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Our Obituaries

Marian Louise Freeman

July 26, 1923 - June 24, 2017

Marian Louise Freeman, age 93, of Georgetown Twp, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Sheldon Meadows Living Center. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Karl, in 1996. Marian is survived by her: Children Judy (Don) De Kock of Byron Center Jack (Peggy) Freeman of Holland Joan (Tom) Conner of Hudsonville John (Sandi) Freeman of Holland Jim (Deb) Freeman of Grandville Jeff...
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Gary Jaarsma

February 26, 1943 - June 23, 2017

Gary Jaarsma, age 74 of West Olive, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born in Allendale to the late Gerrit and Sally Jaarsma on February 26, 1943. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 35 years; his children: Kristi and Terry Geertman of West Olive, Marc and Kristine Jaarsma of Holland, Monica and Shannon Sageser of Georgetown, Kentucky; 6...
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Anna Ann De Roo

January 16, 1919 - June 17, 2017

Anna "Ann" De Roo, age 98 of Borculo, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, June 17, 2017. She is survived by her children: Gret and Calvin Kuyers, Larry and Linda De Roo, Judy and Marvin Lubbers, Bill and Sherry De Roo, David and Laura De Roo, Arn and Julie De Roo, Phyllis and David Naberhuis, Terry and Karen De Roo, Randy and Jodi De Roo; daughters-in-law: Sara and Jaime...
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Perle Goodman, Jr.

July 13, 1933 - June 16, 2017

Perle Goodman Jr. age 83 of Burnips, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. After serving in the Army at the end of the Korean War, Perle ran Moored Farm Supply in Hopkins for many years. He also served as a firefighter, assistant chief and chief of the Salem Township Fire Department. Perle is survived by his wife of 59 years, Yvonne Goodman; children: Todd (Diana) Goodman, Gary (Missy)...
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Joseph Nichelson

November 3, 1988 - June 15, 2017

Joseph Nichelson, age 28, passed away on June 15, 2017. Joseph loved his family and was a follower of Jesus Christ. He was a beloved brother, uncle, and friend. He earned his Eagle Scout which is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. He served his country in the Army National Guard through the Afghanistan War, completing four years of active duty and two years of...
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Samantha Lubbers

November 17, 1999 - June 12, 2017

Samantha Lubbers, 17, of Zeeland, went to her heavenly home Monday, June 12, 2017. Samantha was born in Zeeland, November 17, 1999, to Doug and Lisa (Regnerus) Lubbers. She was raised on the Lubbers family farm in Beaverdam. Samantha attended Heritage Christian School and was going to be a senior at Covenant Christian High School in the fall. Samantha and her family are members of Georgetown...
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Jean Ebels

January 4, 1931 - June 12, 2017

Jean Ebels, age 86, passed away on June 12, 2017 and went to be with her Lord and Savior. Jean was a passionate fan of her grandchildren and loved them deeply, a faithful prayer warrior, and with her husband a dedicated member of North Holland Reformed Church. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bernie; children, Doug & Barb Becksfort, Scott & Marcia Ebels, Dan & Jan Ebels, Doug &...
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Howard Gruppen

April 1, 1931 - June 5, 2017

Howard Gruppen, age 86, of Zeeland, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gertrude; his children: Larry and Louise Gruppen of Ann Arbor, Sandy and John KleinHorsman of Grand Haven, Marcia and Jim Williams of Hamilton and Tom and Shel Gruppen of Hudsonville; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: Tim and Maria Gruppen, Matthew Gruppen, Alisa...
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Mary Oetman

November 5, 1930 - June 5, 2017

Mary Oetman, age 86 of Zeeland, passed away on June 5, 2017 to be with her Lord and Savior. Mary was a member of First Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland, and participated in the Priscilla Society and the Adult Bible Class. She is preceded in death by her husband Harvey. She is survived by her children; Linda & Farouk Karachy, Sherie & David Bernal, Bev & Al Russell; 7 grandchildren,...
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Donna Kossen

February 12, 1952 - June 5, 2017

Donna Kossen, 65, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2017, at the University of Michigan Hospital. Donna was born on February 12, 1952, to Henry and Clara (Raak) Overzet. She graduated from Zeeland High School. Donna married David Kossen on October 6, 1972. They raised their family in Zeeland and were members of North Street Christian Reformed Church. Donna worked in payroll for...
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Maria Johanna Jakubiak

July 24, 1924 - June 2, 2017

Maria Johanna Jakubiak, 92, of Zeeland, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 2, 2017. The youngest of five children, Maria was born on July 24, 1924, in the town of Souburg, in the Province of Zeeland, the Netherlands. As a young teen, her life changed dramatically when her country became occupied by the Nazi regime during WWII. The atrocities that she and her family witnessed during that...
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Margaret Kiekover

November 18, 1925 - June 2, 2017

Margaret Kiekover, age 91 of Zeeland went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 2, 2017. Margaret was unassuming and always put others ahead of herself. As a homemaker, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school, was involved in missions, mentoring and other activities. She...
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Julie Genzink

August 4, 1997 - June 1, 2017

Julie Genzink, age 19 of Hamilton, passed away at Spectrum Health on June 1, 2017 due to severe head injuries. Julie graduated from Hamilton High School in 2016 and had completed one year at Grand Valley State University in hopes of receiving a degree in therapeutic recreation. While in high school, she played volleyball, golf, and tennis. She enjoyed spending time outdoors in many ways....
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Jeanne Nyland

