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George "Randy" Childs

February 13, 1960 - July 28, 2015

CHILDS - George "Randy" Randolph Childs, age 55, 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 Era 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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Elaine "Ma" Jager

March 10, 1936 - July 8, 2015

JAGER (KING) - Elaine "Ma" Jager, was born on March 10, 1936, and went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, our dad, Clint; her parents; her brothers, Maynard and Richard; daughter-in-law, Karen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She is survived by her children, Wanda (Floyd) Nowak, Maynard "Mike" Danielson, David Danielson, Dani (John) Norton,...
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Sharon Lou Nash

May 7, 1938 - July 7, 2015

NASH - Sharon Lou Nash, age 77 of Grandville, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Sharon Lou spent more than 28 years in Wacousta, MI before relocating to Grandville, where she has lived for the last 20 years. Sharon Lou was a devoted and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and was excited to become a "Grammy" to her 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She...
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James "Jim" Crofoot

September 18, 1950 - July 2, 2015

James "Jim" Crofoot, age 64 went to be with his Lord, Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father Rex Crofoot. He will be remembered by his children Angela (Paul Musclow) Crofoot, Sarah (Michelle) Crofoot, Jameson (Pamela Keehn) Crofoot; grandchildren Erik Brigham, Coleson Visser, Andrew Didyk, Jonas Musclow, Joey Keehn, Tylor Keehn; mother Barbara Crofoot; siblings Alice ...
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Adeline Borda (Walawender)

May 5, 1920 - June 30, 2015

BORDA Adeline Borda (Walawender), age 95, was reunited with God on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael Borda. She will be lovingly remembered by her son David (Susan) Borda; grandchildren Christopher (Jennifer) Borda, Michael (Paige) Borda; great-grandchildren Isaiah, Gabriela, Lillian, Henry and many special friends. A Memorial Service- celebration...
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Joyce I. Pike

May 13, 1934 - June 30, 2015

PIKE (SNYDER) - Joyce I. Pike, born May 13, 1934 in Grand Rapids, died with her family at her side June 30, 2015 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Russell Snyder, Arlene Hogan and Ron Snyder. Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 60 years, Warner Pike; her children, Debra (Larry) Smith, David (Cathy) Pike and Wayne...
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Delores "Dody" Joyce Windemuller

July 22, 1930 - June 30, 2015

Delores "Dody" Windemuller Delores Joyce Windemuller, age 85, of Jenison, went to live with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Delores was born on July 22, 1930 to Jacob and Henrietta Van Zanden in Holland, Michigan. She was their only child. She graduated from Holland High School where she enjoyed participating in athletics. She married Ed Windemuller in 1949. They were...
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Ronald J. Meengs

June 16, 1948 - June 25, 2015

MEENGS Ronald J. Meengs, age 67, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Merle and Harmina Meengs, and step-mother Evelyn Meengs. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Phyllis Meengs; children Dawn (Marc) Vander Maas, Brian (Bethany) Meengs, and Tammi (Douglas) Helmus; grandchildren Grace, Ella, Willem, Connor, Isabelle, Geena,...
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Randy Jay Eckman

April 19, 1966 - June 25, 2015

ECKMAN - Randy Jay Eckman, age 49, of Caledonia, unexpectedly went to be with his Heavenly Father, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Randy was married in 2009 to Anna Maria (Onate) Eckman. He is the loving father to two beautiful girls, Kristin Joy and Kaitlin Ruth. He enjoyed spending time with his family, having barbecues, playing board games, and singing karaoke. Randy liked to play sports...
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James J. Alles

May 20, 1934 - June 23, 2015

ALLES - James J. Alles, age 81 of Jackson, formerly of Byron Center, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Crystal J. Alles. He will be deeply missed by his children, Barbara (Jim) DeCoste, Donna Alles, James (Pam) Alles, Betty (Russ) Wichman, David Alles, Ruth (Jim) Sleight, Martha (Brian) Olsen; numerous grandchildren and many great...
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Dawn Ione Brown

July 27, 1947 - June 23, 2015

BROWN – Dawn Ione, née Myers, born July 27, 1947, joined her Lord Tuesday, June 23, 2015, passing quietly at home. She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Dale Myers, and her mother, Arbutis Ione Myers. Dawn is survived by her husband and best friend, Richard David Brown, their children Melissa Brown-Culbertson and Benjamin Brown, her grandson Dakota Culbertson, and step-children...
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Jean Spaman

