Nellie Jean Williams

  • Born: June 14, 1936
  • Died: December 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

Nellie "Jean" Williams (Fischer) was born in Muskegon, Michigan on June 14, 1936 and died peacefully with the love of her family on December 9, 2019 at 83 years old.

Jean was the second born of four children and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1954. Afterwards, she worked as a bank teller. In 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, Bruce Williams, after he returned from serving his country. Jean and Bruce moved to Holland to start Industrial Supply in 1962. After the children were all in school, she worked part time for Peoples/Old Kent Bank for 21 years.

Jean and Bruce were blessed with four children, and Jean was regularly involved in their various activities, but nevertheless each and every day, she found time to have home cooked meals. She enjoyed membership and volunteering in the Holland Jaycees, Meals on Wheels, Holland Garden Club and the PTA at the children's schools.

Jean and Bruce enjoyed gardening, traveling around the world in an RV and boating with their friends. The thing most special to Jean was time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many family pets. The past 18 years Bruce and Jean spent their winter months in Florida enjoying activities and making new friends. A special activity to Jean was being a member of the Red Hat Society and making many close friends within the club. One of her most treasured time was spent over the years was with her coffee group which meet every other Tuesday for over 50 years.

Jean and Bruce were active members for many years at St Francis de Sales in Holland then St. Peter's Catholic Church in Douglas, MI and St Catherine's in Sebring, FL.

Jean is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Bruce Williams, four children: Melissa Williams, Pam Williams Amott, Jim Williams (Diane) and Sandi Williams Greene (Jay); eight grandchildren: Heidi, Andrew (Katie), Seth, Daniel, Peitz, Nick, Meg and Hunter; and one great grandchild, Julian; brother, Larry Fischer (Judy); sisters-in-law: Anita Fischer, Suzanne Williams and Joanne Williams Lennox; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Margaret Fischer, sister Joyce Witt and brother Jerry Fischer.

Visitation will be held at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St. Holland MI 49423 from 4:00-6:00 on Sunday, December 15th.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 100 St. Peters Drive, Douglas, MI on Monday, December 16th at 11:00. After the mass, the family will welcome friends and family to continue the celebration of Jean's life till 3:00 at Boatwerks Restaurant, 216 Van Raalte Ave. in Holland.

Jean's family would like to thank all the staff and caregivers at Waterford Place in Jenison, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Holland or Waterford Place Benevolence Fund.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bruce, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Jean. Never an easy time, especially at the holidays. I lost my mom at that time also. Thinking of you.

Posted by Ron/Gloria Hart - Sebring, FL - Friend   December 18, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about Jean's passing. We frequently talk about the fun RV trips and how Jean
was so eager to jump off the Sky Tower in Auckland with me. Bruce, we know you all will miss her very much and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Luddy and Lynda Goetz - Orlando, FL - friend   December 16, 2019

With our deepest sympathy on your great loss.
Jean was a very sweet lady.

Your former next door neighbors in Buttonwood.
Jean & Ed King

Posted by Jean & Ed King - Ligonier, PA   December 16, 2019

Dear Williams Family... I am so sorry for your loss... I am so grateful that I was able to get to know Jean and the family through my dear friend Pam. My heart breaks for you. The time that I got to spend in beautiful Holland, Michigan, and at the Cottage will always be some of my most treasured memories. I just loved her sense of humor and the spirited twinkle in her eyes... Much love, Lynette

Posted by Lynette Ashbrook - Wichita, KS   December 13, 2019

Melissa, we would like to express our sympathy in the loss of your mother. You were a good and faithful daughter to her. May your family feel the peace and love of God at this difficult time.

Posted by Randy and Sheryl Kleinheksel - Holland, MI   December 13, 2019

so sorry to hear of Jeans passing. Will miss her a lot.

Posted by Sandra Bowers - sebring, FL - Friend   December 13, 2019

so sorry thinking of you all at this time were dear neighbors here at buttonwood
roger and marlene cupstid

Posted by roger cupstid/marlene - Sebring, FL - Neighbor   December 12, 2019

Pam: Sending you light, love and strength as you adjust to this new world without your loving mom. How lucky you were to have such a gracious soul in your life. I'm sure she was very proud of you.

Posted by Kris Kruid - Gallatin Gateway, MT - friend   December 12, 2019

I am so sorry, Pam and family. Jean was a special lady. I am very blessed to have met her many times through the years when Bruce and Jean visited Pam in Wichita. She will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace, sweet Jean.

Posted by Marjie Bass - Wichita, KS   December 12, 2019

So sorry to hear about Jean's passing. Bill and I are so sorry that we did not get to see her this winter. our thought and prayers are with the entire family as you mourn her loss. We will always remember the wonderful RV trips that we took together.

Posted by Bill and Dawn Laatz - Oakland, MI - Friend   December 12, 2019

Many sympathies to Nellie's family. She is free now and with the company of angels. Glad I got to meet her last Spring at Pam's retirement gathering.

Posted by Suellen Staub - Wichita, KS   December 12, 2019

Bruce,Sandy, and family,
You are in our prayers in Jean's passing.
Mike & Carrie Vander Ploeg

Posted by A friend   December 12, 2019

So sorry, Melissa and entire family. Your Mother has been welcomed by God and the angels in His gardenof paradise. May you feel the comfort, love❤ and strength from us as you grieve during this difficult time.
Lana VanDenBerg

Posted by Lana VanDenBerg - Zeeland   December 12, 2019

Thinking of you in your loss; praying you find peace and comfort.

Posted by Ellie Kleinheksel - Naples, FL - Friend   December 12, 2019

Bruce and familySo so sorry for your lose.
Jean was a wonderful friend and I know a wonderful wife and mother. She will be missed by many but is in a better place as you know! Love and prayers for you all.
Thanks for call

Posted by JoAnn Applegarth privasky - Roosevelt Park, MI   December 12, 2019

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