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Our Obituaries

Michael DeVries

June 27, 1935 - May 27, 2017

Rev. Michael DeVries died on May 27, 2017 at the age of 81. He was welcomed into the gracious presence of God and is held secure in the palm of God's hands. He was born on June 27, 1935 to Gerrit and Dieuwke DeVries in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The DeVries family immigrated to Alberta, Canada in May, 1950. Michael completed high school in 1954 and enrolled at Calvin College. He prepared...
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Beth Wallinga

April 19, 1969 - May 22, 2017

Beth Wallinga, age 48 of Ann Arbor, MI passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at her residence with her loving family at her side. She was born in Oaklawn, Illinois, the daughter of Kenneth L. and Rosemary Swets. Beth was an active member of the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church. She will always be remembered for her involvement in the Church nursery and youth education programs, love of music,...
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Harvey DeZwaan

May 7, 1927 - May 22, 2017

Harvey DeZwaan age 90, of East Saugatuck, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Bernice on March 17, 2017 and his daughter, Sharon Pardue. Harvey was a life-long member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church and retired from Holland Motor Express following 38 years of employment. He was the...
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Bonnie Brandt

July 21, 1929 - May 22, 2017

Bonnie Gann Brandt, age 87 of Holland passed away Monday, May 22, 2017. She is survived by her children: Jo Ann Shaw, Robert Gerald Gann, Paulett and Wayne Hilton, Delbert Gann and Debbie and Keith Nagelkirk; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren; siblings: Clifton and Geneva Baine, Ann Nell and Robert Rota, Fay and Roger Vanden Berg, Nolan and Adrian Baine;...
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Judith L. Kapenga

January 21, 1939 - May 21, 2017

Judith L. Kapenga, age 78, of Holland, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Inn at Freedom Village. Judie was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church where she also served as church secretary for 10 years. She was a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Davenport College. Judie enjoyed reading, ceramics, traveling and spending time with her family. Judie was preceded in...
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Alma Jean Vander Velden

October 15, 1923 - May 19, 2017

Alma Jean Vander Velden age 93, of Holland, went to be with our Lord on Friday, May 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger in 2003 and her son, Ronald in 2004. She was a member of Maple Avenue Ministries. Alma is survived by her daughter, Sally Wauchope of Grand Rapids; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; in-laws, Ruth Klingenberg and Vi Klingenberg. Funeral...
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Donna Lea Tyink

December 1, 1928 - May 18, 2017

Donna Lea Tyink, age 88, of Holland, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. Donna was a thirty year employee of Holland Hitch, Co. where she retired as an Executive Secretary in 1993. She was a longtime member of Central Park Reformed Church and enjoyed crocheting as her hobby. Donna was preceded in death by her brothers, Warren (Lorraine) De Jonge, Harlow De...
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Hildegarde "Hilda" Heerspink

April 1, 1929 - May 14, 2017

Hildegarde "Hilda" Lois Heerspink, age 88, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Hilda was born in Zeeland to Henry and Bessie Holstege on April 1, 1929. Her joy was found in being a wife to her husband Jerry and mother to her five children. Hilda enjoyed cooking and baking delicious pies, cakes and bread. She found pride in creating a neat and tidy home for...
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Jeffrey Lynn Clark

January 8, 1954 - May 9, 2017

Mr. Jeffrey Lynn (Jeff) Clark of Holland, MI passed away on May 9, 2017 following a battle with cancer. Visitation services will be held at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 East 16th Street, Holland, MI from 5-8pm EST Thursday, May 11. Further visitation services will be held from 11.45-12.45pm EST on Friday, May 12. Funeral services will follow at 1pm EST. Jeff was born in St Paul,...
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Ruth Mayou

July 15, 1930 - May 9, 2017

Ruth Mayou, 86, of Holland, went home to heaven May 9, 2017. Ruth was born in New York on July 15, 1930, to Harry Sr., and Dorothy (Hoffman) Close. She graduated from high school and was attending college when she met Mark E. Mayou. Ruth and Mark married in 1951 and started their life of service in ministry together. Mark served as a Baptist minister and Ruth assisted in children and youth...
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Almarie Evans

September 23, 1958 - May 8, 2017

Almarie Evans, age 58 of Clarksville, Tennessee passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. Almarie Evans was born September 23, 1958 in Chicago, IL to the parents of Rene Evans andZenora (Prowell) Evans, who preceded her in death. Almarie attended Burnside Grammar School and later John Marshall High School. She moved to Holland, MI in 1992 where she was self-employed. Almarie opened her heart and...
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John W. Post, Jr.

