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Our Obituaries

Marvin J Lemmen

December 6, 1921 - March 20, 2018

Marvin J. Lemmen, age 96, of Holland, went to be with his Savior on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Holland Hospital following a short illness. Marv was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church and a WWII US Army veteran. Marv is survived by his wife of 72 years, Myrtle Lemmen; children, Carol Lemmen, Marvin, Jr. (Betty) Lemmen, Roger (Cindy) Lemmen, Craig (Tyra) Lemmen; 9 grandchildren;...
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Kayla Lynn Atsaphanthong

January 30, 2003 - March 19, 2018

Kayla Lynn Atsaphanthong, 15 years old, of Holland, Michigan, died Monday, March 19, 2018. Kayla was born in Holland on January 30, 2003. She was currently a freshman at West Ottawa High School. She will be greatly missed by her father Phone and Keokenta Atsaphanthong, her mother Christina and Quinten Kelley, her siblings: Kaden Atsaphanthong, Christian Kelley, McKenna Kelley, Kalvin...
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Clarabelle "Clark" Scheerhorn

January 16, 1925 - March 18, 2018

Clarabelle (Clark) Scheerhorn, age 93 of Holland, passed on to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 18, 2018. Clark was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved to hold her great-grandchildren, and on occasion had to be persuaded to let them go. Clark loved reading, gardening, knitting, and also enjoyed cooking and baking, especially her famous carrot cake....
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Rodger "Pete" Le Poire

August 23, 1928 - March 17, 2018

Rodger "Pete" Le Poire, age 89 of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Berdina; children: Robert and Deborah Le Poire, Brenda and Rick Redner, and Beth Molineux; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Matthew and Amanda Le Poire (Benjamin and Samuel), Ashley and Casey Williams (Henry), Ryan and Kathryn Redner (Adelyn), Andy Redner, Chris and...
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Esther Lemmen

September 8, 1941 - March 17, 2018

Esther Lemmen, 76, of Holland, met her Lord and Savior face to face Saturday, March 17, 2018. Esther was born in Zeeland on September 8, 1941, to Leonard and Susie (Palmbos) Seinen. She met Merle Lemmen and they married in 1960. Esther and Merle raised their children in Holland and were longtime members of Harderwyk CRC. Esther really enjoyed many years of camping at East Lake, gardening,...
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Alfred Bosch

August 23, 1927 - March 16, 2018

Alfred Bosch, age 90, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 16, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn; his children: Jack A. and Deb Bosch, and Dan and Carrie Bosch; five grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Brian Bosch, Tim and Sally Bosch (McKenna and Levi), Ryan and Jackie Bosch (Haley), Melissa and Jared Rosema and Troy and Kelsey Bosch (Brody);...
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Donald G. Bos

March 27, 1949 - March 15, 2018

Donald Bos age 68, of Hamilton, entered his heavenly home on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. The son of Hyo and Winnifred Bos, Don was a member of Overisel Reformed Church and retired from Bert Reimink Plumbing and Heating following 40 years of employment. He worked for Vandermolen Greenhouse following retirement. Don was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the Army...
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Joane Tervoort

October 12, 1936 - March 15, 2018

Joane Tervoort, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 15, 2018 due to complications of Alzheimer's dementia. Joane was raised on a farm in Colwell, Iowa. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, loyal friend and loved Jesus. She enjoyed gardening and had a passion for raising her miniature horses and a wide variety of animals, fish, and birds. She had a...
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Janet Foy

August 7, 1937 - March 13, 2018

Janet Lydia Foy, age 80 of Holland, passed away on Tuesday March 13 with family by her side. Janet was born on August 7, 1937 in Elkton, MI. She was the daughter of Otto and Emma Fluegge. She was raised on the farm and spoke often about growing up on the farm with her 4 siblings. She was proceeded in death by her sisters Loraine Beadle and Crystal Teems. Her brothers Bob Fluegge and Otto...
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Kimberly Schaap

May 4, 1961 - March 12, 2018

Kimberly Schaap age 56, of Hamilton, lost her 33 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis on Monday, March 12, 2018. Kim was the daughter of Gordon and Lois Slotman and graduated from Hamilton High School. She and Howard were members of Haven Reformed Church. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Howard; son, Ian Schaap; brother, Gary Slotman, sisters, Barb and Larry Raynor, Betty and...
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Brian TerHorst

April 30, 1977 - March 11, 2018

Brian TerHorst, a child of God, age 40, went home to heaven on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Brian was a gentle and loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. He worked as the fourth generation in his family's construction business of which he was very proud. He loved family and fishing and his BIG heart prompted him to help anyone in need. Even with his hearing impairment, he persevered to face life...
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Wilma DeLeeuw

August 7, 1932 - March 8, 2018

Resting in the arms of Jesus, Mrs. Wilma DeLeeuw, age 85, passed away Thursday evening, March 8, 2018, at the American House Retirement Center, Holland, Michigan. Wilma was born August 7, 1932 to Sipke and Hilda Schuil in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Wilma married Dr. Henry DeLeeuw on May 22, 1953, in Hawthorne and lived for a year at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where Henry was stationed. They moved to...
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Elaine Bouman

