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Our Obituaries

Larry Nienhuis

February 7, 1948 - April 5, 2020

Larry Allen Nienhuis, age 72, of Holland went to his heavenly home on April 5, 2020 following a 2 ½ year battle with lung cancer. Larry was born to the late Arnie and Lavina Nienhuis on Feb 7, 1948. He graduated from Zeeland High School and served 5 years in the National Guard. He spent his working years as a long-distance truck driver and later as a heavy equipment mechanic. Larry was a...
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Stanley Roelofs

October 14, 1941 - April 5, 2020

Stanley Roelofs, age 78 of Drenthe, faithful servant of the Lord, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alysce; his children: Beth and Scott Roede, Amy and Brent Dreyer and Mike and Betsi Roelofs; 8 grandchildren: Austin Roede, Tyler Roede, Chase Dreyer, Brody Dreyer, Tori Dreyer, Nate Roelofs, Beka Roelofs and Jonah Roelofs; siblings: Gary and Joyce...
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Donald Jr. Bruischart

March 31, 1943 - April 4, 2020

Donald Bruischart Jr., age 77, passed away on Saturday, April 04, 2020. Don was a Holland resident, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict, and was employed at the Life Savers Plant for the majority of his career. Don is survived by his son, Donald Bruischart III; former spouse, Verna Bruischart; and nieces and nephews. A private family committal service is being...
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Nancy Ann Vanden Heuvel

March 2, 1939 - April 3, 2020

Nancy Vanden Heuvel, age 81, of Holland, passed away Friday, April 03, 2020 at the Inn at Freedom Village. Nancy was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and served as the church organist for many years. She graduated from the Blodgett School of Nursing and worked in Labor and Delivery at Holland Hospital. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Rev. Henry...
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Joyce A. Wyma

November 8, 1930 - April 1, 2020

Joyce A. Wyma age 89, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Joyce was born in Holland and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1948. She was a charter member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church and an active and faithful member there. Before retirement she had been an elementary school secretary at Holland Christian Schools. She had been...
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Mitchell Mouzakis

July 27, 1926 - March 31, 2020

Mitchell Mouzakis, age 93, formally resided in Lincoln Park, MI and most recently in Holland, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proceeded in death by Pauline, his wife of sixty-two years. He is survived by Michael and Jayne, his son and daughter (in-law); grandchildren Matthew (Audrie), Mark (Kelli), John (Nina) and...
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Petronella "Nell" Van Dyke

October 27, 1938 - March 30, 2020

Petronella (Nell) Van Dyke age 81, of Holland, died Monday, March 30, 2020 at Holland Hospital with her son by her side, following a brief battle with cancer. Nell was a member of Christ Memorial Church and worked with her husband at Southland Motor Sales for many years. She also enjoyed being a part of Central Park Chapel in the summers where she had served on the board. Born in the...
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Ruth Schutte

January 19, 1928 - March 29, 2020

Ruth Schutte, age 92 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020. She is survived by her children: Erwin and Sue Schutte, Sandra and John De Wys, Kevin and Carla Schutte; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Jonathon De Wys, Sheri La France (Kayla and Levi), Mitch Schutte (Emma and Korie), Shelby and Matt Rickert, Jill Schutte and Amber Schutte; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Wanda...
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Charles Wilde

July 7, 1929 - March 28, 2020

Charles E. Wilde, age 90, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020. He was born in Ridgewood, NJ, moved to Chicago in 1955 and graduated from Northwestern University in 1960. He worked for Inland Steel Industries and served the United States of America in the Korean War. In retirement, he lived in Holland, MI and was an active participant in HASP and Evergreen Commons duplicate bridge club. ...
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Almira "Mike" Huizenga

May 10, 1926 - March 27, 2020

Almira "Mike" Huizenga, age 93 of Zeeland went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, March 27, 2020. She is survived by her children: Sherri Steigenga, Bruce and Linda Huizenga, Keith and Deb Huizenga, Philip and Dawn Huizenga, Mark Huizenga and Steve and Dee Huizenga; grandchildren: Steve Steigenga, Jeff & Ruthanne Huizenga, Ryan & Danica Huizenga, Tim Huizenga, Angela & Chris Gould, ...
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Martin Keur

May 28, 1979 - March 26, 2020

Martin Keur Jr., age 40, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 26, 2020 after a battle with Non-Hogkins Lymphoma. Marty and Rachel were married for 17 ½ years. He was a loving and faithful husband. He was the ever-present involved father who was in tune with his children's lives. He was known in the community as Coach Keur and coached Zeeland East Football, the Diamond and...
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Ronald G. Nykamp

June 13, 1930 - March 26, 2020

Ronald G. Nykamp, age 89, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Ron attended Holland Christian Schools and was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church where he was active in many roles throughout his lifetime. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War as a cryptologist. Ron worked at Boeve Oil Company for 35 years. After he retired,...
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Barbara Elaine Kemme

