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Our Obituaries

Jarvis B. Zoet

April 2, 1925 - September 29, 2016

Jarvis B. Zoet age 91, of Hamilton, was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Jarvis was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Hazel on September 13, 2016. He was a member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Marines, serving during WWII. He farmed in the Hamilton area for many years. Jarvis is survived by his children; Verna and...
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Simon N. Disselkoen

July 31, 1921 - September 28, 2016

Simon Disselkoen, 95, of Zeeland, passed away on September 28, 2016. Simon was born in Corsica, South Dakota, July 31, 1921, to Anthony and Anna (Hansum) Disselkoen. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-1945 in the Pacific Theater. Simon was a decorated disabled veteran, receiving a bronze star medal and a purple heart. Simon married Margaret Krommendyk in 1943. ...
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Martin Stegink

June 20, 1927 - September 28, 2016

The Reverend Martin Stegink, age 89, of Zeeland went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Martin was a member of Third Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. As a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, he served several churches, including: Rudyard, MI; Pompton Plains, NJ; Warren/Royal Oak, MI; Lincoln Center, IA; Prosper/Falmouth, MI; and Crookston, MN. Martin is...
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Myra Ratering

July 31, 1937 - September 27, 2016

Myra Ratering, age 79 of Zeeland went home to be with the Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 27, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Norman; their children: Michelle and Jeff Bagford, Camilla and Tim Mc Calmont and Steve and Karen Ratering; grandchildren: Lisa Bagford, Travis Bagford, Dylan and Guilia Mc Calmont, Trevor Mc Calmont, Katie and Mark Givens (Abigail Grace) Miriam...
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Henry B. Vanden Heuvel

July 3, 1937 - September 25, 2016

Rev. Henry B. Vanden Heuvel age 79, of Holland, was welcomed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 25, 2016. A faithful servant of the Lord, he was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1962. He served as pastor in the following Christian Reformed Churches; Lamont in Lamont, MI., Princeton in Grand Rapids,...
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Stephen John Swierenga

November 22, 1972 - September 23, 2016

Stephen John Swierenga, 43, of Holland, was welcomed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, September 23, 2016. Stephen was born in Holland, Michigan, on November 22, 1972, to John R. Swierenga Jr. and Virginia (Reeves) Swierenga. He was a lifelong and professing member of Harderwyk Ministries where as a youth he participated in Cadets. He enjoyed Friendship Ministries (SEM),...
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William Buis, Jr.

October 30, 1937 - September 22, 2016

William Buis, age 78, of Holland passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids. Bill was the third generation owner and operator of Buis Mattress Company, and a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Elks, Fennville Rod and Gun Club, Wolverine Seniors Golf Association and also a longtime member and board member of Holland...
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Donna Disselkoen

March 4, 1937 - September 22, 2016

Donna Disselkoen, age 79 of Holland, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband Sylvan, her children: Jeff and Tamara Disselkoen of Englewood, FL, Jill English of Grand Haven, Jodi and Keith Lokker of Holland; grandchildren: Maxwell Disselkoen, Mason Disselkoen, Carlen and Brent Seaver, Lauren English, Katelyn Lokker and Justine and Scott McCarty; in-laws:...
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Roy Whitaker

March 1, 1918 - September 22, 2016

Roy Whitaker, age 98, passed away early Thursday morning, September 22, 2016 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred in 1982 and son Jerry Whitaker. He is survived by his children; Kenneth (Gene) & Tootie Whitaker of Otsego, MI and Bill & Joyce Whitaker of Sun City, AZ; grandchildren, Kenneth Whitaker Jr. of Zeeland, Cindy K. Whitaker of Otsego,...
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Marilyn J. Bartlett

January 6, 1935 - September 21, 2016

Marilyn J. Bartlett age 81, of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Marilyn was born January 6, 1935. She graduated from St Mary's High School in Lansing, MI and married the love of her life, Gary Bartlett, in April of 1955. Along with her husband, Marilyn was a member of St Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Marilyn experienced great joy in...
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Ellen Schipper

June 11, 1929 - September 20, 2016

Ellen Joan (Walma) Schipper of Zeeland, MI, age 87, went to be with her Lord on September 20, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren in 1994, and also her seven brothers and sisters. She is lovingly remembered by her children Gwen (Phil) Foreman of Zeeland, Dale (Shelley) Schipper of Holland, Gaye (Ray) Mellema of New London, MN, and Kathy (Greg) De Jong of Winfield, IL. Ellen...
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Christina De Groot

June 17, 1922 - September 20, 2016

Christina De Groot, 94, of Zeeland, met her Lord and Savior face to face on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Christina was born June 17, 1922, in Ellsworth, Michigan, to Gerrit and Ida (Hennip) Postmus. She married Jacob De Groot and they raised their family in Holland. Christina and Jacob moved to Zeeland at retirement and became long time members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She was...
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Joyce Dornbush

July 31, 1940 - September 19, 2016

Joyce Dornbush of Holland, 76, was welcomed into her heavenly home on Monday, September 19, 2016. Joyce was the daughter of Gerrit and Albertha Van Wyhe. She was born in Carmel, Iowa, moved shortly after to Rock Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Hull Western Christian. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Sherwin Dornbush; two sons and one daughter, Mark (Yingfang) Dornbush,...
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Charles C. Aschbrenner

