Our Obituaries

Eleanor Irene Stegehuis

December 14, 1935 - June 25, 2017

Eleanor Irene Stegehuis age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in the comfort of her home and in the company of her family. She was born in Grand Rapids in 1935 to the late Perl Glen and Ruth Winnefred Brailey. Along with her parents, Eleanor is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 36 years Robert Jay Stegehuis, brother Richard Brailey, sister Carol Magoon...
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Dorthy E. White

February 5, 1922 - June 25, 2017

Dorthy Elaine White, age 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Dorthy was born in 1922 to the late Emerson and Anna Crist. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Linton White who passed away in 1992. Dorthy is also preceded in death by her siblings Bob Crist, Virlyn "Bud" Crist and Maxine Gilmore as well as by her granddaughter Faith...
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Matthew Peter Heinen,

March 25, 1925 - June 19, 2017

Matthew P. Heinen, Jr. died Monday, June 19, 2017, at the age of 92. Matt was born in Chicago, IL on March 25, 1925. He grew up with five siblings and graduated from Kelley High School in 1943. He maintained a love for the Windy City, especially the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox. Matt proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corps during World War II. He earned Bachelor's...
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Alice Jo Ann Leys

September 15, 1933 - June 19, 2017

Leys, Alice JoAnn(Loughner)Fremont, MI (formally of Walker, MI)"JoAnn" passed away June 19, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital with her family by her side. She is proceeded in death by her parents Lohman and Elsie Loughner, half brother Charles Phillips, Half sister Betty Keeley, twin daughters Terry Jean and Kim Louise Leys, grandson Michael Scott Leys, and daughter-in-law Diane Leys. JoAnn is survived...
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Teri Marie Girgenti

May 30, 1965 - June 1, 2017

Teri Marie (Ferguson) Girgenti, age 52, of Redford MI, passed away, June 1, 2017 at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1965 in Grand Rapids and graduated from high school in 1983 from Forest Hills Northern. Teri grew up on Dunnigan St. NE in Grand Rapids and resided there for 21 years. She got married on June 10, 1999 and lived in Redford with her husband, Richard....
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David Wayne Berzon

August 2, 1959 - May 31, 2017

David Wayne Berzon, age 57, of Grand Rapids, passed away, after a long courageous battle with leukemia, on Wednesday May 31, 2017 in the comfort of his home and in the company of his family. He was born in the summer of 1959 in Cherry Hill NJ to Arthur and Irene Berzon who precede him in death. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years, Kimberly (Lindhout) Berzon, their two sons,...
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Roberta Jean Janes

August 13, 1951 - May 30, 2017

Hester Caroline Ross-GiarratanoCaroline Ross-Giarratano, 94, of Bushnell, FL, passed away September 29, 2016. She was of the Catholic faith. She was a past president and member of the Ladies Auxillary of The American Legion of Bevilles Corner. She enjoyed playing Bingo and doing crafts and needlework. She is survived by her husband; Michael Giarratano; daughter: Beryl Wagner (Jerry), Grand Rapids...
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Frank Lee Noor

October 23, 1933 - May 29, 2017

Frank Lee Noor went to be with his Lord on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, surrounded by family at Mercy Health Saint Mary's in Grand Rapids. He was 83 years old. He was a graduate of Grand Rapids Union High School, a Korean War veteran, and a City of Grand Rapids firefighter for more than three decades. Frank was the loving husband to Rose Noor, his bride of 63 years. Surviving are his sisters Betty...
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Ethel Jane Freer

November 18, 1941 - May 28, 2017

E. Jane Freer of Wyoming MI passed away on Sunday May 28, 2017. She was born in the Fall of 1941 in Philadelphia PA to James and Ethel Price who, along with her sister Barbara (David) Allen, preceded her in death. Jane earned her nursing degree from Blodgett Hospital and her MSN degree from Wayne State University. She was a nurse at Blodgett and St Mary's hospitals, and went on to teach nursing...
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John Peter Mast

November 9, 1927 - May 27, 2017

Mast, John Peter Jr. age 89, passed away very peacefully on Saturday morning, May 27, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings. Surviving him are his loving wife of 64 years, Jane (Boerkoel); children, John (Cathi), Elizabeth (Walter), Neil, Jane (William), Joy (Marion), Carl (Michelle); 23 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Joyce, Babs, AnnaKae and Jan. At...
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Deeka Marie Tift

November 9, 1973 - May 22, 2017

Deeka Marie (Kroupa) Tift, age 43 passed away on May 22, 2017. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend and will be missed by many. Deeka was born in the Republic of South Korea and was adopted by James Kroupa and Carolynn Califf. Her mother Carolynn preceded her in death. She will be remembered by her daughter Alexis Kroupa(Glen Stern), father Jim (Brenda) Kroupa, step-father...
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Billie Jean Howes

