Evelyn Stursma

December 1, 1936 ~
May 22, 2024

Evelyn J. Stursma, age 87, of Jenison, went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. She was born December 1, 1936 to the late George and Agnet Veltema. Evie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Theodore “Ted” Stursma; three brothers, Stu (Lorna, June) Veltema, George (Jean) Veltema, Marv (Cornie) Veltema; and brothers in-law, Don Boerman and Warren Faber. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Melodee VanDyk, Trudy and Mark DeNooyer, Lyle and Kylee Stursma, Glenda Stursma, Sue and Jeff Wynsma, Wendy Stursma and Lisa Sachs; her 12 grandchildren: Brianna VanDyk, Anika (Nate) Byl, Rosten VanDyk, Kristyn (Pablo) DeNooyer Garcia, Josiah DeNooyer, Brielle DeNooyer, Jackson Stursma, Nicole Wynsma, Amanda Wynsma and fiance Caleb Thomas, Joshua Wynsma, Andrew (Kendall) O’Carsten, Jessica Brower and fiance Jose Agosto; and her great-granddaughter, Raylinn Garcia. Also surviving are two sisters, Leona Boerman, and Verna Faber; a special niece, Marcy Faber; and many other nieces and nephews. Evie had a deep, abiding love for her family and being fully present for them. A faithful, supportive wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma, she cooked, baked, and was the canning queen. She was an avid seamstress, teaching 4-H and sewing clothes for her children. Cuddling on the couch reading to her children and later reading with her grandchildren was a favorite activity. Oh how she loved her grandchildren and great-granddaughter! She spent many wonderful moments with them, creating happy memories and encouraging them in their endeavors. Evie was an attentive listener, a prayer warrior, and had the gift of hospitality. Her faith was strong and she had a servant’s heart. She lived her life in service for her Lord and Savior, putting others before herself, even in the last months of her life. Evie was very active in her church family. Bible study and worship strengthened her faith and increased her love for the Lord. She visited people who were homebound or sick, often gifting them with homemade bread or other baked goods and bringing words of encouragement. She was on the caring committee, helped lead fellowship group, delivered meals on wheels, mentored with Kid’s Hope, and supported many other missions and non-profits. Evie sang and played piano and organ, instilling her love of music in her children and grandchildren. Flowers brought her great joy and she planted many over the years, both at home and at the greenhouse where she worked. Evie had a fun sense of humor, loved to laugh, and wrote and performed several hysterical skits with her dear friend, Mert Holwerda. Her compassion, kindness, gentleness, heart of mercy and listening ear will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Evie left a beautiful faith-filled legacy for her family. “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11:25-26 Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church, 1571 Baldwin St. Jenison, with Pastor Michael TenHaken officiating. Burial will take place at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family at the church on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and Friday 12-12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Mission India or World Renew.

Visitation
Thursday, June 6
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church
1571 Baldwin St.
Jenison, MI 49428

Visitation
Friday, June 7
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church
1571 Baldwin St.
Jenison, MI 49428

Funeral Service
Friday, June 7
1:00pm

Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church
1571 Baldwin St.
Jenison, MI 49428

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