 25, 2019

Allen D. Walters, age 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 25, 2019 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Esther (Van Haitsma) and his children Mike and Julie, Curt and Sue, and Rick and Raeanne, and grandchildren Rachel and Ben Newhouse, Daniel, Sarah, Marissa, Maleah, Kendra and Jaymes Gontjes, Nathan, Ryan, Karis. Also...
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June Logsdon

July 3, 1942 - August 24, 2019

June (Terpsma Troost) Logsdon, age 77 of Holland, passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2019. June was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She graduated from Davenport University and Western Michigan University. June taught in the Zeeland Public Schools as well as Calvary Baptist School. She was a member of the POIC (Pontiac Oakland Club International) and Evergreen Commons. In addition to...
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Richard Gang

July 19, 1950 - August 22, 2019

Richard Gang, age 69, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Richard was known as a strongwilled man who loved to golf. He will be greatly missed. Richard is survived by his wife, Vonda Gang; stepchildren, Daniel (Jillisa) Fitzgerald, Anthony (Naomi) Fitzgerald; Jackie (Patrick) Bush; and 7 grandchildren. A private family service is being planned. Burial to take place in Riverside...
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Mildred "Millie" Geurink

July 29, 1925 - August 21, 2019

Mildred "Millie" Geurink age 94, of Holland, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at an area care center. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and worked at Ebelink's Floral and Donutville. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harold; sister, Shirley and Willis Witteveen of Holland; in-laws, Marvin Geurink of Hudsonville, Theresa Geurink of Holland; several nieces...
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Barbara "Barb" Kelch

January 23, 1936 - August 20, 2019

Barbara "Barb" Jean Kelch, age 83, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Medilodge of Holland. Barb was born in Kentucky and raised in Memphis, Tennessee where she attended school with Elvis Presley. In 1955 Barb met Jasper "Jack" Kelch. Later that year, Jack moved to Michigan, and Barb followed a year after. On February 1, 1957, Barb and Jack were married. They raised...
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Rachel Schrotenboer

April 11, 1943 - August 20, 2019

Rachel Schrotenboer, age 76 of Hamilton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, August 20, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Lloyd; her children: Rick and Deanna Schrotenboer of Hamilton, Jodi and Dave Schierbeek of Hamilton and Stacey and John Pluger of Drenthe; grandchildren: Nikki Schrotenboer, Corey and Alex Schrotenboer, Ali and Connor Davis, Chad Schierbeek,...
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Alvin J. Jager

May 16, 1938 - August 16, 2019

Alvin John Jager, 81, died in Christ Friday, August 16. Alvin was a lifelong member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church, where he served as a custodian in retirement, volunteered with Kids Hope, and participated in numerous disaster relief trips. Alvin served the US Army 1956-1958. He worked as an electrician at Thermotron, Inc., for 40 years. Alvin is lovingly remembered for his...
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Thomas DuMouchel

April 14, 1947 - August 14, 2019

Thomas DuMouchel, 72, of Lake City, Michigan, formerly of Delton, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, in Muskegon. Tom was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Frank and Margaret DuMouchel. Tom married Gloria Boyer in 1967 and they raised their family in Delton. He worked at the counter in auto parts for many years prior to his retirement. Tom and Gloria moved to Lake City after...
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Richard "Rich" Van Dam

February 25, 1939 - August 14, 2019

Richard "Rich" Van Dam, age 80, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Holland Hospital. Rich owned Cardinal Machine Services and worked in the die cast industry his entire life. He enjoyed mowing with Simplicity tractors and working with animals, birds and aquariums. His favorite pastime was "cruising" Craig's List and finding deals for family and friends. He was a member of...
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Karen Joy Schra

September 8, 1938 - August 13, 2019

Karen Joy Schra, age 80, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Zeeland Hospital. Karen was a graduate of Zeeland High School, Hope College (BA) and the University of Michigan (Masters Degree) and taught at Fennville Public Schools for 20 years. She was a member of First Reformed Church of Holland. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Margaret Schamper; and...
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Johanna "Jo" Witteveen