June 8, 1943 - May 7, 2017

Post, John W., Jr. "Jack", of Holland, MI and Bradenton, FL, age 73. passed into the loving arms of his heavenly father on May 7, 2017, joining his son, John W. III who predeceased him in 2011. Jack was the dearly loved husband of Arden Ruth De Vries Post, beloved father of Caroline Post Cone of Franklin, TN, Janine Post-Anderle (Rev. Joel) of Peabody, MA, and daughter-in-law, Audrey Hovinga...
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Arlene Vander Hulst

September 6, 1929 - May 5, 2017

Arlene Vander Hulst, age 87 of Zeeland passed into Glory on Friday, May 5, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Kate Zylman. Arlene is survived by her loving husband of almost 64 years, Ernest; her children: Linda Lewis of Zeeland, Larry (Carol) Vander Hulst of Bath, MI and Mary (Jack) Haley of Holland; 10 grandchildren: Sara (Brian) Weiderman,...
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Iris Kamer

September 21, 1926 - May 3, 2017

Iris Kamer, age 90, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center in Holland. Iris was a loving and well-loved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a beautician for many years and also worked at Brummel's furniture. She was a member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church. Iris was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald; infant son, Garry Lee; and...
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Leona Bouws

March 16, 1927 - April 30, 2017

Leona Bouws, 90, of Zeeland, formerly of Holland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Leona was born in Holland, Michigan, on March 16, 1927, to Cornelius and Dora (Por) Vryhof. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and later married Gord Bouws. Leona and Gord raised their family in Holland Heights and they were charter members of Holland Heights Christian Reformed...
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Juan P. Fuentes

March 2, 1949 - April 29, 2017

Juan Pablo Fuentes, age 68 of Holland, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017. Juan Pablo Fuentes born in Alice, Texas March 2, 1949 to Petra and Pablo. He moved from Texas to Holland, MI where he raised his family. He retired from Weatherford oil in 2013. He followed his heart back to Texas where he spent his last few years of life. Juan took great pride in his children and grandchildren...
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Walter De Vries

May 10, 1929 - April 27, 2017

Walter L. De Vries, age 87, of Holland, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. Walt was a member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of Prospect Park Christian Reformed Church. He was the owner of the dairy distributing company, Quality Dairy Products, for many years. Walt also volunteered at Evergreen Commons and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was an avid...
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Milton "Milt" Vander Berg

October 11, 1932 - April 27, 2017

Milton Vander Berg, age 84, of Holland, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Nelvia Vander Berg; children, Cheryl Fuder and Timothy Vander Berg; sister, Karen Vander Berg, and in-laws, Sharon and Lon Laackmann. Milt was born in Hull, Iowa to Dick and Nelvia Vander Berg. He taught English and Speech at Pella Christian High in Pella,...
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Vivian Gerene Por

October 10, 1918 - April 26, 2017

Vivian Gerene Por, age 98, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the American House of Holland. Vivian was employed at Holland Motor Express for many years and also owned and operated R. Por Greenhouses with her husband, Richard, who preceded her in death in 2002. She was a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church. Vivian was also preceded in death by her sister and brother...
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Jean Wagner

February 28, 1919 - April 25, 2017

Jean Wagner, age 98 of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Freedom Village Inn. Jean was born February 28, 1919 to Frederick and Cornelia Beukema (Van Koevering) in Grand Haven. She received a B.S. from Western Michigan University in 1940 and a M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1952. She taught high school in Grand Ledge and Quincy, MI as well as Union High School in...
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Marjorie (Leep) Vander Haar

September 16, 1943 - April 22, 2017

Marjorie (Leep) Vander Haar, age 73, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. Marj was the daughter of Adolph and Cora Eshuis and was preceded in death by her first husband, Don E. Leep in 1994. She had a servant heart and was involved in her church and community her whole life. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian...
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Din Chung Kong

July 12, 1940 - April 21, 2017

Din Chung Kong, age 76, of Hong Kong, China and Holland, Michigan, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Choi Ying Lam Children, Grandchildren and Great grandchildren: Daughter and son-in-law, Ping Jiang and Ya Ping He; Jason Siu and Suki Hu (Beverly Siu, Benjamin Siu) Daniel Lin Daughter and son-in-law, Young Kong and Eddie Zhou; Amy Zhou, Linda Zhou,...
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Olivia Nino

October 1, 1940 - April 21, 2017

Olivia Nino, age 76, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 in the presence of her loving family. She is preceded in death by her husband Jose; daughter, Sylvia Nino; and sisters, Irene Trevino and Angelita Beltran. She is survived by her children; Robert Nino, Isabel & Chad Bryson, Lydia Nino, Esperanza & Willie Watt, Joe Nino Jr., 17 grand-children, many great-grand-children; siblings Greg...
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Dennis DeGraaf

March 23, 1944 - April 20, 2017

Dennis DeGraaf, age 73 of Holland, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Dennis was a part of Ottawa County's CBS program for many years and worked for a short time at Kandu Industries. Dennis enjoyed bowling and could spend hours coloring. He also loved to read and had a special affinity for Bible stories. Dennis is survived by his sisters: Dawn and David Harvey, and Julie and Wayne...
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Alice Vander Plaats

September 7, 1918 - April 19, 2017

Alice Vander Plaats, age 98 of Holland, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Alice was born in Hull, ND on September 7, 1918. After the death of her mother in 1920, her father moved to Holland, MI to be close to family. Alice was preceded in death by her husband Peter, son Robert Vander Plaats and daughter Nancy Zeedyk. She is survived by her daughters: Judith and Robert Kalee...
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Donna Boven

