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Una Gertrude Voorhorst

Obituary for Una Gertrude Voorhorst

October 28, 1922 - June 3, 2017
Warsaw, Indiana | Age 94


Una Gertrude Voorhorst entered peacefully into eternal rest with her Lord, Jesus Christ on June 3, 2017 at the age of 94. She was born on October 28, 1922, in East Saugatuck, Michigan and enjoyed an idyllic but hard-working childhood on her family's farm from which she could walk to the local one-room schoolhouse. She thrilled in sharing stories of her youth during the Great Depression, of her love of education and desire to be a teacher, and of neighborhood gatherings around the radio listening to accounts of boxing matches and baseball contests involving her beloved Detroit Tigers. Her favorite -- and most frequently recounted -- tales concerned the major winter storm of 1936 and how she and her sister, Muriel, were stranded alone on the farm for several weeks while awaiting the return of their parents from nearby Holland, Michigan where her father was receiving medical attention. These experiences imbued Una with all of the best character traits of those Americans who have become known as "The Greatest Generation."

Una's life was filled with love and service to others. She was a proud charter member of Haven Reformed Church, Hamilton, Michigan and served as that congregation's long-time secretary and later served the church in a variety of volunteer capacities. Una reveled in her role as the energetic and highly enthusiastic matriarch of the family, blessing them regularly with her wonderful culinary talents -- which included the very finest chocolate chip cookies on the planet! Una walked with beauty and grace her entire life and she will be sorely missed by her entire extended family and friends.

Una was preceded in death by her five siblings; her adoring husband of 47 years, Bernard Edwin Voorhorst; and dearly beloved eldest child, Mary Voorhorst Pott. They are together again, at last.

Una is survived by her sons, John (Jane) Voorhorst of New Orleans, LA and Paul (Karalyn) Voorhorst of Warsaw, IN; son-in-law, Robert Pott of Hamilton, MI; along with seven grandchildren and four and 7/9ths great grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to attend Una's memorial service and following reception at Haven Reformed Church, 4691 Oak Street, Hamilton, MI on Saturday July 1, 2017 at 10:30am. Rev. Ronald Ver Wys will officiate. Burial will be in Overisel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to The Mary Pott Elementary Education Fund in accordance with Una's final wishes. Please send contributions to the following address: Mary Pott Elementary Education Foundation, c/o Allegan County Community Foundation, 524 Marshall Street, Allegan, Michigan 49010 (Telephone: 269.673.8344).

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Mary Pott Elementary Education Foundation
    c/o Allegan County Community Foundation
    524 Marshall Street
    Allegan, MI 49010

Arrangements By

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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