June 4, 1920 - August 12, 2019

Johanna Kooy Witteveen, age 99, left this human world after 99 years on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Inn at Freedom Village in Holland. Jo was a member of Faith Christian Reformed Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin in 1999; brothers, Peter, Ralph and Richard Kooy; in-laws: Eleanor Kooy and Leon Witteveen, sister, Jeanette Van Dyke and parents, John and Laura Stob Kooy. ...
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Ann Huizenga

July 26, 1931 - August 12, 2019

Ann Huizenga, age 88 of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, August 12, 2019. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great grandaughter: James and Liza Barry (Brooke, Andrew, Nina and Steve Stavropoulos [Sofia], Anna Battistello) of Holland, Andrea Barry of Holland, Bill and Natalie Huizenga (Garrett, Adrian, Alexandra, Will and Sieger) of Holland and Nancy...
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Ava Grace Nederveld

August 10, 2019 - August 11, 2019

Ava Grace Nederveld passed away in the arms of her father and mother, Kurt and Rachel Nederveld on August 11, 2019. Ava and twin sister, Jade Marie, were born the previous day at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital at only 22 weeks and 5 days. Their delivery and birth were a miracle. In addition to her parents, she is survived by older sisters, Evie, Allie, and twin sister, Jade;...
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Phyllis Grassmid

July 16, 1930 - August 11, 2019

Phyllis Grassmid, age 89 of Zeeland, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019. She is survived by her children: Bonnie Kalman, Terry and Cheryl Grassmid, Mary and Tom Haus, Steve and Marian Grassmid and Dave and Tammy Grassmid; 11 grandchildren: Ryan and Alyssia Kalman, Ross and Erica Kalman, Robb and Melissa Kalman, Troy Kalman, Kristen and Jared Redell, Michael Grassmid, Kelsi and Phil Dirkse,...
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Jerry Talsma

June 27, 1932 - August 10, 2019

Jerry Talsma, age 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 10, 2019 peacefully in his home. Jerry loved his Bible, farming and his family. He raised his children according to his faith and he found extra joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Diane (John) Hunderman, Lee (Ginny) Talsma, Dawn (Michael) Louwsma, Dan ...
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Fannie Evenhouse

September 21, 1932 - August 9, 2019

Fannie Evenhouse, age 86 of Holland (formerly Elmhurst, IL), met Jesus face to face on Friday, August 9, 2019, and heard her Savior say, "Well Done!" Fannie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed most spending time with her family and friends, and working in her garden. Fannie is survived by her children: Thomas (Lynn) Evenhouse, Randall (Katrina)...
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Donna Turben

December 1, 1928 - August 9, 2019

Donna Turben, 90, of Overisel, passed away August 9, 2019. Donna was born December 1, 1928, in Holland, Michigan, to James and Gertrude (Van Den Berg) Ver Schure. She graduated from Holland High School and worked at Holland Furnace. Donna married Dale Voorhorst they raised four children in Overisel while Dale worked in the family business at the Overisel Feed Mill. In 1971, Dale passed away...
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Marilyn Lampen

December 19, 1924 - August 9, 2019

Marilyn Lampen, age 94, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 9, 2019. Her family, husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were always a priority in her life. She was there to celebrate, encourage and support each one in a variety of ways. Marilyn raised her children in the Christian faith and modeled it in her life. She often thought of others through...
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Michael A. Hop

November 30, 1957 - August 8, 2019

Michael A. Hop, age 61, of South Olive died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was a lifelong member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and served as Vice President of HEMCO Gauge having worked there for 42 years. Mike is survived by his wife of 39 years, Brenda; children and grandchildren, Kristopher and Michelle Hop of Grandville, Danyelle and Jeff Roon ...
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Ethel Scholten

June 24, 1924 - August 8, 2019

Ethel Scholten, age 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Ethel was a lifelong member of First Christian Reformed Church where she actively served for many years. She was devoted to God, her church, and her family. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Scholten in 1996 and daughter, Lila (Scholten) Teerman in 2001. She is survived by her...
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Troy David Dokter

January 5, 1971 - August 6, 2019

Troy David Dokter, 48, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in Hilton Head, SC. Troy was born January 5, 1971, in Holland, Michigan, to Randy and Laurel (Karsten) Dokter. Troy was the oldest of three sons and graduated from Holland Christian and Calvin College. At Calvin, Troy met Julie Benner and they married in 1994. Troy and Julie have raised their three children in...
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Patti "Pat" Ditmar

