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Our Obituaries

Arthur T. Davis

July 20, 1926 - July 22, 2017

Arthur T. Davis age 91, of Holland, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. He was born in Mt Pleasant on July 20, 1926 to John and Helen (Tygart) Davis. He lived in West Michigan for many years, spending his winters in Ft. Meyers, Florida. He completed schooling to be an Electrician and worked as an Electrician for Birdseye Corporation until his retirement. Arthur...
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Donald Schrotenboer

March 18, 1936 - July 19, 2017

Donald Schrotenboer, age 81 of Holland passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; his children and grandchildren: Richard and Lisa Schrotenboer (Alex, Megan and Olivia) and Dr. Greg and the Reverend Diane Schrotenboer (Marten, Ellen and Paul); siblings: Glenn Schrotenboer and Marilyn and Thomas Bratt; in-laws: Laverne Koning, Juella Schrotenboer, Ron...
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Gerald "Jerry" Cooper

April 26, 1932 - July 17, 2017

Gerald Cooper, age 85, of Holland, passed away peacefully Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home. Jerry and his brothers owned and operated Holland Motor Express until 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating and was a member of Singapore Yacht Club. Jerry also was an author who self-published 26 stories and novels that his family and friends enjoyed. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife...
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Kenneth Van Nuil

September 27, 1931 - July 16, 2017

Kenneth J. Van Nuil, age 85, of Holland, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the American House of Holland. Ken was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church and retired from the City of Holland after 41 years of employment. Ken had also served in the US Army during the Korean War. Ken is survived by his brother, Rodger Van Nuil of Holland; nephews, Robert Van Nuil, John ...
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Kenneth and Mary Geurink

July 14, 2017

Kenneth Lee Geurink (July 14, 2017) & Mary Ann Nykamp Geurink (July 15, 2017) Ken, 71, and Mary, 70, unexpectedly went to be with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after their motorcycle was struck by vehicles involved in an accident that was occurring as they were riding by. Ken was born on August 21, 1945 as the middle of 5 children to Gradus and Hazel (Bonzelaar) Geurink in Holland,...
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Todd Mathews

March 23, 1958 - July 13, 2017

Todd William Mathews, husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, age 59, passed away on Thursday July 13, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Todd an avid outdoorsman loved hiking, boating and bicycling. His faith was most real when experiencing God's great creation. He loved sharing his knowledge of flora, trees and all the mysteries of the forest with others. He enjoyed...
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Roger J. MacLeod

November 24, 1935 - July 12, 2017

Roger J. MacLeod, age 81, of Holland and Pentwater, passed away Wednesday, July 12 at Holland Hospital. Roger was a local real estate broker and developer who loved the out-of-doors, especially boating and fishing. Roger was preceded in death by his daughter, Sue Dergis; and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maxine; children, Kathy (Tom) Del Bene of Holland, David (Sandra) MacLeod of...
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Jerry L. Folkert

January 1, 1946 - July 11, 2017

Jerry L. Folkert, 71, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Jerry was born in Holland on January 1, 1946, to Alvin and Joan (Slenk) Folkert. He graduated high school and started his career in auto body repair work. He married Sharon Zoet and they raised their children at Overisel CRC and their country home. Sharon preceded him in death in 1992. Jerry married Dawn (Petroelje)...
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William (Bill) Slezak

May 11, 1930 - July 10, 2017

William (Bill) R. Slezak, age 87, passed away July 10, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side. Bill was born May 11, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to Andrew and Bertha (Prohaska) Slezak. He served his country for 2 years in the US Army constructing bridges and runways in Korea. Bill attended Kent State University earning his Master's degree in Vocational Education. His career included being a...
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Scott M. Dorn

April 23, 1969 - July 10, 2017

Scott M. Dorn, age 48 of Hamilton, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Cathy; his children and grandchildren: Michael and Cynthia Dorn (Jordan, Jullian, Frenici and Alyin), Brandon Dorn and Melody Castanon (Auvrey); his parents, Mike and Donna Dorn; his sister, Missi and Cory Potter (Ty, Cole and Grace); father and mother-in-law Carl and Sandy Van Wieren;...
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Leslie Piaget

June 27, 1967 - July 9, 2017

Leslie Piaget, age 50, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Piaget. She is survived by her mother, Barb; siblings, Tom Piaget, Susan & Mark Faga, Chris & Jim Trujillo and 12 beloved nieces and nephews. A Memorial service is planned for 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in the chapel of Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th Street, Holland,...
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Janet V. Tazelaar

September 11, 1920 - July 9, 2017

All is well, as Janet Virginia (Wierda) Tazelaar is at peace with her Heavenly Father and the love of her life, her wonderful husband, Arthur. Janet was born in Grand Rapids and moved to Holland at an early age. She married her best friend, Arthur John Tazelaar, in 1941 and moved to their beloved Macatawa. Janet was a long-standing member of Third Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday...
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Beth Folkert

