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Judy A. Vandenberg

Judy Ann VanDenBerg, age 74, passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 after having complications from knee surgery.

Judy was born on March 19, 1947 in Kalamazoo, to William and Barbara Loveland. The family moved to Pine Lake where Judy grew up. She graduated from Delton High School in 1965. After graduation she met her husband Paul VanDenBerg and was married on her birthday in 1966. They spent 49 wonderful years together until his passing. Judy and Paul owned and operated the family dairy farm where they raised their four sons. Judy loved to take care of the calves and sell sweet corn in the summer. In 2021 Judy and her family celebrated the farms centennial anniversary.

After retiring from the farm, Judy went back to school and became a CNA. She worked in the Out-Patient Surgery Unit at Borgess Hospital for several years. Judy loved to help her son Michael with the garden they planted together. One of the goals was to grow giant pumpkins. The largest pumpkin so far was 250lbs. Judy loved spending time with her grandkids. One of her favorite things was going to the Allegan County Fair and watching her grandkids show their 4-H animals. She looked forward to celebrating Christmas every year because she got to spend time with her family and have the Monopoly championship she held until this year. Judy got engaged to Ron Culter this past year and they were planning on getting married in the near future. Judy will be missed by all of her family and many friends.

Surviving are her sons, Michael (Chris) VanDenBerg, Robert (Stacey) VanDenBerg and Jason (Angie) VanDenBerg; grandchildren, Christopher (Catrin) VanDenBerg, Molly (Chris Myland) VanDenBerg, Joseph VanDenBerg, Samantha VanDenBerg, Cody Schmidt, Laura (Dirk) Stoneman, Vanessa VanDenBerg, Tristan VanDenBerg, Lexus VanDenBerg and Ava VanDenBerg; great-grandchildren, Rune VanDenBerg, Kit VanDenBerg and Adley Stader; brother, William (Bonnie) Loveland; sisters-in-law, Betty Hotchkiss and Janet Martin; fiancé, Ron Cutler along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Douglas VanDenBerg; brother, David Loveland and brothers-in-law, Ron Hotchkiss and Greg Martin.

Friends may visit with Judy’s family from 6-8 PM, Friday, February 25, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 26, 2022.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to the

American Cancer Society

or the

American Diabetes Association


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Sharon M Spears

February 23, 2022 at 8:16 pm

sorry for your lost Iam glad I did make it to the 100 year celebration this past year ! I am your dads second cousin , my mother was a Vandenberg.


Marla Augustine

February 24, 2022 at 5:01 am

Judy was such a light shining in so many lives. We had many great times as neighbors and friends. Raising our children. Her four sons and our four daughters. She will be missed ..Our prayers go to all her family and friends. Love always Ron and Marla Augustine.


Dave & Carol Seiter

February 24, 2022 at 6:44 am

Sorry for your loss


Cindy Cobb Doss

February 24, 2022 at 9:43 am

My Dearest VanDenBerg Friends,

In this very darkest of times, it’s so easy to find ourselves speechless. What or how could there be the right words to give you all any comfort during this greatest time of grief?

For me, I will simply reflect back to a day in Judy’s own personal grief, when she said, “He loved you all.”

We(all of us there in that moment) were at the graveside of our friend, and her oldest son. We were paying our final respects. And she, in four short words, told us all at once, how much we mattered to him. Her words spoken from her grieving heart, to comfort us.

Judy was selfless. She was brave. She set an example for beauty and humility. She was faithful, and worked hard for her place in heaven. And she was wise, beyond measure.

Thank you, Judy. For all of your lessons. And thank you for those four simple words, that have never left my mind, or my heart. I will give them back to your family. And I hope, that they will help give each of them comfort and peace.

We love you all.


Mark and Jane Perry

February 24, 2022 at 12:57 pm

So sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family and sending healing thoughts. She will be missed by so many people.


Jane (Kirbaugh) Ward

February 24, 2022 at 2:32 pm

She was such a special person always a smile and a laugh. Growing up she included her young cousin in her wedding and the focus of her article for the school paper. Her kids were the light of her life and family always came first. She will be very muched missed.


Becky Stice

February 24, 2022 at 6:39 pm

Judy was a special lady. Always made sure to keep my mothers memory alive when she seen me. My heart breaks for her family. Sending my thoughts and prayers.


Sue Hicks

February 24, 2022 at 8:05 pm

Mike , Chris and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.



February 25, 2022 at 1:15 am

The Vandenbergs were like family while growing up i loved working on the farm which Was my first jobs and i loved being around the farm you will be deeply missed you and paul always kept us kids in your hearts and you will always be missed


Colleen Ziemer

February 25, 2022 at 5:59 pm

So sorry to hear of Judy’s death. I enjoyed waiting on her and Ron when they would come into Nancy’s Kitchen to eat. Again so sorry for your loss.


Kathy Nogle

February 25, 2022 at 9:18 pm

My sympathies to the family. My heart hurts for all of you.



March 2, 2022 at 1:37 pm

My sympathies to the boys and all the family. Your mom was a great lady.


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