September 13, 1954 - August 6, 2019

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, heaven gained a beautiful angel. Patti "Pat" Barrett Ditmar, age 64 of Holland was victorious over her fight with cancer. Surrounded by the love of her family, she was healed and freed from her earthly body. Her family will miss the beautiful light she brought to their life every day. Being an avid gardener, Pat understood that light is essential for growth. Through...
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Richard "Dick" Bidigare

October 8, 1940 - August 4, 2019

Richard Bidigare, 78, of Hamilton MI passed away at home on Sunday, August 4, 2019 surrounded by his wife and family. He was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he spent four years teaching others how to fly via a simulator. While stationed in Texas he met and married the love and meaning of his life, Betty Janice. She was...
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Stanley A. Rock

April 22, 1937 - August 3, 2019

Having lived well with Parkinson's Disease for 34 years, Stan Rock, 82, died peacefully at Resthaven Care Center on August 3, 2019 with family gathered around him. Stanley Arthur Rock was the first of six sons born to Stan and Helen (Slaybaugh) Rock in Pontiac, Michigan. Two half siblings were later born to Helen and Francis DeLongChamp. After graduating from Walled Lake High School as...
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Susana Rodriguez Raber

June 22, 1947 - August 3, 2019

Susana Rodriguez Raber age 72, of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, August 3, 3019 at Mercy Health St. Mary's Campus. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Raber in 2008, her parents, and a sister. She attended the Catholic Church. Susana is survived by her caregiver and sister, Veronica and Lane Persenaire; nephews and niece, Daniel Ruiz, Marc Ruiz and Venessa Persenaire; sisters,...
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Deloris "Lori" Vander Zwaag

June 13, 1933 - August 1, 2019

Deloris "Lori" Vander Zwaag, age 86 of Holland, passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019 as a result of complications following a stroke. Lori was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a long-time member of Graafschap CRC and formerly Prospect Park CRC. She was constantly active and in addition to raising her family, she worked in various service-related jobs...
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John Bareman

July 26, 1941 - July 30, 2019

John L. Bareman, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. John was preceded in death by brother, Alvin Bareman; sister, Elizabeth Bareman; sister, Marjorie Guikema. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Steven Bareman (Tamara VandenBerg); son, Scott (Kate) Bareman; daughter, Shelly (Robert) Blystra; step-son, Richard (Lori) Lampen; step-daughter, Amy (Chip) Kietzmann; grandchildren...
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Donald J. Rietman

June 30, 1927 - July 29, 2019

Donald J. Rietman, age 92, of Zeeland, died Monday, July 29, 2019, at Zeeland Community Hospital. He was a long-time member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church. He was a Veteran of the Army, serving during WWII, in the US Army of Occupation, Allied Forces 977 Signal Service Company in Italy. Don owned and operated Rietman Homes and later a real estate and residential rental company. He...
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Geraldine A. Wagner

March 3, 1937 - July 28, 2019

Geraldine Wagner, age 82, of Zeeland, unexpectedly passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019 at her home. Geraldine was a member of First Christian Reformed Church and worked as a beautician at Salon Co. for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Clare, Susan, Edward and Raymond. Geraldine was a loving mother who will be missed by her: Son Richard Wagner of Hudsonville ...
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Paul Michael Treffers

October 30, 1973 - July 26, 2019

Paul Michael Treffers, 45, of Zeeland, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, at his home. Paul was born in Zeeland on October 30, 1973, to Joe and Joan Treffers. He attended Zeeland Christian School and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1992. Paul graduated from the Police Academy and worked for Ottawa County SWAP for five years. Paul then started working in the car business with...
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Mary (VandenBerg) Brink

May 14, 1930 - July 25, 2019

Mary (VandenBerg) Brink, age 89, of Zeeland went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, July 25, 2019. She is predeceased by her husband, Herb, on July 29, 2012, as well as her 4 siblings and several in-laws. She is survived by her children: Ron and Elizabeth Brink, Linda and Terry Boerman, Dale and Ronnie Brink; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Patrick Brink and Katie Dykstra (Jaxon),...
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Austin Brown

