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Our Obituaries

David Wabeke

September 15, 1950 - May 21, 2018

David Wabeke, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 and is now resting in peace. David died sober and remained sober for the last 27 years. Through the years, he has impacted countless lives to do the same. He was known as the AA Sheriff and would literally give the shirt off his back to help someone in need. David was the heart of hearts for his wife, Margie and was a loving and caring father...
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Mary Jane Vander Weide

February 1, 1929 - May 18, 2018

Mary Jane (Hall) Vander Weide, age 89, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018. Mary Jane worked fulltime her entire life and was employed by Sligh Furniture for 37 years. She loved history, was a founding member of the Zeeland Historical Society and served as its Director for many years. She loved Zeeland, was an active resident, and a lifetime member of Second Reformed Church. She was even the...
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Jackie Baarman

March 14, 1937 - May 18, 2018

Jackie Baarman, age 81, of Zeeland, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 at Zeeland Hospital. Jackie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Central Wesleyan Church and was an LPN at Zeeland Hospital. Jackie was preceded in death by her sister, Oakie Kruid and brothers-in-law, John Kruid and Don Zeerip Jackie is survived by her: Husband of 62 years, Chris Baarman ...
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Emily Grace Horton

December 21, 2001 - May 10, 2018

Emily Horton, age 16, of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 10, 2018. She is survived by her parents; Kris and Lisa Horton; her siblings: Sydney, Kelly and Josh; grandparents: Don and Sandy Horton and Barb Doyle and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Emily was preceded in death by her grandfather Jerry Doyle. Emily was a junior at Zeeland West High School; she was a member...
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Darlene Marie Worthington

March 20, 1948 - May 8, 2018

Darlene Worthington, age 70, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at her home following a lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Darlene was a hard worker and loving mother and grandmother who willingly sacrificed for her family. Darlene is survived by her children, Tracey Bryan of Zeeland, Tammy (Joshua) McCluskey of Zeeland, Larry (Christine) Worthington of Allendale;...
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Kira Jo Boetsma-Van Beukering

July 8, 1984 - May 7, 2018

Kira Jo Boetsma-VanBeukering, 33, of Grand Haven, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, May 7, 2018, following a vehicle collision. Kira was born July 8, 1984, in Zeeland, Michigan. She graduated from Zeeland High School in 2002. Kira worked at Rol Ergo in Holland as a material handler. Kira made life simple and fun, and Kira brought that energy to everything she did. Kira was...
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Bruce Sheets

November 15, 1968 - May 3, 2018

Bruce A. Sheets, age 49, passed away at home surrounded by family on Thursday, May 3, 2018 and is home in Heaven. Bruce was an amazing husband and best friend to his wife, Gerrie; a great son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to all who got to know him while he was here. Bruce was an amazing man and did many wonderful things! Thank you for everything that you taught...
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Roger Barense

November 25, 1941 - April 26, 2018

Roger Barense, age 76 of Holland, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy (Jackson); his children: Laurie and Steve Strowenjans, Jane and Michael Leslie, Chris and Todd Latchaw, Stacy and Jim Edewaard, Robert Barense; grandchildren: Ryan and Sierra Strowenjans, Robyn Strowenjans, Brittney Baldus, Kaylee Leslie, Kenzie Leslie, Abbey and...
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Lynn (Karsten) Pappas

October 18, 1949 - April 24, 2018

Lynn (Karsten) Pappas, age 68 of Hudsonville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Lynn had a servant's heart, filled with care and compassion. She loved to have fun and always had time for her family. She enjoyed buying and giving gifts to her nephews and their children, her step-daughters and their children, as well as the children living in the Presidential Estates Park in...
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Nora Van Dyke

October 7, 1933 - April 22, 2018

Nora Van Dyke, age 84, unexpectedly passed away on April 22, 2018. Besides her faith, her family was the most important thing in her life. She and her husband were charter members of Community Reformed Church. She loved her church and the friendships she maintained through the years from there. She was loved and will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul W...
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Rick Beyer

January 31, 1947 - April 20, 2018

Rick Beyer, 71, of Zeeland, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 20, 2018. Rick was born January 31, 1947, to Gerald and Mildred (Van Omen) Beyer. He graduated from Zeeland High School and Western Michigan University and became the industrial arts teacher at Holland High School. Rick was a devoted teacher and was instrumental in the start of the Ottawa County school/work co-op programs at...
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Joan Bruins

July 22, 1932 - April 20, 2018

Joan Bruins, 85, of Zeeland, died Friday, April 20, 2018. Joan was born July 22, 1932, on the Bruins family farm in North Blendon. Joan was one of eight children born to Benjamin and Clara (Visser) Bruins. Joan worked for GE for 34 years before retiring. She volunteered at Heritage Health and Rehab in Zeeland for many years. Joan was a longtime member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church of...
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Judd J. Wolbrink

