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Our Obituaries

Harriet J Meiste

September 15, 1927 - October 18, 2017

Harriet Meiste, age 90, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Lakeside Vista and Villas in Holland. Harriet was a charter member of Hamilton Christian Reformed Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild and served as a Calvinette Leader. She also volunteered for CRWRC/World Renew. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Harlan Meiste, on May 16,...
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Dan A. Koeman

August 3, 1945 - October 17, 2017

Dan Arthur Koeman, 72, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, October 17, at Holland Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Born in Holland to Don and Julia Koeman, he attended Holland Christian High School, Reformed Bible College,...
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Julianna G. Ryzenga

February 14, 1921 - October 9, 2017

Julianna G. Ryzenga age 96, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 9, 2017. She the daughter of Edward and Johanna Ryzenga, and was a life-long member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Julianna helped work the family farm until it was sold and then she and her sister, Gladys, cleaned houses for many years She is survived by several cousins and...
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Gordon L. Laninga

May 29, 1935 - October 8, 2017

Gordon Lee Laninga, formerly of Newaygo and Grand Rapids, passed away October 8, 2017 at Appledorn Living Center of Holland. He was 82. Born May 29, 1935 in Grand Rapids to Jerry and Dorothy (Heyboer) Laninga, he attended Lee High School in Wyoming and began a career as a truck driver, which he fully enjoyed for 42 years. An avid University of Michigan fan, he also loved golf, photography,...
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Florence Molewyk

January 31, 1933 - October 8, 2017

Florence Molewyk, age 84, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 to be in the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Florence was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a founding member of Real Life Fellowship Church and she was employed as a nurse's aide and housekeeping supervisor at Luther Home for 25 years. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Clifford VanDenBerg and...
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John Scheibach

October 11, 1957 - October 6, 2017

John Scheibach, age 59 of Holland, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017. He is survived by his brothers: Larry and Betty Scheibach and Ron and Lucy Scheibach; his nephew Eric Scheibach and his former wife Judy Scheibach. John graduated from West Ottawa High School. He was the director of Buildings and Grounds at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, where he worked for 30 years, and...
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Sathien Sabandith

August 7, 1946 - October 4, 2017

Sathien Sabandith age 71, of Holland, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St. Holland. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, October 13, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.
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Marianne DeKorn

August 15, 1927 - October 2, 2017

Marianne was born August 15, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI to Nick and Jennie (Zwartenkot) Haadsma. She went home to her Lord on Oct 2, 2017 in Holland, Michigan, aged 90, peacefully in her sleep. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Harriett (Bob) Glupker; brother and sister-in-law Bob (Irmalee) Haadsma and nephew Bill Sherry. She is survived by her husband...
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Chad Bengtson

April 1, 1976 - October 2, 2017

Chad Bengtson, age 41 of Zeeland, passed away unexpectedly Monday, October 2, 2017. He is survived by his parents Charlie and Marilyn Bengtson; his sisters: Debra Baker and Stacy Lounsbury; his nieces and nephews: Dakota, Jenna and Dylan Baker and Evan and Kristen Lounsbury; his uncles and aunts: Paul Bengtson, Mary Bengtson, Roger and June Bengtson and several cousins. Chad graduated from...
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John David "Dave" Benedict

December 24, 1922 - September 29, 2017

John David Benedict, "Dave", of Holland MI, died Sept. 29, 2017. He was born on Christmas Eve, 1922 in Indianapolis, IN to Howard and Ruth Benedict. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Cathy; his children, Steven, Ruth (Jonas Taub), Paul (Susan) and Alan; grandchildren, Emily and Aaron Taub, Elizabeth and Rebecca Benedict. He served in WWII from 1942 – 1946 with radio communication...
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Bertha Hulst

July 23, 1920 - September 29, 2017

Bertha Hulst, age 97, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, September 29, 2017. Bertha was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, participated in the Ladies Aid Society, Sunday evening Bible study, and Ladies Sewing Guild. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Hulst. She is survived by her children; Beth Ritsema, Belva & Michael Slenk, Brenda & Doug...
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Jay Meiste

May 29, 1947 - September 27, 2017

Jay Meiste, age 70, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Meijer Heart Center of Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Jay was a lifelong member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a 1965 graduate of Holland Christian High School and, following his military service, worked as a mason in the Holland area for over 40...
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Heather Nutting

October 19, 1983 - September 26, 2017

Heather Nutting, age 34, of Appleton, WI, and formerly of Ludington, MI and Holland, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, in Appleton. Heather was preceded in death by her mother, Nadene Fetsko; and grandparents, Daryl and Betty Nutting, Sr., Joseph and Evelyn Fetsko, Kenneth and Marcia Mokma. Heather is survived by her: Parents Mike and Kathy Nutting of Holland,...
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Shanda Botsis