August 14, 1927 - June 21, 2015

SPAMAN, JEAN - 8/14/1927 – 6/21/2015 - Jean Spaman, age 87, of Jenison, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 21. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald in 1983, her son-in-law Steve Siegel in 2011, and sisters Josephine Egan and Lois Grasmeyer. Surviving to cherish her memory are her son Robert (Carol) Spaman, and daughter Barbara Siegel, seven grandchildren: Kara (Mark)...
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Darrell D. Vander Ark

September 20, 1942 - June 20, 2015

VANDER ARK Darrell D. Vander Ark, age 72, of Byron Center, passed away Saturday, June 20 after a year struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis and went to be with his Lord and Savior. He was welcomed into his heavenly home by his parents, Jack and Anne Vander Ark and brother, Robert. His love and devotion to family began with his marriage to his wife of 52 years, Carol (Sweeris). Together they...
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Elaine Helen Dancz

April 24, 1929 - June 20, 2015

DANCZ Elaine Helen (Page) Giessinger Dancz, age 86, of Kentwood, MI, formerly of Muskegon and Bitely, MI, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015. She was born April 24, 1929 in Muskegon, MI to Ellis Isham and Bernice Helen (DuPrey) Page. Prior to retirement she was employed by the Baldwin Public School District. She is survived by her daughter Marcia (Patrick) Gaffney, Wyoming;...
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Thomas Henry Dolce

July 27, 1947 - June 19, 2015

DOLCE – Thomas Henry Dolce, age 67, of Jenison, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Dolce and his father and mother in law, Robert and Elaine Hartman. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Janise (Hartman) Dolce, sons, Tom (Megan) and Tony (Robin); grandchildren, Justin, Kristin, Isabelle, Kadin, and...
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Dorothy A. Boston

November 5, 1922 - June 18, 2015

BOSTON, DOROTHY - Dorothy Boston passed away peacefully at Clark on Keller Lake Thursday, June 18, 2015. She was a gracious lady who was loving and kind to all who knew her. She was a great wife, mom, grandmother, sister, and friend who had a smile and hug for us all whenever we needed one. She helped raise her younger siblings from a young age, raised five children, ran a gas station for...
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Robert Wayne McJones

August 19, 1922 - June 17, 2015

McJones, Robert Wayne Robert W. McJones, age 92, of Clark Retirement Community, formerly of CA, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Bob was born August 19, 1922 in Dodge City, KS to John and Emma (Fowler) McJones. He proudly served his country with the US Army Air Corps during WWII. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jeane McJones. He will be deeply missed by his sons, Paul ...
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Holly Marie Phillips-Randall

February 17, 1994 - June 15, 2015

PHILLIPS-RANDALL Holly Marie Phillips-Randall, age 21, of Byron Center passed away following a courageous struggle with many health issues. She will be deeply missed by her parents, Mark and Diane Randall; sisters and brother, Kellie (Duke) Greene, Michael Randall, and Katie Randall; boyfriend, Alex Wynalda; grandparents, Seymour and Judy Gould, and Ella Randall; niece Penny Greene; and...
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Valentina Osiptsova

September 8, 1928 - June 14, 2015

Valentina Osiptsova, 86 passed away on June 14, 2015. Valentina is lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Daughter and son-in-law: Galina and Mikhail Vezikov Grandchildren: Dmitry and Natalia Vezikov Great Grandchildren: Anastasia, Alissa, Zoe Grandchildren: Olga and Kevin D'Argenio Grandchildren: Ilya and Melissa...
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Lonna Nobel

August 28, 1940 - June 13, 2015

NOBEL - Lonna Nobel (Harley), age 74 went to be with her Lord, Saturday, June 13, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Veleda and Walter Harley; brother Donald and wife Yvonne Harley; and granddaughter Emily. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Elaine (Mark) Slagh, Phillip Miller; six grandchildren; sister Ann; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Mike. A...
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Theodore "Ted" Braybrook

