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Stella Eleanor Johnson

February 11, 1918 - October 13, 2015

JOHNSON - Stella Eleanor Johnson died Oct. 12, 2015 at 97 years of age. Sr. Stella embraced her Lord and studied His word with the hope of having a place in God's kingdom. She studied God's word all her life in fellowship with Bible Standard Ministries. Stella was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas in 1991. She is survived by a brother Richard Brezinski, nieces and nephews. ...
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Percy Harry Westbrook, Jr.

May 8, 1954 - October 12, 2015

WESTBROOK - Percy Westbrook Jr. age 61 of Byron Center, went to be with the Lord, Monday, October 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by his daughter Amy Westbrook, parents Percy Sr. and Lorain Westbrook, sisters Beatrice Cobb and Donna Rieckman and mother in-law Jean Nousen. He is survived by Cherie his wife of 34-1/2 years; his sons Eric Westbrook and Kevin Westbrook; his siblings Linda...
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Ethan Cain Humphrey

August 19, 2015 - October 11, 2015

HUMPHREY - Ethan Cain Humphrey, born August 19, 2015 went into the open arms of Jesus on Sunday, October 11, 2015. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents Christine Howe and Chad Humphrey; his sister and brother Lelea and Gage Humphrey; his grandparents Linda and Dennis Howe and Lynn Jordan. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cook Memorial Chapel, 4235 Prairie St...
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Dennis R. Werkema

March 24, 1953 - October 10, 2015

Werkema - Dennis R. Werkema, of Wayland, age 62, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 10, 2015. He was born on March 24, 1953 the son of Arnold and Jean (Price) Werkema. He married Vickie L. Wolf on April 28, 1972 at St. John Vianney Church in Wyoming, MI. He had a passion for all those in need and enjoyed his time with his friends from Parkside Park Campground and the many chat rooms he...
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Albina "Al" Johnson

November 10, 1923 - October 9, 2015

JOHNSON Albina "Al" (Klonis) Johnson, age 91, died peacefully, Friday, October 9, 2015. Albina was born November 10, 1923 in Lithuania to Frank and Agatha (Virbickas) Kluonius and immigrated with her family to the United States as a young child. She grew up on the West Side of Grand Rapids and graduated from Catholic Central High School. When WWII began, Al went to work at Michigan Bell/AT...
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Ronald Walter Aardema

February 24, 1926 - October 8, 2015

AARDEMA - Ronald Walter Aardema, of Grandville, age 89, walked into the open arms of Jesus, Thursday, October 8, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Esther Aardema, his siblings, Ken (Irene) Aardema, Irma (Bob) Buning, Esther Westmaas, Edna (Bill) Koetje; and brother-in-law, Hank Van Houten. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Fran Aardema ...
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Bonnie Jean Carlson

September 10, 1934 - October 6, 2015

CARLSON – Bonnie Jean Carlson (Brumbalough) age 81 of Wyoming, MI went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, October 6, 2015. She was born September 10, 1934 in Lancing, TN the daughter of Charles and Carrie Brumbalough. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Bobbie (Charles) Walker and Alma Garrett. She is survived by her husband of 46 years Arthur, her sisters, Patty (Calvin)...
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Merrell LeRoy Wassink

October 7, 1939 - October 5, 2015

WASSINK Mr. Merrell LeRoy Wassink, age 75, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015. Merrell was born October 7, 1939 in Jackson, MI to Lambert and Georgia (McGee) Wassink. He served his country proudly with the US Air Force. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, DeLila Wassink. Surviving are his children, Michael Wassink, and Ellen (Tom) Borgia; grandchildren, Michael A.,...
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Paul John Sorensen, Sr.

May 8, 1947 - October 4, 2015

SORENSEN - Paul John Sorensen, Sr., age 68, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Mercy Health-St. Mary's in Grand Rapids, Michigan, following a major surgery. He was born on May 8, 1947 in Cadillac, Michigan. Paul was preceded in death by his parents Lottie (Maddox) and Hank Sorensen, and brother-in-law Terry Bannatyne. He leaves his loving wife of 32 years, Penny (Kremer)...
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Diane Marie Stiles

January 14, 1949 - October 2, 2015

STILES (BROWN) Diane Marie Stiles, age 66, stepped into the presence of her loving Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, October 2, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Gordon and Rachel Brown. Diane will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 47 years, Leslie Stiles; her children, Mark Stiles, Sarah Carpenter, and Elizabeth (Jacob) Supri; her grandchildren, Elsa and Colin...
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Lorraine Jean Hughes

June 3, 1928 - October 1, 2015

Hughes – Lorraine Jean Hughes age 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Whispering Woods Assisted Living Facility in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI on June 3, 1928 the daughter of Gerritt and Dena (Brondyke) Van Dam Sr. She married Clark Hughes Jr. on May 10, 1947 in Grand Rapids. He preceded her in death in March 1975. She was very...
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Wallace "Wally" D. Bobeldyke

June 16, 1931 - September 30, 2015

BOBELDYKE - Wallace "Wally" D. Bobeldyke, age 84 of Grandville, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Wednesday, September 30, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Anna and Henry Bobeldyke and his sister Loretta. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Judy; his children Luann Smith, Carla Garland, Sheree (Todd) Visser, Wayne Bobeldyke, Walter (Sarah) Bobeldyke; Sherry (Wayne)...
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Harry Charles Sandgren

