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Our Obituaries

Louis Taylor

April 21, 1918 - October 14, 2017

Louis Taylor, age 99 of Allendale, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette; his daughter Lili Wyngarden; his son Norman Taylor; his granddaughter Bethany Taylor and his great granddaughter Gracie Dutmers. Louis is survived by his children: Yvonne and Dan Ritsema and Jack and Phyllis Taylor; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jennifer and Tim...
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John Theodore Hoogland

February 12, 1923 - October 13, 2017

John Theodore Hoogland, passed away at age 94. John was born February 12, 1923 in Bozeman, Montana to Frank and Margaret Hoogland. He married Esther Meengs in 1948 and after 71 years together (married for 69 years) were blessed with four children: Jan (Jeff) Kenniston, Frank (Deb) Hoogland, Brian (Melissa) Hoogland and Lisa (Louis) Timmer; 12 grandchildren: Kara (Craig) VanDenBerg, Karter ...
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Julianna G. Ryzenga

February 14, 1921 - October 9, 2017

Julianna G. Ryzenga age 96, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 9, 2017. She the daughter of Edward and Johanna Ryzenga, and was a life-long member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Julianna helped work the family farm until it was sold and then she and her sister, Gladys, cleaned houses for many years She is survived by several cousins and...
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Gordon L. Laninga

May 29, 1935 - October 8, 2017

Gordon Lee Laninga, formerly of Newaygo and Grand Rapids, passed away October 8, 2017 at Appledorn Living Center of Holland. He was 82. Born May 29, 1935 in Grand Rapids to Jerry and Dorothy (Heyboer) Laninga, he attended Lee High School in Wyoming and began a career as a truck driver, which he fully enjoyed for 42 years. An avid University of Michigan fan, he also loved golf, photography,...
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Pastor Calvin W. Niewenhuis

January 7, 1928 - October 8, 2017

Pastor Calvin W. Niewenhuis, age 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Pastor Niewenhuis was a member of North Street Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland, MI, after retiring and serving 37 years as pastor of Calvin CRC in LeMars, IA; First CRC in Waupun, WI; North Street CRC in Zeeland, MI; Bethel CRC in Paterson, NJ; Platte CRC in Platte, SD; Noordeloos CRC in...
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Florence Molewyk

January 31, 1933 - October 8, 2017

Florence Molewyk, age 84, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 to be in the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Florence was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a founding member of Real Life Fellowship Church and she was employed as a nurse's aide and housekeeping supervisor at Luther Home for 25 years. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Clifford VanDenBerg and...
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Hazel Kamps

April 1, 1927 - October 7, 2017

Hazel Kamps, loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 90 of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, October 7, 2017. She is survived by her children: Dick and Lynn Kamps of Muskegon, Linda and Dave Van Appledorn of Holland and Laurie and Joel Walters of Allen, TX; 11 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Arlene Morren, Carl Immink, Ethel Karsten...
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John Scheibach

October 11, 1957 - October 6, 2017

John Scheibach, age 59 of Holland, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017. He is survived by his brothers: Larry and Betty Scheibach and Ron and Lucy Scheibach; his nephew Eric Scheibach and his former wife Judy Scheibach. John graduated from West Ottawa High School. He was the director of Buildings and Grounds at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, where he worked for 30 years, and...
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Sathien Sabandith

August 7, 1946 - October 4, 2017

Sathien Sabandith age 71, of Holland, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St. Holland. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, October 13, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.
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Timothy Jay MacDonald

June 21, 1985 - October 4, 2017

Timothy Jay MacDonald, 32, of Harbor House, formerly of Holland, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Tim was born June 21, 1985, in Grand Rapids, to Keith Sr. and Mary (Morley) MacDonald. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his siblings: Diane Lynn MacDonald, Steven Jay MacDonald. He is survived by his parents, his brothers: Keith Jr. and Ashley MacDonald, Jeffrey MacDonald;...
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John Vandermyde

October 20, 1932 - October 3, 2017

John Vandermyde, 84, was called to his eternal home on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. John was born October 20, 1932, in Riverdale, Illinois, to John and Ruth (Johnson) Vandermyde. John served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army. John was a longtime member of the American Legion and the D.A.V. Holland Post. He found the love of his life Joyce Marie Walters and they married on...
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Iola Statema

December 13, 1929 - October 3, 2017

Iola Statema, age 87, of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017. She is survived by her children: Virgil and Carol Statema, Vivian and Scott Boss, Mary and Mark Huizenga, Leo and Cherie Statema, Jane and Ulee Moore, Kendall and Christi Statema, Becky and Tom Vanden Bosch, Beth and Jim Hansen and Kathy and Mario Austin; 22 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; siblings: Howard and...
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Marianne DeKorn

August 15, 1927 - October 2, 2017

Marianne was born August 15, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI to Nick and Jennie (Zwartenkot) Haadsma. She went home to her Lord on Oct 2, 2017 in Holland, Michigan, aged 90, peacefully in her sleep. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Harriett (Bob) Glupker; brother and sister-in-law Bob (Irmalee) Haadsma and nephew Bill Sherry. She is survived by her husband...
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David Lameris

