Virginia Mae Thouin Dykema, age 89, of Grand Rapids passed away on June 30, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven L. Dykema of 65 years and is survived by five children: Dr. Deborah L. Dykema (Mike Otis); Gregory J. Dykema (Karen); John E. Dykema (Michele Maly); Susan L. Dykema; and Mark S. Dykema (Nancy); and nine grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Rev. Leonard Sudlik, presiding. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at church.
Geraldine Katherine (Minogue) Hogan, age 93, of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully on May 29, 2021. Gerry is survived by her husband of 65 years, Thomas E Hogan; her two daughters, Bridget (Dean) Hill, and Molly (Tom) Morris and four beloved grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 11:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary, with visitation one-hour prior. Rev. Troy Nevins, presiding.
Mildred Konle died April 6, 2020. Mildred taught typing and shorthand at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids for many years. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. Tuesday, May 11th at 11:00 am.
Donna Marie Muench (nee Valkier) died on May 1, 2021 at the age of 89. She is survived by her husband of 68 years John Phillip Muench, by her five children, Mary Jo Baisch (Edward), Laurie J. Muench (Julian Wesley), John P. Muench (Elizabeth Drumm), Margaret Learner, and Jeanne A. Wood (Charles) and grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Visitation begins at 10:00 AM with Mass at 11:00 AM.
Robert Shepherd III age 90 of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on April 20th, 2021. He will be deeply missed by his loving, devoted wife Irene, his loving, “favorite Nurse” daughter Debbie (Shepherd-Bates) and grandson’s.
A mass celebrating Bob’s life will take place Friday May 14th, 2021 at 11:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. Visitation one hour prior to the service.
Ardis Veneklase, age 93, of Grand Rapids. In the early morning hours of April 13, the angels came and took Ardis to her heavenly home. She is survived by her son, Brian Veneklase, and daughter, Sandy.
Relatives and friends may greet the family on Friday, April 16, from 6-8PM, with a time of prayers and sharing starting at 7:30PM, at Zaagman Memorial Chapel (2800 Burton St. SE). A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, April 14, at Immaculate Heart of Mary at 11AM with an hour of visitation prior to the mass.
Eric Gilbert passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 22, 2021. Eric is survived by his wife of 24 years, Katie; children, Annie, Libby, Teddy.
The family will meet with friends and relatives 2-4pm and 6-8pm, Thursday, March 25 at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, March 26th at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church with Fr. Troy Nevins presiding. (The Funeral mass will be live streamed via you tube: https://youtu.be/8ud8kBWZaf8) The family will receive visitors before mass from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Masks and social distancing will be practiced.
Deborah Ann Marie Nizinski
Deborah Nizinski went to be with the Lord on Monday March 15, 2021. She is survived by her husband Duane; her son Nathan Bouwkamp, and her daughter Melanie Bouwkamp.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday March 23, 2021 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. (The funeral mass will be livestreamed via you tube: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church) The family will receive visitors Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church.
Donald Firlik passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Ann of 49 years; daughter, Jennifer Firlik (Jaeha Yo), son Matthew Firlik, and daughter Rebecca Firlik.
Relatives and friends may greet the family on Wednesday, February 24, from 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Marian Geary passed away Sunday, February 14th, 2021. She is survived by her children Patrick (Patricia) , Timothy (Alma) , Michael (Joan) , Sr. Maureen Geary, OP, , Sheila Geary, and Kevin Geary.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, at 11 am on Thursday, February 25, with visitation at the church beginning at 10 am (both in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions). The Mass will be livestreamed at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Facebook page.
Gerald Downer passed away, Sunday, February 7th, 2021. He is survived by his wife Norma Jean Downer and his children, Gary (Carol), Jeffrey (Sheryl), Karen Downer-Ricketts, and John Downer.
Funeral Services for immediate family will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Fr. Troy Nevins presiding.
Jane Muldoon passed away, Saturday, February 6th, 2021. She is survived by her children Margaret, Catherine, Mary, Patricia, Judith, Elizabeth, Bridget, James (deceased), Thomas, Joseph and Jane.
Thursday, February 11th at 11:00 am, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Msgr. Duncan presiding.
Ante passed away Sunday, January 24th, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife of thirty-four years Slava; loving children Josip, Boris and Antonia (Tyler).
Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 am, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Fr. Troy Nevins presiding
Bill passed away on Friday, January 22nd, 2021. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Carole; his children Greg (Paula), Kristi (Patrick) Cooper, and Bethany Pham (Alex).
A Celebration of Life visitation and Mass will take place in the summer.