April 30, 1923 - September 29, 2015

SANDGREN - Harry Charles Sandgren, age 92, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the Zeeland Hospital. He was born April 30, 1923 in Muskegon, MI the son of Emil and Hattie (Carlson) Sandgren. Harry married Mary Anne Redder on December 17, 1948 in Fremont, MI, and she preceded him in death in 2013. He is survived by his children Kathy (Ronald) Snyder and Kevin (Robin) Sandgren both of...
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Betty Van Drunen

January 26, 1925 - September 28, 2015

VAN DRUNEN – Betty Van Drunen, age 90 formerly of Hudsonville, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, September 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husbands Darwin Ketchum and Frank Van Drunen. She is survived by her son Paul (Diane) Ketchum his children Derek Ketchum and Stacy Nieto; and their children Sydney and Riley Ketchum, Annabella and Alexander Nieto. Also surviving...
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Kathryn "Kitty" Kirn Buck

January 15, 1936 - September 27, 2015

BUCK – Kathryn "Kitty" Kirn Buck, age 79 of Grandville, went to be with her Lord surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Rachael Kirn; her sister Nancy Hutchins and her in-laws Joseph and Evelyn Buck. She is survived by her husband and best friend, of 60 years, Jim; her children Jim (Justine) Buck, Kim (Scott) Zandbergen,...
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Kenneth Alton White

March 23, 1927 - September 27, 2015

WHITE Kenneth Alton White, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2015, and is now in the presence of his Lord. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Jean White (Dent); his son, Douglas White; and his parents, Cecil and Viola White. Kenneth will be lovingly remembered by his children, Randy White, Jeff White, Nancy Russell, Kimberlee (Bruce) Demmink, Darrell ...
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Marilou Connor Nichols

May 16, 1925 - September 27, 2015

Marilou Conner Nichols - God called to heaven our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Marilou was born May 16, 1925 in Cleburne, TX to Truman and Elizabeth Conner Jr. She was preceded in death by both parents and her husband of 69 years, Herlyn G. Nichols. She met Herlyn in Fort Worth, TX during WWII while he was in the Navy. They were married...
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Claxton Evans Hallman

September 25, 1928 - September 25, 2015

HALLMAN Mr. Claxton Evans Hallman, age 87, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015. Claxton served proudly with the US Army and retired after 20 years. He then worked as a senior bookkeeper in the Chemistry Department for 29 years with the University of Tennessee. In addition, he had volunteered for 10 years with the Tennessee State Veterans Honor Guard. Claxton was preceded in death by wife...
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Junior Jay Driesenga

September 2, 1937 - September 25, 2015

DRIESENGA - Junior Jay Driesenga, age 78, son of Peter and Gertrude Driesenga of Hudsonville/Blendon, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 25, 2015. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Faith Driesenga, granddaughter Grace Warsen and grandson David J Warsen. He will be lovingly remembered by...
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Sandra Marie Hower (Adams)

November 12, 1948 - September 25, 2015

HOWER Mrs. Sandra Marie (Adams) Hower, age 66, has run her race and completed her tasks, Friday, September 25, 2015, and has been summoned by her Lord and King to hear the words, "Well done good and faithful servant, welcome to your eternal reward." Sandra was born November 12, 1948 in Muskegon. She will be missed by her husband of 46 years, Robert; children, Tom (Amy) Hower, Tim ...
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Marcia Jo Rooze (Denton)

March 9, 1950 - September 24, 2015

Rooze On September 24th Marcia Jo (Denton) Rooze went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by her family. She was born March 9, 1950, the daughter of Keith and Jean Denton. She is survived by her husband; Dathan Rooze, her children; Christopher (April) Rooze, Jennifer (Josh) Rousseau, grandchildren; Samantha, Mason, Austin, Elsie, her siblings; Marilyn (James) Shaw,...
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Elaine Dykema

May 9, 1934 - September 24, 2015

DYKEMA (CHRISTIAN) Elaine Dykema, age 81, of Byron Center, was transported to her Heavenly home to be with her Lord, Thursday, September 24, 2015. Elaine will be remembered by her loving husband of 61 years, Harvey Dykema; her children, Doug (Leah) Dykema, Dale (Deb) Dykema, Randy (Michelle) Dykema; her grandchildren, Rev. Brian (Sarah), David (Laurel), Caleb, Abby (Matt), Jesse, Lydia,...
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Roma L. DeBartolo (Guerrieri)

June 28, 1921 - September 24, 2015

DeBARTOLO (Guerrieri) - Roma L. DeBartolo, of Byron Center (formerly of Kentwood), went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 24, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruno DeBartolo. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Nancy (Allen) VanderLaan, Mary Ann (Dan) Varga, Connie (Les) Folse, Michael (Liliana) DeBartolo and Dr. Edward (Lori) DeBartolo; 14...
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Donald G. Burgess

September 25, 1929 - September 23, 2015

BURGESS Donald Burgess, age 85, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Steven Lackey and his brother-in-law, Chuck Mast. Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Delores, his children; Dawn (Paul) Minor, Donna (Brian) Lackey, David (Christine) Burgess, Dale (Janet) Burgess, Dean...
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Harold Leroy Mitchell

June 14, 1923 - September 23, 2015

MITCHELL Col. Harold Leroy Mitchell, Ret., age 92, was reunited with his wife, Sharon Lee Mitchell, Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Harold was born June 14, 1923 in St. Thomas, Ontario to Florence Ann Mitchell. Also preceding him are his grandparents, James and Edith May (Whitehead) Mitchell; grandson, Jason Michael Wagner; great granddaughter, Ashleigh Jo Rizzi; and son-in-law, Kenneth Walter...
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Donald Lee Upp

