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Anna Vanderwal

July 26, 2019

Anna Vanderwal passed away on July 26, 2019 at her home at Quiet Creek AFC in Falmouth, Michigan. She recently celebrated her 98th birthday.

She was born on July 6, 1921, to Henry L. and Jennie (Heuker) King at home in Highland Township, Osceola County, Michigan. She loved her life with her family on the farm in Highland. She went to Grand Rapids as a young adult to work and live with her cousins Stena and Ann. After a few years as a domestic and a wartime factory worker, she returned to Highland to marry Sietse B. Vanderwal on June 20, 1947, who preceded her in death on July 23, 1999

Anna always put faith first in her life. She was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church beginning in Highland, sixty years in McBain and her last years at Lucas Christian Reformed Church. She had a strong connection to her faith which showed through her countless acts of service to friends, family and even strangers. Outside of the comfort from her faith, her greatest joys included spending time with family, visiting with her many special friends, playing cards and games, baking, walking for exercise, and growing flowers. She was a skilled gardener and her summer garden would grow food for the family for the entire year.

She taught Sunday School for years and loved to share the stories of God. She served her church family in Sunshine Circle, Ladies Aid, Auction to raise funds for missionaries, library and funeral lunches. She served in her community at Girl Scouts, McBain Women’s Club, TOPS, and many other activities.

Her selfless acts of kindness and dedication to healthy living were an inspiration to her family. Although she will be greatly missed, her generous spirit and joy of life will be passed on for many generations to come. We are all comforted in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her seven children, Joy (Jack-deceased) Jorgensen, Linda (Dave) VanHouten, Evelyn (Bob) Rexford, Dale (Cathy) Vanderwal, Mary (Randy) Gilde, Audrey (Jim) Egbert, and Robert (Dana) Vanderwal.

She had special love for her twenty grandchildren, Jodi Possi, Dave Luke VanHouten, Jason Jorgensen, Amanda Currie, Jenny Mileski, Gabe VanHouten, Angela Bennett, Nick Gilde, Curtis Rexford, Mieka Lenssen, Dana Beerens, Ben Vanderwal, Nathan Gilde, Brian Vanderwal, Kaite Vanderwal, Anna Egbert-Crossan, Samantha Vanderwal, Megan Egbert, Issac Vanderwal and Zachary Egbert along with all of their spouses. She was blessed with and loved on thirty-one great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Our beloved Curtis preceded her in death on August 20, 2001 as well as several babies born to heaven. Her family totals eighty-eight loved ones when including all of their families.

She is survived by her beloved sisters, Hermina Jansen and Harriet (Hank) Koetje and a brother, Sidney (Betty) King and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Cornelius (Cobie) King and Gerald (Net) King, and her in-laws, Bill Jansen, Gerrit (Marie) Vanderwal, Frank (Ida) Vanderwal and Evart Vanderwal.

Funeral services will be held at the Lucas Christian Reformed Church on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:00 A.M., followed by a luncheon. Pastor Todd Kuperus will officiate. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the services. Burial and committal services will take place at Mount View Cemetery in McBain, Michigan following the luncheon.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please perform an unsolicited and unexpected act of kindness for someone. Call, have coffee, write a letter, make a meal, mow a lawn- she did this for so many in her lifetime and appreciated so much when so many did this for her in her last years. If you would like to make a donation , consider a contribution to the Anna Vanderwal Resident Activities Fund being established at Quiet Creek AFC to honor her friends and staff she left behind there, or make a donation to her church, Lucas Christian Reformed Church, who cared for her so kindly when she needed a new church home.

Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.

 

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