December 12, 1928 - March 7, 2018

Elaine Bouman, age 89, of Holland went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. Elaine grew up in Holland and graduated from Holland High School, Class of 1946. She attended Hope College with an interest in nursing. She was married in 1951 to Harlen C. Bouman and had three children. They were members of the Forks Club...
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Hazel Genzink-Geurink

June 21, 1927 - March 6, 2018

Hazel Genzink-Geurink age 90, of Hamilton, peacefully entered her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harvey Genzink and Gradus Geurink, her grandson, Daniel Genzink, and brother, Jason Zoet. Hazel was a member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church where she was active in their food pantry. She ran child care in her home for many years. ...
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NiaCole Jesus Lopez

April 10, 1981 - March 5, 2018

NiaCole Jesus Lopez, 36, of Holland, MI passed away unexpectedly Monday March 5, 2018, in Grand Rapid, MI. NiaCole was born April 10, 1981, in Holland, MI. She deeply loved her children and family and had the voice of an Angel like her Mother. She will be greatly missed. NiaCole is preceded in death by her Mother Gloria Lopez and her sister Christella Cardoza. NiaCole is survived by...
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Nancy Lacy

June 16, 1930 - March 5, 2018

Nancy Bergman Lacy, age 87, of Holland, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Inn at Freedom Village in Holland. Nancy was born in Irvine, Kentucky (near Lexington) and graduated from Georgetown College and Southern Seminary in Kentucky. She became the assistant to the Chaplain of Baptist Hospital in Louisville, where she and Albert E. "AE", were married in 1955. She received a MSW Degree...
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Philip S. Tummel

March 10, 1945 - March 5, 2018

Philip S. Tummel, 72, of Holland, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. Phil was born in Lakewood, Ohio, March 10, 1945, to Lester and Mildred (Strong) Tummel. He moved to Holland, Michigan, when he was 16 years old and lived with his grandmother. Phil worked as a machinist for his life's work at a steel factory in Grand Rapids, Western Foundry and a machine shop in Holland. He was preceded...
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Betty Jane Taylor

January 10, 1923 - March 4, 2018

Betty Jane Taylor, age 95, died peacefully Sunday March 4th, 2018 in Holland, Michigan. She is preceded in death by husband Richard (Dick), also of Holland, Michigan. She is survived by loving sons William (Julie), Thomas (Becky); grandchildren Abby and Drew. Betty was a devoted employee of First Michigan Bank before retiring to Florida and returning to Holland. The family would...
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Jasper Ray "Jack" Kelch

December 17, 1935 - March 4, 2018

Jasper Ray "Jack" Kelch, 82, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Holland Hospital. Jack was born in Earle, Arkansas, December 17, 1935, to Cliston and Minnie (David) Kelch. Jack finished his schooling and moved to the Holland area along with most of the greater Kelch family in the 1950's. He met Barbara Lewis and they married February 1, 1957. They raised their sons in...
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Gerard H Schreur

March 20, 1937 - March 4, 2018

Gerard Schreur, age 80, a lifelong resident of Overisel, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Gerard worked as a farmer for Schipper Eggs, was a member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church and served as a volunteer fireman. Gerard was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Elaine, in 2013. Gerard is survived by his children: Ken (Mary)...
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Samuel W. Vriezema

November 22, 1971 - March 2018

On Saturday, March 3rd, Samuel W. Vriezema, passed away from a glioblastoma at the age of 46. Sam will forever be remembered by his wife Kathy, and their precious children, Stephan, Karlee, Brendan and Erin, his mother Vi, his brothers and sisters Steve (Marylou) Vriezema, Sue Swanson, Sandy (Dick) Baarda, Scott Vriezema (Brian), mother-in-law Carol Hordyk, sisters-in-law Jennifer (Brett)...
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Bernice Welscott

September 10, 1925 - March 3, 2018

Bernice Welscott, age 92 of Holland, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 3, 2018 at American House. Bernice was born to John and Mary Van Nieuwland on September 10, 1925. She graduated from Holland Christian High School, then worked clerical at Steketee Van Huis and Shoemaker Heating. Bernice was an active member of Ebenezer Reformed Church. She was a 4-H sewing leader for many years. ...
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Donald Busscher

February 17, 1935 - March 3, 2018

Donald Busscher, age 83, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jeannette Busscher; In-law, Gerald (Emma) Elenbaas; siblings, Jay (Myrtle) Busscher, Ken Busscher, Art Busscher, Virgil Busscher, Marcia Van Til, George Staat, and Eloise (John) Blauwkamp. Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lillian; children, Tim (Carol) Busscher, Tom ...
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Heathe Fowler