November 19, 1936 - September 18, 2016

Charles C. Aschbrenner age 79, of Holland, died Sunday, September 18, 2016. Charles, an Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Music, taught for 53 years at Hope College. He has lectured and adjudicated in addition to performing both as soloist and collaborative pianist thoughout Michigan and the Midwest as well as in Mexico, Portugal, France and Russia. His piano students have entered graduate...
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Jean Tienstra

October 14, 1925 - September 18, 2016

On September 18, 2016, Jean K. Tienstra died peacefully in her sleep at Appledorn Assisted Living Center, where she had lived since January. She was born Jansje Klasina Velthuis on October 14, 1925 in Groningen, The Netherlands, to Warner Jans and Klasina Velthuis. She entered nursing school at the Academisch Ziekenhuis in Groningen while enduring World War II, and graduated with a degree as...
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Robert "Bob" Timmer

October 20, 1950 - September 16, 2016

Robert "Bob" Timmer age 65, of Zeeland, died Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Zeeland Community Hospital. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Janna (Visser) Timmer in 2002. He retired from the Pfizer Co. following 35 years of employment and was a member of Community Reformed Church. Bob was the son of Willard and Delia Timmer, and is survived by his daughters, Rachel...
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Lynette Bell

June 14, 1978 - September 15, 2016

Lynette Bell, age 38 of Zeeland, loving wife and mother, went home to her Heavenly Father Thursday, September 15, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Matthew; her children: Landon, Bailey, Elliot and Lila; her father Dan Maly and Mary Schouten; siblings: Josh and Bobbie Maly, Dimitri Maly and Angela Maly; father-in-law Tom and Susan Bell; mother-in-law Marilyn Bell; brother-in...
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Richard Moore

April 7, 1938 - September 14, 2016

Richard George Moore entered into his eternal rest September 14, 2016, at the age of 78 years. He served his Lord in many capacities in the Protestant Reformed Churches. He was preceded in death by his daughter Brenda Brands, and a grandson Joseph Medema. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jannet, their children: Carolyn and Brian Tolsma, Lee Ann and Henry Ferguson, Denise and Brian...
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Hazel R. Zoet

January 9, 1926 - September 13, 2016

Hazel R. Zoet age 90, of Hamilton, was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at an area care center. She was a member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church. Hazel is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jarvis; children, Verna and Vern De Weerdt, John and Beth Zoet; 7 grandchildren, Mark and Stacey De Weerdt, Steve and Andrea De Weerdt, Dan and Bree De Weerdt, Sara and...
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Richard Dykstra

April 8, 1944 - September 12, 2016

Richard Dykstra, 72, of Hudsonville, was called in God's infinite wisdom to his eternal home on Monday, September 12, 2016. A faithful servant, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many, Richard will be greatly missed. Richard was born in Grand Rapids on April 8, 1944, to Donald and Tina (Holthof) Dykstra. He was a lifelong member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church...
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Melvin Boonstra

September 25, 1916 - September 11, 2016

Melvin Seymour Boonstra, age 99, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, September 11, 2016. Mel is survived by his children: Keith and Judy Boonstra of Holland, Kay and Philip Massaro of Phoenix, AZ, Dean and Becky Boonstra of Holland, Judi and Slavomir Kolada of Reno, NV; daughter-in-law Nancy Boonstra of Grand Haven; 13 grandchildren: Heather Boonstra and Amy Rutt,...
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Anna Mae Rooks Warren Erickson

December 25, 1925 - September 11, 2016

Anna Mae (Rooks Warren) Erickson, age 90, of Holland, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016 at her home in the Cottages of Appledorn. No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland.
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Melinda Ruth Hamstra

October 31, 1959 - September 7, 2016

Melinda Ruth Hamstra, aged 56, passed into the presence of her Heavenly Father on September 7, 2016, following a 5-year journey with cancer. Melinda was a Zeelander all her life, born to Alan and Donna Sytsma on Halloween in 1959. Melinda graduated from Zeeland High School in 1977 and married the love of her life, Stephen, on August 24, 1978. While Steve studied at Michigan State, Melinda...
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Terry C. VandenBosch

September 5, 1968 - September 5, 2016

Terry C. VandenBosch age 48, of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, September 5, 2016. He was a member of Oakland Christian Reformed Church where he was involved in Cadets and Building and Grounds. Terry was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps., serving from 1994-2001. He was employed by Metal Flow Corporation. Terry is survived by his wife, Lisa; children,...
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Frances Eding

May 1, 1931 - September 4, 2016

Frances M. Eding age 85, of Holland, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Lakeside Vistas, where she truly appreciated her caregivers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Eding in 1987. Frances was a long time member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church and volunteered at Holland Hospital for many years. Frances is survived by her children; Ron & Nancy Eding of Zeeland...
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Betty Mosher

June 14, 1929 - September 4, 2016

Betty Mosher, age 87 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, September 4, 2016. She is survived by her husband Ed, of 67 years; her children: David and Caroline Mosher of Altadena, CA, Gay and Duane Tucker of Zeeland, Richard and Lisa Mosher of Holland and Mary and Carl Van Wylen of Sand Lake; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law...
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Ellen (Nan) Froelich

