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Brenda Evans

Aug 18, 1948 - Dec 05, 2023

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Grand Rapids, MI

The ever-loving, spirited, and talented Brenda Evans, passed away on December 5, 2023. Known affectionately by her grandchildren as "Nana", Brenda was born on August 18, 1948, and lived her life to its fullest extent for 75 splendid years between Gadsden, Genesee County & Grand Rapids. A woman who knew how to add a dash of spice to life, Brenda was an emblem of joy and creativity to everyone who knew her.Brenda spent much of her life charming everyone who cared to stop and look, with photos of...Read More

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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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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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Kira Jane Block

Jun 26, 1939 - Feb 23, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Kira Jane Block (nee Leschoff) was born on June 26, 1939, in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Her father, Afanasy Leschoff, a World War 1 and Russian civil war veteran, was from Kiev, Ukraine and her mother, Amelia Krebs, was from Pabianice, Poland. Her early life was dominated by war. In early 1945, they fled Poland ahead of the advancing Soviet army, heading to already-liberated southern Germany where they lived until they emigrated to the United States in 1951. After a brief stay in Missouri, they moved to Chicago where her father was ordained a Russian Orthodox priest and assigned to a small parish in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1954. Kira graduated from Western Michigan in 1961, majoring in languages and teaching. She married Gene Logan in 1959 and moved to Grand Rapids. They had two kids together but that marriage ended in 1968. In 1970, on her birthday, she married August Block who had four kids from a previous marriage. They had one more child in 1971 and raised this large and blended family together. Kira and Aug ‘retired’ to Caledonia and Middleville. Augie died in 2010 and Kira stayed out there until 2022 when she relocated back to Grand Rapids to be closer to two of her daughters who were increasingly helping as Kira’s health started to decline. Kira was fluent in four languages– English, German, French and Russian. She taught German and French at Creston High School in the early 1960s and at Grandville Middle School in the late 1960’s. She utilized her language skills as an executive secretary at Steelcase for many years after her kids grew up. She served as a docent at the Meyer-May House, as a Eucharistic Minister for the Holy Family Church in Caledonia and volunteered at the Home of Hope Hospice Care. Kira was an only child and Augie had one brother but the size, energy, and audible volume of the family they created together is their proudest achievement and lasting legacy to each other and to their family. Together they were parents to 7, grandparents to 21 and great-grandparents to 21, soon to be 22! We cherish the times spent at “Mimi and Pa’s” house with all the kids and grandkids running around. It was chaos and Kira absolutely loved it. She never turned anyone away and no one ever went home hungry. Kira felt personally responsible for starting World War II because, as a child, her mother would always say that “Kira was born and Hitler invaded Poland” (a great example that correlation is not causation). While she had a very dangerous and challenging upbringing during the war, as a post-war refugee in Germany and then an immigrant in the US, those early struggles forged Kira’s positive outlook on life. She was the kindest, most loving person, with legions of friends and admirers at every stage of her life. To know her, truly, was to love her. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Augie; her parents; and her grandson, Trevor. She is survived by all of her children: Deb (Jeff) Tollison of Canton Township, Michael Block of Hastings, Tim (Nancy) Logan of Tallahassee, David Block of Rockford, Lisa (Logan) Erhan of Grand Rapids, Karen (Tom) Flanagan, and, last, but certainly not least, Kathleen (Jeremy) Lehman, also of Grand Rapids. Her 21 grandchildren are mostly in Michigan, but also in Illinois, Florida, and Rhode Island. One grandson is in the Air Force and one is in the Navy. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 9, at Holy Family Church, 9669 Kraft Ave. SE, Caledonia, with Rev. Michael R. Cilibraise officiating. A rosary service will be held on Friday, March 8 at 6:45 p.m. at MKD Funeral Home (Caledonia) 616 E. Main Street SE. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the

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Jay Lee Hall

Dec 28, 1939 - Feb 25, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

On Sunday morning, February 25 we said a fond farewell to the one and only Jay Lee Hall. Born on a chilly 28th day of December in 1939, Jay entered the world into the Home Acres community, just south of Grand Rapids, MI, and proved from that moment on that he was anything but ordinary. His unique blend of charisma, creativity, humor, and love made him a beloved figure throughout Wyoming, Michigan, where he could often be found painting, crafting wood carvings, tinkering with anything mechanical or snookering his opponents at the pool table. Jay was a jack of all trades, literally. He had 6 skilled trades under his belt and wore them all with pride. He retired from the GM Delphi plant in Wyoming, MI where he proudly kept the multi-million dollar machines running. But before that he did a little of everything. From serving in the 101st Airborne, to helping his brother, Jerry's road oil business, to driving trucks and busses, to auto body repair, to his favorite role, working as a model maker in the "House of Magic" at Lear Siegler. That was where he combined his creative genius with the ability to provide for his new and growing family that he loved so deeply. Earlier in life he enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, classic country & western music. His retirement didn't slow him down all that much either. If anything, it gave him more time to enjoy his hobbies - painting wood carved birds and butterflies, and spending time with his grandchildren and his dogs. His love for life and laughter never overshadowed his deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and his family. He was a born-again Methodist who, despite vision and reading challenges, read his Bible every day. His favorite scripture, Revelation 21:1-7, Jesus Christ: the Alpha and the Omega--the beginning and the end and spoke of a new heaven and a new earth, fitting for a man who lived life on his own terms while holding some very traditional beliefs. Jay is survived by the love of his life, loving wife, and the best cook in town, Judy; his children, Pamela (Ken), Christopher (Jennifer), and Amanda (Shawn) and his step-children, who were not blood, but you couldn't convince Jay they belonged to anyone but him, Brenda (Scott), Doug (Leslie), Bonnie (Joseph), and Richard (Jill). His pride and joy were his many grand and great-grandchildren. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Gladys; his siblings, Iola "Bud", Jack, Gene, Jerry, and Judy. Jay's life was lived using all the colors on his palette. Full of love, laughter, hard work and faith, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. There will never be another like him. Per Jay's wishes cremation has taken place and memorial service arrangements will be announced as soon as they become available. Gifts in Jay's honor can be given to Buck Creek Community Church for their Family Resource Center (click the link below to donate online). We invite you to share your memories of Jay and upload photos on the memorial page. Each story and photo, allows us to remember and celebrate the life of this charismatic, creative, funny, and loving man. And remember, in the words of Jay himself, he was just "B.S.-ing with the best of them." Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.

