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Bicknell, James Lee - St. Joseph  
James Lee Bicknell, 86, of St. Joseph passed away on April 13, 2015 in Holland City Hospital following surgery for a broken hip. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Starks and Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph officiated by Pastor Gordy Berry. Burial will follow the service at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, April 20 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Those wishing to leave a memorial contribution may do so to The Wounded Warrior Project or to the St. Joseph Lion's Club. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com Jim was born on October 28, 1928 in Benton Harbor, the son of Delosse E. and Mary Lee (Bare) Bicknell. He graduated from St. Joseph H.S. in 1946 where he excelled in music and sports; in 1946 as a senior, he played on St Joe's only undefeated State Championship basketball team and was the conference, district and regional 200 yard low hurdle champion in track. Following graduation he attended Michigan State University receiving a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics in 1950. He then served 3 years in the Army Security Agency and studied for 1 year at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Following his time in the Army, he met and married his wife, Jeanne (Labadie) in 1955, they lived many years at Diamond Lake near Cassopolis, MI and had two children. In 1954, he went to work for the Missile Division of the Bendix Corp. in Mishawaka, IN and became head of the Material Analysis and Testing Laboratory. In 1968 he won the National Colwell award in recognition for his contribution to the aerospace industry. Following his retirement in 1988, he and Jeanne wintered in Melbourne Beach, Florida and traveled the USA and abroad. He loved bluegrass and classical music. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Lions Club for 25 years and was a life member of the American Legion and the VFW. Mr. Bicknell, along with his wife, returned to St. Joe in 1999 where they resided for 13 years before his wife's health required a move to Freedom Village, a retirement community in Holland, MI. Jim is survived by his wife, Jeanne; a son, John of Ann Arbor, Michigan; a daughter, Patricia Bradley of Ypsilanti, Michigan; a niece, Teresa Taylor of Westminster, CO; and four nephews, Scott Bicknell of Greeley, CO, Thomas Bicknell of Bloomfield, CO; David Bicknell of Westminster, CO; and Robert Bicknell of Toutle,WA. His only two brothers, Marvin (Bink) and Richard (Dick), both proceeded him in death in 2009.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 18, 2015
Boundy, Henriette E. "Hetty" - Grand Rapids  
Henriette "Hetty" E. Boundy of Woodinville, WA, a descendant of original settlers and a longtime resident of Holland, MI, died on April 16, 2015. Hetty was born 1/24/1929 in Chicago to Henry and Elizabeth (Verduin) Fikse. Her childhood was defined by the Great Depression and farm family life. Her family moved nearly every year, often to communities of fellow Dutch immigrants in the Midwest. Theological debates between her parents and uncles (including Lou and Will Verduin) led her to be an unceasing student of the Christian faith. She was always an active and dedicated church and choir member. She was an attentive and resourceful mother. Every other summer, she took her children on summer-long cross-country road trips through national parks, mountains, forests and seashores to visit relatives in western Washington. For over 50 years, she was heavily involved in Young Life, a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to adolescents. She is particularly remembered for sewing dozens of Narnia-themed costumes for fundraising banquets. She was married for 38 years to Bruce Boundy. Hetty is survived by her children, David Boundy of Boston, MA, Susan Boundy-Sanders of Woodinville, WA, Mark Boundy of Phoenix, AZ, Peter Boundy of Mesa, AZ, Kyria Boundy-Mills of Davis, CA; and six grandchildren. All five children attended Hope College. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Geraldine Anderson, Cornelius Fikse, Ellen Fleming, and Tyman Fikse. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 25 at Kenmore Community Church in Kenmore, Washington. Memorial donations may be made to Young Life.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 25, 2015
Brandsen, Sidney J. - Holland  
