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Our Obituaries

Charlotte Klaasen

September 18, 1933 - November 10, 2019

Charlotte Klaasen, age 86 of Zeeland, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jay; her children: Roger and Kim Klaasen, Marlene and Chuck Dreyer, Vern and Joanne Klaasen, Jan and Curt Vande Polder and Arlyn and Cari Klaasen; 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren: sister: Marilyn Fish; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Leon and Alice Klaasen,...
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Anthony "Tony" Speet

September 27, 1919 - November 10, 2019

Anthony "Tony" Speet, age 100, of Holland, died Sunday, November 10, 2019 and is now in the arms of his Heavenly Father. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brantly Speet and siblings Gerald, Herm, Marvin, John, Barb Kopenaal, Adriana Wecker, Maxine Speet, Cleo Jerding, Robert, Ken. Tony was a lifelong member of Fourth Reformed Church and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army as a...
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Lavina Schipper

July 6, 1922 - November 9, 2019

Lavina Schipper, age 97 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019. She is survived by her children: Bonnie and Gary Meiste and Terry Schipper: grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ross Meiste, Jill and Jordan Emmick (Declan, Graysen, Lennon and Lincoln), Amanda and Corey Nagelkirk (Cameron, Carter and Cashton), Ashley and Nick Howe (Mason and Austin), Alyssa and Josiah Walcott ...
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Lola De Roo

April 1, 1948 - November 8, 2019

Lola De Roo, age 71 of Zeeland, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Friday, November 8, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Berwin; her children: Bruce and Amy De Roo, Dawn and Ted Vander Kooi, Valerie and Brent Leegwater, Mark and Michelle De Roo; 20 grandchildren: Amber and Jeremy Rillema, Alyssa and Matt Visser, Bryce De Roo, Kaitlyn and Tim...
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Preston Bontekoe

March 8, 1939 - November 7, 2019

Preston Bontekoe, age 80, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Preston was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He provided for his family well and they appreciated his wisdom. His basement was his favorite place. He served his country as a Marine from 1958-1961. He was a member of Fellowship Reformed Church. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly...
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Frederik "Fred" Moederzoon

January 16, 1935 - November 4, 2019

Frederik P. Moederzoon, age 84, of Caledonia, died Monday, November 4, 2019 at American House in Kentwood. He retired from Herman Miller following many years of employment. He was preceded in death by a sister, Wil Moederzoon, his parents and parents-in-law. Fred is survived by his wife, Sophia "Fia"; children, Kim McClain and Matt Nieboer of Hudsonville, Dwayne Moederzoon of Shelbyville...
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Erwin "Erk" Mast

December 1, 1932 - November 4, 2019

Erwin "Erk" Mast, age 86 of Zeeland passed away Monday, November 4, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Alnora; her children: Scott (Nancee) Mast, Pam (Cal) Boeve and Sandy (Mike) North; grandchildren: April and Pete VanVolkinburg, Dan Mast, Emilee and Joe Mally, Katie Scott, Josh and Jessica DeJong, Kendra Kulier, Lexi and Mitch Schutter, Braden North, step grandchildren: Meagan...
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Nellene Keen

October 16, 1923 - November 3, 2019

Nellene (Morren) Keen, 96 of Holland went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Nellene was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard J. Keen, sons-in-law: Ronald Hooey, Darrell Wheeler, and grandson Matthew Scott Johnson. Nellene was an exceptional woman, devoted to her faith and family. She will lovingly be remembered by her three daughters and son-in-law: ...
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Eilene "Ike" Caauwe

August 27, 1936 - November 2, 2019

Eilene "Ike" Caauwe, age 83, of Holland, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Appledorn Assisted Living Center. Eilene was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and along with her husband, Bob, enjoyed auctioning and collecting antique lamps. The most important things in her life were her grandchildren and her yard. Eilene was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Robert, on...
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John Bruursema

August 1, 1936 - November 2, 2019

John Bruursema, 83, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 2, 2019. John was born August 1, 1936, in Holland, to John and Pearl (Borgman) Bruursema. John graduated from Zeeland High School and later married Mary Lou Faber. John played on the Zeeland High football team, and he crowned Mary Lou the queen of the Zeeland High Homecoming Court. John and Mary Lou...
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Allen Dale Angell

February 17, 1930 - November 1, 2019

Allen Dale Angell Sr., age 89, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019. He was born in Petoskey, MI to Allen Clifford and Lorraine (Madsen) Angell on February 17, 1930. He graduated from Harbor Springs High School in 1948 and from Michigan State University in December 1952. He served in the United States Air Force from March 1953 – September 1957 as a pilot, reaching the rank of Captain. He...
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Rika Nyeboer

December 13, 1921 - October 31, 2019

Rika Nyeboer, age 97, of Zeeland, entered into her heavenly home on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Rika was born to Hendrik and Egberdina Goosselink on December 13, 1921 in Vriezenveen, Netherlands. After marrying John Nyeboer in January of 1949, the newlyweds immigrated to the United States in April of the same year. Rika and John built a home in Hamilton, MI. They attended Hamilton Reformed...
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Roger W Vanden Bosch