October 30, 1973 - March 3, 2018

Heathe Fowler, age 44 of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Briana; his daughters: Rylee and Sydney; his parents: Judy and Ken Jackson and Micheal and Carolyn Fowler; mother and father-in-law Mary and Mark Huizenga; grandmothers: Arlene Huizenga and Ivy Cammenga and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Heathe graduated from Tecumseh High School and...
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Edwin D. Boeve

September 24, 1939 - March 3, 2018

Edwin D. Boeve age 78, of Holland, died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. He was a life-long member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church where he served on council and as a Cadet Leader. He retired from Prince machine following 32 years of employment. Ed volunteered with ARO and Bibles for Mexico. He also served with the Army National Guard and was a faithful...
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Karen Slipchuk

January 17, 1939 - March 3, 2018

Karen Slipchuk, age 79, passed away on Saturday, March 3 2018 at Metro Hospital, Grand Rapids. Sending love and light to the spirit of the strongest, hardest working, and fiercely independent woman I have ever known. My mother taught me how to make my own way in this world unapologetically and authentically. She always said "You can get away with anything as long as you act like a lady while...
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William Bill Meyer

February 12, 1935 - March 3, 2018

William "Bill" Meyer, age 83, of Holland, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joyce; his son Brian and Beth Ann Meyer; his two grandchildren: Ava and Bryce; siblings: David and Joyce Meyer, Carl and Dorothy Meyer, Marcia Van Dommelen, Ruth and Calvin Ritsema, Jean Hinken, Kathleen and Richard Meyer Van Dyke; sister-in-law: Gezella Boekeloo. Bill was...
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John J. Timmer

March 14, 1938 - March 2, 2018

John J. Timmer, age 79 of Zeeland, entered into his heavenly home on Friday, March 2, 2018. John was a lifelong member of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church where he served as both an elder and deacon. John was a hard worker and loved his work on the farm. He also served on the boards of the Hudsonville Farmers Coop and the Ottawa County Farm Bureau. John's family knew him as a gentle, loving...
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Austin J. Schrotenboer

August 24, 1931 - March 1, 2018

Austin J. Schrotenboer age 86, of Holland, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 1, 2018. He was preceded in death by his son, Allen in 2017. Austin was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and retired from Micromatic Textron. He was a veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Phyllis; children,...
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Fred Elias

April 4, 1923 - February 28, 2018

Fred Elias, age 94, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. Fred was retired from Textron, where he worked for 31 years in sales and as export manager. He was a Freemason, a Shriner, and a Scottish Rite Meritorious Service Award recipient. Fred was loved by his family and his many friends in Holland and elsewhere. Fred was preceded in...
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Marguerite "Peggy" Danhof

August 25, 1925 - February 25, 2018

Marguerite "Peggy" T. Danhof (née Den Herder) of Holland, MI, age 92, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Peggy was born in Grand Rapids to Marguerite and Edward Den Herder. Peggy graduated from Zeeland High School and Michigan State College (University) with a degree in Home Economics. She married Robert (Bob) J. Danhof in 1947 in Holland,...
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Anna Hulst

July 5, 1927 - February 25, 2018

Anna Hulst, age 90, met her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face with restored eye sight on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Anna was a member of First Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland and was active in choir, Sunday school, various Bible studies, Coffee Break, Sewing Guild, and sang in the Zeeland Women's All Church choir for many years. Anna was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Alfred William Kane

October 17, 1925 - February 25, 2018

Alfred William Kane, 92 went home to be with the Lord on February 25, 2018. He was a wonderful husband and dad. He was always quick with a joke, and he never met a stranger. Al spent most of his life in Holland. He served in the Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. He married Lois on June 24, 1949. They had 68 years together. He was the sole proprietor of the company Kane Konstruction from 1959-1989....
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Shirley M Lambers

March 30, 1934 - February 24, 2018

Shirley M. Lambers, age 83, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Resthaven Care Center after her 18 year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was one of five children born on a farm in Oakland, MI, to Benjamin and Florence Redder Winkels, on March 30, 1934. She graduated from Zeeland Public High Schools in 1952 (Go Chix!), then attended Calvin...
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June Reichel

June 1, 1924 - February 22, 2018

June E. Reichel, age 93, of Hamilton, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. June was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she played in the Glocken Ringers Bell Choir and was also active in the Lutheran Women's League. June worked at Michigan Bell Telephone and retired from Margaret's Hair Salon. June was preceded in death by her husband, Robert...
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James "Jim" B. Taylor

May 9, 1947 - February 22, 2018

James "Jim' Byron Taylor, age 70, passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Jim was a loving and active husband, father and grandfather. He had a deep love for people which motivated his long career as educator and administrator in the Kalamazoo Public School. His passion for ministry and giving back prompted him to serve for many years...
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David Kempker

January 23, 1931 - February 20, 2018

David Kempker, 87 It is with sadness and joy that we announce the peaceful passing of David Kempker on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. He was a wonderful brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Wherever he went, he brought a smile and a word of advice or encouragement. Dave grew up in Holland, Michigan and attended the Holland Public Schools, where he excelled at sports. Upon...
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Juanita Ritsema

