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Our Obituaries

Ruby Mc Donald

May 9, 1932 - August 24, 2016

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

September 26, 1928 - August 23, 2016

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

March 10, 1971 - August 23, 2016

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

February 17, 1926 - August 22, 2016

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

May 24, 1950 - August 17, 2016

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

August 31, 1935 - August 15, 2016

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

May 4, 1920 - August 15, 2016

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

July 18, 1929 - August 13, 2016

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

March 8, 1978 - August 12, 2016

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

October 31, 1932 - August 12, 2016

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

February 5, 1937 - August 12, 2016

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

November 4, 1937 - August 11, 2016

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

May 13, 1943 - August 11, 2016

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

June 11, 1970 - August 10, 2016

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

May 2, 1929 - August 9, 2016

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

September 30, 1926 - August 7, 2016

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

June 25, 1932 - August 6, 2016

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

June 17, 1981 - August 4, 2016

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

February 15, 1951 - August 2, 2016

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

December 21, 1922 - August 1, 2016

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

March 2, 1938 - July 31, 2016

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

March 6, 1920 - July 30, 2016

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

March 10, 1939 - July 28, 2016

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

September 3, 1953 - July 27, 2016

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

September 27, 1929 - July 26, 2016

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

November 14, 1942 - July 26, 2016

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

April 24, 1927 - July 26, 2016

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

April 22, 1922 - July 25, 2016

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

September 3, 1939 - July 24, 2016

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

October 6, 2015 - July 23, 2016

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

August 31, 1948 - July 22, 2016

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

May 13, 1932 - July 22, 2016

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

January 27, 1938 - July 21, 2016

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

May 7, 1924 - July 20, 2016

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

November 7, 1927 - July 20, 2016

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

July 1, 1921 - July 18, 2016

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

January 1, 1935 - July 17, 2016

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

January 2, 1929 - July 17, 2016

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

June 13, 1924 - July 15, 2016

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

January 31, 1929 - July 13, 2016

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

March 9, 1942 - July 12, 2016

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

May 31, 1928 - July 9, 2016

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

January 12, 1920 - July 8, 2016

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

March 1, 1987 - July 6, 2016

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

June 19, 1932 - July 5, 2016

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

January 27, 1939 - July 5, 2016

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

August 3, 1929 - July 5, 2016

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

January 24, 1940 - July 4, 2016

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

April 2, 1957 - July 3, 2016

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

December 17, 2012 - July 3, 2016

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

October 27, 1932 - July 3, 2016

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

December 20, 1931 - July 2, 2016

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

September 19, 1951 - July 2, 2016

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

November 28, 1919 - July 1, 2016

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

October 2, 1960 - June 28, 2016

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

January 17, 1920 - June 20, 2016

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

June 24, 1923 - June 20, 2016

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

August 27, 1934 - June 19, 2016

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

March 6, 1987 - June 18, 2016

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

January 25, 1912 - June 18, 2016

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

March 12, 1927 - June 17, 2016

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

February 4, 1920 - June 15, 2016

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

July 22, 1932 - June 15, 2016

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

December 10, 1951 - June 15, 2016

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

September 9, 1928 - June 14, 2016

Harvey Bleeker, 87, of Bentheim passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Harvey was born September 9, 1928, in Diamond Springs, Michigan, to Gerrit and Hazel (Dannenberg) Bleeker. He graduated from high school, started working in farming and married Jackueline Brocker. The raised their three daughters on the family farm in Bentheim and were members of Bentheim Reformed Church. During the...
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Ruth Compagner

June 13, 1932 - June 14, 2016

Ruth Compagner, 84, of Zeeland, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Ruth was born June 13, 1932, in Holland, Michigan, to John and Eunice (Hoffman) Overbeek. She attended Sunnyside School and later graduated from Holland High School. In 1950 she married the love of her life, Eugene (Joe) Compagner. Ruth and Joe raised their family in Zeeland and were charter members of Faith...
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Gradus J Scholten

November 30, 1928 - June 13, 2016

Gradus J. Scholten, age 87, of Graafschap, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 at his home in Freedom Village. Gradus was a farmer all his life, delivered milk for Rivulet Hurst and Bareman's Dairies, served in the US Army during the Korean War and was a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where he was also a deacon. Gradus was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Philip...
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John Driesenga

