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Gertrude Driesenga

Obituary for Gertrude Driesenga

October 20, 1923 - December 19, 2017
Holland, Michigan | Age 94


Gertrude Driesenga, 94, passed away on December 19, 2017.

Born October 20, 1923 in Grand Rapids, to John and Cornelia Koenes. Gertrude married Morris Driesenga in 1943; they moved to Holland in 1948, and joined Holland Heights CRC. Gertrude worked in administration, beginning at Big Dutchman and retiring from Lear Siegler. Afterwards she volunteered for Bethany Christian Services and Bibles for Mexico.

Described as a "classy lady" known for her hospitality, Gertrude loved socializing with card groups and hosting dinners. Along with Morris, she transformed neighborhoods into communities. She touched many lives, and will be deeply missed by her wide circle of family and friends.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Morris; brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard, Robert, Melvin, Henrietta, and Mary Koenes.

She is survived by her children: Jim (Mary) Driesenga, Tom (Sheryl) Driesenga, Pastor Mary (Tim) Dewitt; grandchildren: Edwin (Leslie) Driesenga, Pam (Curt) Kimber, Dean (Tracy) Driesenga, Joel (Dolores) Driesenga, Laura (Cam) Polinskey, Don Coats, Leslie (Marcus) Wysocki, Derek (Joy) Driesenga, Nathaniel (Ashleigh) Dewitt, Leah (Adam) Locker; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; siblings: Lorraine (Herb) Maatman, Jack Koenes; sisters-in-law, Arlene and Wilma Koenes; and many nieces, nephews.

Visitation is from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland. Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 22, at Holland Heights CRC, 836 E. 8th Street, Holland, preceded by a time of visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions are to Hospice of Holland or Mercy Air.

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251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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