May 19, 1933 - February 19, 2018

Juanita Ritsema, age 84 of Zeeland, is walking with angels after being welcomed into the arms of her savior Jesus on Monday, February 19, 2018. Juanita was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed time with her family. She also enjoyed traveling with her family as well as her many friends. She was an active member of First Reformed Church in Zeeland and was involved with Fishers of Men...
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Mike Meyer

October 18, 1941 - February 19, 2018

Mike Meyer, age 76 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, February 19, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karen; son Bruce and Dawn Meyer; granddaughters: Megan and Allison; siblings: Hennie Van Beek, Gary and Beverly Meyer, Irene and Dan Vander Berg, Dennis and Susan Meyer, Donna Meyer; brothers and sisters-in-law: Sharon Meyer, Henry Ploegstra, Elaine...
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Joyce Wittingen

March 27, 1936 - February 17, 2018

Joyce Wittingen, 81, of Beaverdam, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Joyce was born March 27, 1936, in Beaverdam, to John and Anna (Steenwyk) Wittingen. She enjoyed working for Kandu and was a resident of Parkview Home for a time. Joyce was a lifelong member of Beaverdam Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harvey Wittingen, in-laws:...
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Norman Sneller

April 14, 1929 - February 15, 2018

Norman Sneller, age 88, of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Norm was born April 14, 1929, to Albert and Nellie Sneller. Norm loved cars and was a car dealer for several years before his retirement in 1984. He was the owner of Sneller's Auto Sales in Zeeland and Hartman Chevrolet in Hudsonville. Norm was an avid golfer, and he built/founded the Winding Creek Golf Course...
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Anthony "Tony" Bouman

February 12, 1926 - February 15, 2018

Tony Bouman, age 92, of Holland met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Thursday, February 15, 2018. Tony was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church. He and Alma spent many years volunteering for CRWRC Disaster Response (now World Renew). He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He was also founder of Bremer & Bouman Heating and Cooling Co. Tony was...
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David Wyma

August 17, 1940 - February 14, 2018

David Marc Wyma passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018 at Trillium Hospice. Dave was born on August 17, 1940 to John and Josephine Wyma of Grand Haven, MI. After graduating from Grand Haven High School, he graduated from both Hope College and Western Michigan University. He impacted the lives of many as an Elementary Principal within the Jenison Public Schools. He then served as an...
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Beatrice Hirdes

March 24, 1928 - February 14, 2018

Beatrice Hirdes, age 89 of Hudsonville, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Beatrice was a lifetime member of North Blendon CRC. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Beatrice enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking and gardening. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 2010, as well as by siblings: Gordon Rietman, Herb Rietman, Betty Bullis...
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Carwin Kamps

April 20, 1935 - February 13, 2018

Carwin Kamps, 82, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Carwin was born April 20, 1935, in Holland to Peter and Cornelia (Rozeboom) Kamps. He married Marcia De Witte in 1955, and they raised their family in Holland. Carwin and Marcia were longtime members of Christ Memorial Church. Carwin drove truck most of his career, retiring in 2000 from Holland Special Delivery. In...
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Don Le Febre

November 2, 1934 - February 13, 2018

Don Le Febre, age 83 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He is survived by wife of 58 years, Meribeth; his daughters: Leanne and Glenn Overweg, Lisa Marie and Daniel R. Teunis and Allison and Kris De Vree; grandchildren: Trevor and Jodi Overweg, Korie and Neil Sperry, Gina and William Slager, Brian and Rachel Teunis, Amanda and Brian Wojczynski,...
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Glen "Fred" Smeltzer

July 19, 1939 - February 12, 2018

Glen Frederick "Fred" Smeltzer, age 78, of Holland, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018. Fred was born and raised in Frankfort MI, and was happily reminiscent of his time growing up there. He met his wife, Karen, in Grand Rapids where he worked proudly as a barber; they fell in love and devoted their lives to one another. After their marriage, the couple moved to Holland to raise their...
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Linda Bowne

December 18, 1947 - February 12, 2018

Linda Bowne, age 70, of Holland, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018. Linda was a compassionate woman with great wisdom and dedication. She spent both her personal and professional life serving others; she was a graduate of Western Michigan University where she received her master's degree in clinical social work and spent her career working in juvenile justice. She was a committed member...
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Henry William Austhof

February 11, 1931 - February 10, 2018

Henry William Austhof, age 86, passed on Saturday, February 10, 2018 just one day shy of his 87 birthday. Henry was a member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church and volunteered at Ottawa County Jail Ministry for over 30 years. He was self-employed as a tile setter. He will be dearly missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 2013. He is survived by his children...
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Barbara Brink