July 23, 1975 - September 21, 2017

Shanda Botsis, age 42, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 21, 2017 surrounded by her family being showered with love. Shanda loved her family and in the toughest of times she really stepped up and was there for each of them. Shanda loved nature and enjoyed animals. She had a contagious laugh and an outstanding sense of humor. She stuck up for the underdog, accepted people for who...
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Benjamin "Ben" Caldwell

August 10, 1989 - September 20, 2017

Benjamin D. Caldwell, age 28, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Ben was a passionate young man who loved with his whole heart. He had a big smile and a strong hug and a heart that was filled with boundless grace. He loved the outdoors and adventure. He felt closest to God in the midst of His beautiful creation: the waves meeting the shore, being in the midst of a forest, watching...
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Sokvary Chiv Fort

June 1, 1962 - September 18, 2017

Sokvary Chiv Fort June 1, 1962 - September 18, 2017 Sokvary passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 18, 2017. She was a naturalized American citizen that came as a Refugee from Cambodia having gone through the "Killing Fields" of Cambodia in the 70's. Her story "Out of Dragon's mouth" can be read at www.missionindependentbaptistchurchchicago.com. Sokvary settled in Chicago in 1980...
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Nathan Jon Marcus

June 16, 1994 - September 17, 2017

Nathan Jon Marcus, age 23 of Holland, was unexpectedly taken into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Nate was a passionate young man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed time on or around the water and hours spent working on the "Car Bar". His love for life was surpassed only by his love for his extended family and close friends. Nate was caring and...
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Roy P. Welton

October 28, 1947 - September 15, 2017

Roy Phillips Welton age 69 of Holland Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 15th and will be missed by his loving wife, large extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Welton and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cindi Welton. He was an inspirational father to daughter Courtney Welton, son Adam Magoon ( Kim ), and step daughters Darcy...
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Lavon Visscher

April 13, 1936 - September 14, 2017

Lavon Visscher, age 81, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was a member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Lavon and Pastor Ed ministered in several churches over the years. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edwin; children, Vickie Olson of Gallup, NM, Raymond and Shari Visscher of Holland, Claudia Molner of Holland; 4...
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Patricia "Patty" Hill

March 17, 1947 - September 11, 2017

Patricia "Patty" (Hubley) Hill, 70, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. She was born on St. Patrick's Day and continued to love the holiday throughout her life, especially Holland's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. She was a longtime Holland resident who loved being at the beach and on the water. Patty enjoyed traveling, spoke fluent French and adored being Grammy to her four...
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Atanacia Avellaneda

August 14, 1941 - September 5, 2017

Atanacia Avellaneda, 76, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Atanacia was born August 14, 1941, in Michoacan, Mexico. Her parents were Lonjino and Victoria Avellaneda. She raised four children and they moved to West Michigan in the 1970's. She is survived by her children: Jovita and Francisco Garcia, Rodrigo and Cindy Jaimes, Jose Reynoso and Alma Villanueva, David...
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Bonnie Rietman

January 3, 1949 - September 5, 2017

Bonnie Rietman, age 68 of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Golden Orchards in Fennville. Bonnie retired after 25 years as a custodian at Hope College. Bonnie is survived by her children: Tim Rietman, Tammy (Andrew) Middleton, Dennis (Stacey) Rietman, Darin (Laura) Rietman; 13 grandchildren; brother: Larry (Arlene) Nienhuis; sisters: Sharon (Phillip) Lemmen, Merry (Russ)...
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Gladys Essenburg

December 22, 1933 - September 3, 2017

Gladys Essenburg (Kotman), age 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 3, 2017. She was a member of the Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church. Gladys is survived by her husband of 57 years, Milton; her daughter and son-in-law, Sheri & Rev. Mark Bennink; her granddaughter, Laura Bennink; and her grandson, Matthew Bennink. Other relatives are her brother, Robert (and...
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Donald W. Boeve

August 19, 1934 - September 2, 2017

Donald W. Boeve age 83, of Holland, died Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods. He was the son of Lester and Alyda Boeve, and was preceded in death by a brother, Arnold. He was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army, serving in the post Korea era. He was a self-employed barber for many years and retired from the Physical Plant...
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Donald R. Dokter

February 15, 1932 - August 30, 2017

Donald Ray Dokter, 85, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Cornelia Helene Dokter, his daughter Sheri Fris, his son Michael Dokter and wife Christina, his daughter Kris Ward and husband Jim, his son Kelly Dokter and wife Nancy. Grandchildren: Dan (Tamra) Fris, Jenell (Scott) Buday, David (Heidi) Dokter, Daniel Dokter,...
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Mathilda Jacobs

March 4, 1917 - August 29, 2017

Mathilda Jacobs (Plantinga) went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Mathilda was born on March 4, 1917 in Sheldon, Iowa to Andrew and Tillie Plantinga. At the age of 6, she moved with her family to Holland, Michigan. A member of Drenthe CRC, she is survived by her daughter, Jackie Meppelink of Guadalajara, Mexico; and two sons, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs (Ola)...
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Alvin "Al" Heerspink