August 24, 1941 - March 25, 2020

Barbara Kemme, age 78, of Coopersville, formerly of Zeeland and Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Barbara taught Jr. High Science at Hamilton Schools for many years and traveled the world during the summers. She was a member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Christine Kemme; sister, Sheryl Kemme; and sister-in-law,...
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Barbara Taylor

April 5, 1929 - March 25, 2020

Barbara Ann (Van Neuren) Taylor died peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2020, after nearly 91 fruitful and happy years on this earth. Barb was born on April 5, 1929 in Grand Rapids MI, the daughter of John and Henrietta VanNeuren. While she grew up during the Depression, her father always made the days seem special, and she talked throughout her life of their camping trips to Grand Haven and...
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Rosella "Rosie" Strabbing

October 27, 1939 - March 25, 2020

Rosella "Rosie" Strabbing, age 80, of Hudsonville, went to be with Jesus her Savior on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Rosie was a gentle woman who cared deeply for her family. She was a good listener, a mediator when she needed to be, and had a smile that could light up a room. Along with her husband, Clif, Rosie traveled throughout all 50 states. After Clif died, she expanded her travels to many...
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Anna Boschma

August 25, 1919 - March 25, 2020

Anna Boschma, 100, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Anna was born to Jacob and Alice (Knoll) Steenwyk, on August 26, 1919, in Hudsonville, Michigan. She married Simon Boschma in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1985. She was also preceded in death by her Steenwyk brothers: John, Herman, Joe, Lou, Jacob; sisters: Annette Straight, and Stella Scheele. She is survived...
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Pauline Vander Kooy

April 28, 1934 - March 24, 2020

Pauline Vander Kooy, age 85 of Holland, went to be with her Lord, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Pauline is survived by her sons: John and Cheryl Vander Kooy, Randy and Deb Vander Kooy, Doug and Brenda Vander Kooy; grandchildren: John (Katie) Vander Kooy, Jeff (Alyssa) Vander Kooy, Christy (David) Raak, Luke (Sarah) Vander Kooy, Sara (Paul) Engelsman, Rachel (Nick) Paquette, Justin (Kristine)...
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Steven E. Nyland

May 28, 1950 - March 22, 2020

Steven Ed Nyland age 69, of Holland, died unexpectedly at Holland Hospital on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was an active member of Christ Memorial Church and the Rotary Club. He retired from Holland Hitch Company following 31 years of employment. He then worked as Project Manager for DeYoung Builders for 6 years. Steve deeply and unconditionally loved his family and cherished the...
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Clarence Timmer

October 25, 1923 - March 22, 2020

Clarence Timmer, age 96, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born on October 25, 1923 to the late Henry and Alice Timmer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Delia Bosch Timmer; son-in-law Jack TerAvest; great granddaughter Delana Timmer, siblings: Gerrit, Fannie and Winnie and all his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He is survived by his children: Jerry and Nelva...
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Philo Riemersma

November 14, 1924 - March 21, 2020

Philo Riemersma, 95, of New Groningen, Holland Township, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Vista Springs. Philo was born November 14, 1924, to Bert and Carrie Riemersma. He built a home for his family on the farm where he was born, and lived out nearly all the remainder of his life there. After high school in Zeeland he married a classmate Ortha De Jonge in Bellflower,...
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Winifred Kooiker

December 10, 1919 - March 19, 2020

Winifred Julia (Westerhof) Kooiker of Holland passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Resthaven Maplewoods Cottages of Holland. She was born December 10, 1919 to John and Winnie (Beintema) Westerhof in Holland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Dr. Howard Kooiker on May 4, 2014, and siblings Wilma Veenboer, Engbertus Westerhof, Henrietta Bosman, Johanna Essenberg,...
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Thomas John Burns, Sr.

July 23, 1940 - March 19, 2020

Thomas J. Burns, Sr., age 79, of Zeeland, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home. Tom served in the US Marine Corps and was preceded in death by his son, Tommy Burns, Jr., in 2019 Tom is survived by his wife, Irene Burns and daughter, Michelle Burns. Private services are planned and his family requests no flowers.
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Douglas D. Wierda

October 9, 1938 - March 18, 2020

Services are currently pending Douglas Dale Wierda- October 9, 1938- March 18, 2020 Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Doug (Big D) went to be with his Lord and Savior this week following a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lucille (Guerink) and his four sons, Craig (Emilie), Curt (Christy), Chris (Laurie), and Chuck (Shannon), along with fourteen...
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Larry Lee

October 2, 1942 - March 18, 2020

Larry Lee was born in Flint, Michigan, to Lewis and Kathryn (Finger) Lee. He gave business school a real try, but his heart was on the road. His dorm room looked out over a loading dock, and he liked watching the semis roll in and out. He came home and told his parents he wanted to drive a truck. He married Kathryn (Cole) Lee in 1971, and his work with Signal Delivery Service took them...
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Nancy Stears