March 20, 1939 - April 18, 2018

Judd J. Wolbrink age 79, of Zeeland, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at an area care center. He was employed by MDOT for 31 years prior to retirement. Judd was preceded in death by his son, Mitchell and sister Patsy Potgeter. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Joyce; daughter, Kimberly and Denise Wolbrink (Chase Applegate) of Haslett, MI.; sister and brother, Bette and James Rohn,...
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Evelyn Bosch

April 9, 1929 - April 16, 2018

Evelyn Bosch, age 89, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday morning, April 16, 2018. Evelyn was born April 9, 1929, in Holland, Michigan, one of ten children of John and Alberdine Genzink. Genzinks were members of Graafschap CRC. Evelyn is preceded in death by her Genzink siblings: Arnie, Harv, Julius, Dorothy, Marian, and Gord. After growing up in Graafschap, Evelyn met...
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Harold "Jay" Klingenberg

September 9, 1936 - April 11, 2018

Jay Klingenberg, age 81 of Overisel, passed away at home, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy; his children and grandchildren: Larry Klingenberg and Devon Stuit, Nancy Klingenberg, Brian and Tina Klingenberg (Riley and Liza) and Scott Klingenberg (Allie); siblings: LaVerne and Doris Klingenberg, Mary and Ken De Graaf and Ruth Vander Ark; in-laws: Marcia and...
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Mildred Vander Beek

June 9, 1925 - April 11, 2018

Mildred Vander Beek's full and blessed life came to a close on April 11, 2018 at age 92. She was born June 9, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to John and Nancy Kaat. Mildred grew up in Zeeland, Michigan and was a proud graduate of Zeeland High School. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked as an executive secretary. She enjoyed 37 years of marriage to Rev. Jack Boerigter. Together...
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Vicki De Jonge

November 19, 1948 - April 9, 2018

Vicki De Jonge, age 69 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, April 09, 2018. She is survived by her siblings: Jack and Cindy De Jonge and Kim and Kurt Smith; her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews: Kim and Matt Thomas (EJ and Isabella), Matthew and Jennifer De Jonge (Evey and Jonah), Erica Chestnut (Sara, Holden, Reilly and Clayton), Chad and Kimberly Smith (Brianna, Devyn, Nikolas,...
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Robert "Bob" Jones

May 3, 1952 - April 6, 2018

Robert L. Jones, age 65 of Burnips, passed away Friday, April 6 at Mercy Health, St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Bob loved his family and spending time with them and his dog, Oliver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being at Sugar Island with friends and family. Through the years he appreciated everyone he worked with and they enjoyed his dry sense of humor and quick wit. He will be...
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Robert "Bob" Kraai

January 30, 1929 - March 30, 2018

Robert (Bob) Kraai, age 89, of Zeeland, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Bob was very devoted to his family, and providing for them was his loving ambition. Always a hard worker, Robert started out in his teens, making and selling folding lawn chairs at Tulip Time. Eventually, he owned and operated the Zeeland Bowling Alley. He was a member of First...
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Ed Heyboer

April 17, 1947 - March 28, 2018

Ed Heyboer, age 70, of Zeeland, was called home by his Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 28, 2018 to join his family and friends into his eternal home. He leaves behind his loving wife Mary of 49 years, son Eric, son Adam (Kristen), four grandchildren: Tyler (special friend Halie Farrell), Bryce, Presley and Priya; siblings: Carla (Rick) Beyer, Kathy (Ron) Wittingen; sisters and brothers-in-law...
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Alice Vanden Bosch

November 22, 1921 - March 27, 2018

Alice Vanden Bosch, age 96, of Zeeland, was welcomed home by her Savior early Tuesday morning, March 27, 2018. While awaiting her transition to glory, Alice was surrounded by her loving family, who celebrated their Christian faith with hymns, Bible readings, and family stories. As three generations of her family testify, "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus...
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Robert Paul Heller

October 9, 1942 - March 24, 2018

Robert P. Heller, 75, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Robert was born in Cicero, Illinois, on October 9, 1942, to Robert and Cecelia (Farnes) Heller. He graduated from high school and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, where he worked in Intelligence Communications in Japan. Robert worked his career in corrections and...
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Myrtle J. Graveling

April 3, 1931 - March 23, 2018

Myrtle Graveling age 86, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord on Friday, March 23, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin and was a member of Faith Reformed Church. She is survived by her children: Dennis and Barb Graveling of Zeeland, Cheryl and Fulton Sheen of Otsego, Beverly and Steve Vander Hill of Holland; grandchildren: Ross and Monica Graveling, Eric and Jamie...
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Roy Jackson

August 9, 1935 - March 21, 2018

Roy Jackson, age 82 of Covert, MI, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018. He is survived by his children: Joyce Brown, Sherry Jackson, Robert and Kat Jackson, Dennis Jackson, Gary and Cathy Jackson, Steven and Angie Jackson, David Jackson, Dolly Gilmore, Amy and James Norwood, Kenneth Jackson; step-children: Melissa and Cliff Poole, Angela and Wayne Berringer, Laura and Oscar Perez, Tracey and...
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Dolores Beemster

