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Edna J. Bouman

Edna was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus, Monday, February 12, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born March 28, 1929 in Vriesland, MI, the daughter of Edward and Jennie (VanderVelde) Kroodsma. Edna enjoyed playing yard games with her family, spending time at the cottage on the Muskegon River and playing scrabble. Family and faith were Edna’s passion. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Zeeland and enjoyed being in the choir. She was kind hearted and loved helping others and often volunteered at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Though of modest means she shared all she had with those in need.


And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40.

Surviving are her children, Leigh (Nate) Greene of Kalamazoo, Tom (Joan) Bouman of Holland, Karen Ciarmello of Maryland and Mark (Julie) Bouman of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Christopher, Philip, Quinton and Alexandra; 4 great-grandchildren; caregiver and friend, Stan Massey; sister, Esther Raterink and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, David and by her sister, Mildred.

Friends may visit with Edna’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Ron Lytle officiating.

Private family burial will take place at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Edna may be made to the Alamo Nursing Home. The family would like to thank the staff at Alamo Nursing Home and on the acute care floor at Bronson Hospital for their superior care.

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Ken and Toni Coburn

February 13, 2018 at 7:13 pm

My thoughts and prayers are are with you during this difficult time. Ken and Toni Coburn


Cathy Doan

February 13, 2018 at 7:14 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bouman family. E.B. was such a great person, a friend to all and a great mom to Leigh, Tom, Mark and Karen. Family was most important to her, as well as her faith. With deepest sympathy.


Joe and Kelly Bohl

February 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Mark, Julie, Allie and Quin — we are very sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.


Joyce Trader

February 14, 2018 at 8:37 am


I am sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I appreciated all the support, and prayers when my mom passed away recently. I am unable to attend the funeral. I will be praying for you, and your family.

Sincerely, Joyce Trader


Karen DeKoster

February 14, 2018 at 10:03 am

I’m so sorry to hear about the home going of your mom. May it comfort you to know that she’s in heaven with Jesus. My prayers are with you and your family. I will not be able to attend the funeral.


Tina and Pat Dluge

February 14, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Tom and Joan, our hearts and prayers are with you both during this very difficult time, as well as to your entire family, Tom. Sending you lots of hugs and love as well.


Pat Herwaldt

February 16, 2018 at 6:27 am


I am so sorry for the loss of your sister, Edna. I know how much she meant to you. She was a lovely lady whom I admired greatly. Sending you a hug and praying for you.


Pat (Death) Herwaldt

February 16, 2018 at 6:30 am


I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I have fond memories of Edna and admired her greatly. She was one classy lady. My prayers are with you and your family.


Jayne Stamurs

February 18, 2018 at 7:51 pm

Leigh, Tom, Mark and Karen, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.My deepest condolences to you and your families. it was an honor to care for your mother at Alamo. I truly enjoyed the times your mother would recall her song “Memories”. Her laughter was a blessing to me. I pray you will embrace her legacy and please know I am praying for you during this difficult time.


Marcia Duffin

February 20, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Dear Leigh, Tom, Mark, Karen and families,

I was so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. May it be a comfort to you knowing that she is resting with Jesus and that you will see her again someday.


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