February 9, 1931 - June 13, 2015

BRAYBROOK Theodore "Ted" Braybrook, age 84, died, Saturday, June 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Susan Donahue and Kathy Syrek. Ted will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 62 years, Clara Jo Braybrook (Price) and his brother, Roger Braybrook and his wife Sue. Ted was sincerely loved by his surviving children, Daniel Braybrook, Lynn Braybrook Roelofs and her...
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Marie P. Notenbaum

October 2, 1922 - June 13, 2015

NOTENBAUM – Marie P. Notenbaum, (Wolf, Beckwith) age 92, died on June 13, 2015. Marie was preceded in death by her husbands, Leland V. Beckwith and Russell J. Notenbaum and 9 sisters and brothers. Marie is survived by her children, Tim (Linda) Beckwith, Mike (Maggie) Beckwith, Marcia (Steve) Foote and Nancy Schalk; grandchildren, Cheryl (Mark) Huyser, Melissa (Mike) Jollands, Chris Foote,...
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Steven Charles Nyenhuis

June 11, 2015

NYENHUIS – Steven Charles Nyenhuis age 55 of Grandville, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles. He is survived his children Alyssa Nyenhuis, Lauren Nyenhuis and Hunter Nyenhuis; granddaughter Lily, his mother Henrietta, his sister, Patricia (Richard) Secord. Steve enjoyed working as a chef. He was very strong in his faith and...
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Elizabeth Louise De Jonge

March 3, 1917 - June 11, 2015

DE JONGE (VAN NOORD) - Elizabeth De Jonge, of Jenison, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 11, 2015. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold De Jonge of 34 years; her grandson, Joel Huyser; and her brother, Hessel Van Noord. She is survived by her children, David A. and Nancy J. De Jonge, Paul and Nancy R. De Jonge, Roy and Judy De Jonge, and Beth...
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Orlean Jane Ziegler

June 3, 1923 - June 10, 2015

ZIEGLER Orlean Jane Ziegler, age 92 of Jenison, formerly of Reed City, went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard. She is survived by her children, Catherine Kerr, William Ziegler, and Norma Kilgore; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. When Orlean wasn't at home she could always be found at Reed City Methodist Church. Even...
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William "Bill" Bouwman

November 3, 1926 - June 9, 2015

BOUWMAN - William "Bill" Richard Bouwman, age 88, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ella and Trintje Bouwman (Koenes). Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Eldean Bouwman (Vlasman); his children, Bill Jr. and Barb Bouwman, Chris and Russ Kornoelje, Randy and Cheri Bouwman; his 7 grandchildren; 13 great...
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Edwin Haverkamp

August 5, 1934 - June 9, 2015

HAVERKAMP – Edwin Haverkamp, age 80 of Jenison, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, mother-in-law, brother and son in-law. He is survived by his beloved bride of 60 years, Nancy, his 5 children, 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and one sister-in-law. Ed was a man of great integrity who was well respected and liked in his...
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Nancy Lee Wallish

November 16, 1953 - June 8, 2015

WALLISH - Nancy Lee Wallish, age 61 of Hudsonville, went home to be with her Lord, Monday, June 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Joan Wallish. She is survived by her daughters Laura and Leslie Mieczkowski; her brother Bob Wallish and sister Betty (Tim) Strom; and niece Anna Strom and nephew Adam Strom. A memorial service celebrating Nancy's life will be held...
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William S. Tuinstra

June 27, 1929 - June 8, 2015

TUINSTRA, William S. "Thank you Lord for saving my soul, Thank you Lord for making me whole, Thank you Lord for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich and free." A familiar song, short, clear and comforting. William S. Tuinstra, age 85 went to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, June 8, 2015. Bill was born in Heerenveen, Friesland, the Netherlands, oldest son of the late Simon and...
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Nicholas H. Keegstra

August 8, 1929 - June 7, 2015

KEEGSTRA – Nicholas H., age 85, of Hudsonville, was welcomed home by God on Sunday, June 7, 2015, and rests safe in the arms of Jesus. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Thelma (Hoekstra) and his grandson, Brad A. Carmer. Nick is survived by his special friend, Nella Faber, and his children, Karen (Daniel) Belknap...
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Phillip Edward Austin

August 13, 1927 - June 6, 2015

AUSTIN - Phillip Edward Austin, age 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, June 6, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Elsie and C. Allen Austin. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Julie Austin; children Terie (Todd) McCalmont, Donna (Bill) Terpstra, Mike (Sherry) Austin, and Janet Elling; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Beverly ...
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Fred L. Howard

