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Kenneth Wayne Morford

October 15, 1921 - September 1, 2014

MORFORD-Kenneth Wayne Morford age 92 formerly of Jenison, went to be with the Lord, Monday, September 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; and his brothers Charles and Vincent Morford. He is survived by his children Judy Wilson, Ron Abuja and Kim Fassett; grandchildren James Smith, Erykah Fassett, R.D. Abuja; great grandchildren Joseph and Avva Smith; his brother Wayne ...
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Byron "By" J. Healy

March 19, 1922 - August 30, 2014

HEALY - Byron J. Healy ("By"), 92 of Wyoming, MI and born in Kalamazoo, completed his earth days Saturday, August 30, 2014. The son of Byron J. and Marie Healy was preceded in death by his sister Marie Hampton Gabbert. By will be lovingly remembered by Meredith Healy, his wife of 65 years, daughter Dayle Healy Lusk & son-in-law Bob Lusk, grandchildren Brett, Troy & Chad Lusk of Huntington...
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Theresa Rose Ancona

August 28, 2014

ANCONA Theresa Rose Ancona was called to the next life, Thursday, August 28, 2014. Theresa was born in Grand Rapids to Frank and Mary Ancona. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Annette Herp. Theresa retired from the phone company after many years of service. She delighted in her great nieces and nephews, and all her extended family. She became the expert in family Italian...
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Anne McDonald

December 28, 1965 - August 25, 2014

MCDONALD (Ross) – Anne McDonald, of Wyoming, MI (formerly of Whitmore Lake and West Bloomfield), went to be with her Lord and Savior unexpectedly on Monday, August 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Douglas S. and Anne P. Ross. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 28 years, R. Daniel McDonald; sons, Daniel Ross McDonald and Andrew Thomas McDonald; siblings,...
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Norman VanLangen

November 3, 1932 - August 25, 2014

VANLANGEN - Norman Lloyd VanLangen, of Jenison, age 81, went to be with his Lord, Monday, August 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Abe and Janet VanLangen, his sister, Elsa Texer Brouwer and his infant great-grandson, Trayton K. Fisher. Norman will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Jucille VanLangen (Alofs); his children, Linda (Ken) Westhuis of Hudsonville,...
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William "Homer" Wentz

October 18, 1943 - August 24, 2014

WENTZ - William "Homer" Wentz, age 70 went to be with his Lord, Sunday, August 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Lola and Ralph Wentz; son Donald Wentz. He will be remembered by his wife Amalin Wentz; son Yoken Wentz; siblings Katherine Wentz, Shirley (Robert) Kirchhoff, Loa Reynolds, John Wentz, Cheri Wentz; many nieces and nephews. A Funeral mass will be held at St. Mary...
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Gertrude VanderLaan

August 30, 1917 - August 24, 2014

VANDERLAAN - Gertrude VanderLaan age 96 of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, August 24, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband George; grandson Joel VanderLaan and granddaughter Amy Kamps. She is survived by her children, George (Pat) VanderLaan, Gennie Marlink, Lois (Gary) Kooistra, and Kathie (Dave) Kamps; grandchildren, Tim (Barbilyn) VanderLaan; Rachel...
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Mildred Veenstra

December 12, 1921 - August 23, 2014

VEENSTRA - Mildred I. Veenstra (Stelma), was born to Gerard and Anna (Hankamp) Stelma on December 12, 1921 and called home by the Lord on August 23, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband Melvin H. Veenstra, daughter Mary S. (Mrs. Robert) Meyer, and great-grandchildren Charles and Amy Veenstra. She is survived by her children Bernice E. (David, deceased) Weber, Kenneth D. (Judy)...
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Gary J. Deters

September 21, 1935 - August 23, 2014

Gary J. Deters, age 78, went to be with his Lord, Saturday, August 23, 2014. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, LaVonne Deters (VanderWal); his children, David (Jackie) Deters, Daniel (Susan) Deters, Karen (Jeff) VanDam; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sister, Eunice "Tootie" Neerken. Gary served for 29 years in the Wyoming Police Department,...
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Barbara Ratuszny

February 21, 1947 - August 23, 2014

RATUSZNY (WHITFIELD) - Barbara I. Ratuszny, age 67, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, August 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence John Ratuszny, her father, Clarence Whitfield and sister, Helen Whitfield. Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her children, Jeff (Karri) Ratuszny, Todd Ratuszny, Tracy (Justin) Kronemeyer; her grandsons, Tyson and Trenton...
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Clair Gordon Laninga

August 3, 1936 - August 20, 2014

Gordon Laninga, age 78, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Gord will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn Laninga (Keizer); his children, Valerie and Ron Snoeyink, Vonda and Jon DeKleine, Vicki and Jon VandenHeuvel; his grandchildren, Danielle, Levi, Cameron Snoeyink, MacKenzie (Justin) Gregg, Colton, Dawson DeKleine, Whitney, Sydney, Carly VandenHeuvel; his...
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Glenn Faber

August 18, 2014

FABER – Glenn J. Faber, age 76, of Kentwood, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Brenda (Evans) Faber; children, Daniel Faber, Theodore Faber, and Teresa (Abhay) Joshi; grandchildren, Anjali and Anna; nieces; in-laws, Dennis (Karen) Evans and Douglas Evans; and his four legged friend, Malachi. Glenn served his country as a Marine...
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Thomas Matthew Desser

