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Roger W. Zoet

June 26, 1934 - October 28, 2020

Roger W. Zoet age 86, of Holland, died Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene and sister Sharon Folkert. Rog was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church where he served as elder and served on the board of the Holland Rescue Mission. He was a self-employed plasterer for 42 years and was a member of the Vintage Car...
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Henry Teune

January 13, 1930 - October 27, 2020

Henry Teune, 90, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Henry was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 13, 1930, to John and Minnie Teune. The Teune family moved to Hudsonville when Henry was 3 years old. They worked as muck farmers raising celery and onions, after working in the garbage business in Chicago. After high school Henry went to Calvin College for teacher training....
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William C. "Bill" Borst

April 30, 1953 - October 26, 2020

William "Bill" Clayton Borst, 67, of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 26, 2020, at his home. Bill was born April 30, 1953, in Holland, Michigan, to William Jr. and Dorothy (Smith) Borst. He attended Zeeland Public Schools and graduated from Zeeland High School in 1971. Bill went on to Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural...
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Lisa Knooihuizen

December 5, 1965 - October 26, 2020

Lisa Knooihuizen, age 54, of Holland, passed away Monday, October 26, 2020 at her home. Lisa was a member of Central Wesleyan Church and a GEMS leader for 20 years. She loved to travel and visit Ottawa Beach with her husband, James, especially enjoying Big Red. Lisa also liked all kinds of crafts, especially scrapbooking, painting and cross-stitching. Lisa was preceded in death by her...
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Beverly Bobeldyk Lundie

October 20, 1929 - October 26, 2020

Beverly Bobeldyk Lundie, age 91, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020. Beverly walked with Christ through her entire life and was a faithful follower of Him through both of her marriages. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband and father of her children, Gerald Bobeldyk; her 2nd husband,...
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Connie Ann Miller

August 10, 1949 - October 26, 2020

Connie Ann Miller, 71, of Allendale, formerly of Zeeland, died Monday, October 26, 2020. Connie was born August 10, 1949, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Jack and Wanda McMurray. Connie grew up in Allendale and graduated from Coopersville High School. Connie worked as a furniture finisher for many years at H.L. Hubbel, Steelcase, Haworth, and retired from Worden in 2016. Connie loved spending...
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Terry Kamper

August 3, 1956 - October 25, 2020

Terry L. Kamper, age 64, of Holland, died Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Trillium Woods of Faith Hospice surrounded by his family. He was the son of Glenn and Phyllis Kamper and was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kim Wodarczyk. He had attended North Holland Reformed Church in his youth and drove truck for many years with Haworth and then Borr's Transfer. He loved being...
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Chip Jacobs

October 15, 1949 - October 25, 2020

Chip Jacobs, 71, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Chip was born October 15, 1949, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Harold and Eleanor (Pell) Jacobs. Harold took his love and passion for driving and used that most of his work life driving truck. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, and his daughter Kelly Voetberg. Chip was one of the most real and genuine...
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Clifford Harmsen

May 10, 1935 - October 25, 2020

Clifford Harmsen, age 85 of Burnips, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonieta; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lori Berens (Kristin and Mitch Poll [Brady, Lily and Sierra] and Mitchell Berens), Randall Harmsen (Nicholas and Rachel Harmsen [Philly] and Olivia and Christopher Dangler), Lisa and Jesse Genther (Kaley Genther, and...
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Carlos Alberto Nava

March 23, 1956 - October 24, 2020

Carlos Nava, age 64, of Holland, entered his heavenly home away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 with his family at his side. After finishing high school, Carlos served in the Army until he decided it was time to start a family. He worked for many years at L&W Engineering as a machine operator. Carlos enjoyed music, especially country music. He also enjoyed basketball and baseball as well as...
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Calvin Diemer

June 19, 1930 - October 24, 2020

Calvin Diemer, age 90 of Beaverdam went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, October 24, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Jeanette; his children: Ron and Gail Diemer, Randy and Mary Diemer, Ed and Darlene Diemer, Doug and Nancy Diemer and Sandy and Chuck McCallum; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Geneva Diemer and Ruth Diemer; brother-in-law...
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Alvin J Dozeman

September 14, 1926 - October 22, 2020

Alvin Dozeman, age 94, of Holland, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center. Alvin was a member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church where he served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher. He was employed by his father at Dozeman Refrigeration for 20 years, and also at PAR Molds, Inc. for 20 years. Alvin served in the US Navy during WWII and was...
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Linda K. Weemhoff

September 13, 1949 - October 22, 2020

Linda Kay Weemhoff age 71, of Grandville, escaped the ravages of cancer to enter the open gates of heaven to see Jesus on Thursday, October 22, 2020. She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Scholten, and her parents in law, Neal and Elaine Weemhoff. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, N. David Weemhoff; children and grandchildren, Tami and Jason Sivy (Sabine, Jonas), Ryan and...
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Arthur D Kole