July 2, 2001 - July 21, 2019

Austin Brown, age 18, joined his Lord and Savior in Heaven July 21, 2019. Austin loved helping people -- be it serving on missions with his church, helping with the Hamilton Swim & Dive Team, or lending a hand to anyone in need. Austin was a hard worker -- he was never afraid to put his back & muscle into anything to help out. Austin had no fear -- whether it was diving from a cliff in...
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Chhay Chin Chov

January 8, 1959 - July 19, 2019

Chhay Chin Chov, age 60 of Holland, passed away on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital due to complications following surgery. Chhay immigrated to the United States in 1979, leaving behind his home country of Cambodia. He was in search of a better life, with more opportunities in the land of the free. He married Holly Chov and relocated to Holland. He was employed for...
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Jacqueline Hurtgen

June 9, 1930 - July 19, 2019

Jacqueline Elaine Hurtgen went to be with her Lord on July 19, 2019. Jacqueline was born in Sioux City, Iowa on June 9, 1930 to Verne A. (McKnight) Hawley and John J. Hawley, Jr. While growing up she enjoyed acting in school plays and also became a Girl Scout. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Fort Wayne IN, and after graduating from high school worked as a secretary for...
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Isabelle Hanse

May 5, 1927 - July 18, 2019

Isabelle Maxwell Turnbull Hanse was born May 5, 1927 to James Turnbull and Jennie Burns Turnbull in Paterson, NJ. She passed away peacefully on July 18, 2019, surrounded by her four children. Isabelle was pre-deceased by her husband of 55 years, the Rev. John C. Hanse in 2002; her parents and a brother James Turnbull. She is survived by four children; Isabelle Mary Hanse-Amundsen (Jeffrey...
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Mary Lou Boerman

April 1, 1943 - July 18, 2019

Mary Lou Boerman, 76, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019. Mary Lou was born in Holland, to Jacob and Gladys Gras on April 1, 1943. She married Daryl Boerman in 1965, and they raised their three children in Zeeland. They were members of Faith Reformed Church. Mary Lou was a self-employed hairdresser, she also worked in housekeeping at Herman Miller and student dining at Hope College. She...
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Thelma Jean Kruse

May 5, 1932 - July 18, 2019

Thelma Jean Kruse, age 87, of Holland, went peacefully to glory on Thursday, July 18, 2019. She was born in Antrim County on May 5, 1932, to Cyrus and Catherine Goeman, and she later married Neil K. Kruse in 1955. Thelma and Neil were longtime and very active members of Maplewood Reformed Church. Thelma loved spending time with her family and friends. Thelma was preceded in death by her...
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Muriel H. Jipping

May 17, 1931 - July 17, 2019

(A complete obituary is being written) Muriel H. Jipping, age 88, of Holland, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2019 at Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, 5973 Church Street, Holland with Rev. Philip D. Kok officiating. Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Langeland-Sterenberg...
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Beatrice Berens

June 28, 1925 - July 16, 2019

Beatrice Berens, age 94 of Burnips passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Beatrice was a member of LifeChange Community Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting and sharing her talent for baking. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband Phillip Berens in 2009. She is survived by her children: Donald and Peggy Berens of Dorr, Jerry and...
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Dale A. Petterson

January 2, 1941 - July 16, 2019

Dale Petterson, age 78, of Holland, MI, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on July 16. Dale was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather as well as a gifted psychologist, therapist, and healer. He was born in Northville, MI and raised in the Yuma/Mesick area of Michigan where he graduated from high school and went into the Navy with his twin brother, Darryl. Upon returning...
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Bernetta "Bernie" Lambers

December 15, 1928 - July 15, 2019

Bernetta "Bernie" Lambers, age 90, died on Monday, July 15, 2019. Bernie was a member of Park Church and retired from Great Lakes Interiors. She enjoyed sewing, camping, gardening, and square dancing. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. She is preceded in death by her husband, Murvel Lambers in 2017; son-in-law, Del Kragt; and grandson, Bill Welling. She is survived by her...
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Floyd Hossink