May 5, 1938 - May 22, 2017

Billie Jean Howes, age 79, of Jenison, passed away on May 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Mattie Akey; husband, James Howes; sons, Mark Anthony Howes and James (Kenny) Kenneth Howes; brothers, Don Akey, James Akey, and Richard Akey. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Joy Ann Howes and Cathy Lane (Kurt) Daimler; grandchildren, Becky McKnight, Georjeanna...
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Dolores Mae Malec

May 28, 1927 - May 19, 2017

Dolores Mae Malec, age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2017 in the company of her family. Dolly was born in the spring of 1927 to the late Alfred and Alexandra Kowalewski. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 39 years Stanley J. Malec who passed in 1986. Dolly is also preceded in death by all of her 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by...
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Earl Manford Koorndyk

January 22, 1938 - May 14, 2017

Earl Manford Koorndyk Sr., aged 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 14, 2017 while at his home and in the company of his family. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI in1938 to the late Harold and Johanna Koorndyk. Along with his parents, Earl is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Sally [Christy], their infant son, Mark Koorndyk and his son-in-law Jeffery Ligman. He...
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Donna J. Montague

March 28, 1924 - May 11, 2017

Donna Jean Montague, age 93, of Grand Rapids, passed away on May 11, 2017. She was born in the Spring of 1924 in Grand Rapids to the late Fred and Lela Opper. Also preceding her in death is her first husband of 36 years, John DeGroot, who died in 1980 as well as her second husband, Gerald Montague who passed away in 2007. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Patricia (William)...
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Gavino Juarez-Avila

February 19, 1970 - May 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Juan Carlos Buendia-Villalpando

October 2, 1988 - May 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Karen June Suchodolski

June 6, 1938 - May 7, 2017

Suchodolski, Karen June age 78, of Grand Rapids, passed away on May 7, 2017. She was born, June of 1938 in Grand Rapids to her parents, the late Martin and Katherine Bouwman. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 years, Walter Suchodolski; daughters, Jeannie (John) Fortuna and Mary (Brian) Antcliff; son, Michael Suchodolski (Brenda Smith); grandchildren, Sarah Suchodolski; Cody...
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Richard Anthony Kuk

June 25, 1932 - May 6, 2017

Richard "Dick" Kuk aged 84, went to his heavenly home on May 6, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to John and Helen Kuk. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Thelma (Franks) Kuk, and 4 of his siblings, Irene Clancy, John Kuk II, Lorraine Callen, and Raymond Kuk Sr. Surviving are his sister Rose Kuk; his children, Stephanie (Phillip) Allen and Michael (Roberta) Racine;...
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Son Thai Do

March 29, 1956 - May 2, 2017

Son Thai Do, age 61, of Grand Rapids, passed away on May 2, 2017 after struggling with a serious illness. He was born in March of 1956 in Saigon, Vietnam. Son is preceded in death by his parents, Bong Do and Lang Huynh. Son will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Susan Do; son, Steve Do; daughter, Sara Do, sister-in-law, Cindy Koomen; brother-in-law, Al (Theresa) Burton. He is also...
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Moises Gacinto-Garcia

May 2, 2017 - May 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Rae E. Plank

April 21, 1924 - April 30, 2017

Rae Elaine Plank (Steils) of Grand Rapids, age 93, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James L. Plank and her parents, Patricia and Raymond Steils. She leaves to mourn her children, James (Marilyn) Plank, Leslie (John) Morrison, Patrick Plank (Brad McCoy) and Steve Plank. She was a most delightful grandmother to Christopher (Leslie)...
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Joan Ruth Colvin

August 19, 1932 - April 26, 2017

Joan Ruth Colvin, aka the "Talker from Walker", age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away in the comfort of her own home on April 25, 2017. She was born in the summer of 1932 in Kalamazoo to the late Raymond and Aileen Harbour. Joan is preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 37 years, Dale Colvin in July of 1988. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Beth Ann Colvin, Michael ...
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Lawrence Ray Hedgecock

September 22, 1930 - April 25, 2017

Lawrence Ray Hedgecock, aged 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 while in the company of his family. He was born in Eau Claire, WI in1930 to the late Ray and Dorthea Hedgecock. Larry will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 65 years, Joan F. (Tuffs) and their children, Ann (Thomas) Senge, Matthew (Laura) Hedgecock and Bonnie (Bruce) Grau; grandchildren,...
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Raymond A. Dingman

May 23, 1925 - April 24, 2017

Raymond Allen Dingman, age 91, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 24, 2017 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of family. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI in the spring of 1925 to the late William and Eugenia Dingman. Ray is also preceded in death by both his first wife of 45 years, Barbara [Rau] and second wife of 22 years Marguerite [Swart]. Surviving are his...
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Raimunda Figueroa