September 3, 1931 - September 22, 2015

UPP – Donald Lee Upp, age 84, of Jenison, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday September 22, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife Jan Upp (Shroyer). He will be lovingly remembered by his children Jack (Candice) Schwarz, Barbara Mc Adam, Dawn (Jeff) Sloboda, and Daneen (Will) McDermott; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and his sister Doris...
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John R. Weemhoff

January 21, 1927 - September 20, 2015

WEEMHOFF John R. Weemhoff, age 88, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, September 20, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife, June A. (Wieland) Weemhoff; his son-in-law, Norman Jones; his parents, Simon and Gertrude (Oosta) Weemhoff; his siblings, Richard Weemhoff, Rev. Donald Weemhoff and Marilyn Carlson. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Phyllis Weemhoff (Raterink),...
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William "Bill" Springer

May 29, 1939 - September 19, 2015

SPRINGER – William "Bill" Springer, age 76 of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord, Saturday, September 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Helen Springer; his son-in-law Ted Dongvillo and his great grandson Collin Dongvillo. He is survived by his children, Craig Springer, Sue Dongvillo, Tamara (Ray) Reitsma, and Thomas (Trish) Tiggleman; his grandchildren...
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Julia Renee Van Horn

September 19, 2015

VAN HORN (FOUTS) Julia Renee Van Horn, age 51, passed away, Saturday, September 19, 2015, shortly after her diagnosis with HLH, a rare immune disorder. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 34 years, Robert Van Horn, her children, Nicholas (Sarah) Van Horn, Christopher (Sarah) Van Horn, Corin (Joel) Van Horn; her beloved grandsons, Harrison Van Horn and Mason Van Horn; her parents,...
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Sarah (Boddy) Ketchapaw

February 27, 1924 - September 18, 2015

KETCHAPAW, SARAH - Sarah A. (Boddy) Ketchapaw, age 91, passed away at The Lodge of Maple Creek on Friday, September 18, 2015. She was born on February 27, 1924 in DeKalb, Illinois. She married Joseph Ketchapaw in April 1942 in Cadillac, Michigan. He preceded her in death on February 13, 1997. She loved to bake and was never afraid to try something new. She is survived by her children...
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Charles L. Loux, Jr.

October 15, 1946 - September 15, 2015

LOUX – Charles L. Loux Jr., age 68 of Jenison, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, September 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Ruth Loux. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Evalenna; his daughters Amy Kolp, Michelle (Frank) Barone, Heather (Jeremiah) McNeil; grandchildren Robert Kolp, Kristine Kolp, Isaac Barone, Rachael Barone, Hannah...
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Willis "Bill" J. Barnoski

June 8, 1929 - September 14, 2015

BARNOSKI- Willis J. "Bill" Barnoski, age 86 formerly of Marne, passed away Monday, September 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife Ardeth and daughter Kathy Barnoski. He is survived by his daughters, Barb (John) Harlett, Sue Kamps and Judy Barnoski; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; his brother Jack (Jan) Orlop and sister-in-law Jean Barnoski. The family will receive...
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Gary Bloomer

May 6, 1943 - September 13, 2015

BLOOMER Gary Bloomer, age 72, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, September 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, along with several aunts and uncles. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife of forty-nine years, Patricia (Bouwkamp) Bloomer; his children Danny Bloomer and James (Conni) Bloomer; his grandchildren Brandon and Tristan Bloomer; one brother Kim (Rose) Bloomer ...
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Ronald Dale Post

July 26, 1957 - September 13, 2015

POST – Ronald Dale Post, age 58, of Zeeland went to be with his Lord and Savior, September 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father Arthur and his brother Gary. He is survived by his mother Geraldine; his sisters Nancy Edgell, Carol (Edward Irizarry)Huizinga, Kathy (Brad) Bouwkamp; nieces and nephews, Jodi (Jonathon) Diepstra, Jeffrey (Emily) Edgell, Christopher Huizinga, Brad...
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Clara Mae Williamson

February 22, 1932 - September 12, 2015

WILLIAMSON Mrs. Clara Mae Williamson, age 83, stepped into the open arms of her Heavenly Father, Saturday, September 12, 2015 surrounded by her family. Clara was preceded in death by her husband, David Williamson, and her son, Larry Williamson. She will be deeply missed by her children, Jackie (Scott) Inman of Bettendorf, IA, and Rick (Candee) Williamson of Wyoming, MI; daughter-in-law,...
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Paul DeGroot

April 11, 1923 - September 11, 2015

DE GROOT Mr. Paul E. DeGroot, age 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, September 11, 2015. Paul was born April 11, 1923 in Grand Rapids to John and Ida (Baker) DeGroot. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; and his brother and sister, Arthur DeGroot, and Bernadine Faber. He will be missed by his children, Sheryl (David) Dupy, and James DeGroot; grandchildren, Chris...
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Gertrude Jean Becker (Oosterink)

August 27, 1925 - September 10, 2015

BECKER (Oosterink) – Gertrude Jean Becker, age 90, of Jenison, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 10, 2015. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Esther, Eleanore, Gerald, Leon, Dale, Jacqueline, and Kathleen. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 69 years, D. Wendell Becker; children, Dwight (Carol) Becker, Marcia (Tom) Verbrugge, Dan Becker,...
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Betty Lou Orlik

