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    Seth Reenders

    Seth Reenders, 37, of Grand Haven died Saturday Aug. 3, 2019, at Heartwood Lodge Hospice in Spring Lake. Arrangements will be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Mrs. Sharon Anne Maggard

    Sharon Anne Maggard, age 70, a long-time resident of Grand Haven, passed away at her home on December 2, 2017. She was born April 3, 1947, to Marie Agnes (nee Poland) and Asa Laurence Cook in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. Sharon graduated from Fruitport High School in 1966. Her favorite class was Home Economics. After graduation, she worked at Peerless Novelty Company in Grand Haven and Michigan Plastics, Plant #2. Sharon married James “Jim” Thomas Maggard in 1969. Jim served in the military and the couple moved frequently as military assignments required. Sharon would often talk about her home in Alaska and the long winter nights. In 1980, Sharon moved to…

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    Sandra Saunders

    Sandra Saunders, 71, of West Olive died Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at home. Arrangements will be announced by The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services.

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    James Huggins

    James Huggins, 87, of Spring Lake died Monday, July 29, 2019, at home. Arrangements will be announced by The Spring Lake Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services.

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    Gail Gruen

    Gail Gruen, 81, of Barrington, Illinois, died Monday, July 29, 2019. Arrangements to be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Joann K. ‘Joni’ Rosencrants

    Joann K. “Joni” Rosencrants, age 65, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Poppen Residence of Harbor Hospice. She was born November 16, 1953, in Detroit to Fred and Dorothy (Jeffers) Knippenberg, and lived in the area the past 32 years. Joni earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Central Michigan University, and was a special-education teacher having taught 35 years for Unionville Sebewaing, Vassar, Fulton and Fruitport public schools. She also spent 11 semesters at Grand Valley State University as coordinator in the College of Education Teaching Assistant Program. Joann married Leo D. Rosencrants on August 4, 1979, in Richville, Mich. She was a member of St. Matthew…

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    Peter Dalman

    Peter Fredrick Dalman, age 50, of Crockery Township, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019. He was born March 2, 1969, in Grand Haven to Melvyn and Betty (Peel) Dalman. Pete married Susan Wildrom on September 11, 1993, in Grand Haven, Michigan. Pete graduated from Grand Haven High School, Class of 1987, and was a dedicated employee at Active Manufacturing for 24 years. He was a member of Harvest Bible Chapel in Spring Lake and always had a strong faith in God. Pete loved to vacation in Disney World and in the Upper Peninsula, and enjoyed spending his time with his family and friends. He liked gardening, hunting, fishing and raising his…

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    Phyllis Benes

    Phylis Benes, 80, of Grand Haven died Friday, July 26, 2019, at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon. Arrangements will be announced by the Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Carol Foster

    Carol Foster, 81, of Spring Lake died Saturday, July27, 2019, at the Poppen Residence. Arrangements will be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Ross Brehm Kittleman

    Ross B. Kittleman of Grand Haven went to be with the Lord he loved on July 22, 2019, at the age of 78. He was born October 6, 1940, in Cadillac, Michigan, to the late Oscar and Junetta (Brehm) Kittleman. Ross married Mary Linda Shaw on July 8, 1972. Ross’ life was marked by dedicated, distinguished and loyal service to all he encountered. After graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1963 with a degree in civil engineering, he began a 38-year career serving his country in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with 34 years as the area engineer for the western half of Michigan and his beloved Grand Haven…

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    Betty Rodrigues

    Betty Rycenga Rodrigues, 89, of Grand Haven died Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Heartwood Lodge.  Arrangements will be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home. 