August 29, 1933 - March 21, 2018

Dolores Beemster, 84 of Zeeland, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018. She is survived by her siblings: Betty Short and Robert Jacobowski; nieces, nephews: Dennis Baugh, Laura Kaiser, Jennifer and Nathan Brown, Ed and Marnie Baugh; great nieces and nephews: Tyler, Teresa, Lacey, Chance, Sabrina, Vincent, Lucas and Valarie; great great niece and nephews: Mekenna, Kaiser, Austin, Matthew and...
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Rodger "Pete" Le Poire

August 23, 1928 - March 17, 2018

Rodger "Pete" Le Poire, age 89 of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Berdina; children: Robert and Deborah Le Poire, Brenda and Rick Redner, and Beth Molineux; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Matthew and Amanda Le Poire (Benjamin and Samuel), Ashley and Casey Williams (Henry), Ryan and Kathryn Redner (Adelyn), Andy Redner, Chris and...
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Alfred Bosch

August 23, 1927 - March 16, 2018

Alfred Bosch, age 90, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 16, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn; his children: Jack A. and Deb Bosch, and Dan and Carrie Bosch; five grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Brian Bosch, Tim and Sally Bosch (McKenna and Levi), Ryan and Jackie Bosch (Haley), Melissa and Jared Rosema and Troy and Kelsey Bosch (Brody);...
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Joane Tervoort

October 12, 1936 - March 15, 2018

Joane Tervoort, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 15, 2018 due to complications of Alzheimer's dementia. Joane was raised on a farm in Colwell, Iowa. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, loyal friend and loved Jesus. She enjoyed gardening and had a passion for raising her miniature horses and a wide variety of animals, fish, and birds. She had a...
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Samuel W. Vriezema

November 22, 1971 - March 2018

On Saturday, March 3rd, Samuel W. Vriezema, passed away from a glioblastoma at the age of 46. Sam will forever be remembered by his wife Kathy, and their precious children, Stephan, Karlee, Brendan and Erin, his mother Vi, his brothers and sisters Steve (Marylou) Vriezema, Sue Swanson, Sandy (Dick) Baarda, Scott Vriezema (Brian), mother-in-law Carol Hordyk, sisters-in-law Jennifer (Brett)...
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Donald Busscher

February 17, 1935 - March 3, 2018

Donald Busscher, age 83, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jeannette Busscher; In-law, Gerald (Emma) Elenbaas; siblings, Jay (Myrtle) Busscher, Ken Busscher, Art Busscher, Virgil Busscher, Marcia Van Til, George Staat, and Eloise (John) Blauwkamp. Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lillian; children, Tim (Carol) Busscher, Tom ...
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Heathe Fowler

October 30, 1973 - March 3, 2018

Heathe Fowler, age 44 of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Briana; his daughters: Rylee and Sydney; his parents: Judy and Ken Jackson and Micheal and Carolyn Fowler; mother and father-in-law Mary and Mark Huizenga; grandmothers: Arlene Huizenga and Ivy Cammenga and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Heathe graduated from Tecumseh High School and...
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Karen Slipchuk

January 17, 1939 - March 3, 2018

Karen Slipchuk, age 79, passed away on Saturday, March 3 2018 at Metro Hospital, Grand Rapids. Sending love and light to the spirit of the strongest, hardest working, and fiercely independent woman I have ever known. My mother taught me how to make my own way in this world unapologetically and authentically. She always said "You can get away with anything as long as you act like a lady while...
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John J. Timmer

March 14, 1938 - March 2, 2018

John J. Timmer, age 79 of Zeeland, entered into his heavenly home on Friday, March 2, 2018. John was a lifelong member of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church where he served as both an elder and deacon. John was a hard worker and loved his work on the farm. He also served on the boards of the Hudsonville Farmers Coop and the Ottawa County Farm Bureau. John's family knew him as a gentle, loving...
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Anna Hulst

July 5, 1927 - February 25, 2018

Anna Hulst, age 90, met her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face with restored eye sight on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Anna was a member of First Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland and was active in choir, Sunday school, various Bible studies, Coffee Break, Sewing Guild, and sang in the Zeeland Women's All Church choir for many years. Anna was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Alfred William Kane

October 17, 1925 - February 25, 2018

Alfred William Kane, 92 went home to be with the Lord on February 25, 2018. He was a wonderful husband and dad. He was always quick with a joke, and he never met a stranger. Al spent most of his life in Holland. He served in the Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. He married Lois on June 24, 1949. They had 68 years together. He was the sole proprietor of the company Kane Konstruction from 1959-1989....
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Juanita Ritsema

May 19, 1933 - February 19, 2018

Juanita Ritsema, age 84 of Zeeland, is walking with angels after being welcomed into the arms of her savior Jesus on Monday, February 19, 2018. Juanita was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed time with her family. She also enjoyed traveling with her family as well as her many friends. She was an active member of First Reformed Church in Zeeland and was involved with Fishers of Men...
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Mike Meyer