October 25, 1931 - February 8, 2018

Barbara Jean (Lowing) Brink, 86, of Holland, entered her heavenly home on Thursday, February 08, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Barbara was born October 25, 1931 in Jenison, Michigan to Harold and Doris (DeNef) Lowing. She graduated from Hudsonville High in 1950. Upon graduation she worked for the high school for several years before beginning Hope College in the fall of 1952....
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William W. Kahn

October 12, 1925 - February 8, 2018

William (Bill) Kahn, an eight-year resident of Zeeland, MI, died peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2018, while under the care of the dedicated staff of Vista Springs and Hospice of Holland. Bill was born on October 12, 1925, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Fred and Frances Kahn. After attending Schenley High School he served in the Army during World War II. His work career was with the U.S. Postal...
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Andrew Feenstra

October 28, 1930 - February 7, 2018

Andrew Feenstra, 87, of Beaverdam, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Andrew was born in Beaverdam on October 28, 1930, to Henry and Margaret (Diepstra) Feenstra. He was a lifelong member of Beaverdam Reformed Church. Andrew served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Esther DeGraaf in 1955 and they raised their two children together in Beaverdam. Andrew...
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Justin Tucker

August 22, 1918 - February 5, 2018

Justin Tucker, age 99 of Overisel, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018. He is survived by his children: Duane and Gaylene Tucker and Sally and Dave Elenbaas; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jennifer and Greg Leenstra (Jacob and Aiden), Laura and Tim Bindon (Hudson, Foster, Truett and Tucker, Lisa and Ross Brink (Claire and Eli); his sisters: Della Van Gaalen and Hazel and Robert...
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Cornelius Bron

July 16, 1941 - February 4, 2018

Cornelius "Cornie" Bron, age 76 of Holland, died Sunday, February 4, 2018. The son of Bert and Maria Bron, he was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. Cornie is survived by his brother, William Bron of Wildwood, FL, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church, 259 Central Avenue, Holland,...
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Steve Adams

September 20, 1955 - February 4, 2018

John Steven Adams, 62, of Holland, MI passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Steve, as he was known to all, wore many hats in his life. He was a fan of cold beer, country music and NASCAR. He was a husband, a grandfather, a brother and a friend to many. While good at all, his favorite role was that of Papa to Austin and Alissa Casko. It was a role not likely imagined...
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Clarina Schreur

November 17, 1922 - February 4, 2018

Clarina Schreur, age 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 4, 2018. Clarina was a strong Christian woman, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an active member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church for her entire married life. She is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Jerald. She is survived by her children, Marcia and Elbert Schwartz of Milton, FL, Betty and...
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Frank R. Gibbons

June 6, 1928 - February 4, 2018

Frank Roy Gibbons age 89, of Jenison, died Sunday, February 4, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, daughter, LuAnn, and granddaughter, Holly. Frank worked for Hart and Cooley for 41 years and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army. He is survived by his sons; Gary & Anna Gibbons of Jenison, MI and Allen & Kay Gibbons of Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren, Heather &...
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Nancy K. DeWilde

January 3, 1956 - January 30, 2018

Nancy DeWilde, 62, of Beaverdam, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Nancy was born in Grand Rapids, on January 3, 1956, to Fred and Annette (Van Eerden) Vanden Berg. Nancy married Ken DeWilde in 1980. Nancy worked for 24 years as a letter carrier at the Zeeland Post office and was a great friend and neighbor to those on her postal routes. Nancy and Ken also...
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Sarah VonRossum

April 2, 1950 - January 28, 2018

Sarah VonRossum, 67, passed away on Jan. 28, 2018. Born and raised in Chicago, she chose to leave the daily hustle of the city and moved to Holland in order to introduce her parents and children to a more peaceful way of life. Her can-do attitude was infectious and people loved her for it. Sarah was an artist and displayed her work through her profession as a cosmetologist. One of Sarah's...
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Raymond "Ray" Winkels

February 26, 1927 - January 28, 2018

Raymond "Ray" Winkels, age 90 of Zeeland, entered into his heavenly home on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Ray was born February 26, 1927 to Albert and Cora Winkels; he was the seventh of eight children. He served the US Army during the Korean War. Ray married Donna Bouwman in 1968, and they raised their two daughters in Zeeland in the home where Ray continued to live for the remainder of his...
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Florence Brower

June 17, 1926 - January 28, 2018

Florence Brower, age 91 of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord Sunday, January 28, 2018. She is survived by her children: Marcia Boerman, Elaine and Tom Lucas, Bruce and Luann Brower, Bonnie and Bill De Kleine and Nancy and Don Gritter; 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Doris and Ron Beek, Mary Brower, Margie Horn, Arlene and Pete De Vries, Fran Brower,...
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Robert L De Jonge

August 28, 1934 - January 27, 2018

Robert Lee De Jonge, age 83, of Drenthe, went to his eternal home Saturday, January 27th, 2018. Robert was one of eight siblings born in Zeeland, Michigan to John and Anna De Jonge in 1934. He attended the Free Methodist Church of Zeeland for most of his life and served as a worship leader and Sunday school teacher. Robert was a natural born educator and used his talents at County Normal...
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John Kooistra