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    Tim Conroy

    Tim Conroy, age 86, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Spring Lake and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tim gracefully lived with Parkinson’s for several years and died peacefully in Naples on July 17, a day he spent with the love of his life, Janet, and in the care and company of all his children, both present and far away. Born April 14, 1933, to the late Harold “Pat” Conroy and to the late Annabelle Conroy (nee McElwee), and also preceded in death by his stepmother, Ada Conroy. Loving and devoted husband of nearly 66 years to Janet (nee Klapperich). Tim will also be welcomed to heaven by his cherished in-laws, Oliver “Tex”…

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    Sharon Lynn Harris

    Sharon Lynn Harris was born November 19, 1957, in Grand Haven, Michigan, to Frank and Alma Povilaitis. She attended school in Spring Lake, Michigan, and graduated from Spring Lake High School in 1976. Growing up near Lake Michigan, she quickly found a love for the majestic water and sandy beaches which became a staple point in her life. She would often visit the beach in the early morning and silently sip her coffee and watch as the waves roll in. As a young adult, she attended Muskegon Community College, majoring in journalism. From a young age, she developed a passion for reading, especially mystery novels. She was part writer, part…

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    Donald Northuis

    Donald Gene Northuis, 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 25, 2019. He was born in Holland, Michigan, to Almer and Betty (DeFouw) Northuis on March 11, 1932; and married Eunice Schipper of Zeeland, Michigan, on June 24, 1953. Don attended Holland High School, Hope College and Western Michigan University. After graduation, he taught in Muskegon Public Schools and coached in Grand Haven Area Public Schools. As a member of the Second Reformed Church of Grand Haven, he served as the director of music for 30 years and also as an elder. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army…

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    Charles Davies Jr.

    Charles Davies Jr., 71, of Grand Haven died Monday, July 22, 2019, at Medilodge. Arrangements are being handled by The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services.

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    Patricia Ann Walter

    Patricia Ann Walter, age 74, of Grand Haven, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Harbor Hospice Poppen Residence. She was born February 10, 1945, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Robert and Julia (Sopko) Mielke. Pat married Jerry L. Walter on February 10, 1984, and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2019. Pat was a graduate of Messmer High School in Milwaukee. After moving to Michigan, she was employed by Molesta Floral in Grand Rapids as a florist. She then worked for McDonald’s of Grand Haven, followed by Johnston Boiler in Ferrysburg, where she served as an administrative assistant. Pat was an artist who enjoyed making jewelry and working…

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    Margaret Liggitt Linebaugh

    Margaret L. Linebaugh, age 98, of Grand Haven, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019. She was born April 23, 1921, in York, Pennsylvania, to Walter B. and S. Myrtle (Kissinger) Liggitt. She graduated from William Penn High School in 1938 and Southern Seminary College for Women with an associate’s degree in merchandising in 1941, and worked at Charles H. Bear Department Store in York. Margaret’s co-worker Rena Livingston introduced her to her future husband, Philip L. Linebaugh, Rena’s cousin. On December 10, 1943, Margaret and Phil were married at the First Presbyterian Church in York and moved to Detroit in 1945, after Phil returned from serving in World War II.…

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    Orvil Osborn

    Orvil D. Osborn, age 84, of Grand Haven, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Robbinswood Assisted Living. He was born October 25, 1934, to the late Kenneth and Beulah (Barnhard) Osborn in Fremont, Michigan. Orvil married the former Betty Jean Easterly on February 7, 1959. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2014. Orvil especially enjoyed spending the winters in Florida, playing golf and spending time with his family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his daughters: Rhonda (Paul) Johnson of Grand Haven, Sheri (Dennis) Huntington of Grand Haven and Pamela (Clay) Finch of Fort Collins, Colo.; son, Robert (Debbie) Easterly of Norton Shores;…

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    Lois Ruth Nagtzaam

    Lois Ruth Nagtzaam, age 93, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at her home. She was born April 10, 1926, in Grand Haven to George and Edna Vera (Adolfson) Weber; and married Donald Nagtzaam on May 25, 1945, in Grand Haven. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2008. Lois was a former member of Christ Community Church. She retired from Grand Haven Junior High School as secretary to the assistant principal. Her other interests included golf, reading, knitting, sewing and most of all spending time with her family. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Cindy (Toby) Westgate-Ross of Grand Haven; son, Chuck (Nance Messer) Nagtzaam of…

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    Lelah Raye Strabbing

    Lelah Raye Strabbing, 63, died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at home. Arrangements will be announced by The Spring Lake Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, Spring Lake.

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    Lois Nagtzaam

    Lois Nagtzaam, 93, of Grand Haven died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at her home. Arrangements will be announced by The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, Grand Haven, MI.

