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Bernard Ottenjan

Jan 10, 1937 - Nov 29, 2023

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Grand Rapids, MI

Bernard Russell Ottenjan passed away peacefully at Trinity Health St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 29, 2023. He was born January 10th 1937 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Lawerence and Ethel Ottenjan, he was one of six children. Bernie attended Creston High School where he met the love of his life Eileen DeVoogd. Bernie left high school early and served with the US Army, where he stationed in Germany. In 1956 Bernie married his high school sweetheart Eileen DeVoogd, t...Read More

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Harriet Piccard

Jun 08, 1937 - Feb 12, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Harriet Piccard, a cherished and loving mother, passed away peacefully of natural causes on February 12, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Born on June 8, 1937, the daughter of Gerit "John" and Frances (Roelofs) Veldhuis, Harriet's life was a tapestry of love, dedication, and joyful moments shared with those she held dear. Harriet's journey began in the heart of Michigan, where she grew up surrounded by the love of her family. A proud graduate of Ravenna High School in 1955, she carried the lessons of her youth throughout her life, weaving them into the fabric of her own family. Before embracing the full-time role of a farmer's wife, Harriet contributed to the world as a telephone operator, connecting people with her kind voice and caring demeanor. Married to her beloved husband, Henry R. Piccard, Jr., for 59 years, Harriet's life was a testament to enduring love and partnership. Together, they cultivated not just the land, but a family legacy that would flourish for generations. Though she was preceded in death by Henry, her son Charles Edward Piccard, her parents, her sister Geraldine Huizenga, and several in-laws, her spirit of resilience and love remains a guiding light for her family. Harriet's legacy is carried on by her loving children, Cindy (Mike) Zaagman, Cathy (Mark) Meyer, Robert (Lindy) Piccard, Sandy (Dale) Billingsley, Donna (Bradley) Breternitz, and Kim (Tim) Ellerbrock. Her life was further enriched by the joy of her 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, who will continue to grow in the glow of her memory. Harriet is also survived by her twin brother Harvey (Laura) Veldhuis, brother Ronald (Vicki) Veldhuis, brother-in-law James Piccard, sister-in-law Elaine (Wally) VanHouten, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who were all touched by her kindness and grace. Harriet's interests painted a picture of a woman who found beauty and excitement in the simple pleasures of life. She was an avid gardener in her younger years, nurturing her plants with the same care she gave to her family. Her love for playing card games, enjoying bingo, and the occasional visit to the casino were sources of great joy and laughter. She enjoyed wintering in Palmetto, Florida and playing Shuffleboard. Above all, Harriet's heart was most full when she was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whose lives she enriched with her unwavering support and unconditional love. Those who knew Harriet will remember her for her gentle spirit, her generous heart, and her ability to make every person she met feel like family. Her home was a haven of warmth and hospitality, where the door was always open, and the coffee pot was always on. She was a long time member of Trinity Congregational Church. Harriet's life was a reflection of her values: family, faith, and the joy of being together. In the quiet moments, we will find Harriet in the blooming of a flower, the shuffle of a deck of cards, and the laughter of children. Her presence will be felt in every family gathering, every shared meal, and every tender moment between loved ones. Harriet Piccard's life was a gift to us all, and her memory will be treasured forever. Memorial contributions in memory of Harriet can be made to Trinity Congregational Church or the Marne American Legion. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and again from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Throop Funeral Home, 214 Church St, Coopersville, MI 49404. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Congregational Church, 2725 4 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM with a one-hour visitation prior at 10:00 AM. A luncheon will follow. Interment at Washington Park Memorial Gardens. Services provided by Throop Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit, https://www.throopfh.com.Throop Funeral Home, Coopersville, MI. Ph. 616-837-8161