October 18, 1941 - February 19, 2018

Mike Meyer, age 76 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, February 19, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karen; son Bruce and Dawn Meyer; granddaughters: Megan and Allison; siblings: Hennie Van Beek, Gary and Beverly Meyer, Irene and Dan Vander Berg, Dennis and Susan Meyer, Donna Meyer; brothers and sisters-in-law: Sharon Meyer, Henry Ploegstra, Elaine...
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Joyce Wittingen

March 27, 1936 - February 17, 2018

Joyce Wittingen, 81, of Beaverdam, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Joyce was born March 27, 1936, in Beaverdam, to John and Anna (Steenwyk) Wittingen. She enjoyed working for Kandu and was a resident of Parkview Home for a time. Joyce was a lifelong member of Beaverdam Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harvey Wittingen, in-laws:...
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Norman Sneller

April 14, 1929 - February 15, 2018

Norman Sneller, age 88, of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Norm was born April 14, 1929, to Albert and Nellie Sneller. Norm loved cars and was a car dealer for several years before his retirement in 1984. He was the owner of Sneller's Auto Sales in Zeeland and Hartman Chevrolet in Hudsonville. Norm was an avid golfer, and he built/founded the Winding Creek Golf Course...
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Beatrice Hirdes

March 24, 1928 - February 14, 2018

Beatrice Hirdes, age 89 of Hudsonville, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Beatrice was a lifetime member of North Blendon CRC. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Beatrice enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking and gardening. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 2010, as well as by siblings: Gordon Rietman, Herb Rietman, Betty Bullis...
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Carwin Kamps

April 20, 1935 - February 13, 2018

Carwin Kamps, 82, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Carwin was born April 20, 1935, in Holland to Peter and Cornelia (Rozeboom) Kamps. He married Marcia De Witte in 1955, and they raised their family in Holland. Carwin and Marcia were longtime members of Christ Memorial Church. Carwin drove truck most of his career, retiring in 2000 from Holland Special Delivery. In...
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Don Le Febre

November 2, 1934 - February 13, 2018

Don Le Febre, age 83 of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He is survived by wife of 58 years, Meribeth; his daughters: Leanne and Glenn Overweg, Lisa Marie and Daniel R. Teunis and Allison and Kris De Vree; grandchildren: Trevor and Jodi Overweg, Korie and Neil Sperry, Gina and William Slager, Brian and Rachel Teunis, Amanda and Brian Wojczynski,...
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Henry William Austhof

February 11, 1931 - February 10, 2018

Henry William Austhof, age 86, passed on Saturday, February 10, 2018 just one day shy of his 87 birthday. Henry was a member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church and volunteered at Ottawa County Jail Ministry for over 30 years. He was self-employed as a tile setter. He will be dearly missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 2013. He is survived by his children...
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William W. Kahn

October 12, 1925 - February 8, 2018

William (Bill) Kahn, an eight-year resident of Zeeland, MI, died peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2018, while under the care of the dedicated staff of Vista Springs and Hospice of Holland. Bill was born on October 12, 1925, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Fred and Frances Kahn. After attending Schenley High School he served in the Army during World War II. His work career was with the U.S. Postal...
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Andrew Feenstra

October 28, 1930 - February 7, 2018

Andrew Feenstra, 87, of Beaverdam, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Andrew was born in Beaverdam on October 28, 1930, to Henry and Margaret (Diepstra) Feenstra. He was a lifelong member of Beaverdam Reformed Church. Andrew served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Esther DeGraaf in 1955 and they raised their two children together in Beaverdam. Andrew...
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Justin Tucker

August 22, 1918 - February 5, 2018

Justin Tucker, age 99 of Overisel, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018. He is survived by his children: Duane and Gaylene Tucker and Sally and Dave Elenbaas; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jennifer and Greg Leenstra (Jacob and Aiden), Laura and Tim Bindon (Hudson, Foster, Truett and Tucker, Lisa and Ross Brink (Claire and Eli); his sisters: Della Van Gaalen and Hazel and Robert...
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Steve Adams

September 20, 1955 - February 4, 2018

John Steven Adams, 62, of Holland, MI passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Steve, as he was known to all, wore many hats in his life. He was a fan of cold beer, country music and NASCAR. He was a husband, a grandfather, a brother and a friend to many. While good at all, his favorite role was that of Papa to Austin and Alissa Casko. It was a role not likely imagined...
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Nancy K. DeWilde

January 3, 1956 - January 30, 2018

Nancy DeWilde, 62, of Beaverdam, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Nancy was born in Grand Rapids, on January 3, 1956, to Fred and Annette (Van Eerden) Vanden Berg. Nancy married Ken DeWilde in 1980. Nancy worked for 24 years as a letter carrier at the Zeeland Post office and was a great friend and neighbor to those on her postal routes. Nancy and Ken also...
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Raymond "Ray" Winkels

February 26, 1927 - January 28, 2018

Raymond "Ray" Winkels, age 90 of Zeeland, entered into his heavenly home on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Ray was born February 26, 1927 to Albert and Cora Winkels; he was the seventh of eight children. He served the US Army during the Korean War. Ray married Donna Bouwman in 1968, and they raised their two daughters in Zeeland in the home where Ray continued to live for the remainder of his...
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Florence Brower