April 29, 1933 - June 5, 2015

HOWARD, Frederick L. Mr. Frederick "Fred" L. Howard, age 82, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, June 5, 2015. Fred was born April 29, 1933 in Wyoming, MI to Leo and Alice (Priest) Howard. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Lyle Christine (Youmans) Howard. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Lila Howard; children, Fred B. Howard, Karen (Don) Spoelhof...
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Marilyn Joy Meyers

October 17, 1937 - June 4, 2015

MEYERS Marilyn Joy Meyers (VerStrate), age 77 went to be with her Lord, Thursday, June 4, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Johanna and Edward VerStrate. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ronald K. Meyers; children Rhonda (Samir) Mesanovic, Beth (Jack) VanHoven; Dawn (Michael) Fisher; grandchildren Seth (Shannon) VanHoven, Dustin (Brittany) Bremer, Jordan VanHoven...
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Kenneth S. Kruis

July 7, 1935 - June 2, 2015

KRUIS - Kenneth S. Kruis, age 79, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Ken will be lovingly remembered by his children, Frank and Carrie Kruis, Colleen and James Jensen; his special friend, Marilyn Walker; his grandchildren, Karyn and Dan Sjaarda, Kenneth and Dottie Kruis; his great grandchildren, Kayleigh and Johnathan Kruis; his siblings, Connie and Michael Ward, Sandra and...
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Lorena Margaret Dalzell (Wilkerson)

June 15, 1919 - June 1, 2015

DALZELL Lorena Margaret Dalzell (Wilkerson), age 95 went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Franz Logerwell and Thomas Dalzell, great- grandson Zachariah Stanul, parents Rosa and Thomas Wilkerson, three sisters, and four brothers. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Ralph (Barbara) Logerwell and Ron (Linda) Logerwell;...
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John "Jack" Grimshaw

December 14, 1945 - June 1, 2015

GRIMSHAW John "Jack" Grimshaw, age 69, from Byron Center, formerly from the Detroit area and Toledo, went to his heavenly reward on Monday, June 1, 2015 after surgical complications. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 41 years, Darlene; his children Jon (Tammy); grandson Aiden. Those who will sorely miss him are: sister Mary Lou (Len); father-in-law Bob Sutter; sisters-in-law...
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Doris VanderBroek

August 8, 1927 - May 31, 2015

VANDERBROEK – M. Doris VanderBroek, age 87 of Jenison, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 31, 2015. She was preceded in death by her grandson Brandon VanderBroek. She is survived by her children, Carole (Al) Scholten, Susan (John) Smith, Marilyn Redeker, David (Sandi) VanderBroek, Ruth (Jack) Powell, Stephen (Sharon) VanderBroek, Timothy VanderBroek; 10...
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Susanne Marie Gibbs (O'Brien)

August 11, 1950 - May 31, 2015

GIBBS - On Sunday, May 31, 2015, Heaven gained another Angel as Susanne Marie Gibbs (O'Brien), age 64, left this earth for her Heavenly home. Susanne was born in Grand Rapids and worked at Country Fresh Dairy until she became a stay-at-home mom. Susanne was the wife of Gordon for nearly 40 years and the proud mother of sons Brad and Todd. Sue had wonderful creative skills which included...
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Daniel Peter Gosko

October 15, 1926 - May 29, 2015

GOSKO – Daniel Peter Gosko, age 88 of Wyoming, went to be with the Lord, Friday, May 29, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth; their children, Karena (Irn) Jousma, Deb (Ralph) Gady, Sonja (Jim) Kaminski, Mark (Carmen) Gosko, Dana (Kristin) Gosko, Kevin Gosko, Rochelle (Brian) Morris, Michael (Holly) Gosko; 28 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and two more on the way. ...
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Howard G. Vos

August 20, 1930 - May 28, 2015

VOS - Howard G. Vos, age 84, of Grand Rapids, entered his Heavenly Home on Thursday, May 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael and brother, Roger. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Gloria (Feenstra) Vos; his children, Holly and Daniel Cole, Kelly Jensen and Lane Lamar; his three grandchildren, Jeff Cole, Travis Cole, and Taylor Jensen; his sisters,...
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Shirley Anne West

