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Our Obituaries

Thomas J. De Vries

December 3, 1938 - December 7, 2017

Thomas J. De Vries, age 79, of Holland, died Thursday, December 7, 2017. Tom passed away surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter De Vries and Bill De Vries; and in-laws Marilyn De Vries and Howard & Dorothy Pieper. Tom was self-employed owner operator of Ottawa Brush and Chemical. He was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Tom was also a long time...
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Elwin Eding

February 20, 1945 - December 7, 2017

Elwin Eding, age 72 of Bentheim, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, December 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Mary, his children: Tom and Misty Eding, Tammy and Curt Bosch and Troy and Melissa Eding; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ashley Haveman (Elwin and Eloise), Andrew Eding, Nikki Bosch and Callaway Eding; siblings: Erma Taylor, Eileen and John...
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Gary Lemmen

May 9, 1965 - December 7, 2017

Gary L. Lemmen, age 52, of Zeeland, passed away on December 7, 2017, after a courageous two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, for his positive spirit and outlook on life, even when faced with challenges. When not working as an insurance broker for Northwestern Mutual, he enjoyed...
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Joanne Van Baren

December 4, 2017

Joanne (De Vries) Van Baren, of Jenison, MI, formerly of South Holland, IL, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017. To make a long story short… Joanne was born in 1936, in Visalia, CA, to Thomas and Agnes (Broersma) De Vries. She graduated from Valley Christian High School, and attended Calvin College where she met Gilbert F. Van Baren. In 1958 they married, and they raised their family...
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Norma Meeuwsen

May 19, 1931 - December 3, 2017

Norma Meeuwsen, age 86, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, December 3, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 67 years Lloyd; her children: Paul and Karie Meeuwsen, Pat and Reed Navis, Jayne and Del Ritsema, Tom and Sherri Meeuwsen, and Dave and Stacey Meeuwsen; 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter; her brother Dr. Jim and Jan...
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Donald "Bud" Pyle

June 24, 1927 - December 3, 2017

Donald "Bud" Pyle, age 90, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Bud graduated from Zeeland High School and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a charter member of Community Reformed Church where he served as both deacon and elder. He also served as Holland Township Fire Chief. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and...
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Christian W. Campos

January 9, 1997 - December 2, 2017

Christian W. Campos, age 20, of Saugatuck, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Christian grew up in Grandville and attended Grandville Public Schools. He most recently moved to Saugatuck and worked for the Shell gas station in Saugatuck, and for his grandparents at Panterra Luxury Coach in Holland. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends, kids and...
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William "Bill' Boonstra

December 5, 1928 - December 2, 2017

William "Bill" Boonstra, 88, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Sheldon Meadows in Hudsonville. Bill was born in Detroit on December 5, 1928. He was raised in Zeeland by his parents Jack and Cora Boonstra. He graduated from Zeeland High School and began working to continue the family business at Boonstra's in downtown Zeeland. Bill served in the U.S. Navy for four...
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Peter Terpsma

February 14, 1927 - December 2, 2017

Peter Terpsma, age 90, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 2, 2017. Born in Holland, he attended Holland High School and served in the US Navy during WWII. Peter was a long time, faithful member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church and previously served as a deacon and elder. Peter was employed by Oven Fresh Bakery as a driver salesman. Peter was a man of deep faith...
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Delia Jonker

November 6, 1921 - November 28, 2017

Delia (Roels) Jonker, 96 of Holland passed away peacefully, November 28, 2017 at Appledorn Living Center. Delia was a kind, caring and loving wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Delia was predeceased by her parents, John and Bertha Roels and her in-laws Rev. Peter and Minnie Jonker. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Jason and Paul Roels, Jason's wife Julia, and in-laws...
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Jessie Diekema

February 3, 1922 - November 27, 2017

Jessie Diekema, age 95 of Drenthe, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, November 27, 2017. She is survived by her children: Eleanor and the Reverend Howard Vugteveen, Bern and Donna Diekema, Jerry and Bonnie Diekema, Kathy Diekema, Cal and Deb Diekema and Doug and Angie Diekema; 13 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jessie was preceded in death by her...
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Henry Kruithoff

October 24, 1924 - November 26, 2017

Henry Kruithoff, age 93, of Holland, peacefully passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 and is now with his Lord and Savior. He was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and wanted nothing more in the past eight months than to be with his Lord and his wife who passed away in April after 70 years of marriage. Henry served in the United States Army as an...
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Catherine Marie Van Dyke