June 17, 1926 - January 28, 2018

Florence Brower, age 91 of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord Sunday, January 28, 2018. She is survived by her children: Marcia Boerman, Elaine and Tom Lucas, Bruce and Luann Brower, Bonnie and Bill De Kleine and Nancy and Don Gritter; 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Doris and Ron Beek, Mary Brower, Margie Horn, Arlene and Pete De Vries, Fran Brower,...
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Robert L De Jonge

August 28, 1934 - January 27, 2018

Robert Lee De Jonge, age 83, of Drenthe, went to his eternal home Saturday, January 27th, 2018. Robert was one of eight siblings born in Zeeland, Michigan to John and Anna De Jonge in 1934. He attended the Free Methodist Church of Zeeland for most of his life and served as a worship leader and Sunday school teacher. Robert was a natural born educator and used his talents at County Normal...
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John Kooistra

February 1, 1940 - January 25, 2018

John Kooistra, 77, of Oakland, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Born Johannes Hendrik on February 1, 1940, in the Netherlands, John was one of nine children of Anne and Geertje (Meyer) Kooistra. John trained in agriculture and worked as a cattle dealer and dairy farmer. He married Pietje (Pat) van der Galien on March 25, 1964, and they had four children. In 1977 the family...
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Elaine Zwagerman

February 8, 1951 - January 24, 2018

Elaine Zwagerman, age 66, passed away on January 24, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Elaine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She deeply loved her husband, children, and grandchildren and prayed for them regularly. Elaine was instrumental in helping run the family dairy farm and worked various part-time jobs in the community throughout her life. She was committed to her...
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Gerald De Vries

April 3, 1932 - January 24, 2018

Gerald De Vries, age 85, of Zeeland went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Gerald was born April 3, 1932, in Sanborn, Iowa, to Clarence and Christina (Vugteveen) De Vries. Gerald was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church where he served as an elder. Gerald also was a former cadet leader, he volunteered for the Hope Bus Ministry, served at the Third CRC food...
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William Watson

November 7, 1942 - January 23, 2018

William L. Watson, age 75, passed away on January 23, 2018. William was born November 7, 1942 in Harvey, IL and served in the United States Army for 9 years as security in Korea, Germany, and Ft. Bragg. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Betty Watson. He is survived by wife, Karen; children, Mary Ann Watson (Tom Mee), Beth Ann (Trever) Newman, Christopher (Candy) Watson,...
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Kenneth "Super-Majestic" Ramaker

December 24, 1942 - January 22, 2018

Kenneth Ramaker, 75, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018. Ken was born in Holland, Michigan, on December 24, 1942, to George and Alice (Windemuller) Ramaker. Ken married Jane Wynsma in 1964. Ken and Jane raised their family in Zeeland and they were members of Community Reformed Church. In 1986, Jane, Ken, along with their daughter Kathy all graduated together from Zeeland...
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Charles "Chuck" VanDerKolk

December 20, 1953 - January 19, 2018

Charles (Chuck) VanDerKolk, age 64, passed away on January 19, 2018. Chuck prioritized his time around loving people. He was a true servant and this was exemplified in many ways. He cultivated the hearts of young people by sharing the love of Christ while serving as a volunteer youth leader for more than 30 years, leading countless mission trips to Mexico and Young Life's Lake Champion and...
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Ellen R. Gilchrist

March 14, 1947 - January 17, 2018

Dr. Ellen R. Gilchrist, age 70, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Hallmark Living Center of Holland. Ellen attended Immanuel Church and was preceded in death by her husband, George Gilchrist, Jr. (2013), her parents, Gerald and Eleanor Glupker; and brother, Kenneth Glupker. Ellen is survived by her: Brothers Philip (Karen) Glupker of Byron...
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Norraine Ruth Bennett

April 20, 1929 - January 15, 2018

Norraine Ruth Bennett, age 88 of Zeeland, passed from this life into the presence of the Lord on Monday, January 15, 2018. She is survived by her children: Patti and Rod Weenum of Zeeland, Peggy and Mark Pocernik of Eatonton, GA, Kurt and Cathy Bennett of Estero, FL, Marc Bennett of Grand Rapids, and Joe and Debra Bennett of Hudsonville; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; her sister...
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Matthew John Tiggleman

April 11, 1978 - January 14, 2018

Matthew John Tiggleman, born April 11, 1978, was called to his eternal home on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Matt's faith in Jesus was the focus of his life, and his family meant everything to him. Matt touched more lives than we will ever know through his strong faith and trust in Jesus. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Myrtle and Wallace Folkert, and John and Minnie Tiggleman. ...
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Sidney (Sippe) Boonstra

July 19, 1941 - January 11, 2018

Sidney (Sippe) Boonstra, 76, of Jenison, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 11, 2018, Sid was born July 19, 1941, in Tzummarum, Friesland, the Netherlands to Pieter and Boukje Boonstra. He immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1952. Later, he met Carol Meyer and they married August 20, 1965 at Grandville Ave. CRC. Sid and Carol raised their...
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Samsang Sengmany Muansimuang