June 18, 1922 - May 29, 2017

Jeanne Nyland, 93, of Zeeland, went Home to be with her Lord Monday, May 29, 2017. Jeanne was born in Milwaukee on June 6, 1923, to Walter and Margaret (Milke) Heiden. She graduated high school and later married the love of her life, Edward Nyland, in 1949. Jeanne and Ed raised their family in Holland and were longtime members of Ebenezer Reformed Church. Jeanne worked at Wiersma Realty for...
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Dorothy Walters

June 18, 1922 - May 27, 2017

Dorothy Walters, 94, of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017. Dorothy was born in Zeeland on June 18, 1922, to John C. and Marie (De Bruine) Walters. She graduated from Zeeland High School. Dorothy was a member of Second Reformed Church until her marriage to Jerome Walters in 1946 when she joined First Reformed Church. Dorothy engaged in many church activities, singing in the choir,...
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Angeline Marie Vander Meulen

November 14, 1921 - May 27, 2017

Angeline Marie Vander Meulen age 95, of Zeeland, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Vander Meulen in 1988. She was a member of Fairview Reformed Church. Angie is survived by her children; Wendell Alan and Sharon Vander Meulen of Belmont, John Vander Meulen of Grand Rapids, Mary Kay and John Windemuller of Zeeland,...
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Robin Diemer

August 13, 1959 - May 19, 2017

Robin Diemer, age 57, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 19, 2017. Robin was content in life and family and found comfort and assurance in her faith. She served her community as church secretary, at Family Research Council, and the Zeeland Schools in a variety of capacities. She is survived by her husband, Daryl; children, Keri & Brian Ackerman, Corrie & Chelsea Diemer, and...
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Joan Berens

July 13, 1930 - May 16, 2017

Joan Berens, 86, of Drenthe, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at her home. Joan was born July 13, 1930, at the family home in Drenthe, to Herman and Minnie (Beyer) Berens. She was a lifelong member of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church. Joan worked for many years at Palmbos Eggs prior to her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Howard Berens, sister Anita...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Borst

May 22, 1926 - May 15, 2017

Dorothy Jean Borst, 90, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Logan, West Virginia. Dorothy was born on May 22, 1926 in Wayne, Illinois to Clayton and Gladys (Player) Smith. She received a Bachelor and Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Michigan. While a student, she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen as a piano major. "Dottie" taught music for...
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Dylan Compagner

March 9, 1993 - May 12, 2017

Dylan Compagner, age 24, passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 12, 2017. He is survived by his parents: Linnay Compagner and Corey (Carrie) Compagner; his brother Nick Compagner; step-siblings: Austin, Sara and Adam Sandberg; grandparents: Ron and Betty Compagner, Lin Compagner and Jeff Engelsman; great grandmother Gertrude Hulst; aunts and uncles: Brent and Emily Ellens, Steve and Shawn...
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Frederick Grassmid

May 31, 1917 - May 10, 2017

Frederick Grassmid, age 99, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Sheldon Meadows Living Center. He was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Zeeland. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Grassmid, great-grandson, Trannon; brother and his wife Chet and Reka Grassmid. Fred is survived by his daughters: Patricia Brown of St. Petersburg, FL, Joyce...
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Josephine Hill

January 29, 1941 - May 7, 2017

Josephine Hill age 76, of Holland, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Flowers. Josephine was born in 1941 in Mill Shoals, Illinois to Marion and Ethel Mayhue. She moved to Zeeland with her family in 1985 and attended the New Richmond Baptist Church. She worked mostly as an Administrative Assistant, retiring from Life...
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Gordon Brower

May 23, 1923 - May 3, 2017

Gordon Brower, age 93 of Zeeland, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy; his children: Sherwin and Carol Brower of Bentheim, Randy and Cyndy Brower of Bentheim and Debra and Les Meiste of Hamilton; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kerri and Steve Spaman (Kelsey and Levi), Steve Brower (Samantha), Phil and Kim Brower (Averie, Hudson and Jasper...
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Gladys DeWitte

November 19, 1924 - May 1, 2017

Gladys DeWitte, 92, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017. Gladys was born November 19, 1924, in Blendon Township, to Charles and Christine (Vruggink) Wabeke. Gladys married Leonard De Witte June 26, 1946. Len and Gladys raised their family in Drenthe and they were members of Drenthe Christian Reformed Church. Gladys was a dedicated wife and mother first, and a beautician second. ...
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Adrian VanderVliet

June 1, 1925 - April 27, 2017

Adrian VanderVliet, age 91 of Zeeland, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Adrian was born to Gerrit and Martje VanderVliet in Kattendyke, Netherlands on June 1, 1925. He served in the Dutch Navy and was a part of the Dutch Underground Resistance during WWII. Adrian was employed as the head of engineering at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids and later retired from Botma Plumbing. ...
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Joanna DeWitt

November 29, 1922 - April 24, 2017

Joanna (Bosch) DeWitt, 94, of Forest Grove, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 24, 2017. Joanna's life was a life of service. She had a sweet and tender spirit, and a passion for growing tomatoes. If you were ever fortunate to visit Joanna her grateful parting words were always, "Thank you, thank you, thank you." Mother was a treasure to her family and she will be greatly missed by her...
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Phillip Anthony "Tony" Underwood