December 11, 1928 - November 26, 2017

Catherine Marie Van Dyke (Borduin), 88, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Catherine was born in Grand Rapids, on December 11, 1928, to Gerard and Winnie (Compaan) Borduin. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and later from Calvin College with her teaching degree. She began teaching at Allendale Christian and also taught later at Adams Christian School...
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Dorothy Lanning

May 30, 1925 - November 25, 2017

Dorothy Lanning, 92, of Zeeland, went home to heaven on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Dorothy was born May 30, 1925, in Zeeland, to Chester and Frances (Boes) Fox. She married Howard Lanning and they raised three daughters together. Dorothy and Howard were long time members of Faith Reformed Church of Zeeland. They also worked hard together in the family business Ottawa Gladiola Bulb Growers...
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Braxton Willis

March 3, 2016 - November 24, 2017

Braxton Willis, age 20 months, of Holland passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017. Our hearts were broken on November 24, 2017 when our beautiful baby boy Braxton Avery Willis gained his angel wings surrounded by family and friends in the arms of his mother. Braxton has touched the lives of many in his short yet memorable time here on earth. Braxton came into our lives on March 3rd, 2016 a...
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Marion Nelson

March 13, 1932 - November 23, 2017

Marion Nelson, age 85, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Marion lived a life of quiet steadfast faith in Jesus Christ. After her husband was taken from her in 1985 she moved to Holland and begin working in the payroll department at Haworth. She loved to travel, enjoyed cross stitch, tending after her dog, and time with family and friends. She was actively involved in Widowed Persons...
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Geneva Lubbers

August 21, 1926 - November 23, 2017

Geneva Lubbers, age 91, of Hamilton, passed away Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan. Born in 1926, to William and Hannah Haverdink, she was the youngest and last surviving of 10 children. She was a member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church where she corresponded with inmates through Crossroads bible Institute. She co-owned and was the...
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Jonathan Berry

September 30, 1970 - November 21, 2017

Jonathan Berry, age 47 of Holland, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017. He is survived by his children: Cyrus and Cassandra; his parents James and Nancy Berry; his siblings: James "Scott" Berry, David and Terri Berry and Jennifer Berry and Jason Malayter and several nieces and nephews. Jonathan graduated from Holland High School in 1988 and had worked at JR Automation as a machine...
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Vaughn C Koning

October 27, 1960 - November 21, 2017

Vaughn C. Koning, age 57, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. Vaughn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who lovingly provided for his family and found particular enjoyment in his grandchildren. He also loved to hunt and play softball. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Koning and Shirley Schipper. Vaughn is...
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Robert "Bob" Farrell

June 16, 1954 - November 19, 2017

Robert "Bob" Farrell, age 63, of Holland unexpectedly passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home. Bob was a 1972 graduate of Holland High School and a member of both the Sons of the American Legion Post 6 and the Holland Elks. He was employed as a Technical Liaison Officer at Thermotron in Holland, where he worked for 40 years. Bob is survived by his sister, Charlene Beckman and...
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Patricia "Patti" Sue Vander Zwaag

October 18, 1955 - November 19, 2017

Patricia Sue (Patti) Vander Zwaag, age 62, of Holland, passed peacefully into eternal life with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Patti was born October 18, 1955 to Jacob and Gladys (Andringa) Gras; she attended Zeeland Christian School and graduated from Holland Christian High School. She worked at Zeeland Hospital and Herman Miller before taking a position at...
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Bernice J. Cook

January 17, 1927 - November 19, 2017

Bernice Cook age 90, of Holland, met her Savior face to face on Sunday, November 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle, son, Paul, grandsons, Bryan Cook and Kevin Cook, and great grandchildren, Allison DeRidder and Alex Nava, and brothers, Bob Altena, Ed Altena, and Jeff Altena. Bernice was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She is survived by her...
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Donald Brower

March 31, 1928 - November 19, 2017

Donald Jay Brower, age 89 of Holland, passed away November 19, 2017. He fought the good fight, he finished the race, and is now wearing his crown of righteousness. Donald was a man of few words who served in the Army during the Korean War. After returning home, Donald married his wife Marilyn. He worked for more than thirty years in shipping and receiving at General Electric. Donald looked...
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Jeffrie Myrick