November 10, 1931 - May 28, 2015

WEST – Shirley West November 10, 1931 – May 28, 2015 Shirley Anne West (formerly Shirley Pearson) born November 10, 1931 in Albion, Michigan, passed away peacefully with her husband, children and other family members at her side in her home in Kentwood, Michigan on May 28, 2015. Shirley graduated from Albion College in 1954. Afterward she taught in several schools in Grand Rapids...
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Max Lautenschleger

November 21, 1924 - May 26, 2015

LAUTENSCHLEGER - Max Lautenschleger age 90 of Grandville, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. He was preceded in death by seven siblings. He is survived by his loving wife Norma; his children, Mike (Ellen) Lautenschleger, Joan Lautenschleger (Jack) Cummings, Mary (Dick) Jurgens; step children, Linda Hurley, Colleen Barber, Sona (Doug) Barnes, Wesley (Katie) Olson, Shannon (Phil...
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June Lorraine Velding (Timmerman)

July 15, 1920 - May 23, 2015

VELDING June Lorraine Velding (Timmerman), age 94 went to be with her Lord, Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband John Velding; grandson Todd Velding; parents Jenny and Louis Timmerman; siblings Jane Grooters, Helen Romence. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Pat (George) Duimstra, Judy (Wayne) Snoeyink, Bob (Cheryl) Velding, Ray (Carole) Velding,...
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Eileen Marie DeVries (Jensen)

November 5, 1920 - May 20, 2015

DE VRIES (JENSEN) Eileen Marie Jensen De Vries was born on November 5, 1920 in rural Hesperia-White Cloud, Michigan.  She was the daughter of Nelts Jensen and Estella Slocum Jensen.  Eileen grew up on farms in the Fremont area and graduating from Aetna School. As a teenager, Eileen moved to Grand Rapids and worked at Globe Knitting Works and also as a domestic aide with families in East Grand...
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Ray Leroy Brown

June 9, 1930 - May 19, 2015

BROWN Ray Leroy Brown, age 84, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel Brown; his step-mother, Ann Brown; his father- and mother-in-law, Edward and Rosie Vineyard; his brothers, Glen and Dale Brown; and his son, Bradley Brown. Ray will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Grace "Lorena" Brown; his daughter and her...
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Susan K. Weemhoff

February 3, 1963 - May 18, 2015

WEEMHOFF – Susan K. Weemhoff, age 52, of Sparta, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 18, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Jane Weemhoff; step-mother Mina Weemhoff; and sister, Marcia Rewa. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Jaron Weemhoff; siblings, Richard (Linda), Dale (Flo), Sandra (Dale) Moon, Tom (Jo); Lori (Curtis) Alford, and Jim ...
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Sondra M. Biesbrock (Vander Ploeg)

April 3, 1940 - May 18, 2015

BIESBROCK Sondra M. Biesbrock (Vander Ploeg), age 75 went to be with her Lord, Monday, May 18, 2015. She was preceded in death by her son Everett Biesbrock; parents Harold and Donna Vander Ploeg. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 54 years, Harold Biesbrock; children Donna (John) Evers, Brian Biesbrock, Mary (Bruce) DeBoer, Kim and Jeff; 18 grandchildren; 8 great...
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Barbara Edema (Patin)

June 15, 1967 - May 17, 2015

EDEMA Barbara M. Edema (Patin), age 47, went to be with her Lord, Sunday, May 17, 2015 surrounded by her loving family after a valiant fight with illness. Barb grew up in Sand Lake and moved to Wayland after marrying the love of her life Terry. They met at work, fell in love, and have spent their lives happily together since. Their marriage joined the Edema and Patin families together. They...
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Diane Mae DeBoer

April 19, 1952 - May 17, 2015

DE BOER –Diane Mae DeBoer, age 63 of Jenison, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 17, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father Peter DeBoer and sister-in-law Lois DeBoer. She is survived by her mother Mae DeBoer, her siblings Gord DeBoer, Nancy (Harold) Veltman, Sandie Davis, Rick (Deb) Deboer and Chad (Wendy) DeBoer; many nieces, nephews,...
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James "Jim" Walck

