Ruth Van Valkenburg
1934 - 2021
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Van Valkenburg, Ruth 8/24/1934 - 4/5/2021 Grand Rapids Mrs. Ruth Ann Van Valkenburg, age 86, of Grand Rapids went to be with her Lord and Savior with family by her side, on Monday April 5, 2021. She was born in the summer of 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Cecil and Jeanette Boerma. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Donald, who died in 2011, her brother Leonard Boerma, sister Marion York and sister-in-law Carolynne VanValkenburg. Ruth is survived by her two sons David (Tina) Van Valkenburg, John (Aletha) Van Valkenburg and her beloved grandchildren Lauren, Logan, Grant and Seth Van Valkenburg, as well as her sister Lois, sister-in-law Irma Boerma, brother-in-law Charles (Lynn) VanValkenburg and many special nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends. She was employed at Lear and Steelcase, working in the Accounting Departments. She had been a very active and engaged member at both Plainfield and Northlawn United Methodist Churches, where she enjoyed bible study, knitting group, Women's Circle and various roles as a volunteer, helping out wherever needed. Ruth enjoyed traveling extensively with Don during their years of marriage, often going overseas to witness the history of Europe. Music played a big part of her life. She played both the piano and organ, sang in the church choir and played in the bell choir. She will be remembered for her love of her grandchildren who enjoyed baking, playing card games, swimming and hanging out with their "Oma", her love of travel and her ease at making/keeping long lasting friends, who still took the time to call one another or go out to eat. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:30 am at Northlawn United Methodist Church, (1157 Northlawn St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505) with Pastor Zach McNees officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with her family prior to the service beginning at 11:00am. The Memorial Service will be available via livestream on the Northlawn UMC facebook page at 11:30am. For those who wish, memorial contributions to the Memorial Fund of Northlawn United Methodist Church would be appreciated. To read more of Ruth's life, share a memory or sign the online register book, please visit

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2021.
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Memorial service
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Livestreamed on the Northlawn UMc facebook page
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April 10, 2021
Aunt Ruth was a joy to be around. She was warm and welcoming. We will miss her a great deal but have no doubt that her beautiful voice has now joined the Heavenly Choir singing praises to God.
May the assurance of her salvation through Jesus bring comfort and peace to all who are grieving her loss. With love, Tina and Bill Telzerow
Tina and Bill Telzerow
April 9, 2021
My sincere condolences to Dave, Tina, John, Aletha and your families. Aunt Ruth always had a twinkle in her eye that always seem to shine a bit brighter when children were around. She brought fun to family gatherings with her great laugh, love of story, and musical talents. She had a curiosity about life that was behind her love for travel. She had financial savvy but more importantly she understood the value of people. I will hold my memories of her and her quick wink close in my heart.
Linda Berryman
April 8, 2021
Tina & family, so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Sherri Zandstra
April 8, 2021
Mrs. VanValkenburg and my Mother, Alice Kloet, were friends years ago at Plainfield Methodist Church where Ruth was very active in the goings on. And her husband and my father knew each other through the grocery business. Very nice people they were. Rest in Peace Ruth, your job on earth is over. Peace be with you forever and ever.
Michael S Kloet
April 8, 2021
Ruth and Don were my MYF leaders at Plainfield Methodist Church. They were both an important part of guiding me and others during our adolescent years. I indicated student in the relationship section as they were teachers in a very important sense.
Fritz Crabb
April 7, 2021
So sad to see this .I knew her thru working with Don at Rogers Dept.
Store . And coming over to Swim in there pool .I just saw her a few
Yrs. ago or so at a big Craft Show . We hugged and had a nice ,
Conversation. RIP Ruth with Don . You were a Wonderful Person .
Susie Willard .
April 7, 2021
Ruth was such a part of Plainfield & Northlawn UMC'S. She was a beloved friend to all and will be sorely misssed! I will always treasure her friendship!
Hilda Russell

Hilda Russell
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