February 6, 1924 - July 14, 2019

Floyd Hossink, age 95 passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Floyd was a member of the Protestant Reformed Church. He owned and operated several dry cleaners in Holland and California. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and later in life he really enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. Floyd is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anna "Maria" Hossink; sisters, Esther...
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Dolores and La Vern "Lefty" Aalderink

November 10, 1934 - July 14, 2019

LaVern "Lefty" and Dolores Aalderink, 85 and 84 years respectively, of Borculo, passed away on June 29 and July 14, 2019. Lefty was born July 19, 1933, and raised in Hamilton, the son of Gary and Sadie (Albers) Aalderink. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Dolores was born November 10, 1934, in Borculo, to William and Cornelia (Rynsberger)...
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Bernadine "Bunny" Hovenga

August 26, 1924 - July 13, 2019

Bernadine "Bunny" Hovenga went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 94 on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the American House of Holland. Precious time was spent with family during the days prior to her journey home to heaven. Bunny loved the Lord and her presence in this world was an example to those who were blessed to know her and were the recipients of her prayers....
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Elaine J. Wolters

November 19, 1951 - July 13, 2019

Elaine J. Wolters age 67, of Zeeland, died Saturday, July 13, 2019 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Wolters. Elaine was a baptized member of Graafschap CRC and has been a resident of SKLD (formerly Haven Park and Providence) for 50 years. She is survived by her mother, Eleanor; siblings, Ron and Sue Wolters, Mike and Judy Wolters, Beth and Doug...
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Chomma Vongmathep

November 12, 1926 - July 12, 2019

Chomma Vongmathep, 92, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019. Chomma was born in Laos on November 12, 1926, in Savankt. She married Phouvieng Chansyna who preceded her in death in 1987. She immigrated to the United States in 1990 and lived with her son, Boivan and his family in California. In 2005, she moved to West Michigan to live with her daughter Souk and her family. Chomma...
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Dorothy "Dot" Parker

April 19, 1931 - July 8, 2019

Dorothy "Dot" Parker, 88 of Holland, MI died peacefully at Freedom Village on Monday, July 8, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Dot was born on April 19, 1931 in Evanston, IL to Benjamin and Hazel Newhart. She married her college sweetheart, Ralph "Bud" Parker in 1953. They were married 64 years before his passing in 2018. Together they raised three children: Randy Parker (Battle Creek), Pam...
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Paul E. Wigger

May 3, 1931 - July 8, 2019

On Monday, July 8, 2019, Paul Erwin Wigger, of Holland, passed away at the age of 88. He was proceeded in death by his sister May; brothers, Ken, Melvin, Everett, and Gorden; and two infant daughters. Paul is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; his two daughters, Wendy Wigger-Jornales and Amy Gnyp; step-children Jayne Ruffner and Doug Wolbert. He is also survived by 9 amazing grandchildren, two...
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Gerald D. Martinie

November 4, 1932 - July 8, 2019

Gerald D. Martinie, 86, of Holland, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019. Gerald was born November 4, 1932, in Holland, Michigan, to Edward and Esther (Schipper) Martinie. Gerald served his country as a helicopter mechanic in Japan in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1954-1956. Gerald married Wilma Jansen in 1952, and they were longtime members of Noordeloos Christian Reformed...
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Walter J. Thome

June 24, 1930 - July 7, 2019

Walter J. Thome, age 89, of Holland, died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at an area care center. Walter was a member of Third Reformed Church of Holland, was a veteran of Army, and served in the Army National Guard. He retired as the Financial Administrator for the Health Alliance Plan. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; Four children, Martha and Richard Humphrey, Gloria Despard, Sandra Lyon(the late...
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Barbara Ponstein

December 13, 1946 - July 4, 2019

Barbara Ponstein, age 72, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Barbara was a Registered Nurse and worked at Blodgett Hospital, Appledorn Care Facility, and Haven Park (SKLD Nursing). She loved Big Star Lake and spent time there every summer since she was 1 ½ years old. She was active in her church and volunteered in her children's school and attended all their...
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Peter Call Stanger