October 11, 1947 - October 20, 2020

Arthur D. Kole, age 73, of Zeeland, and a proud veteran of the US Army serving in Vietnam from 1968-1970, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at his home. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. A committal service with military honors will be announced at a later date.
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Terry Foss

January 12, 1942 - October 20, 2020

Terry Foss, 78, of Irons, formerly of Holland, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Terry was born January 12, 1942, in Holland, Michigan, to Chester and Adeline (Vander Wolde) Foss. Terry attended Holland High School. Terry served on the Ottawa County Sheriff Department for 25 years before his retirement. He married Arlene Kooiker and they raised their children in Holland and...
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Hermina Veldhoff

May 30, 1923 - October 19, 2020

Hermina Veldhoff, age 97 of Holland passed away Monday, October 19, 2020 at Appledorn Assisted Living Community. She is survived by her children: Diane and Larry Kempkers, Karen and Herbert Tews, Bill and Yvonne Veldhoff and Jack and Melissa Veldhoff; 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandson expected in November; sister Betty and Ken Lemmen and sister-in-law Emma...
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Lester Brouwer

September 27, 1933 - October 18, 2020

Lester Brouwer age 87, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 18, 2020. He was surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, daughter, Sally Meiste, and second wife, Elsa. Les was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather with a generous and giving personality. ...
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Glenn A Poel

January 28, 1949 - October 14, 2020

Glenn A. Poel, age 71, of Zeeland, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at his home. Glenn graduated from Coopersville High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was a former member of Peace Reformed Church. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Marian Poel; step-mother, Nell Poel; parents-in-law, Bud and Barbara Hillman;...
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Faye Van Dorple Mellema

October 29, 1930 - October 13, 2020

Faye Van Dorple-Mellema, 89, of Resthaven's Boersma Cottage in Holland, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Faye was born in Zeeland, Michigan, on October 29, 1930, to Jay and Gertrude (Moeke) Van Dorple. She was the oldest of six Van Dorple girls. Faye graduated from Zeeland High School, and Ohio State University with honors. Her graduate studies were completed at University of Oxford,...
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Bonnie June Jellema

July 1, 1923 - October 11, 2020

Bonnie June Jellema. Born in Holland, Michigan, July 1, 1923, she died in fair health, peacefully, in her room at Resthaven Care Center in Holland, Michigan, at 11:05 a.m. October 11, 2020. She was 97. Bonnie was a warm, friendly, giving, compassionate woman of genuine sincerity in devotion to her faith and religious pursuits. Having tried various brief occupations (among them student,...
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Mary Stassen

November 10, 1949 - October 10, 2020

Mary Stassen, age 70, passed away on October 10, 2020 peacefully in her home. Mary served as a financial director at Freedom Village for 27 years prior to retirement and fulfilled the duties of her work with a good Christian attitude and spirit. She was a faithful parishioner at St. Francis de Sales for many years. She is survived by her husband, Alan Lehman (Holland, MI); son, Alex Paul...
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John T Gable

March 13, 1958 - October 10, 2020

John Gable, age 62, of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020 at his home. John was preceded in death by his brother, Sandy Chilson; brother-in-law, Dennis Neal; and sister-in-law, Calleen Holliday. John was a diesel mechanic and die-hard Detroit Tigers and Lions fan. He loved concerts and watching the Three Stooges and Loony Toons on TV. John is survived by his: Wife of 34...
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Larry Dykstra

July 18, 1938 - October 10, 2020

Larry Dale Dykstra, born July 18, 1938 to Jack and Kay Dykstra, passed away on October 10, 2020, at the age of 82. He attended Holland Christian High School and graduated from Hope College; grew up at 14th St and Faith CRC in Holland and later directed choir at Maplewood Church. In 1966 he became a member, liturgist and tenor in the choir of Second Reformed Church in Zeeland. He had a...
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Carolyn B. Bareman

September 12, 1925 - October 9, 2020

Carolyn Beth Bareman age 95, of Holland, completed her earthly life on Friday, October 9, and now lives eternally in Heaven with her faithful Savior Jesus Christ. She joins her family who preceded her in death, parents, Leonard and Cora Bareman and Sister, Esther, with whom she had shared her home all her life. Carolyn was a lifelong baptized and professing member of Central Avenue Christian...
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Donna Downing

March 9, 1948 - October 6, 2020

Donna Kay Downing, age 72 of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Donna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed by her family and friends, including: her husband of 54 years, Louis Downing Jr.; children: Dale and Kimberly Downing, Greg and Shannon Downing, David Downing, Steve and Melanie Downing; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; siblings:...
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Dale Vander Wall

March 17, 1951 - October 6, 2020

Dale Calvin VanderWall, age 69, of Holland, finished his journey on this earth and entered the presence of Jesus, his Savior on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI to Merlin and Coralee VanderWall on March 17, 1951. He grew up in Forest Grove Station attending a 2-room schoolhouse through the 8th grade, went on to graduate from Hudsonville High, and attended Hope and...
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Wayne Mulder

