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Obituary for James Piersma

February 6, 1952 - February 23, 2017
Holland, Michigan | Age 65


James Allen Piersma, beloved husband of Amy Hertel Piersma, sank into the arms of his beloved God and Savior, the evening of February 23rd.

Jim carried both the weight and the wonder of the world on his shoulders, all the while making it his stage. A natural born actor, Jim forced both laughter and tears from family and friends.

He fashioned his hair and string bass technique in the style of Phil Lesh. He loved all things beautiful, psychedelic and truthful. He loved his wife, his five children and his seven grandchildren. Jim is loved by them.

He leaves behind a library of worn theology books and gardening tools, collections of original songwriting, and recordings that set off his vocals and bass improvisation like symphonies.

A chef's coat was Jim's best suit. He offered a lifetime of nurturing those around, with his kitchen creations, a favorite style being Dutch Indonesian.

Jim served as chef and volunteer manager for Community Action House these past 12 years, living out God's calling for him at the "soup kitchen".
Jim was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Holland. He cherished his offering of music for Sunday morning worship, each and every week.

Jim is survived by his mother, Anna May Kramer Piersma of Jacob's House, Rest Haven; his wife, Amy; daughter Julie and Ryan Kooienga of Hudsonville; daughter Becky and Cam Bogardus of Hudsonville; sons Jonathan, Damien and Nikolaas Piersma of Holland; seven grandchildren; Uncle Joe and Yvonne Kramer of Spring Lake; Aunt Elsie Piersma of Freedom Village Holland; cousin Karri and David Jasperse of Holland; cousin Kelly Kramer of Chicago; cousin Mary Skwirut of Hilton Head, NC; and many Piersma cousins, whom he appreciated and spoke of often.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Community Action House Kitchen.

Visitation is 4:00-7:00 pm, Monday, February 27 at Langeland Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland, MI. Funeral services are 11:00 am, Tuesday, February 28 also at Langeland Sterenberg. Burial to be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Community Action House
    345 W. 14th S.
    Holland, MI 49423

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Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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