January 18, 1964 - July 3, 2019

Peter Call Stanger, age 55, of Holland, Michigan, formerly of Oak Park IL passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 after a battle with Leukemia, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, Grand Rapids, MI. Peter was born in Oak Park and attended OPRF High School, SIU, Western Illinois, and Purdue University. He served in the US Army National Guard and was a member of First United Methodist Church in...
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Arthur Vannette

April 12, 1933 - July 3, 2019

Arthur Roy Vannette, age 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday July 3, 2019. Art was born April 12, 1933 to James and Anna Vannette. He graduated from Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Business College. He married Joan on July 9, 1959. Art was a proud veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army. He worked for the Holland Sentinel, the Flashes, West Michigan Clinical...
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Shirley Driesenga

March 4, 1930 - July 3, 2019

Shirley Driesenga, age 89 of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Shirley was a charter member of Maranatha CRC and its Mary Society. She also enjoyed knitting for missions. She was "the best" grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by her family. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Alfred in 1986. She is survived by her children: Kenneth Driesenga,...
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Ella Groman

February 13, 1927 - July 2, 2019

Ella Boer Groman age 92, of Holland, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Holland Hospital. Ella Boer Groman was born February 13, 1927 in New Era, Michigan to Dutch immigrant parents John and Lena Boer. Following high school, she became a registered nurse and certified Midwife. She worked at Holland Hospital, spent several years in Mission Work in Africa, then worked in Denver and Yuma. She...
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Austin "Audi" Albrecht

November 19, 1996 - July 1, 2019

Austin "Audi" David Albrecht, age 22 of Grand Rapids, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019. He is survived by his parents Eric and Julie Albrecht; his sister Zoie; grandparents Cal and Thelma Kunnen; uncles, aunts and cousins: Doug Kunnen, Gary and Deb Albrecht (Russell, Alex, Zack), Kurt and Andrea Albrecht (Shawn and Rachel), Patrick Albrecht and Kevin and Nancy Albrecht (Travis). Austin...
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Jason De Jongh

June 25, 1956 - June 30, 2019

Jason De Jongh, 63, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Jason was born in Zeeland on June 25, 1956, to Criston and Gladys (Klynstra) De Jongh. He graduated from Hudsonville High School and did two years of technology training before starting his career at Hope College. Jason later worked at TeleDial/US Signal/Worldcom for a decade and closed out his working career for 15 years...
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La Vern "Lefty" and Dolores Aalderink

July 19, 1933 - June 29, 2019

LaVern "Lefty" and Dolores Aalderink, 85 and 84 years respectively, of Borculo, passed away on June 29 and July 14, 2019. Lefty was born July 19, 1933, and raised in Hamilton, the son of Gary and Sadie (Albers) Aalderink. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Dolores was born November 10, 1934, in Borculo, to William and Cornelia (Rynsberger)...
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William Johnston

December 28, 1937 - June 29, 2019

William Johnston, age 81, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019. William was married to Rosemarie for 61 years. Together, they had two children. He was a loving father and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He served in the United States Navy from 1957-1962. During his time of service, he was severely injured and remain disabled the remainder of his life. William was preceded in death by his...
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Bruce Sturing

February 5, 1949 - June 28, 2019

Bruce Sturing, age 70, passed away on Friday morning, June 28, 2019. Bruce was a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Calvin College. He was most recently employed at Gall Sewing and Vacuum Center. He loved the great outdoors, was an avid hunter, and enjoyed traveling to serve and see the world. Bruce was a faithful servant to the church and community throughout his entire life. He...
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Julie Smeenge

September 4, 1959 - June 27, 2019

Julie Smeenge, age 59 of Holland, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019. She is survived by her daughter, Gabby; her parents: Roger and Judy Smeenge; her brothers: Mike and Linda Smeenge, Todd and Ellen Smeenge, Jeremy and Dody Smeenge; her special friends Cathy and Mervyn Nel and several nieces and nephews. Julie graduated from Holland Christian High School and attended Calvin College. She...
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Sally Jo DeBoer

July 18, 1959 - June 23, 2019

Sally Jo DeBoer age 59, of Grandville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her home with her loved ones present. She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Fynewever and a sister, Susan Fynewever-Indelwood. Sally worked as a Registered Nurse in the West Michigan area for many years. She had a passion for nursing and caring for others. She also enjoyed gardening and...
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Peter Jacobus