May 21, 1958 - November 18, 2017

Jeffrie Myrick, age 59 of Holland passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Suzy Bush-Myrick; his sister Dolly and Jay Kloosterman of Zeeland; brothers-in-law Bob Rigterink of Zeeland, Charlie Bush, Max (Lynette) Bush of Holland, Jim Bush of Rockford, Tedd (Sue) Bush of Hamilton and their beloved friend Ken Everitt. He was preceded in death by his...
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Clarence Wolters

August 22, 1931 - November 18, 2017

Clarence Wolters, age 86 of Zeeland, went home to rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior Saturday, November 18, 2017. Clarence was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and his family was a source of his joy. From him they learned faithfulness, a strong work ethic, and serving with humility. He loved the Lord and was faithful to Him, his wife and family. He is...
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George Van Der Kooi

September 11, 1940 - November 16, 2017

George E Van Der Kooi, age 77, of Borculo, passed away at home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday morning, November 16, 2017, surrounded by family following a short battle with cancer. George was a pillar in his church Shekinah Revival Ministries (Faith Christian Center) including being an Elder, Deacon, Trustee and greeter. He is best known for his loving...
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Jean Essenburg

December 31, 1950 - November 12, 2017

Jean Essenburg, 66, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Jean was born in Holland, Michigan, to C. Max and Esther (Laman) Flowerday on New Years Eve in 1950. In 1969 she graduated from Holland High School, and went on to Pine Rest Nursing School, graduating in 1970. Jean married the love of her life, Irv Essenburg, on September 11, 1970, at First Reformed Church of Holland. ...
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Sharon Fales

March 28, 1965 - November 10, 2017

Sharon D Fales, age 52, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Sharon was born in Grand Rapids to Jack and Mary (Burmania) Walburg and was the oldest of three children. She had a fond love for gardening and going on motorcycle rides with her husband. After graduating high school, she attended Hope College in Holland. She worked for many...
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Joan Treffers

July 25, 1941 - November 9, 2017

Joan Treffers, age 76 of Zeeland went home to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior Thursday, November 9, 2017. She is survived by her husband Joe of 54 years, her three sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren; Dave and Gwen Treffers (Mike Treffers and his fiancé Kristen Martin and Carrie and Russ King), Dan and Tam Treffers (Dani Treffers and her fiancé Alex Elenbaas, Noah, Jordyn and...
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Paul Slenk

November 7, 2017

Paul J. Slenk, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Paul was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was employed by Bell Telephone and retired from Southwestern Bell Corporation after 41 years. He was a faithful member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, an avid boater, and loved fishing. He was dearly loved. He is preceded in death by his wife, Amy; son,...
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Sharon Helder

June 24, 1958 - November 5, 2017

Sharon Helder, age 59 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, November 5, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dave; her children and grandchildren: Joel Helder (Chase and Carson), Susan and Mitch Brower (Grant, Gracie and Easton), Jenny and Ross Vandermyde (Kaden, Brylen and Kinslee); siblings: Jim and Cindy Lamer, Bob and Mary Beth Lamer; father and mother...
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Aileen M. Mullen

November 30, 1931 - November 4, 2017

Aileen Marie Mullen, 85, of Royal Park Atrium in Zeeland, passed away on November 4, 2017. Aileen was born in South Haven, Michigan, to Harold "Bus" and Elna (Jorgensen) Mort. She graduated from Hopkins High School in 1950, and did Allegan County Normal Teacher training in 1951. Aileen met Willis Mullen and they married May 23, 1953, at Hopkins Methodist Church. They raised their two sons...
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Robert Lee Goding

November 16, 1935 - November 2, 2017

Robert Lee Goding, age 81, of Holland, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at his home. Bob was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, the VFW, American Legion, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and life member of the Elks. In his younger years, he was a Little League Coach and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He loved putting together plastic models, hunting and...
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Marcia H Weener

December 22, 1924 - November 2, 2017

Marcia Henrietta Weener of Holland passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, November 2, 2017, at the American House of Holland. Marcia's death was preceded by the death of her husband Earl in 2009. She was born December 22nd, 1924, in Paris, Michigan to Nicholas Bouman and Marie Barton. Marcia graduated from Holland Christian High School and married Earl Weener in 1944 and went on to have...
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Lindsay Chandler

December 7, 1992 - November 2, 2017

Lindsay Chandler, 24, of Holland, died unexpectedly on November 2, 2017, in Grand Rapids. Lindsay was born December 7, 1992, in Grand Rapids. She attended Black River Public School and graduated with honors from Holland High in 2011. Lindsay served honorably in the U.S. Army from 2012-2014. She loved art, dogs, music, the outdoors, native American culture, hockey, and her country. As a...
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Loren Boerman

