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Our Obituaries

John Vander Woude

September 11, 1925 - February 11, 2022

John Vander Woude, age 96 of Zeeland went to be with his Lord Friday, February 11, 2022, at his home. He is survived by his children: John C. and Arty Vander Woude, Sandy and Loren Sall, Linda and Bob Broekstra, and Betsy Michielsen; 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie in 2009, his son Kirk in 1950,...
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Lourdes "Lulu" Justiniano

August 16, 1923 - February 10, 2022

Lourdes "Lulu" Sanchez Justiniano, age 98, of Caledonia, passed away early Thursday morning, February 10, 2022 at home with loved ones at her side, after battling mild pneumonia. Lulu was born on August 16, 1923 in Zamboanga, Philippines. She was married to the late Dr. Guillermo Justiniano Jr., and had three children together. She was the second oldest and last surviving of five siblings:...
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Brian Kortman

July 27, 1959 - February 10, 2022

Brian Kortman, age 62, passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Brian was a hard worker and committed himself to his family. He was compassionate and made sure everyone felt like part of the family. He and Mindy were great parents and they ended up raising some extra "Bonus kids" with their own. In his extra time, he was focused on his family, whether they needed help or to spend quality...
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Marla Naber

October 11, 1940 - February 8, 2022

Marla Naber, age 81, of Holland, went into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Marla graduated from Holland Christian in 1958. She held a variety of jobs, but mostly was active working on the farm with her husband Jack for over 40 years. Together they attended Ebenezer Church. More recently she was attending Immanuel Church in Holland. Marla had a happy heart...
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Alberto Jimenez

March 14, 1972 - February 8, 2022

Alberto Jimenez, age 49, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Zeeland Hospital. Alberto was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States as a young child. He was a friendly and helpful person who liked soccer and loved his dog, Gucci. Alberto worked at Request Foods. He is survived by his sons, Diego (Melissa) Jimenez of Holland, Daniel (Isneidy) Zavala of Holland,...
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Sopheap "Sam" Sem

November 2, 1964 - February 8, 2022

Sopheap Sem, age 57, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m., also at the funeral home.
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Brian Brower

March 6, 1968 - February 8, 2022

Brian Brower, age 53 of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at his home after a yearlong struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Amy; his daughters and his granddaughter: Heather and Ken Schreur (Aveline), Katelyn Brower, Megan Brower, and Marissa Brower; his parents: Paul and Esther Brower; his siblings: Pam and Randy Wedgewood, Randy and Dolores Brower, Kevin...
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Lisa Bowers

August 24, 1966 - February 6, 2022

Lisa Bowers, age 55, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022, after a battle with ovarian cancer. Lisa was a best friend and supportive partner to her husband, Rex. She was a loving and devoted mother to her twin daughters, the most important part of her life. Lisa was a teacher at Zeeland Public Schools, where she deeply cared for students for over 30 years. Being a reading teacher was her...
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Robert Oudemolen

January 31, 1952 - February 6, 2022

Robert Oudemolen, age 70, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Robert loved baseball and specifically the Tigers. He enjoyed shooting at the gun range but more importantly, he loved his family. He was an outgoing and nice person. He will be missed. He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Oudemolen; daughter, Rachel Oudemolen-Rodriguez (Ricardo Jr. Rodriguez); son, Matt Oudemolen; grandson...
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Ronald Lee Avink

June 6, 1948 - February 5, 2022

Ronald Lee Avink, 73, of Zeeland, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at his home. Ron was born June 6, 1948, in Zeeland, to Elmer & Evelyn (Haverdink) Avink. Ron graduated from Hudsonville High School and worked for Herman Miller for 27 years before his retirement. He married Karen Oppewall in 1970 and they raised their children in Zeeland and were members of Third...
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Jean Hulst

December 14, 1926 - February 5, 2022

Jean Hulst, age 95, of Holland, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Riley's Grove Assisted Living. Jean was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where she was involved in music, teaching, children's ministries and evangelism. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Jerold, and 2 grandchildren, Derrick Van Doornik and Elizabeth Grams. She is survived by...
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Mary C. Exo

July 20, 1943 - February 4, 2022

Mary C. Exo, age 78, of Elk Rapids, passed away Friday, February 4, 2022 at Holland Hospital, Holland, MI. Mary graduated from the Hackley School of Nursing in Muskegon and retired as a Registered Nurse from Munson Home Health Care after many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Exo, in 1998; her parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Kraus; siblings and in-laws, Agnes Bigalke,...
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Robert Constantine Botsis

September 22, 1923 - February 4, 2022

Robert Constantine (Bob) Botsis passed away peacefully at his home on February 4, 2022 at the age of 98. Bob was born in Holland, MI to Greek immigrants, Constantine Robert (Gus) and Vasiliki (Bessie) Botsis. His mother passed away when he was 14 years old. They were a tight-knit family. Bob's sister Anna helped their father raise her three brothers after their mother's death. Bob loved...
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Henry "Hank" Visscher

