Debra Kooistra

Debra Kooistra

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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  1. Brenda Lyles Berner and Fred Berner says:

    Tom, Sarah, Hayley and families, we’re so sorry for your loss. I have a lifetime of memories with Debby, she is in my heart and was always a great cousin. I’ll never forget her freckled face and big smile. Love to you all. Brenda and Fred

  2. Richard Tewell says:

    Tom and Family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy.

  3. Joanne Krcatovich says:

    I just read of Debbie’s passing. Debbie was a good friend in school and a super sweet person and seemed to always be smiling. She will be missed by many people. My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.

    God Bless

  4. bob cooper says:

    Tom and Family, Sorry to hear about your lost. I will keep you in my prayer for You and Family.

  5. Carolyn Liles (Balling) and David Balling says:

    To all of Debbie’s friends and family…I have a lot of fond memories of us all growing up together. As Brenda said, she did have a lot of freckles and a great big joyful smile. We all got our own lives as we grew up and lost contact with each other, as people have a habit of doing and I’m sorry for that. Debbie is a cousin that I’ll always remember. We love you Debbie and you will be missed 🙁
    Love and our deepest sympathy to Tom and family.

  6. mark & sherri bronson says:

    Dear Tom & Family: our sincere sorrow at Debbie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mark & Sherri Bronson

  7. Susan Murphy says:

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Kooistra family. I met Deb when she came to my door many years ago and have kept in touch over the years. We saw each other here and there and would spend quite a bit of time “catching up”. I saw Deb for the last time at Borgess last year. We talked and shared some memories. She sang praises of her girls and grandchildren and spoke of deep love for Tom. Please know that I am thinking of the family. Susan

  8. Tom, Sara and Haley says:

    I just saw the obituary in the Shoppers Guide. I wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you and your familiy in this difficult time. I send my moms thoughts also. I know they were friends and she was sorry to hear she passed.

    Becky Wolfe

  9. Angela Roberts says:

    My heartfelt sympathies go to Debbie’s family. She was one of my high school classmates whom I remember as a very sweet person. My prayers are with her family.

  10. Wayne Holden says:

    The last time I saw you was graduation Day 1972 . Time goes by so fast, but I still remember you like it was yesterday.

  11. Jim & Cathie Gray says:

    Tom, so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you and the family.

  12. Christy Wertz says:

    Tom and Family, Although I did not know Debra very long, I will always remember her fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  13. Sandra Sincler says:

    Tom and family i am so sorry for your loss, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May he guide you and keep you strong.

  14. Vicki Worden Hartleb says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to Debbie’s family and friends. I have very fond memories of the two of us during our school years in Otsego. May all your memories be a source of comfort during this difficult time.

  15. Dan & Sally Perrin says:

    I remember the 19th Street Gang (Ken, Dave & Debbie) from our school days. We chatted with Deb at the 30th Class reunion 10 yrs ago, seems like yesterday. Our prayers are with her family.

  16. Deb Redmond Mason says:

    Tom & Family – so sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. She was so bright & cheerful whenever I saw her, and she always had a hug for me. Hold on to all the wonderful memories, she may be gone, but she will not be forgotten! God’s Blessings to all of you.

  17. Sandra Austin says:

    Dearest Tom and Family
    I am so very sorry to hear of Deb’s passing,she will be very missed by all that knew her.And I will miss our knitting get to gathers.You are all in my prayers.

  18. Sherry (Zimmerman) Dufon says:

    Tom and family,
    So sorry to hear my good high school friend Debbie. We had so many good times together in high school and after graduation. I will always remember her beautiful smile.

    Sherry (Zimmerman) Dufon

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