August 7, 1928 - September 2, 2016

On Sept. 2, 2016, Ellen Ann (Nan) Beuker Froelich went into the Light of God. Nan was born in Grand Rapids on August 7, 1928, to Margaret Evelyn Trompen and Dr. Herman Beuker. Her family moved to Marshall MI, when Nan was a year old, where her father began his medical practice. Nan lived in Marshall until she graduated from high school. Following high school, Nan enrolled in Hope College and...
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Junior Nyboer

March 29, 1941 - September 1, 2016

Junior Nyboer age 75, of Zeeland, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at his home. Jun was preceded in death by his son, Terry in 1997. He was a member of Noordeloos Christian Reformed Church and former member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church where he served as elder. He owned and operated Hamilton Machine and Mold prior to retirement. He served on the Hamilton Fire Department as a...
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Luanne Riemersma

April 9, 1938 - August 29, 2016

Luanne Riemersma, 78, of Zeeland, died peacefully on Monday, August 29, 2016 at an area care center. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo in 2006 and a son, Bill in 2001. Luanne is survived by her sons, David and Emily Riemersma of Grand Haven, Doug and Karen Riemersma of Zeeland; 12 grandchildren, 9 great...
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Verna Van Rhee

March 1, 1926 - August 29, 2016

Verna (Boeve) Van Rhee, 90, of Zeeland went to be with her Lord August 29 following a short illness. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin who she married in 1946, son Steven, brothers Rolland and Lloyd and sister Rosalie. She leaves behind her children, Jo-Ann and Jan Petersen of Holland, Gary and Diane Van Rhee of Drenthe, Larry Van Rhee and Nancy Van Rhee of Zeeland; 14...
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Heather Nicole De Roo

August 20, 1985 - August 27, 2016

Heather Nicole De Roo, age 31 of Chicago, IL, formerly of Zeeland, MI, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016. She is survived by her son Landon De Roo; her longtime companion Kevin Reid; her mother Karen Thorp and Jerry Craner; her father Richard and Tammy Thorp, siblings: Jennifer and Feller Galaviz and Richard Thorp Jr. Heather graduated from Zeeland High School in 2004 and enrolled in...
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Helen Walters

August 9, 1924 - August 27, 2016

Helen (Beck) Walters, age 92 of Bentheim went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, August 27, 2016. She is survived by her children: Mary Gibbs of Bentheim, Bob and Cris Walters of Bentheim, Rog and Phyllis Walters of Hamilton, Dianne Jacobs of Saugatuck, Larry and Joyce Walters of Bentheim, Keith and Ann Walters of Bentheim; 12 grandchildren: Helen and Craig Zeerip, Chad and Rebecca...
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James "Jim" Postma

April 5, 1931 - August 27, 2016

James "Jim" Postma, 85, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Holland Hospital. Jim was born in Holland, Michigan, on April 5, 1931, to John and Agnes (De Bree) Postma. Jim married Ladelle Schaafsma and they raised their family in Zeeland and at First Christian Reformed Church. Jim worked as a cabinet maker at Herman Miller for 41 years and retired in September of 1992. ...
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Elmer De Frell

April 14, 1930 - August 27, 2016

Elmer De Frell, age 86, of Holland was welcomed into the arms of his loving Lord and Savior on August 27th, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Elmer, a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, grew up on the De Frell family farm located on the south side of Holland. As many young men did at that time, Elmer found his bride Arlene through skating at the local roller...
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Easton Mark Vizithum

August 25, 2016 - August 25, 2016

Easton Mark Vizithum, infant son of Mark and Christina was born into heaven on August 25, 2016. Easton is survived by his parents Mark and Christina Vizithum, his big sister Elliana, his grandparents: Thomas and Jean Vizithum, Vern and Debra Slagh, great-grandmother Barbara Slagh, and many extended family. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 pm, Thursday, 9-1-16 in Zeeland Cemetery,...
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Ruby Mc Donald

May 9, 1932 - August 24, 2016

Ruby Mc Donald, age 84, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Ruby was a hard working mother of eight children who loved her grandchildren very much. She spent many years working at Textron and later worked at Meijer where she enjoyed greeting everyone who walked through the doors. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Elston Mc Donald; grandson, Jesse Clawson; and...
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Donald Eggebeen

September 26, 1928 - August 23, 2016

Donald Eggebeen, age 87, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Don was a member of the Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church, member of the Men's society and the choir. He has served on the Council as an Elder. He graduated from Calvin College, received his masters from Texas A & M. He taught at Northern Michigan Christian High School, McBain, MI,...
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Tou Inthavong

March 10, 1971 - August 23, 2016

Tou Inthavong, age 45 of Holland, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at his home. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland. The funeral service will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the funeral home.
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Juanice Peterson

