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Our Obituaries

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. A time to share...
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Jennifer "Jenny" Counterman

April 7, 1971 - March 22, 2017

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

September 11, 1952 - March 21, 2017

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

June 29, 1925 - March 19, 2017

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

March 27, 2007 - March 18, 2017

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

February 16, 1929 - March 18, 2017

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

July 29, 1928 - March 17, 2017

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

October 3, 1929 - March 16, 2017

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

December 10, 1944 - March 15, 2017

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

June 3, 1941 - March 15, 2017

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

July 8, 1951 - March 14, 2017

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

November 29, 1974 - March 13, 2017

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

April 30, 1952 - March 13, 2017

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

February 13, 1922 - March 11, 2017

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

March 6, 1923 - March 11, 2017

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

December 6, 1947 - March 11, 2017

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

May 29, 1942 - March 11, 2017

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

December 30, 1930 - March 8, 2017

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

June 6, 1919 - March 8, 2017

Helena Lemmen, age 97, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, March 08, 2017 at Resthaven Care Center. Arrangements will be announced by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, www.langelandsterenberg.com.
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Kenneth "Ken" Gunneman

May 6, 1930 - March 7, 2017

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

January 23, 1936 - March 6, 2017

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

April 3, 1987 - March 5, 2017

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

August 1, 1926 - March 5, 2017

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

September 21, 1950 - March 4, 2017

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

August 21, 1947 - March 4, 2017

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

June 9, 1983 - March 3, 2017

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

December 20, 1933 - March 2, 2017

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

January 12, 1936 - February 27, 2017

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

July 28, 1939 - February 27, 2017

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

February 21, 1934 - February 25, 2017

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

December 25, 1936 - February 24, 2017

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

February 6, 1952 - February 23, 2017

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

November 29, 1952 - February 23, 2017

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

November 3, 1937 - February 17, 2017

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

June 2, 1924 - February 14, 2017

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

September 27, 1926 - February 13, 2017

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

December 1, 1928 - February 12, 2017

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

August 30, 1925 - February 10, 2017

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

November 21, 1924 - February 9, 2017

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

July 12, 1937 - February 8, 2017

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

May 18, 1942 - February 6, 2017

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

July 9, 1931 - February 3, 2017

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

August 1, 1930 - January 31, 2017

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

November 28, 1928 - January 31, 2017

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

February 5, 1924 - January 30, 2017

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

July 21, 1921 - January 28, 2017

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

June 12, 1950 - January 27, 2017

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

October 22, 1937 - January 23, 2017

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

April 12, 1956 - January 19, 2017

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

March 26, 1919 - January 19, 2017

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

March 26, 1928 - January 18, 2017

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

September 5, 1934 - January 17, 2017

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

August 14, 1927 - January 17, 2017

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

November 8, 1937 - January 17, 2017

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

August 5, 1947 - January 13, 2017

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

April 12, 1926 - January 9, 2017

Dr. Mary Ellen Obert, MD, age 90, of Holland and formerly of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Holland, MI. She remained at the home of her daughter and son-in-law until the end as she had wished. Mary Ellen Newton was born April 12, 1926 in Ellwood City, PA. The youngest of four children of John Holliday and Jeanetta Newton, she grew up on a dairy farm. She was...
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John Delgado

August 21, 1933 - January 8, 2017

John Delgado, age 83, of Holland passed away on Sunday January 8, 2017. John was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. He retired from BASF after 32 years and was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. John was preceded in death by his son, Alfonso Delgado in 2005. He is survived by Amalia Delgado, his wife of 63 years; children: Juan (Janie) Delgado, Adolfo (Anna) Delgado,...
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Dorothy Olive McDonough

June 9, 1926 - January 7, 2017

Dorothy Olive McDonough (nee Taylor) passed away January 7, 2017 at the age of 90 surrounded by loving family in Holland, Michigan. Born in New York City June 9, 1926, Dorothy married Joseph McDonough in 1949, and soon moved to Paramus, NJ to raise their family. Dot entered nursing school after her youngest started school, and proudly served as an LPN at Bergen Pines County Hospital for many...
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Gordon Slenk

