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  • "Sorry to learn of the loss of your mother, Hazel. I have..."
    - MaryAnn Schultz

Hazel Boldenow (nee Van Til) GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Hazel Boldenow (nee Van Til), of Grand Rapids, MI, age 94, died on Sunday, March 25, 2018, encircled by loved ones. She leaves behind her children, Jerry and Jan, Jim and Kathy, Ron and Lauri, and Luci and Dave Huizinga; her beloved grandchildren, Ana and Tom, John, Emily and Steve, Peter and Tanya, Sam and Christina, Erica and Kevin, Kate and Jon, Karl, Dan and Chelsea, and Joel; and her even more beloved great grandchildren, Ava, Chloe, Annika, Eli, Naomi, Johanna, Katia, Abby, and Della. Hazel was born in Lansing, IL where she married her husband, Emery, and raised her children. She was a talented fiber artist and a life-long learner. At the age of 80, she moved to Bend, OR to be with her youngest grandchildren. Her last months were spent in Grand Rapids, MI near her son, and many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Throughout the many challenges she faced in life—a childhood during the Great Depression, the loss of two siblings at a young age, a husband profoundly affected by his experiences fighting in WWII, a son who was drafted into combat in Vietnam, and a son who served as an overseas missionary—her faith remained strong. Her wisdom, practicality, and cheerful stubbornness will be missed. A committal service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lansing IL, on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at Raybrook Manor Chapel in Grand Rapids MI, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation preceding the service from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to World Renew, (1700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508).

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Published in The Times on Apr. 15, 2018