Frances Hiemstra

Frances Hiemstra

Hiemstra, Frances289Frances Hiemstra age 95 of Alamo Twp. passed away peacefully at home with her family in attendance, Tuesday October 1, 2013. Frances was born January 31, 1918, in Prairieville Twp. the daughter of Alfred and Bernice (Hughes) Anson. Frances was a 1936 graduate of Plainwell High School. In her early years she was a homemaker, later working 20 years for Otsego Public Schools in food service retiring in 1981. Frances enjoyed playing cards, bowling and was a wonderful seamstress. She was a member of Farm Bureau for over 50 years and for many years was a member of Cooper Congregational Church.

On December 4, 1937 in Lagrange, IN she married Claude Hiemstra. Surviving are 6 children, Roger (Janet) Hiemstra of NY, Carl Hiemstra of MS, Judy (Mike) Hiemstra-Bronson of Allegan, Carol (Juan) Paez of NJ, Dennis (Mickie) Hiemstra of Otsego, Joyce Hiemstra  Hunt of Gobles; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane (Arlene) Anson; in-laws, Jesse LaRoy, Jean (Ron) Rus, Virginia Hiemstra; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Hiemstra, 5 brothers and an infant sister.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will take place on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers those desiring may make memorial contributions to Wings of Hope Hospice .

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  1. Brenda Standish says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Frances’ family. I enjoyed working with her in the hot lunch program. She was a hard worker and a kind and thoughtful lady.

  2. Maryln Langeance/Rick Kelly says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Jessica Elliott says:

    Grandma Great you were a great, loving, and inspiring person. You will be truly missed by so many people. I will always remember the many memories of my childhood at the farm house, thanksgiving, Christmas, etc… and most of all picking all of the raspberries from the bushes in back.. I love you, and I will see you again some day. Lots of Love.

  4. Larry & Jan (Ellwood)Myers says:

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know she will be missed
    greatly in your family. I remember her being a very kind person.
    She is resting in heaven with your dad and at peace. That will bring
    you comfort and healing. You are in our prayers.

    Larry & Jan (Ellwood) Myers

  5. Gwen and John Detlefsen says:

    Dear Roger and families,
    Please know that we are thinking of you and pray for your peace and comfort. We know that each of you carry with you special memories of your mother that will bring personal and meaningful memories that will bring you comfort and joy. We will be thinking of you as you gather to celebrate the life of a very special person.

  6. Sandra Sincler says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. I enjoyed Frances and her whipping me in Kings in the corner so many times, think she was a pro. Every time i think of her i smile, she was a beautiful lady. She is safely home now and very proud of each and everyone of her family members and friends. I know your the shining star i see in the sky. Shine on Frances.

  7. bonnie goodacre says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with France’s family. I spent time at hers and Claude”s home over a period of time with my sister-in-law and theirs, Joyce Hiemstra. I enjoyed them thoroughly, they were good kind people. She will be missed by many I am sure of that.

  8. Louise Harvey says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Frances was always very sweet and friendly to me and she will be missed by many.

  9. Don & Sherry Hurlbut says:

    Judy — So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know she was having some difficulties, so perhaps it is a blessing. She certainly lived a long life and, hopefully, a full and rich one. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire Hiemstra family.

  10. Judy and Bill Bush says:

    Judy and family-so sorry for your loss. I know this is a hard time for you all and I pray for peace and comfort for you all.

  11. Linda Hajduk says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with the entire family. Aunt Frances was a dear sweet person & she will be missed by us all.

  12. Dawn Wesaw says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May happy memories carry you through. Love to you all.

  13. Ruth Longjohn-Abelard says:

    I receive the Kalamazoo Gazette in my inbox and saw this just this morning. I remember your Mom as a very sweet lady who seemed to have unending patience when inundated with teenagers hanging around. She was, is and will continue to be a very beautiful woman in the presence of those who have gone before. I believe she was cheered on by ” a great cloud of witnesses” as she entered the arena of Heaven having “run and finished the race set before her”.

    No matter how old we are, losing our parents will always cause us to feel like orphans.

    Ruth Longjohn

  14. Angela Roberts says:

    Joyce, there’s never a good time to lose someone you love. It’s a loss we can never prepare for and one that no one else can ever fill. But we hold on to our memories, and hold closer to those whom we still have with us. As much as we miss them, our Moms are happy and watching over us everywhere we go.

  15. Brian and Dalene Anson says:

    We will always remember Aunt Frances quick wit, enjoyment of jokes, laugh and sharp mind. All of our sympathies to our cousins and familes.

  16. Peggy (Veld) Lomonaco says:

    BEAUTIFUL woman she was! So sorry to the family for the loss of a lovely lady!

  17. The family of Howard Anson says:

    May all of your fondest memories shine on your day as your mother and grandmother is remembered. God bless all of you

  18. Ray and Nora Dungey says:

    Judy, Dennis and all of your family. We were sad to learn of your loss. Your Mom lived a good and long life but it doesn’t seem like there is ever a time to let go of our loved ones. Hopefully, all of your good memories and knowing that she is at peace will bring you comfort. God’s blessings to all.

  19. Susan Jerrett Sawasky says:

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers! No matter what their age, we cannot prepare and are never ready to lose them. I know you all will treasure all of the wonderful memories your mom leaves behind.

  20. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dennis and Family,
    Please know that your mother is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! She was a beautiful woman in all that she had accomplished here on earth! ……and you look so much like her!
    God Bless you!

  21. Bob Sponable says:

    Carl (Louie),
    I extend my condolences to you and your family. My mother was 95 also when she went home to be with our Lord.
    I never had the opportunity to meet your mother, but read the remarks of your many friends about her. It appears to have been my loss for not knowing her; but she obviously instilled her character and integrity in her children. I enjoyed your friendship while at OHS. And I know you reflected her values.
    Praise God for godly, loving mothers; how fortunate we were!
    I’ve been praying for you during this difficult time.
    Bob Sponable
    “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord” (2Cor. 5:8)

  22. Minette says:

    Carl so glad you were able to be with your mother this summer and enjoy your time with her.
    With sincere sympathy.

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