July 26, 1928 - September 7, 2015

ORLIK – Betty Lou Orlik age 87 of Grand Rapids, went to be with the Lord, Monday, September 07, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Fredrick Orlik. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Deborah (Roy) Ellenwood, Linda (Mark) Visser, Dan (Sherry) Orlik and Scott (Beth) Orlik; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Betty's funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m...
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Betty Ann Daley

July 15, 1925 - September 6, 2015

DALEY - Betty Ann Daley (Dykstra), age 90 went to be with her Lord, Sunday, September 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jack Daley; children Jim Daley, Kevin Daley; parents Barney and Jennie Dykstra; siblings Gretchen Cottrell, Grace Hansma, Bernard Dykstra. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Debi (Bruce) Snider and Jon (Laurie Mendell) Daley;...
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Yvonne J. Garde

December 26, 1934 - September 6, 2015

GARDE Yvonne J. (Vonnie) Garde, age 80, of Kentwood, Michigan died peacefully in her home on September 6, 2015. She went to be with her beloved pets Ching, Tuffy, Samson, Tammi, and Krista. She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Garde, her father and mother, Ralph Soule and Marian (Reece) Roggow, and her sister, Vicki Andersen. Yvonne is survived by her son Richard (Teresa) Long, Jr. of...
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William Maynard Hundley

September 6, 2015

HUNDLEY William Maynard Hundley passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois (Bosse). He leaves behind his 3 children, Terri (Larry) Edema, Jeffrey (Neva) Hundley and William (Jenny) Hundley; 7 grandchildren, Tyler, Alex and Haylie Edema, Jeffrey, Jr. and Maxwell Hundley, Grace and Madeline Hundley; siblings Linda (Doug) Magoon, JoAnn (Odell) Wells, Sue...
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Olga "Pita" Garcia

April 20, 1961 - September 4, 2015

GARCIA (SANCHEZ) - Olga "Pita" Garcia, age 54, went to be with her Lord, Friday, September 4, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. Isabel and Alejandrina Sanchez and her nephew, Dario Chairez. Pita will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Sergio Garcia; her children, Sergio, Jr., Daniel, Gamaliel, and Genesis Isabel Garcia; her sisters, Soledad Sanchez, Belia Chairez,...
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Marilyn H. Dykstra

May 10, 1928 - September 4, 2015

DYKSTRA (Kroondyk) – Marilyn H. Dykstra, age 87, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, September, 4, 2015. She was preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law Marvin and Lucille Kroondyk. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 64 years, John Dykstra; children, Gerald (Theresa) Dykstra, Kenneth Dykstra, and Wanda Kamminga; grandchildren, Mike (Dani)...
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Martha Florence Heikkinen

September 3, 2015

HEIKKINEN (MARTTILA) Martha Florence Heikkinen, 90, of Wyoming, Michigan, died on September 3, 2015, in Charlevoix, Michigan. She was born on June 12, 1925, in Pelke, Michigan , and attended schools in Pelke and Baraga. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Oak Park Public Schools and a variety of businesses over 30 plus years. In November 1947, Martha married her husband of 59...
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James R. Gray

August 4, 1936 - September 3, 2015

GRAY - James Richard Gray, peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elery and Ilene Gray. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret, his children Patrick (Tammie), Michael (Terri), Colleen (Ron) Reeves, Shannon (Russ) Woodwyk, Bridget (William) Baumback; his sisters Sue (Bruce deceased) Spielmaker, Mary...
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Edward R. Kape, Sr.

July 14, 1927 - September 3, 2015

Edward R. Kape Sr., age 88 went to be with his Lord, Thursday, September 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Kape; parents Henry and Grace Kape; three sisters Winnie, Fran, Elaine. He will be remembered by his children Randy (Sandi) Kape, Cindy (John) Miltgen, Steve (Penny) Kape, Barb (Ron) Reece, and Edward (Beth) Kape Jr. 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren...
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Katherine Wilma DeRuiter

April 13, 1925 - September 2, 2015

DERUITER (DROS) - Katherine Wilma Dros-DeRuiter, age 90, went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, September 2, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank DeRuiter; her sisters, Alice Olthof, Nellie Stickney, Martha Tans, Margaret "Mike" Elling; and her brothers, Gary "Bub" Dros and Peter Dros. Katherine will be lovingly remembered by her children, Alice (Ron) Emmert, Donna...
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Velma Annie Timmer

July 3, 1923 - September 2, 2015

TIMMER (MILLERING) Velma Annie Timmer, age 92, went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, September 2, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Timmer; her parents, Edward and Mabel Millering; seven of her siblings; and her daughter Vicki Matthews; and her infant grandson, Richard Timmer. Velma will be lovingly remembered by her children, Jerry (Gladys) Timmer, Bob (Norma) Timmer...
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Jane Louise Marshall

July 14, 1919 - September 1, 2015

MARSHALL Jane Louise Marshall (Putt), age 96 went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Marshall; parents William and Anna Putt. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Diane (Phil) Holmes, Ron (Karla Scholten) Marshall; grandchildren Chad, John, Brandon, Jared; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. A...
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Robert Roos

July 21, 1930 - September 1, 2015

ROOS, ROBERT - The Lord called His good and faithful servant Robert "Bob" Roos, age 85, into His loving arms on September 1, 2015. He is survived by his wife Marie; children Robert Roos, Rodney (Brenda) Roos and Anne (John) Potyraj; grandchildren Robert Roos, Jillian Roos, Todd Jonckheere, Genevieve Pollok, Steve Gunderson, Josh Potyraj, Alyssa Potyraj and Lauren Potyraj. He was...
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Jeanne A. Rooks