July 6, 1945 - April 18, 2017

DONNA BOVEN (Vander Veen), age 71, of Holland, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior on Tuesday, April 18. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gertrude Vander Veen. Donna attended South Christian High School and Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College) in Grand Rapids. She was a prayer warrior for her family and friends. She had...
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Howard J. Millard

April 20, 1928 - April 16, 2017

Howard J. Millard, 88, of Zeeland, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017. Howard was born in Brunswick, Michigan, on April 20, 1928, to Alvie and Hazel (Brouwer) Millard. Howard graduated from high school and went to college. He married the love of his life, Jean Meulendyke in 1950, and they raised their family in Zeeland. Howard was a safety engineer, and retired as the senior safety...
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David Ostrowski, Sr.

March 2, 1944 - April 16, 2017

David Ostrowski Sr., 73, of West Olive, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, 2017. David was born March 2, 1944, in Brisbane, Australia, to Francis "Frank" and Stella (Keable) Ostrowski. He graduated high school and was attending college when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. In 1966, he married Marilyn Faust. He rose quickly through Army ranks at Fort Knox...
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Russell J. Tyink

September 28, 1926 - April 16, 2017

Russell J. Tyink, age 90, of Holland, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Appledorn Living Center. Russ served in the US Army during WWII, drove a semi-truck for Vanden Bosch Feed Company of Zeeland, and owned a registered quarter horse business that was nationally known in the industry. Russ was preceded in death by his wife, Lona, in 2012; brothers, Al, Delbert, Jimmy; sisters, Sally De...
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Robert Timm

February 20, 1927 - April 15, 2017

Robert Timm, age 90, of Holland, MI, formerly of Hamilton, MI passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. He is survived by his children: Peggy and Kirk Van Order, Micheal and Sally Timm, David Timm and Denis and Deb Timm; stepchildren: Tom and Michele Dekkers, Pat and John Archbold, Teri and Joel Rodriguez, John Steven Dekkers, Kathy Lynn Dekkers, Pam and James Deemter; many grandchildren great...
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Ruth Kaashoek

November 6, 1929 - April 15, 2017

Ruth Kaashoek, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 and enjoyed Easter morning in the presence of her loving Savior. Ruth was known for her servant spirit which expressed itself in her quiet way behind the scenes in so many tangible ways…many hours writing encouraging cards, extended conversations, and numerous photo memories of the entire family. She was a huge fan of the Christ Memorial...
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Pedro "Pete" Aguilar, Sr.

December 6, 1939 - April 14, 2017

Pedro "Pete" Aguilar, Sr. age 77, of Holland, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Savior with his family by his side on Friday, April 14, 2017, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Pedro "Pete" Aguilar, Jr. and a brother, Juan "Johnny" Aguilar, Jr. Pedro was born in George West, Texas, the son of Juan and Marta Aguilar. He retired from United...
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Robert "Bob" Whitbeck

February 11, 1954 - April 11, 2017

Robert "Bob" Whitbeck, age 63 of Holland, passed away on, April 11, 2017. Bob spent most of his early life in Battle Creek and enjoyed water skiing and running. He was a passionate fan of the Detroit Tigers as well as his alma mater Michigan State. He taught science for many years in Michigan as well as in Texas, coached various teams, and retired from West Ottawa Schools in 2011. Bob was...
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Sharon Ter Horst

July 24, 1954 - April 7, 2017

Sharon K. Ter Horst, 62, of Holland, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior with her family by her side on Friday, April 7, 2017. Sharon is alive now more than ever. Sharon was born July 24, 1954, in Holland, Michigan, to Nelson and Myrtle (Winkels) Ver Beek. She graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1972. Sharon married the love of her life, Michael Ter...
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Frances Kruithoff

November 12, 1924 - April 7, 2017

Always a faithful servant, Frances Kruithoff (nee Knoll), age 92, of Holland, is now with her Lord and Savior; having passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at Lakeside Vista in Holland. Frances was formerly a member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church where she was a longtime volunteer and active in all areas of church life. She also was active with Crossroads Ministries, corresponding...
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Wilma "Jean" Mulder

January 17, 1926 - April 7, 2017

Wilma "Jean" Mulder, age 91, of Hudsonville, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Beth and Morris "Mo" Klinger, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; her siblings: Gord and Thelma Rietman, and Beatrice Hirdes. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Clifford "Bud" Mulder in 1995 and her son Clifford G. Mulder in 2016. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m....
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Maria Ester Alaniz

September 1, 1947 - April 6, 2017

Maria Ester Alaniz, age 69 of Holland, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Juan; her children: Elizabeth Alaniz, Lisett and David Nieto, Dora Alaniz, John Alaniz, Elias Alaniz and Myra and Jason Drew; grandchildren: Michael Alaniz, Sabrina Nieto, Isabella Nieto, Destiny Nieto, Jaron Drew and Valentina Alaniz; her siblings: Eva and Julio De La Cruz, Zabdiel and...
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Wayne Boeve

