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Patricia "Patti" Sue Vander Zwaag

Obituary for Patricia "Patti" Sue Vander Zwaag

October 18, 1955 - November 19, 2017
Holland, Michigan | Age 62


Patricia Sue (Patti) Vander Zwaag, age 62, of Holland, passed peacefully into eternal life with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Patti was born October 18, 1955 to Jacob and Gladys (Andringa) Gras; she attended Zeeland Christian School and graduated from Holland Christian High School. She worked at Zeeland Hospital and Herman Miller before taking a position at Holland Hospital. There she met the love of her life, Rick. They were married on March 19, 1981. After having 3 children, Rick and Patti felt called to do Foster Care and gave a home to 32 children. Three of those children never left and were adopted into the family.

Patti was a good listener to anyone who was heartbroken and beaten down by the bad choices they had made. She accepted others as they were, and tried to point them to Christ. Patti was a member of Pillar Church.

Patti was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Gladys Gras; stepmother, Marge Gras; parents-in-law, Harold and Elma Jane Vander Zwaag; brothers-in-law, Jim Blystra and Bern VanderZwaag.

Patti will be greatly missed by her husband of 36 years, Rick; daughters, Alissa and Dan Bouwman, Jennie and John Turner, Emily and Bobby Clarkson; sons, Jake and Katie Vander Zwaag, Justin and Cree Vander Zwaag, Jeremiah Vander Zwaag; special foster children, Talisha Smith, John Ferrell, Luis Martinez; 17 grandchildren whom she adored; brothers, Norm and Marge Gras, Ken and Judy Gras, Larry and Sue Gras; sisters, Mary and Daryl Boerman, Beverly Blystra; in-laws, Jan Vander Zwaag, Glen and Mary Vander Zwaag, Gene and Carole Vander Zwaag, Bob and Sandy Vander Zwaag, Dwight and Vonnie Vander Zwaag, Wayne Vander Zwaag; many nieces and nephews; and many foster children who called her Mom.

A celebration of her life will take place 11:00am Monday, November 27 at Pillar Church, 57 E 10th St., Holland, with Rev. Jon Brown and Rev. Jenna Brandsen officiating. Burial will be in Olive Township Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 1-3pm and 6-8pm Sunday, November 26 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 East 16th St., Holland. In lieu of flowers please consider giving to Pillar Church for ministry in Uganda.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Pillar Church - Uganda Ministries
    57 E 10th St.
    Holland, MI 49423

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Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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