Mary-Ann Kolkema, age 86 of Grand Haven, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 17, 2021. She was born on January 30, 1935 in Grand Haven; the daughter of Fredric and Marian (VanderMeiden) VanBemmelen. Mary-Ann married Ronald Kolkema on October 25, 1952. He preceded her in death in 2007.
Mary-Ann graduated from Grand Haven High School, and worked at Security First Bank and Trust Co. She was a former member of Spring Lake Presbyterian Church, and was very involved in the church activities. She was a woman of great faith who believed God is always in control.
Mary-Ann volunteered for years at Women in Transition, and at church, most recently Second Reformed Church. She enjoyed music and traveling, and was also a great hostess to many. Mary-Ann’s family and extended family were the absolute joy of her life. She was a caring, loving, generous person and an inspiration and mentor to many.
Mary-Ann is survived by her children, Bob (Patty) Kolkema, Mindy (Frank) Madrid, Jeff (Jackie) Kolkema; 12 grandchildren: David, Aaron (Tara), and Alicia (Robert) Kolkema, Amy (Vic) Coletta, Chris (Brian) Erickson, Steve Kolkema, Jenny (Aaron) Savage, Frank and Ron Madrid, Jordan and Chelsea Vaccariello and Nathan (Bailey) Kolkema; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sister, Betty Bierman; brother, Bob (Sherry) VanBemmelen; sister-in-law, Judy VanBemmelen; and brothers-in-law, Dick Bierman and Roger (Linda) Kolkema. In addition, she was blessed by a very special relationship with Bob and Marilyn LeClair and family.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Ron, Dave, and Steve Kolkema; brother, Fred VanBemmelen; and brother and sister-in-law, Dick (Shirley) Kolkema.
The Celebration of Life for Mary-Ann will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Second Reformed Church with Pastor Dan Eisnor officiating. Friends and family may greet the family from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Second Reformed Church Family Life Center, and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday. Masks and social distancing will be required. Interment will be at Lake Forest Cemetery.
For those unable to attend the service, it will be live-streamed from Second Reformed Church's Facebook Page. Click below to view, or visit their facebook page.
Memorial Contributions in memory of Mary-Ann may be made to Second Reformed Church.
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Second Reformed Church
1000 Waverly Avenue, Grand Haven MI 49417