August 13, 1976 - July 8, 2017

Beth Ann Folkert age 40, of Allegan, died peacefully in her sleep while vacationing in South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonathan Folkert; her father, Allen Bosma. Beth is survived by her children, Jonathan Folkert, Jr., Mackenzie Jones; Mother, Diane and Richard Jones; Fiancée, James Serie; siblings, Beverly and Ken Bosch, Michelle Blackburn, Allen Bosma, Jr.; In...
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Miles Harten

January 23, 1929 - July 8, 2017

Miles Benjamin Harten, age 88, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Providence Healthcare in Zeeland, MI. Miles was born January 23, 1929 in Buffalo, NY to Miles B. and Tryphena Harten. After graduating in 1948 from Bradford High School in Bradford, PA, Miles served in the United States Marine Corp until 1952 when he was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant. He married...
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Keyan Hogan

November 21, 2004 - July 2, 2017

Keyan Elizabeth Hogan, age 12, of Holland, MI, laid down her super hero cape and earned her angel wings on July 2, 2017 with all her family by her side she ran into the arms of Jesus. Keyan was born on November 21, 2004, extremely premature, along with her quadruplet sisters McKenzy, Sidney, and Abagayle. They were all welcomed into a loving home by their parents, Paul and Stephanie, and...
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Theodore (Ted) Martinie

July 25, 1931 - July 1, 2017

Theodore (Ted) R. Martinie, age 85, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Ted was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He served his country during the Korean War in the Army and services will include Military Honors. Ted was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church. He served the Church his entire life. Ted loved his profession and was the former owner...
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Genevieve Dunn

August 15, 1928 - June 29, 2017

Genevieve Waters Dunn completed her earthly journey Thursday afternoon, June 29th. Gege was a servant of Christ and a delightful Christian woman. She taught us not to "sweat the small stuff" and to serve and love others unconditionally. Throughout her life she faced every trial and tribulation with a smile on her face, laughter in her voice and a faith that was rock solid. She is now reunited...
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Shirley Swaney

June 24, 1931 - June 28, 2017

Shirley Anne Swaney, age 86, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at her beloved cottage "Morning Glory" at Macatawa, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marian and Russel Swaney, former husbands Gar Meadowcroft and Gene Eyler, brother Rusty Swaney and nephew Billy Swaney. Shirley is survived by her children; Scott (Gail) Meadowcroft, Greg (Marlene) Meadowcroft and Julie ...
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Lawrence "Larry" Rees

September 28, 1932 - June 27, 2017

Lawrence ("Larry") Rees, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at The Inn at Freedom Village due to complications following bladder surgery. Born September 28, 1932 in Bath, NY, Larry served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War and later served his state as a member of the Michigan State Police for 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Detective. Larry continued his...
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Irwin Brink

August 19, 1930 - June 23, 2017

Irwin Jay Brink, 86 of Holland, Michigan, entered his heavenly home on Friday, June 23 2017. Irwin was born August 19, 1930 in Hudsonville to John and Jennie (Elzinga) Brink. He graduated from Hudsonville High in 1948. After graduating from Hope College in 1952 with an A.B. in Chemistry, he went on to receive his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois. Irwin returned to...
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Kenneth D. Paterson

April 1, 1958 - June 22, 2017

Kenneth Paterson, age 59 of Holland, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. He is survived by his sons and grandson: Cory Paterson (Connor Kenneth Paterson) and Casey Paterson; his father William Paterson; his siblings: Debbie Windham, Dan Paterson, Michele Paterson Brown and Bruce Brown and Andrea Paterson. Ken graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1976, he then started a career as a...
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Herlinda Rodriguez-Presas

May 16, 1938 - June 21, 2017

Herlinda Rodriguez-Presas, age 79, passed away on June 21, 2017. She is survived by her children: Minerva Presas Rodriguez Ludivina Presas Rodriguez Gilberto Presas Rodriguez Herlinda Presas Rodriguez Bertha Presas Rodriguez Lucero Presas Rodriguez Dora Presas Rodriguez Juanita Presas Rodriguez Raul Presas Rodriguez Irma Presas Rodriguez and many grandchildren & great grandchildren....
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Carter Ryan Brink

June 4, 2004 - June 20, 2017

Carter Ryan Brink, age 13, of Holland, passed away unexpectedly due to an internal brain injury on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. He was a vibrant and energetic young man who was known for his kind and tender heart. He was a member of Providence Church where he was active in the Middle School Youth Group. Carter loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed many sports. Carter's...
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David Robbins

December 9, 1952 - June 20, 2017

David Robbins, age 64, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Vista Springs. Dave was retired from Consumers Energy where he worked for 30 years and was an avid hunter and member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He also enjoyed taxidermy as his favorite hobby and loved to make people laugh. Dave served his country in the US Army during Vietnam. He was a member of Graafschap...
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Nella Balder

June 3, 1920 - June 19, 2017

Nella Balder, age 97, of East Saugatuck, went to her heavenly home on Monday, June 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Julius and a son-in-law, Gail Haan. Nella is survived by her children, Luella and Ed Noor of Grandville, Mildred and Jerry Boomstra of Jenison, Jan and Jerry Maring of Grandville, Hank and Marcia Balder of Holland, Jerome and Connie Balder of Hamilton, Karen...
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Donna Mokma