January 7, 1939 - October 2, 2017

David Lameris, 78, of Dorr, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017. David was born January 7, 1939, in Denver, Colorado, to Andrew and Ruth (Joling) Lameris. He enjoyed serving in the Boy Scouts for over 40 years, and was himself an Eagle Scout. Dave was a teacher, a talented craftsman, who loved the out of doors. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maryellen, children: Gary Lameris...
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Chad Bengtson

April 1, 1976 - October 2, 2017

Chad Bengtson, age 41 of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly Monday, October 2, 2017. He is survived by his parents Charlie and Marilyn Bengtson; his sisters: Debra Baker and Stacy Lounsbury; his nieces and nephews: Dakota, Jenna and Dylan Baker and Evan and Kristen Lounsbury; his uncles and aunts: Paul Bengtson, Mary Bengtson, Roger and June Bengtson and several cousins. Chad graduated from...
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John David "Dave" Benedict

December 24, 1922 - September 29, 2017

John David Benedict, "Dave", of Holland MI, died Sept. 29, 2017. He was born on Christmas Eve, 1922 in Indianapolis, IN to Howard and Ruth Benedict. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Cathy; his children, Steven, Ruth (Jonas Taub), Paul (Susan) and Alan; grandchildren, Emily and Aaron Taub, Elizabeth and Rebecca Benedict. He served in WWII from 1942 – 1946 with radio communication...
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Bertha Hulst

July 23, 1920 - September 29, 2017

Bertha Hulst, age 97, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, September 29, 2017. Bertha was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, participated in the Ladies Aid Society, Sunday evening Bible study, and Ladies Sewing Guild. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Hulst. She is survived by her children; Beth Ritsema, Belva & Michael Slenk, Brenda & Doug...
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Jay Meiste

May 29, 1947 - September 27, 2017

Jay Meiste, age 70, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Meijer Heart Center of Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Jay was a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a 1965 graduate of Holland Christian High School and, following his military service, worked as a mason in the Holland area for over 40...
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Gerald Van Nuil

February 4, 1924 - September 27, 2017

Gerald Van Nuil, 93, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Gerald was born February 4, 1924, in Zeeland, Michigan, to John and Grace (Berghorst) Van Nuil. He married Juletta De Witt on April 15, 1947, and they were long time members of First Reformed Church of Zeeland. Gerald worked at Chris Craft and later retired from Bristol Meyers after many years working in the...
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Heather Nutting

October 19, 1983 - September 26, 2017

Heather Nutting, age 34, of Appleton, WI, and formerly of Ludington, MI and Holland, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, in Appleton. Heather was preceded in death by her mother, Nadene Fetsko; and grandparents, Daryl and Betty Nutting, Sr., Joseph and Evelyn Fetsko, Kenneth and Marcia Mokma. Heather is survived by her: Parents Mike and Kathy Nutting of Holland,...
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Shanda Botsis

July 23, 1975 - September 21, 2017

Shanda Botsis, age 42, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 21, 2017 surrounded by her family being showered with love. Shanda loved her family and in the toughest of times she really stepped up and was there for each of them. Shanda loved nature and enjoyed animals. She had a contagious laugh and an outstanding sense of humor. She stuck up for the underdog, accepted people for who...
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Jamis Scott Thompson

September 21, 2017 - September 21, 2017

In God's eternal wisdom, Jamis Scott Thompson, beloved son of Jeff and Abby Thompson, was born into his eternal home on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Jamis is also survived by his big sister Molly, his grandparents: Marlene Van Den Top of Doon, Iowa, Tim and Kristi Thompson of Grand Rapids; great-grandparents: Minard and Cora Van Den Top of Hull, Iowa, Robert and LaDonna Thompson of Caledonia...
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Caroline Kreuze

May 11, 1930 - September 21, 2017

Caroline Kreuze, age 87 of Overisel, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bert; her children: Jerry and Karen Kreuze, Ken and Sally Kreuze and Bev Kreuze; daughter-in-law Karen Kreuze; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lori and Barrett Bloenk (Andrew and Henry), Julie and Dominique De...
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Benjamin "Ben" Caldwell

August 10, 1989 - September 20, 2017

Benjamin D. Caldwell, age 28, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Ben was a passionate young man who loved with his whole heart. He had a big smile and a strong hug and a heart that was filled with boundless grace. He loved the outdoors and adventure. He felt closest to God in the midst of His beautiful creation: the waves meeting the shore, being in the midst of a forest, watching...
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Elaine Van Zoeren

February 14, 1922 - September 20, 2017

Elaine Van Zoeren, age 95 of Zeeland, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017. She is survived by her children: Barbara and Gary Blaukamp, Jane and Richard Michmerhuizen and Mary and Jim Dornbos; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren: Chuck and Karen Blaukamp (Maggie and Maisie Blaukamp), Cyndie and Paul Morley (Adam and Megan Morley), Joseph and Rhonda Michmerhuizen (Taylor and Ryan...
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Sokvary Chiv Fort

