Gertrude Louise Irwin

January 28, 1927 ~
November 17, 2021

Gertrude L. (Smith) Irwin, age 94, of Allendale, was called home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Gertrude was a loving mom, grandma, great-grandma, and great-great grandma who cherished her family. She was blessed with a quick wit and a contagious personality that was evident to all who knew her. Gertrude contracted polio at the young age of 24 and survived several months in an iron lung. Through her strong faith in God, she persevered through many life challenges. She had a determined spirit and was an encouragement to everyone she met. Gertude was talented with her cooking and baking, sharing many meals and baked goods with family and friends. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and many other crafts too. Above all, she gave glory to God for everything including all her life circumstances. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley F. Irwin; parents, Ralph and Beatrice Smith; and 8 siblings. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dudley F. Jr. and Sue Irwin, Donald L. and Jan Irwin, Cheryl L. and Stan Wolbrink, Vicki L. and Mike Tiano; 9 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren; brother, Dan and Carol Smith; sisters, Rita and Darwin Gilbert, Ursula and Don Beecham, Mary Ann Roach; many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 1 pm at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf (Allendale), 6651 Scott St., with Rev. Mark Green officiating. The burial will be held at Allendale Township Cemetery. Because of the presence of Covid-19, the family requests that those who attend please wear a mask. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers at Green Acres and Faith Hospice for the love and compassionate care given during Gertrude’s time there. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Allendale Baptist Church Building Fund (

Funeral Service
Monday, November 22

MKD - Allendale
6651 Scott St
Allendale, MI 49401

Phone: (616) 895-4400

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November 23, 2021 1:41pm
Don Irwin & the Irwin Family...she'll be sadly missed - you have our most sincere sympathies. Ken & Pam Pugh

- Kenneth L Pugh

November 22, 2021 4:30pm
Gert & Sharon Heim rejoicing this day in Gods presence -- Both fantastic Christian women--- stepping on shore & finding it HEAVEN absent from the body present with the LORD !!! Gods blessing on Gert's family !!! John Heim

- John Heim

November 20, 2021 11:51am
I remember the Irwin family during the few years we lived in Allendale...they were lovely people, and Mrs. Irwin baked a beautiful Black Forrest Cake for a birthday party they had for either Dudley Jr, or Sue ...they were good people...May your hearts be comforted knowing she is now reunited with her Heavenly family and friends...

- Sue Miklusical

November 19, 2021 4:51pm
Cheryl & Vicki and the rest of the Irwin family, we were so very sorry to learn of your moms passing. She was such a sweet lady and we have many special memories of her generous, loving heart. (So wish she and our mom would have been at green acres at the same time, our mom would have loved that) No matter what your mom was facing she was always encouraging and kind. She was such a good friend to our mom in a difficult season. We know you will miss your mom deeply yet pray you are at peace knowing she is once again with your dad and patiently waiting for everyone in heaven. May our Lord bless you with strength and comfort in the days and weeks ahead. Deepest sympathy, Tom & Kim (Smoes) Sullivan and Tim S.

- Kim Sullivan

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