February 15, 1928 - May 15, 2015

WALCK - James E. (Jim) Walck, age 87, of Hudsonville (formerly of Byron Center), went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera Walck. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Karen Walck; children, Kathy Walck, David Walck, and Carol Brooks; granddaughter, Ashley Brooks; grandson Tyler Brooks; brother, William...
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Robert (Bob) E. Wohlford

March 4, 1944 - May 10, 2015

WOHLFORD - Robert (Bob) Wohlford, age 71, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015 in New London, WI. He was born and raised in Jenison, son of the late Leon and Charlotte Wohlford. Bob raised his family in Middleville, MI., where he started Ace Bolt and Nut Company and worked with the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He raised mini-dachshunds, loved dirt track racing, dancing, water skiing,...
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John Charles Gruner

April 4, 1937 - May 10, 2015

GRUNER John Charles Gruner, age 78, a restaurant consultant and one time owner of Granny's Kitchen Restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI died Saturday, May 10, 2015 at his home. He was born in Indianapolis, IN, but lived the majority of his life in Grand Rapids, MI. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and went on to teach at MSU in...
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James Perry Starkweather

May 6, 1933 - May 10, 2015

James Starkweather James Perry Starkweather, 82, of Grandville, Mich., went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Trillium Woods Hospice in Byron Center. He was born May 6, 1933, in Detroit to Perry and Florence Starkweather. He graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit, attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated from Wayne State...
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Richard Jay DeRidder

December 10, 1943 - May 8, 2015

DeRidder Richard DeRidder, age 71 of Portage, MI went to be with his Lord, Friday, May 8, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and Francis DeRidder. He will be remembered by his wife of 52 years, Dawn DeRidder; children Chad (Kelly) DeRidder, Melissa (Gerald) Allebach; grandchildren Jared, Jesse, Abraham, Conrad, Henry and Gracie; siblings Lee DeRidder, James (Rosemary)...
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Lois Maxine Dyksterhouse

November 16, 1919 - May 6, 2015

DYKSTERHOUSE - Lois Maxine Dyksterhouse, age 95, of 609 Lovett SE, East Grand Rapids, MI, died peacefully in her home of more than 50 years on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. She was predeceased by her best friend, Lawrence (Deck) Cooley, her father and mother, Joseph and Gertrude (Visser) Dyksterhouse, her brother Robert Dyksterhouse, sisters-in-law Sylvia Bell and Helen Dyksterhouse, her sister, Jo...
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Betty Jean Nagelkirk (Brink)

February 17, 1931 - May 6, 2015

NAGELKIRK Betty Jean Nagelkirk (Brink), age 84 went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Nagelkirk; parents Ethel and John Brink; five siblings. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Sue (John) Roys, Judy (Maynard) Schrotenboer, John (Gloria) Nagelkirk; seven grandchildren Eric (Jill), Mitch (Tammy), Brian, Laura (Jordan),...
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Shirley Thompson

January 14, 1935 - May 5, 2015

THOMPSON – Shirley Irene Thompson, age 80, of Grandville, passed away May 5, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband William "Bill" Thompson. She is survived by her loving daughters Sheryl Thompson and Sharon (Fred) Viviano; grandchildren Brandy Viviano and Kirk Dykstra; great-grandchildren Josh Viviano and Anaka Dykstra; one great-great grandson, Mateo Viviano; and brothers-in-law...
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Merri Y. Hall (Bradshaw)

July 4, 1952 - May 3, 2015

HALL Merri Y. Hall (Bradshaw), age 62 went to be with her Lord, Sunday, May 3, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Dorothy May and Clinton Bradshaw. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Roger Hall, children Bobbie Jo (David) Farris, Stacy (Todd) Hardy, Tony (Valerie) Hall; proud grandmother of eight grandchildren Emily, Madelyn, Faith, Alexandria, Dominic, Eilis,...
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Patricia Ann Boersma

March 17, 1940 - May 2, 2015

BOERSMA - Patricia Ann Boersma, age 75 of Grand Rapids, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 2, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Herman and Tillie Boersma, brother-in-law Marvin Mc Queen, and niece Barbara Mc Queen. She is survived by her sister Delores Mc Queen and her brother John (Jane) Boersma, nieces and nephews, Marvin A. Mc Queen, Donald Mc Queen, Wanda Mc Queen,...
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Oscar David Hernandez

