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Ruth Sterken

Obituary for Ruth Sterken

December 10, 1945 - March 2, 2020
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 74


Ruth Sterken, age 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Ruth was a loving wife and mother who was devoted to her family. She never missed a kids or grandkids ball game or event. Friendship was her love language and caring came easy for her. There was never a fan in the crowd that didn't quickly become her friend. She was a lifelong member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland where she gave of herself freely. She will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Henry Sterken.

She was survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles Sterken; daughter, Kris and Robert Bastiaanse; son, Steve and Christine Sterken; son, Ben and Karrie Sterken; grandchildren, Jennifer Cochran, Allison Sterken, Derrek Sterken, Sam Sterken, Alexis Sterken, Nora Sterken; great-grandchildren, Noah and Finley Cochran; brother, Kelly and Kitty VanDenBrink; brother, Roger VanDenBrink; sister-in-law, Anne and John Geuzebroek; sister-in-law, Dawn Sterken; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State. St., Zeeland, MI 49464.

Funeral services are Noon on Friday, March 6 at Faith Reformed Church, 220 West Central Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464 with Rev. Jonathan Elgersma officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given in Ruth's honor to Breakfast with Baby through Faith Reformed Church.

Burial to take place in Zeeland Cemetery.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Breakfast with Baby
    Faith Reformed Church
    220 W. Central Ave.
    Zeeland, MI 49464

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Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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