Debra J. Kooistra of Hopkins, Michigan, (formerly of Otsego), passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at her home. Debra was born July 30, 1954 in Kalamazoo to James and Beverly (Crippen) Liles and had been a lifelong resident of the area. She was a 1972 graduate of Otsego High School.
On September 9, 1972 in Otsego she married Elmer “Tom” Kooistra, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Sarah (Robert) Dimond of Delton and Hayley (Ryan) Scharping of Hastings; three grandchildren, Shelbie Dimond of California, Gavin Scharping and Grady Scharping, both of Hastings; two brothers and a sister, Kenneth Liles of Portage, David Liles of Florida and Marilyn Liles of Kalamazoo; brother-in-law, William J. (Wilma) Kooistra, Jr. of Plainwell; sisters-in-law, Judith Bongers of Plainwell, Nancy (Tom) Beaver of Parchment; many nieces and nephews, including Steven Bongers of Plainwell.
In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with her family from 4 to 8 P.M Friday evening, February 17, 2012, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.
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