January 19, 1926 - March 18, 2020

Nancy Stears, age 94, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Nancy was born in Chicago on January 19, 1926 to Walter and Ruth Huffnagle. Nancy graduated from Monmouth College in 1947 and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She married Glenn Stears in October 1948. Nancy was a member of the Community Church of Douglas. She was...
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John Nordstrom

March 11, 1932 - March 17, 2020

John Nordstrom, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 17, 2020. Those who knew John Nordstrom knew he was a big man, both figuratively and literally. He loved big ideas, big pieces of peach pie (with crumbly topping), and the big sound of pipe organs. He had a big heart and loved his family and friends fiercely. John was born in Chicago. After graduating from the University...
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Arlyene Wolters

July 10, 1932 - March 10, 2020

Arlyene "Arlene" Wolters, age 87, entered heaven's gates and saw her Savior face to face on Tuesday, March 10. She was born on July 10, 1932, to the late Edward and Grace Wolters. Her siblings Julius, Clarence, Fannie and Alvin preceded her in death. She will be lovingly missed and remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as a sister-in-law, Adeline Wolters. She was a resident at Sunset...
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Joyce L Working

May 31, 1943 - March 5, 2020

Joyce Working, age 76, of Holland, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Joyce was an avid needle pointer and reader who also loved her cats. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Working in 2017. Joyce is survived by her sister-in-law, Julie Working, and nieces and nephews, Jon (Michelle) Working, Carrie Working, Chris Working and Deb...
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Hilda Ponstein

January 8, 1920 - March 3, 2020

Hilda Ponstein, age 100 of Beaverdam passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Mark and Elizabeth Ponstein; granddaughter Krystyna Ponstein; son-in-law Jim Westfield; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 2000 and her daughters Eleanor Akker and Darla Westfield...
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LeRoy Scharaswak

February 10, 1948 - March 2, 2020

LeRoy Donald Scharaswak, age 71 of Greenville, MI passed away Monday, March 2, 2020. He is survived by his daughter, Julie and Matthew Zuidema and his grandsons: Hunter and Hayden Zuidema. He is proceeded in death by his son Donald Scharaswak. LeRoy proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a SeaBee serving 5 tours of duty in Vietnam, he also served and retired from the Army...
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Gordon 'Buzz" Wassink

October 28, 1932 - March 2, 2020

Gordon "Buzz" Wassink was born October 28, 1932, to Henry and Gertrude Wassink, and passed away on March 2, 2020. Gord married Marilyn Machiela February 11, 1955. Buzz was a faithful man of God who loved his Savior with all his heart. He was dedicated to his wife, family, and his church. Buzz and Marilyn are members of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. Gord graduated from Holland...
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Ruth Sterken

December 10, 1945 - March 2, 2020

Ruth Sterken, age 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 2, 2020. Ruth was a loving wife and mother who was devoted to her family. She never missed a kids or grandkids ball game or event. Friendship was her love language and caring came easy for her. There was never a fan in the crowd that didn't quickly become her friend. She was a lifelong member of Faith Reformed Church in...
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Elijah Fowler

January 22, 2020 - February 29, 2020

Elijah Claude Fowler, born on January 22, 2020 passed away on February 29, 2020 at just one month old. Elijah the prophet went up to heaven in a whirlwind so much like our beloved son and grandson, Elijah, he was escorted to heaven and is now spending eternity with God. He was dearly loved and we will miss him deeply. Elijah is survived by his mother, Anyssa Madia Fowler; brother, Kaden...
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Jeremiah D. Cummins

July 2, 1978 - February 28, 2020

Jeremy Daniel Cummins, age 41, of Holland passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 following his short battle with AML Leukemia. Jeremy was a loving and caring husband and father. He met the love of his life, Crystal Williams on November 14, 1999 and they were married on November 14, 2003. They have been in love ever since that special day. He is survived by his wife of 15 years,...
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Sally Ann Maka

April 23, 1941 - February 27, 2020

Sally Ann Maka, 78, died on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Resthaven Care Center in Holland, Michigan. She was born on April 23, 1941, in Grand Haven, Michigan, to Royal and Ella Zehner, and was preceded in death by her father, mother, and older brother Royal Zehner, Jr. Surviving Sally are her younger brother Tom Zehner of Steamboat, Colorado, and his wife Patt; her son Todd Soule and his...
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Julia Marckini

September 19, 1940 - February 27, 2020

Julia Marckini, age 79 of Holland, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020. She is survived by her children: Roberta Rust, James and Stephanie Balkema, Lisa Marckini-Polk and Larry Polk and Claudia Richert; her grandchildren, Melissa and Duke Fields, Dane and Megan Welchko, Robin Ketelhut, Katharine and Audrey Polk; her sister-in-law, Leah Warn; her niece Sueann Cmehil-Warn and her nephew...
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Louann Looman

April 21, 1944 - February 25, 2020

Louann Looman, age 75, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. Louann was a caring and loving mother with a quirky sense of humor. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She worked for Hart & Cooley for 30+ years prior to retirement. In retirement she was always providing time and treats for all the kids in the park. Throughout life...
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Jilayne Allen