February 27, 1941 - April 5, 2017

Wayne Boeve, age 76 of Hamilton, was unexpectedly taken to his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a man of deep faith and served as an elder at Overisel Reformed Church. Although he was an engineer by trade, he was a farmer at heart. Wayne loved to laugh with his family, and together, they created many...
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Robert "Bob" Knott

September 18, 1926 - April 3, 2017

Robert "Bob" Knott, 90, of Holland, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017. Bob was born September 18, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to John and Martha (Stap) Knott. Bob graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School, attended Calvin College, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in business. Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and...
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Marion J. Nyhof

June 16, 1931 - April 3, 2017

Marion J. Nyhof age 85, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 3, 2017. She was the daughter of Edward and Frances Nyhof and was a life-long member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Hazel and Kenneth Vork. Marion retired from the Holland BPW following 40 years of employment and volunteered for Zeeland Hospital...
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Joyce E. Kuiper

January 12, 1929 - April 1, 2017

Joyce Kuiper age 88, of Holland, died Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Holland Hospital. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Dallas, a granddaughter, Melissa, and a great grandson, Josiah. Joyce attended Central Wesleyan Church for many years. She loved to read the bible and share the wonders of Jesus. Her favorite times were spent in her garden, at the cottage, and where ever her...
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Gordon Brink

November 29, 1936 - March 31, 2017

Gordon Brink age 80, of Holland, died Friday, March 31, 2017 while wintering in Florida. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cathy Weaver in 2014; siblings, Eugene Brink and Shirley Knoll, and parents Lucas and Cora (Schaftenaar) Brink. Gord was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church and former member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church. He worked for the...
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Dorothy Schuitema

April 1, 1925 - March 31, 2017

Dorothy Schuitema, age 91 of Holland, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, one day shy of her 92nd birthday. She is survived by her children: Jim and Marge Schuitema, Dave and Rose Schuitema and Pam and Tom Evenhouse; 8 grandchildren: Rick and Dalia Schuitema, Chad and Bonnie Schuitema, Joy Schuitema, Kyle and Pam Schuitema, Kyndra and Andrew Green, Derek and Susan Evenhouse, Paige Evenhouse...
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Marvin Genzink

September 17, 1932 - March 31, 2017

Marvin Genzink age 84, of Holland, died Friday, March 31, 2017. Marv was a life-long member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church. He worked for Chris Craft for many years and then Biotec in Zeeland prior to retirement. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Navy. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Genzink, and by his siblings, Jeanette Kooiker, Hilda Volkers,...
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Harry Dornbos

June 14, 1925 - March 27, 2017

Harry Dornbos, age 91 of Holland passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; his children: Linda and Skipper Wilson, Richard Dornbos, Diane and John Roelofs, Jim and Mary Dornbos and Joan and Tim Aalberts: grandchildren and great grandchildren: Neal Dams and his fiancé Melissa Meekhof (Shawna and Nathan), Keith Dams, Troy Roelofs, Kyle and Mindy...
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Oscar Ramirez

September 28, 1950 - March 25, 2017

Oscar Ramirez, age 66, passed away on March 25, 2017. He is survived by his children Shawn Young, Oscar Ramirez Jr., Jose Luis Ramirez, Maricela Gries, Alexandria Ramirez; brother, Ramon Ramirez; sister, Janie Ramirez; and grandchildren, Ashton, Isaiah, Chase, Dominick, Anthony, Austin, Payton, Gabriel, Samantha, Naclecya, Diamond, Shawn Jr., Dimitri, and Terrell-Tover. Oscar Ramirez was a...
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Jennifer "Jenny" Counterman

April 7, 1971 - March 22, 2017

Jennifer "Jenny" Counterman, age 45 of Dorr, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Jenny drove busses for Hamilton and Zeeland schools for more than 20 years and also was a server at Marro's restaurant in Saugatuck. The past few years she enjoyed traveling the entire country with her husband Rick as they delivered RVs for Star Fleet. Jenny is survived by her husband Rick...
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Allen "Al" Lee Schrotenboer

September 11, 1952 - March 21, 2017

Allen Lee Schrotenboer, 64, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Holland Hospital. Al was born on September 11, 1952, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Austin J. and Phyllis (Weener) Schrotenboer. He graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1970 and worked for Porter Corporation. Al married Carol Sylvester September 25, 1981. Al and Carol raised their family in...
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Lois "Loie" Lugten

June 29, 1925 - March 19, 2017

Lois Lugten, age 91, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at her home. Loie worked at Hamilton Farm Bureau for many years and was a member of Haven Reformed Church where she loved singing in the church choir. She also enjoyed playing the piano at many area nursing homes and was an encourager who could always find the good in any situation. Loie was preceded in death by her...
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Caroline (Peach) Kanis

