M. Ellen Huizenga
1934 - 2021
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Huizenga, M. Ellen Muskegon Mrs. M. Ellen Huizenga, age 86, was gently carried to heaven by her faithful Savior on January 23, 2021 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born August 15, 1934 in Muskegon to Francis and Ruby (Frost) Cahill and was a lifelong resident. She was a 1952 graduate of Muskegon High School and maintained close friendships with her core group of classmates. She married John J. Huizenga on September 9, 1955 and they had four children. John preceded her in death in 2002 after 46 years of marriage. She was a long-time member of Allen Avenue Christian Reformed Church, where she loved singing in the choir and where she developed many long lasting and dear friendships. Ellen was a strong supporter of Muskegon Christian Grade School and Western Michigan Christian High School. Her last position was as the secretary at Muskegon Christian Grade School where she enjoyed working with students and staff. Ellen had a contagious laugh and loved her family dearly with her life revolving around them. She is survived by her four children: Lynn and Don Vanoostveen, and their children and grandchildren, Megan and Mark Buggia (Addison and Carson), Erin and Evan Woolford (Ellis), and Devon; David and Sue Huizenga, and their children and grandchildren, Bo Wenzel, Carly and Dan Swanda (Abigail and Maxwell); Patti and Kendall Steigenga, and their children and grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Steigenga (Jackson), Tricia and Jake Fields; Jeff and Anne Huizenga, and their children, Alex, Austin and fiance Allie Van Allen, and Katelyn. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Marva Jacobson as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Jack, Richard and Brian Cahill and sister, Priscilla Thomas. Ellen's family is so very grateful for the loving care she received from the staff at Robbinswood Assisted Living Center over the last six years and North Ottawa Hospice. A private family service will be held Friday, February 5, 2021. Burial will take place at Egelston Township Cemetery. Contributions in Ellen's memory may be made to Muskegon Christian Grade School or Western Michigan Christian High School. Arrangements entrusted to The Lee Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, 6291 S. Harvey St., Norton Shores, MI 49444. Share memories with the family at www.sytsemafh.com.


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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Jan. 26 to Jan. 31, 2021.
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February 3, 2021
So sad to hear of Ellen's passing! Her and John are back together again which is wonderful! So many memories LOL laughter coffee after church and so much more! Mike and I are remembering all the good times and the crazy times together. May God's hand Comfort all of you. Love, Pam and Mike Johnson
Pamela Johnson
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January 27, 2021
When I think of Ellen I think of those great chocolate chip cookies she always had when we went over there for coffee after church on Sundays. And how much laughter there was during those visits. I even remember Grandma Cahill a little! And going to West Lake to visit them when they were out there. And when I was young, seeing her in the office at school made things feel right. When I was in like 2nd grade, I went to the office and told her "Mrs. Huizenga, I don't feel so good." She brought me to the back room so I could lay down, and then I threw up on her.

She was a wonderful part of my childhood. Take care, all - and I hope at least one of you has her chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Amy (Schutter) Lunn
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