February 1, 1940 - January 25, 2018

John Kooistra, 77, of Oakland, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Born Johannes Hendrik on February 1, 1940, in the Netherlands, John was one of nine children of Anne and Geertje (Meyer) Kooistra. John trained in agriculture and worked as a cattle dealer and dairy farmer. He married Pietje (Pat) van der Galien on March 25, 1964, and they had four children. In 1977 the family...
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Nora E Lake

March 19, 1952 - January 25, 2018

Nora Lake, age 65, of Holland, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Resthaven Care Center. Nora was preceded in death by her son, Rene Garza, on December 22, 2017. Nora is survived by her husband, Tim Lake of Holland; son, Rick (Cynthia) Harris of Holland; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for 4:00pm Tuesday, January 30 at Holland First...
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Paul Wolters

March 24, 1933 - January 25, 2018

Paul Wolters age 84, of Holland, died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at an area care center. Paul was born in Overisel, the son of Sander and Aleta Wolters. He was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church where he served on council. Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Mary Vander Hill; in-laws, Harvey and Betty Beltman and Jane and Earl Gunneman. He graduated from...
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Elaine Zwagerman

February 8, 1951 - January 24, 2018

Elaine Zwagerman, age 66, passed away on January 24, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Elaine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She deeply loved her husband, children, and grandchildren and prayed for them regularly. Elaine was instrumental in helping run the family dairy farm and worked various part-time jobs in the community throughout her life. She was committed to her...
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Myra Irene Veltman

July 2, 1920 - January 24, 2018

Myra I. Veltman, age 97, of Holland was welcomed into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Freedom Village Inn. Myra was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Myra was a woman of few words, but was always there for her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren baking and going to the fish ponds. She also enjoyed quilting and playing Scrabble. She was preceded...
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Gerald De Vries

April 3, 1932 - January 24, 2018

Gerald De Vries, age 85, of Zeeland went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Gerald was born April 3, 1932, in Sanborn, Iowa, to Clarence and Christina (Vugteveen) De Vries. Gerald was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church where he served as an elder. Gerald also was a former cadet leader, he volunteered for the Hope Bus Ministry, served at the Third CRC food...
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William Watson

November 7, 1942 - January 23, 2018

William L. Watson, age 75, passed away on January 23, 2018. William was born November 7, 1942 in Harvey, IL and served in the United States Army for 9 years as security in Korea, Germany, and Ft. Bragg. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Betty Watson. He is survived by wife, Karen; children, Mary Ann Watson (Tom Mee), Beth Ann (Trever) Newman, Christopher (Candy) Watson,...
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Jean J. Rozema

August 21, 1942 - January 22, 2018

Jean J. Rozema age 75, of Holland, went to her heavenly home Monday, January 22, 2018. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and also attended Zion Chapel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob in 2012 and a daughter, Elizabeth in 1984. Jean is survived by her children, Thomas and Kelli Rozema of Holland, Jeanette Rozema of Holland, Jacob and Anne...
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Kenneth "Super-Majestic" Ramaker

December 24, 1942 - January 22, 2018

Kenneth Ramaker, 75, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018. Ken was born in Holland, Michigan, on December 24, 1942, to George and Alice (Windemuller) Ramaker. Ken married Jane Wynsma in 1964. Ken and Jane raised their family in Zeeland and they were members of Community Reformed Church. In 1986, Jane, Ken, along with their daughter Kathy all graduated together from Zeeland...
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Kathleen Halm

November 18, 1944 - January 19, 2018

Kathleen Halm, age 73, died Friday, January 19, 2018. She was currently residing in Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center in Grand Rapids for various health issues. Kathy was born on November 18, 1944 in Holland, MI to Arnold and Edith Lappenga. She graduated from Holland Christian and during her early life was a member of Maple Avenue Christian Reformed Church. While living in Grand Rapids...
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Charles "Chuck" VanDerKolk

December 20, 1953 - January 19, 2018

Charles (Chuck) VanDerKolk, age 64, passed away on January 19, 2018. Chuck prioritized his time around loving people. He was a true servant and this was exemplified in many ways. He cultivated the hearts of young people by sharing the love of Christ while serving as a volunteer youth leader for more than 30 years, leading countless mission trips to Mexico and Young Life's Lake Champion and...
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Mark Eskridge

November 15, 1958 - January 18, 2018

Mark Alan Eskridge, age 59, resident of Grand Haven, passed away on January 18, 2018. Mark was born and raised in Garden City, MI. He was the most loving and caring towards everyone. Mark was the guy that was there, no matter what. He was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Ruby Eskridge, and his brother-in-law, David Pierson. He is survived by his wife of almost 19 years, Brenda...
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Fani Mazzolini

August 28, 1928 - January 18, 2018

Fani Mazzolini, age 89 ½ went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2018. Little did I know that God would call your name. In life, we loved you, or sunshine in death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. Part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us happy memories. Your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always on...
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Shelley Jo Mast