November 12, 1928 - October 31, 2019

Roger Vanden Bosch, age 90, of Zeeland, passed away Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Zeeland Hospital. Roger was a charter member of Community Reformed Church where he served on various committees including as an Elder, Deacon, Treasurer and Vice-President of Consistory. His work life included Parts Supervisor at John Kole Garage, General Electric and jobs at the pool hall and insurance sales....
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Earl "Webb" Dalman

July 30, 1929 - October 30, 2019

Earl "Webb" Dalman, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Webb was preceded in death by his son earlier this week, Clif Dalman. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joyce; children, Ron (Joyce) Dalman, Mark (Linda) Dalman, Linda (Paul) Boerman, Earl (Jan) Dalman; Neal (Jodi) Dalman; daughter-in-law, Brenda Dalman; 23 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 15 great great...
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Reverend Alvin Yates

February 20, 1943 - October 30, 2019

Reverend Alvin Yates, age 76 of Hamilton, faithful servant of God passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Eileen; his children: Angela Vandewarker (Jim), Andrew Yates (April), Anthony Yates, Justin Yates; grandchildren: Jessica Vandewarker, Joshua and Sarah Vandewarker, Jacob Yates, Austin Yates, Madison Yates, London Yates,...
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Lorene R. Geurink

January 17, 1936 - October 30, 2019

Lorene Geurink age 83, of Holland, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at an area care center. She was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church and worked for Russ' Commissary for 17 years. She was preceded in death by her son, Sherwin Geurink, and a grandson, Arlyn Geurink. Lorene is survived by her husband of 62 years, Alvin; daughter, Sandy and Mark Hoffman of Hamilton; Daughter-in...
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Beecher E. Childress

May 5, 1932 - October 30, 2019

Beecher Childress, age 87, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home. Beecher was a member of the New Vision Church, and retired from Holland Hitch/SAF after 28 years of employment. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae, in 1973; and daughter, Norma Auwema in 2005. Beecher is survived by his: Children Sandy (Kim) Schuck of Zeeland Fred (Angie) Childress...
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Joshua De Gram

October 22, 1983 - October 28, 2019

Joshua J. DeGram, 36, of Jenison, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 28, 2019. Joshua was born in Grand Haven on October 22, 1983. He graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2002. Josh graduated from Grand Valley State University with a software engineering degree and was working at Dominion Systems as a software developer. He married Kerri Lanning on September 13, 2008, and...
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Philip Lemmen

May 8, 1946 - October 28, 2019

Philip Lemmen , age 73, passed into the loving arms of His Savior on Monday, October 28, 2019. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 52 years, Sharon (Nienhuis); daughter, Hope VandenTop (Marcel) of Holland; son, Chad Lemmen (Jessica) of Holland; son, Scott Lemmen (Tolly) of Grand Rapids; beloved grandchildren, Elyssa and Gavin VandenTop. Also survived by Dylan and Sara Henson. He is also...
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Sandra (Wieghmink) Zuniga

May 21, 1944 - October 26, 2019

Sandra (Wieghmink) Zuniga, age 75 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 52 years Tomas; her children and grandchildren: Anna and Jon Pavlin (Zachary, Tyler and Kendra), Tomas Jr. and Heidi Zuniga (Will, Max and Tess); brother Del Wieghmink; sister-in-law Liz Villanueva and several nieces and nephews. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents...
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Eleanor M. Borr

March 8, 1934 - October 24, 2019

Eleanor Borr, 85, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 24, 2019. She was born in Zeeland on March 8, 1934 to Frank and Margaret Hoogland and was preceded in death by her parents, a son, David J. Borr and brother, John Hoogland. Eleanor was a charter member of Christ Memorial Church where she served in the music program for 50 years as organist, pianist and member of the...
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Warren Thomas Sanger

March 26, 1985 - October 23, 2019

Warren Thomas Sanger, age 34 of Zeeland passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2019 at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens, 5151 8th Ave., Grandville, MI 49418. Eulogy written by Warren's sister: We are gathered here today in the memory of my brother Warren Thomas Sanger. So that together we may acknowledge and...
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Carolyn Boer

March 4, 1931 - October 22, 2019

Carolyn Boer, age 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Carolyn was a dedicated single mother who faithfully raised her 4 children. She was a welcoming and generous grandmother who enjoyed a good card game and hard laughter. She worked for Lifesavers for 20+ years and after retirement worked for Resthaven Maplewoods in the kitchen. She was a member...
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Laura (Compagner) Vander Poppen

March 11, 1920 - October 20, 2019

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

October 26, 1927 - October 19, 2019

Carol Vander Hooning, of Hudsonville, MI went home to her Lord on Saturday, October 19, preceded by husband Robert (2010) and brother Rev. Paul DeVries (2000). She was born in Grand Rapids on October 26, 1927, to Fred and Anne (nee Lugers) DeVries. Carol was an active member of New Community Church. She enjoyed Sunday evening hymn sings around the piano, bike rides with grandchildren and...
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Charles F Rohr

November 2, 1932 - October 18, 2019

Charles Fredrick Rohr of Holland, MI passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019. Charles was born in Newton, IL on November 2, 1932 to George A. and Ruth M. (Staley) Rohr, and moved with his family to MI in 1943. He was the eldest of 7 children and the father of 8, and many knew him over the years as Charlie, Chuck or Fred. Charles is survived by 3 siblings and 7 children. Chuck was an...
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Walter J Pyka, Jr.