December 16, 1954 - February 25, 2020

Jilayne Allen, age 65, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Jilayne was a graduate of Holland Christian High School. She attended Dordt College and GRCC and graduated with her nursing degree. She was a nurse at Holland Hospital until changing her focus to raising her family. She was also a member of Community Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her...
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Marilynn Walker

September 27, 1935 - February 24, 2020

Marilynn Walker, age 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 24, 2020. Marilynn was a strong and intelligent woman who loved her husband. She loved her family and taught her children to be responsible god loving adults. She enjoyed playing piano and served her church with that gift for many years. She spent her free time sewing, crocheting, and knitting and blessed each of...
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Vera Weenum

October 11, 1926 - February 23, 2020

Vera Weenum, age 93 of Zeeland, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020. She is survived by her children: Scott Weenum, Rod and Patti Weenum and Judy and Dan De Pottey; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; siblings: Arloa Boneburg and Duane Hop; sisters-in-law: Rosemary Hop, Marilyn Hop, Jean Hop, Bea and Julius Haveman and Carla Brandsen. Vera was a member of Borculo Christian...
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Bertus Pyle

February 2, 1928 - February 23, 2020

Bertus Pyle, age 92 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Edna; his children: David and Ann Pyle, James and Debra Pyle, Steve and Susan Pyle and Mark and Kathy Pyle; 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and his brother Reynold Pyle. Bert was a member of First Reformed Church in Zeeland and was a lifelong dairy farmer. Visitation...
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Jean E. Schipper

June 4, 1919 - February 23, 2020

Jean E. Schipper, age 100, died Sunday, February 23, 2020 surrounded by her daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, daughter, Marla Koeman and son-in-law, Larry Reimink. Jean was a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where she had been a part of the Ladies Aide Society and School Circle. She retired from Beechnut/Lifesavers. Jean is survived by...
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Ashley Anne Harding

September 27, 1984 - February 22, 2020

Ashley Harding went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 22, 2020. Ashley was born September 27, 1984, in Holland. She attended West Ottawa Schools and Community Based Instruction, then worked at Kandu for a number of years. Most recently, along with her friend and CLS worker, Denise Newhouse, she enjoyed volunteering at Ditto's, The Critter Barn, DeGraaf Nature Center,...
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Joanne C Izenbart

January 2, 1936 - February 22, 2020

Joanne Izenbart, age 84, of Zeeland, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Joanne was born in Ghent, Belgium to missionary parents on Jan. 2 1936. Her family had to come back to the Holland area because of the dangers of World War II. They moved to Detroit, Michigan for her grade school years, and then moved to Buffalo, New York in her High school years. Joanne attended...
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Arlene R. Knoll

March 1, 1929 - February 19, 2020

Arlene R. Knoll, age 90, of Holland, died Wednesday, February 19, 2020. She was the daughter of John and Minnie Knoll and a lifelong member of Central Park Reformed Church. Arlene is survived by several cousins. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St. Holland with Rev. Kevin Kleinheksel officiating. A time of...
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Sharon McManus

August 18, 1939 - February 17, 2020

Sharon V. McManus, age 80, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2020 after a brief illness with a rare form of cancer. Sharon was born in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated from Byron Center High School in 1957. She holds a degree from North Central College and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. Sharon had a distinguished teaching career for 32 years where she taught at...
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James "Jim" Vande Guchte

October 4, 1960 - February 16, 2020

James Vande Guchte, 59, of Hamilton, died Sunday, February 16, 2020. Jim was a loving father and grandfather, and an avid sports fan. He was born October 4, 1960, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Rev. Howard and Virginia Vande Guchte. Jim grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and graduated from Hope College. He received his master's degree from Western Michigan University. Jim and his wife...
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Joanne Klaasen

May 31, 1947 - February 16, 2020

Joanne Klaasen, age 72 of Overisel went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, February 16, 2020. She is survived by her siblings: Jay Klaasen, Leon and Alice Klaasen, Eileen Klaasen, Ronald and Erma Klaasen, Donna Klaasen and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Overisel Christian Reformed Church, 4724 142nd Avenue, Holland, MI...
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Kenneth Gene Wolters

September 3, 1924 - February 15, 2020

Kenneth Gene Wolters, of Overisel, Michigan, a loving brother and uncle, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the age of 95. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sander and Aletta Wolters; brother Paul; sisters: Shirley and Mary; and brothers-in-law: Al Vliem, William Veldkamp, and Richard De Boer. He is survived by his sisters: Dorothy Vliem, Norma...
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Jeanette C. Overway

July 17, 1925 - February 15, 2020

Jeanette Overway, age 94, of Holland, died Saturday, February 15, 2020. She was born in Harvey Illinois to Rev. John M. and Anna Dykstra. Her father's ministry took her to Crookston, MN, Sioux Center, IA, and then to Zeeland, MI, where she met Clarence Overway. They were married on August 5, 1948. A marriage which lasted 65 years until his death in 2014. She attended Holland Christian...
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Wanda Hoffman

