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Dr. Anne C. Buffinga-Sidnam Obituary
Dr. Anne C. Buffinga-Sidnam Battle Creek Anne C. Buffinga-Sidnam, age 94, went to her heavenly home on March 13, 2013, at the end of a life well lived. She was born June 30, 1918, to John J. and Cornelia M, (Beemer) Timmer in Cascade, MI. Anne graduated as class valedictorian from Ada High School. She earned a Chiropractic Degree from O'Neil Chiropractic College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a Naturopathy Physician license from the State of TN, and a Chiropractic Orthopedics degree from Chicago Lincoln College. She was a member of the MI State -Chiropractic Society and the Sacral Occipital Society International. Anne was a gifted and dedicated doctor who never turned away a patient. She continued to practice until the last few months of her life. Learning was a passion for Anne; she earned countless other certificates including a Commercial Art degree from Kellogg Community College. Her home was decorated with many of her paintings and sculptures. Anne was a 4-time past president of Soroptomist International, helping to raise money for the local zoo and world-wide disaster needs. She loved to write and belonged to many poetry and creative writing groups, including the Poetry Society of MI. She had many poems published, including several in the Academy of Poets Book. Publishing her Christian novel, Secrets Unravel, was one of her life's greatest achievements. Her greatest joy in life was in the service of her Lord, Jesus Christ. Anne was a devout Christian and enjoyed sharing the message of salvation with others. She read the Bible daily and faithfully served and attended River Walk Church for over 50 years. Anne possessed the unique ability to be completely Godly without being judgmental towards others. Always finding good in others no matter what their outward appearance. Over the years she opened her home to countless troubled souls. She was a light to many that were lost. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed sharing meals with all who came to visit. She also enjoyed gardening, playing board games and listening to hymns. Anne was humble, kind and generous to a fault. She had a sharp wit and a wonderful sense of humor. But most of all, Anne was a loving, gentlewoman. She truly possessed a servant's heart, ministering to others, both physically and spiritually all of her life. She was loved and respected by many and will be missed by all. Anne was married to her high school sweetheart, Jay Buffinga in 1944. He predeceased her in 1971. In 1981 she married her next door neighbor, Philo Sidnam. He died in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Timmer; and sisters: Ethel DeVries and Margaret Spanster. She is survived by sons, James M. (Jeannie) Buffinga of Buchanan, MI and John L. Buffinga of Battle Creek; two step grandchildren; a brother, Clarence (Darlene) Timmer of Grand Rapids; a son and daughter of-the- heart, Steve and Jackie Katz of Battle Creek and her dearest friend, Helen Taylor of Battle Creek. Anne was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters and a brother. The Funeral Service to celebrate Anne's life will be held on Monday, March 18th at Noon at the River Walk Community Church, 1021 Wagner Drive, Battle Creek, with the Rev. Roger Bultman, Interim Pastor, officiating. Friends will be received from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the Church. Anne's life celebration will continue immediately following the service at the Church Social Hall with a time of fellowship and a luncheon. Interment will be next to her husband, Jay in Washington Park Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anne's honor may be directed to the Battle Creek Christian School, 1035 Wagner Road, Battle Creek, MI 49017 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Anne may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 17, 2013
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