March 1, 1938 - October 5, 2020

Wayne Mulder, age 82 of Zeeland passed away Monday, October 5, 2020. He is survived by his children: Dwayne and Tami Mulder of Zeeland and Jeff and JoAnn Mulder of Holland; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; siblings: Marilyn Brower of Holland, and Paul and Pam Mulder of West Virginia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Ron and Harriet Bakker of Zeeland, Mildred Bakker of Zeeland, Dan...
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Maxine M Brink

January 30, 1928 - October 4, 2020

Maxine (Overway) Brink, age 92, of Holland, formerly of Saugatuck, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Maxine was a charter member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Maxine was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Sharda of Zeeland, son, Randy Brink of Saugatuck, and husband of 65 years, Ted Brink of Saugatuck. Maxine is survived by her son,...
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Kristen DeWitt

October 26, 1970 - October 3, 2020

Kristen DeWitt, age 49 of Holland died by suicide after a yearlong battle with severe depression on Saturday, October 3, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Kelly; her children: Katelyn, Ryan, and Nathan; her mother Joyce Kingma; her siblings: Craig and Beth Kingma, Dave and Lisa Kingma, Lynn and Kevin Cole, and Susan and Keith Stoneman; her mother-in-law: Mary DeWitt; her father...
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Josephine Kreuze

May 1, 1924 - October 3, 2020

Josephine Kreuze, age 96 went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Josephine was faithful follower of Jesus Christ and welcomed going to heaven. She was a wonderful mother, and caring grandmother and great-grandmother. She was loved and will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 2007. She is survived by her children, Melvin and...
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Robert Bastiaanse

April 17, 1949 - October 3, 2020

Robert Bastiaanse, age 71, of Zeeland, passed away, Saturday, October 03, 2020 at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. Rob was a 1969 graduate of West Ottawa High School and participated on the Swimming and Track teams. He was a member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. Rob was preceded in death by his parents, Adrian and Erna Bastiaanse; brother, Walter Bastiaanse; and mother-in-law, Ruth...
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Jarvis Dozeman

February 24, 1924 - October 2, 2020

Jarvis Dozeman, age 96, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020. Jarvis was a life-long member of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church where he served as elder several times. He was affiliated with the Crystal Lake Methodist Church of Lakeland, Florida. He worked as a farmer most of his life. He was a great husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed. Jarvis was preceded in death...
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Sarah Drenten

June 6, 1928 - October 2, 2020

Sarah Drenten, 92, of Zeeland, formerly of Hamilton, entered into her heavenly home on October 2, 2020, at Heritage Nursing Home Sarah was born June 6, 1928, into a family of 17 siblings in Durham, North Carolina, to William and Lily (Weaver) Clements. She married Glen Drenten and moved to Hamilton, Michigan and had a family of her own of two sons. She enjoyed working with her hands and...
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Margaret Julia Thurber

February 2, 1923 - October 1, 2020

Margaret Thurber, age 97, of Holland, passed away with her family by her side on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Margaret was born on February 2, 1923 in Jackson, MI to Arthur and Helen Winston. Growing up she was active in the Girl Scouts and was known as "Tiny" (but tough). She married William "Bill" Thurber on September 3, 1943 and together they raised their family in Midland, MI. In 1984...
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Carol Ann Gras

August 24, 1940 - September 29, 2020

Carol Ann Gras, age 80, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Lakeside Vista Community. Carol was preceded in death by her brother, Alan Stephenson; sister, Linda Stephenson-Hoek; and niece, Karen Hoek. She was also a Master Gardener award recipient. Carol is survived by her children, Delwyn (Debra) Gras of Hamilton, Jeffrey (Lori) Gras of Zeeland, Mary (Jeffrey) Pikaart of...
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Lois Kleinjan

June 28, 1934 - September 28, 2020

Lois Kleinjan, age 86, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020. A Holland, Michigan native, Lois was born on June 28, 1934, the 3rd born of 6 children, She was a graduate of Holland High School (1952) and Roseland Community Hospital School of Nursing (1955). She then practiced as a pediatric RN for 30 years at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey, Illinois. Lois was a devoted and loving mom and...
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Donald J. Janssen

March 20, 1928 - September 27, 2020

Donald Janssen age 92 of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 27, 2020. He was a lifelong member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church. Don farmed in the early years and the joy of farming never left him. He retired from the Ottawa County Road Commission following 24 years of employment. Don is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jerene; children, Cal and Barb...
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Marie Jean De Vries

April 8, 1933 - September 27, 2020

Marie Jean De Vries, age 87, of Holland, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2020. Marie was born in Sulley, Iowa on April 8, 1933 to John C. and Jennie (Spoelstra) Geenen. Marie graduated from Holland Christian Schools and was married on September 4, 1952 to her loving husband and best friend for 68 years, Donald W. De Vries, while Don was serving in the U.S. Army. They moved to Lansing,...
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Juan Castillo "John" Villarreal