April 13, 1937 - February 4, 2022

Henry Visscher, age 84, of Holland, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022 at his home, surrounded by family, who loved and cared for him. Henry felt deep gratitude for his life, family, friends, and career. He was thankful for the opportunities to enjoy the beauty in this world and the moments to care for others. His gratitude and peace are wonderful blessings for his family and friends. He...
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Marion Hazel Van Slooten

August 25, 1924 - February 4, 2022

Marion Hazel Van Slooten, age 97, of West Olive, Michigan went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 4, 2022. Hazel was born August 25, 1924 to Ed and Sena Helder. She married Benjamin Van Slooten, and they were married 56 years before his death in 2009. Hazel is survived by her children; Benjamin III, and Ruth & Mark Howard; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Scott &...
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Joyce Faye Wittingen

March 3, 1940 - February 3, 2022

Joyce Faye Wittingen, 81, of Beaverdam, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 3, 2022, while surrounded by her family. Joyce was born March 3, 1940, in Zeeland, to John and Ruth (Folkert) Wiersma. She was raised in Overisel and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1958. Joyce met John Wittingen and they married on September 13, 1960. They are members of...
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Evelyn Joyce Van Ingen

July 28, 1944 - February 3, 2022

Evelyn Joyce Van Ingen, 77, of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Evelyn was born July 28, 1944, in Zeeland, to Martin and Delia Essenburg. She graduated from Zeeland High School in 1962. She married Carl Van Ingen on May 24, 1968, and they moved to Zeeland and they joined Faith Reformed Church. Evelyn and Carl enjoy participating in "Just Friends" Street Rod...
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Katherine "Cassie" Genuit

March 4, 1925 - February 3, 2022

Katherine Lucille (Cassie) Genuit, age 96, of Holland, Michigan and formerly of Napoleon, Ohio was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Cassie was born in Fulton County, Ohio. She was the daughter of William and Wilma (Weber) Grime, one of a large Grime family. Her mother passed away early in her life. Foster parents were John and Helen Darby of Wauseon,...
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Joyce Ana "Gerakinis" Tripp

January 27, 1969 - February 2, 2022

Joyce Ana (Gerakinis) Tripp, 53, of Burnips, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at her home. To view Joyce's Funeral Service, please visit: Joyce was born January 27, 1969, in East Grand Rapids, to Steven and Lois Gerakinis. Joyce graduated from...
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Kathy Lowe

November 2, 1944 - February 2, 2022

Kathy Lowe, age 77 of West Olive passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Steve; her children and grandchildren: Chris and Erin Lowe (Isaiah, Izzy, and Isleigh), David and Liz Lowe (Lydia and Sylvia), and Jonathan Lowe; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law: John Lowe, and Sandy Bowdle. Kathy taught for many years in the Mason Public School system....
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Helen M. Essenberg

March 2, 1935 - February 2, 2022

Helen Essenberg, age 86, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, February 02, 2022 at her home. Helen was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and a former Registered Nurse at Holland Hospital. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, one sister, and her parents. Helen is survived by her: Husband of 65 years, James Essenberg Children Randy (Denise)...
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Robert D. Plaggemars

February 28, 1934 - February 2, 2022

Robert D. Plaggemars, age 87, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, February 02, 2022 at Resthaven Care Center. Robert Dale Plaggemars, or "Bob" as he was known to most, lived his 87 years on earth with a love for people, his family, and the Lord. Born on February 28, 1934, he was the oldest son of four boys. Bob grew up on a farm and would care for the animals as well as plant and harvest crops...
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Delores Machiele

August 11, 1935 - January 31, 2022

Delores Machiele, age 86, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 31, 2022, after a battle with cancer. Delores was born on the farm in East Saugatuck and went to East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church until the family moved to Holland in 1951 and began attending Bethany Christian Reformed Church where she was still a member. She graduated from Holland Christiain High...
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Lee Karsten

March 7, 1942 - January 31, 2022

Lee Karsten left earthly life to join his Lord and Savior in heaven on Monday, January 31, 2022, at the age of 79 years. Lee passed away at Spectrum Health Zeeland after a short illness. Lee grew up as a farm boy in Beaverdam, MI. He graduated from Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, MI. He married his wife Carol Brower of Holland. Most of his working life was spent at Big Dutchman in...
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Marvin De Young

February 28, 1930 - January 29, 2022

Marvin De Young, age 91 of Zeeland, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Saturday, January 29, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jeanette; his children: Ed and Lisa De Young, Wayne and Beth De Young, Diane and John Mattila, and Bruce and Deb De Young; his daughter-in-law Von and Scott De Glopper; 22 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 1 great...
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Thomas "Tom" Urbaniak

