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Dr. Norman Richard Piersma

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Dr. Norman Richard Piersma, age 86, passed away February 9, 2014. He was born in Holland to descendants of Dutch immigrants, Deward and Johanna Piersma. In 1945, he graduated from Holland High School and went into the U.S. Army Air Corps. While in college, shortly after the war, he met Donna Mae Naber. They married August 25, 1950.

After receiving a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Divinity from Moody Bible Institute, Norm and Donna joined the Latin American Mission, boarded a ship and went to language school in Costa Rica. Two and a half years later, the mission sent them to Colombia, South America. They started new Evangelical churches there for the next 30 years.

Norm and Donna moved to Florida in 1990 to enjoy their retirement years.

Norman is survived by his wife, Donna Mae Piersma; their three daughters, Alicia Evans, Anne and Dennis Benedict, and Patricia and Norm Spafard; six grandchildren; siblings, Joyce Johnson of Colorado, Bob and Melba Piersma of Maryland, Sandra and Floyd Jousma, and Craig and Mary Piersma, both of Holland; his aunt, Elsie Weeber of Holland; sisters-in-law, Ruthann and Virgil Grover, Karen and Bruce Bell, Marla, Mary and Sally Naber; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Donald (Zeke) Piersma.

Much can be said about the "dash" between Norm's birth and death. His crown in Heaven will reflect that.

Memorial services will take place in Atlanta and Florida at later dates.
Published in The Holland Sentinel on Feb. 23, 2014
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