March 15, 1921 - April 23, 2017

Raimunda "Munda" Figueroa, de 96 años de edad, pasó a morar a la casa de su Padre Celestial a quien amaba y servia por muchos años, el 23 de abril del 2017. Esposa de Santos Figueroa (fallecido), madre de 9 hijos; Lydia E. Figueroa, Rafael A. Figueroa, Carmen M. Figueroa, Hector L. Figueroa, Santos Figueroa, Juan J. Figueroa, Ramón L. Figueroa (fallecido), Luz N. Figueroa y...
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William LeRoy Valentine

August 29, 1946 - April 22, 2017

William L. Valentine, age 70, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Mercy Health, Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids MI surrounded by his family. He was born at Butterworth Hospital in August of 1946 to the late Richard Edgar and Mariunette (Thompson) Valentine and was the younger of two children. Bill grew up in Grand Rapids, graduating from South High School in 1966. After...
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Gordon W. Benson

June 22, 1936 - April 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Maxine Stella Combs

November 13, 1945 - April 20, 2017

Maxine Stella Combs, age 71, of Grand Rapids, passed away in the comfort of her home on April 20, 2017. She was born in 1945 in Big Rapids to the late Edward and Helen Ostrowski. Also preceding in death is her husband of 44 years Michael Allen who died in 2007. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Todd Combs and Joe Combs; grandchildren, Krista, Britney, Joseph, Brooke and Jordan Combs;...
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Jack Holman

March 10, 1943 - April 14, 2017

Jack Holman Sr, age 74, passed away peacefully while sitting in the sunshine at the home he loved on April 14, 2017. He was born in Grand Haven, MI in the spring of 1943 to Bill and Gerry Holman who precede him in death. Also preceding in death are Jack's brother Bill and sister-in-law Karen Holman. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 35 years, Kathryn [Batson] as well as by...
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Edward Anthony Petrovich

November 29, 1926 - April 8, 2017

Edward "Duke" Petrovich, age 90, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 8, 2017. He was born in West Hazelton, PA in 1926 and later settled in Michigan. Ed was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Patricia Haring (Steve), Don (Cyndi) Petrovich, Doug (Cathy) Petrovich, Patrick Petrovich, Colleen Smith, David Petrovich,...
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Helen Marie Skougis

December 2, 1923 - April 7, 2017

Helen Skougis age 94, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 after a lengthy illness. She is now resting peacefully in Heaven, without pain and in the company of her parents, Bill and Marie Skougis. She is greatly missed by her sister, Kaye Skougis and their Ragdoll Kitties, Sparkle and Sunshine. Although Helen and Kaye weren't twins, they looked alike, dressed alike and were inseparable. They...
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Randy Craig Stevenson

November 22, 1949 - April 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Debra Ellen Lee

August 2, 1954 - April 2, 2017

Debra Ellen Lee, age 62, of Grand Rapids, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the comfort of her home. She was born in the summer of 1954 in Long Island, NY, to her parents, Howard and Hazel (Shepard) Lee. Debra is preceded in death by her father, Howard Lee; uncles, Joe Shepard and Billy Shepard. Debra will be missed by her mother, Hazel Lee; husband, Tony Miles; son,...
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Joyce Lucille Thompson

August 15, 1934 - April 1, 2017

Joyce L. Thompson, age 82, of Grandville, passed away on April 1, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids the summer of 1934 to her parents, Virgil and Helen (Baxley) Thompson. She was one of twelve children in her family. She is survived by Don Thompson of Arizona and Valerie Brook of Grandville; 39 nieces and nephews; and her dear friend of 63 years, Marie Schipper.Funeral Services will be Tuesday...
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Robert Toby Spencer

December 3, 1920 - March 29, 2017

Robert T. Spencer. age 96, passed away on March 29, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Robert (Bob) was born in 1920 on a train that was passing through Opelika, AL on the way to his Mother's home in Atlanta, Georgia. Bob lived in Atlanta during his early years, but moved to Chicago, where he completed his high school education at DuSable High School on the city's South Side. But...
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Martha Anne Wollner

February 17, 1931 - March 24, 2017

Martha Anne Wollner, age 86, of Comstock Park, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday evening, March 24, 2017. She was born in the winter of 1931 to the late Aaron and Anna Bluhm in Paris, MI. Martha is preceded in death by her parents, and five brothers, Albert, Ervin, Clarence, John and Robert. Martha will be lovingly remembered by her husband, George Wollner; son, Kenneth (Diane...
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Timothy John Coleman