December 30, 1951 - April 21, 2017

Phillip Anthony "Tony" Underwood, 65, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 21, 2017. Tony was born in Arkansas and grew up in Holland. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Tony was mechanically talented and worked for several years at Martin Transportation Systems. He was a member of Shekinah Revival Ministries in Holland. Tony also loved fishing,...
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Rosemary Sharda

May 7, 1947 - April 5, 2017

Rosemary Sharda, age 69, of Zeeland, went home to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Victor; her children and grandchildren: Steve and Becky Sharda (Caleb, Jaedyn and Kinley), Dan and Stacey Shoemaker (Cameron and Tanner), and Scott and Jane Sharda (Celia, Quinn and Maxwell); her sister Helen and Steve Mosterd; her...
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Glady Karsten

October 2, 1919 - March 30, 2017

Glady Karsten, 97, of Zeeland, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017. A witness to almost a century of American history Glady sang her way through 8 decades of involvement in music. She focused her life on the linchpins of family and faith. Marrying the love of her life, Henry, in 1945, she ventured into music with groups such as the Zeeland Civic Chorus (charter member and 60 year participant...
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Dorothy Ann Harrison

October 15, 1923 - March 29, 2017

Dorothy Ann Harrison age 93, of Zeeland, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, and a grandson, Joshua T. Harrison. Dorothy was the daughter of Albert and Gertrude Van Ommen, and worked for DePree's Department Store and the Holland Sentinel, Zeeland office. Dorothy is survived by her children, Timothy and Kathy Harrison of Maine, Thomas Harrison...
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Bonita Gayle "Bonnie" Postma

October 21, 1953 - March 25, 2017

Bonnie lost her hard fought battle against cancer the morning of Saturday, March 25, in the loving arms of her husband Dave. They were the love of each other's lives for more than 43 years. She is now planting a wonderful garden in heaven with her father James. Bonnie had more than a green thumb, her yard was the envy of everyone who saw it. Bonnie received a Master Gardner degree from MSU...
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John Myaard

January 20, 1933 - March 18, 2017

John Myaard, age 84 of Holland, was peacefully received into the presence of Jesus Christ Saturday, March 18, 2017. John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara; children: Mike Myaard, Lori Tanis, Tim (Tracy) Myaard; grandchildren: Tena and Joe Myaard, Joshua (Anna) Tanis, Jordan (Jennifer) Tanis, Tyler (Michelle) Tanis, and JD and Kate Myaard; step-children: Jim Shuck, Susan (Ryan) Huber...
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Alvin Brouwer

March 5, 1933 - March 17, 2017

Alvin Brouwer, age 84 of Drenthe, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Isla; his children: Dale and Laurie Brouwer, Ken and Dawn Brouwer; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ashley and Marty Brower (Laila, Peyton and Elowyn), Corey and Amanda Brouwer, Mitch and Gabby Brouwer, Travis and Heidi Brouwer (Brady and Halle) and Kelli and Corey Boerman;...
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Joan Hoffman

May 28, 1933 - March 17, 2017

Joan Hoffman, 83, of Overisel and recently of Royal Park, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017. Joan was born in Hastings, Michigan, on May 28, 1933, to Byron and Elsie (Thorton) Payne. She graduated from Zeeland High School and later married Junior Hoffman on August 30, 1951. They raised their children on the family farm in Overisel, and they were members of Overisel Reformed Church. Joan...
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Severo Serna, Sr.

November 6, 1943 - March 17, 2017

Severo Serna Sr., age 73 of West Olive passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. He is survived by his children: JR and Kitrina Serna, Jaime and Jennifer Serna, MaryAnne and David Cupp, Alex and Lisa Serna; nine grandchildren: Jay, Alessa, Rachael, Jaime Jr., Andrea, Alexia, James, Jaxon, Charley; great grandson Michael Serna and many other loving family members. He was preceded in death by his...
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Iola Padding

July 7, 1929 - March 15, 2017

Iola Padding, 87, of Zeeland, died Thursday, March 15, 2017. Iola was born July 7, 1929, to John and Ruth (Fox) Padding, in Zeeland, Michigan. She graduated from Zeeland High School and at the age of 18 started her career working for Zeeland Public Schools. She worked in the office at Zeeland High for several years and the last 10 years of her career in the administration office. Iola...
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Ronald Lezman

May 1, 1939 - March 13, 2017

Ronald Lezman, age 77 of Hamilton, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017. He is survived by his children and grandchildren: Doug and Missi Lezman (Collin and Chelsey Lezman, Cameron Lezman and Robert Lezman-Taylor) and Nancy and Jesse Martinez (Alexandria and Aaron Brock, Ariana and John Marcum, Mercedes Martinez, Jessie Martinez and Remy Martinez); sisters and brothers-in-law: Eleanor and Nelvin...
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Viv Hoogland

February 3, 1931 - March 9, 2017

Viv (Voorhorst) Hoogland of Zeeland died Thursday after an illness. She was 86. An ardent admirer of wind, waves and birds, she was a locally renowned lover of the joys of life through kite flying, ice skating, solving puzzles, being at the beach, rooting for Tigers, Wolverines and Zeeland Dux football, teaching her kids and grandkids, saying yes to all of life's possibilities, and answering...
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Debra Sue Faber

