Nancy Kapteyn

  • Born: August 27, 1970
  • Died: November 12, 2020
  • Location: Spring Lake, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

It is with our deepest regrets to inform you all that Nancy Kapteyn, at age 50 of Spring Lake, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020 after living with breast cancer for seven amazing years. She was surrounded by her loving family and passed away peacefully that morning.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Dr. Reginald Kapteyn; her daughters: Emma, Sophia and Annika; her siblings: Jim and Liza Barry, Andrea Barry and Bill and Natalie Huizenga; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Kelvin and Teresa Kapteyn, Jeff and Alia Kapteyn, and Heather Kapteyn.

Nancy grew up in Zeeland. She graduated from Holland Christian High School, Calvin College and Baker College. She worked as a physical therapy assistant and was an accomplished seamstress, both in making dance costumes and clothing.

Many people who encountered her agree that she was incredibly elegant and kind to all. With an infectious and contagious smile, and gentle touch, she lived lovingly, courageously, and fully despite the hardships she faced with her cancer, and always encouraged us to search for the silver linings. Many didn't realize that she volunteered in the community, at Dance Revolutions, and worked, all while on palliative chemo therapy for nearly five years. She never liked the term courageous, but it feels beyond appropriate, always worrying more about those around her more than herself. Always happy, always loving. We always strived to live well despite the cancer, it did not define us. Her daughters always felt encouraged to do what they love and live their lives how they wanted to, which reflects her character as a whole. Her selflessness was reflected in everything she did and she will be missed deeply and endlessly.

We love you, mean it!

Visitation will be 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. Monday, November 16, 2020 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland and 1-1:45 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Haven Christian Reformed Church, 541 Alice Street, Zeeland with her memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to Breast Cancer Research of America,

Condolence & Memory Journal

May you have my sympathy. I met Nancy at her sister's dancing class way back in the Community Ed days and then later at Dance Today. It was so convenient that I never had to muster up any courage to ask either of those girls to dance -- you just needed to stumble around enough and one of them would grip you in "the stance" and begin! Nancy and I shared many more giggles than actual dances -- usually directed at my natural dancing ability or the funny things her sister would say. You never forget those partners in giggles -- such special people. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jack Overbeek - Friend   November 30, 2020

That was a beautiful service. Nancy must be very proud of all of you. Tom Quinn

Posted by Tom Quinn - DAVISON, MI - Family   November 17, 2020

It was an honor to get to know Nancy near the end of her life and to see her love for her husband and girls, always thinking of other's needs before her own. Peace to all her family and friends

Posted by Erin Dault - Grand Haven, MI - Acquaintance   November 17, 2020

I am so thankful to have gotten to know nancy. I was blessed to help take care of her. I got to hear and see the Love she felt for her family. God bless you all...Prayers and Hugs

Posted by Ruth L. Baldus - Acquaintance   November 17, 2020

Larry and I send our deepest condolences to Reggie and family. Nancy’s beauty of spirit will surely be a beacon to herfamily and all who knew her.

Posted by Diane Biser - Teacher   November 16, 2020

Nancy was a wonderful person and a great dancer. She was lovely and graceful in all that she said and did. I enjoyed knowing her and the rest of her family. Rest in peace with God. My sincere sympathy to her dear husband, daughters and the rest of the family.

Posted by Louise Elenbaas - Acquaintance   November 16, 2020

Loving you all from a little distance. If there was any way shape or form we could come we would be there. As many of you k ow I am comprised with my immune system and we just can't be with groups. Our love and strength and hugs to all of you...

Posted by Linny Quinn - Dexter, MI - Family   November 16, 2020

We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Nancy. She was a wonderful lady, great dance instructor and a kind gentle person. She will be very much missed by all who knew and loved her. Prayers for Nancy's family.

Posted by Larry and Carol Guyer - Norton Shores, MI - Friend   November 16, 2020

Nancy will be greatly missed by all of her extended family.

Posted by Dave Quinn - Dexter, MI - Family   November 16, 2020

Dear Reggie, Emma, Sophia, and Annika,
My heart goes out to you during this most difficult time. May God bless you with a peace beyond understanding. I am so sorry! My prayers are with you!

Posted by Charley Vandenberg - Friend   November 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Posted by Amy Dreyer - Holland, MI - Classmate   November 15, 2020

There are no words adequate that I could offer. I will miss my friend and I am praying for her family. Our last text exchange had us remembering when we were younger and sharing long lost photos recently found. May God be with all of Nancy's family.

Posted by Janice Westerhof - Friend   November 15, 2020

Just was acquainted with her briefly when a group from our church took dancing lessons and she helped out with her mom, sister and brother. Wonderful memories! Condolences to your whole family.

Posted by Judy Van Appledorn - Holland, MI - Acquaintance   November 14, 2020

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