February 17, 1926 - August 22, 2016

Juanice Peterson, age 90, of Holland, went in to the loving arms of her Savior on Monday, August 22, 2016. Loving wife of Everett, mother of Cheryl and Jim Cnossen and Doug and Vickie Peterson; beloved grandmother to Kirsten and Brian Field, Greg and Elizabeth Peterson, Jill and Jeff Mortimer; great grandmother to Jackson, Ellery, Addley and Lydia. There was no better grandmother! Juanice...
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Bonnie Schrotenboer

May 24, 1950 - August 17, 2016

Bonnie Schrotenboer, 66, of Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at her home. Bonnie was born May 24, 1950, to Cornelius and Anna (Schreur) Grasman. She attended Beaverdam Christian School and graduated from Unity Christian High School. Bonnie met the love of her life, Larry Schrotenboer. Bonnie and Larry married April 16, 1971, and raised their family in Hamilton. Bonnie...
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John L. Decker

August 31, 1935 - August 15, 2016

Arrivederci. Aloha. Ate 'Logo. Adios. Auf Wiedersehen. Sayonara. Farewell to our husband, our father, our brother, our uncle, our cousin, our grandfather, our friend. Just shy of his 81st birthday, John Leonard Decker was surrounded by his wife Blanche and their two sons John Alan and Mike Keith as he quietly passed away on August 15th of 2016. John and Blanche became true partners in life...
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Donald L. Van Huis

May 4, 1920 - August 15, 2016

Donald L. Van Huis, age 96 of Holland went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, August 15, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Wendy; children: Tom Van Huis of Baldwin, Jan and Jack Langeland of Holland, Bob and Mary Van Huis of Hamilton; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Mike and Nancy Van Huis (Angelena and Zachery), Laurie and Douglas Penn (Kai and Kintla), Michelle and...
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Joan Prys

July 18, 1929 - August 13, 2016

Joan Prys, 87, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Zeeland Hospital. Joan was born July 18, 1929, in Fenwick, Michigan, to George and Ella (Wilson) Phillips. After school and starting her work career she married Eugene Prys. They raised their family in Holland and Phoenix, Arizona. Joan worked for GE for 26 years prior to her retirement. She was preceded in death by...
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Jennifer Hoefer Merjanian

March 8, 1978 - August 12, 2016

Jennifer Hoefer Merjanian, age 38 of Marietta, GA, recently of Holland, has found peace and is safe in the arms of Jesus. Jennifer had been a medical assistant in urology, ob-gyn and general practices in the Atlanta area for many years. She recently moved to Holland and was working at Holland Inc. and was attending Ridge Point Community Church. Jennifer was preceded in death by her...
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Wanona Pyle

October 31, 1932 - August 12, 2016

Wanona Pyle, 83, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016, at American House. Wanona was born October 31, 1932, in Holland, to Edward and Minnie (Alofs) Van Tatenhove. She graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1950 and later married Reynold Pyle. Wanona and Reynold raised their family in Zeeland and were members of First Reformed Church. She is survived by her...
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Robert "Bob" Vollink

February 5, 1937 - August 12, 2016

Robert "Bob" Vollink, age 79, of Holland, passed away Friday, August 12, 2016 at the American House. Bob was a charter member of Haven Christian Reformed Church and current member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland. He owned and operated Bob's Barber Shop in Zeeland for 55 years and was a Holland Township Volunteer Firefighter for 30 years. Bob loved hunting, fishing, outdoor sports and...
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Sherry Veldhuis

November 4, 1937 - August 11, 2016

Sherry Veldhuis age 78, of Zeeland, died Thursday, August 11, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family, following a long battle with cancer. Sherry was born on November 4, 1937, along with twin brother, Sidney to John and Susanna Vande Vusse. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Gary Vande Vusse, mother and father-in-law, and several in-laws and a nephew. Sherry and Leon...
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Arthur L. Dirkse

May 13, 1943 - August 11, 2016

Art (Arthur) Dirkse, 73, passed away on August 11, 2016. He was born to Herman & Genevieve Dirkse in Holland, MI in 1943. Art is survived by his wife, Jan (Wiersma) and children, Leah Dirkse, and Joe & Jibbie Dirkse. Brothers and sisters; Rich & Carol Dirkse, Lois Morera, Roger Dirkse, Phil & Jan Plasman, and Pennie Tomlinson and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Art was a graduate of...
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Juan Teo

June 11, 1970 - August 10, 2016

Juan Teo, age 46 of Holland passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He is survived by his children: Samuel Teo of New Mexico, Teresa Teo of Holland and Joshua Teo of Holland; his former wife Ana Teo of Holland; stepdaughter Tanya and Adam Marshall of Holland; sisters: Shelly and Washington Ramirez of Georgia and Eva Polanco of Guatemala. ...
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Carol Van Order

May 2, 1929 - August 9, 2016

Carol M. Van Order, 87, of Hamilton, passed away on August 9, 2016. Carol was born May 2, 1929, in Grand Rapids, to Carl and Charlotte (Terwee) Frey. She graduated from Union High School and later married Milan Van Order. Carol and Milan raised their five sons in Hamilton. Carol worked for Michigan Bell Telephone for 35 years prior to her retirement. Carol and Milan enjoyed their 36 years...
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William Wayne Jellema

