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Our Obituaries

Laura (Compagner) Vander Poppen

March 11, 1920 - October 20, 2019

Laura (Compagner) Vander Poppen, 99, of Holland, formerly of the Zeeland area passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Resthaven-Janssen Cottage. Laura was born in Oakland on March 11, 1920, one of twelve children of Arthur and Jennie Compagner. In 1943, Laura married Donald Vander Poppen whom she dearly loved. Donald, like most young American men, was serving in the U.S. Armed Forces...
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Walter J Pyka, Jr.

November 19, 1951 - October 17, 2019

Walter J. Pyka, Jr., age 67, of West Olive, unexpectedly passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 at his home. Walt was known as "Dance Dad" to his extended dance family at Dance Central Dance Company. He loved riding his Goldwing motorcycle and all things Disney. He was famous among his friends and family for his delicious homemade french fries. Walt also worked at West Ottawa Public Schools...
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Norma M Brinklow

June 5, 1932 - October 16, 2019

Norma Brinklow, age 87, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Holland Hospital. Norma was a member of Calvary Church and enjoyed travelling on Brenner Bus tours and was also on a bowling league at Northland Lanes. Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 2011; son-in-law, Gary Siebert, in 2010; and all her siblings and in-laws. Norma is survived by her: ...
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Helen Jane Seeback

February 7, 1951 - October 14, 2019

Helen Jane Seeback, 68, of Douglas, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. Helen was born in the Scherpinsky family home in Newberry, Michigan, the daughter of Polish immigrants, on February 7, 1951. Helen was one of 13 children of Adolf and Helen Scherpinsky. Helen graduated from Newberry High School and later married Alvin Seeback Jr. She is survived by her sister Daisy Otting and...
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John Van Den Bosch, Jr.

November 9, 1934 - October 13, 2019

John Van Den Bosch Jr., age 84 of Holland, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019. He is survived by his children: Tim Van Den Bosch and Diana Heddings, Tom and Becky Van Den Bosch and Tammy and Joe Barto; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jill and Mike Koop (Faith and Ella), Jenny Barto, Amanda and Ryan Hackenberg (Westen), John Van Den Bosch and his fiancé Amanda Houthoofd; siblings:...
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Esther Feenstra

December 13, 1930 - October 12, 2019

Esther Feenstra, age 88, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Esther died on what would have been her 63rd wedding anniversary with her late husband Andrew Feenstra who died in 2018. She enjoyed spending time with family especially at holidays. She was her grandchildren's #1 fan. She was a longtime member of Beaverdam Reformed Church and was a current member at Fellowship Reformed of...
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Aris Melton

April 9, 1991 - October 11, 2019

Aris Melton, age 28 of Zeeland went home to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, October 11, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 6 years Amy; his 13 week old son Conner; his parents Steve and Bonni Melton; brothers: Mitch and Jamie Melton, Christopher Melton; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Karen Seinen; brothers-in-law: Michael and Tabatha Seinen, Jonathan Seinen; grandparents: Linda...
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Glenn Deters

July 1, 1944 - October 11, 2019

Glenn Deters, age 75, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019. Glenn was very interested in and closely followed local, state, and national politics. He enjoyed wood working and camping. He was loved by his family and will be missed. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nelvia Deters; son, James Deters; daughter, Pam (Phil) Russcher; daughter, Erin (Aaron) Johnson; grandchildren, Tony...
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Donna Groenheide

October 13, 1934 - October 9, 2019

Donna Groenheide, age 84 of Zeeland went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 9, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 66 years Ivan "Ike"; her children: Randall and Connie Groenheide and Mark and Sara Groenheide; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Michael and Sheena Groenheide (Decklyn, Ella, Jaymes and Knox), Rachel and Brett Jasch (Brinsley and Sawyer), Brandon Groenheide...
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Michael D. Busscher

July 13, 1967 - October 9, 2019

Michael Dean Busscher, age 52, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, surrounded by his wife, daughters, parents and brothers. His strength was demonstrated through his brave fight against lung cancer. Mike was a member of Faith Christian Reformed Church and attended Sandy Pines Chapel in the summer. He owned and operated Mike Busscher Builders and...
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Joann Maatman

November 17, 1936 - October 9, 2019

Joann Maatman, age 82, of Zeeland, passed away on October 9, 2019. Joann was a member of First Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland where she volunteered with the Tape Ministry and was active in the Coffee Break Ministry. Joann also volunteered at Haven Park Nursing Home. She retired from Hart and Cooley after 23 years of employment. Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald...
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Adriana "Ruth" Buning

October 13, 1933 - October 8, 2019

Adriana "Ruth" Buning, age 85, of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Holland Hospital. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of First Reformed Church in Zeeland where she was also served as a Shepherding Elder and was active in the Ladies Society. Ruth was married to Harold Duane Buning on November 11, 1955; Harold passed away in 2007 after 51 years of...
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Jason L. Alofs