September 11, 1955 - January 18, 2018

Shelley Jo Mast age 62, of Holland, died peacefully Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Holland Hospital. She was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church and graduated from Holland Christian High School. Shelley worked for many years for Shoreline Orthopedics and retired from Partners in Healthcare Reimbursement, which she co-owned. Shelley is survived by her parents, Ken and Joyce Mast of...
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Bernice M Jones

February 15, 1921 - January 18, 2018

Bernice M. Jones, age 96, of Holland, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Bernice was rich in family and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a dedicated homemaker with a gift for simple hospitality, always able to stretch what was on hand to welcome anyone. She was born in Chicago in 1921 and moved to Escanaba, MI with her parents and brothers in 1928. ...
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Ellen R. Gilchrist

March 14, 1947 - January 17, 2018

Dr. Ellen R. Gilchrist, age 70, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Hallmark Living Center of Holland. Ellen attended Immanuel Church and was preceded in death by her husband, George Gilchrist, Jr. (2013), her parents, Gerald and Eleanor Glupker; and brother, Kenneth Glupker. Ellen is survived by her: Brothers Philip (Karen) Glupker of Byron...
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Douglas Kossen

September 3, 1955 - January 15, 2018

Douglas Kossen, age 62 of Holland, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Christina; his children and grandchildren: Eric and Whitney Roberts (Brody and Brooklyn), Alicia and Ryan Farrell, Anthony and Ashley Roberts (Alexander); his father John Kossen; his brother Rick and Deb Kossen and their children and grandchildren: Tracey and Nick Holbrook, Missy...
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Norraine Ruth Bennett

April 20, 1929 - January 15, 2018

Norraine Ruth Bennett, age 88 of Zeeland, passed from this life into the presence of the Lord on Monday, January 15, 2018. She is survived by her children: Patti and Rod Weenum of Zeeland, Peggy and Mark Pocernik of Eatonton, GA, Kurt and Cathy Bennett of Estero, FL, Marc Bennett of Grand Rapids, and Joe and Debra Bennett of Hudsonville; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; her sister...
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Ann Walker

September 29, 1939 - January 15, 2018

Ann Walker, age 78, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was a caring and loving mother. She was known for her kind and gentle heart and loved and respected by her family and friends. She held various retail jobs throughout her life including J.C.Penney, Younkers, and retired from T.J.Maxx. Her co-workers and customers missed her after retirement. She had a...
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Jeanne E Otting

December 4, 1929 - January 14, 2018

Jeanne Evelyn Meyer Otting, age 88, of Holland, MI stepped out of her earthly body into the arms of her Savior on Sunday January 14, 2018 surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born in Berwyn, Illinois to Klaus (Nick) and Martha Meyer. She graduated from Timothy Christian School in Cicero, Illinois which was founded as a school for the children of Dutch immigrants in the area. After relocating...
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Dolores R. Merten

February 11, 1928 - January 14, 2018

Dolores (nee Wentzek) Merten, 89, passed away on Sunday, January 14th in Holland, Michigan. Dolores was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on February 11, 1928 to the late Wilhelm and Amanda (Graumann) Wentzek. Her parents moved to Germany when she was an infant and she grew up in Northern Germany. In her late teens, Dolores moved back to the US and lived with relatives in Michigan and Wisconsin. ...
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Matthew John Tiggleman

April 11, 1978 - January 14, 2018

Matthew John Tiggleman, born April 11, 1978, was called to his eternal home on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Matt's faith in Jesus was the focus of his life, and his family meant everything to him. Matt touched more lives than we will ever know through his strong faith and trust in Jesus. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Myrtle and Wallace Folkert, and John and Minnie Tiggleman. ...
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Ella T. Windemuller

October 6, 1919 - January 13, 2018

Ella T. Windemuller age 98, of Holland, died Saturday, January 13, 2018 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry in 1996 and her siblings and spouses, Rich and Rose Elgersma, John and Margaret "Mike" Elgersma, Flip and Sally Elgersma, Harold and Ruth Stull and Arend and Sylvia Elgersma. Ella was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She is...
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Mildred Mans

November 30, 1919 - January 13, 2018

Mildred Mans, age 98, of Holland, passed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Providence Health and Rehabilitation in Zeeland. Mildred was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church and a Bible Study Fellowship instructor for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress and was also involved in the family fertilizer business. Mildred was preceded in death by...
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Bryce Thomas

October 7, 1998 - January 12, 2018

Bryce Thomas, age 19, of Holland passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 12, 2018. Bryce was a loving and beloved son, brother, friend and teammate. Bryce graduated from West Ottawa High School in 2017, where he played baseball and dreamed of making it to the big leagues. Bryce is survived by his parents: Leslie and Tom Martin, and Stephen Thomas; siblings: Drew and Abby Martin, Dusty and...
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Sidney (Sippe) Boonstra