May 8, 1988 - September 26, 2020

Juan Castillo "John" Villarreal, 32, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020. John was born May 8, 1988, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Augustine and Alberta (Castillo) Villarreal. He is survived by his children: Anastasia Elizabeth Villarreal of Alma, Jayla Thomas-Villarreal of Holland, his brother Tony Villarreal, nephew Donnie, niece Korrin (great-nephew Kason), niece...
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Phyllis J. Schrotenboer

October 5, 1931 - September 26, 2020

Phyllis J. Schrotenboer, age 88, of Holland, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 26, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband Austin and son, Allen. She was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and retired from Meijers following many years of employment. Pyllis is survived by her children, Beverly and Eric Hornsby of Zeeland, Bruce and...
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Ryan Lee Brunink

December 9, 1981 - September 25, 2020

Ryan Lee Brunink, age 38, of Zeeland, passed away Friday evening surrounded by family. After a nine-month battle with cancer in his final hour on earth Ryan said he was driving his tractor to Heaven to see Jesus, and there better be red tractors there. Ryan was born December 9, 1981, to Bob and Lila Brunink. He graduated from Unity Christian High School and Ferris State University. Ryan...
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David Carl Gustafson M.D.

January 16, 1929 - September 23, 2020

GUSTAFSON David Carl Gustafson M.D. January 16, 1929 - September 23, 2020 David was born in Robertsdale, Alabama, to Milton Gustafson and Agnes Pearson. He was the second of six brothers. He graduated from Robertsdale High School in 1947, Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1954. He served...
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Ronald C Vliet

October 13, 1934 - September 21, 2020

Ronald C. Vliet, age 85 of Holland, MI, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020. Ron was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Ron had a lifelong interest in learning, writing, and reading all kinds of books, especially history. He built a special horse barn with split rail fence and enjoyed time with family hosting lively dinners. Ron was a graduate of The College of William and Mary,...
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Thomas Potter

December 20, 1937 - September 21, 2020

Thomas Potter age 82 of Zeeland, entered into his heavenly home on Monday, September 21, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis in 2017. Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was active in the life of his church and enjoyed fishing. Tom worked in construction for several years and retired from Howard Miller in 2000. He is survived by his...
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Barbara Newman

November 15, 1962 - September 18, 2020

Barbara J. Newman, 57, died at 7:05 PM on September 18, 2020, with her family by her side in Holland, Michigan. Barbara Newman, also known as "Mrs. B" to many of her students, was born November 15, 1962, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Dr. Andrew Bandstra, a Reverend and professor of theology at Calvin Seminary, and Mae Bandstra, a teacher turned homemaker. Barb was well known for the same...
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Linda Boertje

September 1, 1948 - September 17, 2020

Linda Boertje, age 72, of Holland, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Linda was born in Holland on September 1, 1948 to Justin and Lucille Bouwman; She lived most of her life in Holland and taught second grade for more than 30 years at Holland Christian. Linda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had a sweet and gentle demeanor. She was always encouraging and was never known to...
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John Jr. Kortman

July 27, 1941 - September 17, 2020

John Kortman, age 79, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020. John Kortman lived his life with a spirit of love, laughter, and joy. A devout Christian, his love of Jesus permeated every aspect of his life. Throughout a lifetime of difficult physical challenges, John remained resilient, positive, and an inspiration to many. He shared 38 wonderful years with his first wife, Virginia....
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Sharon LeMaire

July 24, 1940 - September 16, 2020

Sharon Janice (Green) LeMaire died peacefully on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at her Allegan residence with her husband Alfred W. LeMaire Sr. at her bedside. Sharon was born on July 24, 1940 in Newberry, Michigan, the daughter of the late Frank Lloyd and Zona Green. She was a graduate of Newberry High School. After high school Sharon attended the Bronson School of Nursing and graduated...
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Alice Prins

March 11, 1932 - September 16, 2020

Alice Prins, 88, left this earth for her heavenly home on September 16, 2020. She demonstrated amazing strength and kindness towards others while experiencing a series of illnesses over the past several years. Her love of her family and friends and her belief in God's grace sustained her during good times and difficult seasons and ultimately gave her a "peace that surpasses all understanding." ...
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Norma Hays-Walkley

May 16, 1940 - September 15, 2020

Norma Hays-Walkley, age 80, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Community. Norma loved her family dearly. She was a member of Community Reformed Church and served as a certified medical assistant under Dr. Frieswyk for many years and later at Holland Hospital. She had a passion for competition shooting and served on the Board of Directors of...
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Sheryl "Sherri" Steigenga

January 30, 1951 - September 15, 2020

Sheryl "Sherri" Steigenga, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Sherri loved the Lord with all her heart. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. Her many pets throughout the years were very important to her. She was a wonderful mother, sister, and aunt who always remembered to send cards to celebrate and remember special occasions. She will be missed. She...
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Joy Kraai

September 23, 1929 - September 14, 2020

Joy Kraai, age 90 of Zeeland passed away Monday, September 14, 2020. She is survived by her children: Mike and Linda Kraai, Steve and Elaine Kraai, and Lynn Kraai; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; her sister Karen Wyngarden; sister-in-law: Shirley Van Hoven. Joy was a member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Kraai in 2013. ...
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Ivan DeWitt