July 12, 1984 - August 17, 2014

DESSER Thomas Matthew Desser age 30, through an accidental fall, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, August 17, 2014. Thomas was preceded in death by his grandfather Donald M. Buffin, Sr. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents Matt and Cindy Desser; sister Jennifer Desser; loving fiancée Devon Marsiglia; nephew Little Tommy; grandparents Donna Bufffin, Thomas ( Jane) Desser;...
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David Robert Pierson

July 14, 1963 - August 17, 2014

PIERSON-David Robert Pierson, age 51 of Zeeland, went to be with the Lord, unexpectedly, Sunday, August 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Pierson. He is survived by his sons, Kyle Pierson and Cameron Pierson; granddaughters Natalie and Sophia Pierson; his mother Betty Pierson; his siblings, Sheryl "Sherry" VanRhee and Randy (Sarah) Pierson and nieces and nephews Jenna ...
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Katherine A. Stoddard (VanDriel)

August 31, 1955 - August 16, 2014

STODDARD (VANDRIEL) Katherine A. Stoddard, age 58, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, August 16, 2014. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 37 years, James Stoddard; her sons, Christopher (Jennifer) Stoddard, Stephen (Krista) Stoddard; her grandchildren, Noah, Matthew, Olivia, Leo, Addison, Zachary; her parents, Arthur and Winifred VanDriel; her siblings, Mark VanDriel, Paul...
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Curtis Lee Vos, Jr.

July 25, 1985 - August 13, 2014

VOS-Curtis Lee Vos Jr. age 29 of Wyoming passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at home. He is survived by his parents Curt and Lanelle Vos Sr.; his grandparents Jerry and Mary Roberts and Gerrit (Joyce) Vos; many aunts, uncle, cousins and extended family. Curtis was proud of his Native American heritage and was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa...
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James "Jim" VerWys

July 15, 1944 - August 13, 2014

VERWYS-James "Jim" VerWys age 70 of Wyoming went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Dorothy VerWys and his mother and father in-law Harold and Jane Isenga. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Jan; his sons, Jim (Ann Rogers) VerWys and Todd VerWys; grandchildren Jimmy VerWys, Christina VerWys and Colin VerWys; his...
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Delores "Lori" Kloosterman

June 3, 1941 - August 13, 2014

KLOOSTERMAN Delores "Lori" J. Kloosterman, age 73, of Byron Center, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Lori was born June 3, 1941 to Leonard and Grace (Lameyer) VandenBerg. She will be greatly missed by her children, Marcia (Leon) Timmerman, Nancy (Sanford) Langager, Carol (Mark) Bouwman, and Scott (Jodie) Kloosterman; grandchildren, Dan (Michelle) Timmerman,...
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Frederick "Fred" Osborn

August 20, 1929 - August 11, 2014

OSBORN Mr. Frederick "Fred" Osborn, age 84, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014. Fred was born August 20, 1929 in Bay City, MI. He served his country proudly with the US Army during WWII. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold (Alma) Crane; adoptive parents, Frederick and Minnie Osborn; siblings, Janet, Don, and Nick; and step children, Jane and Jim. Surviving are his wife of 28...
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Margaret "Maggie" Fuss

August 7, 2014

FUSS (LAWTON) Margaret Mary Fuss, age 72, went to be with her Lord, Thursday, August 7, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Lawton. Maggie will be lovingly remembered by her children, Amy (Dave) Hoffman, Jeff (Cherie) Fuss, Katy (Steve) Magers, Frank (Julie) Fuss; the love of her life, Thomas Fuss; her grandchildren, Trent Magers, Sam Hoffman, Nicholas...
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Agatha Rosalie Filush (Valacak)

June 7, 1924 - August 6, 2014

FILUSH, AGATHA (Valacak) - On August 6, 2014, Heaven celebrated the arrival of Agatha Rosalie Filush. Agatha was 90 years old and is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, James George Filush. Agatha was born in Roseland, Illinois on June 7, 1924, to Helen and Paul Valacak. Agatha was one of 11 children. The family moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan where Agatha worked at Whirlpool and met...
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Judy Kay Potter

May 28, 1946 - August 4, 2014

POTTER-Judy Kay (Dykstra) Potter blessed this earth for 68 years. She entered the battle for her life with grace and beauty, and a never wavering trust in the Lord. Always knowing she would win, Monday August 4, 2014, she received her ultimate reward when she took Jesus' hand and entered Heaven. Greeted into Heaven by many family members and friends, she waited 15 years for the day she would...
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Sylvia Hill

June 3, 1929 - August 4, 2014

HILL - Sylvia M. (Beverwyk) Hill, age 85, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014. Sylvia was born June 3, 1929 in Wyoming, MI to John and Marjorie (Fountain) Beverwyk. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mina Bosgraff, Edith Westmaas, and Gretchen Gebben. Surviving are her children, Debra, and Dennis; step-daughter Sandra; grandchildren, Jason (Sherri), and Rebecca; great grandchildren,...
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Jack Douse

September 12, 1935 - August 4, 2014

DOUSE Jack Wesley Douse, age 78, of Hudsonville passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at Laurels of Kent. He suffered over 16 years with Alzheimer's. He was born to the late Wilma Darr and Glenn Douse in Grand Rapids on September 12, 1935. He was married to Alice Norton Douse for 57 years. Jack and Alice both graduated in the same class from Big Rapids High School in 1953. Jack retired from...
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Dottie Short (Spears)

May 18, 1925 - August 4, 2014

SHORT - Dottie Short (Spears), age 89, of Grandville went to be with the Lord, Monday, August 4, 2014. Dottie was born May 18, 1925 in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Myrtle Spears, and nine siblings. She is survived by her children, Brenda (Bruce) Block, Chet Alan Short, and Betty (Burney) Smith; nine grandchildren; many great grandchildren,...
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Dorothy "Ruth" Lass

March 12, 1915 - August 2, 2014

LASS - Dorothy "Ruth" Lass aged 99 years, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 2, 2014. A longtime resident of Wyoming, Michigan, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Peter Lass; parents Alta and Jim Oldfield, Frank and Idena Parr; sisters Hilda (Peter) Mendels, June (Harold) Venema; special friend Paul Bruining and many brothers and sisters-in-law...
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Harold Eggleston, Jr.