December 28, 1941 - January 28, 2022

Tom Urbaniak, age 80, passed away Friday, January 28, 2022 at his home in Holland. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Christine; daughter, Kelly, of Grand Rapids; son, Bradley and (Jennifer) of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren: Colbie, Gretchen, and Dash; sister, MaryAnn Conner and (Ed Cardonick); nieces, Joanne Conner and (Ramel Toledo), Laurie Conner and (Scott Geyer); and grand...
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Wayne Schipper

January 5, 1928 - January 28, 2022

Wayne I. Schipper age 94, of Holland, died Friday, January 28, 2022, at an area care center. Wayne owned and operated Schipper Eggs for many years and was involved in several community organizations. They included Western Theological Seminary, the Kellogg Farmers, Hamilton Farm Bureau, and the Overisel Fire Department. He was a lifelong member of Overisel Reformed Church where he served in...
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Luis Rodriguez

June 25, 1943 - January 27, 2022

Luis Manuel Rodriguez, 78, of Zeeland passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022. He was born in Patillas, Puerto Rico. He is survived by his wife Dawn, of 41 years; his children: Joyce Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez Jr, David & Carmen Rodriguez, Eric Rodriguez, Michael & Rose Rodriguez, Tera & Mike Perez, Jonathan & Grace Rodriguez, Matthew & Rachel Rodriguez, and Abel McWain Rodriguez. His grand...
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Gertrude "Trudy" Smith

May 25, 1928 - January 26, 2022

Gertrude ("Trudy") N. Smith, age 93, a resident of Holland, Michigan, passed away on January 26, 2022. She was born May 15, 1928, in Kalamazoo Michigan, the only child of Tom and Winifred (nee Hilmert) Kloosterman. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School and Hope College. In the Spring of her senior year at Hope College in 1950, a professor asked "Gertrude" what her plans...
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Elaine Ruth Van Doornik

December 10, 1928 - January 26, 2022

Elaine R. Van Doornik, age 93, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Resthaven Maple Woods. To view Elaine's funeral service, please visit: Elaine retired from Fleetwood, Inc. in 1992 after 26 years of employment. She was a member of Recovery International, the DAV...
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Thomas Sr. Shaw

March 3, 1933 - January 24, 2022

Thomas Shaw Sr., age 88, passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022. Thomas was a dedicated husband and father who dearly loved his family. He was very accepting and did not judge. He was giving and had a great sense of humor. Throughout his life he was an avid outdoorsman and an accomplished pilot. He spent his formative years in Grand Rapids and lived and worked the last 41 years in Lenexa,...
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Loren Rigterink

October 29, 1947 - January 24, 2022

Loren Rigterink, age 74, passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022, peacefully in his home. Watch the service live by clicking here: Loren will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and church community, but the silver-lining is knowing he is now with Jesus and reunited with his infant son, Jeremy, and the love of his life, Sharon. He is survived by his...
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Irene Deters

September 7, 1926 - January 24, 2022

Irene Deters age 95, of Zeeland, died Monday, January 24, 2022 at an area care center. She was a Charter Member of Haven Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. She was born in Graafschap and lived there until marrying John in 1953. After renting for a short while north of Holland, they built a home on the Black River in New Groningen in1960. Irene lived there until moving to Crestwood condos...
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Terry R. Fynewever

August 25, 1960 - January 23, 2022

Terry R. Fynewever age 61, of Allegan, died Sunday, January 23, 2022 at his home. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Fynewever and sisters, Susan Fynewever-Indelwood, and Sally Jo Fynewever- DeBoer. Terry attended the Corner Bible Church and worked mostly as an Over the Road truck driver. He most recently worked for the ABC Group in Grand Rapids. Terry was a loving father,...
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Pamela Meyer

November 22, 1949 - January 22, 2022

Pam Meyer, 72, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Pam was born November 22, 1949, in Zeeland, to Justin and Virginia (Barnes) Palmbos. She graduated from Zeeland High School in 1967. Pam married John Meyer in 1970 and they raised their three children in Zeeland and were members of First Reformed Church. Pam worked for many years at Russ' Eastown prior to retiring. ...
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Phaila Anongdeth

December 24, 1945 - January 21, 2022

Phaila Anongdeth passed away peacefully Friday, January 21st, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. He has had a long battle with Lymphoma Cancer 18 years ago and fought like a true soldier that he is. 18 years forward, Phaila came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. Phaila was born in Laos on December 24th,1945 to Maimoun & Mone Anongdeth. He was one of 7 children. He...
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James Postma

March 24, 1952 - January 20, 2022

James Postma, age 69, of Holland, entered into his heavenly home on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Jim was born on March 24, 1952, in Zeeland, to Ivan and Johanna Postma. He was a graduate of Holland High School and worked for many years at Great Lakes Woods in Holland. He was a member of Rose Park Baptist Church. Jim was a beloved husband and father who will be missed by all those who survive...
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Marjorie Busscher

February 8, 1932 - January 18, 2022

Marjorie Busscher (nee Stegink) age 89, of Graafschap, passed peacefully into her Savior's arms on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Marge had limitless energy when it came to serving her family. In addition to raising eight children, she worked for many years as a nurse's aide. In her retirement years she wintered in Florida and enjoyed traveling, fishing, and playing shuffleboard and bocce with her...
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Jon Smith