March 2, 1972 - March 23, 2017

Born March 2nd 1972 in Seoul, South Korea, Timothy John Coleman, born as Kim Jang Shik, was adopted into the family of Judith and Larry Coleman of Pennsylvania in July of 1976. Timothy died on the morning of March 23rd, 2017 in Grand Rapids Michigan. He grew up in Milton, PA and graduated from Selinsgrove High School. He traveled with his family frequently to the Coleman Nebraska homestead as...
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Dolores Mardelle Westra

April 1, 1929 - March 22, 2017

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Nyela Turaki Fund. Envelopes will be available at the service or make a check out to Calvin College (Development Office, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546).Please make a note on your check that it is for Dolores Westra/ Nyela Turaki Fund.
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Crystal June Boogaart

March 24, 1925 - March 22, 2017

Crystal Boogaart Family and loved ones must say goodbye once again as Crystal Boogaart, age 91, passed away on March 22nd, just a few weeks after her husband Peter died on February 11th. Crystal was a well-loved and respected part of the Porter Hills Community for the last eleven years, serving as a volunteer, hosting the Sunday Vespers service, and enjoying warm friendships with others who...
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Ramon Lasco

July 7, 1934 - March 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Jose A. Echavarry

February 1, 1929 - March 16, 2017

Jose Alejandro Echavarry was born February 1, 1929 to Francisco Echavarry and Leonor Reinosa, in Santurce Puerto Rico. He lived a long 88 years of life, untilMarch16, 2017. Jose is survived by his children, Jose(Marylou), Jacqueline(Reynaldo), Awilda (Jose),Maricel,Sor and Franceska. His grandchildren, Jasmine, Jose,Jeremy, Angelique, Steven, Brandon, Jorge, Luis, Jeam, Kristine, Norbert, Sorimar...
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Mary Jean Ackerman

February 27, 1949 - March 13, 2017

Mary Jean Ackerman, age 68, of Grand Rapids, died in the comfort of her home and the company of family on Monday, March 13, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in 1949 to the late Lorain and Bernadine (Ciminski) Shields. Along with her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her brother Mike Shields. Surviving is her husband of 47 years, Fred and their sons Todd (Sunni) Ackerman and Michael (Shelly)...
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Paula M. Beckwith

July 16, 1963 - March 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Marjorie Host

July 16, 1922 - March 11, 2017

Marjorie Louise Host, age 94, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was born in July of 1922 in Cadillac, MI to the late Elmer and Maria Olson. Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 66 years, Harry C. Host; 2 brothers and 1 sister. Marjorie will be lovingly remembered by her children, Robert (Susan) Host, Harry (Jill) Host, Debborah (Clark)...
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Russell Posthumus

January 2, 1927 - March 11, 2017

Russell P. Posthumus, age 90, of Grand Rapids, passed away at his residence on March 11, 2017. Russ was born and raised in Grand Rapids and spent his young life at Cherry Street Park developing his athletic abilities. He graduated from Central High School, served in WW II, attended Grand Rapids Junior College and then graduated from Central Michigan University. He would later receive his Master&...
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Bud Bernard Hockstra

December 1, 1923 - March 9, 2017

Fay Bernard "Bud" Hockstra, age 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017. He is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior. Bud was a dearly devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. He was born in McBride, MI in the winter of 1923 to the late Richard and Violet Hockstra, who along with his wife of 68 years Beverly M. (Gerten), precede...
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Mary C. Arndt

April 9, 1918 - March 7, 2017

Mary Clare Arndt, age 98, of Grand Rapids, passed away, on March 7, 2017. She was born in the Spring of 1918 in Grand Rapids to the late John and Frances McCullough. Mary is preceded in death by her 1st husband, Francis Stoddard, who passed away in 1975 and her 2nd husband, Jack Arndt. Also preceding are her brothers, Francis and Bernard McCullough. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her sons...
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Joanne M. Prager

May 8, 1932 - March 3, 2017

Joanne Mae Prager, age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away on her husband's birthday, Friday, March 3, 2017. They will celebrate together forever in Heaven. She was born in the Spring of 1932 in Sparta, MI to the late Forest Pendell and Josephine King. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Charles Prager. Joanne will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Laura J. ...
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Phyllis A. McEwan

March 6, 1937 - February 28, 2017

Phyllis Ann McEwan, age 79, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. She was born in March of 1937 in Kalamazoo to her parents, the late Lyle Myers and Bonnie Patterson. Along with her parents, Phyllis is preceded in death by her sister, Laura Marckini. She will be remembered by her husband, John McEwan; daughters, Donna (Jerry) Duron, Laura (Loran)...
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Joy Elizabeth Oostendorp

March 20, 1937 - February 22, 2017

Joy Elizabeth Oostendorp [Smith], age 79, a true servant of God, died peacefully, while in the company of family, on Wednesday February 22, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo, MI to Henry and Nellie Smith. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Herman, who passed away in 2005. Joy will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Michael, David (Terri), Ted, and Joel, and her...
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Loretta F. Norman

