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Pearl L. Koning

Pearl L Koning passed away on Friday, July 15 at the age of 95. She was born on June 7, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to Herman and Lena Tammeling.

She was married to Earl H. Koning on February 19, 1949. He passed away in 2007.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, son; Mark J Koning, grandson; Aaron Wykstra, and her siblings; Sadie Van Tholen, Lena Lindemulder, Edith Dryden, Henrietta Hoff, Peter and Herman Tammeling . She is survived by her son; Thomas (Connie) Koning, and daughter; Arlene (Andy) Wykstra,


grandchildren, 7 great- grandchildren, and a great- great- grandson.

Pearl was an 8th grade graduate of Ebenezer Christian School in Chicago and graduated from McKinley High School in Chicago in 1945. Previous to her marriage, she was employed at Sears Roebuck Catalog Mail Order Company in Chicago. She was a stay at home mother to her three children. Pearl and Earl were foster parents to several children in the Kalamazoo County. She also cared for several neighborhood children. Her husband and she were charter members of the Westwood Christian Reformed Church and Faith Christian Reformed Church. Most recently, she attended of Faith Chapel Ministries.

She was a volunteer at North Christian and Kalamazoo Christian High School, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Alamo 4-H club, tutor for the Kalamazoo Literary

Council, a Sunday school teacher, and volunteer for the Bible League International.

In 1973, Pearl and her husband formed a dairy distributing

business, Koning Distributing Company, where she performed the office duties. She was later employed at S & L Bolt Company, Kalamazoo Conveyor

Company, and the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital.

She enjoyed music, bowling, hospitality, writing, and learning. Pearl and her husband spent many winters in Lakeland, Florida.

There will be a private family burial at the Liberty Cemetery in Alamo Michigan.

The memorial services will be at Faith Chapel Ministries, 7736 W. G Avenue. Kalamazoo, MI, on Saturday, July 23, at 1 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, 448 North Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007.

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Robert Hosack DDS

July 17, 2022 at 7:48 pm

Pearl was one sweet Christian lady who certainly loved the Lord.


Connie Koning

July 19, 2022 at 8:28 pm

Thank you!


Bill and Sheila Johnson

July 18, 2022 at 2:41 pm

My family and I always thought the world of Peral and Earl. They were always so good to us. Even had us to their house for ice cream. Peral will be missed by many. RIP my friend.


Josi Pape

July 18, 2022 at 4:50 pm

I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was definitely devoted Christian women, and a wonderful neighbor to my mother in-law after she developed dementia.

She has been united with her wonderful husband Earl, and all of her loved ones who had gone on ahead.

Rest In Peace.


Dianna Hoogerheide

July 19, 2022 at 10:15 am

I have many good memories of Pearl in times of worship and fellowship at Reformed Baptist Church. Her love for the Lord was evident in her words and actions. May you be comforted knowing she is now in her heavenly home with our Lord.


Greg and Janet Padilla

July 19, 2022 at 11:58 am

I, Janet, met Pearl at Miller Auditorium. She was in the seat next to me. We had a wonderful, godly conversation. I am sure she will be sorely missed and is well loved.

Greg and I offer our deepest sympathy. May the Lord fill you with His peace and comfort.


Terra Klein

July 20, 2022 at 10:28 am

Pearl and Earl were good friends of my parents Bob and Irene Keller. I have fond memories of their gathering together – lots of laughter, fun stories being shared, and reminiscing about times at Lockshore Dairy. Grateful for those memories and their shared love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Til we all get to Heaven,

Terra Keller Klein


Lydia Hines

July 20, 2022 at 12:49 pm

Sending all of you my sincere condolences. I have fond memories of Mrs. Koning’s encouraging spirit when I would participate in services at Reformed Baptist Church on Nichols Road. May the Lord grant you HIS peace knowing that she is now whole and in HIS presence worshiping HIM fully.


Jeanine Helmer

July 20, 2022 at 3:46 pm

Pearl was a great Christian and many of us appreciated her help. We were involved with Bible League for many years together. We are praying for all your family


Carolann stone(nee)Tammeling)

July 22, 2022 at 10:02 am

So many fond memories of your mom. She was a fun aunt who loved her Lord dearly.

My dad said your mom took him to his first Chicago Cubs game when he was 9 or 10 years old. And then he was hooked. Somewhere I still have a copy of the poem your mom wrote about the great 1967 Chicago snow. Love and sympathy.


Alyce Bareman and family

July 22, 2022 at 3:22 pm

Pearl was a very special Friend. Florida neighbors for many years. When I tell people about her I tell them about the many stories she always had and over the years I never heard one twice. Always encouraged her to write a book. She was always a daily encourager. My children all have great memories of both Earl and Pearl. So Blessed to have known both. Sympathy to all.


Carman Merriam

July 22, 2022 at 3:39 pm

Oh Arlene, I am so sorry. Your momma sounds like a wonderful person. I believe that wonderfulness has been passed in to you. God bless you Arlene and your family. I pray that the Lord sends you peace, love, comfort and strength.


Dianee Boysen

August 15, 2022 at 11:28 am

II am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your Mother in law rest in heaven. Hugs to the both of you.


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