November 12, 1917 - June 11, 2016

John Driesenga, age 98 of North Blendon went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, June 11, 2016. He is survived by children: Judy Mohr, Josie and Tom Bushard, Phyllis and Ken Wabeke, John H. and Sandy Driesenga, Jack and Sharon Wabeke; 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren; sisters; Margaret Bowman and Harriet Hulsman; in-laws: Gladys and Al Haveman...
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Sherlee Mauch

October 17, 1926 - June 10, 2016

Sherlee Jane (Hoepner) Mauch was born October 17, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Louis and Grace Hoepner. The eldest of four children, she grew up in the town of Mayville, Wisconsin, where she met Eugene W. Mauch. Their high school romance led to a loving marriage which began August 14, 1948 and continued happily for 64 years. Sherlee received her degree from Columbia School of Nursing in...
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Robert James Strabbing

August 19, 1923 - June 10, 2016

Robert James Strabbing, age 92, completed his earthly service of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 10, 2016. He was born on August 19,1923, in Graafschaap, MI. During his life he served in the United States Navy in World War II and as a teacher and administrator at Holland Christian Schools. For 23 years he served as principal of Zeeland Christian School before retiring in 1987. After his...
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Pearl Heerspink

February 11, 1923 - June 10, 2016

Pearl Heerspink, age 93, died Friday, June 10, 2016 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, a brother, David VanderWeide, and a sister, Catherine Prince. Pearl was a member of Providence Christian Reformed Church, she and James owned and operated Heerspink's Jewelry and Gifts for many years. Prior to moving to Holland, Pearl was an Executive Assistant in...
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Nickie Naber

June 19, 1998 - June 10, 2016

Nickie Naber, 17, of Hamilton, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016. Nickie was born in Grand Rapids, June 19, 1998, to Stephen Baker and Carrie Martin. She grew up on the family farm and attended Zeeland Schools and Zeeland East High School through 10th grade. Nickie transferred to Pioneer Tech at Hamilton High School, and was to graduate on Friday evening, June 10 from Hamilton High School...
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Glenn Vander Kamp

May 2, 1927 - June 9, 2016

Glenn D. Vander Kamp age 89, of Holland, entered his heavenly home on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Glenn was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristen Baumann Alles and a Great Granddaughter, Joselyn Schierbeek. He was a charter member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church and worked for 60 years at Automotive Replacement Parts/Lamb Automotive. He was a veteran of the Army, serving during...
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Jay Broekhuis

December 5, 1929 - June 9, 2016

Jay Broekhuis age 86, of Holland, died Thursday, June 9, 2016 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his wives, Esther in 1999, and Lois in 2016. Jay was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the Evangelism Committee. He worked for 39 years for Dutch Boy Co. and retired as custodian of Blue Star Elementary School. He...
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Maria Elena Collazo

February 6, 1937 - June 8, 2016

Maria Elena Collazo, age 79 of Tucson, Arizona, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 8, 2016. She is survived by her children: Maria Isabel DuQue, Maria Cristina Collazo, Sarah Sanchez, Israel Collazo, Daniel Collazo, and Rosa Elsess; 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson; sisters; Cruz Martinez, Josefina Castro, Rosa Castorena, Carmen Corral,...
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William "Bill" Thurber

March 6, 1922 - June 8, 2016

William "Bill" Thurber, age 94 of Holland passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Bill was a proud veteran of WWII having served in the Army Air Corp. He retired from Dow Chemical Company after 35 years. After many years living in Midland, MI, Bill and his wife Margaret moved to Elk Lake, MI in 1984. They later moved to Green Valley, AZ and then to Southern Pines, NC. In 2001 they...
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Merrill Rotman

April 24, 1927 - June 6, 2016

Merrill Rotman, age 89 of Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, June 6, 2016. He is survived by his children: Duane Rotman of Holland, Dennis and Jayne Rotman of Grand Rapids, Luann Berghorst of Holland and Douglas and Sally Rotman of Zeeland; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Merrill was preceded in death...
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Harold Bazan

December 12, 1931 - June 4, 2016

Harold Bazan, age 84 of Vriesland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, June 4, 2016. He was a man of deep faith, who infused everything he did with his unique sense of humor, showing kindness to everyone he met. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty; children: Sue and Bruce Vanden Beldt, Pat and Terry Hop, Gary and Cheryl Bazan, Bev and Aaron Fletcher, Mary Beth and...
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Kathryn Mary Lupton