May 11, 1937 - September 13, 2020

Ivan DeWitt, age 83, of Holland, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Stanford Lodge in Plainwell. Ivan was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church and a member of the Holland Amateur Radio Club. Ivan was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Lois Bratt. Ivan is survived by his wife, Leah; children, Timothy (Laura) DeWitt of Hudsonville, Deborah (Brian) Hewitte of...
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John Klingenberg

August 2, 1936 - September 12, 2020

John Klingenberg, age 84 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Shirley; his children and grandchildren: Bev and Dan Hoeve (Aaron Hoeve and Anna and Cody Lenters) and Jim and Pam Klingenberg (Cameron and Sarah Klingenberg, Eric and Bridget Klingenberg, Michael and Larissa Klingenberg, Kyle Klingenberg, and Josiah Klingenberg and his fiancé...
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Lorraine B. Andre

May 14, 1939 - September 8, 2020

Lorraine B Andre, age 81, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, went to be with her Lord and Savior, as she was surrounded by her loving husband, Carl, and family. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, John and Joanne Hopp, sisters, Ruth Newhouse, Marcia Esteves, in-laws; Roger Smallegan, Daryl Newhouse, Ruth DeVries, Carolyn Andre, Hilda Hopp. She will be greatly missed by her husband,...
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William Cohen

June 27, 1936 - September 7, 2020

William Cohen June 27, 1936 – Sept. 7, 2020 William Cohen, age 84, of Holland, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020 at his home. Born in Los Angeles, at age 10 William (Bill) Cohen moved with his mother and younger sister to New York City, and thereafter always considered himself a New Yorker. As a youth, his mother sent him to communist youth camps (notably WoChiCa, Workers' Children...
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Ian M. Miskelley

September 21, 2000 - September 7, 2020

Ian Miskelley, 19, of Holland, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020. Ian was born September 21, 2000, in Holland to Steve and Jill (Jubin) Miskelley. Ian went to Corpus Christi Catholic School, and for high school he attended Black River and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2018. He was currently attending the University of Michigan. Ian was a very accomplished swimmer....
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Harold Brunt

March 29, 1934 - September 7, 2020

Harold Brunt, age 86, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020. Harold was a dedicated man with a great sense of humor. He had a hard work ethic, loved a good project, and had a willingness to help. He was always busy serving. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Brunt; daughter, Deb and Jim Hovinga; son, Harold Jr. and Debbie Brunt,...
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Goldie Nykamp

February 26, 1935 - September 6, 2020

Goldie Nykamp, 85, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Goldie is survived by her children: Al and Kerri Nykamp, Sandi Means, Duane and Cheryl Nykamp, Karen and Todd Kamphuis; grandchildren: Bethany and Josh Franken, Erin and Brandon Van Groningen, Troy Nykamp and his fiancé Taylor Genzink, Patrick Bonzelaar and his fiancé Brogan Mcmahon, Shana Bonzelaar, Ethan and Keagan...
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Mary Smit-Zuverink

January 4, 1928 - September 4, 2020

Mary Smit-Zuverink, age 92, of Holland, was welcomed into her heavenly home on Friday, September 4, 2020. Mary spent many years working in sales for JC Penny, beginning while the store was still downtown, and continued after the move to the Westshore Mall. She also enjoyed election day, as it gave her the opportunity to socialize while checking voters in at the local polling location. She...
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Dawn M. Ostrander

June 19, 1969 - September 2, 2020

Dawn M. Ostrander (Gaga) age 51, of Holland, followed the Yellow Brick Road home on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully at her home. She worked for Johnny Carino's for several years as a restaurant manager and encountered many great friendships along the way. Dawn Marie Ostrander was born on June 19, 1969 to Allen and Marie...
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Wayne Hilton

June 13, 1942 - September 1, 2020

Wayne Thomas Roy Hilton 6/13/1942 – 9/1/2020 God gently called our precious Father/Gpa, brother, greeter and friend known as Wayne Hilton aka Mr. Happy, to his heavenly home on 9/1/2020. God blessed him with 78 years on this earth. Even though our hearts yearn for him, for his smile, joy, love, and outlook, we are comforted by knowing that he is rejoicing in Heaven with his wife, and...
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Dale "Pickle" Van Hoven

June 23, 1929 - August 31, 2020

Dale "Pickle' Van Hoven, 91, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020. Dale was born in Jamestown on June 23, 1929, to Jacob and Emma (Sprik) Van Hoven. He graduated from Zeeland High School and became a linesman for Consumers Energy. In 1950 he married Barbara Van Ingen and they raised their daughter Pam in Zeeland and they were members of First Reformed Church. Barbara preceded...
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Ernest Vander Hulst