July 31, 2014

EGGLESTON Harold J.Eggleston Jr "JR", age 84 went to be with his Lord, Thursday, July 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Eggleston; son Ralph Eggleston. He will be remembered by his children Judy (Craig) Nelson, Sandy (Tim) Van Zegeren, Billi (Brian) Bosman, Tom Eggleston; daughter-in-law Deb Eggleston; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings Lorraine Copron,...
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Erma May Cook

July 29, 1941 - July 31, 2014

COOK Erma May Cook, Age 73, went to be with her Lord Friday, July 31, 2014, with her family by her side. Erma was born July 29, 1941 in Lowell, MI to Charles Wheat and Medell Wheat. She graduated from Godwin High School and married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Cook on August 27, 1960. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed telling stories upon stories. She spent many hours...
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Lorraine R. Johnson

November 9, 1921 - July 29, 2014

JOHNSON- Lorraine R. Johnson age 92 of Grandville, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nelson and Gertrude Brouwer and brother Lyle Brouwer, and her husband Henry "Hank" Johnson and daughter Jill Moore. She is survived by her children, Sally Thomas, Randy (Lin) Johnson; son-in-law James Moore; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, extended...
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Jeanne Marie Meindertsma (Elferdink)

August 16, 1936 - July 29, 2014

MEINDERTSMA Jeanne Marie Meindertsma (Elferdink), age 77 went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Tressa Elferdink; siblings Bob (Gloria) Brigstock, Linda Deising; grandson Owen Senior. She will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband Bob Meindertsma of 57 years; children Susan Meindertsma-Fox, Kelly (Andy) Bradburn, Jill ...
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Roy E. "Gene" Johnson

June 24, 1937 - July 27, 2014

JOHNSON Roy E. "Gene" Johnson, age 77, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Delores Johnson (Dinges); his son, Randy Johnson; his sisters, Suzanne Johns and Holly Mast. Gene will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Ruth Borduin-Johnson (Kroft); his sons, Greg (Lisa) Johnson of Hudsonville, Steve (Becky) Johnson of Jenison...
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Dorothy Gertrude Luscher (Greenwald)

September 15, 1916 - July 26, 2014

LUSCHER Dorothy Gertrude Luscher (Greenwald), age 97 went to be with her Lord, Saturday, July 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon Luscher; granddaughter Sherri Johnson; parents Mary and Henry Greenwald; siblings Marion Foster, Louise Branecki, Roy Greenwald; son-in-laws Larry Snyder, Andy Wisniewski. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Lee (Mary Ann)...
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Mary Jean DeGraaf

August 18, 1925 - July 25, 2014

DEGRAAF-Mary Jean DeGraaf age 88, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Cornelius DeGraaf and her daughter Kimberly Minnaar. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Sheryl Ruoss and son Kenneth DeGraaf; her 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; her sisters Betty Hopkins and Lois Delnay and brother...
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Pamela Kay (Roxbury) Nelson

April 8, 1963 - July 25, 2014

ROXBURY-Pamela Kay Roxbury Nelson, age 51 of Kentwood, went to be with the Lord, Friday, July 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her first husband Tim Roxbury. She is survived by her husband Ed Nelson; her daughters, Claudia Roxbury, Jessica Roxbury and Erica Roxbury; her grandchildren, Hilary and Halie Sisk and Hunter Baker; her brother Mark (Florence) Doyle, her sisters Janet (Daniel) ...
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Stacy Lake

July 24, 2014

On July 24, 2014, Stacy left us peacefully, at the age of 28, for her next great adventure. She maintained her keen wit, charm, and infectious smile throughout the six months since her cancer diagnosis. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Harold and Emma Lake. Stacy shared her life with her loving boyfriend, Melood Abugasea, and dog, Hops. She is survived by her mother,...
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Craig Richard Sytsma

January 12, 1968 - July 23, 2014

SYTSMA, CRAIG RICHARD Craig, age 46, passed away unexpectedly July 23, 2014. He was the loving father of Luis, Jordan, and Tyra, proud grandfather of Leylah, beloved son of Richard and Jacque, dear brother of Keith (Sherri), and special uncle of Fischer. Craig was a metallurgical engineer and technical director at Eltro Services and owner of Sytsma Services. Craig was an avid Detroit sports...
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Thomas Michael Dykema

October 12, 1971 - July 22, 2014

DYKEMA – Thomas Michael Dykema, age 42, of Muskegon, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy Dykema. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Leah; children Troy and Taylor; step-children, Leanna, Alex and Hunter; nephews Tyler and Tanner, mother, Nancy Boelens; and father, Ken Dykema. A memorial service will be held 12 pm Tuesday at...
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Anna Bentley (Lett)