March 27, 2007 - March 18, 2017

Caroline Kanis, age 9, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Caroline was innocent and pure— drawn to all things good. She possessed a temperament of ineffable sweetness, such that we began to call her "Peach". A year ago, we learned that Peach had a rare tumor on her brain stem called DIPG. Inoperable and aggressive, these tumors end in death, in the process...
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Murvel Lambers

February 16, 1929 - March 18, 2017

Murvel Lambers, age 88, died on March 18, 2017. Murvel was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church, retired from Vander Meulen Builders after 22 years of employment and in retirement he was employed by JVA Enterprises. He was a United States Army veteran and served in the Korean war. He is preceded in death by his grandson Bill Welling; and son-in-law Del Kragt. He is survived his...
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Bernice DeZwaan

July 29, 1928 - March 17, 2017

Bernice DeZwaan age 88, of East Saugatuck, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Pardue, 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Bernice was a life-long member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harvey, children: Wayne and Bonnie DeZwaan of Holland,...
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Jay Veltman

October 3, 1929 - March 16, 2017

Dr. Jay Veltman, age 87 of Holland, entered into his heavenly home on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Jay was born in Grand Rapids and attended Calvin College before attending medical school at the University of Michigan. A man of service, Jay was a resident at Children's Hospital in Detroit, served the U.S. Navy and then was a pediatrician in Grandville for 40 years. Jay was a member of Ivanrest...
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Donald Cronkite

December 10, 1944 - March 15, 2017

Dr. Donald Cronkite, 72, of Holland, MI passed away on March 15, after many years of living with Parkinson's disease. Professor Cronkite taught at Hope College for 32 years, offering classes in cell biology; embryology; genetics; introductory biology; evolution; history of biology; science and human values. He was also known as the Academic Director of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation summer...
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Lois Hoving

June 3, 1941 - March 15, 2017

Lois M. Hoving age 75, of Holland, died Wednesday, March 15, 2016 at Resthaven, surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and worked as a Registered Nurse at Birchwood Manor for 30 years. She enjoyed knitting, reading and singing in the church choir. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and playing games with family. Lois is survived by...
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Dale Van Liere

July 8, 1951 - March 14, 2017

Dale Van Liere, age 65 of Holland, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home, after a 17 month struggle with cancer. Dale is survived by his wife Kim; his stepchildren: Brooke Ann Hill and Mason James Hill; his siblings: Earl and Ingrid Van Liere, Larry and Blake Van Liere, Randy and Julie Van Liere, Lois and Roger Sneller and Kathy and Jim Batts; his stepmother Henrietta Van Liere; in...
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Jeremy J. Slenk

November 29, 1974 - March 13, 2017

Jeremy J. Slenk, age 42 of Holland, died early Monday morning March 13, from injuries sustained after being thrown from a truck in a single vehicle crash. With his mother and sister at his side and a team of trauma surgeons working feverishly to save him, Jeremy left this world to re-join his father in Heaven. He was loved more than he ever knew, and will be greatly missed for his smile, hugs...
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Carla Chmielewski

April 30, 1952 - March 13, 2017

Carla Chmielewski of Holland, MI, passed away at her home on Monday, March 13, 2017. Born on April 30, 1952 to Ivan and Nora Cook, who predeceased her, Carla was a graduate of Holland High school. Carla is survived by her dedicated and loving husband, Fred, and their Golden Retriever, Annie; Daughters Leigh (Jonathan) Levine and Shelley Arendshorst; Granddaughters Katherine Levine, Rebekah...
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Ruth Bouma

February 13, 1922 - March 11, 2017

Ruth Jean Bouma, known to many friends as Hazy, passed away on March 11th. She is survived by her two children, Jane and William, her grandchildren, Ana, Lisa, and Andrea, and her sister, Janet. She was born in Buchanan, Michigan on February 13, 1922. She was married to Melvin Bouma of Zeeland, and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to share her knowledge of nature, plants,...
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Joe Stravers

March 6, 1923 - March 11, 2017

Joe Stravers, age 94, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Joe served in WWII in the United States Navy on the USS CVE Hoggatt Bay. He moved to Holland in 1994 after living in the Lansing area for 20 years. He was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and retired from Alltel after 32 years of employment. He and wife volunteered for many years at the...
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Earl J. Hemmeke

December 6, 1947 - March 11, 2017

Earl Hemmeke, 69, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Earl was born in Holland, Michigan, on December 6, 1947, to Ernest and Nelva (Van Wyk) Hemmeke. Earl graduated from Holland Christian High School and attended Calvin College for two years. He received his master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. He married Edith Hoekman in 1974 and they raised...
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Bruce Steketee

May 29, 1942 - March 11, 2017

Bruce Steketee, age 74, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 peacefully at home. Bruce loved fishing and enjoyed it to the fullest. He is survived by his loving wife, Wilhelmina who was able to enjoy 46 years together; and his children, Gavin & Jennifer Steketee, David & Susan Steketee; and his 8 grandchildren. A time of reflection and visitation is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at...
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Valdemar Longoria