September 27, 1923 - January 6, 2017

Gordon Slenk, age 93, of Holland, passed safely into the arms of Jesus on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Holland Hospital. Gordon was a lifelong member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church where he was a Sunday School Teacher and Deacon. He also served in the US Army in WWII. He retired from Chris Craft following many years of employment. Gordon is survived by his wife of 70 years,...
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Bonnie Becksvoort

November 4, 1944 - January 5, 2017

Bonnie Becksvoort, age 72, of Hamilton, passed away Thursday, January 5 2017 at the Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids after a 4 ½ year struggle with cancer. Bonnie was a member of Overisel Reformed Church and enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and traveling. Bonnie was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Schuitema; and brother-in-law, Jack Becksvoort. Bonnie is...
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Rosemary Villegas

October 24, 1955 - January 3, 2017

Rosemary Villegas age 61, of Holland, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus following a lengthy illness with cancer. She was a member of Christ Memorial Church and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Rosemary is survived by her husband of 39 years, Octavio; children, James and Teresa Villegas of Hudsonville, Richard and Bonnie Villegas of Holland, Lydia...
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Marshall Sterling

April 29, 1926 - January 2, 2017

Marshall Sterling, age 90, passed away on January 2, 2017 at Holland Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Ettie Sterling. Marshall is survived by his children, Audrey Campbell-Sterling, Linda Dekker, Jeff Sterling, Matthew & Jessica Sterling, and Heidi Sterling & Nicholas Alvarado; grandchildren; Jessica, Cameron, Matt, Brian, Melissa, Jordan, Dylan, Aaron, Heather,...
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Wilma Hirdes

April 20, 1951 - January 1, 2017

Wilma N. Hirdes (Huisman), age 65, of Zeeland, originally from Orange City, Iowa, passed away on January 1, 2017. After a long and hopeful battle against cancer, Wilma is now at rest. She was preceded in death by her son, Isaac John Hirdes; her father, Alvin Huisman; and a brother, Dennis Huisman. She is survived by her loving husband, Randall Hirdes, their four children: Scott (Tricia)...
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Theressa L. Brouwer

January 19, 1932 - December 29, 2016

Theressa Lorraine Brouwer, age 84, of Holland passed away on December 29, 2016. She was the daughter of Rev. Martin and Tena Bolt. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dale Kempkers and Corrie Brouwer; brothers Rev. Calvin Bolt and Dr. Martin Bolt. Tres was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church and was active in many areas of church life. She volunteered with Kid's Hope and...
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Merle Cook

March 2, 1923 - December 28, 2016

Merle Cook age 93, of Holland, met his Savior face to face on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul, grandsons, Bryan Cook and Kevin Cook, and great grandchildren, Allison DeRidder and Alex Nava. Merle was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army Air Corp, serving during WWII. He retired from Chris Craft as a...
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Ida Gunnink

July 30, 1930 - December 27, 2016

Ida Gunnink, born July 30, 1930 in Hancock, MN, went home to be with the Lord in Holland, Michigan, on December 27, 2016. She was born to Dewey and Jesse (Hoekstra) Noordmans, and graduated from Reformed Bible College with a degree in Bible Studies. She was married in 1955 to Reverend Jerrien Gunnink and was a faithful mother and pastor's wife ministering in many churches. She was a very...
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James E. Ponitz

April 23, 1946 - December 27, 2016

Dr. James Edward Ponitz, DDS, 70, of Holland, beloved husband and father, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016. He was born in Battle Creek to parents Dr. Paul V. and Evelyn A. Ponitz, graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, and the University of Michigan undergraduate and Dental School. Jim married Kathleen Stewart in 1972, moved to Holland, and began his family dental practice. He...
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Joan Van Oss

January 31, 1934 - December 26, 2016

Joan Van Oss, age 82 of Holland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, December 26, 2016 at Faith Hospice. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Howard; her children: Kathy and Keith Mokma of Holland, Calvin and Jane Van Oss of Holland, Charles and Amy Van Oss of Hamilton, Karen Van Oss of Holland and Kristy and Alan Brown of Holland; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren...
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Edgar Mosher

