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John A. Kruizenga

John passed away Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Heritage Community of Kalamazoo.

He was born January 15, 1941 in Dover, New Hampshire, the son of John and Genevieve (Jeannot) Kruizenga. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from WMU he taught school several years in Michigan and then in Idaho. He then became a licensed journeyman electrician and pursued that career the rest of his life both in Idaho and later in Michigan.

He was a hobby farmer at heart and liked raising cows in Idaho and chickens when he returned to Michigan. John enjoyed studying the Bible, American History and foreign languages. He loved being outdoors and hiking all over the western states. John attended St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego and most recently attended Northern Heights Christian Reformed Church in Cooper Township.

Surviving are his siblings, Jeanne (Dennis) Fitzgerald of Battle Creek and Helen Watson of Otsego; brother-in-law, Ken Kochany along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Kochany.

Friends may visit with John’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego, until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 P.M., with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to

Right to Life.

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Art Jeannot

November 9, 2021 at 9:22 pm

My wishes for the family is to remember the good times had by all. With that in mind, John’s memory will be kept alive.


Helen Watson

November 11, 2021 at 8:09 am

Art, thank you. So nice to visit with you.



Mary Jane Tetreau

November 9, 2021 at 10:20 pm

My deepest thoughts and prayers for the surviving members of John’s family. My prayers for John that he is now resting peacefully in the arms of his heavenly parents.


Helen Watson

November 11, 2021 at 8:10 am

Mary, thank you for your prayers.




November 9, 2021 at 10:49 pm

Dear John A. Kruizenga,

My condolence go out to Family and Friend. John was a Christian in the body of Christ and had a spiritual spark to ignite kingdom attitude in hearts and minds. He always had the power of discernment with wisdom and spiritual insight on how people can have a renewed mind in Christ so you will be able to live a victorious life over the enemy through Christ Jesus.

John was all about Love and I will always, always, Love You, he always help carnal people who possess evil attitudes that paralyze their spiritual growth in God. I was able to experience the the anointing importance of Mental Love like a hero, but his gift has been answer as a Spiritual Journeyman with God. You Will Be Missed!!


Helen Watson

November 11, 2021 at 8:12 am

Beautifully stated, Fred.

Thank you for your friendship with John, Jeanne and myself.



Chris Wilke

November 10, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am sorry for your loss. Love – Chris


Helen Watson

November 11, 2021 at 8:14 am

Chris, thank you for being with us in spirit.



Aaron Nichols

November 24, 2021 at 6:43 pm

I was back in town today- so I stopped by for one of our cherished chats. I called first as usual because I wanted to give you time to prepare for my arrival. Your phone was shut off …but I figured you had broke or somehow miss placed it- I chuckled looking forward to hearing how this came about. When I pulled into your drive and saw your locked gate my heart sank from my chest… I knew you had left this wicked world for one more suitable for your kind and loving spirit. John, you were and still are my friend. I will miss our long talks about God, birds, books, language, history and so many other fascinating topics. I loved hearing your boyhood memories and stories about your father. In a world full of fake people you were refreshingly unique and authentic to yourself. Thank you for being my friend… Thank you for loving my children… I will always remember you my friend… Until we meet again.


Jeanne Fitzgerald

February 22, 2022 at 2:25 pm

I just saw this for the first time Aaron. Thank you for your kind memories of John. They provide alot of insight into who he was. I’m so glad to read it!

From Helen and Jeanne


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