December 30, 1930 - March 8, 2017

Valdemar V. Longoria, age 86, of Holland, was surrounded by his family as he passed from their loving arms into the arms of his heavenly father on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017. Valdemar was born in Corn City, TX on December 30, 1930. He worked 26 years at Louis Padnos in Holland. He was a hard worker, was always willing to give and help out anyone in need. If you knew him, you would say...
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Helena Lemmen

June 6, 1919 - March 8, 2017

Helena Lemmen, age 97 of Holland, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Linda and Danny Burns; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jamie and Carla Bush (Hailey, Christian, Caris and Tessa), Stacey and Chad Kuipers (Tanner, Raelin, Alec and Riley); nieces and nephews: Karen and Randy Hofstra and Bob and Judy Van Dyke. Helena was preceded in death by...
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Kenneth "Ken" Gunneman

May 6, 1930 - March 7, 2017

Kenneth Gunneman, age 86 of Hamilton, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Holland Hospital. Ken was born May 6, 1930 in Overisel and moved to Hamilton after marrying Alma, his wife of 60 years. He was a longtime member of Haven Reformed Church. After his family, Ken loved anything with wheels, from driving truck all his working years to cars, RVs, jeeps and his...
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Robert Betten

January 23, 1936 - March 6, 2017

Robert Betten, age 81 of Holland passed away Monday, March 6, 2017. He is survived by his companion, Phyllis Johnson; stepchildren: Gloria St Clair, Helen and David Bos, Karen and Ben Rowan, Phillip Mulder and Marianne and Howard Hoeksema; many step grandchildren and step great great grandchildren; his brother, John and Jan Betten; his brother-in-law: Al Dykstra. Bob was a member of First...
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F. Brettman Flipse, Jr.

April 3, 1987 - March 5, 2017

F. Brettman Flipse Jr., age 29, of Holland, died in his sleep Sunday, March 5th in Key West, FL. of unknown causes. Brettman is survived by his adoring wife, Carly (Formerly Rasmussen); his loving parents, Brett and Jo Ann Flipse; his three younger brothers, Frederick (Sierra Schuetz), William, and Philip (Tasha Beukema); his second loving family, Erik and Amy Rasmussen of Grand Haven and...
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Herman J. Schierbeek

August 1, 1926 - March 5, 2017

Herman J. Schierbeek, 90, passed from earth into the waiting arms of Jesus on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Herm was a gentle, kind man, with the quiet confidence of God's saving grace in his life, and loved by his Lord, his family, and his friends. He was the office manager of West Michigan Furniture for many years, known for his careful attention to detail. He also spent several years working at...
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Mary Ann Potter

September 21, 1950 - March 4, 2017

Mary Ann Potter, age 66, of Holland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend went to be with her Lord on March 4, 2017 at her home. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Heerspink. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Keith Potter; children, Scott and Sheri Potter, Cory and Missi Potter, Heather and Terry Madison, Melissa and Cory Kooyers; 16 grandchildren, Nicholas,...
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Michael Doan, Sr.

August 21, 1947 - March 4, 2017

Michael Doan Sr., age 69 of Holland, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. He is survived by his children: Michael and Pam Doan II and Katie MacGregor; his granddaughters: Nicole Doan and Anika Doan. Mike served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He was the Club Pro at Clearbrook Country Club and Manistee Country Club; and was most recently the manager at the...
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Shannon Marie Schamback

June 9, 1983 - March 3, 2017

Shannon Marie Schamback, age 33, went home on March 3, 2017. Shannon lived a life of abundant generosity--she gave wholly of her time, talents, resources, and heart to her family, friends, and patients. Shannon obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Michigan in 2014. She worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Lakewood Family Medicine in Holland, MI and deeply...
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Phillip "Phil" Michmerhuizen

December 20, 1933 - March 2, 2017

Phillip J. Michmerhuizen, age 83, of Zeeland, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Providence Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. Phil was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church where he taught Sunday School, was the Sunday School Superintendent, taught Catechism and served as both an Elder and Deacon. Phil was also a member of the Experimental Aviation Association – Chapter 211...
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Ronald Nykamp

January 12, 1936 - February 27, 2017

Ronald Nykamp, age 81, of Holland, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 at his home. Ron was born in 1936, grew up and lived most of his life in Holland, MI. From the earliest age, he relished the opportunity to be in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and to the amusement or chagrin of others, successful at both. He also loved sports and had some of his greatest moments on...
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Dale A. Windemuller

July 28, 1939 - February 27, 2017

Dale A Windemuller age 77, of Holland, died Monday, February 27, 2017 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his grandsons, Joshua and Caleb. Dale was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and owned and operated Dale Windemuller Builders for many years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy; children, Curtis and Carla Windemuller of Holland, Jodi and...
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Kenneth Hulett

February 21, 1934 - February 25, 2017

Kenneth Hulett, age 83, of Holland, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at his home. Ken was a member of Faith Christian Reformed Church and was formerly employed at Kandu Industries. Ken was preceded in death by his sisters, Irene Farr and Lucy Hulett. Ken is survived by his siblings, Clarabelle Gladstone of Alden, MI, Helen Wheat of Grand Rapids, Laura Burns of Winter Haven, FL,...
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James Teerman