June 16, 1952 - January 17, 2022

Reverend Jon Smith, dedicated Reformed Pastor for 35 years, ended his earthly service to his Lord on January 17th, 2022. He will be remembered by many for his faithful devotion to preaching the truth with boldness. Jon was born on June 16, 1952, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Baxter and Marguerite (Luker) Smith. After high school, Jon studied at Bob Jones University, Southeast Bible College,...
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Barbara J. Birtles

September 10, 1936 - January 16, 2022

Barbara J. Birtles, age 85, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Resthaven Care Center with family by her side. Barb was a loving wife, and a caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a woman with a big heart who liked to volunteer and support many organizations that provided food, shelter, and medical attention to those who needed it. She was a member of...
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Dean Robert Boonstra

March 4, 1949 - January 14, 2022

Dean Robert Boonstra, age 72, born March 4, 1949, in Zeeland, MI to Melvin and Alice Boonstra, passed away on January 14, 2022. He is preceded in death by his brother Dennis Boonstra. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Breaux Boonstra, Brother Keith (Judy) Boonstra, Sisters Kay (Phil) Massaro, Judi (Slavo) Kolada, and Nancy (Dennis) Boonstra, daughters Mary (Bill) VanEenenaam and Mandie ...
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Pier Wielenga

April 19, 1926 - January 12, 2022

Pier Bouke Wielenga, finished his life's journey on earth peacefully and quietly and moved to his heavenly abode with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 12, 2022. His wife, Martha, had preceded him to their eternal home. He leaves behind his five children: Nancy in Holland, MI; Phil and Marni Wielenga in Traverse City, MI; Lydia Murray in Bellaire, MI; Tom and Sue in Hollywood...
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Heng Lim

September 15, 1928 - January 12, 2022

Heng Lim age 93, of Zeeland, died on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. He was born on September 15, 1928 in Battambong, Cambodia, to a family of 12. He was a businessman who owned a small Jewelry store with his wife until 1975 when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia. He survived the communist regime, eventually moving to Anaheim, California in 1992 and reuniting with his family. Heng is...
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Marvin Gritter

October 31, 1931 - January 12, 2022

Marvin "Muff" Gritter, age 90, of Zeeland, went home to rejoice with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. To view the funeral service of Muff, please visit: He served his family and community through ownership of Gritter Brothers Egg for more than 40 years. He also...
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Roger H. Brower

March 18, 1945 - January 11, 2022

Roger Henry Brower, age 76, of Zeeland, MI, peacefully passed away at his home on January 11, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a 6 week battle with lung cancer. Roger was preceded in death by twin sons Mark Allen and Mitchell Lee, parents Henry and Emily Brower, his parents-in-law Gerald and Quirena Schutte, his sister-in-law Leona Wyngarden and brother-in-law Ray Watjer. Roger...
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Margaret Niemeyer

December 8, 1924 - January 11, 2022

Margaret Niemeyer, age 97 of Borculo, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, January 11, 2022. She is survived by her children: Randy and Barbara Niemeyer and Pat and Ted Ruys; her grandchildren: Lizz Niemeyer, Dr. Kate Niemeyer, Lilly Ruys, Trevor Ruys, and Jeremy Ruys; her sister Alma and Ken Vander Veen; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Caroline Vander Sluis, Charles...
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Donald Jay Bosch

August 6, 1937 - January 11, 2022

Donald Jay Bosch, age 84, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at American House Nursing Home. Don was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He served in the US Army from 1961-1963 and worked for 42 years at MDOT as a head surveyor. Don had many hobbies, some of which include hunting, golfing, and baseball. A few of his favorite things were going to the Berlin Raceway,...
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William "Bill" Van Dyke

April 30, 1967 - January 10, 2022

William S. Van Dyke, age 54, of Spring Lake, MI went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 10, 2022. Bill lived most of his life in the greater Holland area and attended Holland Christian schools. He was a lifelong mechanic and was most recently employed at Floor Gear in Holland. From his youth, Bill was a tinkerer, a magician with his hands. He would love to take apart machines to...
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Cornelius Pastoor

October 19, 1933 - January 10, 2022

Cornelius Charles Pastoor, age 88, of Jenison, MI, entered the joy of his Lord on January 10, 2022. We can say for him: Arise, shine for your Light has come and the Glory of the Lord is risen upon you—Isaiah 60:1. Neal will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Pastoor, his children: Rev. Carl & Mary Haak, Everett & Linda Buiter, Jane Woudenberg, and Charles & Jennifer Pastoor. ...
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Edward Slenk, Jr.

