Mary Ruth Potjer

  • Born: December 6, 1942
  • Died: October 11, 2021
  • Location: Jenison, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

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

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Ruth Potjer of Jenison, Michigan was received by her Lord and Saviour on October 11, 2021, at 78 years old. She was born on December 6, 1942, to Peter & Dorothy Decker of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mary attended Grand Rapids Christian High and graduated in 1960. On June 17, 1964, she married Carl Wayne Potjer. She loved God, her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly and gave herself to serving them. She had a big heart for everyone she met and will always be remembered for her joyful laugh, and ready smile. She is survived by her husband Carl, sister-in-law Marilyn (Prof. Robert) Decker, sister Dori & Ken Hoksbergen, and brother Jim & Nancy Decker; in-laws Eleanor & Wilbur Tyson, Pat (John) Potjer, Tom & Emily Potjer, Carol & Dick Waldner; and four sons and their children: Mike & Teresa Potjer, Annika, Zachary, Cassandra, and Naomi; Steve & Beth Potjer, Lauren & Zachary Feenstra, Brad & Jenna Potjer, Austin & Lisa Potjer, Brooke, Charles, and Luke; Jeff & Sara Potjer, Heidi & Matt DeVries, Colleen, Caleb, Adam, and Laci; and Russ & Lisa Potjer, Isabella, Carter, Addison, and Calvin, and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her brother Professor Robert Decker, her in-laws John & Linda Potjer, and four grandchildren Angela, Rochelle, Peter and Charity Potjer (Mike & Teresa Potjer).

The Potjer family is very grateful for the compassionate and excellent care provided by all the staff of Sheldon Meadows. Thank You!

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday, October 14, at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church, 7164 48th Ave., Hudsonville MI 49426. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, October 15, 2021, also at Georgetown PRC. Private interment will be in Georgetown Twp. Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Protestant Reformed Special Education, 6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville MI 49426. Arrangements by Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

We were so saddened to hear of Mary's death. We remember her laugh and it brings a smile to our faces now as we think of it.. God be with Carl, the boys and her siblings. Ken and Carol Warners

Posted by Ken & Carol Warners - Jenison, MI - Friend   October 16, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing away. We had loads of fun in our younger days...the whole family has our heartfelt sympathy....trusting in The Lord that His ways are always right...

Posted by Ann Daling Daling - Grand Rapids, MI - Friend   October 15, 2021

Remember Mary Ruth well....went to Adams School and GR Chr. Enjoyed her friendship at those times. Sympathy to all...her husband and relatives. Now she is in her heavenly home with her Saviour Jesus Christ.

Posted by Ellen (Mulder) Byle - Kalamzoo, MI - Acquaintance   October 14, 2021

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