December 22, 1953 - February 14, 2020

Wanda Hoffman, age 66, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020. Wanda was a hardworking mom who provided for family. Her passion and love were her grandchildren and she bragged about them often. She had many friends and was known as "Sweet Wanda". Wanda was a long-term employee of Magna Donnelly and most recently at Good Will. She was dearly loved and will be missed. She was preceded in...
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Kathleen "Klomparens-Klynstra" Lawson

April 12, 1958 - February 13, 2020

Kathleen "Klomparens-Klynstra" Lawson, 61, of Holland, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Kathleen was born April 12, 1958. She was the daughter of Robert and Hester (Ende) Klomparens. She was raised in Holland with her sister Sara, and she graduated from Holland High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Hester Klomparens, her step-mother Myra Klomparens,...
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James Van Norden II

December 11, 1948 - February 12, 2020

James "Jim" Van Norden II, age 71, of Holland, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Our Papa Bear was loved by many and had a contagious smile and laugh. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and family. Our memories are too numerous to list but we will continue to cherish each one daily in our hearts. Jim served his country in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart....
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Dorothy J. Zoerman

March 17, 1931 - February 12, 2020

Dorothy J. Zoerman age 88, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, daughter-in-law, Vickie Zoerman, granddaughter, Christie Ann Patterson and great granddaughter, Annika Joy Marcus, brothers, Alvin and Don Star and brother-in-law, Stan Bareman. Dorothy was an active member of Central Avenue Christian...
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Leelan Coin

January 31, 1950 - February 10, 2020

Leelan Coin, age 70, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020. Leelan was a career military serviceman having served 20 years in the United States Air Force and retiring in 1989. In retirement, he worked as a network supervisor for ITM. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with each one of them including his dogs Honey and Kenzie. He was a big fan of Godzilla and was known as a...
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Kathie (Mary Kathryn) Spitzley

July 5, 1944 - February 10, 2020

I kissed Kathie goodbye for the last time on February 10. It was one of the hardest things I did during our 48 years of marriage, but, like her many friends and admirers, I am honored to have known her generous and fun spirit. Kathie had great parents, Harry and Leona (Walsh) Schueneman, who gave her her start in Morgan Park, Illinois, on July 5, 1944. She enjoyed a close family, with...
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Mildred Koetje

June 9, 1920 - February 9, 2020

Mildred Koetje, age 99 of Holland went to her heavenly home Sunday, February 9, 2020. She is survived by her daughters: Betty and Jim De Visser of Holland, Ruth Koetje of Holland, Jan Salsich of Mystic, CT, Mary Mc Creary of Indiana, PA and Debbie and Joe Kelly of St. Louis, MO; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:...
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Sophia Hamberg

March 31, 1930 - February 8, 2020

Sophia M. Hamberg, age 89, of Holland, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Vista Springs Assisted Living Center. Sophia retired after 23years as the Secretary in the Counseling and Placement Center at Hope College. Her joys were sailing with her husband and cooking for her family. She was a member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church. Sophia is survived by her: Husband of 70...
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Betty Van Loo

February 4, 1940 - February 7, 2020

Betty Van Loo, age 80, died on Thursday, February 7, 2020. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Van Loo; son, Scott Van Loo; brother, Gerald Kempker; sister-in-law, Gail Kempker; brother-in-law, Wayne Dykhuis. She is survived by her son, Doug Van Loo; son, Rick Van Loo; son, Dan (Melissa) Van Loo; granddaughter, Shelby Van Loo; step-granddaughter, Anna Liceaga; granddaughter,...
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Janice G. Knott

January 17, 1962 - February 6, 2020

Janice G. Knott age 58, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 6, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was a member of Harderwyk Ministries and graduated from Holland Christian in 1980. She was a stay -at-home mom and enjoyed many years at Van Wieren Hardware. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Charlotte Brandsen and father-in-law, Kenneth Knott. ...
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Francine Leep

June 4, 1937 - February 4, 2020

Francine Leep, age 82 of Zeeland, loving wife, mother and grandmother went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 4, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Bill; her children: Jayne and Tom Heintzelman, Bill and Joanna Leep, Maribeth and Tom Ver Strate, Jaci and Rick Le Febre; 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; siblings: Dick and Carol Flietstra, Dave...
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Dave "Davie" Looman

November 17, 1944 - February 4, 2020

Dave Looman passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 surrounded by family. Dave was born in Holland, Michigan on November 17, 1944, the second son of Marvin and Erma Looman. He married his sweetheart Joyce Berry in 1965 and raised three children, Linda, Wendy and Mark. Through their 54 years of marriage, Dave and Joyce made lifelong memories and friends in Holland and Alden Michigan. When...
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David Albert Wendt