June 17, 1936 - February 22, 2017

Norman (Gezich), Loretta Frances Age 80, of Jenison, went to be with her Savior on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 after a lingering illness. She was born in the summer of 1936 in Ernest, PA. Loretta will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Gerald; children, Laurie (Thomas) Tornga, Susan Panter, Christine Plasencia, Kenneth Norman and fiance, Beverlee Tater; 7 grandchildren; 11 great...
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Raymond Karas

December 24, 1928 - February 20, 2017

Raymond G. Karas, age 88, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2017. He was born to the late Stanley and Josephine Karas on December 24, 1928 in Grand Rapids. Along with his parents Ray is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores and their son, Gary as well as by his brothers Marion, Richard and Bernie; and sister, Dorothy. He is survived by his children Carol (Fred) Lane of Indianapolis, Diane ...
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Leslie Mariel Pablo-Matias

August 26, 1996 - February 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Janice L. Barr

January 5, 1934 - February 15, 2017

Janice L. Barr, aged 83, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the comfort of her home and in the company of her daughters. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Peter and Evelyn Karel. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Patrick Barr who passed away in 2006 as well as grandsons James Swanzy, Rogelio Saenz and sister Iris Allen....
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Wheeler Washington Tortellet

February 14, 1917 - February 12, 2017

Wheeler W. Tortellet, age 99, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at home. He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Linda Johnston. Wheeler is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis; grandsons, Steve Johnston of Flat Rock and Mike (Katrina) Johnston of Traverse City; granddaughter, Carrie Mae of Dorr; 5 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews...
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Delores Ruth Dunning

January 9, 1955 - February 12, 2017

Delores Ruth Dunning, 62, passed away, Sunday, February 12, 2017. She was born in Grand Rapids in January of 1955, the daughter of the late Clare and Eileen Verlin. She was a woman noted for her depth of kindness and being a "saintly" kind of person. Delores was a strong minded, willful and eminent mother, wife, daughter, sister and grandmother. Along with her parents Delores is preceded in death...
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Peter Cornelius Boogaart

March 17, 1922 - February 11, 2017

Peter C. Boogaart, age 94, passed away on February 11, 2017 at Porter Hills Community of Grand Rapids. Remembering him with love are his wife of 70 years, Crystal, children Connee and Jack, Peter and Judith, Tom and Judy, and Phillip and Sheri, twelve grandchildren and their spouses, sixteen great-grandchildren, brother Morris, several nephews and nieces, and many colleagues and friends. Peter...
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Helen VanZant

January 4, 1937 - February 8, 2017

Helen Elaine VanZant (Todd), age 80, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. She was born in Ada, MI in the winter of 1937 to her parents, Leonard and Laura Misner. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Cathy (Jack) Ditmar and Barbara LaPonsie; grandchildren, Derick (Janelle) Goltz, Jennifer (Cavan) Carlson, Mariah LaPonsie, Jacqueline (Dustin)...
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Raymond Edward Munson

December 16, 1951 - February 8, 2017

Raymond Edward Munson, 65, passed away on February 8, 2017. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduated from Holland High School, Michigan State University and earned his MBA at Boston University. Ray was a decorated Vietnam era veteran, serving in South Korea, Germany and several posts stateside. He graduated with honors from MSU in 1974 with a direct commission into the US Army as a...
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John Calvin Koepke

March 30, 1926 - February 4, 2017

Koepke, John Calvin of Grand Rapids John, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, February 4th, 2017. John was a loving and caring father. He was preceded in death by his daughter Anita. He will be greatly missed by his loving family. He was a long time member of Blessed Sacrament Church, and part of the Cursillo movement, and helped with The St. Vincent DePaul. He was a devoted Catholic and...
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Eric Byers

April 11, 1961 - February 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Kenneth Terrence Geer

June 9, 1964 - February 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Carol Lynne Cimock

April 12, 1950 - January 28, 2017

Cimock (Kleersnyder), Carol Lynne, aged 66, of Walker, died in the comfort of her home on Saturday, January 28, 2017. She was born in the Spring of 1950 to the late John and Jean Kleersnyder. Carol is preceded in death by her parents. Surviving is her son; Brad (Stephanie) Cimock; sister, Beth Kleersnyder; brother, Mark (Peggy) Kleersnyder; grandchildren, Tyler and Kamden; niece, Kristy (Ryan)...
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Helen J. Botma

November 14, 1917 - January 26, 2017

Helen Josephine Botma, aged 99, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 26, 2017. She was born in the Fall of 1917 in East Grand Rapids to the late George and Henrietta Prince. Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Louis Botma Sr. who died in 1998. Surviving are her sons; Louis Jr. (Marlene), Larry (Sue) and David (Robin); 6 grandchildren, 12 great...
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Clare Dean Snyder

