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Catherine Mary (Boomgaard) Newell

February 23, 1932 ~ April 26, 2021 (age 89)


Catherine Mary Newell, age 89 of Spring Lake, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Poppen House. She was born on February 23, 1932 in Spring Lake, MI to the late James and Mildred (Smith) Boomgaard. Cathy married Robert Newell on August 11, 1951. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2008 after 56 years of marriage.

Cathy was a life-long resident of Spring Lake and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years. She was a former member of the Elks Club in Grand Haven, and was a stay-at-home day care provider while their children were growing up.

Cathy enjoyed gardening, knitting, baking, and working on puzzles. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Cathy is lovingly remembered and missed by her four daughters, Mary (Dale) Neerken of Grand Haven, Gerri (William) Christenson of Spring Lake, Sara (Scott) Berg of Spring Lake, and Anne (Mark) Koopman of Spring Lake; her two sons, Phillip (Cindy) Newell and Rodney (Penny) Newell all of Grand Haven; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Lori Newell of West Olive; her brother, William (Sharon) Boomgaard of Grand Haven, two sisters-in-law, Bette and Helen Boomgaard; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Daniel Newell; grandson, William Christianson; sisters, Millie DeBroux and Helen Ball; and brothers, Phil, Peter, Joe, Robert, and James Boomgaard.

The Memorial Service for Cathy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. David Gross officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Masks and Social Distancing will be required. Interment will be at Spring Lake Township Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Food Pantry or Harbor Hospice-Poppen House Residence.

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April 30, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
406 East Savidge Street
Spring Lake, MI 49456

Memorial Service
April 30, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
406 East Savidge Street
Spring Lake, MI 49456

Cemetery Interment

Spring Lake Township Cemetery
17181 North Fruitport Road
Spring Lake, MI 49456


St. Mary's Catholic Church ~ Food Pantry
406 East Savidge, Spring Lake MI 49456

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