June 9, 1935 - January 10, 2022

Our beloved husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa, Edward Slenk Jr., age 86, of Holland went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, January 10, 2022. To view Ed's funeral service, please visit: Ed had a gentle, quiet spirit and loved the Lord with all his heart. ...
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Elaine Sikkel

February 15, 1927 - January 8, 2022

Elaine Marie Vos Sikkel went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 8, 2022 at the age of 94. She was born in Holland, Michigan on February 15, 1927, the fifth and last child of Charlie and Clara Schaddelee Vos. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Sikkel; two infant daughters, Janice Kay and Jacqueline Sue; and siblings, Leonard Vos, Jeanne Ballast Tucker, Theressa...
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Rev. Matthew Jr. Warfield

May 24, 1989 - January 8, 2022

Rev. Matthew J. Warfield Jr., passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022. To view Matthew's service, please visit Or on Facebook at: From the moment Matthew appeared on life's stage his smile could melt ice. His faith was cultivated in his home with his parents and his adoring...
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Donald W. Vanden Bosch

February 11, 1930 - January 8, 2022

Donald W. Vanden Bosch, age 91, of Zeeland passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022. He is survived by his children: Rosemary Borst, Bob and Chris Vanden Bosch, and Gary Vanden Bosch; 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Junior and Millie De Jonge, Jerry and Karen De Jonge, Shirley and Carl Van Order, and Bonnie and Dennis Mercer. Don was preceded...
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Roger E. Kleinheksel

July 24, 1938 - January 7, 2022

Rev. Dr. Roger Edwin Kleinheksel, age 83, of Holland, was called home into the arms of Jesus the morning of January 7, 2022. Roger passed away peacefully at home as a result of complications from Pulmonary Fibrosis. Roger was a member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland where he also served as an administrative pastor for 17 years. He loved Jesus Christ and served Him in all areas of his...
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Maria "Tomasa" Victor

June 2, 1934 - January 7, 2022

Maria "Tomasa" Victor, age 87, of Holland, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Medilodge Nursing Home. Maria was the daughter of one of the first Hispanic families to settle in the Holland area. She graduated from Holland High School and went on to raise a family and work as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell. She was a long term volunteer for Women in Transition in Holland. She was...
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Hazel Dozeman

December 4, 1931 - January 3, 2022

Hazel Dozeman age 90, of Oakland, died Monday, January 3, 2022, peacefully at her home in the arms of her Lord and Savior. Hazel is survived by her children, Larry and Karen Dozeman of Manistee, Cal and Char Dozeman of Holland, Glenn and Carol Dozeman of Dorr, Lois Dozeman of Oakland; 9 grandchildren; Kristine and Brandon Dykstra, Brian Dozeman, Steve and Emily Dozeman, Amy and Neil Brouwer,...
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David Collings

September 10, 1960 - January 3, 2022

David Collings, 61, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022. He was the son of Frank and Gladys Collings, who preceded him in death. David was a member of Bentheim Reformed Church. He is survived by his brother, Gary and Karen Collings, sister Carol and Jim Cannon, nieces and nephews, Rachel and Joshua Warsow (Ethan and Ashton), Steven and Kasey Collings (Celine), Douglas Jared Cannon,...
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Harvey Kronemeyer

May 10, 1939 - January 1, 2022

Harvey Kronemeyer, age 82, of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Faith Hospice in Byron Center. Harvey was born in Hudsonville on May 10, 1939. He was a dairy farmer and also a former employee of Zeeland Lumber Company. He enjoyed working in his workshop and doing crossword puzzles. Harvey was a member of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church for 50 years. Harvey was preceded in...
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Rosendo Velazquez

October 6, 1972 - December 31, 2021

Rosendo Velazquez, age 49, passed away on December 31, 2021. Watch the funeral service here: Rosendo was a hardworking, loving, and caring man – who particularly loved his children and grandchildren who were his everything. He is survived by his sons, Chris and Amy Velazquez, Jonathan Velazquez;...
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Wanda Vereeke

March 12, 1943 - December 31, 2021

Wanda Vereeke, age 78 of Zeeland passed away Friday, December 31, 2021. She is survived by her children: Tami and Mark Koomen, Vivian Vereeke, Randy Vereeke, and Daniel and Kelly Vereeke; her grandchildren and great granddaughter: Matt and Jilynn Koomen (Makenna), Miranda and Levi Grant, Breanna and Graham Gugino, and Haley Vereeke. She was preceded in death by her husband Preston in 1999....
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Edward Reeves

February 10, 1945 - December 30, 2021

Edward Reeves, age 76 of Hamilton passed away Thursday, December 30, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Norma; his daughters: Tena Reeves and Karl Schulte and Terri and Curtis De Roo; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Dylan and Jessi Harris (Spencer), Ross and Katelyn Harris (Harlan), Madyson De Roo and Easton De Roo; his brother Ronald and Nickie Reeves; his sisters-in-law...
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Emma Barkel

