Esther M. Bouwman

Esther M. Bouwman

Esther passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Allegan County Medical Care.

She was born March 10, 1928 in Zeeland, MI to Gradus and Doris Schrotenboer. Esther had owned and operated Bill & Esther’s Restaurant in Allegan. She had also worked for over 20 years at the Hardings Market in Allegan until her retirement. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, cooking and working in her flower gardens. Esther was a member of the Dunningville Reformed Church. On December 13, 1950 in Zeeland she married Willis Bouwman who passed away in 2007.

Surviving are son, Garry (Diane) Bouwman of Allegan; grandchildren, Willis (Esther) Bouwman and Chad (Megan) Bouwman; 4 great-grandchildren, Shane, Kahlan, Spencer and Ellyanna; sister, Gladys and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 7 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at East Saugatuck Cemetery in the spring.

Contributions in memory of Esther may be made to Hospice of Holland.

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  1. Ron & Kay Jenkins says:

    Dear Gary & Diane,

    We were sorry to read about Esther’s death but, know that this was a difficult time for her and all of you. She was a lovely woman and we always enjoyed the few time we were able to spend with her. What a joy to know she is with her Lord.

    Sincerely, Ron & Kay

  2. Michael & Ann MacCreery says:

    So sad for your loss. I know your Mother is at peace in a better place, but the void of her absence from Earth will be felt deeply for a long time. Hold onto your memories of cherished times with her, and know that she is watching over you from above. Our deepest love and sympathy is with you.

  3. Susan Bloom says:

    Garry and Diane,

    Please know how sorry I was to hear of your loss. I am sure you are grieving deeply. I’m sending prayers heavenward for your comfort and peace, and that Esther is with her Lord rejoicing. May He give you strength in the days ahead.


  4. Lori Lowery says:

    Your cousin in Virginia is thinking of you and hoping you are at peace.

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