July 5, 1942 - June 22, 2019

Peter Jacobus, age 76 of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Eloise; his children: Christine (Rich) Runion, Peter (Melanie) Jacobus Jr., Amy (Dan) Carlisle, Keith (Jill) Van Eck, Matt (Brenda) Van Eck and Stephanie (Murray) Williams; 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; brothers: Phil (Linda) Jacobus, Harold Jacobus and Rose, Russ (Tess)...
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Jayne Boschma

August 13, 1947 - June 22, 2019

Jayne Boschma, age 71, passed away on June 22, 2019. Jayne was a dedicated mother and supportive of her family and friends. She worked for 26 years as an OB nurse at Zeeland Hospital before retiring. In retirement she volunteered many years for Special Olympics. She is survived by her son, Shawn Kornoelje and Cheryl Angelelli; son, Grant Kornoelje; daughter, Amy Kornoelje; 8 grandchildren;...
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Arnold Hoezee

January 4, 1940 - June 20, 2019

Arnold Hoezee, age 79 of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Surviving are his children: Cheryl Culberson, Connie Hoezee and Alan (Joni) Hoezee; grandchildren: Jessica, Cassie, Katelyn, David, Kaylin and Jaysen; great grandchildren: Christian, Grayson, Matthew, Johnathan and Andrew; siblings: Nathan (Jan) Hoezee, Rol (Sherri) Hoezee; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law...
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Chester 'Chet' Boerman

October 6, 1932 - June 17, 2019

Chester 'Chet' R. Boerman, age 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 17, 2019. Chester was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His family was his passion and he will be dearly missed. Chester was preceded in death by his brother, Howard Boerman. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughter, Linda and Tom Lampen; daughter, Mary Beth and Doug York; grandchildren...
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Debra Eding

August 3, 1952 - June 16, 2019

Debra Eding, age 66, of Holland, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. Debra graduated from Hamilton High School and was a former member of Bentheim Reformed Church and Faith Christian Temple. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gleyon and Gerene Eding and her sister-in-law Dawn Eding. Debra is survived by her brothers, Vic (Marsha)...
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Manuel Gonzales Salazar

July 3, 1949 - June 14, 2019

Manuel Gonzales Salazar, age 69, left Earth and went home to the welcoming arms of his Heavenly Father on Friday, June 14, 2019. He was born in Hualahuises, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on July 3, 1949 to Federico and Consuelo Salazar. Manuel's quick wit, kind nature, and hardworking attitude allowed him to achieve many dreams. Manuel was a man who loved God, and he shared Jesus with everyone he...
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Ralph Kickert

September 8, 1941 - June 14, 2019

Ralph Kickert, 77, of Holland, died Friday, June 14, 2019. Ralph was born September 8, 1941 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to John and Bette Kickert. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School and went on to study first at Western Michigan University and then at Calvin College. While at Calvin, he met Ruby Postma on a Summer Work in Missions program, and they married in 1965. When Ralph and...
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Edith Boersen

December 27, 1922 - June 12, 2019

Edith Boersen, age 96, passed away on June 12, 2019. Edith was born in Blendon, MI. She was the oldest member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church and was a member there her entire married life. She worked in the kitchen at Zeeland Hospital and retired from there over 35 years ago. She was known for her laugh and will be dearly missed. Edith was preceded in death by her husband, James...
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David Barber

May 2, 1942 - June 12, 2019

David "Dave" Barber, age 77 of Holland, fell asleep on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and now awaits the return of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dave's deep faith was evident to all who knew him. He was selfless, humble and kind, always willing to offer a helping hand. Dave enjoyed hosting and participating in Home Bible Fellowship Groups. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and...
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Lauren R. Baron

December 2, 1959 - June 10, 2019

Lauren Ray Baron, age 59, peacefully went into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods in Byron Center, MI on Monday, June 10, 2019 after a long, courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma cancer. He was born on December 2, 1959, in Platte, South Dakota to Harvey and Gertrude Baron. He and his family moved to Holland, MI when he was seven years old,...
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