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Beverly Jane "Bev" Balcom

Mar 09, 1944 - Feb 26, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Beverly Jane "Bev" Balcom, age 79, of Elwell, MI, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024, at Corewell Health- Butterworth Campus, Grand Rapids, MI. Funeral Services will be held at Restoration 58:12 Nazarene Church, St. Louis, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 29, 2024, with Pastor Jake Gregory officiating. Burial will take place at Seville Township Cemetery, Elwell, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 2-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca, MI and also on Thursday at the church the hour prior to the service. Beverly was born in St. Johns, Michigan on March 9, 1944, the daughter of Duane Carlyle and Bertha Mae (Harlow) Pendell. She graduated from Ithaca High School with the class of 1962. Bev married Dale R. Balcom on December 10, 1994, at the St. Louis Church of the Nazarene. Bev retired from Greenville Acres AFC after 32 years of service working in administration. She enjoyed bowling and working in her flower gardens. Bev played drums with the Jericho Jubilee Trio for many years. Bev and Dale enjoyed the last 14 winters at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Florida. She volunteered her time there in the kitchen and would help wherever she was needed. She was a member of Restoration 58:12 St. Louis Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by her husband Dale Balcom, children: Wally and Shannon Schneider, and Tami Mahler; step-children: Dana Balcom, Marla and Thomas Redman, and Brian and Jennifer Balcom, siblings: Roger and Mary Pendell, Mary and Larry Cooper, and Cheryl and Sid Hull. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Christopher Schneider, Joshua Schneider, Farrand Schneider, Keeleigh Mahler, Quincee Mahler, Averee Mahler, Baylee Hilgendorf, Alex Redman, Casey Redman, Daniel Thanasiu, Lucas Slater, Noah Slater, Michaela Slater, and Bethany Slater; and great-grandchildren: Claire Slater and Cohen Slater. She was preceded in death by her parents Duane and Bertha Pendell and father and mother-in- law Mort and Mildred Balcom. Memorials may be made to Restoration 58:12 Nazarene Church - St. Louis for missions, 1001 West Washington Street, St. Louis, MI 48880. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, Michigan.

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Mary Jean Stellema

Jun 20, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Stellema, Mary 6/20/1938-2/27/2024Mary Jean Stellema (Heeren) age 85, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 27, 2024, and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus. The family is comforted by Psalm 116:15 which says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.”Despite walking through many difficult circumstances in her life, Mary’s faith in Jesus was truly evident in the way she loved and served others. She will be deeply missed by her surviving children, Cathie and Tim Frisosky, Cheri and Greg Niemeier and Lisa and Kevin Clouser. She is preceded in death by her son, Tom Stellema and her grandsons, Nathan Niemeier and Micah Niemeier.She will also be greatly missed by her surviving grandchildren: Jeffrey and Rae House-Niemeier, Matthew Niemeier, Jordan Niemeier, Kimberlee Frisosky, Andy and Leah Frisosky, Whitney and Rob Blair, Michael Eyk, Shandra Scheuermann, Matthew and Emily Miller, and Kat and Tim Miller-Stachowski.Mary is also survived by her 12 great grandchildren.She is preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Jean Heeren (Vanderlaan); brothers Edwin Heeren(Pat), Robert Heeren, and sister Audrey Wiltjer.Mary showed her love for her family in amazing ways. She attended sporting events, plays, musical concerts, and anything her children or grandchildren were involved in. She was always there encouraging them and cheering them on. As a grandma, she was extremely brave and supportive. Mary would courageously take care of her 5 grandsons.They have fond memories of their exciting adventures with her which sometimes included Papa John’s pizza, orange pop, and their favorite snacks. Other grandkids remember watching old episodes of “I love Lucy” and “White Christmas” many times over as they enjoyed their favorite treats.Mary made birthdays, holidays, and even Sunday dinners a memorable occasionfor her children and grandchildren. Her tradition of making special recipes that she knew would disappear quickly; whether comfort food enjoyed around the table together or delicious “dutch treat” (banket), or homemade fudge or puppy chow; she let everyone know how deeply she valued and treasured them.Mary worked at AAA from 1979-2005 in various capacities where she built many great relationships, including her best friend, Norma Nammensma. Throughout the years Mary and Norma took time every evening to connect over a phone to share the challenges and celebrations of the day. This continued until the end of 2023 when the disease of dementia took away Mary’s ability to continue their daily talks.After retiring from AAA Mary began working at Costco where she cheerfully handed out samples until her 80th birthday. No matter where Mary would go, people would recognize her as the “sample lady” and remember the warmth of her smile and the kindness of her heart.Mary found another passion that gave her purpose and strong faith-based relationships after she left Costco. She started volunteering at Mission India Thrift Store. The proceeds from the store support Mission India’s ministry work with Indian Christian partners to share the Gospel and plant churches.A visitation will take place on Tuesday March 5th at Zaagman Memorial Chapel from 5PM to 7PM. A funeral service will be held the following day, Wednesday, March 6th at Zaagman Memorial Chapel at 11AM, with family welcoming friends at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission India 1142 44th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508.