June 1, 1962 - September 18, 2017

Sokvary Chiv Fort June 1, 1962 - September 18, 2017 Sokvary passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 18, 2017. She was a naturalized American citizen that came as a Refugee from Cambodia having gone through the "Killing Fields" of Cambodia in the 70's. Her story "Out of Dragon's mouth" can be read at www.missionindependentbaptistchurchchicago.com. Sokvary settled in Chicago in 1980...
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Nathan Jon Marcus

June 16, 1994 - September 17, 2017

Nathan Jon Marcus, age 23 of Holland, was unexpectedly taken into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Nate was a passionate young man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed time on or around the water and hours spent working on the "Car Bar". His love for life was surpassed only by his love for his extended family and close friends. Nate was caring and...
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Edward Berghorst

September 25, 1930 - September 17, 2017

Edward Berghorst, 86, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Ed was born in Zeeland on September 25, 1930, to John and Hattie (Lemmen) Berghorst. Ed graduated from Zeeland High School and then served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Ed married the love of his life, Hester Dykema, on March 25, 1953, while serving in the Air Force. Ed began working at Zeeland...
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Roy P. Welton

October 28, 1947 - September 15, 2017

Roy Phillips Welton age 69 of Holland Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 15th and will be missed by his loving wife, large extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Welton and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cindi Welton. He was an inspirational father to daughter Courtney Welton, son Adam Magoon ( Kim ), and step daughters Darcy...
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Lavon Visscher

April 13, 1936 - September 14, 2017

Lavon Visscher, age 81, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was a member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Lavon and Pastor Ed ministered in several churches over the years. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edwin; children, Vickie Olson of Gallup, NM, Raymond and Shari Visscher of Holland, Claudia Molner of Holland; 4...
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Tammie Crum

February 23, 1963 - September 14, 2017

Tammie Crum, age 54, of Zeeland passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Tiffany Crum; her parents, Lee and Luella Hedlund; her siblings: Randy and LaLoni Hedlund, Teresa Sutcliffe and Jon Hedlund. Tammie graduated from Plattsmouth High School, in Plattsmouth, NE in 1981. She loved animals and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. A time of...
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Patricia "Patty" Hill

March 17, 1947 - September 11, 2017

Patricia "Patty" (Hubley) Hill, 70, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. She was born on St. Patrick's Day and continued to love the holiday throughout her life, especially Holland's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. She was a longtime Holland resident who loved being at the beach and on the water. Patty enjoyed traveling, spoke fluent French and adored being Grammy to her four...
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Maxwell James Wiersma

March 27, 2009 - September 9, 2017

**PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VISITATION TIME** Maxwell James Wiersma, 8 years old, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Max was born in Grand Rapids on March 27, 2009, one minute before his twin brother Wesley. Max and Wes were baptized at Haven Christian Reformed Church and attended Lincoln Elementary in Zeeland. Max was quick to smile, slow to complain, and brought joy to...
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Clarabelle Boeve

February 16, 1924 - September 6, 2017

Clarabelle "Belle" Boeve, age 93 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, September 6, 2017. She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Dennis and Karen (Sue) Boeve of Holland (Meredith and Matt Bauder and Kayleen and Kevin Alferink), Carol Boeve of Zeeland (Michelle and Scott Ling), Ron and Teri Boeve of Hamilton (Jeramie Boeve), Anna and Steven Van Oss of Hamilton (Jon...
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Atanacia Avellaneda

August 14, 1941 - September 5, 2017

Atanacia Avellaneda, 76, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Atanacia was born August 14, 1941, in Michoacan, Mexico. Her parents were Lonjino and Victoria Avellaneda. She raised four children and they moved to West Michigan in the 1970's. She is survived by her children: Jovita and Francisco Garcia, Rodrigo and Cindy Jaimes, Jose Reynoso and Alma Villanueva, David...
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Bonnie Rietman

January 3, 1949 - September 5, 2017

Bonnie Rietman, age 68 of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Golden Orchards in Fennville. Bonnie retired after 25 years as a custodian at Hope College. Bonnie is survived by her children: Tim Rietman, Tammy (Andrew) Middleton, Dennis (Stacey) Rietman, Darin (Laura) Rietman; 13 grandchildren; brother: Larry (Arlene) Nienhuis; sisters: Sharon (Phillip) Lemmen, Merry (Russ)...
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Glen Boerman

February 2, 1945 - September 4, 2017

Glen Boerman, 72, of Bentheim, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017, surrounded by his family. Glen was born February 2, 1945, to Justin and Gertrude (Elshuis) Boerman. Glen lived in Bentheim his entire life. He drove truck for Holland Motor Express/USF-Holland for 29 years. He was a member of Oakland Christian Reformed Church and a former member of Bentheim Reformed Church. He had...
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Gladys Essenburg

December 22, 1933 - September 3, 2017

Gladys Essenburg (Kotman), age 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 3, 2017. She was a member of the Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church. Gladys is survived by her husband of 57 years, Milton; her daughter and son-in-law, Sheri & Rev. Mark Bennink; her granddaughter, Laura Bennink; and her grandson, Matthew Bennink. Other relatives are her brother, Robert (and...
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Stephen "Steve" Hiltunen