August 5, 1924 - December 29, 2021

Emma Barkel is now safe in the arms of her faithful Savior Jesus Christ, where her faith has been made sight. Emma was a member Hamilton Christian Reformed Church and was formerly a member of the Holland Genealogical Society in Holland, Michigan. She retired at the age of 80 from Hart & Cooley. Emma loved and adored her family and spoke of them often to her puzzle buddies and friends. She was...
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Hazel Van Bronkhorst

March 15, 1925 - December 27, 2021

Hazel Van Bronkhorst, age 96, of Holland Michigan died Monday evening, December 27. She was preceded in death by her husband Alan, parents George and Henrietta Brinks, and sister Gertrude. Hazel was raised in Byron Center, Michigan and was a proud graduate of the Blodgett Hospital School of Nursing. She put that RN degree to use in various work settings but her real career was being Alan's...
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Ivan Groenheide

July 8, 1932 - December 27, 2021

Ivan Groenheide, age 89 of Zeeland passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 27, 2021. He is survived by his sons: Randy and Connie Groenheide and Mark and Sara Groenheide; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Michael and Sheena Groenheide (Decklyn, Ella, Jaymes and Knox), Rachel and Brett Jasch (Brinsley and Sawyer), Brandon Groenheide, Jessi and Drew Boerman, and Becky Groenheide; his...
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Theron "Toby" Van Rhee

January 9, 1928 - December 26, 2021

Theron "Toby" Van Rhee, 93, of Royal Park Place in Zeeland, formerly of Drenthe, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Toby was born January 9, 1928, to George and Anna Van Rhee. He married Janice Timmer on November 10, 1949, and she preceded him in death on October 29 of this year. He was a lifelong member of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church sharing his time and...
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Margaret (Schutte) Scholten

September 25, 1928 - December 26, 2021

Margaret Scholten, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully in her "new home" at Resthaven Cottages at the age of 93. We are grateful for the attentive care given to her by friends, family, hospice and Resthaven staff during this last time period. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Vern Schutte, and her second husband, Ed Scholten....
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Richard Lichti

January 21, 1944 - December 25, 2021

Lichti, Reverend Dr. Richard J. (January 1944 – December 2021) of Holland Michigan. Richard was born in Wasco, California and grew up in Medford, Oregon. He is the youngest son of Carl and Lydia (Thiessen) Lichti and had an older brother, Robert. Richard was a lifelong learner. He graduated from the University of Oregon Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton Theological Seminary and New York Theological...
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Then Duch

January 7, 1962 - December 25, 2021

Then Duch, 59, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2021. He left us too soon, and the world lost a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Then was preceded in death by his mother, Kimsorn Chun, his brothers, Chamroeun Duch, Chansovy Duch, Sorithy Duch, a sister Channy Duch, and a grandchild, Havah Duch. He is survived by his father, Phan Duch and stepmother, Chhap...
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John Meier

August 17, 1931 - December 25, 2021

Hindrik Jan (John) Meier, age 90, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2021. John was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church, where he served as both a deacon and an elder. He loved the Lord and his faith was evident in all areas of his life. To view the livestream of the service, please visit He was born on...
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Mary Jarnagin

February 15, 1937 - December 25, 2021

Mary Lou (Rakestraw) Jarnagin, age 84, of Canton, Illinois, passed away Saturday afternoon, December 25, 2021, at her residence in Holland, Michigan surrounded by loved ones. Mary was a strong and fearless woman who fiercely loved her family, friends and community. She was a dedicated member of the Trinity Reformed Church and gave tirelessly to her community. She was also a skilled and...
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Carl Wayne Potjer

August 21, 1937 - December 23, 2021

Carl Wayne Potjer of Jenison, Michigan was received by his Lord and Savior on December 23, 2021, at 84 years old. He was born on August 21, 1937, to John & Lydia (Radaz) Potjer of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Carl attended Lee High School and graduated in 1955. On June 17, 1964, he married Mary Ruth Decker. He loved God, his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dearly and gave...
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Ruth Kleis

June 30, 1929 - December 23, 2021

Ruth J. Kleis age 92, of Holland, died peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, December 23, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, by a grandson, Nathan Kleis, a great granddaughter, Emma De Ruiter; brothers, Jay and Milton Meyaard. She is survived by her children, Sheryl and Robert De Ruiter, Jane and Bill Mc Carty, Steven and Pat Kleis, Bob and Deb Kleis; 7...
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Andrew "Andy" De Kam

November 15, 1938 - December 23, 2021

Andrew "Andy" De Kam, age 83, passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. View the funeral service here: Andy, with his wife Gloria, was a proud owner and operator of De Vries and Dornbos Draperies in Holland for many years. He was currently a member of Community Reformed...
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Henrietta Griffin

July 13, 1952 - December 22, 2021

Henrietta Griffin age 69, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. She was a member of North Blendon Reformed Church where she was active as a Sunday School teacher and the Women's Fellowship Group. She retired from ODL following 41 years of employment during which she volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity...
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Rhonda Tryc