March 4, 1946 - June 4, 2016

Kathryn Lupton, age 70, passed away peacefully at home on June 4, 2016, surrounded by the love of family and friends. She was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, and was one of a family of six, including two older brothers and her twin sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, Durward and Elizabeth Shoup. Kathryn was a native of Holland for 34 years. She graduated from Eastern Michigan...
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Paul Hulst

June 29, 1957 - June 2, 2016

Paul Hulst, 58, returned to his heavenly home on June 2, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm faith in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately brought him great peace. Paul was born June 29, 1957, in Holland, Michigan, to Harold and Gertrude (Vork) Hulst. He graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1975. Paul worked side by...
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Verna Lampen

July 19, 1924 - May 31, 2016

Verna Lampen, age 91 of Zeeland, formerly of Hamilton, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016. She is survived by her children: Tom and Sue Lampen of Sparta and Lori Lampen of Hudsonville; her grandchildren: Ben and Jill Lampen, Matt and Ashley Lampen and Dan and Leah Lampen; great grandchildren: Landon Lampen, Aiden Lampen, Parker Lampen and one more on the way; siblings: Aleda Dood, Roger and...
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Arlan Hossink

November 28, 1939 - May 29, 2016

Arlan Hossink age 76, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 29, 2016. He was the son of Alfred and Wilma Hossink and was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua and brother, Wayne. Arlan was member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and owned and operated Windmill Mobile Home Park. He was involved in Holland Township for over 30 years, serving as Trustee, a...
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Craig Norman Gould

November 26, 1958 - May 28, 2016

Craig Norman Gould, age 57, of Holland, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Craig was born November 26, 1958 in Flint, Michigan to Curtis and Patricia Gould; he was the youngest of 4 boys and referred to himself as #4. He grew up in Fenton, MI where he was a 3 sport athlete. Craig graduated from Hope College in December, 1980 and never left the...
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Vivian Blackburn

February 26, 1916 - May 28, 2016

Blackburn (Benton) Vivian Eleanor Vivian Blackburn, age 100, of Holland, and formerly of St. Joseph and Battle Creek, MI, passed away peacefully at the Inn in Freedom Village on May 28, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Lee Blackburn. She was also preceded by her parents Olin and Cleo (McArthur) Benton and brothers Allen, Chester, Wayne, and Jay (Bud) Benton. She is...
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George G. Marsh

March 1, 1926 - May 26, 2016

George G. Marsh, age 90, of Fennville, formerly of Holland, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Grand Rapids. George was a WWII veteran of the Marine Corps and was injured during the battle for Iwo Jima. George loved hunting and fishing and was a great father and good Christian man. He was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church in Holland and was attending First Baptist...
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Anna Steenwyk

July 11, 1925 - May 24, 2016

Anna Steenwyk (Petroelje), age 90, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend, passed into the arms of Jesus with her children by her side on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. She was born the third of 13 children to Harry and Jenny Petroelje in Borculo and attended Borculo Christian Reformed Church. After finishing school, Ann had to work on her family farm and helped take care...
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Barbara June Reimink

October 5, 1938 - May 24, 2016

Barbara June Reimink (Witteveen), age 77 of Hamilton went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday May 24, 2016. Barb was a loving and supportive wife and mother who adored her grandchildren. She was a member of Messiah's Independent Reformed Church. Barb is survived by Donald Reimink, her husband of more than 60 years. Her children: Dick and Leslie Reimink of Hudsonville,...
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Hope Elizabeth Klinkers

August 3, 1996 - May 22, 2016

Hope Elizabeth Klinkers, age 19, of Hamilton, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Hope was a member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church and a 2014 graduate of Hamilton High School. Hope was currently an Honor Roll student at Davenport College and was working at Pilot Truck Stop and Menard's in Holland. Hope is survived by her: Parents ...
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Joyce Vander Leek Rottschafer

November 21, 1936 - May 21, 2016

Joyce (Vander Leek) Rottschafer, 79, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by her family. Joyce was born November 21, 1936, in Holland, Michigan, to Edward and Henrietta (Dykstra) De Jonge. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and later married Paul Vander Leek. Joyce assisted Paul as he launched his architectural career and they raised their 3 children...
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Mary K. Beelen