February 28, 1927 - December 18, 2016

Edgar Mosher, age 89 of Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 18, 2016 after a short struggle with cancer. He is survived by his children: David and Caroline Mosher of Altadena, CA, Gay and Duane Tucker of Zeeland, Richard and Lisa Mosher of Holland and Mary and Carl Van Wylen of Sand Lake; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and his sister Joanne and...
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Roger Dale Plasman

June 30, 1931 - December 17, 2016

Roger Dale Plasman, 85, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Roger was born Holland, Michigan, to Edward and Dena (Scholten) Plasman, on June 30, 1931. He graduated from Holland Christian High School and served his country in the U.S. Army. Roger married Norma Van Harn in 1956, and they raised their family in Holland and were members of Maple Avenue Christian Reformed...
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Fredrick J Groen

July 1, 1942 - December 17, 2016

Frederick Groen, 74, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Fred is survived by his: Wife of 53 years, Beverly Sons Mike and Jeanne Groen Steve and Jill Groen Dan and Claire Groen Grandchildren Joshua, Nick, and Jacob Groen Megan and Jake VanAlten Taylor Groen Eleyna Groen Noah, Ella and Jackson Groen Sisters Alice Airola ...
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Patricia Ann Post

April 13, 1941 - December 16, 2016

Patricia Ann Post, age 75, passed away on December 16, 2016 at Spectrum Hospital. She is survived by husband of 52 years, Marlowe; children, Dean Post, Tim Post, Kara & Rich Clark; grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Post, Zachary & Aryelle Post, Kylee & Emilio Garcia and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 17 at Langeland Sterenberg Funeral...
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Albert "Al" Holthof

August 23, 1941 - December 15, 2016

Albert "Al" Holthof, 75, of Holland, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness. Al was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, on August 23, 1941, to Louis and Gertrude (Vander Laan) Holthof. When Al was ten years old, his family immigrated to the United States and they settled in Holland, Michigan. Al graduated from Holland Christian High School and he later...
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Pearl Stravers

April 15, 1926 - December 15, 2016

Pearl (Booy) Stravers, age 90, passed away on December 15, 2016 into the loving arms of her Savior. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Joe; children, Rev. David & Janet Stravers, Ruth & Dan Dorn, and Roger J. & Betty Stravers, and former daughter-in-law, Nina Stravers; 9 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lucille Stravers, Rev. Dick & Ruth Stravers,...
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Lucille LaMar

July 25, 1927 - December 11, 2016

Lucille LaMar, age 89, of Holland, took the hand of Jesus and was ushered into Heaven on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Lucille is survived by her children: Sandra and Michael Brinks of Hamilton, Bruce and Jill LaMar of Hamilton; 5 grandchildren, Chad and Rebecca LaMar, Courtney and Joanna LaMar, Brad LaMar, Jessica Brinks, Jason Brinks; 8 great grandchildren; siblings: Harvey Brower, Juella Van...
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Albert "Al" Molner

March 17, 1923 - December 7, 2016

Albert "Al" Molner, age 93, of Holland, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday December 7, 2016. Al was a loving husband and father, and he had a passion for taking photographs of family, friends and strangers. He also loved gardening and nurturing flowers and vegetables. Al is survived by his wife of 68 years Alberta; children: Louise and Richard Kempf, Mary and Ben Scholten, Jim...
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Annette B. Bonzelaar

April 18, 1924 - December 6, 2016

Annette B. Bonzelaar age 92, of Holland, passed away peacefully in the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, a son, Robert, and a sister, Katherine Gast. Annette was a member of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, graduated from Hope College, and served in the U.S. Navy as a member of the WAVES. She and her husband were members...
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Thomas A Smith

June 23, 1936 - December 3, 2016

Thomas Alvin Smith, age 80, of Holland, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at MediLodge of Holland. Tom succumbed to a long illness and he is now free and in the arms of Jesus. Following his service in the US Army as an Expert Marksman, Tom worked as an accountant for over 30 years in Holland and Grand Rapids. Tom enjoyed golfing, bowling and watching Tiger Baseball and was a member of...
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Evelyn Bos