July 15, 1938 - October 6, 2019

Jason Alofs, age 81, of Holland, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019 at his home. During his career, Jason taught math at various schools and finished as the custodian at Holland Christian Pine Ridge Elementary School. Jason was a man who lived for his family and faith and loved wood working and listening to Christian Music. He was a member of Haven Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. ...
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Esther Zuverink

March 22, 1932 - October 6, 2019

Esther Zuverink, 87, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Esther was born March 22, 1932, in Borculo, to Edward and Minnie (Beyer) Vanden Heuvel. Esther graduated from Zeeland High in 1950 and married Mitchell (Mick) Zuverink on October 25, 1951. Esther and Mick raised their family in Zeeland and were long time members of First Reformed Church. Esther served at First Reformed...
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Vernon Jay Nienhuis

August 3, 1934 - October 5, 2019

Vernon Jay Nienhuis, age 85, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Vern was born to Hollis and Sarah (Schrotenboer) Nienhuis on August 3, 1934. Vernon enjoyed boating, camping and tinkering, as well as spending time with his family and friends. Vernon was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Marcia (Ter Haar). Surviving are his children...
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Allyn "Al" Engelsman

July 4, 1956 - October 4, 2019

Allyn "Al" Engelsman, age 63, of Oakland, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cindy; his son George and Stacy Engelsman and his grandsons Grady and Mason; siblings: Alnora and Erwin Mast, Hildreth and Henry Van Dyken, Jerald and Carole Engelsman, Janice Loew, Glenn Engelsman, Carol and Jim Timmer; mother-in-law Annabelle Lubbers; sisters and brothers...
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Maria A. Anaya

February 2, 1967 - October 2, 2019

Maria A. Anaya age 52, of Holland, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at her home. She was a member of Greater Life Pentecostal Church in Walker and worked for the City of Zeeland for 20 years. Maria was the daughter of Jose Angel and Ana Mae Castaneda, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Isaac; children, Elisa and Pedro Canales of...
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Roger Dale Overweg

November 6, 1955 - September 30, 2019

Roger Dale (Dejonge) Overweg, age 63, of Zeeland, was born November 6, 1955 and passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 surrounded by family and is now at peace and at rest with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Roger was baptized and made profession of faith in the First Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland where he was a member for many years. After his divorce in 1992 he found renewed life...
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Carol Ten Broeke

September 6, 1947 - September 30, 2019

Carol Ten Broeke, age 72 of Zeeland passed away Monday, September 30, 2019. She is survived by her husband Harvey; her children and grandchildren: Chad Ten Broeke (Jayden and Tyler) and Christa Meyer (Carley, Brycen and Khloe); siblings: Maxine Baker, Wade and Patricia Brower; sisters-in-law: Audrey Kortman, Shirley Borgman, Ruth Davis and Judy Molengraff. Carol married Harvey on October 3,...
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Gertrude Gruppen

March 19, 1932 - September 30, 2019

Gertrude Gruppen, age 87 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019. She is survived by her children: Larry and Louise Gruppen, Sandy and John Klein Horsman, Marcia and Jim Williams and Tom and Shel Gruppen; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Tim and Maria Gruppen, Matthew Gruppen, Alisa Klein Horsman, Brent and Becca Klein Horsman (Rylee and McKenzie), Jodi Williams, Janell...
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Kurt Williams

June 6, 1956 - September 29, 2019

Kurt Williams, age 63, passed away on Sunday September 29, 2019. Kurt had a larger than life personality and could make the darkest room laugh uncontrollably. He was a master storyteller and most importantly, he had a heart as big as his presence. He was loved by so many and our world feels smaller without him. Kurt was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Rose Williams. He is...
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Ronald J. Genzink

December 11, 1959 - September 28, 2019

Ronald Jay Genzink, age 59, of East Saugatuck, went running into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Saturday, September 28, 2019. Ron was preceded in death by his son Joshua, his parents, Arnold and Hermina and father-in-law, Dee Allen. He was a lifelong carpenter, builder, Mr. Fix-it inventor and gifted craftsman. Ron had a wonderful sense of humor and overflowed with charm and...
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Paul Northuis

January 14, 1937 - September 26, 2019

Paul Edwin Northuis, age 82, loving and devoted husband of the late Marsha Borr Northuis, passed away after a courageous four-year battle with renal cancer. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Bessie (DeFouw) Northuis and brothers Kenn, Rodger, and Donald. Paul was born in Holland, Michigan. He graduated from Holland High School in 1955, Hope College in 1959, and received his...
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Arnold Blauwkamp

April 3, 1934 - September 26, 2019

Arnold Blauwkamp, 85, of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Arnold was born in Borculo on April 3, 1934, to Gerrit H. and Catherine (Huyser) Blauwkamp. Arnold married Lucille Gort and they raised their family in Zeeland. They were members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. Arnold served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. Arnold worked for 43 years at John A....
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Louise Allen