April 10, 1941 - February 3, 2020

David Albert Wendt, age 78, of Holland, unexpectedly passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at his home. David retired from Haworth, Inc. in 2000 after which he worked part-time at Sevens Paint. He was a morning regular at Bob Evans as well as an avid Blackjack player. Prior to moving to Holland, David was active in the Hastings Jaycees where he met and made many lifelong friends; some of whom...
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Evelyn L. Brower

December 13, 1919 - January 31, 2020

Evelyn L. Brower (Avery), age 100, of Holland, passed away at American House and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 31, 2020. Evelyn was born in Jones, Michigan to Earl and Helene Avery on December 13, 1919 and graduated from Three Rivers High School. In 1936 she moved to Holland and graduated from Holland Business Institute in 1937. She married James Brower in 1941. ...
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Bert Kreuze

January 11, 1928 - January 31, 2020

Bert Kreuze, age 92 of Overisel, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, January 31, 2020. He is survived by his children: Jerry and Karen Kreuze, Ken and Sally Kreuze and Bev Kreuze; daughter-in-law Karen Kreuze; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lori and Barrett Bloenk (Andrew and Henry), Julie and Dominique De Nooyer ...
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Gerald Jipping

December 20, 1928 - January 29, 2020

Gerald Jipping, age 91, of Holland went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 29, 2020. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anna, Gerald is survived by his dear friend, Audrey Ems, and his four children, Carla (Jim) Dolislager of Rocklin, CA, Mary (Gregg) Afman of Santa Barbara, CA, Sharon (Michael) David of Oxnard, CA, and Paul (Kathy) Jipping of Holland, eleven grandchildren and...
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Marie Lampen

March 19, 1923 - January 27, 2020

Marie June Lampen left her 96 yearlong journey on Monday, January 27, 2020 to settle into her eternal home. Marie loved Christ, her husband, children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, relatives, friends and church family. She served the Lord by being devoted to those she loved with a servant's attitude. She was born on March 19, 1923 in Allegan, Michigan to Harry and Leah Weaver. She...
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Laura "Lolly" Vanden Bosch

May 10, 1939 - January 23, 2020

Laura "Lolly" Vanden Bosch, age 80, of Holland, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was born on May 10, 1939, to Andrew and Nellie Vander Zee who preceded her in death. She attended Calvin College, received her teaching degree from Western Michigan University, and had a career in teaching for 33 years, retiring from West Ottawa schools. She was a member of Maranatha Christian...
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Harriet Gebben

May 10, 1925 - January 22, 2020

Harriet Mae Gebben, age 94, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center in Holland. Harriet was a former member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church and a current member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church. Harriet worked at Lifesavers, Inc in Holland for 19 years, retiring in 1987. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian, in 2004 and...
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Larry Looman

January 11, 1942 - January 20, 2020

Larry Looman, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 20, 2020. Larry was active in several sports for many years. He did auto body work for Loomans' Body Shop. He was employed by VerHage for 12 years and Elhart Pontiac for 42 years. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his dog, Callie. He faithfully comforted others as he cared for his friends and lived a life of...
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John A. Kossen

October 23, 1930 - January 20, 2020

John A. Kossen, age 89, of Holland, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020 at Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living Center. John retired as a Highway Driver for Herman Miller in 1993 and enjoyed farming and spending time at Silver Lake. John was a charter member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. John was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, in 2012 and son, Douglas, in 2017. John is survived...
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Adrian Dreyer

April 28, 1927 - January 19, 2020

Adrian Dreyer age 92, of Zeeland, died, Sunday, January 19, 2020. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Ruth Prins Dreyer in 2006 and a son, Ronald Dreyer in 1966, as well as all his siblings and their spouses and in-laws, Eldon and Jacoba Walters. He is survived by his children, Connie and Dean Boersma, and Jim and Cathy Dreyer;...
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Keith W. Miller

December 20, 1932 - January 18, 2020

Keith Miller, age 87, of Burnips, entered his heavenly home on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Keith was born in Grand Rapids, on December 20, 1932 to William and Ethel Miller. He proudly served his country in the US Army. Keith married his high school sweetheart, Neva Sawyer and they shared more than 67 years together. Keith was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great...
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Kathryn Gruppen

September 7, 1920 - January 18, 2020

Kathryn (Boetsma) Gruppen, 99, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Kathryn was born in Borculo on September 7, 1920, to Gerrit and Tillie (Fisher) Boetsma. She graduated from eighth grade from the Borculo School, and she graduated from Zeeland High at the age of 67. Kathryn married Herman Gruppen, and they moved to Zeeland and raised their children there. They were long...
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Stanley J. Kleis

May 4, 1928 - January 18, 2020

Stanley J. Kleis, age 91, of Holland, died peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, January 18, 2020. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Kleis, a great granddaughter, Emma De Ruiter and a brother, Gerald Kleis. Stan was a lifelong member of Pillar Church where he was active in many areas of church life. He retired from Donnelly Corporation following 29 years as a...
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Edward C. Shidler

