Helen Van Zanten

  • Born: July 7, 1923
  • Died: October 13, 2021
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464

Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Helen Van Zanten, age 98, of Zeeland died on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband Abram "Abe," her brother Arend Styf, her sister Sarah Schrotenboer, and her step-grandchild Peter Baker.

Helen is survived by her children Nick Van Zanten and Sara Schwartz and Karen and Ed Lubbers, her grandchildren Amber and Steve Wierenga, Anna and Cory Heald, Nichole and Paul Lammers, Joel and Nina Van Zanten, Katherine and Jim Kirk, Elizabeth and Brendan Banyon, her step-grandchildren Sam and Madeline Kingsbury and Stephanie Kingsbury, seventeen great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.

Helen was a lifelong member of North Street Christian Reformed Church. A homemaker with much-admired knitting and sewing skills, she was also a dedicated volunteer to such organizations as 4H and Zeeland Hospital, where she worked in the gift shop for many years. Helen enjoyed golfing and following the fortunes of her beloved Detroit Tigers. She loved to travel, and for many years she and Abe camped throughout the country solo and with friends and family. After retirement, they spent winters in southern Texas. Helen's family will always remember her commitment to faith, family, and fun.

On October 18, the family will celebrate Helen's life at a private ceremony. Memorial contributions may be given to World Renew. www.yntemafh.com.