Sidney J. Brandsen, age 93, of Holland, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Tender Care Health Center in Holland. Sidney was a faithful member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and a former member of Pine Creek Christian Reformed Church. He proudly served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, flying in over 50 bomber missions over Europe. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Sidney was an accomplished wood worker and avid gardener. He retired from Hemco Gauge Co. and volunteered at Bibles for Mexico. Sidney was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Louise (nee Pieper), in 2012; and his siblings, Benjamin Brandsen, Leonard Brandsen and Julia Maatman. Sidney is survived by his children, Robert and Patsy Brandsen of White Lake, Robert and Patricia Harvey of Holland, Paul and Karen Brandsen of Holland, Jerry and Lori Bruins of Holland; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; siblings, Florence and Don Van Hook of Hudsonville, Harold and Karen Brandsen of Zeeland; in-laws, Mrs. Benjamin (Carla) Brandsen of Zeeland, Howard Pieper of Florida, Harris and Marilyn Pieper of California. Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at South Olive Christian Reformed Church, 6425 North 120th Ave., Holland, with Rev. Aaron Bronsink officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Visiting hours will be 5-7pm on Wednesday, April 22 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E 16th St., Holland. Memorial contributions may be made to South Olive Christian Reformed Church and Bibles for Mexico. An online condolence registry is available at www.langelandsterenberg.com.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 21, 2015
Cooper, Shirley E. (Boyink) - Grand Rapids  
Shirley E. (Boyink) Cooper, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother, passed away on March 28, 2015 after a short illness while wintering in Green Valley, AZ. She leaves behind her husband of 61 years, Richard C. Cooper; four children, Cliff (Julie) Cooper, Tim (Kim) Cooper, Tamara Kay Karczewski, and Bobbi Sue (Roger) Scultz; grandchildren, Cameron Cooper, Andy and Brian (Melanie) Cooper, Zachary Rumley, and Hunter Karczewski, and Katie (Adam) Kokx, Seth (Olivia) Bosch and Chelsey Bosch; greatgrandchildren, Keegan and Mackenzie Cooper, Kenai and Ayla Kokx, and Brantley Bosch. Also surviving her are two brothers, Robert (Pat) Boyink and Larry (Pat) Boyink, all of Michigan. Shirley was born in Grand Haven on October 30, 1934, met Dick later and graduated from Grand Haven High School. Her beautiful blue eyes and quick smile caught his eye right away. Their life together took them from schooling at Michigan Tech for Dick and then to Washington D.C. For his law school years, then a return to Michigan, where they lived in Ada. After retirement Shirley and Dick enjoyed the winters in Green Valley, AZ, soaking up the sun as well as golfing and hiking with friends. Shirley was active in volunteering for Ada Christian Reformed Church and Ada Christian School, a large part of her commitment to her strong faith and community involvement. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family, and visited places ranging from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, to Hawaii, Alaska, and the Netherlands, where most of her Bos and Boyink ancestors lived. A favorite U.S. Destination was Branson, Missouri, the site of many happy vacations. She loved lighthouses, especially the one in Grand Haven. Shirley was the ultimate homemaker, meticulous in decorating the table 'just so' for many family holidays and gatherings, and everything she fixed was always delicious! She excelled in all sorts of creative endeavors, including ceramics, quilting, doll-making, and knitting. Her Michigan garden was always a point of pride and joy to behold. Her grandchildren were the lucky recipients of many beautiful quilts, pillows, sweatshirts, and other personalized hand-made items, which they treasure. For Shirley, family and faith were closely linked and her devotion was steadfast. She set the perfect example for all of us of what it means to live your faith and to love unconditionally. We miss her terribly but like to say that heaven has a new angel! A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 11 a.m at Ada Christian Reformed Church, 7152 Bradfield St. Ada, MI 49301.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 23, 2015
Dernberger, Richard W.  