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Louise Ruth Spoolstra

May 11, 1935 - Feb 27, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Louise Ruth Spoolstra, born May 11, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 27, 2024, and is now in the presence of her heavenly Father. She was proceeded in death by her brothers Phillip and Paul Evers and by brothers-in-law Clarence Vos and Willard VanEck. She will always be remembered for her humble, kind, and sweet personality. She enjoyed spending time with her family and sharing her love for Jesus with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Louise was a faithful witness in the way she lived her life. She enjoyed music, singing in her church choir and travels to Europe and Israel with her family. Louise was awarded the outstanding civilian service award by the Department of the Air Force for her 30 years of service. Louise will be missed by her children: Ronald and Kathleen Scholten; Mark and Christina Spoolstra; William and Karen Kamp; and Michael and Jan Barnes; her grandchildren: Sarah (Robert) Lara; Jonathon (Erin) Scholten; Jordan Scholten; Stephen, Andrew, Katherine and Leah Spoolstra; Erik (Jacquelyn) Kamp; Kelly (Jason) Voss; William (Samantha) Kamp; Lauren (Shawn) Valentine; and Patrick and Christian Barnes; great-grandchildren: Zeke and Gabe Lara; Theodore Scholten; Kahlan, Logan, and Malachi Kamp; Zachery, Samuel and Kaydence Voss; and Aria and Talia Valentine; sisters Eunice Vos, Phyllis (Vince) DiVenere, and Ruth VanEck; brother Gilbert (Joanne) Evers; and sister-in-law Joyce Evers. Visitation with the family will be at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton SE, on Friday, March 1, from 1-2 pm, followed by the funeral immediately at 2 pm. There will be a private burial service with the family at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Campus Crusade for Christ in support of Matt and Michelle Kent or to Holland Home Resident Assistance Fund. The family would like to express its profound thanks to the nursing and medical staff at Trinity Health Grand Rapids and the nursing staff at Raybrook Holland Home for the wonderful care they gave Louise.

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Frederick Alan Booth

Dec 28, 1954 - Feb 21, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Frederick (Fred) Alan Booth passed away peacefully at home with his family surrounding him on February 21, 2024 after a short illness battling pulmonary fibrosis. Fred was born on December 28, 1954 to Robert and Bernadette Booth. He attended Kentwood schools. Fred married Barbara April 30, 1982. He worked hard all his life; driving for Canteen for 30 years and then started his second career as a property manager where he retired from Sun Communities in 2020. Fred was a patient and kind man who never lost his cool. He was always nice to everyone and a natural caretaker. He took care of his family and worked two jobs to support them. He was a baseball coach to his three stepsons, and his daughter, Chelsea, who was the light of his life. Fred is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughter, Chelsea Booth, his step children; Stephanie (Jim) Mulcahy, Brian (Alicia) Gravitter, Matthew Gravitter, and the late Todd Gravitter. He had seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Fed is also survived by his siblings, Bob (Jodi) Booth, Rick (Gail) Booth, Becky Reeder, Ed (Laurie) Booth, Carrie (Terry) Haugen, and Valerie (Rick) Haugen. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 22, 2024 at Wedgewood Park 3301 Wilson Ave. SW Grandville, MI from 1pm to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Corewell Hospice 750 Fuller NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Arrangements made by Memorial Alternatives Grand Rapids, MI To to the family or in memory of Frederick A. Booth, please

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Mary Francis Chambliss (Newby)