May 15, 1914 - December 2, 2016

Evelyn Bos age 102, of Holland, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016. Evelyn loved taking care of her family, enjoying nature, feeding the birds and spending time up north. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin in 1996; daughter, Linda Kay Bos; son, Marvin Ryzenga; great grandson, Scott Veldhuis; son-in-law, Larry Schaub; and all of her brothers and sisters as she was the...
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George D. Dykstra

April 14, 1938 - November 30, 2016

George D. Dykstra age 78, of Holland, was ushered into his heavenly home on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. He was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Myla Joy Scholten. George was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church where he ushered for many years. He retired from Brooks Beverage and following retirement drove shuttle for Elhart Automotive Campus. He is survived by...
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Allen Achterhof

November 20, 1942 - November 27, 2016

Allen Achterhof, age 74 of Holland, surrounded by his family, peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his brothers Bob Achterhof and John Achterhof. Al is survived by his wife of 52 years Judy; his children and grandchildren: Tom and Marcy Achterhof (Drake, Ben, Eli and Hannah), Steve and Julie Achterhof (Madison and Ella);...
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Clair F. DeMull

August 15, 1926 - November 25, 2016

Clair F. DeMull age 90, of Holland, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve in 2013, a son-in-law, Dennis Huisman in 2005, and a great grandson. Clair was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and taught and coached in Allegan and West Ottawa High Schools. He is survived by his children; Joan DeMull of Grandville, Ross DeMull...
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Roger Langejans

August 31, 1944 - November 20, 2016

Roger Langejans, age 72 of Ludington, formerly of Holland passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debra; children: Jeff and Cindy Langejans, Jeremy and Heather Langejans and Eric Langejans; step children: Timothy and Liz Visser and Angela and John Danello; 7 grandchildren; sisters: Alyce De Graves and Pat and Dave Veen; parents-in-law William and Carolyn...
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David P. Vander Wege

March 15, 1937 - November 20, 2016

David P. Vander Wege age 79, of Holland, died Sunday, November 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor (Mouw) in 2006 and a son, Jeffrey in 2012. Dave was a member of Central Ave Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder, did significant research on the stained glass windows, and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also a charter member of the Evergreen Chorale...
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Harvey D Haverdink

May 15, 1928 - November 19, 2016

Harvey D. Haverdink, age 88, of Holland, went home to Jesus on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. He was a current member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of East Saugatuck Christian Reformed Church. Harvey was a life-long farmer and he and Harriet also established Hamilton Distributing which they owned and operated for many years. Harvey is survived...
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Lois Doan

May 14, 1934 - November 17, 2016

Lois J. Doan, age 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 17, 2016 and is now with her Lord and Savior. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for PPG Industries in Adrian for 24 years prior to retirement and was a longtime member of Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Upon retirement, she moved to Holland, MI to be close to family. In Holland, she became a member of Peace...
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Elinor Faber

November 2, 1922 - November 17, 2016

Elinor Carolyn Gran Heusinkveld Faber, 94, of Holland, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016 and is now with her Lord and Savior. Elinor was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 2, 1922, to Christian and Hilda Gran. After graduation from the University of Minnesota as a Registered Nurse in 1943, she married Dr. Maurice Heusinkveld MD. The couple were missionaries, serving in the...
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Lois Gebben

April 9, 1943 - November 15, 2016

Lois J. Gebben, 73, of Hamilton, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at her home. Lois worked for many years at the Lifesaver Factory. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Gebben, in 2005, and her granddaughter, Jennifer Chrispell, in 2000. She is survived by her children, Connie and Gary Chrispell of Hamilton, David and Tami Gebben of Grand Haven, and Vicki Tharp of Holland;...
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Juliet Blystra

July 27, 1923 - November 14, 2016

Juliet Blystra, age 93, of Holland, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 at Resthaven Care Center. She was a member of Park Christian Reformed Church. Juliet was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas in 2015, a daughter, Myra Blauwkamp, in 2009. Juliet is survived by her children; Judith (Jerry) Cooper, Louise Blystra, Harry (Mary) Blystra, Gwen (Marc) Wolters, Robert (Shelly)...
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Everett "Pete" Peterson