June 23, 1937 - January 17, 2020

Edward Shidler age 82, of Saugatuck, died Friday, January 17, 2020, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He was a member of Central Park Reformed Church and owned and operated Edmar Manufacturing in Holland. Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene; children, Terri and Tom Van Lente of Saugatuck, Chuck Shidler of Saugatuck, Rick and Sue Shidler of Saugatuck, Dave and...
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Dick B. Yskes

April 5, 1936 - January 17, 2020

Dick B. Yskes age 83, of Holland, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary in 2015. Dick was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army serving from 1959-1962. He taught middle school in Benton Harbor, Kent City and spent most of his career at Holland Public Schools retiring...
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Nancy Schermer

August 1, 1950 - January 16, 2020

Nancy Schermer, age 69, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Nancy was born in Zeeland on August 1, 1950, to Julius and Lorraine (Overbeek) Nykamp. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and later married Bruce Schermer. Nancy and Bruce are members of Third Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland. Nancy worked for many years in Holland as an...
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Nancy Norling Gasper

October 7, 1935 - January 16, 2020

Nancy Norling Gasper, age 84, passed away Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at Mercy Health Hospital in Muskegon. Nancy was born and grew up in Chicago, IL. She earned a BS degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in 1956, and an MA degree in Education from Western Michigan University in 1965. Nancy began her career as an educator for the Marseilles Jr.-Sr. High School in Marseilles,...
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John A. Kozal

December 30, 1934 - January 16, 2020

John A. Kozal age 85, of Holland, died Thursday, January 16, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Evelyn; daughter, Kathy and Clarence Rietsema of Rockford and son, John Jr. and Rachael Kozal of Grand Rapids; 4 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 7 great granddaughters and 2 great grandsons. John retired from General Motors and following retirement drove school bus in the Holland area. A...
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River Rilley

September 9, 2019 - January 15, 2020

River Rilley, age 4 months, died on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. River was a perfect, happy, and beautiful little boy who loved his mom, dad, brother and sister; and was loved by everyone. River is survived by his parents; Andrew and Sabrina Rilley; sister, Ella Rilley; brother, Asher Rilley; grandparents, Robert and Sonya Lalley; grandparents, Robert and Amy Rilley; aunt, Brittany Lalley...
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Lois Lamar

March 12, 1928 - January 15, 2020

Lois Lamar, 91, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. She was born March 12, 1928, in North Blendon, to John and Wilcy (Morren) Lamer, and was raised with her six siblings. Lois was a longtime member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland where she sang in the choir and served in the Ladies Aid Society. She worked for many years as an auditor at First Michigan Bank before her...
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Glen Hoekstra

September 11, 1927 - January 14, 2020

Norman Glen Hoekstra age 92 Glen Hoekstra passed away peacefully on January 14, 2020. Born on September 11, 1927 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Maynard and Christina Hoekstra. He joined the Merchant Marines at age 18 and served in the United States Army from 1950-1952. He owned and operated Fillmore Beef Company in Holland, Michigan for many years. He was a loving and generous husband, father...
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Iva Mai

December 15, 1937 - January 13, 2020

Iva Mai, age 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 13, 2020. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy and Randy Jongetjes; son, Garth Mai; grandson, Gordon Mai; sister, Florence and Bill Howe; and many cousins. Funeral services are a 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 18 at Rusk Christian Reformed Church, 10354 92nd Ave., Allendale, MI 49401. Memorial contributions may be...
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Sidney Jongsma

April 29, 1951 - January 13, 2020

Sidney Jongsma, age 68, went to his forever home with Jesus on Monday, January 13, 2020. Sidney was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. A man of faith and integrity. He was a very skilled carpenter with a love for flying. He became a pilot at the age of 19 and was building his own airplane prior to his illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Helen Jongsma and...
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Preston M Rooks

June 3, 1924 - January 12, 2020

Preston Rooks, age 95, of Holland, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center. Preston was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and retired from Holland Motor Express after 15 years of employment. Preston was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; son, Rodger Rooks, grandchildren, Steven Nienhuis and Melissa Rooks; sisters, Ann Erickson, Margaret Arens and Dorothy...
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Jerry Hassevoort

April 28, 1956 - January 11, 2020

Jerry Hassevoort, age 63 of Zeeland passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Nancy; his children and grandchildren: Lisa and Rick Monroe (Sawyer, Ryann, Tristan and Malia), Tracy and Tom Dykstra (Deacon and Crew), Melissa and Tim Hassevoort-Vander Kooi (Kaylee) and Derek Hassevoort; his father Elmer Hassevoort; siblings: Dennis and Sandra Hassevoort and...
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William "Bill" Webb, Jr.