May 29, 1935 - September 1, 2015

Rooks, Jeanne A., born 05-29-35, Jean-Ann Westveer, to William & Jeanette (Heyboer) Westveer, in Grand Rapids, MI. (When about 13 years old, Jeanne modernized her name.) Jeanne joined her Lord and Savior on 09/01/15, after a long experience with Alzheimer's. Jeanne was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Rev. Rodney Westveer. Jeanne is survived by her husband of 55 years, J.F. Girard...
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Andrew S. Parent

December 5, 1986 - August 31, 2015

PARENT - Andrew S. Parent (12-5-1986 - 08-31-2015). Please pause with your thoughts and prayers, and mark the passing of Drew, who is now at rest after a 17-year battle with depression. He will be missed forever by his Mom and Dad, Steve and Patti Parent (nee Kohaut); his brother Alex; grandparents Chuck and Pat Kohaut; many wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins; children who filled his life...
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Wilma Jean King

October 17, 1924 - August 31, 2015

KING - Wilma King (DeLoof), age 90 went to be with her Lord, Monday, August 31, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Dale King; parents John and Anna DeLoof; siblings Gerald (Lucy) DeLoof, Donna (Adrian) Vandenberg, Patricia Davidson. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Deb (Terry) Merriman; grandchildren Scott (Liz) Merriman, Kimberly (Craig) O'Rourke; great...
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John C. Huizenga

January 19, 1926 - August 31, 2015

HUIZENGA Mr. John Charles Huizenga, 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, August 31, 2015. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 67 years, Muriel (Hall) Huizenga; sons, Gary (Lavonne) Huizenga, Larry (Elaine) Huizenga, Randy (Pat) Huizenga, and Chuck (Brenda) Huizenga; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; and sister, Mae (Don)...
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Lois L. Tigchon

December 13, 1926 - August 31, 2015

TIGCHON – Lois Lucile Tigchon, age 88 of Grandville, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, August 31, 2015. She is survived by her children Rick (Nancy) Tigchon, Ellyn (Robert) Start, Nancy DeMaagd, and Janice (Jerry) Visser, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and long-time friend Mel Dill. In honor of Lois's long-time service to the Grandville Senior Neighbors Center,...
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Phillip James Lotterman

September 1, 1932 - August 27, 2015

LOTTERMAN - Phillip James Lotterman, age 82 went to be with his Lord, Thursday, August 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Minnie Lotterman; siblings Edward Lotterman, Donald Lotterman, Lois Brands, Arlene Kraai; father-in-law Melvin Wiersema; mother-in-law Ella Wiersema; brothers-in-law Henry Brands, John Anderson, Bill Masselink and Jim Kraai. He will be...
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Charlotte Noelle Fase

August 26, 2015

Charlotte Noelle Fase was born into the arms of Jesus on August 26, 2015, weighing 7 lbs. 2 ozs. and 19-3/4" long. The service will be held Sunday, August 30 at Grace Church on 13-Mile and Northland Drive in Rockford. Visitation will be held at the church from 2 - 3 p.m. followed by service at 3 p.m. Baby Charlotte is survived by Mom and Dad (Dan and Kristen Fase); sister Audrey Fase;...
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Daniel Marvin Kotrch

December 13, 1940 - August 26, 2015

KOTRCH - Daniel Marvin Kotrch, age 74, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Magdalene Kotrch, and his brothers Carl "Bud" Kotrch and Michael Kotrch, Jr. Dan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years Mary Kotrch (Leale), his children Victoria "Tori" (Michael) Buck, Daniel Kotrch, Anthony (Tammy) Kotrch, James...
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Sarah Marie Weeda

June 18, 1982 - August 25, 2015

WEEDA – Sarah Marie, 33, of Richmond, formerly of Bozeman, Mont., went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 25, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Norman Dart; her parents, Jake and Linda Weeda; sister, Cari Lynn Kolff (Chad); two brothers, Matt (Sarah Joy) and Jon (Sarah Beth) Weeda; nieces and nephews, Devin, Hannah, Megan, Kaen, Jack, Lindiwe and Isabella; and many other loving family...
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Gerald Szymanski

September 30, 1953 - August 25, 2015

SZYMANSKI – Gerald Szymanski, age 61, of Jenison, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Anna Szymanski, and sister Sharon Holmes. Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Denise; children Sherry (Lee) Adkins, Gerald (Erica) Szymanski, Charlette (John) Norris, Shelli Szymanski (fiancé Chris Weir), Robyn Bunnell, and Justin...
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Bessie Sweers Alles

November 26, 1916 - August 23, 2015

ALLES - Bessie Alles (Sweers), age 98, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, August 23, 2015. She was born to William and Nellie (Goudzwaard) Sweers on November 26, 1916. She lived most of her life as a resident of Byron Center, MI. She graduated from Byron Center High School in 1935 and from Pine Rest School of Nursing in 1939. On January 5, 1940 she married Peter Alles, her husband for...
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Marian Ruth Haverkamp

May 26, 1932 - August 23, 2015

HAVERKAMP (Wigger) – Marian Ruth Haverkamp, age 83, of Grandville, MI, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Haverkamp; daughter, Grace Molegraaf; brothers, John and Henry Wigger; and brother-in-law, Edwin Haverkamp. She will be lovingly remembered by her family; daughters, Carol (Fred) Brown,...
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Marjorie Fern Schutz (Henshaw)