July 6, 1962 - September 2, 2017

Stephen Hiltunen, 55, of West Olive, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017. Steve was born in L'Anse, Michigan, July 6, 1962, to Richard and Charlene (LeClaire) Hiltunen. He graduated from Baraga High School class of 1980, and graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in accounting. Steve met the love of his life, Michele Bekins, and they married September 4, 1993. They...
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Donald W. Boeve

August 19, 1934 - September 2, 2017

Donald W. Boeve age 83, of Holland, died Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. He was the son of Lester and Alyda Boeve, and was preceded in death by a brother, Arnold. He was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army, serving in the post Korea era. He was a self-employed barber for many years and retired from the Physical Plant...
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Earl Teague

July 6, 1953 - August 30, 2017

Earl Teague, age 64 of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darla; his sons: Shane and Aaron; his sisters: Ann Van Raalte and Beth and Rick Rosekrans; father and mother-in-law Sherwin and Dorene Terpstra; brothers-in-law: Steve and Norma Terpstra and Scott and Carla Terpstra. Earl was a member of Community Reformed...
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Donald R. Dokter

February 15, 1932 - August 30, 2017

Donald Ray Dokter, 85, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Cornelia Helene Dokter, his daughter Sheri Fris, his son Michael Dokter and wife Christina, his daughter Kris Ward and husband Jim, his son Kelly Dokter and wife Nancy. Grandchildren: Dan (Tamra) Fris, Jenell (Scott) Buday, David (Heidi) Dokter, Daniel Dokter,...
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Mathilda Jacobs

March 4, 1917 - August 29, 2017

Mathilda Jacobs (Plantinga) went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Mathilda was born on March 4, 1917 in Sheldon, Iowa to Andrew and Tillie Plantinga. At the age of 6, she moved with her family to Holland, Michigan. A member of Drenthe CRC, she is survived by her daughter, Jackie Meppelink of Guadalajara, Mexico; and two sons, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs (Ola)...
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Alvin "Al" Heerspink

July 21, 1932 - August 28, 2017

Alvin "Al" Heerspink, age 85, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017. Al served his country in the Army during the Korean War and was a master wood craftsman his entire life. He was employed for 32 years as a supervisor for General Electric and was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Al is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marjorie; children, Susan & Gary Adams (Florida), Dirk &...
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Kathy Zeerip

April 6, 1947 - August 24, 2017

Kathy Zeerip, 70, of Drenthe, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017. Kathy was born April 6, 1947, in Holland, Michigan, to Kenneth and Norma (Markvluwer) Douma. Kathy graduated from Holland Christian High School where she met Wayne Zeerip. Kathy started working at Holland Motor Express and she and Wayne were married February 11, 1972. They built their home in Drenthe and raised their...
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Eugene "Gene" Sal

August 24, 1950 - August 23, 2017

Eugene "Gene" Sal age 66, of Zeeland passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 due to complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was the son of Fred and Henrietta (Zeerip) Sal. He was preceded in death by his parents, Step-Father, Ray Zeerip and in-laws, Rev. Sebastian and Henrietta Cammenga. Gene began his career at Fleetwood Furniture while a high school coop student and finished...
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Evelyn Wozniak

May 17, 1928 - August 21, 2017

Evelyn Edith (Monette Wcisel) Wozniak, 89, formerly of Long Rapids, MI, passed away August 21, 2017 in Holland, Michigan after an extended illness. She was born Edith Evelyn Monette to Antoine and Elsie Luella Jenkins Monette on May 17, 1928. After her birth mother passed away less than a week later, she was soon adopted by Anthony and Elizabeth Wcisel, and her name changed to Evelyn Edith...
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William M. Patterson

June 6, 1929 - August 18, 2017

William M. Patterson, 88, of Holland, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017. Bill was born in Warsaw, Indiana, on June 6, 1929, to William and Della Patterson. Bill graduated from Warsaw High School with 8 athletic letters and was a two-time Indiana high school all-state basketball player. He had the opportunity to play basketball at Purdue University and practiced with the Fort Wayne...
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Robert Goff

April 15, 1921 - August 17, 2017

Robert R. Goff, age 96, longtime resident of Wheaton, IL, Muncie, IN and Bloomington, IL, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017. He is survived by his daughters: Susan (Steve) Minihan and Barbara (Brad) Bright; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Greg Minihan, Carrie (Matt) Girman (Anna, Katie and Michael), Allyson Bright; nephew Mark (Pat) Stuckey and niece Denise (Alan) Janssen. Bob...
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Roger A. Scholten

June 4, 1941 - August 16, 2017

Roger Scholten, 76, passed away on August 16, 2017. He is survived by Barb, his wife of 52 years, daughter, Sara Scholten, son and his wife, Patrick and Carolyn Scholten, grandson, Jacob Scholten, and sister, Esther Robberts. He was preceded in death by his sister, Geneva DeBoer and nephew, Ken DeBoer. Rog was employed for many years at American Aerosol/Guardsman, then was owner and...
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Alice Visser