July 2, 1934 - January 20, 2017

Snyder, Clare Dean aged 82, died on Friday, January 20, 2017. Clare was born in the summer of 1934 in Comstock Park to the late Charles and Adell Snyder. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by brother Gene Snyder. He is survived by his wife Jann (Ford) Snyder and by his four daughters, Sue (Mike) Snyder, Jill (Charlie) Vidro, Char (Dave) Strouse and Beth Snyder; grandchildren, Erin ...
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Robert Franklin Pollock

May 5, 1937 - January 13, 2017

Robert Franklin Pollock, age 79, of Grand Rapids, Michigan went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 13, 2017 following a brief illness. He is preceded in death by his parents James and Gertrude Pollock, his loving wife and mother of their 3 children, Gail H. (Latta) Pollock, sister Renee Hoekstra, brother-in-law Charles Zalewski, and his great-niece Tiffany Lax. Bob leaves his children...
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Sumiko Cox

October 10, 1927 - January 13, 2017

Sumiko Sato Cox, passed away on January 13, 2017. She was born in Tokyo, Japan on October 10, 1927. She married Fred Cox, while he was stationed in Japan during the Occupation and moved to the U.S. more than 50 years ago with her husband and daughter. The family was in Grand Rapids when Fred retired from the Army. Sumiko decided they were not moving again, so Grand Rapids became her home...
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Lois E. Richmond

January 26, 1928 - January 12, 2017

Lois Ellen Richmond, age 88, went to be with her Lord unexpectedly and peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 12, 2017. She was born on January 26, 1928 to the late Auburn and Lulah Van Syoc in Lansing, Michigan. Along with her parents, Lois is preceded in death by her brother Jerry and her son Devin. Lois will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 40 years, Bob, her daughter Lori...
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Erling M. Smestad

October 15, 1919 - January 9, 2017

Erling M. Smestad, aged 97, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017. Erling was born in the fall of 1919 in Grand Rapids to the late Martin and Marie Smestad. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Polly M. [Powers] who died in 1992, his siblings Margaret Phelps, Roy J. Smestad, Evelyn K. Smestad and Helen Smestad. He is survived by his brother Carl ...
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Kimberlee J. Greer

April 12, 1964 - January 7, 2017

Kimberlee Joy Greer, age 52, unexpectedly passed while vacationing with one of her best friends in Florida on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Kim is preceded in death by her father Richard Buckley, grandmother Beulah Hall, and step-brother Robert Taylor. She will be remembered by her children, Brittany (Bradley Corpe) Greer and Thomas (Megan Folkema) Greer, their father Anthony Greer, her grandson...
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John M. DeBoe

March 4, 1932 - January 6, 2017

John M. DeBoe, age 84, of Brownsville TX, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away on January 6, 2017. John was born in March of 1932 to his parents, Martin and Alma (Jones) DeBoe in Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Martha DeBoe; and sister, Mary Lou Robinson. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Janet and her daughter, Michele Gates. Also daughters,...
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Marjorie E. Brown

August 19, 1919 - January 6, 2017

Marjorie Elizabeth Brown, age 97, passed away peacefully, while in the company of family, on Friday January 6, 2017. She was born in the summer of 1919 in Fremont, MI to Franklin and Johanna Palmer. Along with her parents, Marge is preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Hugh Brown, who passed away in the year 2000. She will be lovingly missed by her daughter, Marion (Bruce) DeHaan and...
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Harriet Leona Held

September 18, 1918 - January 6, 2017

Age 98, of Kentwood, passed away peacefully early in the morning on Friday, January 6, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Paul Eisenhauer and Bernard Held; brother, Homer; sisters, Marie, Eunice, and Ada Jean; and a grandson, Benjamin. Harriet will be missed by her three children, Carole (Terry) Tufts, Susan (Douglas) Dixon, and Thomas Eisenhauer; twelve grandchildren and...
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DeeDee Cameron

June 25, 1968 - January 3, 2017

Deanna Rae Cameron "DeeDee", age 48, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. DeeDee is preceded in death by her father John Cameron and her grandparents. DeeDee will be deeply missed by her mother Deanna, brothers Dale (Amanda) DeHaan and Kevin (Lori) DeHaan, sister Dawn (Chris Martin) Cameron as well many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. DeeDee was a very proud...
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Kristy Jenks

August 13, 1976 - December 27, 2016

Jenks, Kristy Karen Kristy Jenks age 40, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. She was born August 13, 1976 in Peru, Indiana to Raymond and Silvia [Coombes] Cygan. Along with her parents Kristy is survived by her husband Anthony, sister Amy (Hank) Longoria, step-mother Marylou Cygan and step-father Donald King as well as by her nieces and nephew Venice, Ivan and Cora....
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Jaden Scott Buschert