June 18, 1925 - August 23, 2015

SCHUTZ (HENSHAW) Marjorie Fern Schutz, born June 18, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, passed into the arms of her Savior on August 23, 2015. Her great joys in life were simple and clear. It was her joy to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with clarity and grace until the day of her death. It was her great joy to love her family, which she did fully to the third generation. Marge is survived by...
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Marcia Ruth Baker (Steketee)

March 1, 1928 - August 22, 2015

BAKER (STEKETEE) Marcia Ruth Baker, age 87, went home to be with her Lord, Saturday, August 22, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Baker; her infant daughter, Cristie Leigh Baker; her daughter-in-law, Gayle Baker; her great grandson, Brendan Hope Baker; her parents, Roger and Cora Steketee; her sisters, Eleanor Holtrop and Barbara Postma; Robert's siblings,...
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Duane M. Michael

April 7, 1926 - August 19, 2015

MICHAEL – Duane M. Michael age 89 of Wyoming, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, August 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by wife Aileen, his brother Gene Michael and his sister Pauline Van Houten. He is survived by his children Diana (Larry Scott) Michael and David (Karen Willams) Michael; granddaughters Heather Nicholas and Sarah (Maxwell Dixon) Michael; and his sister Ellen Kay ...
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Gregory Harold Hewitt

May 20, 1949 - August 18, 2015

The Music Man took his final bow on August 18, 2015. Gregory Harold Hewitt was born in Big Rapids, raised in Holland, and settled in Grand Rapids until his God called him home at 66 years old. He, above all else, was a servant of his Lord, dedicating his magical tenor voice and natural born leadership to many area churches, including Sunshine Community, Immanuel Reformed, Hillside Community,...
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Dorothy Mae Sarber

July 16, 1930 - August 16, 2015

SARBER, DOROTHY - Dorothy Mae Sarber went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 16 at the age of 85. Dorothy was a woman of faith who passed her love of the Lord onto her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, John A. and Frances M. Nelson, and husband Charles "Donald" Sarber. Dorothy is survived by her children, Tim (Linda) Sarber and Cindy (Dan) Kleymeer; grandchildren Lisa ...
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James Brian Fryling

October 12, 1963 - August 16, 2015

JAMES BRIAN FRYLING of Byron Center, MI went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at the age of 51. He will be lovingly missed by his family and friends. Jim was born on October 12, 1963. He was the son of Gordon and the late Frances Fryling. Jim graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master's Degree. After graduating, he taught at Unity Christian High...
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Jack F. Reyher

May 19, 1928 - August 15, 2015

REYHER – Jack Frank Reyher, age 87, of Lakeland, Florida (formerly of Grand Rapids, MI) passed away on Saturday August 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William Reyher, and his sister Betty Muncie. He will be remembered by his children Robert (Lisa) Reyher, Frank (Charlotte) Reyher, Steve (Marcia) Reyher, David Reyher, Ron Reyher, Debbie (Scott) Ryerson, Cathy...
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Harold DeRidder

September 12, 1930 - August 15, 2015

DeRidder - Harold DeRidder, age 84, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was preceded in death by his first wife Annamae DeRidder; son Douglas DeRidder; parents Hattie and Jacob DeRidder; three siblings. He will be remembered by his wife Annette DeRidder; children Sandra (Don) Goossen, Nancy (Jerry) DeGood, Debra (Hudson) Wouthuis,...
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Ruth J. Lantinga-Bylsma

August 4, 1918 - August 14, 2015

LANTINGA-BYLSMA – Ruth J. Lantinga-Bylsma, age 97, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 14, 2015. She was preceded in death by first husband, Gerald Lantinga and second husband, James Bylsma; one grandchild; and 9 siblings. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Ruth Ann (Terry) Eggleston, Martin (Pat) Lantinga, Jerry (Bernadette) Lantinga,...
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James Bruce Landis

December 16, 1950 - August 13, 2015

LANDIS - James B. Landis, age 64, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, August 13, 2015 and now joins his parents, Wes and Arlene Landis, and his sister, Carol McIntyre. in heaven. Jim had retired from the City of Wyoming, having worked for many years with the Department of Public Works. He will be gratefully remembered for his nineteen years of service as a reserve Fire Fighter with...
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Cornelius "Casey" Mekkes

December 25, 1919 - August 13, 2015

MEKKES - Cornelius "Casey" Mekkes, born December 25, 1919, age 95, went to be with his Lord, Thursday, August 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore K. and Ranskie Mekkes; six siblings Anna Top, John Mekkes, Nicholas Mekkes, Nicholas Mekkes, Jeanette St. Charles, Kathryn Headley. He will be remembered by his wife of 69 years, Katherine "Kay" Mekkes; children Mary Beth (Tom)...
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Sawyer Jonathon Bush

November 18, 2014 - August 11, 2015

BUSH - Sawyer Jonathon, our beloved infant son, passed away unexpectedly on August 11, 2015. Sawyer is survived by his loving parents Harry and Jessica Bush; brothers and sister Tatum, Emerson, Tommie and Preston; grandparents Tom and Billie Austin and Ray and Alayne Ellens; great-grandparents Dennis and Bonnie Sterns; great-great grandmother Mabel Sterns; aunts and uncles Katie, Jonathon ...
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Gepkelina "Gep" Bultena

October 5, 1932 - August 5, 2015

BULTENA, Gepkelina "Gep" Bultena - According to His marvelous plan, God called to her eternal home our beloved Mom and Oma, Gep Bultena at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerrit Bultena and her daughter, Patricia. She is survived by her children, Evie and Ray Boverhof, Bart and Julie Bultena, Judy and Randy Flier, Sharon Grogg, and Lynell and Marcus Scott, 12...
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Robb Michael Grit