December 4, 1952 - March 8, 2017

Debra Sue Faber age 64, of Holland, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at an area care center. She was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church. She was a woman of deep faith and love for Christ. She graduated from Cornerstone University in 2010. Deb is survived by her sons, Joshua Faber of Fort Riley, Kansas, Jamieson Faber of Holland; Mother, Lois and James Spoelstra of Zeeland;...
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Jane M. Ramaker

February 6, 1943 - March 6, 2017

Jane M. Ramaker, 74, of Zeeland, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017. Jane was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 6, 1943, to Walter and Ethel Wynsma. Jane attended high school and later married Ken Ramaker. Jane and Ken 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...
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Kathryn Jacoby

September 13, 1933 - March 3, 2017

Kathryn Jacoby, age 83 of Zeeland, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harold; her children: Michael and Michele Jacoby, Mary and Bob Merrill, Sue and Robert Buehler, and Steve Jacoby; 9 grandchildren: Kristin (Adam) Jacoby-Stevenson, Joe (Jessy) Jacoby, Emily (Brian) Jacoby-Klassen, John (Denae) Merrill, Jim (Latasia) Merrill, Tara (Jamie) Bota,...
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Allen "Tyke" Van Kley

January 19, 1923 - March 1, 2017

Allen "Tyke" Van Kley, age 94 of Zeeland, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017. He is survived by his children: John and Conni Van Kley of The Villages, FL, Rick and Jan Van Kley of Zeeland, Chuck Van Kley of Holland and Susan and Kendra Van Kley of Diamond Bar, CA; grandchildren: Jolene and Mike Strating, Chad and Valarie Van Kley, Stefanee and Brian Kirshner; 8 great grandchildren and 3...
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Phyllis Potter

October 2, 1940 - February 28, 2017

Phyllis Potter, age 76 of Zeeland, entered into her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Phyllis was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked for many years at General Electric and later at Huntington Bank. Phyllis was active in the life of her church and enjoyed fishing, knitting and reading. Phyllis is survived by Thomas Potter, her husband of more...
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Mildred Edgerly

September 20, 1924 - February 27, 2017

Mildred Edgerly, age 92 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017. She is survived by her sons: Terry and Sue Edgerly of Hudsonville and Ronald and Wanda Edgerly of Zeeland; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Robin and Yvonne Edgerly (Allison, Nick, Alex, Joe and Jake), Heidi Edgerly, Dan and Heather Edgerly (Maxton, Madelynn and Malachi), Holly and Corey Kragt (Laker and...
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Junior Van Rhee

October 19, 1937 - February 25, 2017

Junior Van Rhee, 79, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Junior was born November 19, 1937, in Drenthe, Michigan, to George and Helen (Kamps) Van Rhee. He graduated from Hudsonville High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Junior was a combat disabled veteran and a life member of the D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans). After returning...
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Phyllis Hassevoort

July 11, 1935 - February 20, 2017

Phyllis Hassevoort, age 81 of Zeeland passed away Monday, February 20, 2017. She is survived by her children: Danny and Sue Hassevoort of Fremont, Bonnie and John Page of Zeeland and Peggy and Fredrick Kessler of West Olive; 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; siblings: Lewis and Sue Potter, Alan and Helen Potter, Beryl Hunt and Maxine Ritsema; sisters-in-law: Clare Foster and Esther...
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Irene M. De Jonge

August 30, 1922 - February 19, 2017

Irene De Jonge, age 94, passed away on February 19, 2017. She was a member of Westshore Christian Church. She exercised her green thumb in the garden and loved cooking, fishing, animals and nature. She was known and loved for her never failing energy. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Marinus in 1971. She is survived by her children; John & Rosemary De Jonge of Reed City,...
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Pat Huisingh

May 10, 1964 - February 19, 2017

Pat Huisingh, 52, of Borculo, died February 19, from injuries sustained in an automobile collision. Pat impacted people's lives across many boundaries. She was open to speak about the trials of disability, but was especially open to speak of her faith. Pat was born May 10, 1964, in Zeeland to Del and Glenda (Lamer) Huisingh. Pat was a lifelong member of Borculo CRC. She graduated from...
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Carol Biesbrock

May 14, 1940 - February 12, 2017

On February 13, 2017, Carol Joyce Biesbrock, with her family by her side, ended her battle with Parkinson's Disease and entered her Eternal Home. Carol was an only daughter of John and Gertrude Hirdes who preceded her in death as well as her husband, Melvin Biesbrock. Carol, age 76, will be lovingly remembered by her son Mike (Becky) Biesbrock and daughter Mary (Terry) Brinks. Carol also...
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Virgil L. Warner

December 8, 1922 - February 12, 2017

Virgil L. Warner, 94, of Zeeland, formerly of South Holland, Illinois, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017. Virgil was born in Pella, Iowa, on December 8, 1922, to Lloyd and Jeanette (Doedyns) Warner. After finishing high school Virgil starting working and later married Genevieve Van Milligan. Virgil and Genevieve raised their family in South Holland, Illinois. They were members of...
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Maurice Carley

March 20, 1933 - February 5, 2017

Maurice Carley, age 83, of Hudsonville, entered into his heavenly home on Sunday, February 5, 2017 surrounded by his family. Maurice was born in Kings, Ontario to Nelson and Vera Carley. Maurice was born three months premature and was kept warm in a shoebox by the oven. He began working at the age of 16 for Keeler Brass and continued there for many years. He later worked at Grandville...
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Jane Kuiper