November 19, 1951 - October 17, 2019

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

June 5, 1932 - October 16, 2019

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

February 7, 1951 - October 14, 2019

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

November 9, 1934 - October 13, 2019

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

December 13, 1930 - October 12, 2019

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

April 9, 1991 - October 11, 2019

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

July 1, 1944 - October 11, 2019

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

October 13, 1934 - October 9, 2019

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

July 13, 1967 - October 9, 2019

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

November 17, 1936 - October 9, 2019

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

October 13, 1933 - October 8, 2019

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

July 15, 1938 - October 6, 2019

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

March 22, 1932 - October 6, 2019

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

August 3, 1934 - October 5, 2019

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

July 4, 1956 - October 4, 2019

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

February 2, 1967 - October 2, 2019

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

November 6, 1955 - September 30, 2019

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

September 6, 1947 - September 30, 2019

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

March 19, 1932 - September 30, 2019

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

June 6, 1956 - September 29, 2019

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

December 11, 1959 - September 28, 2019

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

January 14, 1937 - September 26, 2019

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

April 3, 1934 - September 26, 2019

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

October 24, 1942 - September 26, 2019

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

November 3, 1928 - September 25, 2019

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

August 14, 1927 - September 25, 2019

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

July 24, 1967 - September 25, 2019

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

August 7, 1942 - September 25, 2019

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

March 17, 1931 - September 24, 2019

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

September 12, 1928 - September 23, 2019

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

December 22, 1940 - September 22, 2019

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

March 10, 1924 - September 21, 2019

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

February 15, 1942 - September 20, 2019

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

February 7, 1945 - September 18, 2019

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

November 28, 1942 - September 17, 2019

After a short period of failing health, Paul William Brink passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 in Emeryville, CA with his wife of 54 years at his side. Paul, the eldest of five children, was born to Rev. Bill and Alta Mae Brink on November 28, 1942 in Goshen, Indiana. In junior high school, Paul met the love of his life, Karen Faye Koops. After completing Holland Christian High School...
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Carrie Ann Edney

March 20, 1974 - September 16, 2019

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

July 27, 1933 - September 16, 2019

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

July 26, 1941 - September 15, 2019

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

January 24, 1929 - September 15, 2019

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

December 7, 1935 - September 15, 2019

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

March 23, 2019 - September 14, 2019

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

September 25, 1932 - September 14, 2019

MARY LOU (RICHARDS) VANHEEST, age 86, of Holland On Saturday afternoon, September 14, Mary Lou slipped away into the arms of her Lord. Under Hospice care for many months at her Lakeside Vista residence, she was regularly visited by children and grandchildren. Her beloved husband Neil died November 23, 2018 and has now been reunited with Mary Lou. Farm, Faith, Family. Mary Lou was raised...
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Marla Joy Lindsay

February 16, 1934 - September 13, 2019

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

June 18, 1956 - September 12, 2019

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

January 13, 1937 - September 12, 2019

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

July 16, 1933 - September 9, 2019

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

March 17, 1941 - September 9, 2019

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

September 9, 1932 - September 7, 2019

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

October 23, 1968 - September 7, 2019

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

March 17, 1932 - September 6, 2019

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

August 22, 1960 - September 6, 2019

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

May 9, 1923 - September 6, 2019

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

March 16, 1937 - September 3, 2019

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

March 29, 1950 - September 3, 2019

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

December 28, 1962 - September 3, 2019

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

May 29, 1932 - September 2, 2019

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

May 3, 1932 - August 31, 2019

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

October 3, 1931 - August 31, 2019

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

May 9, 1931 - August 29, 2019

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

May 15, 1943 - August 29, 2019

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

July 7, 1933 - August 27, 2019

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

July 28, 1926 - August 26, 2019

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

March 19, 1924 - August 25, 2019

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

February 20, 1939 - August 25, 2019

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

July 3, 1942 - August 24, 2019

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

July 19, 1950 - August 22, 2019

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

July 29, 1925 - August 21, 2019

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

January 23, 1936 - August 20, 2019

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

April 11, 1943 - August 20, 2019

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

May 16, 1938 - August 16, 2019

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

April 14, 1947 - August 14, 2019

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

February 25, 1939 - August 14, 2019

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

September 8, 1938 - August 13, 2019

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

June 4, 1920 - August 12, 2019

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