March 13, 1969 - August 4, 2015

GRIT - Robb M. Grit, age 46, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 after a short illness and is now safe in the arms of Jesus. He was preceded in death by his dad Eugene Grit. He is survived by his children Remington Joi, Ryland Michael and Amiah Isabella; mom Darlene Grit; siblings Duane (Nancy) Grit, Dawn (Dale) Van Kley, Randy (Stephanie) Grit; very special friend Lori Kerns; aunts...
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Carol Allen

March 20, 1939 - August 2, 2015

ALLEN - Carol Allen, age 76, of Grandville went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Carol was born March 20, 1939 in Byron Township, Michigan, to Kenneth & Pauline (Gilbert) Allen. Surviving are her three sons Rick (Lori) Heys, Randy Heys, and Mike Heys and fiancée Erica Pogodzinski; five grandchildren Ben Heys and fiancée Paige Culross, Stacey (David) Heys-Broekstra...
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George "Randy" Childs

February 13, 1961 - July 28, 2015

CHILDS - George "Randy" Randolph Childs, age 54, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his son Norman and his mother, Peggy Paiz. Randy will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Debbie Childs (Boerman); his father and his wife, Nash and Lisa Paiz; his brothers, Rick (Deb) Childs, Will Paiz (Deb Witherspoon), Phil (Julie) Paiz, Ernie (Amanda)...
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Donna Earl (VanderLaan)

February 17, 1943 - July 28, 2015

EARL, DONNA (VanderLaan) - Donna Earl (VanderLaan), age 72 went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Earl; parents Fred and Jean VanderLaan; brother Douglas VanderLaan. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Ryan Earl, Ron Earl; grandchildren Royston Earl, Olivia Earl; step-children Ronda Clark, Rick Earl; step-grandchildren...
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Anthony "Tony" Talsma

July 17, 1929 - July 28, 2015

TALSMA - Anthony "Tony" Talsma - On Tuesday evening, July 28, 2015, Tony Talsma went to be with his faithful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Tony retired from a very successful career as an onion and celery farmer at the age of 55. He and Bea were able to enjoy many years together of traveling and fishing. He was preceded in death by his grandson Daniel Talsma and Tony's eight...
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Lula Irene Homrich

January 9, 1926 - July 26, 2015

HOMRICH – Lula Irene Homrich, age 89, went to be with her Lord Sunday, July 26, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Leo, her son, Ronald Homrich; and her 12 siblings. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dale (Rose) Homrich, Sharon Grygiel and Steve Homrich; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and many extended family and friends. Funeral services will be...
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Ceoloe Jean Hirt (Kennedy)

July 20, 1930 - July 26, 2015

HIRT Ceoloe Jean Hirt (Kennedy), age 85 went to be with her Lord, Sunday, July 26, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Hirt; daughter Terry Brougham; parents Pluma and Earl Kennedy. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandson Todd (Stacy) Hardy; great-grandchildren Emily, Madelyn; siblings Harold (Carol) Kennedy, Leon (Dianne) Kennedy, Marge Homrich, Wendell (Kathy)...
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Alberta Eva Heydenberk

July 21, 1928 - July 25, 2015

HEYDENBERK-Mrs. Alberta Heydenberk, age 87, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard. Alberta was the longtime leader of the Saddle Tramps 4-H Club. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Michael Redder; adoring grandchildren, Andrew, Christopher and Sarah and her son, Richard Heydenberk II;...
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Mary Jane Kelley

September 2, 1920 - July 25, 2015

KELLEY (REENDERS) Mary Jane Kelley, age 94, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, John "Mort" Kelley, her parents and all her siblings. Mary will be lovingly remembered by the Teunis and Phyllis Witte family, who were longtime neighbors, caregivers and friends. Funeral services will be held 7 PM Wednesday, July 29, at Cook Funeral...
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Marcia Hoekstra (Brouwer)

August 14, 1938 - July 24, 2015

HOEKSTRA (BROUWER) Marcia Hoekstra, age 76, went to be with her Lord, Friday, July 24, 2015, after a short fight with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Hoekstra; parents, Irvin and Anna Brouwer; parents-in-law, Albert and Anna Hoekstra; sister-in-law, Esther Brouwer; and brother-in-law, Harold DeYoung. Marcia is survived by her children, Mary (William) De Vree, Douglas...
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Lucille M. Brown (Brewer)

December 1, 1914 - July 23, 2015

BROWN Lucille M. Brown (Brewer), age 100 went to be with her Lord, Thursday, July 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Milo Brown; sons Phillip "Bob" Brown, Galen Brown; granddaughter Jodi Brown; parents Blanche and Charles Brewer; sister Dorothy McKenney; daughter-in-law Sharon Brown; nephew Douglas McKenney. She will be lovingly remembered by her son James (Kathy) Brown;...
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Evelyn Yvonne Kuperus DeVries

April 19, 1931 - July 23, 2015

DE VRIES - Evelyn Kuperus DeVries - 1931-2015: Born Evelyn Yvonne to Bonnie S. Woodard and Grace McNitt Woodard in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on April 19, 1931. Evelyn married John G. Kuperus in 1951, and they had three daughters. John preceded Evelyn in death in 1979. She was married to Henry "Bud" DeVries from 1986 until his death in 2005. For most of her life, she was a member of Wealthy Street...
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Jeanne Sue Mockerman (Sumner)