February 5, 2017

Jane Kuiper, 80, of Hudsonville, was called into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 5, 2017. A beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Jane will be greatly missed. Jane had a loving passion for her family, especially enjoying summers of camping trips. Jane was a faithful member of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church where she truly enjoyed the communion of the saints. She...
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Norman J. Ter Haar

July 9, 1956 - February 3, 2017

Norman J. Ter Haar, age 60, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, February 3, 2017. Loved and deeply missed by his wife of 38 years, Arlene; children: Jon (Laurie) Ter Haar, Matt (Jessica) Ter Haar, Mark (Amy) Ter Haar, Phil (Justine) Ter Haar, Bethany Ter Haar and special friend Eli; Papa will be missed by his grandchildren: Aaron, Brian and Carly; Mackenzie, Riley and Cora; Emily and...
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Alford Walker

August 17, 1949 - February 2, 2017

Alford Walker, age 67 of West Olive passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Debbie; children: Marcia (Sidney) Henderson, Jeanine Walker, Alford Walker II, Natalie Walker, Ashley (Danny) Walker and several grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings: Edna (Johnny) Morton, Geraldine Walker, Clifton Walker, Kenneth Walker, Leonard Walker, many nieces and...
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Wayne Schout

August 23, 1941 - January 29, 2017

Wayne Schout, age 75 of Zeeland, went to meet his Lord and Savior Sunday, January 29, 2017 following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Wanda; his children: Robin and Lane Brands, Michelle and Mike Zylstra; grandchildren: Andrew Brands and Emily Brands, Rachel Zylstra and Derek Zylstra; siblings: Norma and Arnie Disselkoen, Judy Koop and Lloyd and Melva Schout; sisters-in...
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Gertrude Kalmink

October 17, 1922 - January 28, 2017

Gertrude Kalmink, age 94 of Zeeland went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, January 28, 2017. She is survived by her children: Jack and Mary Kalmink of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Nancy and Paul Vryhof of Holland and Sally and Carl Kok of Zeeland; 8 grandchildren: Jen (Jeff) Maccagnone, Katie (Andy) Crowley, Jon (Kristin) Kalmink, Matt (Jodi) Vryhof, Melissa (Nate) Zondervan, Theo (Heather)...
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Rodney M. Overbeek

January 3, 1938 - January 28, 2017

Rodney M. Overbeek, age 79, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Rodney served in the United States Army and was employed by Herman Miller for 32 years. He loved to fish, camp and loved his dogs. He was a private pilot and loved gardening. He is preceded in death by sister-in-law, Mary Ann Travis. Rodney is survived by his wife, Tippy "Priscilla", who were married for 53 years; his...
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Chi Le

November 11, 1928 - January 25, 2017

Chi Thi Le, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. She was preceded in death by her son, My Van Nguyen, and her grandson, Ngoc-Loan Pham Nguyen. Chi is survived by her daughter-in-law, Tuyet-Nga Pham, her granddaughter, NgocDzung Nguyen Smith, her grandson, Ngoc-Huong Nguyen, and her four great-grandchildren, Jonas, Ian, Mai, and Liloux. Chi was born in Huong Thuy, Thua...
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Bonnie Gritter

April 18, 1933 - January 25, 2017

Bonnie Gritter, age 83 of Zeeland, received an abundant welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Marvin; her children: the Reverend Dan and Jane Gritter, Doug and Von Gritter, Beth and Jack Zandstra and David and Marlae Gritter; 11 grandchildren: the Reverend Nathan and Kai Gritter, Justin...
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Morris Driesenga

October 25, 1921 - January 17, 2017

Morris Driesenga, 95, passed away on January 17, 2017. Morris was born October 25, 1921, in Grand Rapids, to James and Jennie (Doot) Driesenga. Morris graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and in 1943 he married Gertrude Koenes. In 1948, Morris and Gertrude moved to Holland. They became longtime members of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church and Morris loved serving on the...
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Roger Solomon

October 11, 1944 - January 5, 2017

Roger Solomon, age 72 of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy; his children and grandchildren: Treasa and Stephen Schutte (Dalton, Danielle and Dacian), Tim and Dawn Solomon (Dustin, Felicia and Laryssa) and Rachel Gonzalez; siblings: Donna Sale, Jerry and Cheryl Solomon, Clair and Barb Solomon, Pat and Ron Turner, John and...
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Sandra DeBoer

March 26, 1951 - January 3, 2017

Sandra DeBoer, age 65 of Zeeland passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Ryan and Kim DeBoer (Mackenzie, Gabe and Gavin), Rebecca Heyboer and Matt Nielsen (Tyler and Bryce), Tracie and Matt Piersma (Brandon, Zach and Lexi), Todd and Erin DeBoer (Taylor, Gwen, Claire and Piper); her mother Arlene...
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Dale Hop

June 2, 1930 - December 30, 2016

Dale Hop, 86, was carried into the arms of Jesus on Friday, December 30, 2016. Dale was born June 2, 1930, the youngest of Arie and Lottie (De Vries) Hop's family of 13 children. Dale graduated from Huyser School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Marilyn Koster in 1953 and they raised their family in Beaverdam. Dale spent most of his career at Dan...
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Margaret I. Mollett