July 11, 1921 - August 14, 2017

Alice (Meekhof) (Post) Visser July 11, 1921 to August 14, 2017. Our beloved wife and mother Alice Visser passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 14, 2017. Her passion was love for Jesus and her family, she enjoyed life to the fullest and loved gifting her talent for writing poems, making bread, knitting and crochet; she also loved her winter vacations in Florida....
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Marjorie Anderson

September 26, 1926 - August 14, 2017

Marjorie Anderson, 90, of Holland, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017. Marjorie was born September 26, 1926, in Oakland, Michigan, to John and Gertie (Ver Beek) Hoeve, the oldest of 11 children. She worked after her schooling was completed and enjoyed traveling with friends until she met a young man named John Anderson. Marjorie and John were married and later raised their three children in...
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Eleanor Dozeman

November 12, 1930 - August 14, 2017

Eleanor Dozeman, age 86 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017. She is survived by her children: Randy and Phyllis Dozeman, Sandy and Bob Vander Zwaag, Diane and Randy Smith and Mike and Linnay Dozeman; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and Lord willing one more on the way; and her sister Lorraine Nykamp. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn on September 20,...
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Harriet L. Haverdink

November 19, 1927 - August 12, 2017

Harriet Haverdink, age 89, of Holland, went home to Jesus on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. She was a current member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Harriet and her husband Harvey lived on the family farm in Hamilton for 65 years. Harriet enjoyed working on many church committees and traveling throughout...
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Calvin Van Den Elst

February 21, 1947 - August 11, 2017

Calvin Van Den Elst, age 70, passed away in his home on August 11, 2017. Calvin was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church and formerly of Peace Reformed. Faith, family and fellowship were the core values of Cal's life. Old Cal, a self given nick-name, enjoyed sharing his faith while meeting new people when traveling, fishing and camping. Cal would engage anyone in a conversation. He was...
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Jim Vanden Bosch

August 9, 1958 - August 10, 2017

Jim Vanden Bosch, 59, of Zeeland, died Thursday, August 10, 2017. Jim was born August 9, 1958, in Holland, Michigan, to John and Betty (Vander West) Vanden Bosch. Jim grew up on the north side of Holland and graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1977. He worked for Prince Corporation and then started his career at the Ottawa County Road Commission in 1983. He married the love of his...
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Ernesto Jr. Cantu

February 6, 1960 - August 10, 2017

Ernesto Cantu Jr., age 57, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. He is preceded in death by his father, Ernesto Cantu Sr. He is survived by his mother, Ana Maria Cantu; children, Arianna & Jacob Victor, Ernesto Cantu III, Enrique Cantu; grand-children, Gisele, Jennavise, Zaden; sister, Carol Salinas; nephew, Ernie Salinas; niece, Carina Salinas;...
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Max De Pree

October 28, 1924 - August 8, 2017

A corporate and civic leader, Max De Pree published eloquent and moving analyses of the qualities of leadership that carried his influence far beyond the company he led and the corporate world in which that company distinguished itself. As chief executive officer of Herman Miller, Inc., he helped keep the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of office furniture in the vanguard of innovative,...
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Gordon Rietman

August 6, 1932 - August 7, 2017

Gordon Rietman, age 85 of Zeeland passed away Monday, August 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Thelma; his children: Greg and Carole Rietman, Bill and Jan Rietman and Shelly Hardecki; grandchildren: Danielle Hardecki, Alex Hardecki, Alison Rietman, Aaron Knoll, Angela Schaddelee, Travis Rietman, Rick Smith; 1 great granddaughter and 7 step great grandchildren; sister Beatrice...
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Wilma "Billie" Maatman

June 1, 1926 - August 3, 2017

Wilma "Billie" Maatman age 91, of Holland, died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, and a daughter, Diane Woodall Leep. Billie retired from Kmart and was known for creating the handmade "Nose Mittens", for the Holland High School Marching Band, which they used for the Christmas Parade. She is survived by her children, Douglas...
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William C Vandenberg III

March 16, 1934 - August 2, 2017

William "Bill" C. Vandenberg III, age 83 of Holland, died peacefully in his sleep at the Vista Springs in Wyoming, MI on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Bill graduated from Culver Military Academy. After a year at Southern Methodist University he enlisted in the Marine Corp. He graduated from Hope College and was later employed as a student recruiter. After retirement he turned his love of the...
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Marie Geurink

August 6, 1930 - July 29, 2017

Marie Agnes Geurink, age 86, peacefully passed away in her home on Saturday, July 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. Marie was a HUGE giver of herself, her time and her talents. She was known for her amazing baking, serving spirit, and quilting skills which each member of her family benefited. A display of Marie's quilting abilities will be present at the service on Thursday as a tribute to...
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Martha Rose Wielenga

April 6, 1921 - July 28, 2017

Martha Rose Wielenga, 96, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Martha was born April 6, 1921, in Zurich, Switzerland, to Albert and Martha (Kohler) Grau. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1927. Martha graduated from Grand Rapids Central and contributed to the war effort in manufacturing during WWII. After the war she met Pier Wielenga and they married in...
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Goldie "Lou" Mishoe