June 20, 1952 - July 22, 2015

MOCKERMAN (SUMNER) Jeanne Sue Mockerman, age 63, passed to her next life on July 22, 2015, after a 39 year battle with MS. She was lovingly cared for by the staff of Brookcrest Nursing Home for the last 14 years of her life. Her parents George and Ann Sumner and in-laws, Ted and Jane Mockerman preceded Jeanne in death. She is survived by her husband, George Mockerman; son and daughter-in...
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Mae L. DeWitt Visser (Scholma)

July 11, 1924 - July 21, 2015

VISSER Mae L. DeWitt Visser (Scholma), age 91 went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Mae was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be remembered as a woman completely dedicated to the Lord. She leaves a lasting legacy of God fearing children and grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Joy (Nick) DeHaan, Lee (Laura) DeWitt, Marlys (Dan) Popma,...
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John Richard Zuiderveen

January 7, 1945 - July 18, 2015

John Zuiderveen, age 70, of Byron Center, MI and Key West, FL passed away on July 18, 2015 after a brave battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Louise Zuiderveen and his nephew Dan Stuursma. John graduated from Denver Christian High School in 1963 and received a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College in 1967 and a Master of Business Administration from Western...
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Jack Dell Sheridan

July 16, 2015

SHERIDAN Jack Dell Sheridan, age 84 of Grandville, MI passed away at his home on July 16, 2015. He was born in Saint Francisville, IL and moved to MI at a very young age. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ruby Sheridan; two sons Rob Sheridan and Jeffrey Sheridan; daughter Lesa (Don) Buckley; grandchildren Christopher, Justin and Eric. Jack is also survived by his beloved...
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Dorothea "Betty" Pitts (Gale)

March 20, 1925 - July 16, 2015

PITTS Dorothea "Betty" Pitts (Gale), age 90 went to be with her Lord, Thursday, July 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis D. Pitts; parents Dorothy and Arthur Gale; granddaughter Kristin Pitts. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Curtis (Suzanne) Pitts Jr., Sandra Pitts, Steven Pitts, Richard (Kelly) Pitts; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings...
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Donald James Timmer

October 6, 1931 - July 16, 2015

TIMMER – Donald James Timmer, age 83, of Jenison, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 16, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Arlene (Grysen) Timmer; children, Terrie Barton, Pamela Hulsing (Brian) Link, Diane (Greg) Stratton, and Dondra (Chris) Chambers; 9...
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Duane E. Bluhm

October 3, 1930 - July 12, 2015

BLUHM – Duane E. Bluhm, age 84 of Byron Center, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Sunday, July 12, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen; his children, Jim (Ella) Bluhm, Margaret (Phil) Haveman, Dave (Sherry) Bluhm, Harold Bluhm, Jerry Bluhm and Cheri Peterson; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. ...
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Patricia Drost (Gee)

August 18, 1925 - July 12, 2015

DROST (Gee) – Patricia Drost, age 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Pat was born in Bailey, MI, and moved to Grand Rapids after graduating from Grant High School. Even though Alzheimer's disease claimed her mind, Pat's wit, kindness and love of nature never left her. She enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening and taking care of her family. For most of her life,...
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Jon Bednarsky

March 30, 1961 - July 11, 2015

BEDNARSKY Jon Bednarsky, age 54 went to be with his Lord, Saturday, July 11, 2015 and joined his beloved wife Brenda Bednarsky who preceded him in death. He will be remembered by his children Jonathon Bednarsky, Samantha Bednarsky; parents Joan and Frank Bednarsky; siblings Fawn (Robert) Cichoski, Frank Bednarsky Jr. (Teri Welker), Amy (Dan) Genther, Tom (Sarah) Bednarsky; the Hibma family...
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Pearl E. Richards

February 25, 1943 - July 11, 2015

RICHARDS-Pearl E. Richards, age 72 of Wyoming, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 11, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, William "Bill"; her children Symone (Chris) Mennell, Elliot (Lori) Richards, Karen (John) Bigelow, Angel (Joe) Walker; 18 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; sister Roberta (John) McMaster; sisters-in-law LaVern ...
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Eleanor Pearl Van Duinen (Looman, Wood)

December 10, 1927 - July 11, 2015

VAN DUINEN (LOOMAN, WOOD) Eleanor Pearl Van Duinen "Grandma Ellie", passed into the loving arms of her Maker and Savior on July 11th, 2015. Although her last months were fraught with the physical struggles that come after 87 years of life, her days were filled with love and laughter. Mother to three boys and world traveler thereafter, Ellie called Grand Rapids home, but loved spending time...
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Gertrude Helen Vruggink

March 25, 1925 - July 8, 2015

Gertrude Vruggink, age 90, of Hudsonville, Michigan on July 8, 2015 took Jesus' hand and entered her eternal home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald H. Vruggink, two sisters, a brother and 3 great grandchildren. She was the loving mother of four daughters Marcia and Don Geers, Darla and Ron Kooienga, Arloa and Ron Nienhuis and Donna and Steve Scholma. She is also survived by...
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Myrna Ann Newhouse

December 22, 1943 - July 8, 2015

NEWHOUSE Myrna Ann Newhouse, age 71, passed away and went home to be with her Lord, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Myrna was born December 22, 1943 in Jos, Nigeria to Harry and Jeanette (Kleis) Newhouse. Myrna served as a missionary nurse for several years in Liberia. She is survived by her aunts and uncle, Norma Kleis, Marlyn Kleis, and John H. (Rosalie) Kleis; and a host of cousins. Myrna...
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