October 6, 1921 - December 26, 2016

Margaret Mollett, 95, of Zeeland, died Monday, December 26, 2016. Margaret was born October 6, 1921, in Jellett, Arkansas, to DeWitt and Frances (Daves) Dismuke. She married William Daniel Mollett Sr. in 1940. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Mollett Sr. in 1988. She is survived by her children: Barbara Ann and Ernest Lewis of Holland, William Daniel Jr. and...
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Carol Lynn Reck

July 8, 1952 - December 24, 2016

Carol Lynn Reck, age 64, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family. Carol was a whirlwind of love. She fought cancer with courage and grace. She had a servant heart, caring for others as a nurse at Holland Hospital, an elder at Maplewood Reformed Church, and a friend to many. Even to the end, she was caring for us...
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Rev. Wayne E. Kiel

April 21, 1929 - December 19, 2016

Rev. Wayne E. Kiel, age 87, died peacefully at his home on December 19, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Donna; and by his children Dan, Scott (Caroline), Beth (Scott) MacGregor, grand-children Katie (Joe) Pitcher, Ross (Courtney) MacGregor, Abigail Kiel, Maxwell (Arianna) Kiel, Megan (Ryan) Lane, Andrew (MacKenzie) Kiel, Matt MacGregor, and great grandchildren Miles,...
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Glenn VanderWilk

August 1, 1954 - December 15, 2016

Glenn VanderWilk, 62, of Borculo, died Thursday, December 15, 2016. Glenn was born in Zeeland, Michigan, on August 1, 1954, the youngest child of John and Elsie (Blauwkamp) VanderWilk. He graduated from Zeeland High School in 1972 and worked at Colonial Clock and later at Life Savers. Glenn was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Zeeland. Glenn enjoyed bowling with friends and his...
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Alice Chambers Stone

October 25, 1924 - December 14, 2016

Alice Chambers Stone was 92 years old when she died on December 14, 2016. She lived at Royal Park Place Community Living in Zeeland, Michigan in her last two years, but was a well-loved resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio for many years before this. Alice was born in Seville, Ohio in 1924 to her parents John and Francis Chambers. She was raised on a fruit farm and loved to play with her younger...
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Dennis Van Dam

May 27, 1952 - December 6, 2016

Dennis Van Dam, age 64 of Hudsonville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Denny is survived by his wife Sharon, of 38 years; his daughters: Karla Van Dam of Hudsonville, Amber and Ward Williams of Nashville, TN; his grandchildren: Riley, Leroy, Taryn, and Rockwell; step-mother: Juella Van Dam; brothers: Wayne and Jill Van Dam, Paul and Dawn Van Dam, Marc and...
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Mary Westra

September 4, 1959 - December 6, 2016

Mary Westra, age 57 of Beaverdam, went home to be with her Heavenly Father Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sylvia Westra, her brother, Thomas Westra, and her great nephew, Caleb Westra. Mary is survived by her siblings: Marlin and Mary Westra of Zeeland and Sheryl and Bruce Jongekrijg of Hudsonville; nieces and nephews: Heath and Lisa Westra,...
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Darwin Werling

May 10, 1938 - December 3, 2016

Darwin Werling, age 78, of Holland, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Holland Hospital. Darwin was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church and currently attended Faith Reformed Church. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 1956 and entered General Electric apprentice school. In 1960, he married and moved to Holland to begin working at...
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Karla Wolters

October 1, 1951 - November 28, 2016

Karla Wolters, age 65 of Zeeland passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 after a two year struggle with multiple myeloma. Karla was preceded in death by her parents Tex and Alyce Hoesch and brother Tom Hoesch. She is survived by her husband of 38 years Tom; brothers: Ken Hoesch, and Tim and Rane Hoesch; brother-in-law Bill and Susan Wolters; nieces and nephews: Kate and Troy De Wys, Tom and...
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Jaxon David Brower

December 19, 2002 - November 27, 2016

Jaxon David Brower, 13, of Zeeland, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Jaxon was born December 19, 2002, in Zeeland, Michigan, to Craig Vander Woude and Abbie Brower. Jaxon grew up in Zeeland and was a student at Cityside Middle School where he enjoyed playing Baritone in the band. Jaxon was a young man with a big heart and was talented in many areas of technology. He was a member of...
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Ruth Vonk

October 27, 1920 - November 23, 2016

Ruth Vonk, age 96 of Jenison, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, November 23, 2016. She is survived by her daughters; Betty and Jack Rood of Sheboygan, WI, Judy and Robert Koster of Midland, MI, Janice Rauch of South Bend, IN, Myra and Larry Spoolstra of Newaygo, Ruth Vonk of Zeeland, and Diane and Ron Chrisman of Holland; 18 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and...
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Encarnacion "John" Ramirez

June 24, 1945 - November 14, 2016

Encarnacion "John" Ramirez, 71, of Georgia, formerly of Zeeland, Michigan, died November 14, 2016, in North Carolina. He was a U.S. Army vetereran of the Vietnam War serving from 1965-1967. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:30 pm Friday, December 2, 2016, in Zeeland Cemetery, 180 East Lincoln Avenue, Zeeland MI 49464. Arrangements by Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S....
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Jeanette Wiersma

April 16, 1917 - November 13, 2016

Jeanette Lavene Wiersma, 99 Jeanette entered into the eternal presence of her Lord and Savior on November 13, 2016. She was born to Renze and Ella (Kooistra) Douma on April 16, 1917 in Randolph, Wisconsin. She married Samuel Henry Wiersma on August 12, 1938. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, a grandson, Shawn, an infant granddaughter, two infant great grandsons, and all nine of...
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Mildred Skinner

