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Irene Van Zanten

Obituary for Irene Van Zanten

June 5, 1923 - August 20, 2021
Holland, Michigan | Age 98


Irene Van Zanten, age 98, of Holland, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021 and entered heaven's gate with her family at her side.

Irene grew up in Zeeland and attended New Groningen Schools. During WWII she worked at Faftner Bearing Company while her fiancé and future husband, John Van Zanten, served in the army in Italy. They married after the war and raised three children. Irene loved life and enjoyed her many friendships. She was an avid gardener and beachgoer and was blessed with the gift of hospitality. Later in life, Irene was a treasured resident of Addington Place of Lakeside Vista where she was loved by both fellow residents and staff. Irene was a charter member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, John Van Zanten; son-in-law, John Fisher, Jr; and brothers, Henry Sterken, Bernard and Alma Sterken, and Raymond and Anna Mae Sterken.

Irene is survived by her:

Mark (Sue) Van Zanten of Grand Rapids
Mary (George) Brander of Grandville
Martha (Guy) Wiggins of Holland

Josh (Sarah) Fisher
Steve (Nicole) Fisher
Ryan Fisher
John (Ginger) Fisher
Jon (Stacey) Brander
Jenna (John) Vander Ploeg
Rachel Van Zanten
Kristen (Caleb) Parks
Tyler (Melissa) Van Zanten
Hanna Van Zanten

Great Grandchildren
Morgan Fisher
Claire Parks
Annie Parks
Leah Parks

And also many Step Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30am Thursday, August 26, at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E 16th St., Holland, with Pastor Daniel Walcott officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation is scheduled for 9:00-10:00am prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to The Potter's House School, 810 Van Raalte Dr SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509. Condolences may be left online at

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • The Potter's House School
    810 Van Raalte Dr SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49509

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Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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