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Jodi L. Kraai

Obituary for Jodi L. Kraai

April 6, 1965 - March 23, 2021
Borculo, Michigan | Age 55


Jodi Lynn Kraai, age 55, passed away peacefully at her home on March 23, 2021, surrounded by her beloved family after a valiant, well fought 7-year battle with breast cancer.

Jodi was born on April 6, 1965, in Zeeland. Her parents, William and Sally (Plewes) Gruppen, survive her. She is also survived by her husband of 36 years, Kirk Kraai, and she leaves behind her children and grandchildren: Kylea (Jim) Green (Deklen, Maxwell, Myla); Jonathon Kraai; and Madison (Joshua) Blanton (Sullivan, Corbin and a third on the way). Jodi was predeceased by her son, Zachary Kraai, her parents-in-law, Arthur and Shirley Kraai, sister-in-law Nancy Ruch, and brother-in-law Dan Kloosterman.

She is also survived by her brothers: Bill (Cindy) Gruppen, Toby (Michelle) Gruppen, Mike (Jen) Gruppen; her brothers and sisters-in-law: Deb Kloosterman, Ernie and Sue Schutte, Mike Ruch, and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She attended Zeeland Christian School and graduated as class Salutatorian from Zeeland High School. She was a competitive gymnast, cheerleader, and member of the track and field team. Jodi graduated from Calvin College and Butterworth's School of Medical Technology. She worked as a Medical Technologist at Holland Hospital for 30 years.

Kirk and Jodi started their greenhouse business in 1992, there you would find her working endless hours on top of being in the lab and raising her 3 children. You would always find her in the greenhouse with a broom after the rest of the employees had left. Her hard work and strong dedication are visible legacy's she has passed down to her children and grandchildren. Jodi loved spending her summers with her family at their Silver Lake cottage. She was an active member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

Jodi loved being a mom and "gram". She loved each of her grandchildren in their own unique way. Jodi had great compassion for and showed amazing kindness to all who crossed her path. She had a strong, but quiet determined inner light that reflected her love for the Lord.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Borculo Christian Reformed Church 6464 96th Ave. Zeeland. Her funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2021 also at the church. Burial will be in Borculo Cemetery. The family is being served by Yntema Funeral Home.

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Zeeland, MI 49464
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