August 17, 1969 - December 22, 2021

Rhonda Tryc, age 52 of Hamilton passed away after a brave 5-year battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. She is the loving wife of Kevin; proud mother of Matthew and Emily; daughter of Richard and Marlene Sal; sister of Tim and Kara Scholten; sister-in-law to Pat Manshaem, Karen Tryc, and Terri Kellogg. Rhonda was preceded in death by her mother Charlene Scholten, her father-in...
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Hermina Nyhof

January 19, 1928 - December 21, 2021

Hermina Nyhof, age 93, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. To view Hermina's funeral service, please visit: Hermina was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She graduated from Reformed Bible College and was secretary there for 10 years. She spent 17...
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Marion Hoeve

September 8, 1938 - December 18, 2021

Marion Hoeve, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away on Saturday, December 18 at his home in Holland Township. Marion was born in Zeeland Township to John and Gertie Hoeve and was the ninth of eleven children. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Judy; his children Craig Hoeve, KayLynn (Tom) Beltman, Shari (Brian) DeRoos, Karen Young, Kevin (Lisa) Hoeve,...
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Janice "Jan" Vollink

May 9, 1937 - December 18, 2021

Janice "Jan" (Mokma) Vollink, age 84, of Holland passed away on Saturday, December 18th after a brief stay at Vista Springs. Jan was proud to have been a charter member of Haven Christian Reformed Church and a current member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland. Jan married Bob Vollink in 1959 and after being a stay-at-home mom for nearly 15 years, Jan re-entered the workforce. She enjoyed...
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Harlan Schierbeek

December 2, 1943 - December 17, 2021

Harlan Schierbeek, 78, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021. Harlan was born in Graafschap, on December 2, 1943, to Ralph and Susanna (Scholten) Schierbeek. He started working on the family farm and later worked for Heinz. After 31 years of service at Heinz he retired. Harlan also enjoyed model trains and trucks. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife Deb,...
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Alison Stryker

August 27, 1943 - December 17, 2021

Alison Stryker, age 78, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021. Alison was known for her own large group of supportive friends for which the family is very thankful. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jan Burchfield. She is survived by daughters, Amy and Karl Siebert, Mindy and Dan Malone; grandchildren, Hans Siebert, Wilhelmina Siebert, Sage Malone, Sierra Malone, Stryker Malone...
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Travis Jacobs

September 27, 1996 - December 16, 2021

Travis Jacobs, age 25, passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Travis was a gentle soul who was caring and loving and was the leader of his brothers as he served as their protector. His family was his top priority. His goal was to make others smile and served many as mentor and role model. He was a calm gentle voice of reason that made it easy for others to fall in love with him quickly....
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Linnay Haverdink

November 8, 1947 - December 16, 2021

Linnay A. Haverdink, age 74, of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at her home with family by her side. To view Linnay's memorial service, please visit: Linnay will be remembered as a loving and classy lady. She was a great wife, a wonderful mother, a loving friend,...
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Betty Ver Hoeven

March 9, 1936 - December 15, 2021

Betty Ver Hoeven age 85, of Newaygo, died Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Fountainview. She was preceded in death by her husband Ken of 67 years in November; sisters, Alma Hamberg and Hermina Plaggemars. Betty is survived by her children; Dave and Ruth Ver Hoeven, Doug and Vivian Ver Hoeven, and Deb and Steve Slenk all of Holland; 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; in-laws, Bob...
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John Van Den Berge

September 29, 1943 - December 15, 2021

John Van Den Berge age 78, of Holland, died Wednesday, December 15, 2021. To view a live stream video of the service, please visit He was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and drove truck for Gritter Brother's Eggs and then for Louis Padnos until his retirement. John umpired softball for many years through the Holland Recreation Dept. He...
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James Den Bleyker

April 20, 1955 - December 14, 2021

James Den Bleyker, age 66 of Holland passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 14, 2021, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Pamela; his children and grandchildren: Brian and Tina Den Bleyker (Logan and Gwynevere) and Katie and Ryan Wurm (Ryleigh, Alex and Troy) his siblings: Robert and Carol Den Bleyker, Donald and Myrna Den Bleyker, Judy Den...
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Justine "Tina" Males

August 6, 1949 - December 13, 2021

Justine "Tina" Males, age 72, of Holland, passed away on Monday, December 13, 2021, at her home after a 10-year battle with oral cancer. Tina was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born on August 6, 1949 to Ferdinand and Dorothy Gorsche. She graduated from Manistique High School in 1967 where she met her high school sweetheart, Bill, whom she would later marry on September 20,...
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Beverly Oliver

September 23, 1938 - December 13, 2021

Beverly Oliver, age 83, passed away on Monday, December 13, 2021, in her home. Beverly was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was one of the "Great" ones. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Oliver, and great-grandson, Gavin Oliver. She is survived by her son; Craig and Michelle Oliver; daughter, Judy and James Goodburn;...
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Clarence Jager