December 28, 1980 - July 20, 2014

BENTLEY-Anna Bentley (Lett) age 33 of Middleville went to be with the Lord, Sunday July 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Lyle Lett. She is survived by her husband Buck, her sons Caleb, Tyler and Dekahn; her parents Dennis (Becky) Lett and Cindy (John) Hofstee; her sisters and brothers, Tammy Lett, Adam Lett, Tim (Tonya) Lett; Kaci (Josh) Halsel, Corey (Courtney) Hill,...
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Jean S. Hansen

December 31, 1919 - July 19, 2014

HANSEN Jean S. Hansen, 94, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. Jean was born Dec. 31, 1919 in St. Anthony, Idaho to George and Maude Singleton. She grew up and attended schools in St. Anthony. On July 6, 1936 she married Shirl L. Jeffs and they had daughter Shirley Jean Jeffs (Goorhouse). On July 28, 1945 she married William (Bill) Hansen and had two daughters, Jacqueline (Jackie) Lynn ...
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Mou V Khang

June 15, 1974 - July 18, 2014

Khang – Mou Vang Khang passed away July 18, 2014 at his home in Jenison. He is survived by his wife Mee Thao-Khang; his daughters Lily and Jasmine; parents Seng Koua and Tong Khang; his brother Kou Khang; sisters Youa Khang and Lee Khang. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, July 28, 2014 at New Apostolic Church – 4501 56th Street S.W., Wyoming, MI. The family will receive...
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Joe A. Hayes

July 14, 1935 - July 18, 2014

HAYES – Joe A. Hayes, age 79, of Grandville, went HOME to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 18, 2014. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Peggy Hayes; children, Kimberly (Allen) Vander Molen, Sandra (Robert) VanVels, Brian (Susan) Hayes, Gregory (fiancé, Liz Bishop) Hayes, and Daniel (Carlee) Hayes; adored grandchildren, Hannah and Jordan VanVels, Savannah Hayes and Kylon...
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Evelyn Vander Ark

July 29, 1917 - July 17, 2014

VANDER ARK Evelyn Vander Ark (Prinz), age 96, went to be with her Lord, July 17, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Vander Ark; and parents. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Ken (Jean) Vander Ark, Ruth (Fred) Colby, Rich (Judy) Vander Ark; 11 grandchildren; 47 Great-grandchildren; 3 Great-Great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Evelyn valued her...
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Gertrude Josephine Molenkamp

June 24, 1933 - July 17, 2014

MOLENKAMP Gertrude Josephine Molenkamp, age 81, of Jenison, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, July 17, 2014. Gert was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Grace Boeske; step-mother, Agnes Boeske; son-in-law, Robert Peterson; and grandson, Robert Peterson II. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 59 ½ years, Melvin; children, Mark (Doreen) Molenkamp,...
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Charlotte Mary Ansorge (Gaunt)

July 7, 1921 - July 12, 2014

ANSORGE Charlotte Mary Ansorge (Gaunt), born July 7, 1921 and passed on Saturday, July 12, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Ansorge; son Jean Ames Ansorge; granddaughter Heather Gamble; parents Viva and Robert Gaunt. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Janis Kail, Judith Ansorge, Heidi Brandt, Kurt Ansorge and Harold (Nick) Ansorge; daughter-in-law Viola...
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Irvin J. Stapert

October 17, 1936 - July 12, 2014

STAPERT-Irvin J. Stapert, age 77 of Grand Rapids, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Charlene; and his son Daniel J. He is survived by his children, Rick (Lori) Stapert, Debra (Sherry Madges) Stapert and Teresa (Jim) Basore; his 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and his faithful companion Maggie. The family will receive relatives and friends...
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Raymond J. Van Schaik

March 19, 1917 - July 12, 2014

Raymond J. Van Schaik 97, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice. He is survived by his son, David (Gail) Van Schaik and daughter, Linda (Stuart) Vander Laan, his brother Claude Van Schaik; his grandchildren, Susan (Brian) Hayes with great granddaughter Savannah, Melissa (Bill) Himes, Jon (Deborah) Vander Laan with great grandsons,...
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Mervyn William Bremmer

March 25, 1926 - July 11, 2014

BREMMER - Mervyn William Bremmer, age 88, passed away, Friday, July 11, 2014. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Alfred Leroy Bremmer and great-grandchildren, Zachary Wayne Brooks, Nathan Tuffelmire, Alanna Tuffelmire. Mervyn will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Helen Bremmer (Slawson); his sons, Mervyn and Patricia (Doty) Bremmer III, Paul and Sharon (Graver)...
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Peter Heeringa

March 27, 1927 - July 11, 2014

HEERINGA- Peter Heeringa, age 87 of Wyoming, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday July 11, 2014. Pete was a carpenter for many years and with his business partner and close friend Roy Crater built many homes and apartments in the area. Pete was preceded in death by his two brothers, George and Jess Heeringa. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Sadie (Herm)...
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Lawrence S. Nowakowski

November 28, 1929 - July 11, 2014

NOWAKOWSKI – Lawrence Sylvester Nowakowski, age 84, of Jenison, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 11, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Casmer and MaryAnn Nowakowski; brother, Hubert John Nowakowski; sister, Mary Margaret Perrin; grand-daughter Cristine Evans; and son-in-law, Karl W. Mueller. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Betty ...
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Susan DeKubber (Rienks)

October 30, 1947 - July 11, 2014

DeKUBBER Susan DeKubber (Rienks), age 66 went to be with her Lord, Friday, July 11, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Martha Bannen and Bernard Rienks; grandson Patrick. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Thomas DeKubber; father Ed Bannen; children Kris (Joe) Hubert, Steve Felty, Robin Dorey, Carri (Tim) Curtis, Molly the four-legged child; grandchildren Katie (Ben...
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Jean Louise Bond

