BATTJES, Maxine Van Zylen
Maxine Van Zylen Battjes, age 91, died unexpectedly Sunday night October 20, 2013 after a full day of family activity in preparation for her annual winter trip to her home in Boynton Beach, FL. Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 25 at La Grave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, 107 La Grave Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI. The Rev. R. Scott Colglazier from First Congregational Church of Los Angeles will be officiating. Entombment Graceland Memorial Park. The family will greet relatives and friends at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Maxine Elaine Van Zylen was born July 15, 1922, in Holland, MI, one of three children of Charles and Emma Post Van Zylen. She graduated from Holland High School in 1940 and attended Hope College before marrying Donald Battjes, Sr. in 1942. She was the guiding light as mother to their family of three sons, Donald, Jr., Douglas and David. Her husband was a partner in Grand Rapids Gravel. He died in 1999. She was a life-long, energetic member of her community and La Grave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She was also an avid golfer and familiar presence at Cascade Hills Country Club and Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL where she spent her very busy winters. She and her husband were also Founding Members of Trinity Reformed Church in Battle Creek, MI. In her later years, she became an active patron and supporter of many charitable organizations, including The Battjes Vascular Institute of Bethesda Hospital Foundation in Boynton Beach, Hope College Second Century Club and their Kruizenga Art Museum, Grand Rapids Christian School Foundation, Wedgwood Acres Homes and the Scholastic Achievement Foundation of South Florida. When visiting her son and granddaughter in California, she became an enthusiastic supporter of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. She became a late-in-life professional basketball fan and enjoyed trips to Orlando, FL to watch her favorite team, the Orlando Magic. She also traveled extensively to California for many years and the south of France for the past six summers and enjoyed returning to the family cottage at Gull Lake, MI. She is survived by her three sons, Donald, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Douglas (Marina) of Grand Rapids, MI, David (Margaret) of Gull Lake, MI; two granddaughters, Jacqueline Joy Battjes of Bonita Springs, FL and Katherine Allen Battjes of Los Angeles, CA; one sister, Connie Ryskamp Schipper of Holland, MI, numerous nieces and nephews, and her brother-in-law, Clyde Battjes of Saugatuck, MI. Her brother, Charles Van Zylen predeceased her.
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