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Judy K. Nieuwenhuis

Judy passed away, Sunday, August 15, 2021 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born January 19, 1947 in Sturgis, the daughter of Leonard and Blanch (Geyer) Meert. For many years Judy worked in customer services at Parker Hannifin until her retirement in 2008.

She was an active member of Martin Reformed Church. Judy enjoyed working to spread the good news of Jesus by serving at vacation Bible school, serving food in Benton Harbor and making blankets and prayer shawls. Judy loved watching her grandchildren play sports, reading, gardening and camping with her family and good friends. On July 24, 1965 at Twin Lakes Reformed Church she married Jon Nieuwenhuis who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Jeff (Amy) Nieuwenhuis, Joel (Kerri) Nieuwenhuis and Jill (Ken) Eastman; grandchildren, Gibson (Amber) Nieuwenhuis, Brinley Nieuwenhuis, Noah (Cara Smith) Eastman, Trevor Nieuwenhuis, Evan Nieuwenhuis, Parker Eastman, Cooper Eastman, Colin Nieuwenhuis and Landon Eastman; siblings, Gene (Kathy) Meert, Shirley Griffin, Nancy Mulder, Duke (Kathy) Meert and Sally (Lynn) Lukins along with many loved nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, John and Henrietta Nieuwenhuis, siblings, William Meert, Betty (LaMar) Bloss, Mary Schaeffer, Jack (Mick) Meert, Larry Mulder and Don Griffin.

Friends may visit with Judy’s family from 4-8 PM, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Martin Reformed Church and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 19, 2021 with Pastor Mark Heijerman officiating.

Burial procession will leave the church at 1:30 P.M., for burial at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to

West Michigan Cancer Center

or Martin Reformed Church.

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Penny Browning Baker

August 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Forever young. Forever helpful. A true servant heart. I learned so much from Judy when I crossed over the factory to office.


Jim and Sarah Nicholas

August 16, 2021 at 5:47 pm

Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Judy. She was the matriarch of a great family. Prayers and healing to you all!


Mike & Chris VanDenBerg

August 16, 2021 at 5:52 pm

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.


Denny and Cindy Mills

August 16, 2021 at 5:55 pm

So very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you. Sending love and hugs….


Terry Arehart VanLent

August 16, 2021 at 6:13 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. She was such a nice person. I’m praying for your hearts to heal Sally, Larry and all of your family❤️


Amie Zapf

August 16, 2021 at 6:47 pm

I don’t even know where to begin. Please know you all are in my prayers. Judy was such a dear friend to my mom. I am so sorry for your loss.


Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

August 16, 2021 at 8:16 pm

So very sorry, to hear of Judy’s passing. Although, I did not know Judy well, I worked at Parker with her and she was always smiling.

May God’s Grace be with each whim loved her.


Robin Olson

August 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm

So sorry for your loss Nieuwenhuis family. I have such fond memories of Judy from Northern Heights Church. Praying for you all as you mourn her passing.


Mary Ross Sprow

August 16, 2021 at 9:44 pm

So very sorry to hear. Judy was a dear friend through Jr and Sr high school. She also assisted at my wedding. I always loved riding the school bus home with Judy after school and help milk the cows!

My deepest sympathy to the family. RIP my friend.


Jo Golden

August 16, 2021 at 11:18 pm

I am so sorry for your loss my prayers and heart it is with you all God bless


Diug Beauregard

August 17, 2021 at 7:51 am

Great lady. Great family. She will be missed.


Bob & Linda Cooley

August 17, 2021 at 7:58 am

We are so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.


Tom Dutton

August 17, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Jon and family I’m sorry to hear of Judys passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers I hope your warm memories of life with Judy helps to ease your hearts.


Frank Gibson

August 17, 2021 at 1:37 pm

My condolences and prayers for the family! Always enjoyed working with Judy at Parker Hannifin!


Steve & Irene Bennett

August 17, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Judy was such a lovely person to have as a neighbor all those years on Miller Rd. Condolences to John and the family.



August 17, 2021 at 5:43 pm

I’ve worked with Judy for many years and we became such close friends. I loved her dearly. I’ll miss our phone chats about our families and cherish the advice she gave me. Who that believes in the lord shall never perish but have Eternal Life. I’ll see you again My friend!!


Dick and Sylvia Davis

August 17, 2021 at 6:34 pm

Our sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. So sorry for your loss


Joyce McClellan

August 18, 2021 at 12:15 pm

Thinking of all in prayer at this difficult time.

Sincerely, Joyce & Dan McClellan


John R. Keith

August 18, 2021 at 3:42 pm

I’m sorry for her Families loss, they were my neighbors back several years ago!

I thought the whole family was great and always friendly. They had there Faith in Jesus the Christ. Jon,sorry for the loss of your wife, she will always be with you even now, this I know all too well!

God Bess you all!


patty macklin

August 18, 2021 at 4:28 pm

So sorry that your wonderful sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend was lost to this world. May she rest in peace and you will see her again. in peace and with love, and prayers.


Bunny LaDuke

August 18, 2021 at 5:23 pm

Sympathy and condolences to the family.


Judy VanDenBerg

August 19, 2021 at 3:10 pm

So sorry for your loss….


Jane Wolfe

August 23, 2021 at 7:05 pm

So sorry that Judy passed on. She was so kind and had a ready smile.

I’m sure the whole family is mourning her absence.


~Bill and Janice Thompson

August 23, 2021 at 7:49 pm

~Dear Jon and Family … Our sincerest condolences and loving prayers. May our Lord God hold all of you in his loving arms during this very difficult time. We know heaven has welcomed a very special person. RIP Judy …


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