April 5, 1925 - May 21, 2016

Mary K. Beelen age 91, of Holland, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harvey Beelen, infant son, Warren Beelen, and grandson, Ross Holt. Mary was a member of Harderwyk Ministries, worked for Meijer, Inc. for several years, and was a volunteer for Women in Transition. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia and Doug...
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Fern Klaasen

May 3, 1918 - May 18, 2016

Fern Klaasen age 98, of Holland, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Her devoted husband of 73 years, Jack, preceded her in death in 2010. She was a long time member of New Community Fourth Reformed Church, and their oldest member. Fern and Jack wintered in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, for 30 years. Fern spent her entire career working in retail sales, selling women's fashions...
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Harlan J Meiste

September 15, 1925 - May 16, 2016

Harlan J. Meiste, age 90, of Hamilton, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at Lakeside Vista and Villas in Holland. Harlan was a charter member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church where he served as an Elder and Deacon in the Consistory. He initiated the first Cadet Club at the church and volunteered for World Renew (CRWRC). Harlan was the owner of Harlan Meiste Builders and served in the US...
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Delores Robinson-Smith

February 26, 1936 - May 15, 2016

Delores Robinson-Smith age 80, of Zeeland, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at an area care center. A Bahá'í graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Zeeland Cemetery, 238 E. Lincoln Ave. Zeeland. Arrangements are by the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St. Holland. www.langelandsterenberg.com.
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Norma Bosman

January 22, 1930 - May 14, 2016

Norma Bosman age 86, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, May 14, 2016. She was a member of Providence Christian Reformed Church. Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Kenneth in 2013. Wonderful mother to her children, Kevin and Gail Bosman of Buffalo Grove, IL., Kathy and Charles Zolp of Paw Paw, Kristi and Larry Heyboer of Zeeland, and extremely...
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Carmen Longoria

September 12, 1959 - May 13, 2016

Carmen Longoria, age 56, of Holland, MI went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 13, 2016 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Carmen is survived by her children: Benjamin, Ezequiel, Gabriel and Irma Martinez; as well as by 8 grandchildren. Also surviving are her parents, Rumaldo and Lydia Longoria; siblings R. Rey Longoria, Aida Castillo, Ray Longoria and several nieces and nephews. Carmen was...
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Ada Van Noord

September 10, 1924 - May 12, 2016

Ada Van Noord, 91, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Ada was born September 10, 1924, in Bentheim, to Henry and Hattie (Hamburg) Vander Poppen. After school, work, and WWII, she married Henry Van Noord October 16, 1946. They raised their family in Zeeland and were members of First Christian Reformed Church. Ada was active in the Priscilla...
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Thomas Allen Schrotenboer

November 28, 1956 - May 8, 2016

Thomas Allen Schrotenboer, age 59, of Holland, Michigan, entered the presence of his Lord on May 8, 2016. A graduate of Holland Christian High School, Tom spent his adult life in real estate, serving as a broker and mortgage specialist in Michigan as well as Seattle, Washington. What Tom's family most appreciated about him was that he decided in 2010 to move back to Holland in order to be the...
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Mary L. De Neff

November 1, 1942 - May 7, 2016

Mary L. DeNeff, age 73, of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, May 07, 2016 at Providence Health and Rehabilitation Center in Zeeland. Mary had worked at Freedom Village and retired from Alliance Home Health Care. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Duane, in 1997, and grandson, Matthew Bond. Mary is survived by her: Children Jeff and...
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Rena Vander Kolk

October 27, 1917 - May 5, 2016

Rena Vander Kolk, age 98 of Zeeland passed away Thursday, May 05, 2016. She is survived by her daughter LuAnn and James Wolbert; her grandsons: Russ and April Morris, Randy "Mudge" and JoLyn Morris; great grandsons: R.J. Morris and Drew Morris; sisters-in-law: Evelyn Vander Kolk and Viola Schutter. Rena was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church where she was a member of the Ladies...
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Fay E Ewers

February 20, 1928 - May 3, 2016

Fay E. Ewers, Jr., age 88, of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. Fay was employed at Eagle Ottawa Leather Company of Grand Haven. He joined the Merchant Marines in 1944. Fay was preceded in death by his siblings, Ruth Dunkel, Robert Ewers, Donald Ewers, Lawrence Ewers, and Edwin Ewers. His sister, Margaret Slotman, followed him in death a few...
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