September 22, 1932 - July 28, 2017

Goldie Lucille Mishoe passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Raymond Mishoe in 1988. She was born in Exline, Iowa on September 22, 1932. Lou and Ray moved to Holland in 1954 living in the Virginia Park area. She was a long time member of Central Park Reformed Church and retired from Sears in 2002. She was a member of the Red Hats Society...
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Donald Wierda

September 30, 1931 - July 27, 2017

Donald Wierda, age 85 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, July 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth "Betty"; his sons: David Wierda and Del and Angela Wierda; his grandchildren and great grandson: Abraham Wierda, Maria Wierda, Elijah Wierda, Nathan and Jourdan Lamse, Kyle and Josie Lamse (Jack), Justin Schuitema and Keaton Wierda; siblings:...
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Kenneth Veenman

July 19, 1942 - July 25, 2017

Kenneth Veenman, age 75, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. Ken was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and a former member of Pine Creek Christian Reformed Church. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda and brother, Dan. Ken is survived by his son, Thomas (Elizabeth) Veenman of Holland; daughter, Linda Bultman and Mark Erlandson...
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Raymon G. Elhart

May 6, 1936 - July 24, 2017

Raymon G. Elhart, 81, of Holland, MI passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017. Born to Gilbert and Ruth Elhart, he was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Elhart and grandson, Jonathan. He leaves behind his loving wife, Vonnie (Kraai) Elhart; his devoted daughters Rayetta (David) Perez, Stephanie (Jay Frankhouse) Elhart, and Shannon Elhart; six treasured grandchildren: Dylan, Tessa, Sammi,...
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Cameron Homan

October 17, 2016 - July 23, 2017

Cameron Homan, age 9 months, passed away on July 23, 2017. Cameron was the super hero of the family and was strong his entire life. His sister, Alyssa, called him "Little Cutie!" and he was dearly loved. He is preceded in death by his brother, Braylen. He is survived by his parents, Matt & Amanda Homan; sister, Alyssa; grandparents, Bob & Sherry Pabst, Ron & Joanna Homan; great...
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Doris Broekhuis

May 22, 1928 - July 23, 2017

Doris Broekhuis, age 89 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017. She is survived by her siblings: Hazel Timmer of Overisel, Ted Broekhuis of California and Elaine and Paul Van Heuvelen of Holland; brother-in-law Roger and June Zoet of Holland and several nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, John and Tena Broekhuis; her siblings: Harriet Sternberg-Bultman, Jay...
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Arthur T. Davis

July 20, 1926 - July 22, 2017

Arthur T. Davis age 91, of Holland, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. He was born in Mt Pleasant on July 20, 1926 to John and Helen (Tygart) Davis. He lived in West Michigan for many years, spending his winters in Ft. Meyers, Florida. He completed schooling to be an Electrician and worked as an Electrician for Birdseye Corporation until his retirement. Arthur...
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Donald Schrotenboer

March 18, 1936 - July 19, 2017

Donald Schrotenboer, age 81 of Holland passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; his children and grandchildren: Richard and Lisa Schrotenboer (Alex, Megan and Olivia) and Dr. Greg and the Reverend Diane Schrotenboer (Marten, Ellen and Paul); siblings: Glenn Schrotenboer and Marilyn and Thomas Bratt; in-laws: Laverne Koning, Juella Schrotenboer, Ron...
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Doug Boetsma

November 28, 1960 - July 18, 2017

Doug Boetsma, age 56 of Zeeland, went home to be with Jesus, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 surrounded by his family at his home. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gaye; his children and grandchildren: Stephanie and Allen Young (Grayson, Wrenn and Madelyn) and Justin and Jen Boetsma; his mother Marian Boetsma; his sister Carol and Chuck De Witte; his mother-in-law Alma De Kock; sister-in-law:...
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Gerald "Jerry" Cooper

April 26, 1932 - July 17, 2017

Gerald Cooper, age 85, of Holland, passed away peacefully Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home. Jerry and his brothers owned and operated Holland Motor Express until 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating and was a member of Singapore Yacht Club. Jerry also was an author who self-published 26 stories and novels that his family and friends enjoyed. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife...
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Ruth E. Brummel

March 29, 1953 - July 17, 2017

Ruth E. Brummel, 64, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at her home. Ruth was born March 29, 1953, in Holland, Michigan, to William and Joyce (Kooyers) Heeringa. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and later married Ronald Brummel. Ruth and Ron raised their family in Zeeland and they are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Ruth often served at the Grow...
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Kenneth Van Nuil

September 27, 1931 - July 16, 2017

Kenneth J. Van Nuil, age 85, of Holland, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the American House of Holland. Ken was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church and retired from the City of Holland after 41 years of employment. Ken had also served in the US Army during the Korean War. Ken is survived by his brother, Rodger Van Nuil of Holland; nephews, Robert Van Nuil, John ...
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George Voss