April 17, 1928 - November 12, 2016

Mildred Skinner, 90, of Zeeland, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Mildred was born to John and Abbie (Smith) Baker, in Sanford, Michigan, on April 17, 1926. Mildred graduated from high school and later married Charles Eldon Skinner. Mildred was a member of Hickory Ridge Community Church in Milford, Michigan, before Charles and Mildred moved to Zeeland to be near their daughter...
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Norma Karsten

April 24, 1929 - November 9, 2016

Norma LaHuis Karsten, age 87 of Hudsonville, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016. She is survived by her children: Lynn Pappas of Hudsonville, Bruce and Pat Karsten of Zeeland; daughter-in-law Jane and Dick Leslie of Hudsonville; grandchildren: Nate and Lisa Karsten, Matt and Sarah Karsten, Chris Karsten, Tony and Cara Karsten, Neal and Sara Karsten, Paul and Becky Karsten, Justin and...
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Kari Benaway

May 18, 1973 - November 7, 2016

Kari Benaway, age 43 of Zeeland, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 19 years Rob; her sisters: Nancy Kirkpatrick and Tom Huttar of Kalamazoo, Sue and Tim Plowman of Kentwood; her mother-in-law Mary and Frank Salisbury of Allendale; her brother-in-law Curtis and Stephanie Benaway of New Mexico and several nieces and nephews. Kari was preceded in death...
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Jerry Osborne

August 15, 1947 - November 7, 2016

Jerry Craig Osborne, age 69, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016. He is preceded in death by his mother, Janice Bowers; father, Howard Osborne; and sister Gwen Bowers. Jerry is survived by his children; Connie & Ken Lentz and Darren & Laura Osborne; grandchildren, Kyle & Jordon Kamphuis, Josh & Tara Kimball, Sommer Lentz, Allison Osborne, Jared Osborne, and 7 great-grandchildren....
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Robert Boers

June 3, 1931 - November 7, 2016

Robert Boers, age 85, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, November 7, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carole; his children: Barbara Boers of Jenison and Jack and Rachel Boers of Allendale; 3 grandchildren: Noah, Lily, and Benjamin; siblings: Albert and Elaine Boers of Holland and Marie Tornga of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law Judy and Bill Randall of Watervliet,...
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Shirley J Beyer

September 21, 1931 - November 3, 2016

Shirley J. Beyer, age 85, of Zeeland, was welcomed into her eternal home by her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Providence Health and Rehabilitation Center. Shirley was a member of Vriesland Reformed Church and also taught Sunday School there for many years. She also volunteered at Bibles for Mexico. Shirley had a helping spirit and loved working on the family farm, tending...
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Eleanor Bruins Michmerhuizen

September 15, 1927 - November 3, 2016

Eleanor Michmerhuizen, 89, passed away Thursday, November 03, 2016 at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Eleanor was a member of North Street Christian Reformed Church and is survived by her sisters, Joan Bruins of Zeeland, Ruth and Roger Bremer of Hudsonville; sister-in-law, Mrs. Chester (Joan) Bruins of Zeeland, step-sons, Jim (Joy) Michmerhuizen, Dale Michmerhuizen, and several...
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Doris Brecheisen

June 20, 1918 - November 2, 2016

Doris Brecheisen, 98 of Burnips, passed away November 2 and entered her heavenly home. Doris was born on June 20, 1918 to John and Margaret Hildenbrand. She was employed for many years at Vande Bunte Eggs in Forest Grove. Doris also was a member of LifeChange Community Church (formerly Burnips Wesleyan Church). She was preceded in death by her husband Homer (Joe) in 1997 and two sisters Marie...
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Marilyn Staat

July 12, 1949 - November 1, 2016

Marilyn Staat, 67, of Zeeland, passed away on November 1, 2016. Marilyn was born in Zeeland to Johannes and Bessie (Holstege) Bosch, on July 12, 1949. She graduated from Holland Christian in 1967 and later married Jim Staat. Jim and Marilyn raised their son Jim Jr. in Zeeland. They are members of North Street Christian Reformed Church where Marilyn sang in the choir. Marilyn enjoyed her...
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Edwin Sr. Close

March 18, 1920 - November 1, 2016

Edwin F. Close Sr., 96, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Edwin was the son of Herman & Lettie Close of Emporium, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Sara (Shick) Close; brothers, Alvin and Herman Jr. and sisters; Grace Anderson and Aletha Slottje. He is survived by brother, Donald (Eldred, PA), and sons: Edwin Jr. & Lorraine (Holland, MI) and...
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Ruth A. Morren

August 22, 1934 - October 29, 2016

Ruth A. Morren, age 82, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, George; her children: Michael and Nancy Morren of Zeeland, James and Leora Morren of Zeeland, Donald and Bette Morren of Zeeland, Rick Morren of Hopkins, Linda and Mark VanTubergen of Zeeland; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren;...
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Melvin "Mel" Zoerhof

July 13, 1927 - October 20, 2016

Melvin "Mel" Zoerhof, age 89 of Oakland passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Arla; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Shawn and Larry Schreur of Hamilton (Aaron and Amanda: Kinslee and Audin, Patrick and Kristen: Zoe, Evelyn and Kylee) Blain and Jennifer Zoerhof of Holland (Jacob), Amy Vanderwerf of Hamilton ...
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Jean Millard