June 25, 1927 - August 8, 2016

William Wayne Jellema, born in Ridgeland, Wisconsin June 25, 1927, died August 8, 2016, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. While he was beset in the last years by challenges to his mind and memory, he retained until the last day his irrepressibly positive approach to life, sharp sense of humor, warm smile, and everlasting love of conversation and a good walk. On his 17th birthday in 1944,...
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Maurice Fitzharris

September 30, 1926 - August 7, 2016

Maurice E. Fitzharris, age 89, of Holland, passed away Sunday August 7, 2016 at Resthaven Care Center. Maurice served in the US Navy for 20 years and was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Maurice was preceded in death by his wife Nellie in 2002 and his daughter, Daryl Ann Mucha, in 2015. He will be lovingly...
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Evelyn J. Rietberg

June 25, 1932 - August 6, 2016

Evelyn June Rietberg (Huizenga) Evelyn Rietberg was reunited with her loved ones in the presence of God on August 6th following a lengthy, grace-filled struggle with cancer. As she was quick to note, she was proud to be "a Zeeland farm girl," one of seven children born to William and Alice Huizenga. She attended Zeeland and Holland Christian Schools and studied voice in high school with Norma...
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Jeremie Oosting

June 17, 1981 - August 4, 2016

Jeremie Scott Oosting age 35, of Zeeland, died Thursday, August 4, 2016. He was a member of Bethany CRC, a Parkview Home resident and attended Bella Vita. He is survived by his parents, Dale and Sheryl Oosting; siblings, Alisha and Grant; grandparents, Carole and Jim Zaffino, Gary and Cindy Wilks, Wes and Sharon Oosting; many loving family members and his Parkview family. A memorial...
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Daniel J. Meengs

February 15, 1951 - August 2, 2016

Daniel J. Meengs age 65 of Dorr, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from injuries received in a farming accident. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tami in 2013 a son, Samuel Meengs in 2007, and his parents, Lloyd and Gertrude Meengs. He is survived by his children, Jessica and Zachary Wetta of Chicago, Mike Meengs of Zeeland, and Jonathan Meengs of Holland, grandchildren,...
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Hester Tuinstra

December 21, 1922 - August 1, 2016

Hester Tuinstra, age 93 of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, August 1, 2016. She is survived by her children: Marcia and Jay Vanden Bosch of Zeeland, Lillian and Peter Paasman of Hudsonville, Don and Deb Tuinstra of Zeeland, Rick and Bev Tuinstra of Zeeland and Deb and Terry Nagelkirk of Zeeland; 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; sister Margie Calkins Hines...
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Gerald "Jerry" Kempker

March 2, 1938 - July 31, 2016

Gerald D. "Jerry" Kempker, 78, of Hamilton, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Gerald was born March 2, 1938, in Hamilton, Michigan, to Cornelius and Estelle (Stegenga) Kempker. Jerry worked as a carpenter and eventually bought his own dairy farm. He enjoyed working both professions for many years prior to his retirement. Jerry enjoyed talking about RFD TV, horses, farming, cows,...
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Marian Becksvoort

March 6, 1920 - July 30, 2016

Marian Becksvoort, age 96, of Holland, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Appledorn Living Center. Marian was a former long-time member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, in 2002, as well as all of her siblings and several in-laws. Marian is survived by her: Sons Terry D. and Linda R. Becksvoort of Holland Paul and...
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Marilyn E. Baruth

March 10, 1939 - July 28, 2016

Marilyn Baruth (Easley) died peacefully in her own home on July 28th, 2016. She was 77. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Baruth, and her parents, Daryl and Edna Easley. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Nancy E. Delaney (Jerry) and two grandchildren, Jerard Delaney III and Colleen Delaney. Marilyn is also survived by one sister, Sheryl Wachter (Dr. Ronald...
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Karen Dian DeJonge

September 3, 1953 - July 27, 2016

Karen DeJonge 62, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday July 27 surrounded by family and friends. She will be deeply missed. Karen was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 3, 1953 to Charles Haltenhoff and Harriet (Heininger). Karen graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1971. She then went on to nursing school in Muskegon where she graduated in 1977. She started her career at Holland Hospital...
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Edward "Ed" Leon Cammenga

September 27, 1929 - July 26, 2016

Edward Leon Cammenga, 86, of Holland, went to glory and into the presence of his heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Ed was born on September 27, 1929, to John and Mildred Cammenga, the second of three sons. All his life, Ed was a woodworker-a very skilled woodworker-a trade learned from his father. For many years he was involved in the manufacture of grandfather clocks, serving as...
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Gerard H. Maat

November 14, 1942 - July 26, 2016

Gerard H. Maat, age 73, of Holland, was translated to glory Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Holland Hospital. Gerard was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and was employed at H.J. Heinz Co. in the payroll department for 34 years. Gerard was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna Maat, and sister, Magdalena Swier. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Adele; children, Timothy and...
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Paul Kraak

April 24, 1927 - July 26, 2016

Paul Kraak, 89, of Holland, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Paul was born April 24, 1927, in Holland, Michigan, to Peter and Lida (Kruithof) Kraak. He married Elsie Essenburg October 27, 1950. Paul and Elsie were members of Central Wesleyan Church. Paul worked as a tool and die designer and retired from Hart and Cooley. He also worked for Dynamic Design doing similar work. Paul is...
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Willis "Bill" De Wys