July 21, 1932 - August 28, 2017

Alvin "Al" Heerspink, age 85, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017. Al served his country in the Army during the Korean War and was a master wood craftsman his entire life. He was employed for 32 years as a supervisor for General Electric and was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Al is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marjorie; children, Susan & Gary Adams (Florida), Dirk &...
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William M. Patterson

June 6, 1929 - August 18, 2017

William M. Patterson, 88, of Holland, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017. Bill was born in Warsaw, Indiana, on June 6, 1929, to William and Della Patterson. Bill graduated from Warsaw High School with 8 athletic letters and was a two-time Indiana high school all-state basketball player. He had the opportunity to play basketball at Purdue University and practiced with the Fort Wayne...
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Robert Goff

April 15, 1921 - August 17, 2017

Robert R. Goff, age 96, longtime resident of Wheaton, IL, Muncie, IN and Bloomington, IL, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017. He is survived by his daughters: Susan (Steve) Minihan and Barbara (Brad) Bright; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Greg Minihan, Carrie (Matt) Girman (Anna, Katie and Michael), Allyson Bright; nephew Mark (Pat) Stuckey and niece Denise (Alan) Janssen. Bob...
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Roger A. Scholten

June 4, 1941 - August 16, 2017

Roger Scholten, 76, passed away on August 16, 2017. He is survived by Barb, his wife of 52 years, daughter, Sara Scholten, son and his wife, Patrick and Carolyn Scholten, grandson, Jacob Scholten, and sister, Esther Robberts. He was preceded in death by his sister, Geneva DeBoer and nephew, Ken DeBoer. Rog was employed for many years at American Aerosol/Guardsman, then was owner and...
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Harriet L. Haverdink

November 19, 1927 - August 12, 2017

Harriet Haverdink, age 89, of Holland, went home to Jesus on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. She was a current member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Harriet and her husband Harvey lived on the family farm in Hamilton for 65 years. Harriet enjoyed working on many church committees and traveling throughout...
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Ernesto Jr. Cantu

February 6, 1960 - August 10, 2017

Ernesto Cantu Jr., age 57, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. He is preceded in death by his father, Ernesto Cantu Sr. He is survived by his mother, Ana Maria Cantu; children, Arianna & Jacob Victor, Ernesto Cantu III, Enrique Cantu; grand-children, Gisele, Jennavise, Zaden; sister, Carol Salinas; nephew, Ernie Salinas; niece, Carina Salinas;...
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Max De Pree

October 28, 1924 - August 8, 2017

A corporate and civic leader, Max De Pree published eloquent and moving analyses of the qualities of leadership that carried his influence far beyond the company he led and the corporate world in which that company distinguished itself. As chief executive officer of Herman Miller, Inc., he helped keep the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of office furniture in the vanguard of innovative,...
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Wilma "Billie" Maatman

June 1, 1926 - August 3, 2017

Wilma "Billie" Maatman age 91, of Holland, died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at an area care center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, and a daughter, Diane Woodall Leep. Billie retired from Kmart and was known for creating the handmade "Nose Mittens", for the Holland High School Marching Band, which they used for the Christmas Parade. She is survived by her children, Douglas...
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William C Vandenberg III

March 16, 1934 - August 2, 2017

William "Bill" C. Vandenberg III, age 83 of Holland, died peacefully in his sleep at the Vista Springs in Wyoming, MI on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Bill graduated from Culver Military Academy. After a year at Southern Methodist University he enlisted in the Marine Corp. He graduated from Hope College and was later employed as a student recruiter. After retirement he turned his love of the...
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Goldie "Lou" Mishoe

September 22, 1932 - July 28, 2017

Goldie Lucille Mishoe passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Raymond Mishoe in 1988. She was born in Exline, Iowa on September 22, 1932. Lou and Ray moved to Holland in 1954 living in the Virginia Park area. She was a long time member of Central Park Reformed Church and retired from Sears in 2002. She was a member of the Red Hats Society...
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Kenneth Veenman

July 19, 1942 - July 25, 2017

Kenneth Veenman, age 75, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. Ken was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and a former member of Pine Creek Christian Reformed Church. Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda and brother, Dan. Ken is survived by his son, Thomas (Elizabeth) Veenman of Holland; daughter, Linda Bultman and Mark Erlandson...
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Raymon G. Elhart

May 6, 1936 - July 24, 2017

Raymon G. Elhart, 81, of Holland, MI passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017. Born to Gilbert and Ruth Elhart, he was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Elhart and grandson, Jonathan. He leaves behind his loving wife, Vonnie (Kraai) Elhart; his devoted daughters Rayetta (David) Perez, Stephanie (Jay Frankhouse) Elhart, and Shannon Elhart; six treasured grandchildren: Dylan, Tessa, Sammi,...
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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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