David Tietema
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Tietema, David 12/24/1936 - 9/25/2020 David Tietema, age 83, of Hudsonville, went to be with his Lord on Fruday, September 25, 2020. David was a beautiful, caring, loving man who was known for his honesty and sincerity. He proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps and was a life-long member of Amvets Post 126. Dave was a member of St. Frances Cathedral and also attended Woodbrook Cathedral the past several years. He loved music and gardening and was blessed with a gift to grow anything and make it look beautiful. He also had a love for taking care of God's little birds. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances Tietema; and brother, Robert Tietema. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sandy; stepchildren, Cindy Burdo, Tammy Heibel, and Michael Smith; siblings, Scott and Nancy Tietema, Patrick Tietema, Joan and Jim Zawacki; several nieces, nephews, whose sporting events he enjoyed watching. He was a wonderful husband, stepdad, grandpa, and uncle who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, 49546, with Fr. Peter Damian presiding. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Wednesday from 4-7 pm with a vigil service at 7 pm led by Pastor J.B. Stutts of Wood Brook Cathedral at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr SW Grandville, 49418. Burial Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Sep. 26 to Sep. 30, 2020.
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October 2, 2020
Rest in peace, Cousin. My deepest condolences to his Wife, family and all of the Tietemas
Judy Command
September 30, 2020
Proud to have him as a brother in law
Brian Field
September 30, 2020
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September 28, 2020
To All the Tietema Family. We are very sorry for the loss of Dave. We hadn't seen him in awhile but always remember being honored to attend his wedding and then the reception at Aquinas. Sending prayers your way.
Mike and Valarie Command
September 27, 2020
To the Entire Tietema Family,

Our condolences - been many years since seeing Dave - but always remember his smile and kindness. Simply A REALLY GOOD MAN - may he rest in peace - God Bless

Mike & Judy Dennis
Phoenix Arizona
Michael DENNIS
September 27, 2020
Dear Sandy and family, I’m so sad to hear that my wonderful uncle Dave has passed. I will miss him forever. Sending love and prayers to all of you. Love, Cathy
Cathy Tietema Gregory
September 26, 2020
He was an amazing man. One if the kindest most loving people that I was blessed to know. Love you much, you will be missed!!
Sara Striewski
September 26, 2020
If you were to look for the perfect "Mr. Nice Guy" you wouldn't have to look any further than Dave Tietema, the perfect gentleman. We were golf partners for many years and friends even longer. Dave and I would meet and talk every night after he got through work at Spartan Stores. We had many great times together. I have more memories of Dave than I do of most of my other friends. I will miss you buddy. Semper Fi. R.I.P.
Pat Healy
September 26, 2020
A wonderful gentle soul who loved to laugh we will all miss you love you
Betty Reniff
September 26, 2020
To the great Tietema family, I was saddened to learn of Dave's passing. What a great person, friend and damn good football player in high school. He was one of Ted Sowle's "guinea pigs" being one of the first players to wear Ted's original face mask which broke in half the first time he wore it. Dave you will be missed.
Gary Brey
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