April 22, 1922 - July 25, 2016

Willis "Bill" De Wys, age 94, of Holland, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Medilodge of Holland. Bill was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church, and was a self-employed painter. He deeply loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; sisters, Christine Kemme and Linda...
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Robert "Bob" Weenum

September 3, 1939 - July 24, 2016

Robert "Bob" Weenum, 76, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at his home. Bob was born in Borculo on September 3, 1939, to Jacob and Hattie (Vanden Heuvel) Weenum. Bob married the love of his life, Lil Boetsma, on April 28, 1960. Bob and Lil were members of Borculo Christian Reformed Church and raised their family in Borculo. Bob was a professional truck driver, and drove for...
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Adam Lee Ramirez

October 6, 2015 - July 23, 2016

Adam Lee Ramirez, age 9 months, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI after losing his battle with rejection of his liver transplant. Adam was a happy, beautiful baby and his family will dearly miss, and never forget, their "Super-Baby Adam." Adam is survived by his parents, Christian and Amy Ramirez of Holland;...
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Larry W. Essenburg

August 31, 1948 - July 22, 2016

Larry W Essenburg, 67, of Holland, passed away peacefully late Friday July 22, 2016 at home, after a year and a half long battle with cancer. Larry was born in Holland and graduated from West Ottawa High school. He served his country in Vietnam as a member of the US Army. He was a member of Christ Memorial Reformed Church where he enjoyed teaching Sunday school for many years. Larry and...
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Edith L. Pluister

May 13, 1932 - July 22, 2016

Edith L. Pluister, age 84, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 22, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence "Larry" on July 9, 2016. She is survived by her children: Laura Ten Harmsel of Zeeland, Pam and Bill Palmbos of Zeeland, Linda and Scott Brouwer of Holland, Randy and Laura Pluister of Zeeland, Tim and Sue Pluister of Zeeland, Nancy and...
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David V. Snow, Sr.

January 27, 1938 - July 21, 2016

David V. Snow, Sr. age 78 of Holland, went to be with his Lord, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, July 21, 2016. David is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce; children, Sandi and Randy Brown of Holland, Susan and Michael Curnalia of Tucson, AZ, David Jr. and Teryl Snow of Nicholasville, KY, and Amy Snow of Carmel, IN; grandchildren, Kara Brown, Kellie and Ryan Hannah, Jackson Brown,...
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Lawrence "Larry" Sal

May 7, 1924 - July 20, 2016

Lawrence Sal, age 92, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Zeeland. Larry was a charter member of Haven Reformed Church of Hamilton where he served as an Elder, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent. Larry loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club where he enjoyed interacting with children,...
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John W. Faber

November 7, 1927 - July 20, 2016

John William Faber born November 7, 1927, passed unto glory forever to be with his Lord and Savior on July 20, 2016. John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie (Vander Woude) Faber, brothers-in-law William F. Faber, and Oscar Faber. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Margaret Faber Faber, son Michael (Andrea) Faber, Lisa-Lynne Faber, grandson Donovan Faber, brothers: William...
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Dirk H. Elferink

July 1, 1921 - July 18, 2016

Dirk H. Elferink, 95, of Zeeland, formerly of Martin, passed away on July 18, 2016. Dirk was born in Martin on July 1, 1921, to Henry and Jennie (Van Duin) Elferink. He graduated from high school and served his country during WWII in U.S. Army. Dirk married Wilma Jean Orris and they raised their four children on their family farm. Dirk also worked for Plainwell Paper for 23 years before his...
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Viola Volkers

January 1, 1935 - July 17, 2016

Viola Jean Volkers, age 81 of Holland, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016. She was born in Painsville, KY to Shem & Rosanne (Collins) Blanton. Viola had a great love for her family, friends and work at Point West and the Village Inn Pizza Parlor. She is survived by her daughters Jean and Kirk Kuipers; Vicky and Jason Thomas, Donna and Dave Felix; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, brother...
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Bernice Van Spyker

January 2, 1929 - July 17, 2016

Bernice Van Spyker, 87, of Forest Grove, went home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Bernice was born in Grand Rapids on January 2, 1929, to Frank and Johanna (Kornelje) Nienhuis. She married Clifford Van Spyker April 29, 1948, and they raised their family in Forest Grove. Bernice and Cliff were charter members of Forest Grove Christian Reformed Church. Bernice worked for...
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Eleanor Roberts

June 13, 1924 - July 15, 2016

Eleanor Jordan Caruthers Roberts died Friday, July 15, 2016 in Holland Hospital. She was born Friday, June 13, 1924 in Worthington, Ohio, the second child of Paul R. and Martha Shaw Caruthers. Her ancestors included veterans of the American Revolution and Civil War. Eleanor spent most of her childhood surrounded by seemingly countless aunts, uncles and cousins in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, a town...
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Pearl Breuker

