Henry T. Karsten

December 25, 1931 ~
April 26, 2021

Rev. Henry T. Karsten, December 25, 1931 to April 26, 2021, died at his home in Visalia, California. A man of great faith, he entered into eternal life after a lifetime of service to his God, his wife and family, and his church. He is survived by his loving spouse of sixty-six years, Evelyn Petroelje Karsten; his daughter-in-law, Sheri Laninga (Fennville, MI); daughter, Mary Sybesma (Visalia, CA); son, Paul Karsten (Grand Rapids, MI); and daughter, Ruth DeBoer (Lynden, WA); thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and his sister, Winona Vander West (Grand Rapids, MI).

Henry is preceded in death by his son, Mark Karsten; his parents, Winifred Dykema Karsten and Anthony (Tony) Karsten; and his brother, Harvey Karsten. A memorial service is being conducted at the Visalia Christian Reformed Church in Visalia, CA on Saturday, May 1, 2021. He will be buried next to his son Mark, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids, MI. A service in Grand Rapids celebrating his life is being planned at a future date. A more formal announcement regarding this celebration will be made at that time.

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May 11, 2021 12:22pm
Our sympathy to the Rev. Henry Karsten family. Mom was a cousin and remember her talking about her minister cousin in California. My God give comfort and peace to his family. On behalf of the Wilma Karsten Ellens family, Elaine Ellens Vlietstra

- Elaine Vlietstra

May 02, 2021 11:01am
Dear Evelyn ; I'm very sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family. Cousin David Bos

- David Bos

May 01, 2021 9:45am
Dear Evelyn, my sincere condolences to you in the death of your dear husband. I have fond memories of our times with CRWM and the travels we did. Kees died 10 yr ago and there is always a big void. May God surround you with His comfort & Peace

- Ruth Krabbe

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