September 12, 1916 - July 10, 2014

Jean Louise Bond, age 97, went to be with her Lord, Thursday, July 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, George Bond, her sisters, Joyce Hoezee and Ruth Baker, and her son-in-law, Jerold Dille. Jean will be fondly remembered by her children; Carol Dille, Jim and Donna Bond, David and Debra Bond, Kenneth and Cindy Bond, her eight grandchildren, ten great...
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Carol Louise Cullin

September 28, 1935 - July 10, 2014

CULLIN (SCHLEH) Carol Louise Cullin, aged 78, of Hudsonville, went to be with her Lord early Thursday morning, July 10, 2014. Carol is survived by her husband Jim, brother-in-law Ken Cullin and her four boys and 14 grandchildren, Jeff (Lori) Cullin - Nicole (Rob) Houck, Julie (Scott) Hoekwater and Justin; Greg (Cheryl) Cullin - Jason (Lindsey), Troy (Nicole), Luke, Lianna, and Noelle; Tim...
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June E. Wohlheter

January 23, 1928 - July 10, 2014

WOHLHETER Mrs. June E. Wohlheter, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 9, 2014. June was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan, and her brother, Gerald. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 66 years, George S. Wohlheter; children, George T. "Butch" (Bernadette) Wohlheter, Sarah (Tim) Laurent, and Julie (Louis) Fischer; grandchildren, Anthony, Brian, Jacob,...
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Ruth E. Bentz

November 29, 1936 - July 7, 2014

BENTZ Ruth E. Bentz, age 77 went to be with her Lord, Sunday, July 6, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Anna and David Bentz; siblings Wayne Bentz, David Bentz Jr. She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Viola (Ivan) Putnam, LaVonna (Cliff) Herrboldt, Ervin (Dot) Bentz; sister-in-law Marlene Bentz; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews. Memorial...
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Zelanah Melanah Chandler

May 5, 2014 - July 4, 2014

CHANDLER Zelanah Melanah Chandler was born May 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM and passed away July 4, 2014. She will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Chaz and Angel Chandler; her sister, Zeva Chandler; her grandparents, Charlotte Chandler, Scott Chandler, Jacquelyn Croft, Michele and Josh Foreman; her Aunt Sarena, Uncle Devin; her great-great grandparents Marlene Dickerson, Leroy and Juanita...
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Mary Dykhouse

July 3, 2014

DYKHOUSE (BORST) Mary Dykhouse, age 61, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, July 3, 2014, after a courageous battle with Leukemia. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Joy (VanderTill) Borst. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 41 years, Ron Dykhouse; her children, Becky (Brad) Bliek, Andy (Allison) Dykhouse, Katie (Brad) DeVries; her grandchildren,...
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Michael P. Maartense

August 8, 1971 - July 2, 2014

MAARTENSE Michael Peter Maartense, age 42, of Allendale MI, completed the marathon God called him to run following an auto accident in January 2013. God enabled him to fulfill Hebrews 12:1-2 "…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…" Michael's faith became sight on July 2, 2014 when he was welcomed...
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Lavern M. Schumaker

January 22, 1920 - July 2, 2014

SCHUMAKER (HOMRICH) Lavern M. Schumaker, age 94, went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Schumaker, her parents, Albert and Margaret Homrich and her siblings, Helen Schwartz, Marie Stein, Norman Homrich and Marvin Homrich. Lavern will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 71 years, Clarence Schumaker; her children, Jerry and Donna...
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Ronald Everett Johnston

April 6, 1922 - July 1, 2014

Ronald Everett Johnston of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully at his home in Byron Center on the evening of July 1st 2014. Ronald is survived by his children; Rhonda (Greg) McGovern and Richard (Janice) Johnston; grandchildren, Barry (Sara) McGovern, Brett (Shelby) McGovern, Meghan (Chad) Bultema, Ross (Kailee) Johnston, Ronald (Cassandra) Johnston, Angela Johnston, Chloe Johnston; great...
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Heather Gamble

July 1, 1968 - July 1, 2014

GAMBLE - Heather Gamble, age 46 went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. She will be lovingly remembered by her fiancé Troy Anderson; mother Janis Kail; step-father David Kail; father Richard (Bonnie) Gamble; children Britt (Stephen Vaughn) Keena, Grace Gamble; siblings Ray Kail, Mary Kail, Dave Kail; grandmothers Charlotte Ansorge, Joan Russell. Memorial services for Heather will be...
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Peter William Sonke, Jr.

September 11, 1937 - July 1, 2014

SONKE Peter William Sonke Jr., born September 11, 1937 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After school Peter went to work at Van's Pastry where he met Sally Hendricks. They married in 1957 and adopted two daughters. Peter and Sally owned and operated a business called Around the World (imported glassware from various countries) and later bought and ran Almost Antiques (reproduction furniture) in...
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Diane Lyn Wustman

October 5, 1955 - June 30, 2014

Diane Lyn Wustman, age 58, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, June 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Alice Mackey, her father-in-law, Bob Wustman and her brother-in-law, Rich Strick. Diane will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 39 years, Terry Wustman; her children, Tavia (Dan) VanderLaan, Devon (Amber) Wustman, Derek Wustman; her grandchildren,...
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Forrest Winchester, Jr.