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    Marcia Ritsema

    E. Marcia Ritsema, age 97, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 19, 2019, at Christian Haven Home. She was born March 14, 1922, in Holland, MI to the late Russell and Ada (Slagh) Mc Fall. Marcia married Henry R. Ritsema on June 22, 1945, in New York City, NY. He preceded her in death on September 13, 2006. Marcia worked at CWC in Muskegon and at Cooks Hardware for many years. She was an active charter member of Trinity Reformed Church where she formerly served as Sunday school teacher, the guild, youth group leader and the choir. Marcia is lovingly survived by her sons; Bruce…

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    Dr. Lawrence Hafner

    Dr. Lawrence D. “Larry” Hafner, DDS, age 77, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019, at American House in Spring Lake. He was born in Hudson, Michigan, to Daniel and Marian (Bettinger) Hafner, and resided in the Spring Lake area for most of his adult life. Larry was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in the Honor Guard. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and went on to dental school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Larry ran a solo dental practice that served the greater Muskegon community and beyond for 30 years, prior to retiring in 2002. He was a member of the United…

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    Brent Borg

    Mr. Brent L. Borg, age 66, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019. He was born on May 2, 1953 in Muskegon to Leon and Jean (Covell) Borg and resided in the area all of his life. Brent worked at the Muskegon County Road Commission for many years prior to retiring. He was a fan of all sports, but especially Formula One Racing and travelled the world watching Grand Prix. SURVIVORS include his wife, the former Marie Near; two step-sons, Kelly (Debbie) French and Kevin (Debbie) French; along with his sister, Cindy (Mouse) Boutin. Brent was preceded in death by his parents. In accordance to his wishes, there will not…

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    Patricia Walter

    Patricia Walter, 74, of Grand Haven died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Poppen Hospice Residence. Arrangements will be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Duane Rife

    Mr. Duane Rife, age 92, of Spring Lake passed away Monday, July 1, 2019. He was born May 11, 1927, in Titusville, Pennsylvania, to Dwight and Anna (Seifert) Rife. On February 1, 1958, he married Phyllis Butler in Toledo, and she preceded him in death on April 25, 2004. Duane was a former member of Christ Community Church. He enjoyed spending time outside, biking, hiking, visiting state parks and photography, and when he was indoors was a talented cook. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by three children: David Rife of Birmingham, Mich., Susan Celentano of Indianapolis, and Douglas and Kimberly Rife of…

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    John VanderLeek

    John VanderLeek, 77, of Spring Lake died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at The Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence. Arrangements will be announced by The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, Grand Haven.

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    Betty Kasemodel

    Betty Kasemodel, 96, of Grand Haven died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at a local care facility. Arrangements to be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Margaret Linebaugh

    Margaret Linebaugh, 98, of Grand Haven died Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Grand Pines Assisted Living Center. Arrangements will be announced by The VanZantwick Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, Grand Haven.

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    Ginette Cameron

    Ginette Cameron, 93, of Grand Haven died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at a local care facility. Arrangements to be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Orvil Osborne

    Orvil Osborne, 84, of Grand Haven died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at a local care facility. Arrangements to be announced by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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    Ann Ruth Smallegan

    Ann Ruth Smallegan, age 86, of Ferrysburg, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at a local care facility. She was born May 7, 1933, in Holland, Michigan, to the late Richard and Stena (Hop) Woodwyk. Ann married Jay Smallegan on January 30, 1953, and he preceded her in death in April 2002. Ann was a life-time resident of the Tri-Cities area and attended Holland High School. She was employed as a custodian at Ferrysburg Community Church, where she attended church services for many years. Anna enjoyed camping, knitting, sewing and playing cards. She loved traveling and being outdoors, and took daily rides around the beach to see the lake. Ann…

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    Dylan Soper Tarr

    Dylan Soper Tarr, age 25, of Grand Haven, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019. He was born December 18, 1993, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Nan Soper and John Tarr. Dylan graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2012 and Michigan State University in 2017, earning degrees in English literature and writing. He was employed at the Grand Rapids Public Library and was preparing to move to Seattle to begin a master’s degree program at the University of Washington at the time of his unexpected passing. Dylan ran track and cross country in high school, earning All-Area Honors and competing in three state finals. He loved to read, and played guitar…