June 25, 1959 - July 15, 2017

George B. Voss, age 58, passed away at his home on July 15, 2017. George was a former member of Pillar Christian Reformed Church and Second Reformed of Zeeland. He was former resident of Village View Home, Parkview Home, and finally at Hansma Home in Coopersville, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, George & Marion Voss. George is survived by his siblings; Andy & Jane Voss of...
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Debra Lynn Breuker

July 16, 1957 - July 15, 2017

Debra Lynn Breuker, 59, of Hamilton, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at her home. Deb was born in Holland, Michigan, July 16, 1957, to Donald and Donna (Lampen) Hulst. She graduated from Holland High School in 1975 and married Steve Breuker. They were blessed with the birth of their daughter Elizabeth. She worked for 19 years at Prince Corporation. Deb and Steve and family are...
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Kenneth and Mary Geurink

July 14, 2017

Kenneth Lee Geurink (July 14, 2017) & Mary Ann Nykamp Geurink (July 15, 2017) Ken, 71, and Mary, 70, unexpectedly went to be with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after their motorcycle was struck by vehicles involved in an accident that was occurring as they were riding by. Ken was born on August 21, 1945 as the middle of 5 children to Gradus and Hazel (Bonzelaar) Geurink in Holland,...
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Adrienne F. Smith

November 12, 1935 - July 13, 2017

Adrienne F. Smith, age 81, of Zeeland, passed away July 13, 2017. She is survived by her children: Paula and Gene Phillips, Sara Smith, Brian and Kristen Smith, Janelle and Dan Schamper and Elizabeth Smith all of Zeeland; Adrienne is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She loved her Lord, Family, & Friends, unconditionally and without hesitation. She will be greatly...
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Todd Mathews

March 23, 1958 - July 13, 2017

Todd William Mathews, husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, age 59, passed away on Thursday July 13, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Todd an avid outdoorsman loved hiking, boating and bicycling. His faith was most real when experiencing God's great creation. He loved sharing his knowledge of flora, trees and all the mysteries of the forest with others. He enjoyed...
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Gerald "Jerry" Huyser

August 14, 1926 - July 12, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Huyser, age 90 of Zeeland went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Gerald was a member of Hudsonville Reformed Church. Previously, he served as full time organist for Beaverdam Reformed Church for 60 years as well as serving as an elder and Sunday School teacher. He was the owner of the Huyser Grocery Store in Beaverdam from 1950-1972 and...
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Roger J. MacLeod

November 24, 1935 - July 12, 2017

Roger J. MacLeod, age 81, of Holland and Pentwater, passed away Wednesday, July 12 at Holland Hospital. Roger was a local real estate broker and developer who loved the out-of-doors, especially boating and fishing. Roger was preceded in death by his daughter, Sue Dergis; and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maxine; children, Kathy (Tom) Del Bene of Holland, David (Sandra) MacLeod of...
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Jerry L. Folkert

January 1, 1946 - July 11, 2017

Jerry L. Folkert, 71, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Jerry was born in Holland on January 1, 1946, to Alvin and Joan (Slenk) Folkert. He graduated high school and started his career in auto body repair work. He married Sharon Zoet and they raised their children at Overisel CRC and their country home. Sharon preceded him in death in 1992. Jerry married Dawn (Petroelje)...
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William (Bill) Slezak

May 11, 1930 - July 10, 2017

William (Bill) R. Slezak, age 87, passed away July 10, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side. Bill was born May 11, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to Andrew and Bertha (Prohaska) Slezak. He served his country for 2 years in the US Army constructing bridges and runways in Korea. Bill attended Kent State University earning his Master's degree in Vocational Education. His career included being a...
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Scott M. Dorn

April 23, 1969 - July 10, 2017

Scott M. Dorn, age 48 of Hamilton, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Cathy; his children and grandchildren: Michael and Cynthia Dorn (Jordan, Jullian, Frenici and Alyin), Brandon Dorn and Melody Castanon (Auvrey); his parents, Mike and Donna Dorn; his sister, Missi and Cory Potter (Ty, Cole and Grace); father and mother-in-law Carl and Sandy Van Wieren;...
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Leslie Piaget

June 27, 1967 - July 9, 2017

Leslie Piaget, age 50, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Piaget. She is survived by her mother, Barb; siblings, Tom Piaget, Susan & Mark Faga, Chris & Jim Trujillo and 12 beloved nieces and nephews. A Memorial service is planned for 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in the chapel of Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th Street, Holland,...
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Eleanor Van Dam

November 4, 1923 - July 9, 2017

Eleanor Van Dam, 93, of Forest Grove, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017. Eleanor was born in Coral, Michigan, to Leo and Annie Bernice (McGinnis) Rowland, on November 4, 1923. She graduated from high school and later married Harvey Van Dam. Eleanor and Harvey raised their children and lived in New Era while teaching there. The Van Dam family moved to Portage, Michigan, when the children were...
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Janet V. Tazelaar

September 11, 1920 - July 9, 2017

All is well, as Janet Virginia (Wierda) Tazelaar is at peace with her Heavenly Father and the love of her life, her wonderful husband, Arthur. Janet was born in Grand Rapids and moved to Holland at an early age. She married her best friend, Arthur John Tazelaar, in 1941 and moved to their beloved Macatawa. Janet was a long-standing member of Third Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday...
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Beth Folkert