October 24, 1942 - September 26, 2019

Louise Allen, age 77, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019. She volunteered through American Red Cross, worked as a teacher assistant in Shields Middle School in Florida, was an avid seamstress, loved dancing and enjoyed playing a nickel or two in the slots. She will be missed by her family and many friends. Louise is preceded in death by her parents Armand and Irene Boucher. She...
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Rodger Van Nuil

November 3, 1928 - September 25, 2019

Rodger Van Nuil, age 90, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Rodger was born and raised in Holland, and returned to his hometown after serving in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Rodger and his wife Alma were members of South Olive Christian Reformed Church. After 50 years of employment, Rodger retired from De Leeuw Lumber, but maintained...
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Phyllis Hightower

August 14, 1927 - September 25, 2019

Phyllis Hightower, age 92, of Zeeland, was welcomed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Phyllis was known for her quick wit, her willingness to lend a helping hand, her continual encouragement given to her friends and family, and her ability to make everyone in her life feel important. Everyone who knew Phyllis, realized the most important things in her...
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George M. De Groff

July 24, 1967 - September 25, 2019

George M. De Groff, 52, of Holland, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. George was born July 24, 1967, to George H. and Verlie (Wolf) De Groff in Kalamazoo. He was raised in Holland and graduated from Holland High. George married Linda Moermond and they raised their two children in Holland. George was a journeyman tool and die maker and later started working...
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Glen L Elders

August 7, 1942 - September 25, 2019

Glen L. Elders, age 77, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Holland Hospital. Glen was employed at Chris Craft for five years, and Holland Police Department for 32 years; he was also a Bailiff for the 58th District Court. Glen was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church where he had served as a Deacon. Glen is survived by his: Wife of 56 years, Mary Sons John ...
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Johan Rademaker

March 17, 1931 - September 24, 2019

Johan Rademaker, age 88 of West Olive, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019. He is survived by his wife Betty, of 64 years; his children: Debbie and Bob Gruppen, Marlain and Hank Vorenkamp, Jim and Mary Rademaker and John and Kim Rademaker; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Johan was preceded in death by his son Joey. Johan immigrated to the United States from the...
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Kathryn "Kay" Boersema

September 12, 1928 - September 23, 2019

Kathryn "Kay" Boersema, age 91 of Allendale went to her Heavenly home Monday, September 23, 2019 at Green Acres of Allendale. She is survived by her children: Gary and Pam Boersema, Bonnie Assink, Steve and Vickie Boersema, Dawn and Roger Rotman and Mark and Jackie Boersema; 13 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Esther Veldheer, brother-in-law Bob Cherry and many nieces...
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Camille (Camy) Thompson

December 22, 1940 - September 22, 2019

Camille (Camy) Thompson passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 22, surrounded by her loving family. Camy was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on December 22, 1940, the third child and second daughter of D. Paul and Eleanor Camilletti. Camy attended Mount de Chantal Academy, a Catholic boarding school taught by semi-cloistered nuns where she became an avid reader of literature which she...
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JoAnne Brooks

March 10, 1924 - September 21, 2019

JoAnne Vander Velde Brooks, loving mom, devoted Christian, community activist and Peacemaker, entered heaven on the International Day of Peace, Saturday, September 21, at age 95. Born in Detroit, Michigan on March 10, 1924 to Dr. Otto and Margaret (Den Herder) Vander Velde, she moved with her family to Holland two years later, where her father set up his medical practice. JoAnne graduated...
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Jerry Lee De Koster

February 15, 1942 - September 20, 2019

Jerry Lee De Koster, 77, of Zeeland, passed on to his heavenly home on Friday, September 20, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was the son of Harold and Thelma De Koster. He attended Zeeland Christian School and Holland Christian High School and was a lifelong member of First Christian Reformed Church where he had served as a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and loved...
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Donna Van Munster

February 7, 1945 - September 18, 2019

Donna (Walters) Van Munster, age 74, of Holland, passed to her eternal home with her Lord on September 18, 2019. Donna was born to Ben and Johanna (Witteveen) Walters on February 7, 1945. On February 21, 1964, Donna married Harry Van Munster. Donna graduated from Holland Christian High School. She was a wife, mother and homemaker. She worked part-time as a bus driver for Valley...
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Paul William Brink

November 28, 1942 - September 17, 2019

After a short period of failing health, Paul William Brink passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 in Emeryville, CA with his wife of 54 years at his side. Paul, the eldest of five children, was born to Rev. Bill and Alta Mae Brink on November 28, 1942 in Goshen, Indiana. In junior high school, Paul met the love of his life, Karen Faye Koops. After completing Holland Christian High School...
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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 (RICHARDS) VANHEEST, age 86, of Holland On Saturday afternoon, September 14, Mary Lou slipped away into the arms of her Lord. Under Hospice care for many months at her Lakeside Vista residence, she was regularly visited by children and grandchildren. Her beloved husband Neil died November 23, 2018 and has now been reunited with Mary Lou. Farm, Faith, Family. Mary Lou was raised...
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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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