January 31, 1929 - July 13, 2016

Pearl Breuker, age 87 of Zeeland passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband Jay; her children: Linda and Gerald Van Kampen of West Columbia, SC, Diane Sale of Holland, Lois and Kevin Brouwer of Holland, Dennis and Brenda Breuker of Olive Center and Paula and Loran DeFeyter of Holland; 10 grandchildren: Cathy and Myron Watterson, Tonya...
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Robert "Bob" Lee

March 9, 1942 - July 12, 2016

Robert "Bob" Lee, 74, of Allegan, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Holland Hospital. Robert was born in Bedford, Indiana, on March 9, 1942, to William and Dana (Hickman) Lee. He graduated from high school and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He married his wife Georgia and they moved to Owosso. Bob and Georgia and family lived in Owosso for 19 years before moving to Allegan for the...
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Lawrence Pluister

May 31, 1928 - July 9, 2016

Lawrence Pluister, age 88 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, July 9, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Edith; his children: Laura Ten Harmsel of Zeeland, Pam and Bill Palmbos of Zeeland, Linda and Scott Brouwer of Holland, Randy and Laura Pluister of Zeeland, Tim and Sue Pluister of Zeeland, Nancy and Mike Morren of Zeeland; 15 grandchildren and 33 great...
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Alma Jean Thomas

January 12, 1920 - July 8, 2016

Alma Jean (Geerds) Thomas, 96 died peacefully at the Boersma Cottage at Resthaven on July 8, 2016 surrounded by family. She was born January 12, 1920 to Henry A. and Jean (Brunink) Geerds. She graduated from Holland High School in 1938 and the Bayonne Hospital School of Nursing Bayonne, New Jersey in 1941. Following graduation she joined her parents in Fort Devens, Massachusetts and...
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Matthew Van Dam

March 1, 1987 - July 6, 2016

Matthew Lee Van Dam, age 29 of Hudsonville went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 6, 2016 after a courageous 3 ½ year battle with cancer. Matt was an avid NASCAR fan; he loved football but mostly enjoyed sharing his unique sense of humor with his family and friends. Matt is survived by his parents Dennis and Sharon Van Dam of Hudsonville, siblings: Karla Van Dam (Brown)...
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Gordon Schrotenboer

June 19, 1932 - July 5, 2016

Gordon Schrotenboer, 84, of Holland, went to be his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Gordon was born in Holland on June 19, 1932 to Arthur and Jean Schrotenboer. Gordon graduated from Holland High School, Davenport University and received his B.A. from Detroit College of Business. Gordon was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1951-1955. He spent time...
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Delwin G Kempkers

January 27, 1939 - July 5, 2016

Delwin G. Kempkers, age 77, of Hamilton, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 in Allegan at Wings Home. Delwin was a member of Hamilton Reformed Church, and a volunteer with the Hamilton Fire Department. He was a retired farmer who enjoyed golfing and hiking while wintering in Arizona and helping his children and grandchildren with projects around their houses. Delwin also served his country in...
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Bonnie Nagelkirk

August 3, 1929 - July 5, 2016

Bonnie Nagelkirk, age 86 of Zeeland passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Sonny; her sons: Mike Nagelkirk of Holland, Steve and Elizabeth "Sam" Nagelkirk of Marquette, MI and Mark and Barb Nagelkirk of Zeeland; nine grandchildren: Ali 'Nagelkirk' Coley, Jeff Nagelkirk, Brie 'Nagelkirk' Long, Jessica Nagelkirk, Liza Nagelkirk, Kat Nagelkirk, Jordan...
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Cal Van Den Bosch

January 24, 1940 - July 4, 2016

Calvin T. Van Den Bosch Sr., 76, of Burnips, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016, at his home. Cal was born January 24, 1940, in Zeeland, to Martin and Dena (Besteman) Van Den Bosch. Cal was raised in Zeeland and became a truck driver. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. Cal was a member of the Dorr Christian Reformed Church, and he was preceded in death by his children: Wayne Van Den...
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Thim Bouathong

April 2, 1957 - July 3, 2016

Thim Bouathong, 59, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at her home. She was born in Thailand on April 2, 1957. As she became a young woman she met Ounheuane and they married. They raised their family in Laos. When war and turmoil came they fled to the United States where she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Thim continued to raise her family and worked for Shoreline...
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MaKenna Rae Fraaza

December 17, 2012 - July 3, 2016

MaKenna Rae Fraaza, age 3, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, July 3, 2016. She is survived by her parents: Tammi Fraaza and Dillon Jones; grandparents: Lyle and Jan Fraaza, Jodie and Kendall Marlink and Stacey and Kelly Jones; aunts and uncles: Tonya and Eddie Longoria, Chad Fraaza, Heidi Fraaza, Ryan and Tamara Fraaza, Julie and Brad Veltema, Paul Fraaza, Tracy...
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Robert Nyhoff

October 27, 1932 - July 3, 2016

Robert "Bob" Nyhoff, age 83 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Lorraine; his children: Ron and Carol Nyhoff of Jenison and Dave and Cindy Nyhoff of Zeeland; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Holly and Jeff Twiest (Evelyn and Esther), Brad Nyhoff, Sarah and Chad Kraai, Ben and Kristen Nyhoff and Adam Nyhoff; sister Carol and Peter...
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Vern Vander Ploeg