February 2, 1962 - January 9, 2018

Samsnag Sengmany Muansimuang, age 55 of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State Street, Zeeland. The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday also at the funeral home.
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Vernon Meyaard

October 10, 1940 - January 9, 2018

Vernon Meyaard age 77, of Zeeland, was eternally healed Tuesday, January 9, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home after a brief courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Vern was a member of Haven Christian Reformed Church, involved with many ministries and had a heart for Beautiful Gate in Lesotho, Africa. He worked for General Electric for 25 years and retired from Perrigo. Vern had...
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Virginia Ruth Keatley

September 11, 1920 - January 8, 2018

Virginia Keatley, 97, of Zeeland, Michigan, died on Monday, January 8, 2018. Virginia was born in Idaho on Sept 11, 1920. She married Robert Keatley on September 23, 1941. Throughout their life they lived in Washington and California. She moved to Zeeland in 2014 to be closer to her son Jim and his family. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 2007, and her son Gary Keatley in...
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Billie Anne Welch

September 28, 1943 - January 3, 2018

Billie Anne Welch, age 74, of Zeeland, passed away at Resthaven Care Center Holland on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Billie was a member and an active volunteer at Evergreen Commons. At various points in her life she was a nurse, customer service representative and an actress. The roles she excelled at were that of wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother. Billie is survived by her...
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Marilyn Vredeveld

October 22, 1931 - January 3, 2018

Marilyn Vredeveld, age 86, of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Marilyn was a lifetime member of 2nd Reformed Church in Zeeland, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Marilyn was a quiet woman who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. She enjoyed traveling, working with ceramics, and was an immaculate house keeper. Marilyn is survived by her husband...
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Angeline "Ang" Geerlings

March 20, 1930 - January 2, 2018

Angeline "Ang" (Wierda) Geerlings, age 87 of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, January 2, 2018. She is survived by her children: Mark and Maureen Geerlings, Brian and Marlys Geerlings, Ron and Sue Geerlings, Jon and Janet Geerlings, Ed and Lynn Geerlings and Jane and George Vander Beek; 21 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; her siblings: Ted and Gladys Wierda, Hazel...
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Ida Veldman

May 24, 1926 - December 28, 2017

Ida Veldman, age 91, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Ida was a loving mother and faithful wife. She enjoyed traveling, providing seamstress talent to her family and making quilts for each of them. Her hands were always busy stitching and crafting. She will be remembered for her wonderful spirit of contentment and will be dearly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband,...
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Helen DeJonge

June 14, 1931 - December 27, 2017

Helen DeJonge, age 86 of Zeeland, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Wednesday, December 27, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Clifford; her children: Marcia and Mike Bol, Mike and Marcia De Jonge, Jane and Steve Hunderman; son-in-law Randy Meyer; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; siblings:...
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Frieda Blauwkamp

March 17, 1923 - December 26, 2017

Frieda Sena Blauwkamp Born: March 17, 1923, Died; December 26, 2017,Location: Jacksonville, Florida. Around 2:30pm, angels arrived and carried Frieda Blauwkamp to Heaven. She was welcomed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, along with her husband of over 50 years, John, her son who gave his life in Military service, Arlyn, Son-in-law Ron Cullen, and others who had arrived before her. ...
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Linda De Witt

July 3, 1947 - December 26, 2017

Linda De Witt, age 70 passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2017. Linda was the best friend of her husband, Eric and she was his beloved. She enjoyed spending time on the water and reading her book. She was a wonderful violinist and played with the Junior Symphony. She served her family with joy and patience. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, Eric; children, Joel...
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Gordon Plaggemars

April 23, 1921 - December 22, 2017

Gordon Plaggemars, 96, of Zeeland, died Friday, December 22, 2017. Gord was born in Holland, Michigan, April 23, 1921, to Edwin and Susie (Speet) Plaggemars. Gordon served his country in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He married Vivian Walstra and they made their home in Holland where they raised their family and were members of Fourth Reformed Church...
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Gertrude Driesenga

October 20, 1923 - December 19, 2017

Gertrude Driesenga, 94, passed away on December 19, 2017. Born October 20, 1923 in Grand Rapids, to John and Cornelia Koenes. Gertrude married Morris Driesenga in 1943; they moved to Holland in 1948, and joined Holland Heights CRC. Gertrude worked in administration, beginning at Big Dutchman and retiring from Lear Siegler. Afterwards she volunteered for Bethany Christian Services and Bibles...
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Nicholas Leep

June 4, 1918 - December 15, 2017

Nicholas Leep, age 99, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017. Nicholas was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church. In retirement, he loved driving cars for DeNooyer and providing music for the residents of Royal Park. He played numerous instruments including the saxophone, trombone, baritone, and continued to play the harmonica in recent years. He was preceded in death by...
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Pearl Brower