August 25, 1925 - June 30, 2014

WINCHESTER Mr. Forrest Winchester Jr. age 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, June 30, 2014. Forrest always said, "The Lord's timing is perfect." Forrest was a kind and modest man and will be missed by family and friends. He served his country faithfully with the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He worked for Kelvinator and two engineering firms, Williams & Works, and...
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Edwin J. Vander Ploeg

July 28, 1932 - June 29, 2014

Edwin J. Vander Ploeg left this life on June 29, 2014 due to complications arising from accidental injuries. Ed (a.k.a. "Eddie" and "Van") was born in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago on July 28, 1932 and always enjoyed returning to the city of his youth. He lived his adult life in the Grand Rapids area where he and his wife of 54 years, Maxine, raised their four sons. Ed served his country...
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Helen Ann Dean

January 9, 1932 - June 28, 2014

DEAN (TWEEDY) Helen Ann Dean, age 82, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, June 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Helen Tweedy, her husband, Jack Dean and her sister, Bertie Jean Sharp. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her children, Kathleen Ann (Phil) Munoa of Holland, Jack (Deborah) Dean Jr. of Harbor Springs, Daniel (Kathy) Dean of St. Pete, MN, Robert ...
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Gertrude C. Combs

March 30, 1922 - June 27, 2014

COMBS Mrs. Gertrude C. Combs, age 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, June 27, 2014. Gert loved poetry - reading and memorizing poetry from her childhood. She was very athletic, enjoying her outdoor walks and swimming. Her children will remember the joy in her voice as she sang "Happy Birthday" every year to family on their birthdays. She was born March 30, 1922 in Zeeland, MI...
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Gertrude Holleman Jurgens (VanNoord)

September 24, 1920 - June 27, 2014

HOLLEMAN JURGENS (VANNOORD) Gertrude Holleman Jurgens, age 93, went to be with her Lord, Friday, June 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ruth (Klamer) VanNoord, her first husband, Edward Holleman, her second husband Don Jurgens, and her brothers, Maynard VanNoord and Rich VanNoord. Gert will be lovingly remembered by her children, Bob (Dot) Holleman Barbara ...
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Florence Mae Cash (Hefler)

February 25, 1921 - June 26, 2014

CASH Florence Mae Cash (Hefler), age 93 went to be with her Lord, Thursday, June 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Everett Cash; parents Marie and Clarence Hefler. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Judith (Larry) Perin, Kenneth (Jane) Cash; grandchildren Steve, Sherry, Mark, Susan, Ken II, Randy and several great-grandchildren. Visitation with the family...
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Chris Vander Molen

December 31, 1933 - June 25, 2014

VANDER MOLEN Chris Vander Molen passed away June 25, in Fairburn, Georgia. She will lovingly be remembered by her daughters, Carrie and Joni and their families; her sisters, Jerrie, Exie, Joyce, Shirley and Carol and their families. A memorial service for Chris will be held at 2 pm on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Jenison Bible Church, 6360 14th Ave, Jenison, MI. The family welcomes...
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Arthur El Klooster

December 6, 1935 - June 25, 2014

KLOOSTER – Arthur El Klooster, age 78, of Jenison, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ida Klooster; step-mother, Elizabeth Banford, and sister, Arlene Postmus. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Mary Klooster; daughters, Kimberly (Dennis) De Haan and Shelly (Jim) DeWitte; grandchildren,...
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Herlyn "Whitie" Nichols

March 20, 1924 - June 24, 2014

Herlyn "Whitie" Nichols, age 90, of Jenison, formerly of Grandville, passed away on June 24, 2014. Whitie was born March 20, 1924, in Lamont, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marilou Conner Nichols; his children, Nancy and Tom McIntyre, Jerry and Marianne Nichols, Marilyn and Scott Rogers; grandchildren, Kevin and Erin Nichols, Eric and Kylee Nichols, Matt and Brooke Nichols,...
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Edmund "Ed" Barrett McCarthy, Jr.

May 14, 1927 - June 23, 2014

McCARTHY Edmund "Ed" Barrett McCarthy, Jr., age 87, went home to be with his Lord, Monday, June 23, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund Sr. and Nell (Visser) McCarthy; his wife, Rosemary McCarthy (Fisher); his son, Douglas Edmund McCarthy; and his brothers-in-law, Frank VanderLaan, Carl Fisher, Bud DeWeerd, Dave Anderson. Ed will be lovingly remembered by his daughter,...
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Robert "Bob" P. Ghysels

April 24, 1935 - June 20, 2014

Robert "Bob" P. Ghysels, born April 24, 1935, passed into eternity on Friday, June 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lisa Ghysels; parents Dr. James P. and Lillian F. Ghysels; sister Mary Pat Ghysels; brother James B. Ghysels; father-in-law Albert DeRuiter; brother-in-law Jerry DeRuiter; sisters-in-law Mary DeRuiter and Dorothy Powers. Bob is survived by his spouse Shirley...
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Marilyn Kay Lester (Lanting)

December 13, 1949 - June 19, 2014

LESTER (LANTING) Marilyn Kay Lester, of Jenison, passed away, Thursday, June 19, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother, Hermina Lanting (Mennega) and her brother, Larry Lanting. Marilyn will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jerry Lester; her children, Chris and Wendy Bayle, Tammy and Miles Harring, Blane and Daniell Lester, Stu Lester, Kenny and Kelly Lester; her...
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David Dale Van Houten

September 8, 1940 - June 17, 2014

VAN HOUTEN David Dale Van Houten, age 73, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Delia Van Houten, his sister, Josephine Huizingh, his brothers, John and Jay Van Houten, brother-in-law, Elmer Toonstra, and his sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Vander Meer (Cassee). Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Linda Van...
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Arlene Alice Hoffman