Apr 17, 1946 - Feb 24, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Mary Francis Chambliss (Newby), of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away on February 24 after a battle with her health and heart. Her heart was so big, loving, brave, courageous, and full. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time she passed. She was able to pass on knowing that she would be cared for and we would be alright as she went to reconnect with dad again. Mary (Mae) F. Chambliss was born to the late Meartie B. Newby on April 17, 1946, in Helena, Alabama (Jacksonville County). Meartie B and family relocated to Grand Rapids, MI in the early 1950’s. This is where she grew up with her family, made life-long friendships, graduated from H.S, went to Davenport college, fell in love in the 1960’s and met the love of her life, Edward Gerald Chambliss, and they wed and started on her next journey from Newby to being Mrs. Chambliss (Mama Chambliss). She was the mother of four daughters, Valerie, Cassandra (Gail), Lynda, and April. Our lovely mom was God fearing and a devoted Baptist. As a lady of grace and in His favor, she made sure that God was at the center of all of her decisions and in the way she raised and reared us. We grew up in the church and choir, and our mom was the church secretary at New St. Mark’s Baptist Missionary Church during that time. She also made sure that we knew our dad’s side of the family. Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Wright was a part of our lives growing up as Godparents (Second Baptist in Kalamazoo, MI.) When Mom had her first child, she decided to dedicate her life to being a loving wife, devoted mother, and raising a wonderful family. Mom excelled at motherhood and was the foundation of our family, through and through. After the passing of her husband at the age 36, she put her girls first and their successes and happiness. She was an excellent provider and carer of others, especially sacrificing and committing her life to the love, care, and welfare of her family. She dedicated her life to her family, her work, and in the service of others. Mom has always been there, willing to be the monarch of our family. The love that we as children have for our mom is expressed in many, many ways---in actions and in words. Mom was appreciated, admired, and full of unspoken gratitude that is in every child’s heart. We love you and will miss your warmth, kindness, radiant smile, laughter, quick wit, classic beauty, and limitless grace. God called home His child and heaven got another angel. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Chambliss, her mother Meartie B Newby, Junior (Jr.) her eldest brother, and her eldest sister, Virginia B. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie, Lynda and April, as well as many grandchildren (Temia, Ronnise, Isaiah, Micheal, and Tatyana), grandpup Bella Baby, nieces, nephews, and friends. Along with her very special childhood and family friend Mrs. Violet Blackmon (Walker). Her siblings are listed from oldest to youngest, Her eldest brother Junior (Jr.), Virginia Brinkley, Glenda (Gigi) McDowell, Sheila Spates, George Allen Spates, and Kim Newby originally all from Michigan. After graduation from Central High School, she attended Davenport Community College. Mary Chambliss spent her working years with the State of Michigan, up to her retirement (Secretary of State office, Tether Unit, Probate Court, Administrative Building for Corrections, and retired out of MDOT Special Crews). Mary excelled at propping up her daughters, family, and friends while supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. If you would like to pay your respects, you are welcome to attend her visitation that we as a family are holding in her honor on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Zaagman’s Memorial Chapel from 5-8 pm. Light refreshments (coffee and water are available). At a later date and time in Spring 2024, we will have a celebration of her birth and life as we reconnect dad and mom at his Garfield Park Cemetery plot (section 15 lot A (7A grave). (Mom’s birthday is April 17, 2024).