May 12, 1923 - December 14, 2017

Pearl Brower, 94, of Hudsonville, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Pearl was born to John and Suzanna (Scholten) De Haan on May 12, 1923, in Holland, Michigan. She graduated from Holland High School and married Willard Brower in 1958. Pearl was a member of Cornerstone United Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Willard in 2007, her daughter Greta Brower, her...
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Robert L. Creamer

July 4, 1927 - December 11, 2017

Robert L. Creamer, U.S.M.C. Ret., 90 years old of Zeeland, Michigan, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017. Robert was born July 4, 1927, in Milton, Massachusetts, to Thomas and Agnes (Drea) Creamer. He graduated from high school and served his country during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corps. After WWII, Bob made the Marines his career, and served a total of 22 years before retiring from the...
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Elwin Eding

February 20, 1945 - December 7, 2017

Elwin Eding, age 72 of Bentheim, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, December 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Mary, his children: Tom and Misty Eding, Tammy and Curt Bosch and Troy and Melissa Eding; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ashley Haveman (Elwin and Eloise), Andrew Eding, Nikki Bosch and Callaway Eding; siblings: Erma Taylor, Eileen and John...
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Gary Lemmen

May 9, 1965 - December 7, 2017

Gary L. Lemmen, age 52, of Zeeland, passed away on December 7, 2017, after a courageous two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, for his positive spirit and outlook on life, even when faced with challenges. When not working as an insurance broker for Northwestern Mutual, he enjoyed...
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Norma Meeuwsen

May 19, 1931 - December 3, 2017

Norma Meeuwsen, age 86, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, December 3, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 67 years Lloyd; her children: Paul and Karie Meeuwsen, Pat and Reed Navis, Jayne and Del Ritsema, Tom and Sherri Meeuwsen, and Dave and Stacey Meeuwsen; 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter; her brother Dr. Jim and Jan...
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Donald "Bud" Pyle

June 24, 1927 - December 3, 2017

Donald "Bud" Pyle, age 90, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Bud graduated from Zeeland High School and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a charter member of Community Reformed Church where he served as both deacon and elder. He also served as Holland Township Fire Chief. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and...
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William "Bill' Boonstra

December 5, 1928 - December 2, 2017

William "Bill" Boonstra, 88, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Sheldon Meadows in Hudsonville. Bill was born in Detroit on December 5, 1928. He was raised in Zeeland by his parents Jack and Cora Boonstra. He graduated from Zeeland High School and began working to continue the family business at Boonstra's in downtown Zeeland. Bill served in the U.S. Navy for four...
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Jessie Diekema

February 3, 1922 - November 27, 2017

Jessie Diekema, age 95 of Drenthe, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, November 27, 2017. She is survived by her children: Eleanor and the Reverend Howard Vugteveen, Bern and Donna Diekema, Jerry and Bonnie Diekema, Kathy Diekema, Cal and Deb Diekema and Doug and Angie Diekema; 13 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jessie was preceded in death by her...
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Catherine Marie Van Dyke

December 11, 1928 - November 26, 2017

Catherine Marie Van Dyke (Borduin), 88, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Catherine was born in Grand Rapids, on December 11, 1928, to Gerard and Winnie (Compaan) Borduin. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and later from Calvin College with her teaching degree. She began teaching at Allendale Christian and also taught later at Adams Christian School...
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Dorothy Lanning

May 30, 1925 - November 25, 2017

Dorothy Lanning, 92, of Zeeland, went home to heaven on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Dorothy was born May 30, 1925, in Zeeland, to Chester and Frances (Boes) Fox. She married Howard Lanning and they raised three daughters together. Dorothy and Howard were long time members of Faith Reformed Church of Zeeland. They also worked hard together in the family business Ottawa Gladiola Bulb Growers...
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Vaughn C Koning

October 27, 1960 - November 21, 2017

Vaughn C. Koning, age 57, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. Vaughn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who lovingly provided for his family and found particular enjoyment in his grandchildren. He also loved to hunt and play softball. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Koning and Shirley Schipper. Vaughn is...
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Clarence Wolters

August 22, 1931 - November 18, 2017

Clarence Wolters, age 86 of Zeeland, went home to rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior Saturday, November 18, 2017. Clarence was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and his family was a source of his joy. From him they learned faithfulness, a strong work ethic, and serving with humility. He loved the Lord and was faithful to Him, his wife and family. He is...
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George Van Der Kooi

September 11, 1940 - November 16, 2017

George E Van Der Kooi, age 77, of Borculo, passed away at home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday morning, November 16, 2017, surrounded by family following a short battle with cancer. George was a pillar in his church Shekinah Revival Ministries (Faith Christian Center) including being an Elder, Deacon, Trustee and greeter. He is best known for his loving...
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Jean Essenburg

December 31, 1950 - November 12, 2017

Jean Essenburg, 66, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Jean was born in Holland, Michigan, to C. Max and Esther (Laman) Flowerday on New Years Eve in 1950. In 1969 she graduated from Holland High School, and went on to Pine Rest Nursing School, graduating in 1970. Jean married the love of her life, Irv Essenburg, on September 11, 1970, at First Reformed Church of Holland. ...
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Sharon Fales