March 5, 1945 - October 31, 2017

Loren Boerman, 72, of Oakland, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Loren was born March 5, 1945, in Bentheim to William and Mabel (Scholten) Boerman. He attended Zeeland High School. Loren started his working career when he was 16 and also served as an Army reservist. Loren was a farmer at heart, and was always growing crops and raising animals throughout his life. Loren spent most of...
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Konrad Marcus

April 22, 1930 - October 30, 2017

Konrad Hugh Marcus age 87 of Holland (formerly of Hilton Head, SC), was received into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday, October 30, 2017. Konrad was a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Calvin College. He was a private pilot and an inventor. He spent his career at Donnelly Mirrors, Prince Corporation, and Marcus Automotive. He held numerous patents, including the double...
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Susan VanDyke

January 26, 1955 - October 30, 2017

Susan Georgiana Sligh VanDyke, 62, passed away on Monday, October 30th, 2017, surrounded by friends and family, after a long illness. She was a wife, mother, sister, aunt, and daughter. Susan was preceded in death by her daughter Emily VanDyke in 2004, and her mother Lyn Sligh. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Jim, son Ian, and daughter-in-law Grace. As well as her father Charles Sligh...
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Gerald "Pete" Beyer

March 11, 1937 - October 28, 2017

Gerald "Pete" Beyer age 80, of Holland, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 28, 2017 following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Joan Beyer, and siblings, Bernie Beyer, Louis, Beyer, Hip Beyer, and Margie Eberline. He was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church and owned and operated Superior Tile and Carpet...
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Anita Krommendyk

June 1, 1973 - October 28, 2017

Anita Krommendyk, age 44 of Oakland, was welcomed home into the loving arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 28, 2017 after many years of dealing with the struggles of a lingering childhood illness,. She is survived by her parents Andrew and Joyce Krommendyk; her siblings: Bryan and Sue Krommendyk, Ron Krommendyk and Carolyn and Don Dekker; nieces, nephews and great niece: Whitney...
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Merry Holthof

February 25, 1948 - October 27, 2017

Merry Holthof, 69, of Holland, passed away at her home with her family by her side on Friday, October 27, 2017. Merry was born February 25, 1948, in Holland, Michigan, to Benjamin and Merilyn (Sulkers) Westerhof. She graduated from West Ottawa High School and then went on to earn her degree in nursing. Merry served as the director of nursing at several local nursing facilities. Merry taught...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Ribbens

February 22, 1924 - October 27, 2017

Dorothy "Dottie" (Hoving) Ribbens went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 27, 2017. Dorothy spent her 93 years serving God, her family and her church family. Dorothy grew up in Cicero, IL and married Elmer Ribbens in 1950. She was preceded in death by husband, Elmer; daughter, Virginia Hines; son-in-law, Gregory Bocks. Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her...
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Bernard "Bernie" Ebels

January 10, 1930 - October 25, 2017

Bernard "Bernie" Ebels, age 87, passed away on October 25, 2017 and went to be with his Lord and Savior. Bernie was known as father, grandfather, mentor, coach, teacher, volunteer, salesman, deacon/elder, bus driver, and dedicated member of North Holland Reformed Church. He was a life-long salesmen and was employed by Sears, Great Lakes Interiors and Carpet Bonanza through the years. He was...
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Lillian Slenk

June 14, 1928 - October 24, 2017

Lillian Slenk, age 89, of Holland passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was a beautiful, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Lillian graduated from Holland Christian and was a charter member of Providence CRC. She was a floral designer for many years. She loved to swim, walk, was an incredible cook, and creative gal. She treasured...
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Harvey Beltman

October 16, 1930 - October 22, 2017

Harvey J. Beltman, 87, left his earthly body after a beautiful sunset on October 22, 2017. Harvey was born and raised on the family farm in Overisel. The farm boy moved and became a lifelong resident of Zeeland. Harvey was a longstanding member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland. Harvey served in many roles at church, and was an all-around fix-it man at church. He worked for Herman...
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Alberta Molner

October 23, 1927 - October 21, 2017

Alberta Molner, age 89, of Holland, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Alberta's marriage with her beloved husband Albert was a beautiful love story that began when they met on the dance floor post-WWII. She was a cherished wife and mother of eleven children with two sets of twins born twenty-two months apart. Alberta was known for her strong faith, beauty and...
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Peter Ludema