December 20, 1931 - July 2, 2016

Vern Vander Ploeg, age 84, of Holland, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 in Holland. Vern was a member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of Ninth Street (Pillar) Christian Reformed Church where he was a Sunday school teacher, a founder of their Cadet program and a deacon. Vern graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1949 and proudly served his country during the Korean...
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LuAnn Wolbert

September 19, 1951 - July 2, 2016

LuAnn Wolbert, 64, of Zeeland, died Saturday, July 2, 2016, from injuries sustained in an automobile collision last week. LuAnn was born in Grand Rapids, on September 19, 1951. She was the daughter of James and Rena (Woudwyk) Vander Kolk. She graduated from Holland Christian High School. LuAnn worked for many years at Kohl's and raised her two sons in Holland. She married James Wolbert in...
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Sylvia Ramaker

November 28, 1919 - July 1, 2016

Sylvia Ramaker, 96, of Holland, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016. Sylvia was born in Holland on November 28, 1919, to Hessel and Jeltje (Vander Wal) Turkstra. The Turkstra family owned the Just It Bakery on 7th Street and Sylvia learned to work and have fun at the bakery with her parents and siblings. She later married Harold "Herk" Ramaker during WWII, and they raised their three...
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David A Draisma

October 2, 1960 - June 28, 2016

David A. Draisma, age 55, of Holland, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Lapeer, MI, and is now in the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus. David was a 1978 graduate of Holland Christian High School, had previously worked at Huizenga Redi-Mix and was currently employed at Zook Farm Equipment where he was an award winning salesman for many years. David was also an active member of...
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Lois Newhouse

January 17, 1920 - June 20, 2016

Lois Newhouse, age 96 of Zeeland passed away Monday, June 20, 2016. She is survived by her children: Paul Newhouse and Verena Brunner of Ann Arbor, James and Marj Newhouse of Holland, Betty and Lyle Brower of Burnips and Mark and Nancy Newhouse of Grand Junction, CO; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Julie Newhouse, Wendi and Reverend Scott Los (Charissa and Tyler Duncanson, James and...
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Harvey Buter

June 24, 1923 - June 20, 2016

Harvey Buter age 92, of Holland, died Monday, June 20, 2016 at American House in Holland. He was born to Thomas and Jennie Buter in Holland, MI. in 1923 and was a lifelong Holland resident. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeane in 2003. Harvey graduated Hope College in 1948 after serving his country in Central Europe and Rhine River from 1943-1946 as a member of the US Army. He...
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Arden Shuck

August 27, 1934 - June 19, 2016

Arden Shuck, age 81 of Holland passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Harriet; his children: Kevin Shuck, Kurt and Susan Shuck, Kim and Sandra Shuck; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Selma Vande Schraaf and Carol De Kleine and aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Langeland-Sterenberg...
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Matthew Martinez

March 6, 1987 - June 18, 2016

Matthew Martinez, age 29, of Hamilton, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Saturday night, June 18, 2016. Matthew was employed at Coastal Container and volunteered often at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where he was a member. Matthew loved his family and sports. Matthew is survived by his: Parents Chino and Zulema Martinez of Hamilton Siblings ...
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Winifred Hollenbach

January 25, 1912 - June 18, 2016

Winifred Hollenbach, of Holland, died Saturday, June 18. She was 104 years old. Winifred, or "Winnie", as she preferred to be called, was born and raised in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Following graduation, she went to Paris, France, to attend the Alliance Francais, but with World War Two looming, she later...
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Amparo Ramirez

March 12, 1927 - June 17, 2016

Amparo Ramirez, age 89 of Holland, passed away peacefully on Friday June 17, 2016 at Resthaven Care Center. Amparo was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was dearly loved by all her family. She enjoyed playing bingo and dancing with her husband at the Latin Dance Club "El Poso" in Muskegon. She is now dancing with him once again in Heaven. Amparo was preceded in death by her husband...
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Peter Anthony "Tony" Weller

February 4, 1920 - June 15, 2016

Peter Anthony (Tony) Weller, 96, a resident of Holland, MI, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at home. He was born February 4, 1920 at home in Holland, MI to Peter and Huberdina Weller. After graduating from Holland High School, his love of airplanes led him to earn a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of Michigan. While in college, he met Evelyn Mulder, also from...
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Art Kraai

July 22, 1932 - June 15, 2016

Art Kraai, age 83 of Zeeland passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at his home. He is survived by his loving children: Deb Kloosterman of Zeeland, Sue and Erwin Schutte of Zeeland, Kirk and Jodi Kraai of Zeeland; his son-in-law Michael Ruch of Kentwood; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; his sister Shirley Van Hoven of Zeeland; sisters-in-law: Phyllis Grassmid, Bertha Mae Diekema and...
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Donald Scott Howard

December 10, 1951 - June 15, 2016

Donald Scott Howard, age 64, of Holland died on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Donald was born and raised in West Michigan, but later moved to San Antonio Texas where he spent most of his adult life. Donald will be deeply missed and will be remembered as a devoted father and grandfather. Donald was preceded in death by his parents Inez Gray-Whitaker and Donald Gray. He is survived by his...
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