October 15, 2006 - December 27, 2016

Jaden Scott Bushcert, age 10, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, December 27, 2016 due to a sudden accident. Jaden was born at Bronson Hospital in Kalamaoo, MI to Timothy and Angela Buschert in October of 2006. Along with his parents, he will be deeply missed by his big brother Ryan (Alyssa Hicks), his grandparents RuthAnn Buschert, Joyce (Greg) Snyder, Ronald Troutman, his great-grandmother...
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Donald L. Baker

April 9, 1952 - December 25, 2016

Donald Lee Baker, age 64, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness. Don is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gail, his daughter Denise (Robert) Hazelrig, grandchild Hayden, brother Jim Baker, brother-in-law Gary (Roxanne) Nordstrom and mother and father-in-law Raymond (Dolores) Nordstrom. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Scott (Dawn) Baker, Chris (Melissa) Baker, Jenny (Eric)...
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Carol L. VanDyke

February 4, 1938 - December 24, 2016

Carol Lee Van Dyke, age 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 24, 2016. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Isaac and Kathryn Van Dyke. Carol was a dedicated employee for many years with Gordon Food Service. A Funeral Service has been scheduled for 5 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Reyers North Valley Chapel with Dr. Joel R. Beeke officiating. Please join family for an...
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Corinne M. Vanderveer

October 19, 1927 - December 22, 2016

Corinne Mae Vanderveer, age 89, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Clark Retirement Community. Corinne was born in Grand Rapids on October 19, 1927 to Raymond and Martina (Meyer) DeBruine. Corinne is preceded in death by her husband Fredric in 2009; daughter-in-law, Sandra Vanderveer; son-in-law, Ronald Lindblom; brother, Gordon DeBruine; sister-in-law,...
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Robert Louis Van't Hof

May 4, 1926 - December 19, 2016

Robert Louis Van't Hof, aged 90, went to be with his Lord, the Rock of his Salvation, on Monday, December 19, 2016. Bob was born 1926 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Louis and Christine Van't Hof. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Betty Lou [Van Artsen], his son-in-law Jeffrey Vantine, sister Jean Lemke and brother Kenneth Van't Hof. He...
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Jimmie Faye Tate

January 21, 1934 - December 14, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Patrice S. Simpson

January 27, 1951 - December 14, 2016

Patrice Sue Simpson, age 65, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. She is preceded in death by her mother, Kittie Vance. Pat will be missed by her father, Keith Vance; daughter, Kristina (Matt) Hop; sister, Carla (Angelo) James; brother, Eric (Kim) Vance; and sister, Vicki (Doug) Rop. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Jaden Hop and Emma Hop; and beloved dogs, Sofi and...
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Ervin M. Barnard

September 15, 1926 - December 12, 2016

Ervin Milo Barnard, age 90, of Sparta, went to be with his Lord, Monday, December 12, 2016 while at home and in the company of his family. He was born in Grand Rapids Township in the fall of 1926 to the late Charles and Edna Barnard. Ervin is preceded in death by his son Steven, infant daughter Barbara, infant granddaughters Theresa Mikrut, Magdelena Barnard and his brother and sister-in-law Gene...
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Jeanne M. Marr

February 11, 1946 - December 12, 2016

Jeanne Mary Marr, age 70, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on December 12, 2016 while in the company of her family. Jeanne was born in Muskegon, MI in the winter of 1946 to the late Lauren and Florence Black. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband John, her daughters Jacqueline (Armando) Perez, Marylee (Mitch) Jackson and Carmen Marie (Mario) Alva, 10 grandchildren...
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Norbert K. Kohlbeck

October 2, 1935 - December 11, 2016

Norbert Keith Kohlbeck, age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Leon Kohlbeck and Harold Kohlbeck. Norbert will be remembered by his siblings, Clifford (Lynneth) Kohlbeck, Bernard (Marie) Kohlbeck, Norman (Mary) Kohlbeck, Arthur (Diane) Kohlbeck, and Mary Ann Kaufman. Norbert proudly served his country in the...
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Marjorie E. Pretzel

October 30, 1925 - December 11, 2016

Marjorie Ellen Pretzel, age 91, passed away at home in the company of her family on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, William, her parents Clarence and Bessie Frisbie, and her siblings Henry, Donald, Mildred, Alta and Carl. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Jerry Pretzel, Dennis (Diane) Pretzel, and Shirley Peel, 8 grandchildren,...
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Lynese A. Hoogerhyde

February 8, 1956 - December 11, 2016

Lynese Anne Hoogerhyde age 60, passed away on December 11, 2016 while in the company of her husband and best friend of 36 years Ronald Paul Hoogerhyde. She was born in 1956 in Owosso, MI to the late George and June Gane. Lynese will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife and friend to many. She was very proud of her studio, Miss Lynese's School of Dance, and her passion for rubber stamp and card...
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Anne G. Kemper