April 13, 1942 - June 16, 2014

HOFFMAN - Arlene Alice Hoffman (Kunard), age 72, went to be with her Lord, Monday, June 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her son Randy Hoffman, parents Rosalie and Frank Kunard, two sisters and six brothers. She will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Alvin Hoffman, of 52 years who faithfully cared for her; children Ronald Jay Hoffman and Kathryn (Richard) Hosier; ...
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Patricia Ann Kehl

September 17, 1933 - June 15, 2014

KEHL Patricia Ann Kehl, age 80, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014. Pat was born September 17, 1933 to Russell and Laila (Wood) Kehl. She is survived by her daughter, Russelle McQueen; brother, Tom Kehl; nephews, Tony (Kristy) Kehl, Steven (Amber) Kehl, and Michael Kehl; great niece and great nephew, Brandy, and Caleb; sister-in-law, Kathryn Kehl; cousins, James (Barbara) Plumber, and...
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Merrill "Scotty" Loyd Scott

July 29, 1938 - June 15, 2014

SCOTT Merrill "Scotty" Loyd Scott, age 75 went to be with his Lord, Sunday, June 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Iris "Eileen" and Richard Scott; brother Brian Scott, sister-in-law Vera Korte, brother-in-law Henry Niedert. He will be remembered by his wife of 55 years, Delores "Dee" Scott; son Richard (Marylee) Scott; grandchildren Richard (Jenni Campbell) Scott II,...
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Dorothy Marie Verburg

October 28, 1918 - June 9, 2014

VERBURG Dorothy Verburg, age 95 went to be with her Lord, Monday, June 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband William Verburg; parents Wilma and Roy Edlin and brother Richard Edlin. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Richard (Christine) Verburg, Marsha (Mike) Roskamp; dearest sister-in-law Angelyn Verburg, 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and...
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Debra G. Erlanger

April 16, 1966 - June 9, 2014

ERLANGER-DEBRA G. Debra G. Erlanger age 48 of Byron Center passed away unexpectedly, Monday, June 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her son JR; her dad Richard and niece Jordan. She is survived by her daughter Aleisha, "adopted" daughter Jamie; grandson Kaiden; mother Gay Erlanger; brother Rick (Pam) Erlanger; niece Heidi and nephew Nicholas; cousins Mary, Buster and Tracey; good...
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Edgar W. Zobel

February 14, 1922 - June 9, 2014

ZOBEL Edgar W. Zobel, age 92 went to be with his Lord, Monday, June 9, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice Zobel; son Lynn Zobel; parents Minnetta and Edgar R. Zobel; brother Arno Zobel; sister-in-law Kathlyn Zobel. He will be remembered by his children Deidre (James) Wingelaar, Carla (William) Olund; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. ...
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Lorraine E. Sutton (Selig)

May 10, 1920 - June 7, 2014

SUTTON Lorraine E. Sutton (Selig), age 94 went to be with her Lord, Saturday, June 7, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Sutton; parents Alma and Gustav Selig; brothers Raymond E. Selig, Herbert R. Selig. She will be lovingly remembered by her children David Sutton, Jayme (Pete) Borkowski; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Lorraine...
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Henry VerLee

March 20, 1917 - June 7, 2014

VER LEE Mr. Henry VerLee, age, 97, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014. After 30 years with General Motors, Henry retired to enjoy fishing up north and especially on his lake in Greenville, Michigan. He was born March 20, 1917 in Allendale to Peter and Minnie (Holscher) VerLee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Johanna; and his five brothers and sisters. Surviving are his nieces,...
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Ruth Ellen Norder

May 5, 1918 - June 7, 2014

NORDER, RUTH E. Ruth Ellen Norder, aged 96, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on June 7, 2014. She was reunited with her husband of 43 years, John P. Norder, who preceded her in death in 1980; her second-born child, Ronald Lee; her parents, George and Wavie (Hines) Layle Sr; her brother James Layle and sister Orleatha "Lee" Langerak. Ruth was born on May 5, 1918, in Grand Rapids,...
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Dick Bultman

July 11, 1918 - June 4, 2014

BULTMAN, DICK Dick Bultman, age 95 of Hudsonville, went to be with his Lord Thursday, June 4, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Emily Ernestina and grandson Bryan Bakker. He is survived by his children Betty (William) Bakker, Marjorie Arendsen, Richard Bultman, Roger (Elisabeth) Bultman, Kenneth (Cherie) Bultman; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; his siblings Katie Thomas,...
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Alexander John Borgia

November 4, 1995 - June 3, 2014

Alexander John Borgia, age 18 went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents Frank ( Jennifer) Borgia; brothers John Borgia, Joseph Borgia; grandparents Frank and Kibby Borgia, Tom and Mary Berg; many uncles, aunts and cousins. Funeral service will be held at 11AM, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Resurrection Life Church – 5100...
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John Glenn Stryker

December 19, 1977 - June 2, 2014

STRYKER – John Glenn Stryker, 12/19/1977 – 6/2/2014, father, husband, son, grandson, uncle and friend, of Byron Center, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and AnnaJean Stryker and uncles, Curtiss Glenn Crisp, Vernon Peter Stryker, and John Crittendon. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Tanya Stryker; son Andrew John Stryker;...
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Maida Baughman

