Dolores "Dee" Hertel

  • Born: October 20, 1929
  • Died: January 9, 2019
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
Tel. (616) 392-2306

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dolores Freyling Campbell Hertel, much loved wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma and friend was welcomed into heaven on January 9, 2019. Dolores was born on October 24, 1929 in Holland, Michigan to Arend (Bub) and Hermina DeKoning Freyling. She grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and Hope College where she met her husband Gene C. Campbell. They were married for thirty-eight years until Gene died in 1989. Dee is survived by her loving husband James Hertel who cared for her faithfully for the last twenty-five years.

Dee lived a grace filled life of service to her family, church and community. Dee taught school at Burton Junior High in Grand Rapids. She was president of the Grand Rapids Classis of Reformed Church Women, and was active in the Hope College Women's League. Dee was an avid fan of Hope College basketball, a long-time member of HASP, P.E.O. and a member of the Christ Memorial Sanctuary Choir for twenty-eight joy filled years.

Dolores took great joy in spending time with and caring for her family. Dolores will be greatly missed by her children Claire and Bill Boersma of Holland, Nancy and Robert Post of Holland and Mary Sue and John Beuker of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Bryan (Melissa) Boersma, Rachel (Ross) Dieleman, David (Tara) Fisher Boersma, Brent (Caitlin) Boersma, Eric (Lisa) Post, Christie (Julian) Weidle, Kelly (Brad) Welsh, Elise (Matt) Pothoven, John Beuker, Katelyn (Joshua) Cain, Annie (Victor) Trinklein, Gene Beuker; and fourteen great grandchildren. Dolores is also survived by her nephew Edward Edelmayer, son of her brother Edward Freyling who died in 1954.

Dolores will also be missed by children: Jack and Debbie Hertel, Jane and Craig Cooper, Carol and Dick Dunning; grandchildren Jill (Christian) Baker, Kate (Mike) Cerny, David (Suzanne) Cooper, Christy (Steve) Lowe, Jimmy Hertel, Patty Hertel; and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 3:00pm Sunday, January 13, 2019 in the sanctuary (use entrances C & D) at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Rd., Holland. Rev. Bill Boersma will officiate. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 3:00-6:00pm Saturday, January 12 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E 16th St., Holland. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be given to Hospice of Holland and to the Gene Campbell Scholarship Fund at Hope College. Condolences may be left online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm was so sorry to hear about this today.
What a kind,beautiful woman. Take care of each other. With love, Laurie & Ed

Posted by Laurie Edelmayer - Grand Haven, MI - Family   January 13, 2019

My prayers & thoughts go out to youJim.Dee was a lovely lady.
Joyce V.

Posted by A friend   January 13, 2019

Sincere thoughts and prayers to all the family. Remember well Dee and her family as we were growing up at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. May God's everlasting arms uphold and support you in the days ahead. Charlotte Geelhoed, Friend, Grand Rapids, MI, January 13, 2019

Posted by Charlotte Geelhoed - Grand Rapids,, MI - Friend   January 13, 2019

Loving, sympathetic prayers and regards from the Tony Muiderman Family. Our memories of dear Dee will continue to enrich our lives.
Tony and Elly Muiderman, friends for many years

Posted by Tony & Elly Muiderman - Eugene,, OR - Friend   January 12, 2019

My deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Praying for your strength and comfort during this time.

Posted by Robbin Williams - Charlotte, NC - Friend   January 11, 2019

The kindest, most gracious lady. Thank you for the photo memories. We remember well her parents and Gene. Blessings to the whole family, David and Sally Tapley

Posted by Sally Tapley - Holland, MI - Friend   January 11, 2019

A saint, an angel went to see her Lord and Friend! Hold her tight, dear Lord!

Posted by Carola Dettmar - Holland, MI - Friend   January 11, 2019

Prayers for your family as you celebrate your wonderful mom! Her smile and grace extended to everyone.

Posted by Sue Edema - Grand Rapids, MI   January 11, 2019

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