July 19, 1941 - January 11, 2018

Sidney (Sippe) Boonstra, 76, of Jenison, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 11, 2018, Sid was born July 19, 1941, in Tzummarum, Friesland, the Netherlands to Pieter and Boukje Boonstra. He immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1952. Later, he met Carol Meyer and they married August 20, 1965 at Grandville Ave. CRC. Sid and Carol raised their...
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Samsang Sengmany Muansimuang

February 2, 1962 - January 9, 2018

Samsnag Sengmany Muansimuang, age 55 of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland. The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday also at the funeral home.
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Ronald L DeJonge

January 4, 1941 - January 9, 2018

Ronald Lee DeJonge, age 77, died peacefully Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at his home in New Richmond. Born in Holland, Michigan he attended Holland Public Schools and later attended Kendall School of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After serving in the Michigan National Guard, he worked at Lear Siegler Furnace as a graphic designer. Later he worked as a self-employed builder...
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Vernon Meyaard

October 10, 1940 - January 9, 2018

Vernon Meyaard age 77, of Zeeland, was eternally healed Tuesday, January 9, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home after a brief courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Vern was a member of Haven Christian Reformed Church, involved with many ministries and had a heart for Beautiful Gate in Lesotho, Africa. He worked for General Electric for 25 years and retired from Perrigo. Vern had...
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Virginia Ruth Keatley

September 11, 1920 - January 8, 2018

Virginia Keatley, 97, of Zeeland, Michigan, died on Monday, January 8, 2018. Virginia was born in Idaho on Sept 11, 1920. She married Robert Keatley on September 23, 1941. Throughout their life they lived in Washington and California. She moved to Zeeland in 2014 to be closer to her son Jim and his family. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 2007, and her son Gary Keatley in...
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Robert "Bob" Evans

March 5, 1953 - January 6, 2018

Robert Evans, age 64, passed away on January 6, 2018. Robert "Bob" was born in Chicago, IL on March 5, 1953 to his parents Rene and Zenora (Prowell) Evans. "Bob" as everyone called him, was the fifth of sixteen children. Raised and educated in Chicago, he attended John M. Smith Elementary School and graduated from Westinghouse High School. After high school, he began his career working for...
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Helen J. Timmerman

July 16, 1932 - January 5, 2018

The Lord took Helen J. Timmerman to Himself on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her son, Philip Timmerman as well as her parents and father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Timmerman. Helen was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born in Zutphen to Dick and Gertie Vander Kolk. She was a member of Zion Chapel. She...
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Billie Anne Welch

September 28, 1943 - January 3, 2018

Billie Anne Welch, age 74, of Zeeland, passed away at Resthaven Care Center Holland on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Billie was a member and an active volunteer at Evergreen Commons. At various points in her life she was a nurse, customer service representative and an actress. The roles she excelled at were that of wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother. Billie is survived by her...
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Marilyn Vredeveld

October 22, 1931 - January 3, 2018

Marilyn Vredeveld, age 86, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Marilyn was a lifetime member of 2nd Reformed Church in Zeeland, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Marilyn was a quiet woman who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. She enjoyed traveling, working with ceramics, and was an immaculate house keeper. Marilyn is survived by her husband...
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Mary Catherine "Cathy" Benedict

July 24, 1926 - January 2, 2018

Mary Catherine "Cathy" Benedict died January 2, 2018. Cathy was born on July 24, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio to Maude and Edgar Gustafson. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1948. On August 7, 1950 she and John David Benedict were married. They raised their family in Birmingham and Troy, Michigan. In the 1960s she began a career in computer programming and systems design. With her...
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Angeline "Ang" Geerlings

March 20, 1930 - January 2, 2018

Angeline "Ang" (Wierda) Geerlings, age 87 of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, January 2, 2018. She is survived by her children: Mark and Maureen Geerlings, Brian and Marlys Geerlings, Ron and Sue Geerlings, Jon and Janet Geerlings, Ed and Lynn Geerlings and Jane and George Vander Beek; 21 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; her siblings: Ted and Gladys Wierda, Hazel...
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Jose Luis Bobadilla

July 22, 1965 - December 31, 2017

Jose Luis Bobadilla age 52, of Holland, died Sunday, December 31, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Minely (Renteria) Bobadilla; children, Lizbeth Bobadilla, Samuel Bobadilla, Yazmin Bobadilla, Luis Bobadilla, Yanet Bobadilla, Joevany Bobadilla; grandchildren, Juliana Cisneros, Aidan Cisneros; brother, Jose N. Bobadilla; sister, Maria E. Bobadilla; mother, Maria L. Bobadilla; Father and mother...
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Ida Veldman

May 24, 1926 - December 28, 2017

Ida Veldman, age 91, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Ida was a loving mother and faithful wife. She enjoyed traveling, providing seamstress talent to her family and making quilts for each of them. Her hands were always busy stitching and crafting. She will be remembered for her wonderful spirit of contentment and will be dearly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband,...
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