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Barbara Jean Burger (Ricketts)

Nov 15, 1922 - Feb 19, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Barbara Jean Burger (Ricketts), 101, passed peacefully to eternal life on Monday, February 19, 2024 in Grand Rapids, MI. Barbara was a long-time resident of Iowa City and only left her hometown in her last years to live closer to her family.Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 4th at 11 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City, preceded by a Visitation at 10 AM at St. Wenceslaus. All are invited to attend a luncheon at the church following the funeral service. Burial will follow the luncheon at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Iowa City, or to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, MI.Barbara was born November 15,1922 in Ames, IA. She graduated from Iowa City High School in 1940 and from the University of Iowa in 1943, Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in History and Political Science. Barbara married her high school sweetheart and fellow oboist, Warren Burger, on April 4th,1944 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. They were married for 74 years and their unwavering devotion to one another has inspired all who have known them.Most important to Barbara was her love for and devotion to her family. She cared compassionately for her elders, adored her husband and was an amazing mother to her six children. Family dinners were a priority and she made every birthday and anniversary a special celebration. Her grandchildren have happy memories of overnight visits which always included competitive card games and an endless supply of her delicious homemade toast in the morning. As they grew up, Barbara shared her bread baking secrets with her grandchildren and they now continue the tradition.Barbara was an active member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church where she taught religious education, was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and was a Eucharistic Minister for the homebound. In Grand Rapids, Barbara was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church where her faithful attendance will be missed. She had a special connection with the pastors of both parishes. Barbara had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was always looking for new participants for Rosary and Mass at her assisted living facility. Barbara prayed daily for each member of her extended family.She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Barbara was a 50+ year member of PEO in Iowa City and Grand Rapids, serving as President and in other leadership roles. She was a volunteer at Mercy Hospital and at the Emergency Pregnancy Center.Barbara enjoyed athletics. She played tennis and golf. She was a water skier and snow skier. Barbara and Warren were huge Hawkeye sports fans and their social calendar revolved around attending Iowa football and basketball games with their wide circle of friends.Barbara was always an avid reader. In Iowa City she was a member of Entre Nous and in Grand Rapids, Shakespeariana II. In her last years when her eyesight failed, she enjoyed daily phone calls from her daughter, Mary, who read many books to her. As a natural extension of her political science studies, Barbara was always interested in politics. She had a remarkable collection of presidential buttons.Barbara always had a kind word and smile for everyone. She was quick to laugh and enjoyed conversation. She and Warren enjoyed traveling together and participated in dance clubs and several bridge clubs. Boating at the Coralville Reservoir was a favorite family activity. Barbara and Warren were charter members of the University Athletic Club. All family members have fond memories of many dinners at “the club.”Her family is thankful for the compassionate care Barbara received from Emmanuel Hospice and the staff of Clark at Keller Lake in Grand Rapids, MI, where she resided since 2014. Above all, the family wants to acknowledge the extraordinary, loving care provided daily to both Barbara and Warren by daughter, Barbi, and her husband, Marc Sink, during the last decade.Barbara is survived by two sons: Thomas Burger (Andree Robert) of Gloucester, MA and William Burger of Scottsdale, AZ, and two daughters: Barbara (Marc) Sink of Grand Rapids, MI and Mary (Kevin) Gustafson of Chanhassen, MN. She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Tallman of Cedar Rapids. She will be lovingly missed by her 18 grandchildren and her 36 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband, Warren (1920-2019), her parents, Rick and Olive Ricketts and sons: James Frank (1949-1952) and Stephen Warren (1946 - 2021).

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Albino Peralta Ramirez

Mar 05, 1970 - Feb 25, 2023

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Grand Rapids, MI

Albino Peralta Ramirez, age 52, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

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Kendall Alan Reimink

Jan 24, 1960 - Jan 31, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

Kendall Alan Reimink, age 64, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at home. He was born on January 24, 1960, in Fremont, MI, to Floyd and Marilyn (Dirkse) Reimink. Kendall graduated from Grand Haven High School, Class of 1978, and worked at Hutchinson’s in Grand Rapids for many years. He had an interest in music, which he was very passionate about, and even published his own music. Kendall also loved writing and artwork and enjoyed making sculptures. He was known as a private, but easy-going kind of guy, who will be greatly missed. Kendall is remembered and survived by his three brothers: Tim (Lauri), Kevin (Lisa), and Steve (Patty) Reimink; his niece and nephew, Katie and Jamie Reimink; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his best friend, Joe Yancharas. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Thomas Reimink (2018). A Memorial Service for Kendall will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Klaassen Family Funeral Home, with Pastor John Nyitray officiating. Visitation will take place on Friday, March 1st, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will be at Grand Haven Township Lakeshore Cemetery.

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Joanne M. Ayotte

Sep 03, 1934 - Feb 24, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

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Lynn A. DeMoss

Dec 25, 1934 - Feb 25, 2024

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Grand Rapids, MI

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