Winifred Triemstra (1923 - 2008)

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  • "Dear Linda and Janice and family, We are so sorry to hear..."
    - Calvin and Kathy Braaksma
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Winifred Triemstra, 85, of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2008, after a sudden, brief illness. She was born in Chicago on July 29, 1923, to the Rev. Peter and Jennie (Telling) Van Dyk, who retired in Manhattan.

She graduated from Eastern Academy in Paterson, N.J., and worked as a bank cashier in Paterson and at the grain lab at Montana State University before she married John Triemstra on July 22, 1947.

Winifred was devoted to her family, concerned with fostering spiritual, mental and physical well-being. She loved reading, word games, and word and logic puzzles, and her lifelong interest in health and nutrition expressed itself through her cooking and caregiving. She retained an interest in current events and offered incisive analysis.

Her husband, John, preceded her in death in March 2008.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Herm DeHaan; grandsons and granddaughters, Michael, Andy and Jennifer (Hindenach), and Julie; a great-granddaughter, Madelynn, who exuded love and joy; and a daughter, Linda, all of the greater Grand Rapids area.

Other survivors are her brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Elsie Van Dyk of Spokane, Wash.; sister-in-law, Evelyn Triemstra of Bozeman; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Wilbur and Alice Dyk of Amsterdam; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Winifred was preceded in death also by her parents and parents-in-law; brother-in-law and sister, Jacob and Sadie Braaksma; brother and sister-in-law, John and Margaret (Marge) Van Dyk; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Catherine and John Kamps; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Neal and Cecil Triemstra; and brother-in-law, Henry Triemstra.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford, Mich. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Holland Home Chapel, 1450 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, Mich., with interment in Rockford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Holland Home; or to Sight Seer Radio Reading Service, 213 Sheldon Boulevard S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 24, 2008
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