August 13, 1925 - October 20, 2016

Jean M. Millard, age 91, of Zeeland passed away on Thursday October 20, 2016. Jean was a charter member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. She was a graduate of Hope College and taught high school before retiring to be a stay at home mom. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be deeply missed. Jean is survived by her husband of 66 years, Howard...
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Paul Kroll

November 10, 1941 - October 11, 2016

Paul Kroll, age 74 of Allendale, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 11, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara; his children and grandsons: Shelly and Doug Baas (Ted and Will), Brent and Tami Kroll and Matt Kroll; step-children and step-grandchildren: Jeffrey and Julie Gaberdiel (Emilie, Alexandra and Colton), David and Valarie Gaberdiel (Courtney and Jake...
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Faith Beyer

November 12, 1937 - October 10, 2016

Faith Beyer, age 78 of Zeeland passed away Monday, October 10, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Roger; her daughters: Linda and Jon Vander Kooi of Zeeland, Nancy and Mike Brinks of Grand Rapids, Carol Belknap of Zeeland and Sally and Michelle Beyer of Grand Rapids; grandchildren: David Vander Kooi, Daniel Vander Kooi, Jonathan Brinks, Philip Brinks, Timothy Brinks, James...
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Jose Solis

September 19, 1922 - October 9, 2016

Jose "Joe" Solis, 94, of Zeeland, entered into Heaven on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Jose was born in Olmito, Texas, on September 19, 1922, to Bruno and Higinia (Gonzalez) Solis. He faithfully served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. Joe worked most of his career at Western Foundry and retired as a supervisor. Joe attended Calvary Baptist Church of Holland. Joe dedicated his life to...
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Audrey Den Besten

June 7, 1930 - October 4, 2016

Audrey Den Besten, age 86 of Zeeland passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She is survived by her siblings: Calvin and Ardith Den Besten of Florida, Garry and Lynn Den Besten of Grand Rapids and Marianne and Ronald Vos of Holland; sister-in-law Leona Den Besten of Jenison and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Marinus and Emma and her brother George. The...
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Gary Corsbie

March 25, 1951 - October 1, 2016

Gary Corsbie, age 65, of Holland passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 1, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marilou "Lou"; his sons Brent (Emily) Corsbie of Zeeland, Dave (Lara) Corsbie of Raleigh, NC; his grandchildren Ella and Luke; his mother Greta Corsbie of Dallas, TX; his siblings: Diane (Phil) Gingerich of Dallas, TX, Barry (Nancy) Corsbie of Valparaiso, IN, Jeff (Joni)...
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Simon N. Disselkoen

July 31, 1921 - September 28, 2016

Simon Disselkoen, 95, of Zeeland, passed away on September 28, 2016. Simon was born in Corsica, South Dakota, July 31, 1921, to Anthony and Anna (Hansum) Disselkoen. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-1945 in the Pacific Theater. Simon was a decorated disabled veteran, receiving a bronze star medal and a purple heart. Simon married Margaret Krommendyk in 1943. ...
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Martin Stegink

June 20, 1927 - September 28, 2016

The Reverend Martin Stegink, age 89, of Zeeland went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Martin was a member of Third Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland. As a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, he served several churches, including: Rudyard, MI; Pompton Plains, NJ; Warren/Royal Oak, MI; Lincoln Center, IA; Prosper/Falmouth, MI; and Crookston, MN. Martin is...
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Myra Ratering

July 31, 1937 - September 27, 2016

Myra Ratering, age 79 of Zeeland went home to be with the Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 27, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Norman; their children: Michelle and Jeff Bagford, Camilla and Tim Mc Calmont and Steve and Karen Ratering; grandchildren: Lisa Bagford, Travis Bagford, Dylan and Guilia Mc Calmont, Trevor Mc Calmont, Katie and Mark Givens (Abigail Grace) Miriam...
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Donna Disselkoen

March 4, 1937 - September 22, 2016

Donna Disselkoen, age 79 of Holland, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband Sylvan, her children: Jeff and Tamara Disselkoen of Englewood, FL, Jill English of Grand Haven, Jodi and Keith Lokker of Holland; grandchildren: Maxwell Disselkoen, Mason Disselkoen, Carlen and Brent Seaver, Lauren English, Katelyn Lokker and Justine and Scott McCarty; in-laws:...
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Ellen Schipper

June 11, 1929 - September 20, 2016

Ellen Joan (Walma) Schipper of Zeeland, MI, age 87, went to be with her Lord on September 20, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren in 1994, and also her seven brothers and sisters. She is lovingly remembered by her children Gwen (Phil) Foreman of Zeeland, Dale (Shelley) Schipper of Holland, Gaye (Ray) Mellema of New London, MN, and Kathy (Greg) De Jong of Winfield, IL. Ellen...
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Christina De Groot

June 17, 1922 - September 20, 2016

Christina De Groot, 94, of Zeeland, met her Lord and Savior face to face on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Christina was born June 17, 1922, in Ellsworth, Michigan, to Gerrit and Ida (Hennip) Postmus. She married Jacob De Groot and they raised their family in Holland. Christina and Jacob moved to Zeeland at retirement and became long time members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church. She was...
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