April 12, 1921 - October 21, 2017

Peter Ludema, 96, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Pete was born April 12, 1921 in Hudsonville, to Cornelius and Alice Ludema. They raised their family in Hudsonville, then moved to Holland where they were members of Park Church. Pete was preceded in death by his wife Irene, his grandson Kevin Meyer, and his grandson-in-law Eddie Davis. Pete is survived by his...
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Marcia Boerigter

November 5, 1943 - October 21, 2017

Marcia Boerigter passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, October 21, 2017. She was 73. Marcia was a loving wife and grandmother and will be dearly missed. She particularly enjoyed her grandchildren and spending time with them. Before she died, she was able to hold her newest great-grandchild which was born just three weeks ago which brought her great joy. She loved camping and...
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Dorothy "Dot" Dyk

February 18, 1923 - October 20, 2017

Dorothy "Dot" Dyk, age 94, passed away on October 20, 2017. Dot faithfully loved her Lord and Savior, was a member of Central Wesleyan Church and actively participated in the Senior Encore Class. She worked for 30 years for Old Kent Bank. Her life was filled with love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many, many precious friends. She is preceded in death by her...
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Harriet J Meiste

September 15, 1927 - October 18, 2017

Harriet Meiste, age 90, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Lakeside Vista and Villas in Holland. Harriet was a charter member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild and served as a Calvinette Leader. She also volunteered for CRWRC/World Renew. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Harlan Meiste, on May 16,...
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Dan A. Koeman

August 3, 1945 - October 17, 2017

Dan Arthur Koeman, 72, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, October 17, at Holland Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Born in Holland to Don and Julia Koeman, he attended Holland Christian High School, Reformed Bible College,...
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Donald Stamp

July 20, 1926 - October 17, 2017

Donald Stamp, 91, of Freedom Village in Holland, formerly of Buffalo, New York, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Don was born July 20, 1926, in Buffalo, New York, to Howard and Margaret (Shuttleworth) Stamp. He graduated from high school and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. After his service to his country he would go on to get his master...
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Louis Taylor

April 21, 1918 - October 14, 2017

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

February 12, 1923 - October 13, 2017

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

February 14, 1921 - October 9, 2017

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

May 29, 1935 - October 8, 2017

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

January 7, 1928 - October 8, 2017

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

January 31, 1933 - October 8, 2017

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

April 1, 1927 - October 7, 2017

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

October 11, 1957 - October 6, 2017

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

August 7, 1946 - October 4, 2017

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

June 21, 1985 - October 4, 2017

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

October 20, 1932 - October 3, 2017

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

December 13, 1929 - October 3, 2017

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

August 15, 1927 - October 2, 2017

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

January 7, 1939 - October 2, 2017

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

April 1, 1976 - October 2, 2017

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

December 24, 1922 - September 29, 2017

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

July 23, 1920 - September 29, 2017

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

May 29, 1947 - September 27, 2017

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

February 4, 1924 - September 27, 2017

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

October 19, 1983 - September 26, 2017

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

July 23, 1975 - September 21, 2017

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

September 21, 2017 - September 21, 2017

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

May 11, 1930 - September 21, 2017

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

August 10, 1989 - September 20, 2017

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

February 14, 1922 - September 20, 2017

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

June 1, 1962 - September 18, 2017

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

June 16, 1994 - September 17, 2017

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

September 25, 1930 - September 17, 2017

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

October 28, 1947 - September 15, 2017

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

April 13, 1936 - September 14, 2017

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

February 23, 1963 - September 14, 2017

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

March 17, 1947 - September 11, 2017

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

March 27, 2009 - September 9, 2017

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

February 16, 1924 - September 6, 2017

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

August 14, 1941 - September 5, 2017

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

January 3, 1949 - September 5, 2017

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

February 2, 1945 - September 4, 2017

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

December 22, 1933 - September 3, 2017

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

July 6, 1962 - September 2, 2017

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

August 19, 1934 - September 2, 2017

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

July 6, 1953 - August 30, 2017

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

February 15, 1932 - August 30, 2017

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

March 4, 1917 - August 29, 2017

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

July 21, 1932 - August 28, 2017

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

April 6, 1947 - August 24, 2017

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

August 24, 1950 - August 23, 2017

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

May 17, 1928 - August 21, 2017

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

June 6, 1929 - August 18, 2017

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