August 13, 1976 - July 8, 2017

Beth Ann Folkert age 40, of Allegan, died peacefully in her sleep while vacationing in South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonathan Folkert; her father, Allen Bosma. Beth is survived by her children, Jonathan Folkert, Jr., Mackenzie Jones; Mother, Diane and Richard Jones; Fiancée, James Serie; siblings, Beverly and Ken Bosch, Michelle Blackburn, Allen Bosma, Jr.; In...
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Miles Harten

January 23, 1929 - July 8, 2017

Miles Benjamin Harten, age 88, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Providence Healthcare in Zeeland, MI. Miles was born January 23, 1929 in Buffalo, NY to Miles B. and Tryphena Harten. After graduating in 1948 from Bradford High School in Bradford, PA, Miles served in the United States Marine Corp until 1952 when he was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant. He married...
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Gordon DeJonge

October 22, 1925 - July 8, 2017

Gordon DeJonge, age 91 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, July 8, 2017 with his family by his side. Gord was born in Zeeland on October 22, 1925 to Martin and Angeline DeJonge. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Norma Venhuizen and children, Barb (Curt) VanDeRiet, Bruce (Chris) DeJonge, Ron (Jann) DeJonge and daughter-in-law Mimi DeJonge, all of Zeeland; 12...
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Keyan Hogan

November 21, 2004 - July 2, 2017

Keyan Elizabeth Hogan, age 12, of Holland, MI, laid down her super hero cape and earned her angel wings on July 2, 2017 with all her family by her side she ran into the arms of Jesus. Keyan was born on November 21, 2004, extremely premature, along with her quadruplet sisters McKenzy, Sidney, and Abagayle. They were all welcomed into a loving home by their parents, Paul and Stephanie, and...
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Junior Mast

November 20, 1934 - July 1, 2017

Junior Mast, age 82 of Zeeland went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, July 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myra; his children: Cal and Lori Mast of Denair, CA, Mark and Tina Mast of Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, Larry and Kim Mast of Drenthe; grandchildren: Rebekah Mast, Stephen and Lynnea Mast, Nathan and Shalayne Mast, Jason and Karessa Mast, Tim and Abby Mast,...
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Theodore (Ted) Martinie

July 25, 1931 - July 1, 2017

Theodore (Ted) R. Martinie, age 85, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Ted was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He served his country during the Korean War in the Army and services will include Military Honors. Ted was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church. He served the Church his entire life. Ted loved his profession and was the former owner...
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Genevieve Dunn

August 15, 1928 - June 29, 2017

Genevieve Waters Dunn completed her earthly journey Thursday afternoon, June 29th. Gege was a servant of Christ and a delightful Christian woman. She taught us not to "sweat the small stuff" and to serve and love others unconditionally. Throughout her life she faced every trial and tribulation with a smile on her face, laughter in her voice and a faith that was rock solid. She is now reunited...
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Shirley Swaney

June 24, 1931 - June 28, 2017

Shirley Anne Swaney, age 86, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at her beloved cottage "Morning Glory" at Macatawa, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marian and Russel Swaney, former husbands Gar Meadowcroft and Gene Eyler, brother Rusty Swaney and nephew Billy Swaney. Shirley is survived by her children; Scott (Gail) Meadowcroft, Greg (Marlene) Meadowcroft and Julie ...
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Lawrence "Larry" Rees

September 28, 1932 - June 27, 2017

Lawrence ("Larry") Rees, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at The Inn at Freedom Village due to complications following bladder surgery. Born September 28, 1932 in Bath, NY, Larry served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War and later served his state as a member of the Michigan State Police for 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Detective. Larry continued his...
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Marian Louise Freeman

July 26, 1923 - June 24, 2017

Marian Louise Freeman, age 93, of Georgetown Twp, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Sheldon Meadows Living Center. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Karl, in 1996. Marian is survived by her: Children Judy (Don) De Kock of Byron Center Jack (Peggy) Freeman of Holland Joan (Tom) Conner of Hudsonville John (Sandi) Freeman of Holland Jim (Deb) Freeman of Grandville Jeff...
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Irwin Brink

August 19, 1930 - June 23, 2017

Irwin Jay Brink, 86 of Holland, Michigan, entered his heavenly home on Friday, June 23 2017. Irwin was born August 19, 1930 in Hudsonville to John and Jennie (Elzinga) Brink. He graduated from Hudsonville High in 1948. After graduating from Hope College in 1952 with an A.B. in Chemistry, he went on to receive his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois. Irwin returned to...
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Gary Jaarsma

February 26, 1943 - June 23, 2017

Gary Jaarsma, age 74 of West Olive, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born in Allendale to the late Gerrit and Sally Jaarsma on February 26, 1943. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 35 years; his children: Kristi and Terry Geertman of West Olive, Marc and Kristine Jaarsma of Holland, Monica and Shannon Sageser of Georgetown, Kentucky; 6...
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