August 28, 1953 - May 1, 2015

HERNANDEZ Oscar David Hernandez, age 61, died unexpectedly, Friday, May 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Hernandez, Sr., and his infant brother, Martin Hernandez. Oscar will be lovingly remembered by his sons, David J. and Beth Hernandez and Timothy R. Hernandez; his grandsons, Joseph, Deaven and Logan Hernandez; his mother, Olivia Hernandez; his siblings, Jesse (Beth...
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Virginia Finkbeiner

November 25, 1923 - April 28, 2015

FINKBEINER - Virginia F. (Wiesemeyer) Finkbeiner age 91 of Grandville went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 28th, in her home at Cambridge Manor. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger of 65 years and nine brothers and sisters. Virginia is survived by her children, Diana (Tom) Bobbett, Bev (Larry) Geysbeek, Darryl Finkbeiner, 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and many...
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Willard C. Erickson

August 8, 1920 - April 28, 2015

ERICKSON – Willard C. Erickson age 94 of Grand Rapids formerly of Jenison, went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine Erickson (Colver) and his second wife Bertha Erickson (DeHaan). Willard will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Sandra Erickson and Barbara McGorty; Bertha's children Linda (Doug) Lovins, Jim (Peg)...
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Mark Allen Boonstra

December 18, 1963 - April 27, 2015

BOONSTRA - Mark Allen Boonstra, age 51, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father Gerrit Boonstra and father-in-law Bud VanBall. He will be remembered by his wife Carol Boonstra; son Nathan Boonstra; mother Norma Boonstra; brothers Garry (Natalie) Boonstra, Daryl (Cathy) Boonstra; mother-in-law Beverly VanBall; sister-in-law Debbie ...
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Cathy Geerlings

February 2, 1961 - April 25, 2015

GEERLINGS - Cathy Geerlings, age 54, beloved daughter of Howard (Joan) Geerlings and Nellie (Ron) Sabin, passed away peacefully on April 25 at Spectrum Special Care Hospital in Grand Rapids. Cathy is survived by her brother, Tom and Lisa; niece and nephews Thomas, Jennifer and Matthew; close friend Martha Dahl; aunts and uncle, Marilyn Kok, Cher Little, Lee and Darlene Soncrant, and...
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Martin Walker Story

October 19, 1930 - April 25, 2015

STORY Martin Walker Story, age 84, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Ivah and Luther Story and brother-in-law William Dix. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Mary Story; children Thomas (Kathleen) Story (NC), David (Mahdokht Behravan) Story (NY), Anne (Thomas) Coyne (ME); grandchildren Alison, Patrick, Andrea Coyne and Andrew Story; sister...
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Kenneth Robert Muske

July 15, 1926 - April 23, 2015

MUSKE Kenneth Robert Muske, age 88 went to be with his Lord, Thursday, April 23, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Elsie Muske; sister Lolita Johnson. He will be remembered by his wife of 64 years, Marian Muske; children Kenna (Brian) Gaggin, Steve (Jackie) Muske; grandchildren Tyler Muske, Collin Muske, Brenden Muske, Andrew Gaggin, Matthew Gaggin, Nathan Gaggin;...
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Doris Gordon

March 22, 1921 - April 22, 2015

GORDON Mrs. Doris Gordon, age 94, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Doris was preceded in death by her brother Derward Strong, husbands, Paul J. DeKoning and Frank H. Gordon, her son, David B. DeKoning, daughters-in-law, Jeanne Gordon and Christine Gordon, great grandson Jake Gordon. She will be deeply missed by her children, Joe Gordon,...
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Caleb James Terpstra

December 12, 2000 - April 20, 2015

TERPSTRA - Caleb James Terpstra, age 14, of Rockford, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, April 20, 2015. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Arthur James Terpstra. Caleb is survived by his parents James and Brenda; his brothers Braden and Noah; grandparents Elsie Terpstra, and Don and Carol Moyer; great-grandmothers Beverly Terpstra and Elizabeth Moyer; aunts and uncles Paula...
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Mary Lou Brown

