James William Wiersma, age 73, went to his heavenly home on Friday, July 29, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Jeanette Wiersma; stepdaughter, Brenda White. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years, Sandy Wiersma; son, Jamie and Jennifer Wiersma; stepson, Ernest and Kimberly White; 5 grandchildren; brother, David and Jan Wiersma; sister, Joan and Tom Habers.
Jim grew up in Jenison and Hudsonville, Michigan. As a young man, he loved his country and earned a National Defense Service Medal while he served in the Navy. For many years, Jim worked for Sparks Belting Company concluding his career at Hope Network in the Brain Injury Site. He will be remembered for his kindness and compassion.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Road NE, Rockford with Pastor Roger Paugh officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Friday at MKD Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Drive NE, Belmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Amedisys Foundation, 3854 American Way Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. Jim’s family wishes to thank Compassionate Care Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Jim.
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September 20, 2022 8:37pm
It is so hard to know what to say. Sandy we were buddies and spent hours working here at StoryPoint together. You wouldn't let me slow down, however I couldn't keep up with you. You were Jim's rock and I don't know how little tiny you could care for that tall lovable man..... but you did it! My heart is with you during this difficult time but I know it's best for both of you. I miss you being here and I send my love. Judy Walsh
- Judy Walsh
August 11, 2022 7:38pm
I met Sandy Wiersma at church in The Villages, FL where she attended a Women's class with me for 10 Thursdays in a row. I immediately noted what a compassionate and caring person she was. She never asked for anything, except prayer for her husband, Jim. She spent all her days taking care of his every need and kept her phone handy, in case she was needed by Hospice those last few weeks. God blessed us all with her quiet ways and energetic lifestyle and she is loved by us ALL! What an example she is as a devoted and loving wife, who stood by Jim in sickness & in health.
- Beverly Beckner
August 08, 2022 9:49am
We moved into De La Mesa about 4 years ago. We had heard about Jim and Sandy and came to know this ever ready battery tiny lady always bouncing here and there and taking great care of her husband. In greeting her throughout ours years here , I would always ask and she would update us on Jim. We never had the pleasure of meeting him but through Sandy and our neighbors we knew him and his heart and the love of the two. God's open arms have welcomed you into his heart and the Gates of Heaven. Don't worry about Sandy, you left her in good hands with wonderful people. Blessings and love to Sandy and the family.
- Michael and Gigi Mitchell
August 08, 2022 7:37am
I had the pleasure of meeting Jim after he and Sandy moved to our little de la Mesa neighborhood a little over two years ago. Needless to say, Jim had challenges since he could not talk verbally, but after spending a little time around him, it was soon evident that he was fully able to let you know exactly what he wanted. What he didn’t want was any help with putting his 500 piece puzzle together. That man amazed me that he was able to build puzzle after puzzle on that little table he had in front of him — all while watching M*A*S*H or Mayberry RFD. He was in his comfort zone. When I would pop in and say hi, he would get a big smile on his face and say hi, then it was back to “work” for him. I will always remember the way Sandy had everything on a schedule for him so he had the ability to rely on his every need being met. I had the special pleasure of helping care for Jim when Sandy was undergoing a big problem with a tooth — that was a big challenge for Jim and I, but we quick realized that patience was going to be our friend and helper so we could figure things out. He always remembered to say thank you to me. I will never forget those days of our becoming friends. I have missed Jim and his smile in our little neighborhood and I am going to miss not seeing him again around on our shuffleboard court when we go. Doug and I will both miss you, Jim, but you will remain in our prayers for Gods eternal peace. We look forward to the day when we can sit with you again and have a little chat. Until that day …..
- Pam Herrmann
August 04, 2022 8:34am
Jim was always a mountain of a man in so many ways. His tall stature was only the start. Jim’s great intellect and grasp of numbers combined with his love and care to help people with their finances, made his contributions with the Financial Peace classes at Bella Vista Church along with Dale Dalman, a very needed and helpful ministry. And this was just the start. Jim was part of an Eteam (encouragement team) that I was part of with him and a group of men who studied scripture and did life together. I miss hearing Jim’s insightful comments and quick wit. Looking forward to forever fellowship in heaven someday with you Jim and all the saints worshipping our Lord.
- Rom Romani
August 03, 2022 8:34am
There is another side of Grief
Where the tears still flow, where memories bring Smiles not just sadness, where Blessings are recognized not just struggles, where joy and peace are present not just Sorrow ,, Where you are remembered Not just mourned !!
Jim, I Love you !! And I soo miss you everyday , I am so Happy your long journey is over and you are in a much better place, so many memories of us together I will never Forget !! Love, you !!!!
- Sandra E Wiersma
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