Richard W. Dernberger, age 74, of Bloomfield Hills, passed away in Holland, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. A memorial gathering will be held in Bloomfield Hills, at a later date. Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel. For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 23, 2015
Fellows, Gregory - West Olive  
Gregory Fellows, age 65, of West Olive passed away Saturday April 18, 2015 after a battle with cancer. He was a member of the Road Knights MC for 33 years. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Charlene Fellows of West Olive; sons, Jeremy and Allen Fellows; 3 stepchildren, Cheryl (Dave) Overaitis, Rodney (Jennifer) Lundy, and Jeff (Dawn) Lundy; 8 wonderful grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and a special granddaughter Kaitlynn La Sene. He is survived by brothers, Jerry of Oregon, Jim of Traverse City, Don and Doug of Manton and Mike (Darlene) of Ohio; sisters, Judy (Lloyd) Pratt of Tennessee, Linda (Pete) Sharp of Cadillac, Marlo of Wayland, and Donna (Steve) Clapp of Breckenridge. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Edith Fellows; and two sisters, Karen Borton and Brenda Fellows. A memorial service will be held Saturday April 25th at Road Knights Clubhouse Hiawatha Drive, West Olive at 1 p.m. There will also be a memorial in Manton on Saturday May 9, 1 p.m., at Rollins Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 22, 2015
Folkert, Catherine "Kay" (Hofman) - Jenison  
Catherine "Kay" Hofman Folkert, age 93, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Sunset Manor in Jenison. Kay was born on December 4, 1921, to Robert and Dena Vander Molen in Lucas, MI. She was a wonderful wife and much loved mother to her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her children, Berdena (Darrell) Ham, Brandt (Carolyn) Hofman, Dorinda (Roger) Wiersma, Gary (Mary Lou) Hofman, and Nadene (Bill) Hunt; by her step-children Barb (Glen) Meyaard, Karen Assink, and Roland (Loretta) Folkert. Kay is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Joyce Vander Molen and brother-in-law Rev. Leonard J. Hofman. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church located at 1571 Baldwin Street in Jenison. Visitation will be held at Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday, April 22, from 4-6 p.m. and on Thursday at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place later at Winchester Cemetery in Bryon Center. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice, 2161 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Folkert family.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 21, 2015
Hardesty, Lois Lucille (Geegh) - Grand Rapids  
Lois Lucille (Geegh) Hardesty, age 91, passed away peacefully in the company of family on April 18, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Robert (Bob) Hardesty. Lois was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel (Bud) Geegh, who died in 2000, as well as by her son Jim Geegh and grandson James Geegh. Lois has two surviving children, Sandy (Jim) Byrne and Linn Gann; as well as two step-children, Karen (Ray) Dahlgren, Doris (Ron) Horling; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Lois retired from Michigan Bell after many years of devoted service and will be remembered fondly for her steadfast commitment for volunteerism and her desire to help others. She greatly enjoyed her home at Porter Hills Retirement Community and often spoke of her gratitude for the kindness of the staff. Family will be greeting friends on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Meeting House of Porter Hills. The service to celebrate Lois' life will follow at 2 p.m. with Chaplain Melody Johnson officiating. Interment in Fairplains Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Porter Hills Foundation may be made in Lois' honor.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 21, 2015
Huizinga, Ben - Holland  
Ben Huizinga, age 95 of Holland, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 at Heartland of Holland. Funeral services will be 12 noon, Monday, April 27, 2015 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland. Burial with full military honors will take place at Port Sheldon Township Cemetery following the luncheon. Visitation will be Monday from 11am until the time of the service at Lakeshore Memorial Services. Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Huizinga family.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 25, 2015
Husted, Terry - Holland  
Terry L. Husted, age 70 of Holland, formerly of Kalamazoo, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Holland Hospital. Terry was a kind and generous man. He was an avid fisherman, woodworker, and a hard-working, dedicated family man, who was always willing to lend a hand or help in any way he could. There was no fish to small or lie too big for him. He worked most of his life as a truck driver. Family was very important to Terry, and his grandchildren brought a particular joy and smile to his face. He was preceded in death by his father, John Husted. He is survived by his wife Ruth of 52 years; children, Sue (John) Watson, Deborah (Steve) Hahn, Thomas (Cari) Husted, Dave (Alison) Husted; Mother, Marian C. Husted; Grandchildren, Alexandria L. Hahn, Audrey Watson, Jack Watson, Isabel Husted, and Samuel Husted. He is also survived by many extended family and friends. A memorial time to celebrate Terry's life will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland. Rev. David Blauw will officiate. For donations, please consider bringing your old fishing rods and reels to the funeral home for the family to donate to a worth-while organization. Donations may also be made to the American Heart Association in his memory. The family wanted to express special thanks to the staff at Holland Hospital I.C.U. for their great care. Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Husted family.
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Published in The Holland Sentinel from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2015
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