January 25, 1933 - April 19, 2015

Mrs. Mary Lou Brown, age 82, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015. Mary Lou was born January 25, 1933 in Grand Rapids to Albert and Irene (Combs) Fahnle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Brown; her son, Richard Brown; and her sister, Betty Costilow. Surviving are her children, Linda (Michael) Teska, Michael (Betty) Brown, Patricia (David) Potter, and Betty Jo Noorman; 12...
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Elaine M. Gortsema (Newhouse)

July 1, 1937 - April 18, 2015

GORTSEMA (NEWHOUSE) Elaine M. Gortsema, age 77, of Byron Center, formerly of Sand Lake, was peacefully called home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 18, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin John Gortsema and her brother, Jim Newhouse. Elaine will be lovingly remembered by her children, Scott and Molly Gortsema, Mark and Krislyn Gortsema...
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Anna DeYoung

April 20, 1920 - April 18, 2015

DE YOUNG - Anna DeYoung (Ellens), age 94 of Jenison, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 two days before her 95th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter DeYoung, 5 sisters, 6 brothers, 19 in-laws and several nieces and nephews. She is survived by her children, Richard (Jean) DeYoung, Fred (Shirley) DeYoung, David DeYoung, Charlene (Howard) Hillard, Patricia (Dan) Johnson,...
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Carma Williams (West)

February 2, 1931 - April 15, 2015

Carma Williams, age 84, passed away, Wednesday, April 15. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Williams, her daughters, Christine Rittenhouse, Carol Venlet, her granddaughter, Sharon O'Malley and her sister, Maxine Dreyer. Carma will be lovingly remembered by her children, Deborah (Tim) O'Malley, Lori (Steve) Kreiner, Janet (Keith) Williams, Edwin (Christie) Williams; her son-in...
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Jennie Squires

August 23, 1926 - April 14, 2015

Jennie Squires (Helmus), age 88 went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband William Squires; son James VanHouten; parents Anna and Henry Helmus; and brother Herman Helmus. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Fred (Patricia) VanHouten, Linda (Michael) Conran, Thomas (Dorothy) VanHouten, David (Sue) VanHouten; daughter-in-law...
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Beverly Duyser

December 16, 1926 - April 14, 2015

DUYSER - Beverly Duyser (Rushton), age 88 went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Duyser; son Michael Duyser; parents Nina and Lyle Rushton; brother-in-law Paul (Bea) Duyser; sister-in-law Betty Crumback. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Joan (Randy) Highland, Richard (Christine) Duyser, Jean Dinkel, Kathryn...
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Marvin Edward "Ed" Ditmar

November 24, 1937 - April 13, 2015

DITMAR - Marvin Edward (Ed) Ditmar, age 77, of Grandville, MI, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 13, 2015. He passed away at his home with his family by his side. He was preceeded in death by his parents Willard and Helen Ditmar. He is survived by his wife of 55-1/2 years, Carol Lynne Ditmar (Beadle); his children Thomas (Kelli) Ditmar, Robert (Theresa) Ditmar and David ...
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Jean Ann Shaffer

April 14, 1929 - April 12, 2015

SHAFFER-Jean Ann Shaffer, age 85, went to be with her Lord, Sunday, April 12, 2015. Jean was born April 14, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI, daughter of Jules and Kathryn Westra. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and her daughter Linda McGarry. She will be dearly missed by her children, Bill and Jeanne Shaffer, and Karen and Rev. Peter Adams; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren...
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Kathryn Joan Hutchins

August 8, 1931 - April 12, 2015

HUTCHINS - Mrs. Kathryn "Katy" Joan Hutchins, age 83, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. Katy was born August 8, 1931 in Grand Rapids to Stanley and Ann (Albrecht) Banaszak. Katy and her family moved to Hollywood, FL when Katy was 4 ½ years old and after several years she and her mother returned to Michigan. She had worked for several years for Capital Airlines and then Mill Steel. ...
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Edward James De Koster

January 26, 1922 - April 12, 2015

DE KOSTER- Edward James De Koster, age 93, of Grandville, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, April 12, 2015. The son of Adolf and Alyda De Koster, Edward was born January 26, 1922 in Zeeland, MI. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen and his sisters Julia Nyenhuis and Josephine Meiste. He is survived by his children, Elaine (Michael) Ogden, Jan Wilson, Carol (Scott) Capes, Marilyn ...
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