July 25, 1924 - November 9, 2016

Everett E. Peterson, age 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 9, 2016 and is now reunited with his beloved wife of 71 years, Juanice, his greatest two desires. He was born in Worchester, MA and is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Esther Peterson, and sister Marion. Pete is survived by his loving brother Wesley, Pete (as he was affectionately called...
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Phoumaly Manikham

November 6, 1963 - November 6, 2016

Phoumaly Manikham, age 53 of Zeeland passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016. Phoumaly was preceded in death by her late father Phoumy Manophath, and her nlate sister Sarah Manophath. She is survived by her husband Sullivan Manikham and her son Matthew Sinthasomphone, her mother Mani Manophath, her American parents Pastor Stan and Julie Hanna, sister and family Phouvaly and Scott Perry (Hanna,...
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Loren R. Kleis

May 12, 1955 - November 6, 2016

Loren R. Kleis age 61, of Holland, went to be with his Lord Sunday, November 6, 2016, knowing the hope of the resurrection in Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Adelaide (Lezman) Kleis and was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church for many years. This kind and gentle soul spent his last days at Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods being cared for by the wonderful...
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George J. Dunne

December 8, 1932 - November 6, 2016

George Joseph Dunne, 83, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016. George J. Dunne was born December 8, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward and Catherine (Cremer) Dunne. He graduated from high school and in college earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting. George was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. George was the owner of IBG...
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Robert "Bob" Geurink

September 10, 1961 - November 1, 2016

Robert "Bob" Jay Geurink, age 55, was welcomed into his heavenly home unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Born and raised in Holland, Bob graduated from Hamilton High School where he met the love of his life, Anne Brower whom he was married to for 33 years. For years Bob and Anne were active members of Faith Christian Center and raised their four children, Andrew, Aaron, Aric and Aimee...
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David G. Marckini

September 2, 1935 - October 31, 2016

David G. Marckini, 81, of Holland, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016. David was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 2, 1935, to William and Ida (Hanje) Marckini. He graduated from Creston High, G.R.J.C., the University of Michigan, and also attended law school. David was a lifelong learner with many interests. He was trained as an electrical engineer and became a systems...
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Chester Schemper

December 23, 1918 - October 30, 2016

Rev. Chester Schemper, 97, of Oak Park, Illinois, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Chester was born in Holland, Michigan, to Harry and Edith (Kooyers) Schemper. He graduated from Hope College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He married Garrietta Petroelje in 1946. Chester served as a pastor in Christian Reformed Church congregations in Allendale, MI, Chicago, IL, and...
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Marilyn Dykstra

March 22, 1934 - October 28, 2016

Marilyn Jean Witteveen Dykstra, age 82, passed away on Friday October 28, 2016 after a brave 15 year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Marilyn graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1952. She is a graduate of Kuyper College (formally Reformed Bible College) and Eastern Michigan University. She taught hearing impaired children at Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, IL. After her six...
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Mary Hobeck

August 6, 1934 - October 24, 2016

Mary Hobeck, age 82, of Holland, passed away peacefully Monday, October 24, 2016 at Maple Leaf Health Care Center in Manchester, New Hampshire after living with Parkinson's for 10 years. Mary graduated from Holland High School and attended both Hope College in Holland and National Teacher's College in Evanston. She was an elementary school teacher before doing what she loved best, being a stay...
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Si Miller, Jr.

August 14, 1933 - October 24, 2016

Si Miller, Jr., 83, of Holland, formerly Dowagiac, died October 24, 2016 at Holland Hospital. Si was born to Earl Glenn "Big Si" and Marion Ethel "Mimi" (Tinney) on August 14, 1933 in Fremont, MI. Si graduated from Fremont High School in 1951 and Western Michigan University in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Claudia Fox, and was happily married for 62 years. He served as...
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Betty A. Overbeek

October 27, 1933 - October 24, 2016

Betty Overbeek, age 82, of Holland, died Monday, October 24, 2016 at an area care center. She was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and worked as a RN in Labor and Delivery at Holland Hospital for many years. In 1976, Betty had a life changing automobile accident which left her on a long road of recovery from brain trauma. She was not able to work as she had before, but found joy in...
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