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Gertrude Jean Becker (Oosterink)

Gertrude Jean Becker (Oosterink)
  • August 27, 1925 - September 10, 2015
  • Jenison, Michigan
  • Memorial contributions may be made to Hudsonville Reformed Church-Benevolent fund or Words of Hope, 700 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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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, Elizabeth (Brion) Brooks, Marilyn Becker, and David (Susan) Becker; 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; siblings, Roger (Skip), Kenneth, Lois (Chester), Wilma (Albert), Nancy, Howard (Jean), Gary (Pat), Wayne (Bonnie), and Mark (Barbara), sisters-in-law, Barb Oosterink and Esther Becker, and brother-in-law, Roger Meekhof; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2015, at the Hudsonville Reformed Church, 3950 Highland, Hudsonville, MI with Pastor Don Van Slyke and Dr. Cecil Martens officiating. Interment will be at Grandville Cemetery. The family will meet with relatives and friends on Sunday, September 13, 2015, from 2-5 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Chapel, 4235 Prairie, S.W., Grandville (East Building) and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hudsonville Reformed Church-Benevolent fund or Words of Hope, 700 Ball, N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

A great woman stepped into history today. She did not build great empires, discover miracle medical cures, or invent earth-shattering devices. The masses will not mourn her and her picture will not appear on the magazine racks. But great she was – and still is – in the hearts of those who knew her.

That which made her great was her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. She was devoted to the God who made her and who rescued her from sin, wholly given over to obedience to Christ. In thought, in reason, in word, in life – her purpose was to please her Master. All else was secondary.

Although her name will not go down in the history books nor be mentioned on the six o'clock news, her name is – as surely as man can tell – written in the one place she sought most of all, "The Lamb's Book of Life" (Revelation 20:15)

We mourn, but even more than seeing her again, we look forward to seeing her Lord and Master – and ours – Jesus Christ. It is up to us now to continue the race. As she so often reminded us, we say to all who read these words, "Today if you hear HIS voice, do not harden your hearts," but instead, "Save yourselves from this crooked and perverse generation." "Therefore, be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man comes" (Hebrews 4:7, Acts 2:40; Matthew 24:44).

The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcares.com.