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Mr. Larry Hook

Feb 09, 1945 - Feb 09, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Mr. Larry Hook, Age 79 of, Nashville, MI passed away on his 79th birthday, February 9, 2024, at Corewell Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Larry was born in Hastings, MI, on February 9, 1945, the son of the late Julia (Eaton) and Lawrence Hook. Larry was raised in the Nashville area and attended local schools graduating from Nashville High School in 1963. Larry continued his education attending Kellogg Community College where he received an associate degree in Drafting Design in 1965. Shortly after completing his education Larry began work with Consumers Energy. On August 6, 1965 Larry was married to Judy (Strong) at her family’s farm in Nashville MI. Larry and Judy made their home together in the Nashville area celebrating 38 years of marriage when Judy passed away in 2003. In May 1968, Larry was drafted into the United States Army where he served as an Electrical Power Specialist on the island of Okinawa supporting the Vietnam War effort. While serving his country Larry received the National Defense Service Medal before being Honorably discharged in March 1969. Upon completing his duties to his country Larry returned to his farm on Lawrence Road and resumed work with Consumers Energy as an Engineer. Larry worked faithfully for the company for over 38 years retiring in 2003. Larry was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing with the changing Michigan seasons, deer hunting in the fall, ice fishing in the winter and Blue Gill fishing on the various Barry County lakes in the summer. In 2006 Larry began a beautiful relationship with Ms. Loretta Pixley. Larry and Loretta spent the next 18 years enjoying each other company and traveling the United States on “Bus Trips” which Larry especially enjoyed because he didn’t have to drive! For many years, Larry and Loretta enjoyed participating in the Route 66 Classic Car show in Nashville which gave them the opportunity to enjoy time with many friends and neighbors. Most recently, the couple had moved onto Jordan Lake in Lake Odessa, MI where they enjoyed the most magnificent sunsets from their deck. Larry is survived by his beloved friend, Loretta Pixley, his sisters Judy (Ken) Rogers, Nora (Ed) Hickey, and Vicky (Bion) Eye. He was preceded in death by his wife Judy, The family will receive visitors, on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 10:00 AM 11:00 AM at Daniels Funeral Home Nashville, conveniently located at 9200 E M79 Highway Nashville, MI. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM at The Daniels Funeral Home Nashville, with Mr. Dennis Mapes officiating. Guests are invited to remain at the Daniels Funeral Home for one last birthday celebration for Larry, as he passed away on his actual birthday. Please join the family for this time of fellowship, including a light lunch and birthday cake! Interment will take place following the funeral luncheon at Barryville Cemetery in Nashville MI. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home- Nashville. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfunerahome.net

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Mr. Ronald LeRoy Felder

Mar 01, 1950 - Feb 08, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Mr. Ronald LeRoy Felder, age 73, of Nashville, MI passed away on February 08, 2024 at Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Ron was born in Charlotte, MI, on March 01, 1950, the son of Mr. Lloyd and Elsie Wolever. Ron began his education in Charlotte, later attending Maple Valley Schools, then graduated from Olivet High School. On October 27, 1967, Ron joined the United States Army and was stationed in Vietnam. Ron served in many forward positions during the war and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Expert Sharpshoot in both the M-14 and M-16. He was Honorably discharged on July 13, 1970. After returning from his military service Ron began working at Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte for many years. He was a very skilled problem solver and for several years assisted local friends and neighbors through his business "Ron's Handyman Service". He married Margaret (Powers-Downing) Felder on July 30th, 1983, in Nashville, MI. Ron and Margaret made their home in Vermontville for over 20 years before returning to the Nashville area. In 1995 Ron and Margaret opened the "Country Harvest Diner" in Sunfield, MI which they owned and operated until 2000. Ron was a skilled musician, who could play just about any instrument. Even with very limited formal training Ron could master just about any piece of musical instrument “by ear”. During the 1980’s Ron formed the "Country Harvest Band”. The group performed all over Michigan at many local VFW’s, radio festivals, the “Golden Nugget” Casino. “Country Harvest” enjoyed over 20 years of making music together before going their separate ways in the early 2000’s. Along with his wife and children Ron enjoyed taking the motor to Barry's Resort for the summer where he could spend time fishing on Thornapple Lake with his friends. Ron was an active member at the Nashville VFW Post 8260 for over 50 years serving as the Post Commander twice. Ron is survived by his beloved wife Margaret, his mother Elsie Wolever, his children Curtis (Jackie) Felder, Jennifer Lynn Felder, his sister Nancy (Larry Jensen) Wolever, Dawn (Steve) Conklin, 3 grandchildren Camron, Amira, and Terrylynn Felder. He was preceded in death by his father Lloyd Wolever, Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:30 AM at The Daniels Funeral Home Nashville, conveniently located at 9200 East M 79 Highway Nashville, MI. The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, one hour prior to the funeral service from 10:30 AM 11:30 AM at Daniels Funeral Home Nashville. Guests are encouraged to attend a time of fellowship and luncheon immediately following Ron's funeral at the Nashville VFW Post 8260. Ron will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Wednesday February 22, 2024 with full military honors provided by the United State Army and the Fort Custer Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net. ? .