March 28, 1965 - November 10, 2017

Sharon D Fales, age 52, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Sharon was born in Grand Rapids to Jack and Mary (Burmania) Walburg and was the oldest of three children. She had a fond love for gardening and going on motorcycle rides with her husband. After graduating high school, she attended Hope College in Holland. She worked for many...
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Joan Treffers

July 25, 1941 - November 9, 2017

Joan Treffers, age 76 of Zeeland went home to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior Thursday, November 9, 2017. She is survived by her husband Joe of 54 years, her three sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren; Dave and Gwen Treffers (Mike Treffers and his fiancé Kristen Martin and Carrie and Russ King), Dan and Tam Treffers (Dani Treffers and her fiancé Alex Elenbaas, Noah, Jordyn and...
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Sharon Helder

June 24, 1958 - November 5, 2017

Sharon Helder, age 59 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, November 5, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dave; her children and grandchildren: Joel Helder (Chase and Carson), Susan and Mitch Brower (Grant, Gracie and Easton), Jenny and Ross Vandermyde (Kaden, Brylen and Kinslee); siblings: Jim and Cindy Lamer, Bob and Mary Beth Lamer; father and mother...
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Anita Krommendyk

June 1, 1973 - October 28, 2017

Anita Krommendyk, age 44 of Oakland, was welcomed home into the loving arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 28, 2017 after many years of dealing with the struggles of a lingering childhood illness,. She is survived by her parents Andrew and Joyce Krommendyk; her siblings: Bryan and Sue Krommendyk, Ron Krommendyk and Carolyn and Don Dekker; nieces, nephews and great niece: Whitney...
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Bernard "Bernie" Ebels

January 10, 1930 - October 25, 2017

Bernard "Bernie" Ebels, age 87, passed away on October 25, 2017 and went to be with his Lord and Savior. Bernie was known as father, grandfather, mentor, coach, teacher, volunteer, salesman, deacon/elder, bus driver, and dedicated member of North Holland Reformed Church. He was a life-long salesmen and was employed by Sears, Great Lakes Interiors and Carpet Bonanza through the years. He was...
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Harvey Beltman

October 16, 1930 - October 22, 2017

Harvey J. Beltman, 87, left his earthly body after a beautiful sunset on October 22, 2017. Harvey was born and raised on the family farm in Overisel. The farm boy moved and became a lifelong resident of Zeeland. Harvey was a longstanding member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland. Harvey served in many roles at church, and was an all-around fix-it man at church. He worked for Herman...
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Marcia Boerigter

November 5, 1943 - October 21, 2017

Marcia Boerigter passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, October 21, 2017. She was 73. Marcia was a loving wife and grandmother and will be dearly missed. She particularly enjoyed her grandchildren and spending time with them. Before she died, she was able to hold her newest great-grandchild which was born just three weeks ago which brought her great joy. She loved camping and...
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Donald Stamp

July 20, 1926 - October 17, 2017

Donald Stamp, 91, of Freedom Village in Holland, formerly of Buffalo, New York, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Don was born July 20, 1926, in Buffalo, New York, to Howard and Margaret (Shuttleworth) Stamp. He graduated from high school and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. After his service to his country he would go on to get his master...
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Louis Taylor

April 21, 1918 - October 14, 2017

Louis Taylor, age 99 of Allendale, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette; his daughter Lili Wyngarden; his son Norman Taylor; his granddaughter Bethany Taylor and his great granddaughter Gracie Dutmers. Louis is survived by his children: Yvonne and Dan Ritsema and Jack and Phyllis Taylor; son-in-law: Mike Wyngarden; grandchildren and great...
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John Theodore Hoogland

February 12, 1923 - October 13, 2017

John Theodore Hoogland, passed away at age 94. John was born February 12, 1923 in Bozeman, Montana to Frank and Margaret Hoogland. He married Esther Meengs in 1948 and after 71 years together (married for 69 years) were blessed with four children: Jan (Jeff) Kenniston, Frank (Deb) Hoogland, Brian (Melissa) Hoogland and Lisa (Louis) Timmer; 12 grandchildren: Kara (Craig) VanDenBerg, Karter ...
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Pastor Calvin W. Niewenhuis

January 7, 1928 - October 8, 2017

Pastor Calvin W. Niewenhuis, age 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Pastor Niewenhuis was a member of North Street Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland, MI, after retiring and serving 37 years as pastor of Calvin CRC in LeMars, IA; First CRC in Waupun, WI; North Street CRC in Zeeland, MI; Bethel CRC in Paterson, NJ; Platte CRC in Platte, SD; Noordeloos CRC in...
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Hazel Kamps

April 1, 1927 - October 7, 2017

Hazel Kamps, loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 90 of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, October 7, 2017. She is survived by her children: Dick and Lynn Kamps of Muskegon, Linda and Dave Van Appledorn of Holland and Laurie and Joel Walters of Allen, TX; 11 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Arlene Morren, Carl Immink, Ethel Karsten...
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