January 31, 1926 - August 31, 2020

Ernest Vander Hulst, age 94 of Zeeland passed into Glory on Monday, August 31, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 64 years Arlene in 2017. Ernest is survived by his children: Linda Lewis of Zeeland, Larry (Carol) Vander Hulst of Bath, MI and Mary (Jack) Haley of Holland; 10 grandchildren: Sara (Brian) Weiderman, Katelyn (Anthony) Ysquierdo, Ryan ...
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Rev. Roy Clark

July 3, 1929 - August 30, 2020

Rev. Roy James Clark, 91, entered the gates of Heaven on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Rest Haven Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Roy Clark was born on July 3, 1929 in Buffalo, New York to his late parents James W. and Ethel Clark. He is the oldest of four sons and is survived by brothers Richard (Jean) Clark, Tonawanda, New York; James (JoAnn) Clark, Deltona, Florida; Gerald (Nedra) Clark,...
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Wendy Achterhof

May 18, 1950 - August 28, 2020

Wendy Louise Achterhof (Scheibach) passed away quietly Friday evening after fighting metastatic breast cancer. Wendy was a good and kind person who loved animals and nature. She delighted in watching the native wildlife return to Waukazoo Woods where she lived and grew up. She appreciated art and music and volunteered with the Holland Area Arts Council. Wendy's passion was traveling and saw much...
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Roger J. Rotman

November 11, 1932 - August 28, 2020

Roger Rotman age 87, of Holland, passed away at his home on Friday, August 28, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma and an infant brother, Allen Wayne. He retired from Haworth following a successful career of 39 years, and was a veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War. He loved woodworking, antiques, fishing and spending time at the cottage on Hamlin Lake. Roger...
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Steve Hulst

November 25, 1957 - August 27, 2020

Steve Hulst, age 62 of Zeeland passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 27, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Jennifer; his stepson William Schultz; his siblings: Marilyn and Roger Van Til, Carol Walters, Nancy and Doug Vanden Brink and Alan and Connie Hulst; his brothers-in-law: John and Kelli Schultz, Jeff Schultz, Jeb Lesley and several nieces and nephews. Steve had a kind...
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Lena Becksford

March 2, 1924 - August 27, 2020

Lena Becksford, age 96, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Lena was employed at Hart & Cooley for over 15 years and was a lifelong member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church. In her free time, she would knit hats for Appalachian Reach Out. She was an independent person who loved her family in her own unique way. She will be dearly missed. Lena was preceded in...
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Bruce DePree

May 30, 1925 - August 26, 2020

Bruce DePree didn't just walk into heaven on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, he broad jumped, breaking the record he held for about three decades at Zeeland High School, Class of 1943. In his last days at his home he prayed, "Lord, help me live my final days with love, joy and exuberance until the end." God answered his prayer. Although his body was ravaged with cancer, his face shined with radiance....
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Esther M. De Vries

May 26, 1937 - August 26, 2020

Esther M. De Vries, age 83, of Beaverdam, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen in 2013. Esther was a member of Beaverdam Reformed Church and currently the Christian Reformed Church. She volunteered for the Bible League and Crossroads Bible Institute. She is survived by her children; Dave and Karen De Vries of Zeeland...
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Joseph James "Jim" Dankovic

May 26, 1953 - August 26, 2020

Joseph James "Jim" Dankovic, 67, of Holland, passed peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at his home. Jim was born May 26, 1953, in Pittsburgh, to Joseph J. and Margaret (Tupi) Dankovic. He graduated from Munhall High School and later from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Jim married Deb Weaver on June 26, 1976. They moved to Holland, Michigan, for...
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Arloa Ten Harmsel

September 12, 1937 - August 26, 2020

Arloa Ten Harmsel, age 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Arloa was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was super social and enjoyed spending time with others. She was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and expressed forgiveness to others. She will be dearly missed. Arloa was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Ten Harmsel in...
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Joyce E. Mast

May 30, 1933 - August 25, 2020

Joyce E. Mast, age 87, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, August 25, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, a son, Kevin, and a grandson, Jordan. Joyce is survived by her children and grandchildren: Jill and Gary Ellens (Kira and Daryn Kuipers, Travis and Katie Ellens, Lindsay and Conrad Meekhof), Shari and Tom Compagner (Tyler and Nicole Compagner,...
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Jesse A. Hamric

May 8, 1980 - August 24, 2020

Jesse A. Hamric, age 40, of Fennville, died tragically on Monday, August 24, 2020, in Benton City, WA. Jesse was dedicated to his family and friends. He would give the shirt off his back to make sure that those he cared for had whatever they needed. Jesse proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine. Jesse worked as a land surveyor for Holland Engineering. In his free time, he loved to be...
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Kelley Jane Majcher

January 10, 1961 - August 21, 2020

Kelley Jane Majcher, age 59, of Holland, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 21, 2020. She retired from Spartan Nash as an Inventory Control Specialist in their distribution center. Kelley is survived by her husband of 25 years, Walter: step-daughter, Briana and Joe Alcala of Redmond, Washington; grandson, Julian; sisters and brother, Catherine and Joseph Bartos, Susan and Terry Bryant,...
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Gerald "Gary" Harsevoort