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Ruth G. TerVeen

Died : Feb 24, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Ruth G. TerVeen, age 98 of Grand Rapids, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 24, 2024. Ruth was preceded in death in 2021 by her devoted husband, Robert; son-in-law Richard Baker; brother, Sidney Postma; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Gord (Doris) TerVeen; and Gene (Postma) Wychers. Ruth is survived by her children: Bonnie (Phil) Wessels, Bob (Julie) TerVeen, and Sue (Carl) Palma; grandchildren, Scott (Rhonda) Baker, Stephanie (Tony) Wicksall, Rob (Tonja) TerVeen, Melissa (Chris) Hillary, Lindsay (Scott) Hall, Nate (Ashley) TerVeen, Carl (Lindsey) Palma Jr; great-grandchildren, McKena and Jack TerVeen, Elizabeth, Jenna and Emily Hillary, Tristan and Sidney Hall, Caleb and Lizzie Hall, Kayden, Isabella and Peyton Hall, Braden and Ethan TerVeen, Ashton and Nevaeh Plato, Jarrett Baker (fiancé Abby Sprick), Maddie and Allen Saunders; great-great grandchildren, Oliver Baker, Saige Hall, and Josie Hall; as well as several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Faith Hospice for the wonderful, attentive care Ruth received in her final months of life. The family also expresses deep gratitude to the staff at Stonebridge Manor for their loving and faithful care of Ruth during the last three years and in her final months of life. The service to remember and celebrate Ruth's life will be announced for a date later in the spring. For those who wish, memorial contributions to Stonebridge Manor or Faith Hospice are appreciated. To read more about Ruth; to share a memory or photo, or to sign her guestbook, visit www.heritagelifestory.com.

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Diane Elizabeth Sanborn

Sep 17, 1960 - Feb 24, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Diane Elizabeth Sanborn, age 63, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed peacefully at home and got her wings to Heaven on Saturday, February 24, 2024, after a 17-month battle with cancer. Diane was born in Grand Rapids, on September 17, 1960, to Clinton and Barbara Hess who have both preceded her in death. Her little brother, Michael James Hess, also preceded her in death. She will be greatly missed and survived by her husband of 30+ years, Jeff Sanborn. Diane and Jeff were married on November 6, 1993, and together raised Diane’s three children, David and Sarah Cook, Brian Cook and Erin Sullivan, Ashley Cook and Adam Garcia; and Jeff’s three children, Corey and Ashley Sanborn, Shane Sanborn, Denise and Steven Atwood. Diane is also survived by her 13 grandchildren; sister, Jeanette and Paul Lucas; brothers, Paul and Sue Hess, Dave and Cheryl (Botham) Hess, Peter and Darlene (Richman) Hess; special aunts, Debbie and Marti; and several nieces and nephews. As a child, her father’s job in the trucking industry meant they moved 13 times. Diane graduated from Grand Rapids Public Schools in 1980. She was employed at several places during her life including: Blackmer Pump, Brauns Fashion, Applied Textiles, CVS Pharmacy, and most recently at Belwith Keeler as an inside sales representative. In Diane’s spare time, she enjoyed riding the Harley with Jeff, watching her Buffalo Bills, playing golf, bowling, gardening, traveling, visiting the casino, and tipping a few at the Log Cabin. Diane would talk to anyone and was blessed with many friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff at U of M Health West Cancer Center for the excellent care provided to Diane over her 15+ months of chemo treatment. Lydia, Diane’s RN, is a “rock star” along with Dr. Al, Dr. Stephanie Dublis, Alexandra Christmas, and others there. The family would also like to thank the staff at Faith Hospice: Zach, Karla, Dr. Dozeman, and the other staff members who cared for Diane. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 12, from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m.-noon with a lunch to follow at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to or your local cancer center.

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