January 14, 1924 - June 2, 2014

Maida Baughman (Lehnertz) age 90 went to be with her Lord, Monday, June 2, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence "Ed" Baughman, daughter and son-in-law Mary (John) Pope; parents Jacob and Dewetta Lehnertz; siblings Madge Koza, Esther VandenBerg, Jake Lehnertz. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Chris (Larry) Walendzik, Craig (Debra) Baughman, Cindy (David) Bodell,...
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Leonard R. "Skip" Tatman

June 1, 2014

TATMAN – Leonard R. "Skip", age 93, of Byron Center, passed away Sunday morning, June 1, while listening to Bluegrass gospel music. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ray, and two sisters, Goldie and Virginia. Skip leaves behind his wife, Ella Mae, and two sons, Terry (Mary) and Dennis. He also leaves two grandchildren, Dan (Cindi) Tatman, and Michelle (Mike) Maleski; five great...
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Margarete A. Leith (Stevenson)

June 6, 1913 - May 31, 2014

LEITH Mrs. Margarete A. Leith (Stevenson), age 100, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014. Margarete was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Stevenson, and William Leith; her son, Robert Stevenson; and her brothers and sisters. Surviving are her sons, Max Stevenson, and Neal (Joan) Stevenson; step daughter, Melody Hersh; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren, great great...
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Joyce TenElshof

August 11, 1951 - May 31, 2014

TENELSHOF, Joyce TenElshof age 62 of Rockford, Michigan passed away Saturday May, 31, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Joyce spent many years as a successful Human Resource Director. Joyce was always more interested in helping others despite her own difficulties. Those left behind will remember her most for her generous spirit and kind heart. Joyce leaves behind to mourn her...
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Richard L. Schram

September 4, 1933 - May 31, 2014

SCHRAM Richard Schram, age 80, of Jenison, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Schram (Schrader); his siblings, Marie Dube, Phyl Bristol, Lawrence Schram, Pat Harmsen Hordendorf. Richard is survived by his children, Curtis (Barbara) Schram, Laura (Ron) Jolman, Eileen DeJonge, William (Amy) Schram; his 13 grandchildren and 22 great...
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Joyce Evelyn Lenger (Larson)

December 13, 1927 - May 30, 2014

LENGER-Joyce Evelyn Lenger (Larson), age 86 of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord, May 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband August. She is survived by her sons, Donald (Janet) Lenger and Mark (Cindy) Lenger; her grandchildren Scott Lenger, Adam Lenger, Ryan (Elyse) Lenger, KellySue (Brandon) Clahassey, and Gregory (fiancée Rachel Bectel) Lenger; and many extended family...
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Betty J. Counts (Sechrist)

May 14, 1921 - May 30, 2014

COUNTS (SECHRIST) Betty J. Counts, age 93, went to be with her Lord, Friday, May 30, 2014. Born May 14, 1921, Beaver Falls, PA. Daughter of the late William and Bessie Sechrist. Graduate of Beaver Falls High School Class of 1939. Graduate of South Side Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh PA in 1945. She was grateful that she had the honor and the privilege to have served her country...
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Kathryn Van Duine (DeWindt)

September 30, 1923 - May 30, 2014

Kathryn Van Duine (DeWindt) from Jenison, age 90 went to be with her Lord, Friday, May 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Cornelius Van Duine; parents Mary and Simon DeWindt; son-in-law Gene Geers. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Barb (Jim) VanGeest, Marianne Geers, Sandi Van Duine, Larry (Nancy) Van Duine; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings...
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Robert D. Jenkins

September 12, 1926 - May 29, 2014

JENKINS Robert "Bob" D. Jenkins, age 87, passed away peacefully, Thursday, May 29, 2014, and went home to be with his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents William B. and Reva Jenkins (Taber); his first wife, Hazel Jenkins (Drew); his son, Gary Jenkins; his infant son, Douglas Jenkins; his grandson, Cory Jordan; and his siblings, Donald Jenkins and Joan Palmer (Jenkins); his stepson,...
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Ralph Smith

February 18, 1917 - May 29, 2014

SMITH Ralph Smith, age 97, entered into a glorious new life with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, May 29, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Harvey Ter Haar. Ralph will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 73 years, Viola Smith; his children, Harry L. (Margaret) Smith, Betty Ter Haar, James (Joan) Smith, Marcia (Michael) Schillim, Donald (Cathy) Smith, Dale Smith, Richard...
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Cameron "Ron" Dougherty

May 28, 2014

DOUGHERTY – Cameron "Ron" Michael Dougherty, age 61, of Grandville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Sherman and his brother, Patrick Francis Dougherty, Jr. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joyce (Hayward) Dougherty; children, Angela (Michael) Way, Michael (April...
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John D. VanderMolen

June 14, 1954 - May 27, 2014

VanderMolen John D. VanderMolen, age 59 passed away May 27, 2014 after a very long battle with lung disease. John was preceded in death by his parents Mary and John VanderMolen, sister Kathy Jordon, father-in-law Max Colley Sr., mother-in-law Blanche Colley and sister-in-law Kaye Price. John will be greatly missed by his loving wife Dotty of 31 years; 3 step-children Donna (John Raines)...
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Karen Brown (Datema)

April 29, 1939 - May 27, 2014

BROWN - Karen Brown (Datema), age 75 went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday May 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Winifred and Claude Datema; and two siblings. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Donald Brown; children Mark (Carmen Roesly) Brown, Tammy (Todd) Stockwell; grandchildren Taylor Brown, Heather (Ken) Lopez, Elizabeth (Greg) VanderKolk; great...
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