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Florence B. Hoekstra

Florence Belle (Herbert) Hoekstra passed away peacefully at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the age of 81.

Florence was born on June 22, 1937, in Plainwell, the daughter of the late H. Edward and LaBerta (Buskirk) Herbert. She married the love of her life, Albert Hoekstra on June 4, 1954 in Martin. Florence was very proud to be the oldest and only sister to seven younger brothers.

She cherished time spent with family and friends. She and Albert spent several years in California and North Carolina before returning to Michigan. They also enjoyed wintering in Florida where they made some wonderful friends.

Florence was an avid reader, loved to play cards and socialize with family and friends. She and Al spent many happy days attending blue grass festivals near and far. She will be missed but not forgotten by many.

She is survived by her husband, Albert, son, Albert Jr. (Patsy) Hoekstra; two grandchildren, Jon (Amber) Hoekstra and Vanessa (Justin) Tillison; four great-grandchildren, Madelynn, Owen and Everett Hoekstra and Mason Tillison; her brothers, Barry (Linda) Herbert, Frank (Kathleen) Herbert and James (Terri) Herbert; sisters-in-law, Grace Herbert, Gertrude Hoekstra and Marlene Hoekstra and many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Sarah Gorton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Oren, Lee, Max and Steve Herbert.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Florence may be made to Otsego District Public Library.

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Michael, Kim and Tom Schaafsma

January 23, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Embracing in love and prayers. Lovely lady in and out. Rest In Peace.


Lynne Fahrne

January 23, 2019 at 5:19 pm

So sorry for your . God bless you with peace, comfort, love and guidence.


Sharon A Curry

January 23, 2019 at 7:19 pm

What a loss . She was a great lady, always so happy.


Denny and Cindy Mills

January 23, 2019 at 8:39 pm

So very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.


Rosemary Ashbaugh

January 24, 2019 at 12:41 am

I’m sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to of you. May God watch all of you


Doug and Mary VanDerMeulen

January 24, 2019 at 10:13 am

We are so sorry for your loss. May God put His loving arms around you and give you great comfort.


Cindy and Mark Doss

January 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Sending our love for your peace and comfort, during this sad loss.

Our deepest condolences,

Love Mark & Cindy


Joyce E Boss

January 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Many hugs to the family..So sorry. Jim and Joyce Boss Cedar Crest, NM


Clark Simpson

January 24, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Shared many precious and joyful experiences with Florence and OP. Canoe trips, dinners at their house in Martin, and especially their second wedding where they reaffirmed their vows in the yard. Please let me know when the remembrance will be held.


Jill Anderson

January 24, 2019 at 8:39 pm

So very sorry for your loss. What a great gal. Was so excited that she was gonna be a neighbor of mine at Bayberry. My prayers will be with your family.


Jerry & Marilyn (Mahieu) Fenner

January 25, 2019 at 10:25 am

Thinking of you.


marilyn & gary martin

January 25, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Florence always had a wonderful smile and was a friend to everyone. She will be missed.


Brenda Porter

January 25, 2019 at 8:16 pm

so so sorry..Prayers to the Family..


Linda Herbert,Moeller

January 26, 2019 at 6:25 am

Sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person,, she Will be missed. She helped me decorate my house. While Albert Sr. Remodeled our home.

Linda Herbert


Ann Hall

January 26, 2019 at 9:27 am

Such a beautiful lady! I have such great memories of her: camping at Miller Lake, parties at their house, numerous family celebrations, and visiting them at their “ocean front” home in California and Carmel Valley. I can still see her big smile and hear her laugh. She will be missed. All my love to Op and all of the Hoekstra’s.


Christie and Curt Fontaine

January 26, 2019 at 3:07 pm

We will miss our “aunt” Florence…her hugs & kisses, all the great times together camping at Miller Lake, cards, visits, lunch and so much more! She will be dearly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


Dan & Pauline Sturman

January 29, 2019 at 9:46 am

We have many great memories. She was happy and fun to be around.


Mary Herbert Cox

February 1, 2019 at 8:28 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Florence! Uncle Al and Opie I will be thinking of you and I will be praying for you both. I remember Aunt Florence was the best Aunt when I was growing up she was so nice to me and she had me stay at her house all the time and she took me camping and she always was good to me. I will always have her in my heart. Love to you both. Love Mary Herbert Cox


Darlene Rac

March 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm

I was friends with Florence since 1954 went to visit her and al were ever they went. I lost a good friend. Sending my love and prayers


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