April 1, 1945 - August 21, 2020

Gerald (Gary) Harsevoort, 75, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020. Gerald was born April 1, 1945, in Holland, to Edward and Reka (Kooiker) Harsevoort. He graduated from West Ottawa High School and worked in the tool and die business. Gary married Virginia Hoezee in June of 1965 and they raised their three children in Zeeland. They are members of Faith Reformed Church. He was...
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Joel Gilcrest

October 7, 1955 - August 17, 2020

Joel Patrick Gilcrest, 64. Joel Patrick Gilcrest, born October 7, 1955, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and dear friend to many, entered into heaven on August 17, 2020. Joel lived a life of adventure with unending steadfast love and loyalty for his family, friends, and life's work. He became a pilot at age 15 and began to venture west on many skiing, fly fishing and outdoor...
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Wallace Oetman

January 12, 1927 - August 17, 2020

Wallace Oetman, age 93, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020. Wallace served in the United States Army during WWII as a medic. He was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was a great dad who was honest, caring, down to earth, and had impeccable integrity. He loved his family, particularly his grandchildren. He was a BIG MAN who loved to play. He was an avid gardener who...
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Barbara Bleeker

June 5, 1935 - August 15, 2020

Barbara Bleeker, 85, of Hamilton, died Saturday, August 15, 2020. Barbara was born June 5, 1935 on 38th Street in Allegan. She graduated from Allegan High School and married Henry George Bleeker on June 16, 1955. Barbara worked in the Hamilton Farm Bureau office, when children arrived, she stayed home to care for them. Later she worked in the Hamilton High School cafeteria. In her younger...
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Kevin Lee Becksford

October 28, 1974 - August 13, 2020

Kevin Lee Becksford age 45, of Holland, died Thursday, August 13, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Becksford and sister, Tricia Becksford. Kevin was a graduate of Hamilton High School and worked for several area body shops. He is survived by his father, Dale and Barb Becksford of Zeeland; son, Ben Becksford of Hudsonville; step- brothers and sister, Bruce Morren,...
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Donald Robinson, Sr.

August 24, 1933 - August 11, 2020

Donald Robinson Sr., age 86 of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He worked hard to provide for his family and was a wonderful husband and partner for 61 years to his wife, Pauline Robinson. Don was always ready with a joke and enjoyed making others smile. He loved animals, especially elephants and horses....
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Sandra Elgersma

November 24, 1957 - August 10, 2020

Sandra Elgersma, age 62, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020. Sandra was a wonderful mother and loved her grandchildren with everything she had. She dearly loved her dog, Bella and spending time at Sandy Pines. She was an amazing person and she gave her all at the end of her life. She is preceded in death by her sister, Brenda Benit; and her mother, Dorothy Benit. She is survived by...
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David Timmer

January 5, 1956 - August 10, 2020

David Timmer, age 64 of Zeeland, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Monday, August 10, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Barbara; their daughters: Jamie Timmer, Mandy Timmer and Kristin Timmer; his mother Helen Van Doornik; his siblings: Dan and Karen Timmer and Denise and Greg Waldron; brothers-in-law: Dale and Cathy Millard and Steve and Linda Millard; his...
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Howard Kouw

September 6, 1942 - August 10, 2020

Howard Kouw, age 77 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, August 10, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary; his children and grandchildren: Kevin and Rachael Kouw (Jaylen and Kaylee) and Lisa and Alan Finnie (AJ, Connor and Meghan); his siblings: Larry Kouw, Barb and Karl Weber; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Donna Kouw, Dee Besteman, Ginger and Fred English and Irene and Ard Den...
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Lenore Hope Rodriguez

October 17, 1956 - August 7, 2020

Lenore Hope Rodriguez, age 63, of Holland, passed away Friday, August 7, 2020 at her home. Lenore loved her grandchildren and her dogs, and enjoyed art as well. Lenore was preceded in death by her husband, Arturo G. Rodriguez in 1975; brothers, James Edward Paxton, Martin Luther Paxton, and Richard Thomas Paxton; and infant sister, Mary Irene Paxton. Lenore is survived by her son, Adam...
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Gertrude Trudy Scheerhorn

May 27, 1926 - August 7, 2020

Gertrude "Trudy" Scheerhorn finished her life's journey of 94 years on August 7, 2020 and is now sitting at the feet of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Carrying on her legacy are her seven children Steve (Diane) Scheerhorn, Gord (Marilyn Sue) Scheerhorn, Mark (Mary) Scheerhorn, Anne (Jan) Latvala, Jack (Jill) Scheerhorn, Dan (Sue) Scheerhorn, Jim (Tammy) Scheerhorn. She was preceded in...
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Dianna S. Machiela