December 25, 1936 - February 24, 2017

James "Jim" Teerman age 80 He was born on December 25, 1936 to Ralph and Emma (Hoek) Teerman and was preceded in death by a daughter, Patti. He was also preceded in death by in-laws, Lila Teerman and Dan Windemuller. Jim formerly owned and operated Teerman's in downtown Holland, where he began working for his dad at age 14. He was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Jim is survived by...
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James Piersma

February 6, 1952 - February 23, 2017

James Allen Piersma, beloved husband of Amy Hertel Piersma, sank into the arms of his beloved God and Savior, the evening of February 23rd. Jim carried both the weight and the wonder of the world on his shoulders, all the while making it his stage. A natural born actor, Jim forced both laughter and tears from family and friends. He fashioned his hair and string bass technique in the style...
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Angel Chavez

November 29, 1952 - February 23, 2017

Angel Chavez, age 64, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Angel was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and suffered from Agent Orange. He was loved by many and was a good man. He is survived by his loving wife, Deb; step-son, Christopher Compagner; granddaughter, Frankie Mata; sisters-in-law, Cindy & Joe Guiltner, Terri & Gary Notgrass, Barb Meier; daughter-in...
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Howard Plaggemars

November 3, 1937 - February 17, 2017

Howard O. Plaggemars, age 79, of Holland, died Friday, February 17. Born in Holland, Michigan he had many years of experience pertaining to fine art and oriental carpets. He served in the Army and was a graduate of Culver Military Academy and Hope College, with post graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, as well as the Universities of Vienna and Marburg. A former...
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Samuel Greydanus, Jr.

June 2, 1924 - February 14, 2017

Samuel E. Greydanus Jr., of Saugatuck, aged 92, passed away on February 14, 2017. Born June 2, 1924, in Paterson, New Jersey, he attended Eastern Christian Academy, while working for his father's surveying company. He served in the US Army from 1942 to 1945. He landed on Utah Beach on DDay as a member of the Ninth Signal Company, he was engaged in battles in Normandy, the Hurtgen Forest,...
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Jacquelyn P. Potter

September 27, 1926 - February 13, 2017

Jacquelyn Phyllis Potter, age 90, of Holland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Aunt and friend, went to be with her Lord on Monday morning, February 13, 2017 at her daughter's home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, great granddaughter, Arabella Sluiter, sister, Eleanor Sakkers and brother, Carroll Longstreet. Jacquelyn will be lovingly remembered by her;...
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Chester "Chet" Prins

December 1, 1928 - February 12, 2017

Chester "Chet" Prins, age 88, of Holland, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. Chet was a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church. He served in the US Army in Korea and was known to his friends as "Jet Set Chet". Chet was preceded in death by his wife, Annabelle, in 1998; son, Terry, in 2011; step-great granddaughter, Hope Klinkers; and siblings,...
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Betty Jean Van Dyke

August 30, 1925 - February 10, 2017

Betty Jean (Schippers) Van Dyke, age 91of Holland, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at American House Senior Living Community. Born on August 30, 1925, Betty was the daughter of James and Gertrude (Van Loo) Schippers and graduated from Holland High School in 1943. She was a longtime member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church and was active in the Dorcas Society there. Betty owned and...
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Earlene Bakker

November 21, 1924 - February 9, 2017

Earlene Bakker, age 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully on Thursday, February 09, 2017. Earlene is preceded in death by her husband, Jacob "Jake" Bakker. She was a teacher for all the areas schools including Hamilton, Holland Christian, Holland Public Schools, and West Ottawa and was a member of Ridge Point Community Church. She is survived by her children; Loran & Kathy...
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Mary Lohr Haab

July 12, 1937 - February 8, 2017

Mary Haab, born July 13, 1937, passed peacefully on February 8, 2017. She was preceded in death by parents Arnold and Marie Lindeman and is survived by husband Peter Haab; sister Anne Heaphy (William); children Julie Miller (Robert), Eric Haab (Kim), and Brian Haab (Mary Jo). She is grandmother to 11 grandchildren. Mary was born in Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan in...
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Carol Dalman

May 18, 1942 - February 6, 2017

Carol Dalman, age 74, died unexpectedly on Monday, February 6, 2017 at her home in Holland, MI. She was born May 18, 1942 in Paterson, New Jersey and graduated from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, New Jersey and Hope College in Holland. She taught first grade in Warren, Michigan for four years then lived in St. Louis, Missouri until 2002 when she moved to Holland. She was a member...
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Ruth Ann Michielsen

July 9, 1931 - February 3, 2017

Ruth Ann Michielsen, age 85, of Holland, passed away Friday, February 03, 2017 at American House Senior Living Community. Ruth was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church and was active with Crossroads Prison Ministries. She worked in the Administration Office at Holland Christian Schools for many years and enjoyed wintering in Florida. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Kenneth Laninga

