Jeffrey Scott Berens
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Berens, Jeffrey Scott beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, while on a family vacation in South Dakota. Jeff was born and raised in Holland, Michigan and graduated from Holland High School in 1987. After graduating from Central Michigan University in 1991, he began his career in the banking industry. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at West Michigan Community Bank where he had been employed for seventeen years. He was a key member of the management team and a dedicated, loyal employee who made a significant contribution. Jeff was a man of faith. He was a member of First Reformed Church of Grandville and served as an active member of their consistory. Jeff loved his family. He cherished his wife Barbara, with whom he just celebrated twenty-five years of marriage. His greatest joy was being a father to his beloved sons Cole and Drew. He reveled in watching them excel in sports and many activities. He taught them the joy of the Michigan outdoors with time at their cottage. Jeff had many friends. Whether it was through high school, college, work or the community, he was known for his friendly personality, quick wit and easygoing nature. Everyone loved being with Jeff – on the golf course, at deer camp, on the lake, out to dinner or on the sidelines cheering on his sons. Jeff was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Berens. Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, his two sons Cole and Drew and their beloved dog Rosie. Also surviving Jeff are his father Irwin Berens, his brothers Terry and Peggy Berens (Jacob, Hunter, Sam), Craig and Kris Berens (Elliot, Grace), parents-in-law Ed and Judy Bosch, sister-in-law Jennifer and Todd Vredeveld (Tyler, Travis) and brother-in-law A.J. and Cherylyn Bosch (Ethan, Kayla, Javen) and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and those he worked with in the community. A memorial service to honor Jeff's life will be held on Thursday, August 13, at 11 am at First Reformed Church, 3060 Wilson Avenue SW, Grandville, MI 49418. Visitation will be at First Reformed Church on Wednesday, August 12, from 4-7 pm and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cole and Drew Berens Education Fund, c/o West Michigan Community Bank, 5367 School Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426. A life well lived. For more information, or to sign an online register book, please visit dykstrafuneralhome.com


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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 12, 2020
Dear Berens family - Becky and I are so saddened to hear this news of Jeff’s passing he was a wonderful young man and reflected his family values. We sure did have fun working at the Holland Country Club during those growing up years. Jeff, Terry, and Craig had such great support from their parents Irv & Pat
Duane & Rebecca Vandenberg
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August 12, 2020
Jeffy was our neighbor boy for the many years we lived in the Heights. Our son Marty was a year younger and they became the best of friends and remained that way to this very day. Dianne and I want to express our deepest sympathy to the Berens family in this tragic loss. We are unable to attend the services, but want you to know we are there in spirit and our prayers.
Walter Furjanic
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August 12, 2020
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June Mol
August 11, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the family. Jeff was a great person to be around and I feel fortunate to have known him. It was obvious that what made him the happiest was being with his family. He will truly be missed.
Kurt Meeuwsen
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August 11, 2020
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Julie Parker
August 10, 2020
My condolences to the family at this sad time . Hard to believe my son Bill is losing his friends at such a young age. Hugs to Craig especially
Evelyn Shriver
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August 10, 2020
Dear Berens family, I am so sorry to hear about Jeff’s passing. He was a special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs, Carol Nuismer
Carol Nuismer
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August 9, 2020
My heart felt prayers go out to the family. I enjoyed the times I had joking around with him at the bank.

“In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “ John 14:2
Dave Ondersma, WMCB
August 9, 2020
My prayers to the family and extended family. Tom Lamb
Tom Lamb
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August 9, 2020
My heart goes out to the family. I know this family and they are stellar folks. Truly sorry for this great loss.
Steve Timmers
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