November 21, 1947 - June 19, 2017

Donna Mokma, age 69, died Monday, June 19, 2017 at her home. She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher in 1975. Donna was born on November 21, 1947 to Corneil and Louise Meyaard. She was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church. Donna is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ronald; siblings, Glenn and Barbara Meyaard of Holland, Ronald and Jean Meyaard of Oakland, Vernon...
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Donald D. Brower

July 17, 1934 - June 17, 2017

Donald Dale Brower, 82, of Hamilton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at his home. Don was born in Hamilton on July 17, 1934 to Harry and Helene (Etterbeek) Brower. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Don became a welder for General Motors. He worked in the Kalamazoo Fisher Body plant for 34 years before his retirement. On May 31, 1957 he married Gladys Klingenberg. Don and...
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David Den Bleyker

July 2, 1939 - June 16, 2017

David Den Bleyker, 77, of Graafschap, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. Dave was born July 2, 1939, in Holland, to Oliver and Jean (Hofmeyer) Den Bleyker. Dave attended Holland Christian High School and married Marilyn Jongkryg. He was a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where he served as a deacon and elder, cadet leader, and church school leader. Dave retired...
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Geneva DeBoer

February 16, 1920 - June 14, 2017

Geneva (Scholten) DeBoer, age 97, of Holland, passed away at the American House on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, her son, Kenneth and a grandson, Jonathon. She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and enjoyed many years of singing in the choir. She is singing today with the heavenly hosts and is now reunited with many...
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Milton Beelen

August 31, 1933 - June 13, 2017

Milton Beelen, age 83, of Holland, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Holland Hospital. Milt was a member of Harderwyk Ministries. He was a veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, Milt worked for Sligh Furniture, as a Realtor, and as a construction manager. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 59 years; children: Mark and Nancy Beelen of Holland, Kimberly and...
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Lambert Haveman

February 10, 1927 - June 12, 2017

Lambert D Haveman passed away on June 12, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Clarissa (Chris) Haveman; children David & Maud Haveman of Phoenix, Luanne tenHarmsel of Holland, and Kurt & Kathi Haveman of Hudsonville; grandchildren Essie & Hsin-Fu Wu, John & Tiffany Fenster, Maureen & Michael Pixley, David & Liz Haveman, Jill & Chad Zuber, Andrew tenHarmsel, Jessica tenHarmsel, Susan &...
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Marilyn Lee George

March 14, 1936 - June 10, 2017

Marilyn Lee George, age 81, went to be in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus on Saturday, June 10, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born Marilyn Lee Stinson on March 14, 1936 in Saginaw, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Mabel Stinson, her brothers, Roger and Donald, Jr, and her husband, Ronald Lee George. Marilyn is survived by her brother, David Stinson;...
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Greg A. Diekema

July 26, 1952 - June 9, 2017

Greg Alan Diekema, 64, of Zeeland, was carried in the arms of Jesus up to heaven on Friday, June 9, after a yearlong battle with cancer. Greg was born in Holland to Ernest and Harriet (Poppema) Diekema and was a graduate of West Ottawa High School. He attended ITT Technical Institute in Indianapolis and spent the majority of his career at Donnelly Corporation and later Magna in Holland. He...
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Raymond "Ray" Tubergen

October 13, 1924 - June 4, 2017

Raymond Tubergen age 92, of Holland, was received into the Lord's loving arms on Sunday, June 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice (Prince) of 48 years, and second wife, Alma (Van Kampen) of 21 years, son-in-law, Dan DeVries and granddaughter Julie DeVries Ray is survived by his children, Linda Van Eizenga, Rod and Sandy Tubergen, Rita Tubergen,; Alma's daughter, Bev...
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Una Gertrude Voorhorst

October 28, 1922 - June 3, 2017

Una Gertrude Voorhorst entered peacefully into eternal rest with her Lord, Jesus Christ on June 3, 2017 at the age of 94. She was born on October 28, 1922, in East Saugatuck, Michigan and enjoyed an idyllic but hard-working childhood on her family's farm from which she could walk to the local one-room schoolhouse. She thrilled in sharing stories of her youth during the Great Depression, of her...
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Jerene Schrotenboer

September 22, 1926 - June 2, 2017

Jerene Schrotenboer, age 90, of Hamilton, made a glorious entrance into God's Kingdom on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods in Byron Center. Jerene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was retired from Herman Miller, Inc after 22 years as a Production Coordinator. She was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church, was active in prison...
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Christopher Casey

June 15, 1982 - May 29, 2017

Christopher Casey, age 34 of West Olive, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 29, 2017. He is survived by his son Jaxon; his parents: Nina and Reese Kelly and Tim and Marcy Casey; his brother Tim and Corie Casey and his step-brother Chris Hunter. Chris was a 2000 graduate of Summerville High School in Tuolumne, CA. and worked in the IT department at Holland Christian High School. Chris...
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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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