June 20, 1928 - December 12, 2021

Clarence Jager, 93, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Clarence was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 20, 1928, to Henry G. and Jennie (Boersma) Jager. Clarence served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Henrietta Bultman and they raised their three children in Zeeland. Clarence worked at Herman Miller and following his retirement he...
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Anna Ruth Timmer-Ter Haar

December 19, 1928 - December 12, 2021

Anna Ruth Timmer-Ter Haar, age 92 was called home to her heavenly father on December 12, 2021, as she was lovingly surrounded by her family. She is survived by her children: Marcia and Vic Eding, Nancy Timmer, William and Penny Timmer, Ivan and Tina Timmer, and Keith and Janell Timmer; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Betty Morren; stepchildren: Robert and Barbara Ter...
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Gene Gort

August 30, 1933 - December 12, 2021

Gene Gort, age 88 of Holland, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021, with his family beside him. Gene was born in 1933 in Zeeland to Robert and Ann Gort. Following graduation from Holland Christian in 1951, Gene served in the US Navy. He worked as a boat builder for many years. Gene was an avid golfer and wood worker and loved horses. As a member of Harderwyk Ministries for nearly 70...
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Steven E. DeRidder

November 23, 1953 - December 11, 2021

Steven DeRidder, age 68, of Holland, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2021 at his home, following a battle with cancer. Steve was born on November 23, 1953 to the late Dr. Richard and Adrianna DeRidder. As the son of a pastor/missionary he grew up in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Muskegon, Michigan, Sioux Center, Iowa, and Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended Dordt University where he met Joyce, his...
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Robert "Bob" Grotenhuis

January 28, 1958 - December 11, 2021

The passing of Robert Alan Grotenhuis (Bob) elicits not only grief but also fond memories for those who knew him. Bob was born into a Christian family on January 28, 1958 in Hudsonville, MI, and died in hospice care in Grand Haven, Michigan on December 11, 2021. Bob's parents were Dale and Eleanor Grotenhuis (deceased) and brothers Jack (deceased), Phil (wife Joy and four children and five...
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Ed Boeve

September 24, 1948 - December 9, 2021

Edward Dale Boeve, age 73 of Hamilton, went to his heavenly home on December 9, 2021. He was born on September 24, 1948, in Holland, MI and was raised on the family dairy farm along with his five brothers. Ed worked at Holland Hitch Company for 32 years as a product design engineer. After his retirement from Holland Hitch, he went to work at Schaendorf Custom Farming in Hopkins, MI. He...
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June Knoper

January 30, 1929 - December 9, 2021

June Knoper age 92 of Zeeland, entered glory on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Holland Hospital following a brief illness. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and especially enjoyed Wednesday Night Bible Study. June was a lifetime supporter and advocate for missions. June was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey in 2003 and is survived by her children; Mary and...
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Stanley Sal

July 24, 1947 - December 8, 2021

Stanley Sal, 74, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Stan was born in Zeeland on July 24, 1947, to Silas and Henrietta (Pohler) Sal. Stan met Linda Walters and they married in 1966. Stan and Linda owned and operated Tulip City Vending for 16 years before retiring. They are members of Trinity Reformed Church. Stan was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Allen...
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William "Captain Bill" Maclean

July 26, 1938 - December 7, 2021

On December 7, 2021 William (Captain Bill) Maclean passed suddenly to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 83. He was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. He joined the Navy in 1955 and became a Navy Seal traveling the world for Seven tours of duty protecting our country. He retired from the Navy after a lifetime of service in 1975 and continued on as a Navy recruiter in Holland...
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Judith Lamse

April 6, 1938 - December 7, 2021

Judith Lamse's funeral service can be viewed by clicking on this link: Judith Lamse, age 83, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, December 07, 2021 at Resthaven Care Center. After a long journey with Alzheimer's, she is now in heaven with a clear mind singing to...
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Kenneth Mast

August 11, 1932 - December 7, 2021

Kenneth Mast age 89, of Holland, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. He was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church and retired from Parke Davis-Warner Lambert as a Chemical Operator. Ken was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Joyce, on November 20, and by his daughter Shelley in 2018. He is survived by his daughters, Dawn and Vern Blauwkamp of Zeeland, Jan and...
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Elaine Riebe

August 13, 1928 - December 7, 2021

Elaine A. Riebe, age 93, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Freedom Village with her husband and children by her side. To view Elaine's funeral service, please visit: Elaine was born on August 13, 1928 to Duane and Vera Gleason. She graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1945 and attended...
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Thomas Nelson

August 17, 1941 - December 6, 2021

Thomas David (Dave) Nelson, age 80, formerly of Westmont, IL passed away Monday, December 6, 2021, in Holland, MI. He is survived by his children and grandchildren: Stephanie Hellerman (Alyssa, Mark, and Jack), and Brian and Tami Nelson (Jacob, Ben, and Jocelyn), and his sister Mary and Mike Jawish. Dave was a salesman for Cahners Publishing for 25 years in the Chicago area. Born in...
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