June 28, 1921 - December 10, 2016

Anne G. Kemper, age 95, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 10, 2016. She was born in the summer of 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late James and Helen Gibbons. Also preceding her in death are siblings James, Mary, Raymond, Clarke and son-in-law Peter. Anne will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 73 years, 6 months and 5 days, John B. Kemper as well...
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Charles V. Kozarski

April 5, 1943 - December 10, 2016

Charles Vincent Kozarski, age 73, of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, December 10, 2016 while in the company of his family. He was born in the Spring of 1943 in Chicago, Il. Chuck is preceded in death by his parents John and Estelle Kozarski and his brother Philip Kozarski. He is survived by his loving partner of 31 years Mary Ann Peters, and his children Tina Kozarski,...
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Hazel Mae Ziomkowski

September 18, 1936 - December 8, 2016

Hazel Mae Ziomkowski, age 80, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2016 with her family by her side. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas who passed in 1984 after many years of marriage, as well as by her son, Joseph Burba. HazelMae will be lovingly remembered by her children, Joanna (Edward) Farah and Richard (Kimberly) Ziomkowski; grandchildren, Eddie Jr. (Jennifer)...
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Richard W. Hall

July 1, 1931 - December 6, 2016

Hall, Richard Willis Of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI at the age of 85. Richard was born July 1, 1931 in Ogden, Utah to Rouse Adair and Annie Sullivan Hall. After graduating from Weber High School in Ogden, Richard went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1948 -1952 as Fire Chief on Okinawa and later at Fort Custer in Battle Creek, MI where he...
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Leola E. Marcusse

January 1, 1923 - December 3, 2016

Leola "Lee" Fitzgerald Marcusse, 93, passed away Saturday, December 3rd, surrounded by loving family. She was born in Grand Rapids on January 1, 1923, to T. James and Leola Fitzgerald, the eldest of five children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Henry J. Marcusse, sisters Evelyn (J. Christopher) Ringenberg, Geraldine Weiland, and brother Robert (Helen) ...
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Louis J. Orth

September 16, 1932 - December 2, 2016

Louis John Orth, age 84, passed away to be with his Lord on Friday, December 2, 2016. Louie was born in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Ludwig and Barbara Orth on September 16, 1932. Along with his parents Louie is preceded in death by several of his aunts and uncles. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Linda, daughters Brenda (Greg) Colthorp, Teresa Hayes and adopted by love daughters...
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Thomas R. Owczarzak

April 20, 1943 - December 2, 2016

Owczarzak, Thomas R. Age 73, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Barbara Owczarzak; his parents and a sister, Mary "Mary Jo" Josephine Owczarzak. He will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Tom (Christine), Kevin (Mesha) and Mike; grandchildren, Riley, Maddie Rae, Lauren, and Gabriel; sister, Fran and a brother James....
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Eldred T. E. Hansen

January 27, 1933 - December 2, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Reyers North Valley Chapel, Grand Rapids, MI.
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Howard B. Reynolds

August 10, 1924 - December 1, 2016

Howard "Bud" Benjamin Reynolds Sr. age 92, passed away in the comfort of his home on December 1, 2016. He was born in 1924 to the late Charles and Hazel Reynolds. Along with his parents Charles was preceded in death by his wife Donna as well as sons James and David. Bud is survived by his two sons Howard Jr. and Thomas. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and his guardian angel...
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Melissa Darlene Wheeler

February 2, 1986 - November 29, 2016

Melissa "Missy" Wheeler, age 30, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday November, 29, 2016. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI in the winter of 1986. She is preceded in death by her father and her grandparents. Melissa will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Renee Wheeler; brothers, Larry, Shad (Rose) and John Jr. (Segwen); sisters, Samantha (Paul), Melonie (Brandon) and Audrey;...
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Elaine M. Orr

February 8, 1926 - November 27, 2016

Elaine M. (Waalkes) Orr, passed away, on Saturday, November 26, 2016. She was born in Grand Rapids on February 8, 1926 to her parents, George and Margarite Hankamp. Elaine is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 64 years, Peter W. Waalkes; and a brother, George Hankamp. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, James G. Orr; daughter, Jill (Joe) Vaughan; grandsons, Scott, Craig ...
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Kathleen Ann Haadsma

August 22, 1930 - November 27, 2016

Kathleen "Nan" Ann Haadsma passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at age 86. She was born in Detroit, MI to the late Bernard and Rosemary Doyle. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, David C. Haadsma, her daughter, Susan Wright, brother and sister-in-law Lt. Col. Bernard "Mike" and Barbara Doyle, and her sister-in-law, Nancy Antrim. Nan is survived by her...
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