Tyna Keith

Tyna Keith

As of December 16, 2015 Tyna is praising the Lord eternally as she walks, runs, sings and can hear.

She was born April 9, 1925 in Kalamazoo to Garrett and Anna (Jepkema) Veldt. Tyna loved to bake and was a skilled cake decorator. She enjoyed volunteering as a pregnancy counselor at the Dream Center. She had worked at many area businesses including Gibson Guitar and Honey Creek Christian Homes, where for a time she had worked with her husband. In 1946 she married George Rutgers who passed away in 1975. In 1983 Tyna married Henry Schipper who passed away two weeks later. She then married Louis Keith in 1986 until his passing in 2010. Tyna was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego. After hearing the song Blessed Assurance she spoke her last words “He safely takes me home”.

Surviving are her children, Virginia Rutgers, George Rutgers, Tom (Debbie) Keith, Denny (Patti) Keith, Kathy (Dan) Hughes, Char (Paul) Hammond and Jeff (Tanya) Keith; grandchildren, Rachael Rutgers, Aaron (Elly) Rutgers, David (Jamie) Rutgers, Hannah (Caleb) Grogan, Wendy Greene, Jonathon (Jennifer) Keith, Joshua (Aimee) Keith, Ben (Stephanie) Keith, Brian (Jillonne) Keith, Lori (Tim) Stricklin, Sean (Shanell) Hughes, Scott Hughes, Christie (Tod) Cole, Cory (Merideth) Hammond, Jeff (Meredith) Keith, Amy (Mark) Morey, Kenny Rose, Seth Rose, Eli Keith and Jasper Keith; many great-grandchildren; sister, Stena Bosma and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; siblings, Harm Veldt, Gerben Veldt, John Veldt, Anne McBride and Hilda Taft; sisters-in-law, Betty Keith and Dorothy Lancaster and by her brother-in-law, Richard Rutgers.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Tyna’s family from 6-8 P.M. on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

Burial will take place at Alamo Center Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Tyna may be made to Uncle Tim (ICBM).

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Judy VanDenBerg says:

    Samantha so sorry to hear about your Grandmother’s passing… You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Linda Offringa says:

    Jeff, I am sorry for your loss. God bless you and cherish your memories.

  3. Fred & Sue Bosma says:

    Dear Virginia and George, when we think about Aunt Tyna, we speak from our hearts and say, she was the kindest and most loving ,God fearing person we have ever been privileged to know. Much love and our sympathies to you and the whole family.

  4. Dave and Donna Colegrove says:

    Tyna made our wedding cake forty eight years ago. We were so blessed to have had one of her creations. She did such beautiful work.
    Our prayers to the family during this time. May you all feel God’s love around you.

  5. Mary Wallner says:

    Dear Ginny and George, my heartfelt sympathies to you. Tyna’s gentle grace, selflessness, sound advice and spunky humor is the undeniable thread woven deeply through each of your lives and into all those she touched.
    My prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Bill & Marlita Walker says:

    Tyna was a gracious daughter of the King, who reflected His love in her kindness and special creative gifts. Blessings and joy to her family as they re-live the many memories you have.

  7. Louise (Veldt) Harvey says:

    A wonderful favorite aunt who was always doing such thoughtful things for others. I remember her delivering a birthday cake to my home when my husband was in hospital in another state and she wanted to cheer me up. Never heard her say a cross word about anyone. She can now rest in perfect peace.

  8. Susan (Jerrett) and Tom Sawasky says:

    I graduated with Virginia from OHS 1968. Her mother was a sweet lady and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

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