August 4, 1959 - January 10, 2020

William "Bill" Webb, Jr., age 60, of Holland, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Bill enjoyed bowling, softball, and anything Hope College. In his younger years, Bill competed in the Special Olympics, where he won several medals. Bill graduated from the Ottawa Area Center and has worked at Wooden Shoe Restaurant for many years. Bill was preceded in...
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Ron Edgerly

January 26, 1951 - January 10, 2020

Ron Edgerly, age 68 of Zeeland went home to be with is Lord and Savior Friday, January 10, 2020, He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Wanda; his children and grandchildren: Dan and Heather Edgerly (Maxton, Madelynn and Malachi) and Holly and Corey Kragt (Laker and Oakley) and his son-in-law Calvin Brower; brother Terry and Sue Edgerly; mother-in-law Joyce Branderhorst, sister-in-law Winola...
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David Dickerson

December 16, 1941 - January 10, 2020

David Dickerson, age 78 of Holland passed away peacefully Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Vista Springs Holland Meadows of dementia. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Guyla; their son Steven J. and Amy Dickerson; his grandsons and great grandson: Thomas and Jodi Dickerson (Isaac) and Peter and Heather Dickerson; sisters-in-law: Janna and Richard Palmbos, Debra and Calvin Diekema and Dawn...
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Loren Vreeman

September 21, 1944 - January 10, 2020

Loren J. Vreeman, age 75, died on Friday, January 10, 2020. Loren was a farmer through and through spending his retirement years in Irons, MI in the summer and traveling throughout the sunny states in the winter. Loren was preceded in death by his brother; William Vreeman; and brother and sister-in-law, Sylvan (Andrea) Vreeman. He is survived by his wife, Pat Vreeman; children, Tim and Amy...
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Thelma C. Haveman

April 18, 1930 - January 9, 2020

Thelma Haveman, age 89, of Holland, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center. Thelma loved her children and devoted her life to them. She was a beautician in her early years and also loved bowling. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, in 1995; her sisters, Joyce Ramsey and Mildred Behrer; and her brother, Jarvis Ter Haar. Thelma is survived by her: ...
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Anne Van Norden

May 30, 1929 - January 9, 2020

Anne Van Norden, 90, of Holland, passed away January 9, 2020. Anne was born in Hull, Iowa, on May 30, 1929, to Onie and Sadie (De Boer) Aardema. The Aardema family moved to West Michigan and Anne graduated from Fremont High School. Anne raised her five children and she later married Henry Van Norden in 1974. Henry preceded her in death in 2003. Anne lived most of her adult life in the...
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Bernice Koeman

October 12, 1928 - January 8, 2020

Bernice N. (De Boer) Koeman, age 91 of Beaverdam, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020. She is survived by her children: Robert and Marcia De Boer, Arloa and David Schout and Jack and Diane De Boer; grandchildren: Jacki and Steven Lichti, Scott and Angela De Boer, Joel and Jennifer Schout, Curtis and Krista Schout, Rex and Kristin Schout, Naomi and Bruce Gilde, Paul and Christy Schout,...
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Helen Overweg

March 24, 1927 - January 8, 2020

Helen Overweg, 92, of North Blendon, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Helen was born March 24, 1927, to Isaac and Ethel (Dill) Kramer. She graduated from Grandville High School, and in 1949 she married Gerald Overweg. Gerald and Helen raised their children on their family farm in North Blendon and they were longtime members of North Blendon Christian Reformed Church. At church...
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Ada Rillema

August 21, 1934 - January 8, 2020

Ada Rillema, age 85 of Beaverdam, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 8, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harley; her children: Ken and Deb Rillema, Judy and Bob Meekhof, Larry and Gwen Rillema, Lee and Lisa Rillema, Ruth and Tim Meekhof and Diane and Ed Dreyer; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jeremy and Amber Rillema (Tessa), Todd and Emilie Rillema, Shawn...
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Robert "Bob" Arendsen

April 11, 1933 - January 7, 2020

Robert "Bob" Arendsen age 86, of Zeeland, died Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at an area care center. He was the son of Bert and Gertrude Arendsen and preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley in 2001 and wife Catherine in 2016, and a sister-in-law, Arlene Goorman-Hoek in 2019. Bob was a veteran of the Army serving from 1953-1955 and then into the reserves for 8 years. He was a Civil...
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Ruth Boeskool

April 9, 1927 - January 7, 2020

Ruth A. Boeskool, age 92, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Ruth was born in Chicago on April 9, 1927. Her ability to pick up stakes, start again and make the best of a tough situation had its roots in her moving to California as a young girl during the depression years. There she married her first husband, lovingly raised her son David and went to college. After a time...
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Joyce Ramsey

May 23, 1925 - January 4, 2020

Joyce Ramsey, age 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Joyce was a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church (now known as the Foundation Church). She cared for foster children throughout her life and was loved by those who had the blessing of knowing her. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, H. Paul Ramsey in 1989; brother, Jarvie TerHaar, and...
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Hendrika (Reka) Knoll

April 23, 1922 - January 3, 2020

Hendrika (Reka) Dilling Knoll, age 97, of Holland, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at Resthaven Care Center. Reka was a member of Maple Avenue Ministries and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Knoll; sons, Corrie Knoll and Albert Knoll; son-in-law, Jerry Raak; and sisters, Anna Dilling and Janny Kraay both of the Netherlands. Reka is survived by her daughters, Diane Raak and...
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