May 21, 1963 - August 6, 2020

Dianna S. (Damber) Machiela, age 57, of Hamilton, died unexpectedly at her home on Thursday, August 6, 2020. She was a graduate of Allegan High School and worked for over 20 years as a Payroll Coordinator for Hope College. Dianna loved the outdoors and spent much of her time biking, kayaking, gardening, camping, and traveling. She and her husband Brian just celebrated 38 years of...
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Alvin H. VanDenBrink

August 17, 1924 - August 4, 2020

2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" Alvin H. VanDenBrink of Fennville, Michigan, went to his eternal home with his Lord and Savior at the age of 95 on August 4, 2020 at American House in Jenison. Alvin was born August 17, 1924 to the late Henry and Alice (VanKampen) VandenBrink in Holland, Michigan. He has been reunited with his...
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Arloa Kolean

September 9, 1939 - August 3, 2020

Arloa Kolean, age 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 3, 2020. Arloa was a loving wife, great mother, a very caring person with a super big heart and a green thumb. She especially loved her grandchildren. She was known for her caring servant heart and her love for all people. She and her husband were active members of Maranatha CRC for over 55 years. She was a faithful...
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Ruth Bouwman

September 26, 1926 - August 3, 2020

Ruth Lamar Bouwman, 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Holland on August 3rd. As a Holland native, she was deeply connected to the community, and leaves behind many dear friends and family members. Born in 1926, She was raised with her seven brothers on a farm on 66th Street. Ruth and her husband, Roger Paul Bouwman, raised their daughters, Barbara MacKinnon, Kathi Lee and Lauree Curran,...
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Luelen Johnston Brown

July 16, 1941 - July 31, 2020

Luelen Johnston Brown, age 79, of Holland, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020. Luelen was born on July 16, 1941, in Batesville Arkansas to William and Olga White. In her youth she enjoyed all sports, horseback riding, and joining her physician grandfather on house calls. In 1959 she married Harold Brown, the young man who had at one time delivered the newspaper to her family home....
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Neil J. Dykstra

August 5, 1933 - July 31, 2020

Neil J. Dykstra, 86, of Holland, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020, at his home. Neil was born in Zeeland on August 5, 1933, to Cornelius and Rena (De Jong) Dykstra. Neil worked several years at Zeeland Truck and Trailer, and the last half of his career at Genzink Steel. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Neil and Joyce volunteered for 12 years on World Renew's Disaster...
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Sally Lou Shimp

January 20, 1939 - July 30, 2020

Sally Lou Shimp, age 81, of Holland, Michigan, moved to her heavenly home on Thursday, July 30, 2020, following a long illness. Sally was born and raised in Holland, Michigan, the fourth of six children, to Neal and Dorothy Houtman. She attended Holland High School; and Eastern Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) and a Master of Arts degree...
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Gene Karl Van Rhee

September 25, 1945 - July 27, 2020

Gene Van Rhee, 74, of Caledonia, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 27, 2020. Gene was born September 25, 1945, in Zeeland, to Jarvis and Katherine (Seinen) Van Rhee. Gene graduated from Zeeland High School. He then graduated from the Michigan State Agriculture Dairy Tech Program. Gene worked as a dairyman for many years in his early work career. Gene worked the last half of his work...
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Betty Kraai

March 3, 1935 - July 26, 2020

Betty Kraai, age 85, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Betty celebrated 63 years of marriage to her husband Allen. Together they raised three great children and enjoyed their family, grandkids and great-grandchildren alike. Throughout life she enjoyed travel, being a wonderful cook and being an enthusiastic grandmother. One big accomplishment was her winning the Showcase Showdown on the...
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Nancy Overway

February 5, 1941 - July 26, 2020

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, God gently called our precious wife and mother, Nancy Overway, to her heavenly home. God blessed her with 79 years on this earth. Even though our hearts yearn for her, we are comforted by knowing that she is rejoicing in heaven. Immediate family members that mourn her departure include her husband, Norman, her children, Steven Overway and Laureen Overway, and her...
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Gordon J. Nagelkirk

September 15, 1927 - July 26, 2020

Gordon J. Nagelkirk, age 92, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel in 2011, brother Roger and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Larry Brower, Laverne Schaap, Clarence and Gladys Moll, Glenn and Sara Brower, Louis Brower, Marvin and Florence Brower, Elmer and Florence Pyle, Russell Horn and Don and Pauline Brower. Gord...
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Phyllis A. Hoeksema

July 20, 1936 - July 25, 2020

Phyllis Hoeksema age 84, of Zeeland, died Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Zeeland Hospital. She was the daughter of John and Dena Molter who preceded her in death as well as sister, Jeanne Streur and brothers-in-law, Jerald Streur and John Van Hoboken. She was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church where she was active in developing the GEMS program. She worked as an office administrator...
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Elaine Padding

November 27, 1931 - July 25, 2020

Elaine Padding, age 88 of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020. She is survived by her husband Orrin of 65 years; her brother-in-law Vern Padding and several nieces and nephews. Elaine was the youngest child of Gerrit and Bertha Haverdink. She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland and was employed at Hamilton Farm Bureau as an egg handler. She was preceded...
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