August 1, 1930 - January 31, 2017

Kenneth G. Laninga age 86, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Blystra in 1999. Ken was a member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, retired from Hamilton Distributing, and owned and operated Laninga Vinyl Products with his brother, Fred. He served his country during the Korean War, serving in the...
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Winifred Hershberger

November 28, 1928 - January 31, 2017

Winifred Hershberger, age 88, of Searcy, Arkansas, formerly of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Winifred worked for many years at Van Pines Nursery. She enjoyed fishing, bowling and playing cards, but did not like to lose. Winifred is survived by her children: Danny Hershberger of Pennsylvania, Carol Jean Carter of Flint, Jerry (Jodi) Hershberger of West...
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Albertha Hulst

February 5, 1924 - January 30, 2017

Albertha S. Hulst age 92, of Holland, died Monday, January 31, 2017, surrounded by her family, at the home of her daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Eugene "Joe" Hulst, daughter, Janice S. Hulst; parents, Henry Sr, and Cornelia Wolbert; brother, Henry Wolbert, Jr., brother, Harold Wolbert; in-laws, Aleda Dood, Hazel Kossen, Verna Lampen, Leroy Hulst and Russell...
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William Beckman, Jr.

July 21, 1921 - January 28, 2017

William Beckman, Jr., age 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 28, 2017. William was born in Holland to William, Sr. and Anna (Schutt) Beckman in 1921. He served in the US Army during WWII and was a local businessman for many years. William was preceded in death by his siblings, Trudy Beckman, Peter Beckman, Audrey Fredricks and Marie Visser; and wives, Gladys (Volkers), Arlie...
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Jacob "Jack" Essenburg

June 12, 1950 - January 27, 2017

Jacob "Jack" Essenburg, age 66, of Holland, passed away Friday, January 27, 2016 at his home, surrounded by loved ones. At age 18, Jack volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served overseas during the Vietnam War. Though Jack is best remembered as one not to be afraid of hard work, he was also an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan, active bowler, and golfer. He admired nature,...
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Winnifred "Wink" Schierbeek

October 22, 1937 - January 23, 2017

Winnifred "Wink" Schierbeek, 79, of Holland, passed away Monday, January 23. Wink was born October 22, 1937, in Fillmore Township, to William and Christina (Haan) Nyhof. She married Justin Schierbeek May 18, 1961, and they raised their family in East Saugatuck. Wink and Justin were longtime members of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church where she was a member of the Coffee Break...
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Mervin Tover

April 12, 1956 - January 19, 2017

Mervin Tover Age 60, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 after a time of failing health. Born April 12, 1956, the son of Amaryllis June (Siegers) Tover and Louis Lopez Tover both deceased. Mervin spent most of his adult life at Heritage Magnolia AFC where he accumulated many friends with his wit and sense of humor. He had a wonderful staff that loved and cared for Mervin at the home and...
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Edward Schuitema

March 26, 1919 - January 19, 2017

Edward Schuitema, age 97 of Holland passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy "Dot"; his children: Jim and Marge Schuitema, Dave and Rose Schuitema and Pam and Tom Evenhouse; 8 grandchildren: Rick and Dalia Schuitema, Chad and Bonnie Schuitema, Joy Schuitema, Kyle and Pam Schuitema, Kyndra and Andrew Green, Derek and Susan Evenhouse, Paige...
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Lucile Van Koevering

March 26, 1928 - January 18, 2017

Lucile Van Koevering, age 88, of Borculo, was called home to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after spending a life-time impacting the many people that she met during her life here on earth. Born in Fennville, the eldest of five children of Chet & Hilda Wightman, she went on to teach 37 years at Saugatuck High School impacting the lives of many of her students through her...
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Robert Wierda

September 5, 1934 - January 17, 2017

Robert Wierda, age 82 of Holland passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann; his children: Karen and Jim Jalving, Laurie and Stan Thies and Bill and Marlene Wierda; grandchildren: Katie Thies, Rachel Thies, Marlee Wierda and Brooke Wierda; sister Sue and Curt Pals; many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Bob proudly served his country in the...
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Joyce Overbeek

August 14, 1927 - January 17, 2017

Joyce Overbeek, age 89, of Zeeland entered into the presence of the Lord on January 17, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 14, 1927 to Henry and Henrietta Breuker. She married Laverne (Pete) Overbeek on May 27, 1947 and shared 61 years of marriage until his death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Amy Joy Andrews. Joyce was a member of...
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Robert "Bob" Kuipers

November 8, 1937 - January 17, 2017

Robert E. "Bob" Kuipers, Sr. age 79, of Holland, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, January 17, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (Kortman) in 1986 and a grandson, Justin Kuipers. Bob was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army, serving post Korea. He retired from Louis Padnos following 34 years of employment. He is...
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Thomas Allan Working

August 5, 1947 - January 13, 2017

Thomas Allan Working, 69, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017, at his home. Thom was born in 1947 and raised in Holland, graduating from Holland High School in 1965. Thom received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education from Hope College in 1969 and received a Masters of Music Degree in Performance from Western Michigan University in 1971. He played French horn with...
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